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Top 10 Ayurveda Centers in Kerala

Kerala’s ideal climate and unparalleled herbal wealth makes it perfect for the Ayurveda Treatment. Monsoon is determined to be the best season for Ayurvedic rejuvenating therapies. During Monsoon, the atmosphere is cool and dust free. Body is said to absorb the herbal oils and medications better during this season since body pores open up at this time.

Read More about Ayurveda at : https://blog.backwaterbreaks.com/2014/10/31/ayurveda-the-ancient-medicine-system-that-heals/

1.Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort

ayurvedaThe Carnoustie Ayurveda and wellness Resort is nestled among the palm groves alongside the stunning backwaters of Kerala. The resort  not only prides itself on its scintillating location but also its calm and peaceful aura and the facilities.  It has a lavishly appointed spa, outfitted with traditional architectural touches and lovely fountains where guests have access to experts in yoga, Ayurveda, and naturopathy, and treatments that seek to assist with everything from purification and detox to anti-stress and relaxation techniques.

  1. Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village Health Resort

ayurvedaThe Kairali Ayurvedic center is not only well known for its impeccable treatment and facilities but also its characteristic blend with nature.  The resort is set amongst 50 acres of lush land in the Palakkad district of Kerala. The highlight of the resort are the streams running alongside each cottage. According to the treatment rules, only vegetarian food is served, and no alcohol. Guests are encouraged to participate in early morning meditation and yoga . The resort has its own organic garden, and swimming pool.

  1. Kalari Kovilakom

ayurvedaKalari Kovilam is a palace belonging to the ancient Vengunad Kingdom in Kerala that has been converted into a palace for Ayurveda by CGH Group. It takes its treatments quiet seriously with strict diet rules  excluding meat, leather footwear, or alcohol. There’s no TV, or any entertainment for that matter. Hymns are chanted in the evenings. Every therapy is personal and customized, often combined with yoga and other methods to provide deep healing from within and without. Even the food is served according to individual requirements. The aim, according to the resort, is to give guests a chance to start their lives over again and be reborn.

  1. Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort

ayurvedaSomatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort which offers a wide range of Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation is located in Kovalam. The resort offers complete mind and body revitalization. The resort also offers soothing and peaceful cultural trysts in the Guests can enjoy cultural performances in the tranquil evenings. Its close location to the beach proves it even more attractive.

  1. Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort

ayurvedaThe serene and exclusive Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort is hidden away on an island between the Arabian Sea and the Karamana river near Trivandrum is a scenic splendor with backwaters on one side and the beach on the other. The rooms have a majestic view and the resort is bursting forth with the beauty of Yoga, Kalaripayattu martial arts, and Ayurveda

  1. Shin Shiva Ayurvedic Resort

ayurvedaShin Shiva is a budget resort with a cosy yet professional service. The resort was birthed by a doctor with the lineage of 400 years in Ayurvedic treatment. Located atop a cliff at Chowara, overlooking the ocean and close to Kovalam beach, the resort offers a spectacular view worth seeing.  It’s around 30 minutes drive from Trivandrum airport. A wide variety of packages are offered.

  1. Sarovaram Ayurvedic Health Center

ayurvedaLooking for a budget ayurveda resort, then this is one of the resort worth trying. The resort is located along the backwaters of Kerala providing a serene picturesque view. The resort is spread over three acres of garden, right on the water’s edge near Kollam. Family owned, it’s run by third generation Ayurvedic doctors. While there you can enjoy activities such as a houseboat ride along the backwaters, evening dance performance, or visit nearby villages.

  1. Ideal Ayurvedic Resort

ayurvedaAnother affordable option for Ayurvedic treatment in Kerala, the Ideal Ayurvedic Resort is located in Kovalam. It’s situated on the edge of a small village within a canopy of coconut palms, five minutes’ walk from Chowara Beach. Although not as luxurious as other Ayurvedic resorts, treatment is still of a high standard and is administered by doctors. Yoga and meditation complement the wide range of packages available.

