A Honeymoon Trip to Kerala Exploring the Best Treasures of the Land

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A beautiful climate, scenic view, picturesque scenery, and a romantic ambiance is all that a newlywed couple needs when it comes to a honeymoon trip. Apart from organizing a trip, it is mostly the selection of the travel destination that leaves the honeymoon couples in uncertainty. But the things were a bit different in my case; we had a very clear idea of the selection of the travel destinations for our honeymoon trip but were uncertain of the selection of travel operators. When it comes to the selection of a honeymoon destination with a beautiful climate, scenic view, picturesque scenery, and a romantic ambiance, Kerala to the south have always topped the list and thus our travel destination was already fixed. It was after searching for a while that we finally decided out travel operators which were  Dream Holidays who offered us a honeymoon tour package to Kerala in a budget price including all the destinations we like to enjoy and a number of activities that we like to get indulged in while enjoying our honeymoon in Kerala. Our honeymoon trip was organized to be on the 25th of November, as the travel package that we chose did not include the flight tickets from our hometown to the Trivandrum international airport we were all on our own until we reached the capital city. After checking out of the airport, we met the travel operators who then introduced us to the guide who was to accompany us throughout the honeymoon trip. After reaching Trivandrum we first decided to check-in to the hotel then take some rest and then start the honeymoon trip at the place.

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Our honeymoon trip included some of the best travel destinations in the state which starts from the capital city of the state which is Trivandrum. The honeymoon itinerary that was prepared for us started from Trivandrum from where we travel to Alleppey by road the next day, after being at Alleppey for a day we move to our next travel destination which is Kochi where we visit the Athirapilly Waterfalls, after spending a day in Kochi we move to our last travel destination which is Kozhikode from where we take the flight back to our hometown. Explaining our whole honeymoon trip is something very hectic and so given below are the travel destinations that we explored in our honeymoon and some of the best things about the place.

Thiruvananthapuram

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Being the capital city of the state, this place can’t be avoided during a honeymoon trip to Kerala. Mahatma Gandhi called this place as the Evergreen City of India. Kovalam beach and Varkala beach, two of the most wonderful beaches in Kerala are located in Thiruvananthapuram which is a must-visit spot for the honeymoon couples traveling to Trivandrum. The tourist and the travelers tripping to Kovalam will be surprised to see the beautiful alignment of coconut trees here. There are many other beaches in Thiruvananthapuram which makes this place a heaven for travelers. In addition, the city offers the travelers with the cheapest accommodation as well as tour packages. One of the richest temples in the world Shree Padmanabha Swami temple is an additional asset to Trivandrum. Agasthyamala, Ponmudi hills, Poovar are other major sports in Trivandrum.

Alleppey

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Alleppey was our 2nd travel destination on our honeymoon trip in Kerala. The drive from Trivandrum to Alleppey is about 4 hrs which were actually long and a bit hectic. When it comes to the unique travel attractions in Kerala, the backwaters of Alleppey would top the list. The place is one of the must-visit travel destinations in Kerala for all the honeymooners touring to the state. It is mostly nature, the greenery, the complex inland waters, and the backwater industries in the land that attracts and entertains the travelers to a greater extent. The backwater cuisines and the houseboat servicing in the land add to the experiences that any travelers could enjoy in the land. The backwater village life, the backwater tours are all an added charm to the travel attractions in Alleppey.

Kochi

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Located to the heart of Kerala, Kochi is one the busiest port city in Kerala, that holds within a number of hidden destinations with natural beauty and charm which attracts the attention of the honeymoon travelers to a greater extent. Traveling from Alleppey to Kochi will just take time duration of 1.30 hrs. The place holds in a number of best travel attractions which holds in nature, beauty and historic attractions like the Mangalavanam bird sanctuary, the hill palace museum, the mine drive, the Fort Kochi beach and much more. Kochi holds within a number of attractions which could fascinate and attract all the honeymoon couples and the travelers touring. Kochi, being the heart of the state the place even after being one of the best metropolitan cities is one of the best demanding when it comes to the travel destinations in Kerala. The pace is one of the best options for travelers who are in search of a blend of nature and historic beauty.

Athirapilly Waterfalls

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Kerala is gifted with one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the entire country, Athirapilly Waterfalls. Located in the Athirapilly Taluk of Thrissur district, this waterfall is one of the largest in the state. The place holds in such visual beauty that it has to be enjoyed at least once in your lifetime. While tripping through the wildlife destinations in Athirapilly you can spot a great variety of animal species. A visit to the falls would be one of the best parts of the honeymoon trip to Kerala; in addition, you get to explore the Vazhachal waterfalls, during your trip to Athirapilly. Tourism promotion council of Thrissur District have arranged jungle safari trips too. This majestic waterfall has also been the location for various Malayalam movies and is still a favorite spot for the filmmakers.

