Being an MBA student I rarely get chance to travel and explore the travel destinations in and around the country, but this time my idea was to take a one week leave from college so that I could enjoy some time in any peaceful and adventurous destination far from the stress of the exams, studies and college. But the travelling alone to some-place far was not that a good idea so I asked 2 of my friends to join. As we are from Chennai, the 3 of us were looking forward to travelling to someplace with a climate that is blessed, a place with water, adventures, hills, forests and more. We were looking to explore something unique and different. At our home town, Chennai, that entire one could see was buildings, houses and constructions, as we were looking something different we were in hunt of a destination that has the least amount of constructions and rich and more of greenery and nature. It was after debating for about 2 whole days that we finally came to a conclusion. With equal votes, we decided to trip to Andaman exploring the waters and the marine world. filled with pristine beach destinations, water adventures, nature, marine attractions, history, and more, the Andaman and Nicobar and was an ideal destination for the travellers like us from Chennai, where they could travel to so as to escape from the rush and stress of the city lives. Andaman was a completely new destination for us and none of knowing anything about the place, thus travelling alone to an unknown island destination was a real risk which none of us was ready to take up. Like all the other first time travellers the first option that crossed our mind was to plan the trip with the help of a travel operator. Now picking up one that travel partner from a lot of travel operators that offers and looks exactly the same was one hard thing. Here we were looking for a travel operator who would offer us an Andaman tour package from Chennai at a cheap and affordable rate by including all that activities and attractions we like to visit. Finally, after searching for 2 to 3 hours we locked our options on Andaman tour travel, which was a travel operator functioning in the land.
January was supposed to be the peak season for tourism in Andaman and we were planning to explore the destination by the end of the month when the rush to the place has slowed down a bit. We started our trip from Chennai on the 27th of January, as the air tickets were not included in the travel package we choose, we were all on our own until we reach the capital city, Port Blair where we met with the travel representative. As per the itinerary organised we were to explore three main island destinations in Andaman and indulge in some of the best water activities the place offers to the travellers visiting. The one thing that excited us the most in Andaman was the beauty of the beaches with crystal clear waters and white sands. Back at Chennai you never get to see the beaches this clear, or the water so cold and clear. Being at the capital city Port Blair the first destination we were to explore was the capital city, after which we were to explore the Havelock Island. Given below are the description of the places and some of the best things that we enjoyed while at these island destinations.
Port Blair, the Capital City
A light escape exploring the waters and the beaches into nature is one thing that most of the travellers wish for. The capital city of Port Blair is an ideal destination for the travellers from Chennai who wish to indulge in nature by letting loose of oneself in the laps of nature. The place offers the travellers and the tourists visiting with a number of adventure options and sightseeing destinations which hold in the rich history of the place. Port Blair, at Andaman and Nicobar Island, according to me is one of the best and most sought after travel spots in the land that grabs the attention of the travellers with its charm. Being the capital city of the union territory, this fascinating island destination serves the travellers with the best of the phases of Andaman and Nicobar islands. Given below are some of the best destinations in Port Blair that we loved exploring the most.
- The Cellular Jail
The cellular jail at Port Blair is one destination that any domestic traveller visiting the island should never miss exploring. Being the travellers from Chennai the place was one of the most fascinating and emotionally connecting destinations for me. The place will remind you of the trials and the nightmares and traumas that most of the Indian freedom fighters had to face during the British rule. The cellular jail was a place that was built by the Britishers with an aim to capture the political prisoners and to punish them in the most inhuman ways. There are a number of things that the travellers, especially the domestic tourist from Chennai and such state visiting the place could enjoy.
Things to do:
- Light and sound show
- Explore the architectural magnificence of the place
- Get a perfect view of the Port Blair lighthouse
- The Japanese Bunkers
Even though Chennai had a number of historic destinations I was never fantasized by one, but here the Japanese bunkers did grab my attention to a greater extent. The place did offer a small peek into the era of the World War 2. Located near the Corbyn’s cove these bunkers showed the importance of protection during the times of the war. Along with a visit to the bunkers, the travellers can also make themselves involved in a number of other things.
Things to do:
- Explore the rose island
- Visit the lighthouse at Port Blair
- The Chatham Saw Mill
Set up in the year 1883 by the Britishers, the Chatham Saw Mill is not just a historical destination but is also a place that offers an employment option to a number of people in the area. The place in addition also holds in a museum which exhibits the history of the place. The museum, in addition, holds in a bomb crater that was left behind by the Japanese during the time of the wars.
Things to do:
- Forest museum trip
- Tour of the factory
- Relax at the cafes
Havelock Island, a Prised Beach Destination
As we are all travellers from a city like Chennai, it was the beach destinations and the different adventures that were offered at the place that fascinated us the most and the Havelock Island was referred to as the beach paradise and the moist explored beach destination in the Andaman cluster of islands. Filled with white sand shorelines and corals the place is a price beach destination that offers the travellers with the best option for adventures. After our first-day tour of the capital city, we moved into the 2nd destination to enjoy and explore the underwater lives in the place. Listed below are some of the main destinations we explored at Havelock Island and the things that we enjoyed at the place.