  1. Ayurveda Yoga Villa

ayurvedaLocated in the lush Wayanad district of Kerala, where nature abounds, the Ayurveda Yoga Villa offers a unique blend of Ayurveda treatment, yoga practice, and training in Kalari martial arts. The comprehensive Seven Days to Inner Peace package is worth trying. Shorter three day packages for those who want a rejuvenating escape are available. Treatments can also be tailored to your needs. Guests tend to find the atmosphere really special at this place. There’s a herbal garden and shop on the premises.

 

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Top 10 Ayurvedic Centers in Kerala

Kerala’s ideal climate and unparalleled herbal wealth makes it perfect for the Ayurvedic Treatment. Monsoon is determined to be the best season for Ayurvedic rejuvenating therapies. During Monsoon, the atmosphere is cool and dust free. Body is said to absorb the herbal oils and medications better during this season since body pores open up at this time.

Read More about Ayurveda at : https://blog.backwaterbreaks.com/2014/10/31/ayurveda-the-ancient-medicine-system-that-heals/

1.Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort

thumbThe Carnoustie Ayurveda and wellness Resort is nestled among the palm groves alongside the stunning backwaters of Kerala. The resort  not only prides itself on its scintillating location but also its calm and peaceful aura and the facilities.  It has a lavishly appointed spa, outfitted with traditional architectural touches and lovely fountains where guests have access to experts in yoga, Ayurveda, and naturopathy, and treatments that seek to assist with everything from purification and detox to anti-stress and relaxation techniques.

  1. Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village Health Resort

downloadThe Kairali Ayurvedic center is not only well known for its impeccable treatment and facilities but also its characteristic blend with nature.  The resort is set amongst 50 acres of lush land in the Palakkad district of Kerala. The highlight of the resort are the streams running alongside each cottage. According to the treatment rules, only vegetarian food is served, and no alcohol. Guests are encouraged to participate in early morning meditation and yoga . The resort has its own organic garden, and swimming pool.

  1. Kalari Kovilakom

kovilakonKalari Kovilam is a palace belonging to the ancient Vengunad Kingdom in Kerala that has been converted into a palace for Ayurveda by CGH Group. It takes its treatments quiet seriously with strict diet rules  excluding meat, leather footwear, or alcohol. There’s no TV, or any entertainment for that matter. Hymns are chanted in the evenings. Every therapy is personal and customized, often combined with yoga and other methods to provide deep healing from within and without. Even the food is served according to individual requirements. The aim, according to the resort, is to give guests a chance to start their lives over again and be reborn.

  1. Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort

somatheeram-ayurvedic-health-resortSomatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort which offers a wide range of Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation is located in Kovalam. The resort offers complete mind and body revitalization. The resort also offers soothing and peaceful cultural trysts in the Guests can enjoy cultural performances in the tranquil evenings. Its close location to the beach proves it even more attractive.

  1. Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort

7479508The serene and exclusive Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort is hidden away on an island between the Arabian Sea and the Karamana river near Trivandrum is a scenic splendor with backwaters on one side and the beach on the other. The rooms have a majestic view and the resort is bursting forth with the beauty of Yoga, Kalaripayattu martial arts, and Ayurveda

  1. Shin Shiva Ayurvedic Resort

imagesShin Shiva is a budget resort with a cosy yet professional service. The resort was birthed by a doctor with the lineage of 400 years in Ayurvedic treatment. Located atop a cliff at Chowara, overlooking the ocean and close to Kovalam beach, the resort offers a spectacular view worth seeing.  It’s around 30 minutes drive from Trivandrum airport. A wide variety of packages are offered.

  1. Sarovaram Ayurvedic Health Center

sarovaram-ayurvedic-backwaterLooking for a budget ayurveda resort, then this is one of the resort worth trying. The resort is located along the backwaters of Kerala providing a serene picturesque view. The resort is spread over three acres of garden, right on the water’s edge near Kollam. Family owned, it’s run by third generation Ayurvedic doctors. While there you can enjoy activities such as a houseboat ride along the backwaters, evening dance performance, or visit nearby villages.