Beypore

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 Located in the district of Kozhikode, mostly referred to as the ship Building paradise of Kerala by the locals in the area, Beypore has been the honeymooner’s favorite spot. The Arabian transportation vessel or better known as Uru is one of the topmost attractions of this place. For all the nature lovers and birdwatchers, the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary would be one of another attraction that travelers and honeymooners visiting Kozhikode could explore. Apart from the beauty of nature and the wild, the other attraction that Kozhikode holds within is the cuisine that the place offers. Most of the honeymooners and travelers visiting Beypore mostly fascinated by the Malabar cuisine that the place offers than the beauty and the charm of the travel destinations in the land. Offering the travelers and the tourist with the best of cuisine and travel attractions the place is yet another must-visit spot in most of the tour packages organized to Kerala.

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 Exploring Kerala is one of the best adventures that any traveler touring to the southern part of India can enjoy. Our honeymoon trip in Kerala came to an after exploring some of the best travel destinations in Kozhikode, after which we took our flight from the Kozhikode airport to our hometown. Our honeymoon in Kerala was worthy in all ways as the trip offered us with the best experience letting us explore all the attractions and wonders in the land and also allowed us to indulge in a few adventure activities. Holding the beauty, the charm and the vibrancy of tradition and history Kerala is a true paradise for travelers.

The Ravishing Paths of Kerala that are Less Trodden

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Kerala is not just about Munnar and Alappuzha alone. There are loads of tourist spots in Kerala other than what you usually see in websites and pictures. If you really research into the tourist destinations of Kerala you will be amazed to find out that the state is way more than you actually see. There is an endless list of destinations that have a great potential to be popular all over the world as a tourist destination. It is more fun exploring the unexplored and untrodden paths. Travelling becomes more meaningful when you take a different turn and find undiscovered paths to true bliss. But there are very few travel planners that offer packages to offbeat destinations in Kerala. Well, you don’t have to worry. You can always avail for customized travel packages to Kerala. Travel planners like SeasonzIndia Holidays offer customized tour packages to Kerala at prices that are quite affordable. Anyway, do make it a priority next time to visit ravishing offbeat destinations of this state which has been blessed abundantly by nature. Here is a list of the most loved offbeat destinations in Kerala where you will be able to spend cherishable moments with your loved ones.
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Illikal Kalu: Illikal Kalu is one of the most amazing tourist destinations, not just in Kottayam but the entire state of Kerala. If adventure is what you love, then you should definitely give this place a try. It is literally a gem of Kottayam and the dream of explorers. The peak is set at a height of 3400 ft above sea level and is considered the highest peak in the Western Ghats. A long winding road leads to Illikal Kalu and in order to reach the destination you will have to trek another 3 km. This place is the abode of tranquility. The distant skies suddenly seem closer adorned by a slight cover of mist displaying a tinge of blue and grey as though God himself rubbed the colors vaguely on his canvas, which is the sky. You simply can’t miss a beautiful place such as this. You can reach Illikal by the Pala-Erattupeta- Thekkoya- Adukkom route. Once you reach the stop you will have to hire a private vehicle to reach Illikal Kalu. Illikal Kalu basically consists of three peculiar shaped hills. The hill named Kuda Kalu ( it is named so due to its shape which resembles a huge mushroom) is very famous for the medicinal herb called Neela koduveli which grows on this hill. The Neela Koduveli which is a blue color flower is said to have high medicinal values. Many people have come in search of Neela Koduveli in the past to attain supernatural powers. There have been films made based on the supernatural powers of Neela Koduveli. But whether this saying is true or not is yet to be found out. The second hill also called Koonu Kallu due to the presence of little hunches on its sides also houses a bridge called ‘Narakapalam’ (meaning ‘bridge to hell’ in the native language), near it. In order to reach this particular hill, you will have to cross the Narakapalam. It is always advisable to be extra cautious when trodding through the bridge as it is very slippery and could lead to accidents. Though challenging the experience will be one of a kind that will gift your memories to be cherished dearly for an entire lifetime. Illikal Kalu not only gives you a travelling experience but also a rejuvenated state of mind!
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Chempara Peak: Chempara Peak is situated amidst the Western Ghats and is the highest peak in the district of Wayanad. The Chempara Peak is situated 8 km south of the town of Kalpetta in Wayanad. One can reach the hills only by foot and by no other means. You will have to walk almost 5 km from a tiny town called Meppady till you reach the peak. But in order to trek, you will have to get the permission of the forest authority. On the way to the peak, you will be greeted by some very stunning views. The most attractive feature is a naturally formed heart-shaped lake that is such a splendid sight that will blow your mind. You can also avail for necessary provisions for trekking from the forest office in Meppady. Do not miss visiting Chempara Peak, the experience is going to be a very beautiful one.
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Kumarakom: Did you know that India’s longest lake was in Kerala? Vembanadu Lake is situated in Kerala and spreads towards 3 districts in the state namely; Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kottayam. Kumarakom is a village located in the Kottayam district and borders the Vembanadu Lake. The village of Kumarakom is blessed abundantly by Nature. This village is full of life and luscious greenery. It houses a variety of flora and fauna. The famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which spreads up to 14 hectares of land, is home to various migratory birds like the Siberian stork and wild duck. One can also get a chance to see birds like the waterfowls, darters, herons and cuckoos. The Vembanadu Lake also houses a rich thriving marine life that consists of fishes like pearl spots, tiger prawns and other varieties of prawns. Kumarakom should not be missed at all, if you do then you are sure to regret it. The happening village is adorned by luscious greenery from the swaying paddy fields, the golden sun reflected on the rippling waves of Vembanadu Lake and the sprawling coconut groves. Kumarakom is one of the favorite honeymoon spots in Kerala. There are many travel planners in Kerala who offer honeymoon packages to Kumarakom alone. So, one can imagine the popularity of Kumarakom among st honeymooners. If you have recently entered wedlock, then Kumarakom would definitely be one of the best places to visit. You will be completely mesmerized by the natural beauty of this little village. You should make sure that you add this wonderful village into your travel itinerary.

