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Kerala – God’s Own Country

Kerala is one of the most important centres for ayurveda. People not only from India but also all once the world make kerala their deotination for receiving ayurvedic treatment for all birds of ailments. The information given below gives an account on Kerala tourism and health destinations. We are grateful to the Department of Tourism, Kerala for providing us with the following information.

Kerala is the only place in the world where Ayurveda, the ancient form of science and the holistic system of medicine based on nature is practiced to perfection.

The state’s equable climate, natural abundance of forests (with a wealth of herbs and medicinal plants), and the cool monsoon season are best suited for Ayurveda’s curative and restorative programmes. In fact, ancient texts recommend the monsoon to be the best season for Ayurvedic regimens. This is the time when the atmosphere remains dust free and cool, opening the pores of the body to the maximum, making it most receptive to herbal oils and therapy.

Kerala is located on the southwestern tip of India with the Arabian Sea in the west and the Western Ghats towering 500 – 2700 m in the east. The state is divided into three regions – the coastal lowlands, the fertile midlands and the highlands. The lowlands of Kerala are networked by endless backwaters and the deltas of forty-four rivers. The midlands are rich with cashew, coconut, areca nut, tapioca, banana, rice, ginger, pepper, sugarcane and vegetable plantations. The forested highlands abound in tea, coffee, rubber and spice plantations and wildlife reserves.

In Kerala, tourism has emerged as one of the few economic alternatives to develop the state economy. It has been recognized as an important sector for the development on account of its potential for generating income and employment. Tourism is considered as one of the sectors, which can drive Kerala economy to take the state to the pinnacle of socio economic development.

As Kerala is one of the important centers for Ayurveda, it forms a significant reason for the development of tourism in the state. People not only from India but also all over the world make Kerala their destination for receiving Ayurvedic treatment for all kinds of ailments.

Each district and town has the facility of Ayurvedic treatment with many renowned Ayurvedic centres. Ayurvedic massage parlour, Panchkarma centres and clinics and hospitals are located in each city of the state. Many Ayurvedic centres operate as resorts where people can stay and get them treated as well. Of the many Ayurvedic centres, it is advisable to go to those centres, which are approved by the Department of tourism.

Places to Visit

Thiruvananthapuram District. The southern most district of the state, Thiruvananthapuram is bounded by the wooded highlands of the Western Ghats in the east and the northeast, and the Arabian Sea in the west. A long shoreline with secluded, internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches, hill stations and a rich cultural heritage make this district a much sought after tourist destination.

Thiruvallam is a serene backwater stretch, en route to Kovallam and is famous for its canoe rides. A temple dedicated to Parashurama, the legendary founder of Kerala is located here.

Veli Tourist village is sandwiched between the Veli Lagoon and the Arabian Sea. Akkulam Boat Club is a very popular picnic spot with boating facilities.

For ayurvedic treatment you may visit a number of centers based at Thiruvanathapuram. A few of them include Somatheeram Ayurvedic Resort at Kovallam, Coconut Bay Beach Ayurvedic Centre, Travancore Heritage Ayurvedic Centre, Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village, Taj Varkala Ayurveda Centre, Ideal Ayurvedic Resort, Charakas Ayurveda Hospital, RIBIS Health Care Pvt. Ltd, Nikkis Nest Ayurvedic Centre and Linchu Ayurvedic Resort.

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