Nature heals, yes its true nature holds within all the potential to heal a broken person. Here I am not talking about the Ayurvedic elements or the medical phase of nature or the world. The idea is very simple you travel around different places with natural beauty and freshness mostly so that you can escape from the reality or heal yourself from the pressure and the mental traumas that you have been through for the last many years. In my case the travel was not alone; I was travelling with my daughter to her favorite travel destination Kerala. Located to the southernmost end of India, Kerala is one of the most fab travel destinations that are filled with the goodness of nature and wild. The place holds within a number of best attractions and unique elements that makes the place one of the favorites for nature lovers and admirers. It was a year after the death of my husband that I and my daughter planned a Kerala trip. It was not our first visit to the land, we have been to the place a number of times before with my husband, and this trip was to recollect all the good memories we had of the place. Kerala is one of the best family travel destinations have always offered us the best family experience every time we visited the place. We mostly used to avail the tour package to Kerala that was organised by a travel operator names Gogeo holidays functioning in the land. But this time it was just the both of us and thus we decided to travel on our own more over we knew some of the best places to stay and the modes to reach to the place that we were to explore.
As per our plan, this family trip was organised with an itinerary which included Munnar as one of the main travel destination and Kochi as one of the stop-over destinations. We flagged off the trip on the 13th of November by around 8 am. After a long flight, we finally reached the Kochi international airport by around 12 am which was literally noon. As out a first place to explore was Kochi and as it was a stop-over destination I was completely fine with a landing at the place by noon. After getting the luggage from the airport the first thing that both of us look for was a cab and for our luck, we had a cab waiting in the stand. It was on our way to Kochi that the thought of getting an accommodation crossed my mind. As our last family trip was organised by travel operator we need not bather of the accommodation and such as the complete accommodation part was handled by the travel operators but this time as we were not accompanied by a travel operator it was my responsibility to looking for a decent budget accommodation. The last time I visited Kochi with my family, we stayed in a hotel named broad bean which offered us decent accommodation at a pocket-friendly rate so this time I asked the driver to take us to the same hotel. By around 12.45 pm we reached the hotel, after completing the check-in formality at the hotel we decided to take a small power nap as the both of us were really tired from the travel.
Later we woke up by around 3.30 pm with the alarm sound that my daughter set in my phone. By around 4 pm after having the tea from the hotel we moved on to explore some of the nearby travel destinations. As the hotel was located in the center of the city most of the travel destinations where close by. The first destination that we explored at Kochi was the Mangalavanam bird sanctuary. Located to the center of the city within the high court premises, the place was one of the best destinations where one could spot nature at its best. The place was mostly filled with mangrove plantations and thus gave an ambiance of a forest. The place was mostly filled with birds which are migratory. And thus it becomes one of the literal paradises for bird watchers. One of the other attractions in the place was the tree house from where you get to enjoy the best view of the forest and the plantations and the lake nearby. The place was one of the best spots where families could spend a refreshing and happening moment. After being at the place for a while we moved on to our next travel spot which was the marine drive. Like Mumbai Kochi too had its own marine drive that offered the travelers with the best view of the sea. One could see the beauty of the sea and the Chinese fishing nets in the area which is a sight worth enjoying. You could notice that it is mostly families that arrive at the place as you get to enjoy one of the best evenings seeing the sunset and tasting the roadside food in the area. Like all the others we too enjoyed a refreshing sunset in the place and then got back to the hotel after having the dinner from a restaurant on the way.