Ayurvedic Tourism a Trending Sector in Kerala Tourism

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

STRENGTHEN YOUR WEIGHT LOSS PLANS THROUGH SIMPLE AYURVEDIC HOME REMEDIES

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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.

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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.

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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.

ayurvedatreatmentPepper: 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!

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 Aloe Punch: Here is another tip that will aid your weight loss plans. A drink that will facilitate your fat burning process. Here is how you make it.  You will need Aloe juice, turmeric powder, Tinospora cordifolia Powder and Terminalia Chebula Powder and cumin powder in a glass of water. Warm water is highly recommended. Mix them together along with a dash of honey and drink it. You need to consume this drink an hour before having your meals. Continue taking this drink until you reach your target weight. You must try this at home as it is very much effective.
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Drinking sufficient water: You might have heard this several times. If weight loss is your goal then including a sufficient amount of water in your diet should be one of your main priorities. It is not just Ayurveda that recommends water but alternative medicine says so. Having water throughout the day at regular intervals is a great step towards weight loss. But everything has its ‘dos and don’ts’.You must take care that you don’t drink water right after or before your meal. Such a practice should be avoided. There is a reason behind it. When water is consumed along with food, the acids that facilitate your digestion process gets diluted.  Food will not be broken down properly and the digestion process will be slowed down. So, do drink water in the right amounts at the right time to reach your target!
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Adding more spices to your food: Well, you wouldn’t have expected this! But it is true! Spicy, pungent and bitter food helps in retaining the digestion fire in your body. Lack of such types of food will just reduce the digestion fire in the body. Add spices like chilli, pepper, cumin, mustard etc. in your daily meals. Some people might have difficulty adjusting to the fiery taste of chilli. Moreover, over-consumption of chilli might cause acidity whereas a pepper does not aggravate acidity. It actually cools down the effect of acidity. Well, it is almost time to ‘spice up your life!’
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Ginger: Ginger has high medicinal values. It helps in curbing gastric troubles, prevent bloating and even facilitates your weight loss process. Ayurveda considers ginger as a great remedy to burn fats in the body. Consuming ginger tea in the morning helps you in your weight loss plans. Take the required amount of water in a pan and keep it to boil. Once it starts boiling add half a teaspoon of turmeric followed by little chunks of ginger. Let the mixture boil for a minute or two. Drink the concoction to aid fat burning. Have it regularly in the morning to attain great results.
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Horse Gram: Most of the Ayurvedic practitioners recommend horse grams when it comes to losing weight. Here is what you have got to do. Soak a cup of horse grams overnight, Boil it the very next day around afternoon. Add roughly chopped onions and salt (preferably rock salt) to the boiled horse grams. Consume the mixture continuously for 45 days without missing it even for a day. After consuming the mixture drink a glass of buttermilk to see the magic! Your fat burning process will be in full swing! Do try this remedy at home if you want to shed some weight.
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Digestive Tea: Digestive teas are really good at facilitating your weight loss process by improving the rate of metabolism. Here is a digestive tea that you can prepare using the common ingredients found at home. Get equal quantities of cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and coriander seeds (about half a teaspoon). Add it to water (a glass) and bring it to boil. Once it starts boiling, close the lid and boil it again for another 5 minutes. You drink this during the day. The drink helps in weight loss by improving your digestion. Do try this at home and see the difference yourself.
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Getting rid of Ama: As per Ayurveda, Ama is caused by improper digestion. Ama when accumulated blocks the lymph channels and causes weight gain in people along with causing fatigue. In order to lose weight, one should see to it that they consume foods that help in restricting ama formation. Triphala, turmeric, trikatu, Guggulu (which are available in both capsule and powder form) facilitates the elimination process of ama. Triphala particularly is used in many Ayurvedic treatments, especially in Kerala, the birthplace of Ayurveda. Losing weight is not as easy as it seems to be. But including some foods can speed up the fat burning process. Such tricks can help you reach your goal.
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Foods that aid digestion: Ayurveda says that weight gain is mainly due to improper digestion and reduced fire of digestion. So, one should increase the intake of those foods that will facilitate proper digestion which in turn promotes weight loss. The foods that help in proper digestion are pepper, chilli, garlic, papaya, bitter gourd, ginger etc. You must try to include these foods in your daily meals to improve the digestive fire. It not only facilitates your weight loss goals but also adds more flavor to your food.