  1. Ideal Ayurvedic Resort

5Another affordable option for Ayurvedic treatment in Kerala, the Ideal Ayurvedic Resort is located in Kovalam. It’s situated on the edge of a small village within a canopy of coconut palms, five minutes’ walk from Chowara Beach. Although not as luxurious as other Ayurvedic resorts, treatment is still of a high standard and is administered by doctors. Yoga and meditation complement the wide range of packages available.

  1. Ayurveda Yoga Villa

images (1)Located in the lush Wayanad district of Kerala, where nature abounds, the Ayurveda Yoga Villa offers a unique blend of Ayurveda treatment, yoga practice, and training in Kalari martial arts. The comprehensive Seven Days to Inner Peace package is worth trying. Shorter three day packages for those who want a rejuvenating escape are available. Treatments can also be tailored to your needs. Guests tend to find the atmosphere really special at this place. There’s a herbal garden and shop on the premises.

 

5 Interesting Things to do in Kerala

Kerala, one of the well known tourist destinations in the world has time and again stayed true to its title of “God’s Own Country” with its plush green sceneries and rejuvenating aura. There is no dearth of exhilarating experiences when it comes to tourism in this green splendor of a state tucked away in the south western corner of India.

In addition to some of the widespread tourist pursuits of the place, Kerala has a seen a rise in some unique but less common things of tourism interest which are given below.

Stay in Tree Houses

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Tree Houses have recently reared its head among the popular pass times in Kerala. Although a little lesser known, it is an extremely fun way to spend time enjoying the grandeur of Kerala from the lavishly constructed tree houses atop the grand trees of Kerala.

The tree houses will not fail to surprises you with its airy expanse, not to mention the amenities at hand. So you can lounge in luxury even as you indulge the child in you. The tree houses are an exceptional example of the fusion of nature with modern architecture.

Relish the company of the Majestic elephants of Kerala, Kodanad

KodanadA rural riverside village located in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, Kodanad is not only famous for its picturesque location alongside the Periyar river but also because of the famous elephant training centre. Elephants are an integral part of Indian mythology and culture. In God’s Own Country, elephants are often referred to as the sons of the ‘Sahya’ (the Western Ghats).

Kodanad  is one of the largest elephant training centres in Kerala. Earlier elephants captured from the Malayatoor forests (the forests in the East and North of Kodanad) were trained here. Since the introduction of a ban on elephant capture Kodanad has been reduced to a training centre. The famous Malayatoor Church is near Kodanad. Various activities are open to wide eyed tourists here such as elephant safari, elephant bathing etc.

Revivify your Soul on a Houseboat Journey on the Backwaters of Alleppey

IMG_9331Sit back and take in the scenic beauty of the grandiose backwaters of Kerala flanked by plush flora on the traditional Houseboats tailored to the house the necessities and luxuries of the modern world.

Read More about Houseboats at: https://blog.backwaterbreaks.com/2014/11/24/kerala-houseboats/

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Neelakurinji Blooming on the Hillside

If you have a weakness for beauty in the form of blooming flowers, then Eravikulam neelakurinjiNational Park is a must visit. Watching the blooming of the “ Neelakurinji” (Strobilanthes kunthiana) which happens once in 12 years is a fascinating experience in itself. Another treat that you get on your trek up to the peak of the hill is the Nigiri Thar, an endangered mountain goat. The park remains closed in February and March.

 

Watch Theyyam in Northern Kerala

IMG_2145Theyyam is a form of worship where man dons the guise of God and propitiates the Gods through possessed dancing; Theyyam is also known by the name Kaliyaattom. The performance of Theyyam is supposed to make life prosperous and remove all hazards. Theyyam has its etymological origin from Daivam,  i.e., god in vernacular. Theyyam is performed in mainly in the North Malabar districts of Kannur and Kasargod in Kerala State, India.  If you are a big lover of art forms, then this is one that should not be missed.