The next day morning we were woken up by the reminder call that we asked for at the reception. After refreshing, we got down to the hotel to have the breakfast which was complimentary. By around 10 am we checked-out of the hotel and then availed a cab from the hotel which was to take us to our next travel destination which was Munnar the queen of hill stations. Located to the western ghats of Kerala, Munnar is one of the most fascinating travel destinations that have always been one of the favorite travel spots for most of the travelers from around the world. It is a 3 to 4 hrs drive from Kochi to Munnar and we reached the place by around 12.30 pm. Instead of checking-in directly into the hotel, we decided to fit travel around exploring some of the travel destinations in the area and the check-in into the hotel by the end of the day. On our way to Munnar, our first stop was at the Cheeyappara Waterfalls which was en-route to the hills. The beauty of nature and the wild surrounding the hills is something that is admirable. Most of the traveler who was there at the place was families who were enjoying their day with their kids; the sight was worth enjoying altogether. After being in the falls for a while enjoying a bath we moved on with the trip. Our next travel destination was the eco-point in Munnar which was a place that was sandwiched between two hills producing the phenomena of echoing. It is mainly this natural phenomenon that is happening in the area that gave the place its name. With a small lake and valleys surrounding the eco-point was a perfect destination where families could enjoy some quality time together. Apart from the beauty of nature and the climate, the place also offers travelers with a number of adventures like boating, horse riding and more. As my daughter insisted on enjoying boating and horse rides both of us enjoyed the same. After being in the place enjoying some family time we moved on to our next spot which is the Munnar tea plantations. Filled with the gleaming beauty of nature and the tea plantations, most of the peaks in Munnar are filled with tea plantations. The place offers the travelers with the best view and a perfect spot for photographers. The climate and the mist in the area add to the mood. By the time we finished wandering through the plantations taking some pictures, it was already getting dark so we decided to check-in to the hotel. After a drive of another 45 minutes, we reached the hotel where we checked in and had the dinner after refreshing. As it was a trying day we slept real soon.
The next day morning we woke up by around 9 am. After refreshing and having the dinner we checked-out of the hotel BT 11 am. As it was our last day at the place we only had very few travel destinations to explore. The first place we went was to the Munnar tea museum which according to me would be a must-visit spot for all family holiday and travel packages organised to the misty hills in Kerala. The Munnar tea museum exhibited different verities of tea which starts from the white medicinal tea to the kid’s favorite chocolate tea. The both of us tasted almost all the verities and my daughter loved the chocolate so on our way back we bought a few chocolate tea bags and green tea bags. From the tea museum, the next destination that we moved on to was the top stations. Travelling for an hour we finally reached the top station from where we started our trek so that we could reach the viewpoint. Even though my daughter found the task very easy, it was really hard for me. Comparatively climbing down to the viewpoint was easier whereas climbing up was a real task. The view of the cloudy mist and the wild below was one of the best scenery that one can enjoy while at Munnar. It took us about an hour to climb back to the top station. The sandalwood forest was our last travel destination on the trip even though we didn’t have much time to explore the place we just had a small visit. By the time we started back to Kochi, it was 6 pm. After a very long ride back we finally reached the Kochi international airport by around 9.30 pm. From where we took the flight back home.
To be honest, Kerala is one fascinating travel destination for the family. The place not just holds within the beauty of nature but also have a very peaceful and calm climate that helps us relax and enjoy the time with one another. It is mainly the climate and the refreshing air in the best travel destinations in Kerala that helps in making a bond within families. The travel destinations in Kerala are not just about nature and hill stations but the place has much more to add-in to the list of attractions. The traditional centres, the cultural centres, the eco-friendly destinations, the backwaters, the beach destinations are all some of the other elements in the land that attract the attention of the travelers. Most of the tour packages that are being organised to Kerala would include almost all the attractions and travel elements. Offering the travelers with the best of attractions and being a state with the best potential in tourism Kerala is a must visit the spot to the south.
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!
Kerala, The God’s Own Country’, is blessed with ravishingly fascinating destinations that are blessed with Nature’s affection. Munnar, Alleppey, Wagamon, Kochi, Wayanad etc are examples of the very fact that I mentioned before. Each one of the destinations deserves a special mention though for the natural beauty and bliss that it offers to the tourists. It is not easy to describe the beauty of Kerala in one or two words. You have got to visit this beautiful land to experience and take in its beauty. This little south Indian state is a land where explorations never seem to end and that is why it is one of the most sought-after destinations of hundreds of explorers. A good trip is best accompanied by a great stay. Here are some of the very best resorts and hotels in Kerala which are going to blow your mind and you must make sure that you stay in one of them when in Kerala for the best experiences.