Festive Tourism, Exhibiting the True Culture and Heritage of Kerala

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Festivals are the true attraction of Kerala, the land known as gods own country. These are occasions when splendor prevails over the simplicity of the lifestyle of Kerala. The celebrations other than being an occasion for merry-making have a great role in preserving the tradition, art, and culture of the land. The festivals whether social or religious, modern or traditional are never complete without a traditional art which includes the art forms that dates back to 2000 years from the traditional Koodiyattam to the contemporary art forms and shows of the modern age. Kerala being a land with a number of festivals and seasonal celebrations is a prominent destination for seasonal tourism. Most travelers visiting the land during these festive seasons are domestic travelers mostly from the northern parts of the country which includes states Delhi, Jaipur, and more. One of the main reasons for travelers from these places to tour to Kerala during the festival season is the fact that the celebrations in Kerala have some similarity to that in the north. It’s mostly during these festive seasons the travel rates to the land doubles overnight. This rapid rise in travel rates and tour packages directly affect the ratio at which the tourist visits the land. Most foreign travelers visit Kerala to enjoy an explore the seasonal and festive wonders of Kerala promoting the trend of festive tourism, the tourism department of Kerala with a number of travel partners like Dream Kerala organizes a number of Kerala tour packages with price affordable by the travelers. The main aim in revising the package rates during festive seasons is to attract foreign travelers to the land and thereby help in the development of the country. Kerala being a land with festivals and celebrations in almost every month of the year would always have a number of travelers visiting the state throughout the year. Some of the seasonal wonders that attract foreign tourist to a greater extent include:

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Thrissur Pooram

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The Pooram is one of the most famous temple festivals celebrated in Kerala in Thrissur during the months of April and May. A number of more than 3 lack people take part in the festival every year. The main element of the festival that fascinates the overseas travelers are the set up of a paradise with a number of 50 decorated elephants and 200 musicians playing the playing the traditional instrument of Kerala chenda. Heavenly decorated temples and fireworks that last for a minimum of 5 hours add up to the beauty of the festival. A number of travelers from around the world visit the place to witness this heavenly feast availing different budget packages. It is during this season that the city sees a flow of tourist. The Pooram is not just the festival of the city of Thrissur but the festival of the state which is celebrated with great unity among the people within the state. The Pooram is a religious treasure of Kerala which no other state possesses. To have a taste of this unique temple festival a number of tourist visit Kerala mostly who belong to Delhi and other northern parts of the country. The Thrissur Pooram is one of the main festivals of the land which bring back the unity of the people in the city.

Vishu

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The festival is celebrated as a New Year festival according to the Malayalam calendar. As it is believed that the festival marks the beginning of a new year seeing an auspicious sight first in the morning will make the year ahead prosperous and positive. This belief is the reason why special arrangements are done in most Hindu houses the night before the festival. The arrangements done are called the preparations for vishukani which is mostly kept in the pooja room. The arrangement of vishukani consists of things like beetle leaves, raw rice, gold coins, yellow flowers and a photo of Lord Vishnu. Believers wake up early morning to see the Kani which would be kept ready at the pooja room. Another most important and followed custom of the festival is giving money to kids and the poor. One of the main attractions of the festival which draws the attention of the overseas tourist is the food prepared during the day. The festival along with its preparations fascinates the over-sea tourist as all these traditions are very new and unique for them. Taking great advantage of this seasonal splash a number of travel operators offer and organizes several Kerala holiday packages under budget rates aiming the oversee tourist with a keen interest in the seasonal colors and flavors of Kerala. Making use of this reduction in rates of the season a number of travelers visit the land from different nook and corners of the world.

Navarathiri

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Another important festival of the land Navarathiri attracts a number of travelers to the land during the month of Sept-Oct. the festival is mostly celebrated in the capital city Trivandrum at Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. The festival related to the adoration of Goddess Saraswathi mostly known as the goddess of knowledge among the natives is one of the major festivals in Kerala. In the capital city, the festival marks its start with a police parade to the well-known Sree Padmanabhapuram Palace following the ritual of bringing the royal idol of the goddess. The festival is lighted with the police parade, police battalions, guards of the royal palace and the members of the royal family who brings the idols to the capital city and places it in the Ramanar Palace located close to Sree Padmanabha temple for nine nights. These nine nights when the idols stay in the palace are celebrated with a number of different programs mainly the classical music fest which attracts a number of travelers to the land. Exclusive travel packages with affordable rates are organized during this season to let the travelers from different parts of the world enjoy this tradition of the land. Goddess Durga is believed to be the family goddess of the Travancore royal family due to which the festival is celebrated by the royal family of the Travancore kingdom.

