Kerala, with a long shoreline with serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife, waterfalls, sprawling plantations, paddy fields, ayurvedic holidays, magical festivals, historic monuments, exotic cuisine... all combined offer a traveller a unique experience. Kerala is also popular as Gods Own Countryand is considered as Indias most beautiful state. The lush greenery is an amazing sight and is a treat for the eyes.
Ayurveda Resort in Kerala
Ayurveda "the knowledge for long life" or ayurvedic medicine is a Hindu system of traditional medicine in India.It literally means the science of life (Ayur = Life, Veda = Science) which is believed to have been passed on to humans from the Gods themselves.The ancient Vedic literature by sages has clearly laid out instructions to maintain health as well as fighting illness through therapies, massages, herbal medicines, diet control and exercise. The earliest literature on Indian medical practice appeared during the Vedic period in India,i.e., in the mid-second millennium BCE. Over the following centuries, ayurvedic practitioners developed a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for the treatment of various ailments.
Ayurveda is the soul and essence of Somatheeram, which has been providing Ayurvedic treatment in the traditional way for more than 20 years and has rightfully earned the name ‘The Ayurveda People’.Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort is the world's first ayurvedic resort unique in every aspect. A complete resort with Tradition, Culture, History, Ayurveda, Yoga , Beach and Nature. Take pleasure in the breathtakingly beautiful landscape. Rejuvenate your body and soul with Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation.
What to See in Kerala
Brilliant green is the colour of Kerala. As you trundle down its roads, sail through its lagoons, trek in tea country and hit the trail of the langoors, it’s that colour that’ll be with you. The places to see in Kerala are many and a sightseeing tour will bring a whole lot of gratification.
The capital city, Thiruvananthapuram, is a good communication hub. Many travellers catch a flight or train to the city, which is in the very south, and make their way through the state, past the beaches and fun of Kovalam and Varkala, cruising through the lush backwaters from Alappuzha to Kollam, spending a few days at the exceedingly pleasant city of Kochi and then on to Kumarakom and the backwaters at Alleppey and so on.
The wilds of Periyar, where lumbering elephants roam the jungles, back-to-basics Wynaad and the tiny Parambikulam Sanctuary are greatplaces to visit for nature enthusiasts. Munnar is tea and spice country; slopes awash in a tremendously refreshing green are as much of a pull as the atmospheric town itself.
The Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea are easily reached from Cochin (Kochi). The delicious cocktail of silver sand, shimmering blue waters, snorkelling and diving that it is demands a good long glug!
Kozhikode, also known as Calicut was once the capital of the powerful Zamorins and a main trade and commerce centre in Kerala. Kozhikode was also the most important region of Malabar in the earlier days. Kozhikode covers an area of 2206 square km. Today,lush green country sides, serene beaches, historic sites, backwater destinations, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills, a unique culture and a warm friendly ambience have made Kozhikode a popular destination. Ma Huan also called this place as the great country of the Western Ocean.
Thekkady is one of the major destinations of the state of Kerala, the God’s own country. Due to its unmatched natural beauty and serenity, this small town is visited by a large number of tourists every year. The town also houses one of world’s most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries. Thekkady is also the major base point to access some of the other exotic sites in Kerala as well as in Tamil Nadu. A visit to Thekkady also provides you the opportunity to see wildlife at close ranges, besides the varied vegetation and a wide variety of birds. Lying at an altitude of 700-1900 m above sea level, Thekkady has a cool and comfortable climate. Out here, you can also go for treks and mountain walks.
Alleppey is one of the most important tourist centers in the state, with a large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet "Venice of the east". These large network of canals provide Alleppey its lifeline. Alleppey was one of the busiest centers of trade in the past with one of the best known ports along the malabar coast. Even today it retains its charm as the centre for Coir carpet industries and prawn farming. Alleppey the ideal headquarters for backwater tourism as well as for visits to the lovely church filled town of Kottayam, and the town of Aranmula, famous for its historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race which is an annual event. Alleppey is also known for its spectacular snake - boat races held on the second Saturday of August, every year. This competition - the Nehru boat race takes its name from India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who inaugurated in 1952. It is excitement all around as snake - boats , each manned by over a hundred oarsmen, cut through the waters like wind. The event is a tremendous success with tourists and the local population alike.
Periyar WildLife Sanctuary
Periyar, in Kerala, is the best-known wildlife sanctuary in south India. Though billed as a tiger reserve, Periyar is really famous for its wild elephants, 100-year-old artificial lake and its setting in the beautiful thickly forested Western ghats. This is not your best shot at spotting the Bengal Tiger considering there are less than 40 of them that inhabit an area of 777sq.km but there's plenty of other animals like the Nilgiri langoor, Nilgiri tahr, bison, deer, antelope and about 700 elephants to make the trip worthwhile. The Periyar Tiger Reserve consists of tropical evergreen, semi- evergreen and moist deciduous forests. Its legal status as a National Park is still pending and only one notification has been issued. It was declared a Project Tiger Reserve in 1978 and the first research started in 1991. The results indicate 49 species of mammals, 246 species of birds, 28 species of reptiles, 8 species of amphibians, 22 species of fishes and 112 species of butterflies. The core area is 350 sq.kms. The final notification of the buffer area is pending. The national park and the tiger reserve is rated as one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India for wildlife photography, bird watching, elephant herds and tiger watching.
Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations, an ideal honeymoon destination and summer gateway of India. Munnar is famous among honeymooners and tourists from all over the world for its cool climate, cozy weather, landscapes, tea plantations, natural beauty, wildlife etc. Munnar was the official summer administrative capital for the erstwhile British. The area is located 1600 meters above sea level. The picturesque beauties of this land include misty rolling hills, sprawling estates, sparkling waterfalls, beautiful hamlets and fantastic mountain valleys. Its an ideal place for refreshment after a hectic tour in the rich cultured Kerala. The most beautiful areas in Munnar once known as the Kannan Devan Hills, after the tea plantations here under the TATA Company. The etymological meaning of the name Munnar is 'Three Rivers'. The land is located at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.
Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.This lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. Its proximity to the equator, the sea and the mountains provide a rich experience of a moderate equatorial climate.Strictly speaking, Cochin is a small town. But, Cochin has outgrown its original bounds and is now the general name given to much of the region adjoining the original town, which now includes Cochin, Fort Kochi, Mattanchery.
Kovalam is famous for its beaches, among the most pristine in India. Kovalam is extremely popular among westerners due to shallow waters and low tidal waves. It is also one of the oldest tourist enclave in India, which known among tourist circuit right in 1930s. Kovalam shot into limelight in the early seventies with arrivals of the masses of hippies. That started the transformation of a casual fishing village of Kerala into one of the most important tourist destinations in all India- the Kovalam beach.
Kovalam has 3 major beaches in its 17 km coastline. The southernmost, known as the Lighthouse Beach is the most popular of the three. Many hotels, restaurants, lodges and shops are located here. It is frequented by outsiders who stay and enjoy Kovalam.