Silver Wood Resort
Silver Wood Resort lies in the list of the best luxurious resorts of Wayanad. The resort has various spacious villas with all the amenities and desired facilities that any traveler would wish for. As it is situated in a very peaceful environment covered with greenery, you get to enjoy a private time filled with tranquility. One has so many different sorts of villas with different facilities to choose from. They are Natural, Emperador villas, Primero villas, Espacio Libre, Prestigio villas, Sky Romantico villas, Romantico villas, and Royale villas. All these villas provide you with an amazing view of the scenic beauty of Wayanad. Each one of the villas has facilities like a mini snacks bar, hot and cold water, jacuzzi and bathtub in bathrooms. All the rooms are air-conditioned with an Led TV and cable connection. The Emperador Villas are the most spacious of all the villas with 2500 sq. feet area. The villas contain two bedrooms along with a living room that is very spacious. You also get a beautiful view of the water running from the Banasura Hills. Whereas the Royal Villa, provides a nice living room, a dining hall along with a dressing area. The best part of such a villa is the presence of Jacuzzi in the balcony. The Romantic villa is all for honeymooners and couples who wish for a quiet romantic time together in the presence of the flowing streams and the beautiful range of mountains. The Sky Romantico Villa has rooms which are really spacious. The rooms have an area of 1100 sq feet and the bathroom is around 180 sq feet. Prestigio Villas have rooms with attached bathrooms and a very spacious outdoor area. Apart from all these delightful settings the resort also organizes indoor and outdoor tourist activities like trekking, rock climbing, nature walk, bird watching, visiting spice plantations, fishing, boating etc. Silver Wood Resorts are among st the best resorts in Wayanad and is the perfect nest for you to relax after your tour.
Asokam Beach Resort
Kannur also has some amazing beaches for tourists to enjoy and wonderful resorts near the beach to spend a great stay cation. One such resort is the Asokam Beach Resort. The resort is situated in the Payyamabalam Beach road of Kannur. Asoka Beach resort offers wonderful views of the beach along with great services and amenities. The friendly and amiable staff of the resort take care of every needs and requirement of their customers. The resort also provides delicious varieties of food from different cuisines dished out by proficient local chefs. The resort is particularly famous for the Panchakarma treatments and Ayurvedic massages, which is why it has levelled up to be one of the most popular Ayurvedic resorts. The resort also conducts ritual art forms like Theyyam and traditional martial art forms like Kalaripayattu on evenings.
Banasura Hill Resort
Banasura Hill Resort is a luxury resort situated in the lush green forest land of Wayanad. The resort can be considered as one of the most beautiful resorts in Wayanad. The specialty of the resort is actually hidden in the name itself. The Banasura Hill Resort is situated in the Banasura Sagar Island of the Banasura Dam. The resort that is spread across 15 acres of land has a beautiful stream flowing beside it and it looks straight out of a beautiful picture.
When it comes to rooms you have three options to choose from which are the Nalukettu, Single Cottage and Double cottage. Nalukettu is the model of a traditional Keralite home, which is part of the resort. The stay at Nalukettu gives you a unique sense of tranquility mixed with beautiful nuances of the past. The Nalukettu has spacious traditional bedrooms, verandas, a central courtyard etc. Double Cottage is perfect for a group of travelers to stay. It is basically a wooden cottage with two spacious bedrooms and a balcony with a great view. Whereas a single cottage is somewhat similar to a double cottage, with a single room and is ideal for newlywed couples enjoying their honeymoon. The management here also conducts various adventurous and fun-filled tourist activities like trekking, rock climbing, nature walks, soft trekking, bird watching etc.
Tea Valley Resort
If you are looking for premium facilities, then Tea Valley Resort of Munnar is the ultimate choice. The resort is located in Pothamedu which is an hour’s drive from the town of Munnar. Since it is located in Pothenmedu, which is just an hour’s drive from Munnar town, it is much easier to reach the resort from the main town of the area. The distance of the resort from the Cochin International Airport is 108km and will take you almost 4 hours to reach the place. The resorts spread up to an area of 6.5 acres of lush greenery, the beautiful resort offers a great ambiance for you to unwind and relax. Tea Valley Resort houses 29 cottages set in the backdrop of Munnar’s magical beauty. There is one great feature that really makes the resort unique when compared to the other resorts in Munnar. You are allowed to bring pets to this resort. Pet lovers are going to love this place for sure! The resort also offers provisions for an outdoor fireplace or barbeque. The resort provides the customers with three different types of cottages to choose from. The customers have options like an executive, luxury and honeymoon cottage. The multi-cuisine restaurant of Tea Valley Resort is run by very talented chefs who will prepare scrumptious food from various cuisines like Chinese, Indian and continental food for the guests.