Onam

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A harvesting festival which is celebrated in the state for almost 10 days during the month of August and September is one of the most popular and biggest festivals of the state.  The celebrations of this harvesting festival can be the best compared to that with the once celebrated in the northern parts of India. Flower carpeting, dances, and songs all part of the celebration which resembles those celebrated in the northern parts of Delhi. The snake boat race through the backwaters of Kerala is one thing that attracts the tourist from Delhi which draws them to Kerala during the harvest festival. To facilitate an easy visit for travelers from the capital state of the country an attractive and cheap Delhi to Kerala tour packages are organized. The snake boat race and the traditional dance forms held during the festival fascinated the travelers from the capital state and other domestic travelers as these are the traditional treasures that one could find only in Kerala.  The festival is mostly known as the harvesting festival among the Keralites as it is celebrated during the harvesting season of the land. Due to the increasing demand for tourist visiting the land the travel rates to Kerala would increase rapidly during this period. Even with the rise in tour packages during the season, a number of foreign travelers visit the land to enjoy and explore the cultural fest which includes boat race, dance, music, flower carpets and more which are an integral part of this traditional festival of the state. Onam is not just a harvesting festival of the land but also a shopping festival where a huge number of shops and companies offer great seasonal discounts on a number of different products.

Kochi-Carnival

Apart from the above four festivals, Kerala has a number of the celebrations and festivals like the Biennale, new year celebrations at Fort Kochi and more. Being a land with an abundance of festivals and celebrations the land becomes an ideal destination for festive or seasonal tourism. Taking advantage of this seasonal color splash and flavor of the land the Kerala tourism department offers and arranges a number of cheap seasonal tour packages to Kerala. Most travelers visiting the land during the seasonal celebrations are domestic travelers and foreigners with a keen interest in the festivals and traditions of Kerala. The land is one of the best destinations for travelers who wish to explore the richness of cultural tradition and festive color splashes.

THE BEST LUXURY AND BUDGET-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN THE PORT CITY OF KOCHI

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A holiday is where you relax and forget all about your otherwise stressful life. So, it is very much necessary to have a holiday without any hassles and proper comfortable accommodation also plays a major role in setting up a hassle-free vacation. Kerala, ‘God’s own country’ has been emerging as one of the best tourist destinations of the country. The list of tourist spots in Kerala never seems to end. The lush green hill ranges of Munnar, the pristine backwaters of Alleppey, the sprawling spice plantations and forests of Wayanad, the towering malls and historic buildings of Kochi have all conquered the minds of travellers. With the number of tourists increasing every year, the hotels and resorts in Kerala especially Kochi has also been showing a stupendous increase. Kochi is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the state. The port city is all about glitz, glamour, nature and history. An entire package that would interest any sort of traveler. Kochi is, therefore, a mandatory tourist spot that ought to be added in every travel itinerary.  Selecting the best from a significant number of hotels is not an easy task. While looking for a resort or hotel, you need to keep certain points in mind and make sure that all those conditions are fulfilled. You’ve got to see if the hotel is situated in a safe and convenient location, whether the staffs are friendly and willing to help, the availability of staffs at the hour of need, if it has all the desired facilities that will make your holiday tension-free and fun. We’ve handpicked a list of the best hotels in Cochin for you to choose from.

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Brunton Boatyard

Brunton Boatyard is one of those hotels in Kochi that defines class and magnificence. This 5-star luxury hotel is one of the most popular that are very much sought-after by the tourists. The hotel by itself displays architectural excellence. Brunton Boatyard houses around 22 well-furnished and spacious rooms that offer an amazing view of the sea. This is one of the most striking features of the hotel. The rooms give us a whiff of the colonial heritage that the hotel portrays. The terracotta flooring, the antique bed of four postures and the high arched ceiling make it much more evident. The ambiance of the hotel needs a special mention. Those who wish for a quiet peaceful time with their loved ones will definitely love it here. The rooms also provide you with all the desired facilities like internet connection, TV sets with cable connection, telephone, mini snack bars, comfortable sofa sets and cosy beds, spacious private bathrooms with Jacuzzi and continuous running water (both hot and cold). The hotel also has a 24-hour front desk that will attend to all your requirements and necessities. The restaurant of Brunton Boatyard serves a range of delicious dishes from both Indian and International cuisine. The restaurant is famous for the scrumptious range of authentic food that it serves.

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The Casino

The Casino stands out as one of the most beautiful 4-star hotels of Kochi due to its wonderful architecture. The Casino comes under the very famous CGH Group. The architecture of the hotel is a perfect combination of the modern and traditional style. If you are looking for elegance blended with comfort, then this is the right place for you! Though the hotel has a modern tinge to it, it also gives us the feel and experience of knowing Kerala’s culture and traditions. The Casino has different sorts of accommodations for the guests. The rooms offered are the executive suite, superior room, executive room and superior pool view room. The rooms offer all the desired facilities like mini bar, internet, television with cable connection, telephone, spacious bathrooms with free toiletries etc. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk that is always available. The hotel also runs an Ayurvedic Centre name Thulasi where the guests are entitled to authentic Ayurvedic treatments and massages by practitioners. If you are a gym enthusiast, then you can even work out at the hotel’s Gym. You can also buy souvenirs for your loved ones from the shop at the hotel which has all sorts of traditional things to be gifted as a souvenir.