- Radhanagar Beach
Famed as the best beach destination in Asia, the Radha Nagar beach is one of the most explored beach destinations in the Andaman cluster of islands. Unlike the beach destinations in Chennai, the Radhanagar beach had clear and clean shore with crystal clear water the facility and offers you with the best view of the coral reefs. The place offers the travellers with a number of best water adventures given below are the best of water adventures we enjoyed at the place.
Things to do:
- Enjoy snorkelling
- Relax at the shack
- Enjoy the view of the sunset explore the blue lagoons at the beach destination
- Elephant Beach
Known for the magnificent coral view that the place offers, the elephant beach is one famous beach destination in Andaman and Nicobar islands. The place holds in a number of best diving and snorkelling centres that offers the travellers with the best opportunity to explore and enjoy the best view of the marine world. The place offers the best of adventures from the adrenaline junkies like travelling from places like Chennai and such cities.
Things to do:
- Jet Skiing
- Glass Bottom Boat Rides
- Kalapathar Beach
Located a bit too far from the main town, the Kalapathar Beach is one must explore destination by the travellers visiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. As its name suggest this fascinating beach destination is home to black colored rocks that are lined in the coastal line of the beach destination. Being an isolated travel destination far from the main city the place is an ideal destination for couples and honeymoon travellers, in addition, a number of best tour packages are also being organised to this fascinating black rock beach destination of Andaman and Nicobar islands. Apart from just exploring the beauty of the place, there are a number of other best things travellers love to do at Kalapathar Beach.
Things to do:
- Picnic at the Beach
- Explore the Pace
- Enjoy Eating from the Shacks
The trip to Andaman was the best most memorable in our whole life, the beaches, the waters, the marine world all offered us with the best memories of a lifetime that we wrapped back home as we traveled back to Chennai.
It was mainly through the yoga class, friendly chats and online search that I came to know of the Ayurvedic treatments and herbal packages offered in Keralaand their magical results. As I was already planning to travel to India, in thought this could be the right time for me to visit Kerala to enjoy the magical rejuvenating touch of Ayurveda in the land. According to internet surveys, thousands of foreign travellers visit Kerala just to enjoy the Ayurvedic tradition of the land. To the south, Kerala is the land with an Ayurvedic tradition which dates back to the 5000 years and is mostly referred to as the herbal hub in the country. After collecting enough information regarding Ayurveda and Ayurvedic treatments offered in Kerala, I booked myself in for a herbal treatment therapy of Panchakarma treatments at Aura Spa, an Ayurvedic treatment centres to the western ghats of Kerala which was to last for 2 weeks. My main aim in booking myself into the herbal treatment was to detox myself, to relax and to sort out my digestive issues. In literal words, I was in very bad shape as I reached the treatment centre. After taking a 5 am a flight from Delhi to the Cochin international airport and after getting the news of a 3 hr travel to reach to the Ayurvedic destination, I was so in the mood to abort the whole mission, but then a step taken for the good is to be kept forward.
On my arrival at the Ayurvedic centre, I met a number of other guests. Some of them were at the place for short-term herbal treatment whereas some of them were there for long-term herbal treatment which would last to a month or more and aim to heal serious ailments. the very first girl with whom I talked at the Ayurvedic centre who was staying at the Ayurvedic treatment centre for a month had already gone through a set of herbal treatment which includes 3 weeks of Panchakarma treatment and 1 week of rejuvenation treatment. The first thing that runs to my mind at the moment is that look on the face of that girl when I asked her of the experience she had at the place. As an answer to my question, ‘do you feel better now? ‘Her reply was something like ‘not really’. I was really in shock after hearing her. I was all in a confused state with a number of questions flooding my mind. How can that be right? Wasn’t Ayurveda herbal treatments suppose to be effective and useful? Over the time my herbal therapy at Aura Ayurveda and Spa began and I had enough and more time to think on what that girl said to me. at the Ayurvedic treatment centre, I was actually not that sure of my treatment duration as the normal Panchakarma treatment would take a month to finish but I didn’t have so much time in hand, so after consulting with the doctor, he confirmed my 2-week Panchakarma treatment and I no longer had to do the complete therapy but only need to undergo a number of main therapies that are a must for me. after revealing my work schedule to the doctor which included one 6 week travel right after the treatment, he expressed concern as in his words it would take a minimum of one month to for myself to get back to the “normal’ stage and that statement explained it all.
After the meeting with the doctor, I went through 3 sets of main treatments as listed in the Panchakarma treatments. As I can’t go deep into the list and details of the treatments listed below are the main herbal treatments that are being included in the Panchakarma treatments.
