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Enjoy Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda Panchakarma training course with Kerala Institute certification. The retreat located in Kerala, India offers daily meditation and yoga classes. Plus other activities such as cooking classes, mantra song classes, and a lot more are included to ensure that participants will have a blissfully and self-empowering Ayurveda yoga journey.
Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda Retreat was established in 2012 and is owned by Izabela and Gianni Demozzi. Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda Retreats goals are to create an environment filled with love, joy, and understanding, in which everyone can find the space to enjoy own healing process during the regaining of healthy balance. Plus, serve the greater life. Experiencing the life through being in service for life is the quintessence of our existence, leading us into vastly different dimensions to those of living life only for the self. Landing airport Trivandrum is only 30 minutes from the retreat.
All ages are welcome as participants.
You have options to stay at an economic room which is 30 sq.mt wide without a sea view and a deluxe room which has a sea view. Each room is equipped with fan ventilators, thermos for the hot water, herbal shampoo and soap, daily fresh towels, and bed sheets, anti-mosquito window nets and ultrasonic anti-mosquito repeller, wide front sliding glass door opening onto spacious balcony with the sea view, front garden with hammock, or hanging cotton chairs. Hair dryer and iron on request. All rooms are cleaned daily. All rooms provided with hot water supplied by both solar panels and electrical heaters.
Its not easy to describe Kerala in a few words. Located in the most southwest part of India, facing the Arabian Sea on the west, and the mountains of the Western Ghats on the east. It is formed by 14 districts with Trivandrum as its capital city.
Kerala is worldwide considered a tourism destination, but still keeps intact its rich cultural heritage so travelers can immerge in old traditional dances and festival of colors and sound. Temples are constantly chanting respect to their gods and several types of ceremonies are performed throughout the whole year.
This is the land of Ayurveda , the ancient medicine for rejuvenation of mind, body, and soul, the land of yoga and meditation, in short the place where to re-discover the inside peace and the outside pleasure of life.
The backwaters, a trip on a boathouse through villages living as thousand years back, endless beaches, still plenty do discover, the pristine Lakshadweep archipelago, another unforgettable beauty of nature.
These places together with other as Alleppey, Kochi, Munnar, Palakkad and Kovalam are reason enough to visit Kerala as a tourist, honeymooner, Ayurveda patient, yoga student or all the things together at the same time.
Kerala is a traveler's paradise, for it is a repository of a wealth of culture and heritage that imparts to the state much of its personality. The culture of Kerala - its civilization, art forms, beliefs and worldview - are primarily Dravidian. Kerala has a rich and fascinating culture. It is the place where people meet from a rainbow of societies, communities and religions that are housed in this small state along the west coast of southern India. A majority of the people of Kerala are Dravidians. The chief religion is Hinduism with a certain percentage of the population being Muslims and Christians. Kerala is famous for its folk art like mural paintings and the traditional dance forms like the Kathakali and Mohiniyattom, which is a 300 year old activity that is exclusively Keralite. It combines the performing art forms of the opera, ballet, masque and the pantomime. Kathakali dancers combine colour, dance, music, drama and facial expression.
The cultural events of Kerala are the Onam, the Temple Elephant festival at Thrissur, the annual snake boat races at Alleppey etc. Christmas celebrations are also observed widely. A variety of steamed rice cakes and pancakes make up the culinary delicacies of Kerala. Mussels are a favorite seafood dish. Eshtew with appam is a must for every Christian marriage reception. Some of the fermented beverages are kallu - toddy and patta charayam - arrack, the latter being consumed with spicy pickles and boiled egg.
The pristine beauty of Kerala derives from the local customs and traditions that date back to historical times. The customs in the temples in Kerala differ from traditions practiced in other South Indian states. The priests or poojaris are silent during the pooja (mass, temple ceremony). The deity is kept out of sight during the pooja from the devotees by closing the altar during a part of the pooja. The priest recites mantras in silence while the devotees keep silent. After the prasanna pooja the door opens and the crowd of devotees can catch a glimpse of the decorated deity with the traditional lights lit up. Marriage customs in Kerala derive their foundation on the tradition of Kettukalyanam. It was practiced by the casts of Nairs, Kshatriyas, Ezhavas, Arayas, pulayas and certain tribes to conduct ritual marriages of their daughters of different age groups. They were married to adult males. Sometimes one man married several girls. In some cases, the bridegroom even acted as the priest by tying a sacramental thread around the bride's neck. Other local customs of Kerala include the rite de passage, rites of childbirth and cousin marriage.