Broad Bean Resort and Spa
Broad Bean Resort and Spa comes under the list of the best budget hotels and resorts in Munnar. The resort is located in the village of Chithirapuram which is situated at a distance of 13 km from the town of Munnar. You can easily reach the resort in 30 minutes. The resort is well known for the reliable services and standard amenities provided at reasonable rates. The resort is situated amidst ravishing vistas of the luscious green hills and tea plantations. The best part is that you get great views of the scenery from every suite of the resort. The guests are also entitled to free WiFi, parking facilities. suites with all the desired amenities like bottled water, snack bars, comfortable furnishings etc. The bathrooms are also quite spacious with a continuous supply of water (both cold and hot). Broad Bean Resort runs a wonderful multi cuisine restaurant that dishes out different varieties of scrumptious food prepared by proficient and experienced local chefs. And the best part is that the suite comes with all the facilities along with a peaceful time and a very pocket-friendly price.
Kadavu Resort and Ayurveda Centre is a five-star resort which gives premium facilities to its guests. The architecture of the resort deserves a special mention. The resort is built in a very unique way which arouses one’s curiosity. The architecture of the building is inspired by the perfect blend of Hindu and Mappila culture. Kadavu in the native language Malayalam means river bed. True to its name, the resort is set amidst the backdrop of beautifully flowing backwaters, coconut groves and an extremely tranquil surrounding. Kadavu Resort is spread across 9 acres of lush green land. The resort also has a great restaurant called ‘Ootupura’ which serves delectable dishes from the Malabar Cuisine. There are great facilities like doctor-on-call, luggage room, laundry, spa, yoga center, etc. The resort consists of two types of rooms which are Cottages and houseboats. Both kinds of rooms promise you an exceptionally beautiful view from them. The resort also conducts a lot of tourist activities, both indoor and outdoor thus ensuring a great stay for you and your loved ones. The activities include trekking, nature walk, boating, rock climbing, fishing and many indoor and outdoor games. They also have a gymnasium, swimming pools, basketball courts, jogging tracks etc. This is where relaxation meets entertainment.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A beautiful glowing skin is everyone’s dream. But attaining it is not that easy, it is one difficult and frustrating task. We all try different methods to get that pinkish blush on our skin but most of our efforts bear no fruits. The majority of us keep shifting from one cream to another, hoping that at least one of them will produce the desired results, but all in vain. Some of them produce more dark spots and rashes on the skin as side effects. Not all methods are futile. Ayurveda is one such method that actually brings that healthy glow to the skin. The gradual procedures which include diets, massages, spas, and herbal medicines rejuvenate the skin and make it healthy and radiant. The process is slow and you might not get that instant result. But you will get the desired result without any side effects, that much is guaranteed. You can get your skin treated via Ayurvedic Spas and massages. There are many Ayurvedic Centres like Aura Ayurveda & Spa in Kochi, which offers authentic Ayurvedic treatments. They have a team of practitioners who are well experienced in the field. Most of the authentic Ayurvedic Centres are situated in Kerala which is considered as the birthplace of Ayurveda. But every one of us can’t travel that far to get our skin treatments done. Well, you don’t have to worry. There are some Ayurvedic techniques that you can do on your own. Here are some Ayurvedic remedies that you can try at home to get the beautiful radiant skin.you have always wanted
Raw Potato: Raw potato has starch content which helps in curbing pigmentation. It also has mild bleaching properties which help the process further. It also restricts the formation of dark spots, scars etc. and also prevents premature ageing. So, here is what you must do. You will need a potato and a cotton ball. Grate a potato and extract its juice. After which you can dip the cotton ball and dab it on the surfaces affected by scars and dark spots. Leave it for the night and wash it off the very next day. In a few weeks, you will notice the change if you follow these steps regularly.
Fenugreek: One can use both the seeds and leaves for curing many health issues. Fenugreek contains the essential vitamins and minerals to cure many skin problems such as wrinkles. Take a fistful of fenugreek leaves and grind it to obtain a paste. Now, apply a layer of the paste on your skin. If you are using fenugreek seeds, boil them in water. After which you can apply it on your face using a cotton ball. Leave it for an hour or so. Then, you can wash it off the slightly warm water. Such a method is very effective as the skin adapts to it faster.
Drink Tea: Hydrating oneself is very much important to keep the skin healthy. You got to drink at least 2 litres of water per day to keep your skin rejuvenated and refreshed. Drinking herbal tea is also a good way for maintaining a healthy skin. The herbal tea keeps your digestive tract in a proper condition. A good digestive system is essential for a supple glowing skin. You can use chamomile for brewing your tea which not only improves the functioning of your digestive system but also helps in providing a proper night’s sleep.