Top 8 Places to Eat in Alleppey, Kerala

Thaff

tastyspots-10002043Thaff Restaurant, located on the Punnamada road is renowned for serving authentic Kerala cuisine and has four different branches within the district itself. This particular outlet is located near the Ganapathy temple in Mullakkal Road. Karimeen Pollichathu, Chicken Kothi Varuthathu, Prawns Roast, Chicken Biriyani are the main dishes worth trying here.

Cassia

cassia-Restaurant-@-Lakdi-Ka-Pool1Cassia is a premium restaurant located right in the heart of Alappuzha city . The hotel includes an artistically designed fine dining hall, a clean and hygienic kitchen. The varieties of food served in the restaurant makes this hotel a favourite hang-out spot for lovers of yummy food. The menu includes wide varieties of delicious sea food, Italian cuisines, North Indian dishes and many more to turn you a giant, when it’s eating time. The hotel is located close to the network of waterways.

Mushroom

MushroomAn open-air restaurant, Mushroom is a great favourite with locals as well as tourists. A comprehensive menu that includes its much famous mushroom soup, tandoori specialties, ginger chicken, chilli mushrooms, chicken kali mirch and more, well complemented by cups of masala chai. Its proximity to the beach makes it more of a favourite for late night hunger pangs and a beer or two.

Toddy Shops

If you are looking to have authentically prepared Kerala food especially sea food like prawns and fish along with the famous alcoholic beverage made from the sap of palm trees then the toddy shops are a must visit offering some of the scrumptious dishes prepared in the real Kerala way. If you are picky and choosy about ambience and finesse then this definitely is not the place for you.

Dreamers cafe and Restaurant

47691953With a beach side location, roof top terrace styled in the unique Kerala way, this restaurant provides exquisite Kerala food. Dreamers also offers  a laid back homely ambiance with friendly warm staff.

 

 

Kerala Houseboats

food0The Houseboats of Alleppey not only provide a scenic tour of the scintillating backwaters of Alleppey but also provide some of the authentic mouth watering dishes of Kerala. One of the highlights of the cuisine available on the houseboats is the freshly caught fish cooked to perfection.

 

Halais Restaurant

g3Situated in the heart of Alleppey Town near South Police Station, Halai’s Family Restaurant established in the year 2000 has become a favourite for the fine dishes it offers. Specialized in Chicken Biryani and a variety of Chicken dishes. The date pickle is another worth trying. They provide awesome food and good value for money.

 

Kream korner Art Cafe

kream-kornerThis cafe not only offers elaborate food menu but displays beautiful art exhibitions as well. One of the high lights of the place is the locally brewed toddy along with delicacies like fish cutlets, masala peas, beef fry, Malabar parotas, mochoo noodles. The restaurant also offers you a great cup of filter coffee.

 

 

Top 10 Places to Eat in Kochi

Toddy Shops

If you are looking to have authentically prepared Kerala food especially sea food like 1.jpgprawns and fish along with the famous alcoholic beverage made from the sap of palm trees then the toddy shops are a must visit offering some of the scrumptious dishes prepared in the real Kerala way. If you are picky and choosy about ambience and finesse then this definitely is not the place for you.

Check out some of the famous toddy shops that provide comparatively good quality service:

http://www.toddyshop.in/ernakulam/mullapanthal-toddy-shop-kerala.html

Tibetan Chef

16017123_S3NBWoWhwytb_dNfnWH7cDfHoRhxbqvhjVQaTlCetVQIn mood for simple subtle Chinese food minus fine dining? Tibetan Chef is your perfect place to be. Get a feel of the simple and humble setting where you can sit down with your family or friends, relax and have savoury food. It is tucked away down a quiet street away from noise and traffic and the food and service makes up for their lack of superior elegance and feel.