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Broad Bean Hotel, Cochin

If you are looking for a classy hotel to stay at a budgeted cost, then the Broad Bean Hotel is the ideal place for you. The hotel is one of the most popular budget hotels in Cochin. Situated in a very convenient location as Vytilla, the hotel is quite easy to travel to and from the tourist destinations in Kochi as Vytilla is close to almost all the spots in Kochi. As for the accommodations, the hotel offers 5 sorts of rooms which are Executive Club Room, Deluxe Room, Deluxe Suite Room and Presidential Suite. The rooms are categorized based on the demands of the amenities required by the guests. The guests can choose their rooms accordingly. The rooms are also priced based on its category. The rooms offer all sorts of desired amenities and facilities like LED television with national, international and regional channels, free wifi, mini snack bars, comfortable sofa sets, cosy bed, dining space, bottled water, direct dial phone to the hotel reception and much more. The guests can also avail for rooms that have an exceptional view of the Cochin city life. The hotel also has an in-house laundry, health club, multi-cuisine restaurants, coffee shops, banquet hall and conference hall. The hotel is ideal for all sorts of travelers, from those who are looking for a luxurious stay to the ones looking for rooms at affordable prices.

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Hotel Aiswarya

Hotel Aiswarya is one of the best hotels in Kochi. The 3-star hotel in Kochi offers the best value for your money. The hotel has 54 spacious rooms with all the desired facilities. The rooms are available in 3 different categories like Executive Deluxe AC, Executive Deluxe Non AC and Suite. It is suitable for both budgeted and luxury stay as it has both air-conditioned and non-air conditioned rooms. The rooms are well furnished with all the desired facilities like telephone, refrigerator, luggage rack, television with cable/satellite channels. It also has very spacious private bathrooms with a shower, bathtubs, jacuzzis and free toiletries. The hotel has a wonderful multi-cuisine restaurant called Benaras, which serves the scrumptious meals from various cuisines like North Indian, Chinese and Keralite food. The restaurant is famous for serving authentic Keralite meals representing every part of Kerala not just Kochi alone. The hotel is also very much preferred for conducting seminars, conferences, meetings and presentations as it has a large conference hall with unique seating styles with a capacity to hold around 55 people and more. It also offers a reliable car parking facility, the provisions to rent cars and servicing rooms.

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The International Hotel

The International Hotel is situated in the midst of many reputed shopping centres and business places in Kochi. The location of this hotel makes it convenient for both the travelers who have come for business purposes and for those who’ve come to enjoy their time in Kochi. The International Hotel has an array of 40 rooms categorized into different sorts like the executive room, deluxe room, suites and standard room. There are both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned rooms. Most of the rooms have the desired facilities like a TV with cable connections, internet connection, telephone, mini snack bar, a spacious bathroom with free toiletries and continuous supply of both hot and cold water. Cod’Or is the multi-cuisine restaurant of this prestigious hotel which offers delicious dishes from Chinese, Continental and Indian Cuisines. The restaurant is run by some amazing chefs who have got years of experience in the field. If you are a person who is into the spa and massages, the hotel gives you such a facility too. The International Hotel also has a spa and massage center too, which makes it even more preferable. The themed resto-lounge of the hotel named Lave is the ideal place to relax and have a wonderful time with your friends. If you would like to hold functions, meetings or presentations, then you can conduct it in The Roof Top Enclave which has a seating capacity to hold around 400 people. There are two extra conference halls where you can conduct business meetings.

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Havelock Island, the Lovely Planet with the Enticing Beauty of Nature

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Filled with a number of natural attractions and beach destinations, the Andaman Island dotted in the Bay of Bengal is one of the most fascinating travel destinations that entices and entertains the travellers visiting the land to a greater extent. It is mostly nature, the beach destinations and the peacefulness that the place holds within that attracts the travellers the most. Moreover, this island cluster also houses a number of travel operators like Andaman tour travel functioning at the place that offers the travellers with a number of best tour packages to the Andaman cluster of islands at very cheap and affordable rates. Apart from the nature and the beauty of the beaches the place also holds within a number of other attractions like the water adventures that the place offers the number of different historical spots in the place.

Within a number of island clusters of Andaman is the Havelock Island which is one of the most visited travel destinations in the place which is mostly referred to as the lonely planet by most of the travellers. Filled with a number of sublime silky beaches, some of the best diving spots and a number of twinkling teals shallow the Havelock Island holds in a good reputation of being a travellers paradise. Like all the other travel destinations in Andaman Havelock also holds within a number of fascinating attractions and spots where the travellers could have the best moment together with nature at the place. Listed below are some of the best details that one should know before travelling to the island destination.

  • Reason to visit the island

Havelock Island holds in one of the best beaches in Asia that offers the travellers with some of the best options for adventures that they would love the best in the land. The place is most known among the travellers for the unbeatable reefs and the swimming elephants. With a number of white sand beaches like that of the Kop Pham Ngan before backpackers, cafes and parties the beach destinations in Havelock island is one of the most happening among the beach spots in Andaman and Nicobar islands. For the travellers who are in search of peaceful vacation away from the internet and the modern world, the Havelock Island would be one of the best spots to kick off your trip from. Now important thing the travellers have to notice is the fact that the place holds in no nightlife like the other beach destinations in the islands in Andaman and Nicobar islands.