Orange: Orange peel supplements the health of your skin. The peel of an orange contains nutrients like Vitamin C and vital anti-oxidants that help in keeping the skin bright, supple and radiant. How does it help in keeping the skin so bright and healthy? Orange has properties that control oil secretion and acne formation on the skin. Here is what you should do. The very first step is to dry the orange peels and then powder it. Take a tablespoon of orange peel powder and 2 tablespoons of yoghurts. Mix them well and you can apply on your face as a mask. Leave it for twenty minutes and then wash it off. Follow this procedure regularly and wait till you see the glow on your face.
Sandalwood And Turmeric: According to Ayurveda, the role of sandalwood and turmeric is very much important. Turmeric has a lot of health benefits, not just for the skin but also for the entire body. When it comes to skin, both sandalwood and turmeric has anti-bacterial qualities that curb the growth of acne-causing bacteria, prevents the formation of scars and inflammation and helps in making the skin clear. Take a tablespoon of sandalwood powder, half a tablespoon of turmeric powder and mix it with 2-3 tablespoons of honey until you get a thick creamy paste. Apply it on your face and leave it until it dries. Later, you can wash it off.
Cow Ghee: Cow’s ghee has loads of benefits. It improves digestion and removes toxins from the system. On applying it to the face, the collagen production increases and as a result the skin gets moisturized and the ageing process slows down. Get half a teaspoon of cow’s ghee and mix it with a few drops of water. Then, you can apply it on the face and massage it in circular motions, at least for 10 minutes. You could either leave it for 30 minutes or for an entire night and wash it off the next day. But leaving the mixture for at least half an hour is very essential. You might need to use a mild cleanser to wash it off. Cow’s ghee is considered to be one of the most relevant components of Ayurvedic medicine. Most of the Authentic Ayurvedic Resorts of Kerala has massages using cow’s ghee for both the skin and body.
Tulsi Leaves: Tulsi has zillions of benefits from fighting diseases to brightening the skin. Tulsi leaves are exceptionally good for brightening the skin and obtaining an even skin tone. Here is what you should do. Take a few tulsi leaves and grind it to get a thick paste-like mixture. Later, you can add a tablespoon of raw milk into the mixture until you get a paste of even consistency. Apply it on your face and leave it for 20 minutes or so. After which, you can wash it off with cold water. Try this regularly for the best results and a glowing skin.
Chickpea flour: Chickpea flour which is otherwise called as besan in Indian households is one effective remedy for removing tan, dark spots and pigmentation. The flour has skin cleansing and anti-microbial properties. You can make a face pack with the flour and apply it on your face for the best results. You will need around 2 tablespoons of chickpea flour, half a teaspoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of milk or yoghurt. Mix all the components together to get a paste. Apply it on the face and wait for it to dry, after which you can wash it off with lukewarm water.
Chamomile: Chamomile is also helpful for the body in many ways. Chamomile tea is a very effective drink, which helps us get better sleep. Chamomile is beneficial for the skin as well. It has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Chamomile when combined with Multani mitti or fuller’s earth provides a bright and clear skin by tightening the pores and toning the skin. Here’s what you should do. Brew a strong cup of chamomile tea and mix it along with a tablespoon of fuller’s earth and two teaspoons of honey. Apply it on the face and neck. Later, when it dries you can wash it off with lukewarm water.
Yoghurt and sandalwood: Ayurvedic medicines have sandalwood as a common ingredient especially for the skin. It performs thorough cleansing of the skin, killing all the bacteria, making clear and full of glow. Yoghurt brightens the skin and reduces oiliness and spots. Moreover, it also moisturises the skin. You will need a teaspoon of sandalwood powder, half a teaspoon of milk and yoghurt and also a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Mix all the ingredients together until it forms a paste. Apply it on your face and wash it off after twenty minutes. Follow this remedy regularly to see the difference.
Saffron And Aloe Vera: Saffron is considered to be one of the most expensive spices in the worlds which acts like magic on the skin. It brightens the skin, reduces all sorts of spots and brings that healthy glow on the skin. The function of aloe vera is to reduce inflammation and soothe the skin. You will need a pinch of saffron, a tablespoon of aloe vera gel and a teaspoon of milk. Here is what you should do. Soak your saffron in the milk and leave it overnight. Next morning you can take it and combine the mixture with aloe vera gel. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it for thirty minutes. You can wash it off later with cold water.