The people of Kerala are distinguished by a fair complexion, regular features and clean habits. The closing of a festival is marked by the Arattu or holy bath. The idols of the deities are carried in a procession to the river for the bath. The purified idols are escorted back to the temple by a grand elephant pageant - the panchavadyam. Pongal is the practice of offering rice, jaggery, coconut and plantains to the goddess Bhagavathy. Among the Muslims is the practice of Chandanakudam or the ritual offering of coins on earthen pots in shrines. Marumakkathayam is the matrilineal system of inheritance. Some of the other traditions of Kerala are: Achuttuvilakku, Paraveppu, Velichappadu / komaram etc.
From 11 a.m., one day before the training starts.
The trainings are starting every 1st and 15th of each month.
Boat ride, ground transportation, train ride
Transfer from and to Airport.
Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda Retreat ensures that they:
Comply with applicable local and international environmental laws, regulations, and other needed requirements.
Encourage guests, hotel owners, and community to apply environmental procedures.
Apply environmental awareness to our purchasing practices in order to provide our guests with healthy food.
Structure specific and achievable environmental objectives and to measure our progress to meet the goals.
Implement effective pollution prevention program ( minimize the generation of wastes , reduce and recycle materials , investigate and evaluate new practices and procedures and dispose of wastes in an environmental responsible manner).
Ensure the responsible use of water and energy system that is monitored in the retreat by implementing innovative practices and procedures for conservation of nature.
Since by nature, the hospitality industry is a large consumer of resources, Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda Retreat will reduce and streamline our resources of usage and contribute to a sustainable environment.
For the charity: We all know the situation in India. Poverty is everywhere, need of help is always there. Therefore being in this beautiful country and having the opportunity to have a retreat where in fact we can provide so many activities for the health and wellness of people, became obvious for us to give some of the benefit also to locals in need. For this reason our choice has been to deliver a 1% from our clients fees to the SOS organization of India, an institution that has worldwide links and performs different forms of help in children education and charity. For more info use the contact organizer button to send a message to Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda Retreat.
For more information ask your questions directly to Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
Izabella Isis Demozzi has been in the Ayurveda field since 2001 and for her, the work is something that links together self-development and service for life. She represents Poland in the European Ayurveda Association (EUAA) where she is as well founder member. Izabella created the first Ayurvedic center in Poland in 2002, where she is took some part of the year for consultations, therapies, and workshops.
She holds a diploma in Classical Massage and Aromatherapy, Dr. Bach Flower Therapy, Life Impressions Bodywork institute of Donald Van Howtens Ayurveda Life (Santa Fe, New Mexico). She studied several methods of mind control, body constitution, and prevention through natural and alternative methods.
Izabella Demozzi graduated at the University of Economy in Wroclaw in 1995, specialization in Public Relations at the SGH of Warsaw in 1997. She worked for some time in Poland at company Wedel which was later merged into Pepsico. Izabella entered the world of spirituality in 1997 through Kriya Joga practices. She decided to learn natural therapies and dedicate her life to self-development. This inspired her and Gianni to run the Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda Retreat, created with her name in reference to the famous Egyptian myth of beauty and healing.
Izabella and Gianni for some time cooperated with Drunvalo Melchizedek, travelling in many parts of the world and participating to ceremonies with different cultures and shamans (Inca, Maya, Hopi, Kogi, Maori, etc.).
Gianni Jianni Demozzi born in in Canada. He is from an Italian familly which originates as far as back to the de Mozzi dynasty that lived in Florence between 1100-1200 A.C. He lived in Montreal for 10 years then returned with the family to their homeland Trentino, Italy. After studies, he started working for some minor informatics and pharmaceuticals companies then joined the biggest chocolate company in the world, Ferrero, working as top manager in operations in Luxembourg and Poland and left in 2007.
Gianni was already travelling the world for business and leisure. In 2001 with Izabella, he made his first trip to India remaining fascinated from the world of Ayurveda. Izabella already knew about Ayurveda having her center in Poland, so later in the coming years, they both travelled many times to Kerala and they started to focus on a new project. Gianni left Ferrero in 2007 and with Izabella, travelled for a couple of years around the world before making the decision of building their retreat in Kerala.
