Kerala, God’s own country, has gained its reputation for a myriad of things- backwaters, tea plantations, coconuts, but most significantly, for the alluring spa treatments. Kerala ayurvedic spaattracts globetrotter year around and serves them with magical experiences.
Today, the state is strewn with spa resorts and centers that promise to render excellent ayurvedic treatments and therapies. Probably one of the best things about Kerala Ayurveda spa clinicsis that they not only focus on the rejuvenation of body but also help a great deal in attaining peace of mind. Many of these resorts are also known for including yoga centers to give the customers overall experience of the treasured Indian science.
Here are a couple of
things to keep in mind before you book your next spa:
Kerala ayurvedic health spacomes in different packages. Therefore, it is easier for customers to suit their budget. Besides, it also varies according to the duration of your stay at the resort or center. For example, the Blue ginger spa resorts in Wayanad charges around INR 10,000.
The Windflower Spa and resort charges around INR 13,000. The Kalari massage is around INR 1,000 per person. Nattika beach Ayurveda resort offer packages from 7 to 28 days. The price ranges from EUR 1,286 to EUR 9,555 per person.
Types of Spa
While most of the Kerala spa and massage centers prescribe treatments exclusively based on specific pain and pressure points, there are some popular ones that you cannot afford to miss out on. The three most favorite types of the spa are the Shirodhara, the Garshana, and the Njavarkijihi.
The Shirodhara technique helps you to de-stress. It includes the scalp and the forehead. The method observes a gentle and continuous pouring of liquid on your forehead by a trained therapist as you lie down in a relaxed position. The process greatly helps in releasing stress. Some of the best ayurvedic spas in Kerala include this one in their package.
The Garshana technique helps you to rejuvenate and lose weight. It is a unique Ayurveda treatment that involves dry massage. It is highly effective in breaking down the excess fat and also assists in lymphatic drainage. Last but not least, Njavarijihi helps you to detox and relax.
In this technique, the therapist uses poultices filled with a special kind of rice. After applying oil on your body, the therapist addresses the pressure points with the poultices. It is a highly effective skin treatment and renders excellent rejuvenation and relaxation. Apart from these three, the Ayurveda packages Kerala also include beauty care treatments, slimming treatments, and body purification packages.
Best Places to Take the Spa
The state is dotted with some of the best spa resorts and centers. From high-end resorts to regular massage centers, you get what you want. However, talking about the best, Atthreya ayurvedic resort in Kottayam perhaps tops the list. It was set up by experienced Ayurvedic doctors and is considered as one of the best resorts in Kerala by the Tourism department itself. Apart from ayurvedic and spa treatments, it also boasts of a range of other services like dental care.
Ayurville is one of the best ayurvedic spas in Kochi. The team of seasoned therapists is known for providing quality advice and guidance in selecting the right treatment. Next on the list comes Niraayama, located by the vast blue sea of Kovalam. The place offers a wide range of treatments such as stress management, weight loss, detox, and skin ailments.
Other than that, you can also indulge in some of the best authentic Kerala cuisines. Kumarakom Lake resort steals the hearts of many with its scenic location. The place will surely surpass your expectations with its luxurious amenities such as well-laden rooms, swimming pool, multi-cuisine restaurants, and the most sought-after Ayurvedic spa center, Ayurmana.
The journey started in March, 2019 when I took a solo trip to God’s own country Kerala from Delhi. Thrill That I get about my trips is I don’t rely on anyone for my itinerary, I plan and execute all on my own. Was all the more thrilled for Kerala as it was lying in my bucket list for years.
Kerala state hosts a couple of cities which you may not be able to cover in one trip. For my 4 days trip, Munnar was enough to cover. Though I explore Kochi enroute as well.
How to Plan Your Itinerary
For a single person with a decent stay, you can expect minimum cost of Rs 35,000 . This includes your airfare and stay. If you are looking out for 3-star property or above, than rate can definitely increase. Of course, other costs like meals, Kerala ayurvedic medicines & spices spa can cost you much more.
Commute If you are visiting Kerala from Delhi than return can cost you anywhere between Rs. 7,000 to Rs. 12,000 (to and fro) based on when you book your flight. If you plan your trip little early, you can expect the best rates. The nearest airport to Munnar is Kochi. From Kochi airport, it can easily take you 2-3 hours to reach Munnar.
I took the Vistara airline. All was good except their shortage of food in premium and non-transparency. Few of their crew females were rude too. However, it was compensated with a few other crews who were better. They could definitely do better by making pre-arrangement of food and grooming their crew.
If your focus is travel and doesn’t want to bother much about accommodation then you can expect decent property between Rs. 1000 to Rs. 3000 per night including or excluding breakfast.