With each passing year, the popularity of Andaman and Nicobar Islands keeps increasing. The white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, the luscious greenery surrounding it and a range of colourful corals have succeeded in taking the concept of holidays a notch higher. The Islands have turned into a tourist sensation! This lone tourist destination has already turned into one of the most favourite destinations of couples and family alike. Andaman and Nicobar Islands is an archipelago of 572 small and large islands located in the sprawling Bay of Bengal, situated to the East of the mainland. From beaches to historic spots the island is home to all sorts of attractions. In this write-up, we will be listing out the most popular attractions that have contributed a lot to the tourism of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. These places should never be missed. So, make sure you have it included in your tour package. Choose travel planners like Andaman Tour Travel where customised tour packages are designed at the lowest prices available. Moreover, you may also find packages that have all these mentioned destinations included in it. Such is the demand for these attractions among tourists.
True to its name, Chidiya Tapu is a safe haven for birds found in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. One can find a lot of unique migratory birds and local birds seen only in that particular region of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The beach is so popular that it comes in the list of the best beaches in Andaman. The beach is moderately crowded throughout the year but it gives a sense of serenity that is so soothing after a tiring travel. The beach is beautified by a stretch of evergreen forests on one side and a chain of hill ranges on the other. The Chidiya Tapu is not only famous for the huge variety of bird species but also for its very attractive sunrise and sunsets. You should never miss the sunsets of the Chidiya Tapu Beach for it is that amazing. A total of 46 endangered species of birds have been recorded. One can also find a variety of orchids and other seasonal plants in the area. Apart from bird watching, there are many other activities like snorkelling, swimming and boating which is conducted on the beach. The Chidiya Tapu Beach is just an hour away from Port Blair as it is located at a distance of 25 km from the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Havelock Island can be easily named as one of the best attractions of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Havelock Islands is the very hub of tourists, as it is blessed with beautiful beaches and lush green vegetation. The turquoise water of the beaches in Havelock Island deserves a special mention as it is so beautiful and is enriched with a great variety of marine life. Since Havelock Islands have grown so popular amongst travellers, a lot of hotels, resorts, homestays and inns have been constructed in large numbers to accommodate any number of tourists visiting the area. The arrangements done for stay and other basic demands of the tourists is incredible. Hats off to the administrative team! Eco-tourism is promoted with much vigour in the Havelock Island. The Havelock Island is located at a distance of 42kms away from the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands which is Port Blair. There are several boat services connecting Port Blair and Havelock Islands, which has made travelling much easier for the tourists. The landmark of the island is a tall lighthouse that was built in the year 2005.
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Radhanagar is so popular all around the world that you could find it included in every tour package to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The spectacular beach is ranked 8th amongst the top ten beaches of the world. Most of the travellers choose Radhanagar Beach as their first choice of destinations in Andaman. Situated in Havelock Island, the beach is a vast expanse of white glittering sand, turquoise waters and luscious green vegetation. The beach is also called beach number 7 as it is located close to the ferry tier of the Havelock Island. This beach is perfect for a nice family vacation with kids. There are coast guards present in the beach 24/7 and you don’t have to worry a bit about safety issues. There are many activities conducted in Radhanagar Beach such as parasailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, boating, swimming etc. which is enjoyed a lot by the tourists. The scuba diving experience in Radhanagar is particularly interesting as the clear waters give a proper view of a wide variety of the amazing marine life and the coral reefs underneath. The beach attracts both adventure and Nature lovers equally.
The Elephant Beach too is located on the famous Havelock Island. Probably now, you understand why the island is considered as one of the most popular islands and a tourist sensation. Elephant Beach, like the Radhanagar Beach, is a very popular and breathtakingly beautiful beach. If a quiet peaceful time is what you desire, then this beach is apt for you. The beach is never too crowded, which makes it a perfect romantic spot as well. The adventurous activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, sea walking etc. are conducted on the beach which is much loved by the tourists. If Radhanagar Beach is to scuba diving, Elephant Beach is to sea walking. Sea Walking can be experienced in the best way possible while in the Elephant Beach. The huge shoreline of the beach is one of the major factors that have been attracting tourists to the place. Monsoon season also brings in a lot of travellers to the beach as a few lucky ones to get a chance to encounter Elephants strolling in the white sands of the beach. Probably, this is one of the reasons why the beach is named ‘Elephant Beach’. Do not forget to visit the Elephant Beach when in Andaman.