  • How to reach Havelock Island

The travellers planning to explore the Havelock Island can get their flight to Port Blair which is flying on a daily basis that is mostly departing from the mainlands like Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. The round trip fare would be the cheapest if booked in advance for travellers who wish to save in transportation. With no international airlines connecting the island, one travelling to the place will also get an opportunity to spend some time in the country which yet another attraction of the trip to the place. Once you reach the airport at Port Blair, you can only get to the Havelock Island by hiring a ferry or a boat which offer service a number of times a day taking a sale of about 2.5 hrs each time. Travellers can also make use of the government ferry which offers service to the travellers at cost-free and affordable rates. If the travellers opt to enjoy a luxurious boating trip to the Havelock Island from the Port Blair, the Catamaran Ferry would be one of the best options which would take about 90 minutes to reach the place form port Blair.

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  • When to visit

Like all the other travel destinations in the world, Andaman also has its own best travel season during which the travellers prefer to explore the place the most. Even after having their rainy season from the month of May to September, the island destinations in Andaman experience mild winters and hot summers which make the place a year-round destination for the travellers to explore. The months between Octobers to February would have a temperature between 30-35 degree Celsius making the time an idea period for the travellers to visit the island and enjoy the beauty of the beach and the adventure water sports offered at the place.

  • Place of stay

Place of accommodation at Havelock is mostly divided into the budget, mid-range and luxury categories allowing the travellers to have a wide range of accommodation options to choose from. For travellers who are planning to enjoy a budget stay at the Havelock Island, the Sunrise Beach Resort would be one of the best options. It is basically a bamboo hut with minimum facilities and the minimum tariff would be 500/INR per day. Travellers are also free to choose the mid-range hotels available at the place like the Wild Orchid that offers a classy accommodation at a tariff of 4000/INR per day. Now, most of the travellers touring to enjoy the best luxury of the land would mostly prefer to enjoy luxurious accommodations at the place. For such travellers looking for the luxury of the land, a stay at Silvers land would be the best-preferred offering accommodation from a tariff rate of 7500/INR the Silvers Land offers the travellers with the best-facilitated luxury accommodation.

  • Best attractions in Havelock Island

Like the other entire island destination in Andaman, beaches and the underwater adventures are all the main attractions in the Havelock Island that grabs the attention of the travellers to a greater extent.  The Havelock Island is mostly known among the travellers and the tourists for its unique and most fascinating underwater corals, beach destinations and the different adventures that are being offered at the place. The Havelock island houses within a number of beach destinations that entices and entertains the travellers with its adventures and the entertainments offered. Some of the best adventures that are being offered at the Havelock Island include the deep-sea diving, sea walking, banana boat riding, paragliding and more. One of the added advantages of the water adventures offered ay the land is that most of them require no previous swimming experiences. This is one main reason for the travellers to organise a number of unique and different adventure Holiday packages to the travel destinations in Andaman and Nicobar Island.

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Kochi, The Land Of Luxurious Accommodation For Tourists

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Filled with hill stations, plantations, fascinatingly soothing climate and attractions, Kerala is one of the best and most sought after travel destination in India. The place mostly welcomes a number of travelers with its natural beauty and unique variations of attractions and traditions that are being preserved for the last 500 years. Apart from the travel attractions, one thing that promotes tourism in the land is the modes of accommodation that is made available. Kerala is stated with a number of travel destination ranging from the majestic hill station to the village destination or the fascinatingly wonderful waterfall destinations to the unique and complex backwater destinations and thus houses a number of hotels and resorts with the best facilities and luxury that are located to different best attractions of the state like Broad Bean at Kochi and Munnar. Hotel accommodations at Kerala are the one thing that most tourists find attractive. Travel destinations like Kochi house a number of different modes of accommodation starting from luxury hotels to best-facilitated resorts, homestays, villas and more. Mostly referred to as the queen of Arabian sea and the heart of Kerala Kochi is one of the most explored and demanding travel destination in Kerala which entertains and fascinates the travelers visiting the state with a number of unique attractions. Even after being a populated city Kochi houses within a number of hideouts and nature destinations which is yet to be explored. Most of the travelers touring to explore Kochi lovers to enjoy the luxury of the city and thus chooses accommodation with luxury as in the luxury hotels of Cochin. Listed below are some of the best luxury hotels in the city that would offer the travelers with the best-facilitated accommodation.

Ramada Resort, Kumbalam

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Covering a massive sprawling area of 8 acres the Ramadan Luxury resort is one fascinating place of accommodation that is located amidst a completely fascinating ambiance with a picturesque surrounding. Travelers who wish to take accommodation at the place will have to a take a very short ride from Kochi to reach this hassle-free resort. Located within the city limits yet away from the busy pollution and noise of the place this resort is a real Aden for nature lovers. The place is listed as one of the best luxury hotels in Kochi that offers the travelers with best luxury accommodation and a magical rejuvenation. The Ramada hotel is one of the most popular choices for luxury travelers touring to explore the charm of the city.