This is one of the most important herbal therapies from those listed in the sets of Panchakarma treatments. As per the Ayurvedic practitioners, the treatment offers the patients with an effect that is similar to the one that is received when a person is being saturated with love. The treatment is supposed to soak the body with vital force as the treatment mainly includes whole body massaging by including warm oil that is mixed up with a number of essential oils and healing herbs. In Ayurveda, one of the main aims of Abhyangam is to increase the flow of vital force within the body which would, in turn, result in the vitalizing and nourishment of the body. It helps in removing the toxic elements of the body and stimulated the blood circulation.
This is a herbal technique for fomentation where the body of the patient or the certain body parts of the patient is made to sweat with the help of applying different herbal powders. Podikizhi is prepared by mixing up warm herbal powders that are tied in pouches and is introduced to the body in a soft manner. The therapy is brought to conclusion by a simple message with herbal oils. According to the Ayurvedic practitioners, this treatment is said to be very effective in treating the conditions where the ‘Kapha-Vata’ are predominant as in ailments like paralysis, arthritis, muscular pains and back pain. Podikizhi is also said to be useful in a number of other ways as in increasing the blood circulation, loosening the toxic elements, building up the muscles and more.
This rejuvenation therapy that is being practised most commonly in the Ayurvedic treatment centres of Kerala makes use of the medicinal plants and the fresh herbal leaves available in the land. A number of best effective Anti Vata plants and herbs are being used in this therapy. Some of the most commonly used plants include Eranda, coconut leaves, Arak, Rasna, lemon, Nirgundi and curcumin. Most of these herbs are fried along with a number of other medicinal ingredients and are tied into a pouch which is now ready to use. The pouch before use is dipped in warm medicated oil and then is massaged over the body of the patient in a slow rhythmic manner. According to the Ayurvedic practitioners, this treatment induced liberal sudation which in turn accelerates the process of fomentation. Elakizi is an Ayurvedic treatment in the list of Panchakarma treatment that is very effective in treating ailments like back pain, inflammation and joint pains. In addition, the therapy promotes blood circulation which in turn helps the body with the elimination of the waste materials.
This is yet another important Ayurvedic treatment offered in Kerala that helps in cleaning the Pitta and thereby purifies the toxic elements in the blood. The treatment mainly concentrates on eliminating the toxins from the body are seen accumulated in the gallbladder, the liver and the gastrointestinal tract. The treatment is mostly prescribed in the morning sessions after treating the person with Snehapanam” and “Swedanam after which they are given a particular dose of herbal medicine on an empty stomach. Within a maximum of 2 hrs, the toxic elements from the body are eliminated. This treatment is mostly used in treating ailments that are related to indigestion, hypertension, gastrointestinal disorders, gynaecological disorders, skin ailments, headaches, and a number of stress-related ailments.
This is an Ayurvedic treatment offered in almost all the herbals treatment centres of Kerala for any ailment that is related to the head. According to Ayurveda, the nostrils are considered to be the doorway to the brain. In this herbal therapy a number of medicated oil, along with medicated powder and herbal liquids are being administered through the nose for a particular time. The main aim of the Nasya treatment is to remove the excess amount of mucus from the head region of the body. The treatment is very helpful in treating different ailment like sinus, migraine, paralysis, hormonal imbalances, mental disorders, loss of smell and taste, premature greying of hair and much more. The treatment helps in cleaning the cavities in the body which instead helps in increasing the process of oxidation thereby improving the functioning of the brain. Ayurveda offers the patients with a number of different Nasya treatments depending on the number and the types of medicinal oils that are being used. This herbal treatment not just remove the mucus and the toxic elements from the head, neck, brain, eyes, ear, nose and throat region of the body but would also improve immunity and strengthen the functioning of the senses
Most of the Ayurveda packages offered in the treatment centres of Kerala would have the above-listed treatments as the main set of herbal therapies. One of the main reasons for this is as these treatments are best prepared for almost all the basic ailments in a human body. Being one of the most sought-after Ayurvedic travel destinations to the south, Kerala is now home to a number of tests Ayurvedic treatment centres in the country. My Ayurvedic experience at aura spa was one of the best and most rejuvenating. For all the travellers who wish to enjoy the magical touch of Ayurveda by indulging the nature and the beauty of the cool climate, Kerala would be the best preferable destination to the south.
Trust me; travelling from Chennai to Andaman is one of the best and easiest ways in which you could reach the capital city of Port Blair. Even after being a traveller from Delhi the one main reason for me to choose a tour package to Andaman from Chennai is due to the cheaper travel rates and availability of cruises from the city to the island at cost-effective rates. My holiday trip to Andaman was organised by Andaman tour travel, one of the best rates travel operators functioning in the field. As the travel package that I choose did not include the travel expenses I was all on my own until I reached Chennai, where I met the travel representative of Andaman tour travel. From Chennai, I took the cruise that was pre-booked for me and started my trip to Andaman with my travel guide who was to accompany me while at Andaman. The package that I choose included 2-night and 3-day and included almost all the best travel destinations in the island where I indulged in a number of best adventure activities offered at the place. Given below are the best travel destinations that I explored at Andaman and the must-visit attractions at the islands.