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Cellular Jail is not just a tourist spot. It is much more than that. The jail represents the darkest times that the country has gone through and the sacrifices of our great freedom fighters. The Cellular Jail was often called as ‘Kaala Pani’ as many of the brave Indian soldiers were killed in large numbers by the Britishers at the time. The ‘Kaala Pani’ of those days was a worse Guantanamo Bay. This jail has witnessed the tyranny of the British rulers, the massacres and the undying efforts for freedom for the Motherland. Today, the Cellular Jail is considered as a tomb for hundreds of freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the sake of India’s freedom. The jail with its towering buildings and strong walls housed several numbers of cells. You should never miss visiting the Cellular Jail when you are in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is open to the public from 9 in the morning to 5 in the evening. In between, there is an hour’s break from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The Cellular Jail is located in the Atlanta Point which is just 18 minutes away from Port Blair. The main attraction is the Light and Sound Show conducted to depict the history and stories behind the Cellular Jail.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Ayurvedic style of treatment has become immensely popular throughout the entire world. Though it wasn’t very popular during the colonial era, Ayurveda took a surge in the 20th century and started to take the place of alternative medicines. Now, Ayurveda is one of the most trusted paths for treatment. Ayurveda is the science of medicine that was developed almost 5000 years ago in the Vedic times. The word ‘Ayurveda’ means Knowledge of Life where ‘Ayur’ means life and ‘Veda’ means knowledge. This science of medicine has been included in the Atharva Veda which is the last one of the four Vedas. Ayurveda follows a holistic approach to treating the body. According to Ayurveda, a condition can be cured only if there is a proper balance of the spirit, body, and mind. Diets, massages, herbal medicines, and exercises are the main factors of the Ayurvedic treatments. The massage and medicines will prove to be effective only if a strict diet and regular exercise regime are followed. Kerala is considered to be the birthplace of Ayurveda. There are various Ayurvedic treatment Centers in Kerala like Aura Ayurveda & Spa that provide traditional Ayurvedic treatments given by experienced practitioners. Travellers from far and wide come in search of these authentic Ayurvedic treatments. In this article, we will be explaining about the Abhyanga massage in Ayurveda.
ABHYANGA – The Unique Massaging Therapy in Ayurveda
Ayurveda’s massaging techniques have a great impact on our mind and the body’s immune system. The massage therapies of Ayurveda includes the application of some herbal oils along with a few sequences and ways of the therapists that is very much good for the individual. Ayurvedic massages help in relaxing the tissues by softening it. Ayurvedic Massage can be called Abhyanga where the word is constructed using two Sanskrit words; ‘Abhi’ which means towards and ‘anga’ meaning movement. Abhyanga is a sequential organised way of massaging that is done in the direction of the flow of the arterial blood. The practitioners practise it in the direction of the body hair so that blood flow towards those parts of the body away from the heart is also increased. If the massage is done opposite to the direction of the body hair, this might not be possible. Herbal Pastes, ghee, oil or herbal powder can be used to facilitate the massage. As per Ayurveda, ‘Abhyanga’ is part of the daily routine which is otherwise called as ‘dinacharya’. Such a treatment relieves you from stiffness, fatigue and extreme pain. Abhyanga is also a part of the famous Panchakarma treatment. The massage makes the body get set for the Panchakarma treatment. Abhyanga also helps in balancing the doshas, especially the ‘Vata’ dosha. But that is not all, Abhyanga can be used to pacify Kapha and Pitta as well by including means like herbal powders and ghee.
The exact procedures of Abhyanga are not mentioned in the books of Ayurveda. Most of the procedures in Ayurveda are well-kept secrets that have been handed down from generations to generations. The texts merely mention words like ‘Samvahan’, ‘Peedan’ and ‘Mardan’ which means light rubbing, pressing and pressure massage. That is why the difference between the modern-day massages and the Ayurvedic massages cannot be pointed out exactly. No conclusions can be made when the difference between the normal massages and Ayurvedic massages are asked.
Ayurveda is one amongst those treatments that have no side effects. And when followed in a proper fashion as mentioned by the practitioners, there is no better medicine that can cure your body of ailments and diseases.