Between 2010 and 2012, Gianni lived majority of time in Kerala following the building of the retreat, returning also to Italy and Poland where he keeps some interests in real estate and logistics business. From 2012, he decided to establish in winter season in Kerala and run the retreat, in order to bring his experience in operations, marketing, and auditing.
Gianni loves music, plays guitar, sings, and his preferred artists are Prem Joshua and Deva Premal, but he is interested generally in all fusion music. In pop music, he is a big fan of U2.
Included in the package are 3 Ayurveda vegetarian meals per day.
Ayurvedic treatment focuses on rebalancing the doshas. In your free time, you can meet an Ayurvedic doctor that will take a detailed medical history, check your pulse, feel your abdomen, examine your tongue, eyes, nails, and skin, and listen to the tone of your voice. The doctor will also ask you questions about your general health, paying special attention to your lifestyle, diet, habits, and surroundings. The doctor will then recommend how to restore your natural dosha balance, which almost always includes changes in lifestyle, especially diet. He will draw from more than 20 types of treatment and you can purchase one or more treatments.
Drops of herbal medicine applied to each nostril. Strenghtens the immune system, helps against diseases like cervical spondylitis, headaches, sinusitis and generally all areas above the shoulder are having beneficial effects from Nasya.
Before Vamana, the preparation as to be accurate. Oleation and sweating processes have to be done as well as a special diet shall be followed. Diseases such as cough, asthma, diabetes and different kind of skin problems are treated with Vamana.
This process follows after some days of preparation. Herbal powder is given to drink in the morning of a fixed day (depending on the length of the stay) together with warm water. This will generate a purgation process throughout the morning or day depending on the different client reaction to the process. Very important to rest and keep drinking warm water to induce motion.
Its the process where some medicated oil is introduced through the rectum. The medicine reaches the colon and after some time is naturally released. Vasthi is generally used for elimination, healing and rejuvenating purposes. It improves strength and vitality, reduces obesity, helps to maintain equilibrium in the body, improves flexibility of the body in old age and increases the life span.
A mixture of medicated oil, honey and special herbal decoction with milk is introduced through the rectum. After a short time, a natural evacuation of the colon occurs. It is used in diseases of the lower abdomen, digestive problems, constipation and other low abdominal disorders.
A constant check of the doctor will verify that the reaction of the patient is according to the program given. Also herbal medicines will be provided during the process together with the diet.
General massage: a massage that is performed with the hands. In some places its performed by two therapist at the same time (called four hands massage). We suggest the two hands as is gives more possibility to the patient to concentrate on each part of the body during the massage and is less disruptive for the flow of the prana. The medicated oil massage starts from the head to the toe, therefore meeting the blood circulation. The muscles are strengthened and the joints becomes more flexible. Also the blood circulation is stimulated. This massage nourishes the body with many active natural agents and helps to eliminate the stored toxins from the body.
Rejuvination massage: its a very strong massage with both hand and feet. The marma points in the body are stimulated. This is the traditional Kerala Ayurveda massage.
Pizhichil (Oil bath): with a soft massage, warm herbal oil is applied over the whole body and massage into the skin continuously in a special rhythmic way. Very useful for rheumatic diseases, paralysis, hemiplegia, nervous diseases. Blockages in the nerve channels are removed, the nerves are strengthened and toxins leaves the body.
Kizhi: the massage is done with medicinal leaves or powdered medicines kept in a cloth bag. This is useful in many musculo-skeletal disorders, degenerative conditions and neurological problems. It improves circulation and restores energy and vigour in health.
Njavarakizhi: a sweating process in which the whole body or specific parts are massaged by two therapists with medicinal rice puddings in bags. The medical properties of the rice are absorbed through the skin, lubricating the joints and fortifying the muscular structure. This herbal application is also very helpful in skin problems and has a general rejuvenating effect.
Elakizhi: similar to the previous one, it consists of small bags filled with medicated rice, but its applied only to the parts of body having joints arthrosis, spondylitis or that suffered from accidents. It shows also good results in the inflammation of muscles or joints.
Shirodhara: warm herbal oil, medicated milk or buttermilk flow in continuous stream on the forehead. Deeply relaxing impact on the nervous system. Helps in chronic problems like headaches, insomnia, emotional stress. It is highly beneficial for many neuromuscular conditions and rheumatism and general debility. For many, this treatment is a very special experience of inner calm and leads into a deep relaxation state as well as purification for mind and soul. It promotes general well-being of scalp and hair.