What’s special: The Ramada hotel houses within a number of unique attractions that entices the travelers the most like the floating pool villas, river swimming pool, spa, pool bar and more. These are some of the best specialty of the resort.

Tariff:  INR 12,000 per night

 

Aquatic Resort, Puthankary

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Located near Kochi covering an area of 30 acres, these floated or floating hotels and resorts are one main luxury attraction in the city. Bounded with soothing lush green plantations of mangroves and coconuts the Aquatic resort is one best hideout in a city like Kochi. The place offers the travelers with a very unique experience of accommodation in the land which would be both exciting and entertaining. The place with its marvel of expression, technical superiority, artistry, and creativity would ensure that the travelers enjoy the best time in the resort.

What’s special: Floating Infinity Pool and submerged rooms are one of the main specialties and the best attraction of the resort.

Tariff: INR 8,500 onwards, per night

The Poovath Heritage, Fort Kochi

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Located very close to the Fort Kochi beach, the private heritage is a Dutch palace that is being restored from the golden era. This fascinating resort, being located to the cultural destinations in the state has a lot to narrate to the history lovers visiting the place. The place offers the travelers with one of the best informal settings at the veranda of the resort which would be a new and refreshing experience for the travelers visiting the place. As the location of the Poovath hotel is close to a number of the best historic destination of Kochi, a stay at the hotel would take you a bit closer to the history of the place.

What’s special: Fishing tour, Broadway walk, sunset cruise at the backwaters of Kochi, riding on rental bikes, cycling and the Elephant Kraal visit would offer the travelers with the best experience in Kochi.

Tariff: INR 8,200 onwards, per night

SAJ Earth Resort, Nedumbassery

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Located very close to the Kochi international airport’s the SAJ Earth hotel is one other luxury hotel that would offer the travelers the best accommodation while at Kochi. Located in the beautiful countryside the SAJ Earth offers the travelers with an opportunity to rejuvenate and reconnect with nature. The location of the place makes it one of the perfect getaway destinations for travelers with magnificent hills and sun-kissed shorelines. The rooms of this fascinating hotel are perfectly set around pools offering the travelers with wavefront view a bit away from the grittiness of the sand.

What’s special: The place offers the travelers with Horse riding in the paddy fields which would be one of the best experience travelers could have in the place. Table tennis and pool are other options of entertainment that are offered at SAJ Earth.

Tariff: INR 6,000 onwards, per night

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To start your tour at Kerala, Kochi would be one of the most perfect destinations with a number of best attractions and hideouts. Being a land of luxury the Kochi holds in a number of best hotels that offers the tourist with great luxury and the best comfortable accommodation. Most of the best modes of accommodation in the city like the hotels of the place house the most modern interiors with modern and unique amenities that offer the travelers with an ax experience. Kochi is not a place that is all about luxury and porch hotels the place also houses a number of budget modes of accommodation that offers the travelers with a pocket-friendly stay with best facilities. Kochi but one of the best travel destinations in Kerala that covers the accommodation need of the travelers in all possible ways.

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Andaman the Fascinating Travel Paradise for Nature Lovers and Adventure Enthusiastic

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The Andaman and Nicobar Island, dotted in the Bay of Bengal is one of the most fascinating travel destinations that come under the union territory of India. The place is one of the most attractive beach destinations and thus it fascinates and grabs the attention of travellers from around the world. even though the place is mostly about nature, white sand beaches, palm-fringed shorelines, crystal clear water and adventures, the island clusters of Andaman also holds in a number of other attractions like the historic destinations, the tribal settlement in the Andaman and more. A number of travellers and tourist visit this fascinating place to explore the rich history of Indian freedom fight that the place holds within. Being listed as one of the top 10 travel destinations in the world by the national travellers, Andaman now houses a number of travel operators like Andaman Tour Travel who organise special tour packages with great offers and discounts allowing the travellers to explore the island capital at cheap and affordable rates. Most of the tour packages that are organised to Andaman either aim at offering best adventure tours or historic trips. The place apart from being known as an adventure lover’s paradise is also referred to as the couples Aden ads most of the travellers visiting the place are newlywed couples. Listed below are some of the best travel attractions in Andaman that one should not miss while exploring the beach destinations of Andaman and Nicobar islands.

  • Experience Delight on Havelock Island

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Deep blue waters, palm-fringed shorelines and the beauty of the clear sky are all simple ways in which one could describe the beauty of the beach destinations at Havelock Island. It is mostly the stunning beauty of the white sand beaches which looks so welcoming to enjoy a swim that charm the travellers the most at the beach destinations at the Havelock island. To be specific about the place the island is one of the largest in the Andaman’s archipelago which covers an area of about 114 sq km. Some of the best beach destinations that one could explore while t the place includes the  Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Vijayanagar Beach and Kalapathar Beach. Travellers visiting the place could simply relax by soaking in the soothing environment of the beach or can even be a part of the different adventure activities offered at the place like the scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing trips and more. (more…)

Offbeat travel destinations of Kerala a perfect spot for an effortless and cost-effective trip

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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.

Ponmudi

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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.

Nelliyampathy

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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.

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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.