Port Blair, the Capital City:
The very first place that was listed in the package choose from Chennai was port Blair, being the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar islands the place is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the island clusters. Apart from being the capital city the place also holds within a number of best travel attractions where most of them are the historic attractions. Port Blair is one of the best destinations in Andaman that domestic travellers and tourists like those from the states like Chennai should explore as the historic destination in the island like the cellular jail which is an evident reminder of the freedom struggle against the Britishers.
Best places to visit:
- The Cellular Jail
- The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
- Chatham Sawmill
- North Bay Island
- Jolly Buoy Island
- Mount Harriet
- Chidiya Tapu
- Anthropological Museum
Have-lock, the Beach Capital:
Andaman, being an island destination, most of the travel spots in the area is filled with fascinating beach destinations, but then the Have-lock Island is one of a kind. The place is mostly referred to as the beach capital due to the innumerable number of beaches available at the place. One of the most known beach destinations in the Have-lock Island is the Radhanagar breach which is well explored by travellers from around the world. Taking in the ratio of the domestic travellers tripping to the island, the rate at which the travellers from Chennai are comparatively high. This is mainly due to the ease of the travel that most of the domestic, as well as foreign travellers, choose to trip from Chennai.
Best places to visit:
- Kala Pathar Beach
- Radhanagar Beach
- Elephant Beach
- Vijayanagar Beach
Baratang, the Island of Uniqueness:
Located not too far from the capital city, Baratang Island is one of the most unique travel destinations in Andaman. The place I would say as a must visit for all the travellers who are in search of the unique elements of the land. This picturesque island offers the travellers and the tourists with a number of unique attractions which includes the beaches, the caves and even the tribal settlements in the island. The Baratang island is known to be home to the tribal settlements in Andaman which makes the place the best unique among the Andaman cluster of islands. It mainly the presence of the tribal settlement in the island that makes it the most explored places among the domestic travellers especially the tourist from Chennai and such cities.
Best places to visit:
- Limestone Caves
- Mud Volcano
- Parrot Island
- Baludera Beach
Neil Island, the Adventurer’s Paradise:
Mostly referred to as the adventurer’s paradise, Neil Island is one of the best spots for all the adrenaline junkies and adventure lovers. The place is mostly known for the different underwater adventures like deep sea diving, sea walking, snorkelling and more. This magnificent island is best known for its coral reefs and white sand shorelines filled with palm-fringed. It is mainly due to the wider availability and popularity of the corals the island is referred to as the coral capital of Andaman. Most of the traveler’s and the tourists from Chennai traverse Neil Island to enjoy and explore the beautiful coral world under the waters of Neil Island.
Best places to visit:
- Bharatpur Beach
- Sitapur Beach
- Laxmanpur Bridge
- Natural Bridge
Ross Island, the Land of Memories:
The rose island is one perfect destination for the travellers who are loved to explore the ruins and the olden constructions in Andaman and Nicobar Island. This picturesque island holds in the memories of the colonial periods that fascinates and attracts the travellers to a greater extent. Most of the travellers from Chennai who visits the ruins mainly aim at exploring the history and the story that each ruin hold within. The place is most known for the penal colony that precedes the cellular jail, the place was once used to incarcerate the political prisoners and the ruins of the constructions can be spotted at the rose island even now.
Best places to visit:
- The Rose Island Penal Colony
- British Colony Ruins
- Japanese Bunkers
- Barren Island
- The Forest Department Museum
Most of the tour package organised to the Andaman Nicobar covers almost all of the above-listed travel destinations as they are being the most explore in the island clusters. With fascinating beauty, charm and uniqueness the place is listed as one of the most explore travel destination in the world by the national geographic travellers. Dotted in the Bay of Bengal the Andaman Islands offers the travellers with all that one needs to enjoy a memorable holiday. Starting from a number of unique attractions, natural attractions and wonders, beach destinations, adventures, history, ruins and much more the island holds in the best of treats that any traveller would love to explore. Listed under the union territory of India, the Andaman cluster of islands is one fascinating paradise to explore.
Practiced in Kerala for the last 5000 years Ayurveda is one of the oldest forms of treatment method that is being practiced in Kerala. It is mainly this ancient and rich Ayurvedic history of the land that gave the place the name’ Ayurvedic hub to the south’, true to this name, Kerala is one of the best Ayurvedic treatment centres to the south. The state is not just known for the fascinating beauty of nature and the wild but is also known among travelers for its rich Ayurvedic culture and heritage. Being a state with very unique climate and geographical structure, Kerala offers the travelers with a moderate climate throughout the year; in addition, the soil structure of the state is so unique that it promotes the growth of a number of herbs and shrubs with medicinal qualities. It is mainly the uniqueness in the climate, the specialty in the soil constitution like those in the inland water detonations and the availability of raw materials which is the medicinal plants are all things that promote the growth of Ayurveda to the south. Being one of the best known Ayurvedic destinations in the country, Kerala holds in a number of best Ayurvedic treatment centres located to the best travel destinations in the land like the Aura Spa in Munnar that offers the Ayurvedic tourists visiting with a number of best herbal packages.
