Kerala Ayurveda & Yoga holiday, India

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Responsible tourism: Kerala Ayurveda & Yoga holiday, India

Environment

The first nights at Cochin is at Gramam Homestay which is a family home in three acre coconut garden on the banks of backwaters very near to Fort Cochin. You get a chance to eat fresh local fish, prawns, crabs, etc from the local fishermen at the spot. You can meet local family house or prawn farm house and learn cooking your dinner with them. In the garden no pesticides are used. Only natural manure and organic fertilizers are promoted. We use solar water heater for providing hot water at the shower.There is no artificial garden or resort like ambiance. It is very natural and every thing grow in splendid in the green earth.
At Ayurveda center too you get fresh vegetable and vivid dishes of vegetables for meals. You can openly discuss with the doctor and the trained local men / women are to help you for the Ayurveda treatment and yoga meditation.
The accommodations are renovated traditional kerala style buildings with tiled roof and wooden ceilings. And it goes in harmony with the green nature...

Community

Unlike other Ayurveda or Yoga Centres here the treatments and practices are performed at a homestead of an ancestral family and it allows the guests to enjoy the priceless benefits of expert Ayurvedic treatment and care as a part of the in-house facilities. The local people are in intimate attachment for several generations with this family set up and they too get benefited. There is no luxury or fantasy at the accommodations what we have is traditional and simple accommodations related to the life style with magical beauty of nature.
The limited number of guest’s involvement preserves the local ecology and culture. The Government accreditation to this Ayurvedic homestead and its ancestral inheritance itself is a clear evidence of genuine treatment and its authenticity.
The general cleaning of the garden are done by the local women groups
(members of Kudumbasree - A project of India Govt.) who gets 100 days job in an year and is paid by the Govt. besides pensions and other benefits. The Homestays work join hand with the Govt. to provide employment to the local women, poor and weaker sections.
A suitable amount from the profit generated out of this holiday will be utilised for supporting poor students in the village of Bilathikulam / Kumbalang

Reviews of Kerala Ayurveda & Yoga holiday, India

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2008 by

Just a quick message re my recent holiday in Kerala. I would like to say how much I enjoyed my 2 weeks. I stayed in a number of homestays, all very comfortable with friendly staff and fabulous food. There were all in very different places, so it gave me a good overview of the area. The drivers were helpful and very safe and my week's ayurveda/yoga holiday left me feeling 10 years younger and full of energy.

Jos arranged a trip of a lifetime for me and I would recommend it to all other independent travellers heading to Kerala. So much better than staying in bland, air conditioned (non spicy) tourist hotels! I would give it a 4 and a half stars.

Reviewed on 08 Jun 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It's hard to pinpoint the best part of the trip! Arriving to the homestay and the wonderful setting of the bungalow, was breathtaking, it's so peaceful, and Lamy's cooking is lovely. Harivihar in Calicut and the Ayurveda treatment were incredibly relaxing and invigorating, exactly what I was looking for. The staff are some of the nicest people I have ever met.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Jos Bylu will take care of everything! You don't have to worry about a thing. He will organise the entire holiday for you, it's fantastic to not have to worry about a thing. The only thing is that in order to complete the basic Ayurveda treatment you really need to stay for a minimum of 7 nights, 2 or 3 weeks is ideal.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The homestay setting and location do. The local fisherman comes to the edge of the property in his boat and sells Jos the fish that he has just got out of the back waters, then there is the Tody man who collects the nectar of the coconut flower and sells it to the local shop. At the other homestay everyone of the employees are local, all the food is local, some of the herbs and spices are grown at the homestay, and of course the Ayurveda is an ancient Keralan tradition.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


For my first trip to India was fantastic. I will recommend it to any of my friends who are interested in Kerala. Jos is one of the most efficient people I have ever met, anywhere in the world. Just leave it up to him!!! He will make your holiday memorable. The Harivari homestay and the Ayurveda exactly what I was looking for.

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I loved the canoe ride on the backwaters. I also loved the hike with the naturalist. It was beautiful and he was completely fabulous.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It is extremely easy and organised. It gets a bit lonely if you do it on your own, but it is completely safe and interesting.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I feel that the people I stayed with knew the community they were in, cared for it, and were doing a wonderful job supporting it. I really felt I was being invited into their homes and being shown the community. The innovations for caring for the environment were far beyond my expectations.

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