 

 

 

Dal Roti – Lilly Street, Fort Cochin

Located in Fort Cochin, on Lilly Lane, this place stays true its tag line ‘Desi Khana’ ( oetrNEjeaffeh_biggermeaning native food). The menu has an assortment of North Indian food such as Mughlai Parathas (breads), paratha stuffed with minced chicken and cooked to crisp perfection, Lachidar Parathas served with Lucknowi chicken and so on. The place comes alive in the evening with beautiful lighting.

Kashi Art cafe

29KIMP_KASHI2_1127644fKashi Art Café offers a tranquil lair for art lovers and lovers of continental food . The café serves all-day breakfasts, thick soups and uniquely flavoured sandwiches in addition to brewed tea and coffee. Kashi Art Café also serves homemade cakes and pies, which are prepared daily .

 

 

Kayees biryani

A mouth watering dish, Malabar biriyani is one of the most sought after dish in Kerala and one you will not be disappointed in can be found at Kayees Biriyani. You can either visit them at thier branch in Mattanchery or the one opposite Durbar Hall in Kochi. Rich in taste, the biryani here is cooked alongwith the meat and rice, and fragranced with whole garam masalas, raisins, cashews and fried onions.The must-try dishes here are the mutton biryani, which is served with papad, onions, dates chutney and chicken fry.

Fusion Bay

DSC06291The Fusion Bay is adorned with sturdy wooden furniture, low ceiling fans and exposed brick and terracotta entrance. It might not seem the ideal fancy place you would want to sit down for a long time but their extensive Kerala specialties does not cease to blow one away. This place should be on your culinary adventure list. Satisfaction and foodogasm guaranteed.

 

Dhe Puttu

Dhe-puttu-interiorPuttu is a favourite dish among the Malayali people. It is a type of steamed rice cake which is usually served during the breakfast. It is quite common in most households ofs Kerala. The restaurant servesl a variegated range of puttus , along with myriad side dishes too . Some of the marked dishes in the Menu are – Mambaya , Chirattaputt, Gothambu, etc.

 

Grand Pavilion

The Grand Pavilion Restaurant is an elegant restaurant that serves a rich menu with  dishes from a large number of places ranging from the West, North India, South India and most of the rest of the Asian continent.

Ginger House Restaurant

filename-dsc05897-jpgAs the name suggests, the restaurant specialises in ginger-based dishes, offering everything from ginger prawns, ginger ice cream and ginger lassi to ginger milkshakes and the zingy ginger tea. The waterfront view, coupled with Kochi’s old world charm, makes Ginger House a perfect place to relax and watch the boats sail by. Its uniqueness lies in its location within a museum. Situated behind an antique warehouse  Ginger House has a classy feel.

Malabar junction

ca282a85fd594d448569787c80480717_featured_v2Malabar junction is located on the Portuguese courtyard with an elegant ambiance and savory food. The dishes are prepared using quality ingredients which are locally sourced. Their sumptuous  thali is one of the must have dishes. They have a huge range of options ranging from the native to continental. One of the highlights of this place is the Carnatic music band  that light up the place at night.

 

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Backpacking Tips, Kerala, India

IMG_0618Gone are the days when tourism only meant posh rides and opulent hotels. The recent years have seen a redefinition of vacation  from that of just a physical breather to self discovery and spiritual rejuvenation. Instead of  viewing remotely, travellers now prefer to walk amidst the people and edifices to explore and discover different ways of life and appreciate the beauty in those branded  trivial.

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Basic Tips

– The trip could be less tasking if you keep the luggage minimal and use essential locking and security measures to keep your mind at ease from common theft.

– Its best to pack or buy light cotton dresses since the place is very humid.  It would be advisable to carry an umbrella for protection from sudden rainfalls as well as the bright sun. Throwing in a cap as well could prove useful

– Leather footwear is a big no when it comes to travelling during the rainy season. A comfortable paid of sandals or slip-ons would help you take it easy on the feet.

– Extension cord with surge protector- Wiring can be often faulty in the local places accompanied by occasional voltage fluctuations. Extension cord with surge protection would do a world of good for your expensive electronic devices.