Shirovasthi: this treatment is known as care for the brain cells. It is the process of retaining medicinal oil over the head with the help of a suitable cap to provide nourishment to brain cells to prevent brain cell damage. It is a treatment used effectively in facial paralysis, dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, headaches, insomnia, stress, tension, and different mental problems. In the past this therapy was prescribed only for people with mental illness. The stress associated with modern lifestyle has created several problems and it is redesigned as an Ayurveda therapy to cure conditions such as lack of memory, inability to concentrate, lack of willpower, etc. It is also a good therapy for general good feeling.
Tharpanam: an intensive treatment for the eyes. The ghee applied on the eyes extracts all toxins and waste materials. This application is helping in improving the sight and other eye related problems. After this treatment important to avoid for some hours the direct sun light.
Karnapooranam: medicated smoke is given into the ear. Kept inside for some time to unfold its healing effect.
Lepam: a paste prepared from different herbs is applied to the face or to the body, and kept far about 20-30 min. It helps to improve complexion, clears hyper-pigmentation and provides luster to the face.
Pizichil: a king among the traditional therapies and a specialty of Kerala! As mentioned earlier, this therapy is a beautiful combination of two classical Ayurvedic treatments, Snehana (oleation), and Swedana (sudation). The whole body is subjected to streams of lukewarm medicated oil with simultaneous soft massage in seven postures. Enormous amount of medicated oil to the volume of more than three litres is used in this. This therapy protects the body from illnesses and builds up immunity for a healthy life. It is very useful for rheumatic diseases, arthritis, paralysis, sexual weakness, neurological disorders, blood pressure, nervous weakness and helps to arrest the ageing process.
Njavarakizhi: Njavarakizhi is a procedure in which small cotton cloth boluses are filled with cooked Njavara rice and massaged over the body after a liberal application of medicated oil. The rice used is cooked in cow's milk and herbal decoction. The boluses are then dipped in the same mixture and applied all over the body to induce sudation (sweat). This procedure is highly rejuvenating, nourishing and prepares the individual to bear the stresses and strains of a hectic lifestyle. It enhances physical consistency, strengthens the nervous system and improves the overall appearance of the skin. This is a strengthening fomentation employed in neurological disorders, rheumatism, arthritis and malnutrition of limbs.
Pathrapotali Swedam (Elakizhi): The term Pathra mean herbal leaves and Potali refers to bolus. In Kerala this process is commonly known as Elakizhi. This therapy begins with the application of suitable medicated oil to the entire body. The body is then subjected to exude profusely through a massage with boluses of chopped and fried leaves of specific medicinal herbs after dipping in advised medicated oils. This therapy is effective for various kinds of arthritis, spondylosis, back pain, sports injuries and for all other soft tissue inflammations especially joint pains.
Choorna Swedam (Podikizhi) with Dhanyamla and Oil: Choorna Swedam or Podikizhi is a treatment in which the body is subjected to exude profusely after a thorough massage with warm boluses of herbal powders tied up in cotton cloth. This therapy helps in curing 'Kapha Vata' predominant conditions of arthritis, back pain, paralysis, muscular pains etc. Based on condition it can be done with either medicated oil or special liquids like Dhanyamla.
Sirodhara: Siro mean head and Dhara mean flow /pouring. In this procedure luke warm herbal oil is poured in a continuous stream onto the forehead like a pendulum, while receiving a gentle massage on the head. Sirodhara rejuvenates and revitalizes the body and mind. This therapy relieves stress and strain related problems, slows the aging process, improves memory and is known to have a curative effect for paralysis, insomnia, depression, anxiety, hypertension and other neurological malfunctions. It bestows better vision, better hearing, clears nasal problems and calms the body and mind. Sirodhara ultimately strengthens the physical constitution of the individual.
Ksheeradhara: same relaxing treatment as Sirodhara but instead of herbal oil, herbal milk is poured over the forehead or over the whole body. Great therapy for people suffering from headache of Vata and Pitta predominance, Insomnia and mental tension.
Thakradhara: the term Takra means buttermilk and Dhara means flow/ pouring. This therapy calms the individual by using medicated buttermilk, which is poured onto the forehead just like that in sirodhara and is very useful to relieve insomnia, depression and other stress related problems. It prevents greying of the hair, reduces headaches, increases digestive power, alleviates anorexia, and very useful in psoriasis.