Most of the Ayurvedic travelers and tourist visit the herbal travel destinations and Ayurvedic centres in Kerala with an aim to enjoy and witness the magical effect of the Ayurveda treatments offered in Kerala. Given below are some of the most common Ayurvedic treatments that are being offered in the herbal destinations of Kerala.
Abhyangam with Shirodhara
Abhyangam is one of the most commonly seen herbal therapies that are being offered in almost all the treatment centres in Kerala. This Ayurvedic medication mostly includes a whole body massage with medicated oils in large amounts. Whereas, Shirodhara is an Ayurvedic treatment where the medicated liquids are poured over the forehead in a continuous flow. The medicated oil used in Shirodhara would vary depending upon the type of ailment. Milk, buttermilk, oil, plain water or even coconut water could be used in this herbal therapy. In the therapy Abhyangam with Shirodhara, both of these individual therapies are being inducted together to get the best result. Some of the ailment for which this therapy would be useful includes sinusitis, nourishes the skin, allergic rhinitis, memory loss, aids in removing impurities, neurological disorders, allergic rhinitis, memory loss, eye diseases and more.
This is a very simple herbal therapy common in almost all the Ayurvedic treatment packages offered in Kerala. It is a simple skin care therapy that mostly includes medical powders and fresh creams. The herbal facial offered mostly includes herbal massage over the face with medicated oil and cream. A special herbal pack is being applied on the face which aims at treating pimples. This therapy is known to be effective and suitable for all skin type and thus could be applied by anyone without being concerned on the after effect of the treatments. This is one of the oldest and most known facial herbal therapies that are being used in most of the treatment centres.
Nasal medication, better known as Nasyam is one of the other best Ayurvedic therapy offered in the treatment centres of Kerala. In simple words, this treatment therapy includes the installation of herbal oils or medicated liquids through the nostrils. One of the main aims of this treatment includes the cleaning or removal of the mucus and clogs. The therapy helps in clearing the head channels and stimulates the nervous system and the brain cells. The Nasal Medication is said to be very effective in treating a number of ailments related to head, nose and neck area. The therapy is one of the best effective modes of cleaning treatment where the toxic elements of the body are being released out through administering medicated oil through the nasal cavity.
This is an Ayurvedic therapy that is mostly performed by pouring streamed medicated liquids all over the body of the patient in need. Here the lightly heated medicated oil is being poured over the body of the patient until they sweat and feel refreshed. The only aim of this treatment is to rejuvenate the whole body by strengthening the muscles and tissue in the body. There are a number of other benefits of the treatment which includes improved joint flexibility, increased blood circulation, maintaining a well-balanced body and more. The treatment mainly includes the flow of medicated oil through the body; a number of ingredients like the buttermilk are all used in this therapy. The treatment mostly lasts for an hour and is one of the best effective herbal therapies.
This is one of the most commonly seen Ayurvedic treatments in most of the herbal centres in Kerala. Kizhi in simple words is a massage therapy that mainly aims at the complete wellness of the body. It is one of the best rejuvenation treatments which is very effective and offers the patents with a newborn like a feel. The Kizhi therapy includes 2 different types where one is the Podi Kizhi and the other is the Ella Kizhi. In Podi Kizhi a number of medicated powders are heated up and then massaged upon the body of the patient. In Ella Kizhi the patient is being treated with a number of herbs with medicinal properties. One of the best results of the Kizhi is that it offers a glowing and radiant skin.
Most of the Ayurveda packages offered in the herbal treatment centres of Kerala aim at offering complete wellness to the body mind and soul of the patient. Listed above are some of the best herbal therapies that are mostly seen in the best treatment centres. Being a land that facilitates the growth of herbal plants with medical properties, Kerala tops the list as a herbal travel destination. To the south most ends the state is one of the best travel destinations where medical tourists could enjoy the best time.
Kerala is a land known for its natural beauty worldwide. Nature has blessed the land with a rich decoration of a number of beautiful golden beaches, blue and green mountain ranges, historical monuments, lagoons, wildlife sanctuaries, backwaters, temples, churches and mosques. Kerala is a land known as the land of boat races, Kathakali, Elephant shows, martial arts and more. These are the major elements that promote tourism in the land making Kerala, a well-known tourist destination. The Kerala tourism department has played an important role in the development of the tourism sector of the state by establishing tourism as a major development factor in the state. With the rapid development of tourism in Kerala, the state tourism department has a number of different trends in tourism Ayurvedic tourism is one among them. Ayurvedic or medical tourism in Kerala is going through a significant stage of development where the Kerala government with the help of Ayurvedic treatment centres which includes Aura Spa, Arya Vaidya Sala and much more are taking different steps to develop Ayurvedic tourism in the land. Thousands of travelers mainly foreigners trip to Kerala with the local idea of rejuvenation that is incarnated in the Ayurveda system of treatment. One of the major factors that are resulting in the decreasing rates of Ayurvedic tourism in the state is the expensive Kerala Ayurvedic packages which are not affordable for travelers. Taking this difficulty in consideration the Kerala tourism department is now proposing new treatment rates which the travelers would find affordable and within the budget.
