Kerala Ayurveda & Yoga holiday, India
Description of Kerala Ayurveda & Yoga holiday, India
Refresh your mind, body and spirit on this ten-day Kerala Ayurveda and yoga holiday. You’ll start your trip with two nights at a village homestay on the banks of the backwaters near Kochi, where’s there’s time to visit local heritage sights and a prawn farm, as well as take a sunset boat trip. Next, it’s on to northern Kerala and the village of Bilathikulam at Calicut, where you’ll be based for seven days in the ancestral home of the Kadathanadu royal family. This gorgeous homestead has green leaf accreditation, meaning that it meets the standards set by the government for Ayurvedic centres in Kerala.
Your hosts during your stay are Dr. Sreekumar and Dr. Neeta Sreekumar. Along with a team of qualified Ayurvedic doctors, yoga acharyas and trained locals, they will oversee your daily Ayurveda Treatment (around two hours a day) and daily yoga meditation (around an hour a day).
Optional activities around Calicut include dance lessons, evening performances of traditional Keralan art and music, walks with your hosts, and drives to Kappad beach. All food served at the retreat is vegetarian, and alcohol is prohibited.
1 Reviews of Kerala Ayurveda & Yoga holiday, India
Reviewed on 06 Apr 2018 by Katherine Jackson
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The Ayurveda treatments and the yoga every morning
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Try and go in the cooler seasons. We went in March and it was very, very hot.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes definitely. Harivihar employs all local people who do a fantastic job
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
We had an amazing time. We extended our holiday in Kerala to 19 days and explored a lot of the region. We can’t wait to go back again one day.
PlanetThe first nights at Cochin is at the 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...
PeopleUnlike 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
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