Sirovasthi: airovasthi is a procedure in which a cap is fitted on the head and suitable medicated oil is filled 1 inch above hair base and made to retain. Duration of treatment varies based on condition. Massage and fomentation of head and neck is done prior to the procedure. Great therapy for treating paralysis, insomnia, depression etc.
Greevavasthi: in this procedure specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the neck and retained inside the black gram paste boundary for the required duration. The healing properties of herbal oils used for this therapy deeply cleans and enriches the blood, builds and maintains strong muscle and connective tissues and lubricates the joints keeping them flexible and pain free. Greevavasthi alleviates neck and upper back conditions like cervical spondylosis, stiff neck, pain due to over strain, etc.
Kadivasthi: In this procedure specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the lower back and retained inside the black gram paste boundary for the required duration. The healing properties are similar to Greevavasthi. Kadivasthi alleviates lower back conditions like lumbar spondylosis, inter- vertebral disc prolapsed, lumbago (low back ache) and sciatica.
Urovasthi: this procedure is similar to Kadivasthi but done on the chest with special medicated oil useful in treating condition like cough, bronchitis, and bronchial asthma etc.
Kashaya Dhara: in this procedure whole body is subjected to streams of lukewarm special herbal decoction with simultaneous soft massage. This procedure is very useful in all type of skin manifestations. The nature of herbs used varies depending on the type of skin problem. The treatment is also very relaxing and rejuvenating.
Dhanyamla Dhara: this treatment is similar to that of Kashaya Dhara. Here instead of herbal decoction, medicated liquid prepared from Grain (Dhanyamla) is used. This treatment is additionally useful in reducing body weight
Netratharpanam: in this procedure medicated ghee is retained in a boundary made over the eyes with black gram paste. This therapy will have a cooling effect on irritated and stressed eyes. This relieves eyestrain, improves eyesight and other eye related problems.
Netraprakshalanam: this is a procedure in which herbal decoction is made to flow from the medial canthus to lateral canthus of the eye thereby cleaning the eye. This is followed by putting relaxing herbal eye drops.
Anjanam: this is a procedure done after the eyes are washed with herbal decoction & then special herbal paste is applied to the eye like a coryillium. This is followed by putting eye drops. This procedure is also very help in treating various eye ailments.
Upanaham: this therapy is well-known for its property to relieve pain, swelling and to nourish the tissues. It is done by application of herbal paste over the affected area, covering the applied paste with medicinal herbal leaves and bandaging over that with cotton cloth. This application will be removed after few hours as per the requirement. This therapy is very effective in osteo-arthritis, joint injuries and localized pain and swelling.
Pichu: a thick layer of cotton wool soaked with warm medicated oil is applied over the affected area. The oil is recycled periodically to make it warm. This therapy is very effective for degenerative and painful problems like back pain, osteo-arthritis, spondylosis, injuries, etc.
Ksheeradhoomam: this therapy begins with the application of suitable medicated oil on the face, neck and chest. The face and neck are then subjected to exude profusely through steam generated from a combination of cow's milk and herbal decoctions. This therapy is effective for facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, pimples and other skin problems.
Face pack: this is a traditional herbal face pack in which selected herbal medicines based on skin condition are made into paste with recommended liquids and applied to the face. The procedure is preceded by facial massage and fomentation. This pack is very useful in opening skin pores and removing the toxins thereby toning the facial muscles & enhancing colour and complexion.
Talapodichil: this is a treatment practised in Kerala in which special herbal paste are applied to the scalp after liberal massage with oil and then the scalp is covered with either lotus or banana leaves and kept for 30-45mins. This procedure is very useful in insomnia, hair fall, premature greying of hairs, depression etc.
Nasya: this procedure is one among the Panchakarma in which medicated oils /decoctions /fresh juices /powder are instilled through both the nostrils. Based on the condition of patient different kind of preparations are used. The procedure is preceded by facial massage and fomentation. This procedure is very useful conditions like sinusitis, headache, migraine, cervical spondylosis, frozen shoulders, premature greying & falling of hairs etc.
Medicated steam bath: in this procedure a gentle application of warm herbal oil is first done over the body. Next the individual is made to sit, keeping the head out, inside a steam chamber that lets out herbal steam from medicinal herbs. This makes the individual perspire profusely, opening all the pores in the body and thereby removing all wastes and toxins out. A great therapy for toning and giving the skin a special glow.