For most travelers holidays are the stress-busters. Although the Ayurvedic treatment would last for a minimum of a month there are a number of short-term courses which are particularly meant for tourist who are in a hurry. There are a number of foreign travelers who support Ayurveda and take up short Ayurvedic courses during the holiday that will later help them run Ayurvedic parlous abroad. The minimum time of the stay in the land during the source would vary from one week to fourteen days. Structuring the treatment demands according to the trend in the market the government of Kerala with tourism department and the Ayurvedic treatment centres in Kerala have put in some budget packages which includes treatments like body purification course, rejuvenation, slimming programme, stress management, beauty care, Dhara, yoga and massage combination. With the increase in the demand for Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala, there a number of hotels and resorts offering Ayurvedic treatment with a primary intention to attract tourist. Some of the top five Ayurvedic resorts in Kerala where tourist mostly foreigner could enjoy rejuvenation and reformations with the best packages which are offered under the Ayurvedic tourism are:
Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort: This Ayurvedic resort located on a hillock which is a few km south of the Kovalam beach is said to be the world’s first Ayurvedic resort. Established in 1985, this resort has now emerged as one of the best destinations which help in putting up a tradition of Ayurvedic holidays and medical tours among the travelers. The tranquility of the resort located by the sea, freshness of traditional Ayurvedic treatments and a healthy routine would help people unwind in the place. The scenic beauty of this Ayurvedic resort in Kerala with its treatment facilities made the place one of the best and most visited destinations in most Ayurvedic tour packages. Acute health condition like paralysis, varying blood pressure, arthritis, cholesterol and breathing problems like asthma are first analysed by a team of experts and doctors who then aid the patient with a number of healing exercises and diets.
The massages and treatment offered at the resort serve for more than a short-term purpose some sessions would extend till days while some don’t. Some of the major treatment offered in the land is Pizhichil which is a special message which uses a variety of lukewarm herbal oils which is very effective in treating diseases like paralysis and nervous disorders. Every Pizhichil sessions would last for a minimum of 60 to 90 minutes which would continue for a span of 7 to 21 days. Patients with diabetes and obesity can also choose for the best Abhyangam combination which is a type of massage that would last for another 45 min a day. ‘Nasyam’, ‘Kizhi’ and ‘Snehapanam’ are some of the many treatments offered at the resort which has been proven to be capable of curing a number of skin diseases like leukaemia and sports injuries. Yoga class boat trips are also offered in the place which is added in the Ayurveda packages offered at Somatheeram.
Aura Ayurvedic treatment center and spa: Aura Ayurvedic spa and resort is one of the best and well established Ayurveda center located to the hill stations of Munnar. The place provides the visitors with a refreshing and holistic atmosphere which helps them maintain a positive aura. Located in the misty hills of Munnar the place is one of the Ayurvedic resort in Kerala and a prominent destination in Ayurvedic tourism. some of the major treatments offered to the travelers visiting the Ayurvedic center includes Ayurvedic therapies like Abhyangam with Shirodhara, Abhyangam with Kizhi, Sarvanga choorna mridangam with Abhyangam, Sarvanga Abhyangam with swedham, Siroabhygyam with Mukha Abhyangam, Pada Abhyangam with Siro Abhyangam, Pitta Abhyangam or Back massage, Ardha Abhyangam, Relaxation massage, Pizhichil, Kalari thirumu or Kalari massage, Shirodhara, Mukha Lepam or Herbal Facial, Nasyam, Deep Tissue massage, Pichu, Foot Reflexology and Kizhi. A vacation here in the hills of Munnar will provide you with the best experience of rejuvenation of body mind and soul and regeneration. The place is the best for the travelers to relax. The resort also offers the travelers visiting the place with a number of other facilities which includes multi-cuisine restaurants, swimming pool with kid’s pool, yoga and meditation classes, cooking classes, trekking, nature walk, moon terrace for barbeque, banquet & conference facility, large natural pond with pedal boating, campfire, fishing, bird watching, plantation tour, indoor and outdoor games.
Kairali Ayurvedic Health Village: The enchanting the immense beauty of the Western Ghats and the lush green flora explains the mesmerizing town of Palakkad located in Kerala which houses one of the best Ayurvedic treatment centres, The Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort. This Ayurvedic healing village offers the visitors with the best treatment and herbal massages at the Ayurvedic resorts and Ayurveda hospitals which are located in Kerala. A highly trained and committed team of therapists and doctors promises the visitors with the best and high-quality treatments. A number of beauty care packages are prepared to treat a number of very common diseases like respiratory problems, skin diseases stress and eye ailments. Some of the main attractions of the place include yoga, yoga training sessions and a number of different and attractive Training & Workshop. This Ayurvedic health village offers a number of treatment packages which attracts the tourist mostly over-sea tourist the most. Some of the best treatments offered by the health village includes Treatment for Sinusitis & Migraine, Holistic Treatment for Rejuvenation & Detoxification, Treatment for Hypertension, Weight Loss Programme, Preventive & Regenerative Treatment, Treatment to Remove Stress & Strain, Treatment for Nervous Disability, Treatment for Arthritis & Spondylitis, Treatment for Bronchial Diseases, Treatment for Rheumatism, Beauty Care & Eye Care, Treatment for Slip Disc and more.