– Kerala is a comparatively safer place in consideration to the rest of India but in view of the cultural conservatism of the people, it’s better to wear modest clothes. The crowd here is not used to bikini and swim wear, so even though it would be little odd covering up completely in the heat and taking a dip in the waves, it is less attention-grabbing.

– Torch or tea lights are another indispensable item that you need to have on you as a precaution against the power cuts and for use in areas without street lights.

-Make sure you carry wet wipes,  antiseptic hand wash, tissues and so on.

-Unfortunately most places have mosquitoes and carrying a mosquito repellent is a necessity to protect you from these blood suckers and the subsequent diseases.

Transportation

Kerala is one of the most accessible state in India with a massive network of roadways, railways and waterways. There are a wide range of options to choose from the most expensive to the reasonable to the cheapest ways of travelling.

By Train

Kerala has an extensive network of railways connecting its different districts as well as connecting it with the rest of India. The tickets can be cheap or expensive depending on the compartment you wish to travel in. During the day time, you can choose to travel in the general compartment which may or may not be crammed up depending upon the source and destination stations and the time chosen to travel. Overnight travel in the general compartment can be pretty uncomfortable and slightly unsafe. The reservations for the overnight travel has to be obtained either at the reservation counters or you can always book online on the https://www.irctc.co.in/eticketing/loginHome.jsf website. Such reservation have to be done in advance.  The Indian railways has the AC compartments as well . Some of them provide the options of AC chair compartments for day travel.

Railway enquiry: Ernakulam Junction: +91 484 131; Ernakulam Town: +91 484 2390920/2395198; Cochin Harbour Terminus: +91 484 2666050
( find train information at : http://www.indianrail.gov.in/  )

By RoadBUS_1602747f

Kerala prides itself on the vast network of roadways i.e. national/state highways and local roads links it to rest of the country. Private and public transport services are available to/from all major cities of South India from here.  There is a plethora of private ac buses to choose from apart from the wide range of options available to choose from the government buses as well (http://www.ksrtc.in/).

Auto rickshaws are an interesting and convenient option when it comes to short distance travel by road. The availability of a network of taxis also simplifies travelling by road in the present scenario.

KSRTC enquiry: +91 484 2352033/2372033 – for state and inter-state public buses. 

BY Sea/Backwaters

Kerala has regular boat service to places like Kottayam, Kumarakom and Alleppey which are available through the scenic backwaters of Kerala. Not only do these shorten the journey but offer you a scenic feast for the eyes

Accommodation

Kerala is overrun with hotels and accommodations of varying kind especially with the huge influx of travellers worldwide. The prices vary in tandem with the facilities and it would be best to check out the ratings of a place on websites like trip advisor to be on the safer side

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/oct/02/kerala-top-10-budget-beach-hotels-guesthouses

https://www.tripadvisor.in/HotelsList-Kerala-Budget-Hotels-zfp6256.html

Food

Kerala is truly the “God’s own country” for food lovers with its overabundant variety of delicacies.IMG_0679

From breakfast to lunch to dinners, people in Kerala love their food and there is a vast assortment of dishes to chose from for each meal.

It is good to take a pick from one of the local shacks where the food can taste absolutely heavenly but at the same time it’s always better to be on the safer side when it comes to the tummy. If you have a got a touch stomach then you would absolutely love what the local places have to offer.

http://blog.backwaterbreaks.com/2014/10/15/5-must-try-authentic-kerala-breakfast-dishes/

Safety

  • The cities of Kerala are comparatively progressive and travelling late evenings in places like Kochi is pretty safe.
  • The Police in Kerala are one of the best in the country and are seen patrolling the streets around the clock
  • People interpret body language, attire and behaviour a little differently in India and its best to get a good idea about the culture of the place before you being travelling.
  • Being water borne areas, mosquitoes are common, hence mosquito-repellents must be used.
  • Make sure you are carrying security locks for your luggage just to be on the safer side.

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