Yoniprakshalanam: this is a procedure in which herbal oils and decoctions are applied through the vaginal route. This treatment is good for certain gynaecological disorders and purification for genital organs.
Thiruvananthapuram, formerly known as Trivandrum, is the capital of the Indian State of Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram literally translates into the abode of Lord Anantha. The city is also known as Anandapuram (city of bliss). It is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland. Referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as the evergreen city of India". With nearly 1,000,000 (one million) inhabitants as per the 2011 census, it is the largest and most populous city in Kerala.
Apart from being the political nerve center of Kerala, it is also a major academic hub and is home to several educational institutions including the University of Kerala and many science and technology institutions. It is also considered as one among the 10 greenest cities in India.
The city itself is not a hot-spot for travelers, although there are few points worth visit: The Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, a highly venerated temple for Keralites, lying in the heart of the city, devoted to the deity Lord Vishnu. Foreigners are not allowed to enter this temple. Only those who profess the Hindu faith are permitted entry to the temple. Devotees have to strictly follow the dress code; Other places of interests : Kings Palace, Museum, Art Gallery, Public Library etc.
The excursion will take You for a full day trip to Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India. On the way, you will visit Padmanabhapuram Palace, the magnificent wooden palace constructed by the Maharajas of Travancore. Thereafter You will continue to Kanyakumari, the pilgrimage center of Hindus. Visit of Vivekananda rock, the beach and then after lunch visit on the way back the Sucheendram Temple, a well-known temple dedicated to Lord Vishu. Drive to Kanyakumari lasts approx. 2 hours 30 minutes (one way).
Kanyakumari is also sometimes referred to as Cape Comorin. Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, in the Tamil Nadu district, it is the geographical end of the Indian mainland. Kanyakumari is especially popular in India for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset. The confluence of three ocean bodies - the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea - makes the sunrise and sunset even more special.
The sage Agasthya, who was himself an expert in medicinal herbs, is believed to have lived around this site in ancient days. The reason why, some believe, so many medicinal herbs are to be found on these hills near Kanyakumari. Today, there is a small Ashram on the middle of the Maruthuvazh Malai hill, which tourists visit (after a short trek from the base of the hill), both to visit the Ashram and also to take a glimpse of the sea near Kanyakumari a few kilometers away, and the greenery below.
This is an attractive hill station, at a distance of 61 km from Trivandrum. On the way, you will pass through golden valley before arriving to Ponmudi, where you can go for short walks and enjoy splendid views across the valley. Driving time is 3 hours each way.
Perched at an altitude of over 100 m above sea level on the Western Ghats, the shimmering green waters of the winding streams and verdant woods of Ponmudi do not spare anybody. Trekking is a passion with the visitors to Ponmudi, lying within easy driving distance from Thiruvananthapuram.
One will find oneself compulsively pausing every now and then to drink in deep the spectacular sweep of the hill ranges, tea-estates and the mist-covered valleys, peppered with little toy- like stone cottages painted a pretty violet, pink, or white with pointed and peaked roofs.
A touch of the backwaters for those that cannot enjoy a full day trip. You will cruise at leisure pace for about 2 hours. During this time, you can take a short walk by the shore and visit a typical Kovalam house and surroundings. The place called Poovar comes from Poo-aar that means stream of flower. It was named by the king Marthanda Varma, because of the natural beauty of nature. The ideal time for the cruise is from 4 p.m. till sunset. Distance from the retreat approx. 30 minutes.
After early breakfast and Ayurveda treatment if required, the car will take you to Alleppey, center for backwaters cruise. Alleppey, the city famed as Venice of the east. Then you will be traveling on a houseboat through the famous backwaters of Kerala, visiting villages and admiring the colors and folklore of the land.
Houseboat will be your transportation for the day and accommodation for the night. Glide along the narrow canals laced by the infinite greenery imparted by coconut palms; watch the gentle and soothing greenery of paddy fields and the village folk at work. Relax on board listening to the lullaby of the wind and waves. Chill yourself out, watching the endless strips of greenery passing by and the emerald green waters meet the crystal blue sky, whilst the houseboat cruises in a relaxing pace. This would be an experience, which you would always treasure to remember. Cruise till 6 in the evening by when the houseboat halts in the lake for an unforgettable night in the backwaters. Enjoy a fabulous dinner onboard houseboat. Overnight on board. Next day, cruising starts at 7 a.m. After breakfast the boat will make return to Alleppey from where a car will take you back to the retreat. Driving time from / to Alleppey is approx. 4 hours (each way).