One of the main factors that influenced the development of Ayurvedic tourism in Kerala is the rich history of the land which points towards this ancient treatment method which is used in healing a number of major diseases in the past. Ayurveda is a stream of medication which aims at treating the cause of the disease and thereby re-establishes the balance of the body and the system with a number of remedies, herbal massages, Yoga, Meditation and approaches to a holistic lifestyle. According to Ayurveda, a human body is composed of 3 main elements namely the physical, astral, causal which means the body, mind and soul. keeping in reference of Ayurveda it is believed that during 500-600 B.C, a number sages like Agastya, Kashaya, Charaka, Sushrutha and others had reference to diseases, health practices and medicines from Vedas to Samhitas. It is believed that from the Samhitas the knowledge of Ayurveda has been passed down from generations to generations for a preventative and curative approaches to health. It is to get a flavor and magic of this hereditary treatment that a number of tourists visit the land. The Kerala tourism department combined with the health department of the state put on a number of projects and efforts to develop this trend of Ayurvedic tourism in the land. Ayurveda is not just a method of healing with a number of herbal medicines but is an entire philosophy of life and the health department of Kerala is allowing the travelers from around the world to experience this philosophy of life.
The world is slowly turning to Ayurveda for a healthy lifestyle. In fact, we are depending on Nature and its natural remedies once again. People from far and wide fly down to Kerala, the birthplace of Ayurveda for effective cures and remedies. Almost every Ayurvedic treatment packages are being booked in advance, especially in those authentic Ayurvedic centres like Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala, Aura Spa etc. Authenticity is the keyword and people don’t lose a chance to get authentic Ayurvedic treatments because now the world knows the power of Ayurveda. Though gradual, the effect is guaranteed with no side effects at all. Ayurveda is the science of life that was developed in India in the Vedic period. The name Ayurveda has been derived from Sanskrit where ‘Ayur’ means longevity and Veda mean science. It uses natural medicines, herbs and diets to control any disease. From then to this day, Ayurveda dwells in India without losing any of its splendor. Ayurveda has reasons and principles for every ailment and it depends on the individual and his body type. Every method of Ayurveda has a science to it. It does not deal with temporary cures, instead, finds out the root cause of the problem and makes a regime for the patient to follow. Would Ayurveda help in losing weight? Yes, it does. There are some natural Ayurvedic remedies that aid weight loss. Well, one should not expect a sudden change in the weight. As mentioned before Ayurveda follows a regular comprehensive style of treatment where the effect is seen gradually but lasts for an entire lifetime if the prescribed medicines and diet is followed strictly. You have different Ayurvedic options to curb gaining weight and facilitate weight loss. If followed regularly, these methods are going to work like magic and will help you reach your ideal weight. As per Ayurveda, certain foods and concoctions help in losing weight.Here are some of the Ayurvedic super foods that you can add to your diet at home and is suitable for all body types.
Honey and lemon: Honey and lemon is the most popular remedy and it works like magic. What you should do is consume a concoction warm water mixed with honey and lemon juice. It not only helps you burn extra calories but is also one delicious drink. It actually tastes like lemonade or even better. This drink also reduces appetite. It facilitates your weight loss process by detoxifying the body. Some of you might be afraid to use this fearing if such a drink would affect the health. You can breathe a sigh of relief. It will never have a bad effect on your health. It will help you get that perfect dream body you have always wanted.
Cabbage: Haven’t you always wondered why dietitians insist upon adding cabbages to your meals? This is the reason. For facilitating your weight loss. Cabbage when consumed raw or cooked, will help burn calories faster. But raw cabbage has a better effect on the fat burning process. One can have it before food or as a snack to curb your hunger pangs. It is like killing two birds with a stone. Isn’t it? In such a way you are able to control your hunger and burn the extra calories at the same time. So, do add cabbage into your diet.
Pepper: Pepper is another magical remedy that can supplement our weight loss plants. Lemon and honey are extremely useful but adding crushed peppercorns to it makes it much more effective. Those who are not fond of lemons can also add peppercorns to warm water along with honey. It is not necessary that one should have pepper during the day, but having it at least once every day will show you the changes that you have always desired. Try adding more pepper into your life!