I stayed in two different cities in
two different places. First was hotel neighborhood, another was a homestay In
the tea forest area of Munnar The Rainforest. Staying at both places was
It’s recently constructed and
around 1-hour drive from the airport. It has got a unique lift that opens with
the door. Rooms were spacious and clean. They had a TV but there was no
connection. Washroom was spacious but not perfectly clean. The best part about
this place was the Ayurvedic products for the body, skin & hairs. The only
drawback here was the noise I was getting in the night of housekeeping as they
may be doing some work.
When I called the reception he
panicked and knocked at my door. Since it was quite late at the night around
11:30 pm. I was hesitant about opening it. But he was so dumb that he used the
master key to open it. Though I don’t doubt his intention but from a hotel you
expect this much decency not to enter females room without their consent.
Language may be a barrier but this should also be part of the management of the
hotel, I personally feel so.
I booked this accommodation with
breakfast so got the chance to taste local cuisines of Kochi. Food was decent,
there were not many variations. I tasted their local food called Puth made up
of rice with chickpeas that had amazing Kerala spices. Overall was ok but if
curry was hot it would have been better. I like the way they utilized the space
in a small area. With the price, I paid stay was ok.
My next visit was in Munnar where I
stayed for maximum time i.e. 3 days. I booked the cottage in the middle of the
forest. Area and ambiance were really
good and value for money. One of the best parts of the place is the Hemmingway
bird that wakes you up as shown in the video.
There was lots of greenery around
also it was full of beautiful flowers. I got fresh food from their special
cook. Another local cuisine I tried her
was Ittiyam which again is made of rice. It’s kind of rice noodles. In the
south, most of the food is made of rice though tastes completely different. You can get some of the best budget deal in
this beautiful property. Sharing some of the pics that I took here.
Any other meals based on the restaurant chosen. Shopping of spices which don’t have any limit. Buying tea and homemade chocolates. Last but not the least famous medicated spa. If you want your stay to be comfortable than it’s good to book a cab including airfares to the entire stay. The standard cost of the cab ranges from Rs. 7500 to Rs. 9000 for minimum 500 km after that it varies. However complete Munnar can be covered within the cost without bearing any additional cost.
Places to Visit
The most important thing that
people are concerned with what all to explore in Munnar. Let me tell you even
if you drive down in the lanes of the city you will feel refreshed. Other
places are just icing on the top.
Munnar is surrounded with beautiful
tea garden across the city. Luckily the place where I stayed was inside the
plantation. There were 2-3 km drives to reach the city. Entire view was just
mesmerizing. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
You will see it across Munnar. There are labors who are engaged in
mining the garden and supplying it to nearby areas.
There is a tea factory by Tata not
owned by Rippled Industry. You will be able to see the entire process of how
leaves are procured and then grinded to fine tea. Something new I learned was
there are three kinds of tea Green tea, white tea, and black tea. After the
visit to the tea factory, I brought some tea and coffee back home. There were
some hands made chocolates and some essential oils as well that you can pick.
Flower Garden is one of the
beautiful places in Munnar that got great plantation of a variety of flowers.
Best time to visit here is in spring to watch some of the best flowers.
If you would like to cure your
disease to Ayurvedic place than this is the place to be. You will be able to
see different plants and their medical benefits. I picked some of the essential
oils for the body aches that really helped me.
The price will differ from product
to product. But as they recommend you need to follow the course and can’t stop
midway. You need to buy a minimum quantity of the item to treat yourself. The bottle I took was for 45 days course and
it cosseted me Rs. 3500. Price may vary based on which treatment you plan to
Kundala Dam Lake
Kundala Dam & Lake are also one of the popular spots in Kerala. When you enter the premises you will see the beautiful dam. As you walk inside you will discover a lake. While on trip to Munnar ensure to visit here for some picturesque shots.
As the name suggests its huge
ground where if you shout you can hear the echo of your voice. If you are the
one who is inspired by Hindi movies and would like to try that then this is the
place to be.
From here you can see a beautiful
view. You will also be able to see the border of another state like Tamil Nadu
Kerala Ayurvedic Spa
This is one of the most popular
places where people love to come to rejuvenate. People come here for relaxing
and get treated for several ailments. There are many spa centers in Kerala
where you can visit to get yourself treated. Cost of the spa may vary from Rs.
2000 to Rs. 3500.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Kerala is from
October to March. You can choose to visit from April to September as well. But
from April to May it will be too hot. From June to September it will be
raining. October to Jan it will be very cold but you can visit some cities
where the climate is moderate as compared to the hill stations.