Blessed with hill stations, valleys, wildlife destinations, waterfall destinations and a number of such attractions Kerala to the south is one of the fascinating tourist destinations. The place mostly attracts the attention of the travellers to a greater extent with the rich greenery and the number of natural resources that the state holds in. The climatic condition of the state which stays moderate throughout the year is one other thing that grabs the attention of the travellers. Even after being a state with so much of potential in travel and tourism most of the travellers touring to Kerala find it difficult to explore some of the best travel destinations due to the high travel cost in the areas. This is true to an extent too most of the travel operators in Kerala charges a very high price for tour packages organised to well-known travel destinations of Kerala like the hill stations of Munnar, Idukki, Wayanad and more. The prices would be even higher during the top seasons which would be unacceptable by most of the domestic travellers. This is one main element that affects the growth of tourism in Kerala. But the state, being located closer to the Western Ghats houses a number of fascinating offbeat travel destinations with heart-warming beauty. With a cool climate and rich natural beauty, most of these offbeat travel destinations of Kerala are best options for budget travel trips to the south. Listed below are some of the best offbeat travel destinations in Kerala that tourists could explore under very cheap and affordable travel rates.
Located at a distance of about 61 km from the capital city of Trivandrum, Ponmudi is one of the best offbeat travel destinations in Kerala to the Western Ghats. One main attraction of the hills is its location which is very remote and is perfect for a nature escape from the loud polluted city. This is one main reason for the place to be included in the budget and cost-effective packages organised to the south. The place could be explained as one of the best hill stations to the south with rich green mountains, hills and valleys. With a number of small brooks and rivers, colourful mountain flowers and rare collection of birds and butterflies, Ponmudi is one best destination for trekking and a number of other adventures. With a number of fascinating and aromatic tea plantations, waterfalls and hills the place is one best destination for travellers who would love to enjoy a mountain life.
Best attractions near Ponmudi
- Golden Valley: A beauteous spot near Ponmudi with the fascinating beauty of golden sand, crystal clear water and rich green valley which is an ideal spot to relax.
- Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary: located near the Peppara Dam on the Karamana River the wildlife destination is known to house rich flora and fauna.
- Mini Zoo: Located at an easy reach distance from Ponmudi, this zoo is known to house a large number of Barasinghas which is one of the main attractions in the land.
Filled with all the beauty of nature, Nelliyampathy is a fascinating offbeat destination located at a distance of about 60 kilometres from Palakkad. Plantations are one of the main attractions in the land. The place houses some of the best plantations in the land which includes orange cultivation, tea gardens and bio-farming. Travellers from different parts of the world visit this destination not just to enjoy the beauty of the place and the climate but also due to the low travel cost. Most of the travel operators like Dream Holiday offers the tourist with cheap tour packages to this fascinating hill station in Kerala with an aim to promote tourism in the land. In addition, a number of adventure packages are also offered to the land. Being a place located to the hill station the place offers a number if adventures like trekking, camping, boating and tea plantation visits and more making the place a perfect destination for adventure lovers.
Best attractions near Ponmudi
- Nenmara: A fascinating village located at a distance of about 25 kilometres. The village is famous for the Nemmara-Vallangi Vela festival.
- Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: Located at a distance of about 18 kilometres away from Nelliyampathy this rich wildlife sanctuary is blessed with exotic flora and fauna.
- Nelliyampathy Hills: Offering the travellers with a fascinating view of coffee, tea, orange and cardamom plantations at these hills is one main attraction of the place which is almost 2 kilometres from the city.
- Padagiri: Standing at a height of around 1500 meters above the sea level Padagiri is the tallest peak of Nelliyampathy Hills which is located approximately 3 kilometres away from the city.
- Raja’s Cliff: The cliff is one of the best spots where one could enjoy the splendid views of rich flora, fauna and awe-inspiring landscapes. Located at a distance of about 8 kilometres away from Nelliyampathy, the Raja’s Cliff lies at an altitude of almost 5250 feet above sea level. The place offers the travellers with the marvellous view of reservoirs, waterfalls, mountain ranges and forests from this spot.
- Palagapandi Estate: The estate holds in a charming colonial Bungalow which is one of the most beautiful spots in Nelliyampathy.
- Malampuzha Gardens: A literal paradise for children, the garden located nearly 33 km from Nelliyampathy is a must visit picnic spot. The children’s park, aquarium, mini zoo and toy rain are all the best things that attract the travellers mostly families to the place.
Most of the offbeat travel destinations in Kerala offer cheap and affordable packages due to its less popularity. With an effort to make these offbeat travel destinations of Kerala known among the international travellers the state government have introduced a number of travel packages and projects to make the travel to these destinations cheap and more facilitated. In addition, a number of accommodation facilities under cheap rates were also introduced and set up to attract the attention of the travellers to the place. One of the main aims of the projects was to grab the attention of the travellers to the offbeat travel destinations of the state and to make the place known to the travellers by offering them with some of the best attractions in the place and best-facilitated stay under cheap and affordable cost. With beautiful wildlife destinations, attractions and fascinating climate the offbeat travel destinations in Kerala are one of the best spots for an effortless and cost-effective trip to the south.