This tour is designed for those who have a special love for elephants and wish to see them in a forest environment. You will go by car to Kottoor, approx. 2 hours driving. At Kottoor, there is an elephant camp with adult and baby animals. The place is under the surveillance of the forest department. At the place you can enjoy feeding as well as riding the elephants.
On the way back, you will pass through the Neyyar Dam and the Crocodile farm. Neyyar Dam is a gravity dam in the Neyyar River, located on the foot of the Western Ghats about 30 km from Trivandrum. It was established in 1958 and is a popular picnic spot. Lying against the southern low hills of the Western Ghats, Neyyar Dam has a scenic lake.
Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees. Its a quiet town with greenery all around two beautiful adjacent beach bays. The main beach has a lighthouse and the seaside has plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants, and other touristic services. On weekends, many people from Trivandrum city and surroundings gather on the beach creating and incredible view of colors that remains as wonderful souvenir in your pictures.
Kovalam in the Indian state of Kerala is known to be one of the sportiest beaches in the country and surfing in Kovalam is a special experience. The coral reefs, high waves, and strong currents all make surfing in Kovalam an experience to remember. The Kovalam beach is pretty long and is actually divided into three parts; therefore, there is ample expanse of water to accommodate hundreds of surfers.
Technically, the sea, the waves and the current at the Kovalam beach is ideal for surfing. The beach experiences fine waves at regular intervals which vary from a height of 0.5 meters to 2 meters. Surfing in Kovalam is made easy by the availability of surf boards on the beach. One can hire a surfing board at cheap prices. There are also provisions of life guards and trainers who instruct the novices who can try their skill in surfing.
Aware of the potential of surfing in Kovalam, Kerala Tourism Department is taking up methods to improvise on this sport. They are even investing money to create an artificial multi-purpose submerged surfing reef. Thus surfing in Kovalam is soon going to acquire a new dimension and will attract more tourists.
Speed boating has been introduced recently at Kovalam beach, but it is already becoming a main attraction . The boats are fully equipped to provide a secure ride at high speed in front of the three Kovalam beaches.
Also the drivers are professional and have a deep knowledge of the area so the ride can be just a happy and unique experience in the Arabian sea.
Coconut trees are essential to the traditional lifestyle and livelihood of the people of Kerala. As we travel along Kerala, by road, rail or air, we can see everywhere the coconut tree with its leaves swinging in gentle breeze. It is also known as Kera Tree and thus the land of Kera Tree is called Kerala. It is the most grown tree in Kerala. It is found abundantly in the coastal to central regions. The tree requires abundant rainfall and tolerates the high salinity of sea shores.
Coconut is a tree grows that to a height of about 25 m without any branches but with several crown like spread leaves on the top. It is the only tree grown without any branches but as an exceptional case, in Kottaym, a coconut has grown with more branches. The trunk has rings which show the growth of the tree in each year.
It is known as Kalpaka Vriksha which means celestial tree which grants all wishes. Every part of a coconut tree is useful and in that sense this name most suits to this tree. The fruit of coconut tree is called coconut. The juice of the tender coconut is drunk fresh, the soft flesh of the tender coconut is eaten raw. There are different advantages for this natural healthy drink. It is suggested for people with dysentery, vomiting etc. as a means to prevent dehydration. It is also cool, energetic, and refreshing.
The mature flesh is grated and added to curries or added as garnishing in either fresh or fried form. It is used extensively in delicious Kerala Cuisine. Malayalee people prepare most of their dishes using this nutritious fruit.
It has thick green outer cover and inside this is coconut fiber. This fiber is used for making coir products like mats, carpets, bed, rope etc. Then a nut shell like hard inner cover. Using the hard middle cover we can make handicrafts like lamps, flower vase, show pieces etc. Its very enjoyable to see such products which adorn the drawing rooms of many houses. These two parts are used as firewood in most of the houses. Inside this coconut hard shell the fleshy part of the coconut and the coconut water. The fleshy part is used for cooking. From the scraped fleshy part we can make coconut milk and is used for cooking and also for beauty care products like hair oil, soaps, perfumes etc. Coconut milk makes hair smooth and gives excellent growth. By using coconut milk, skin also becomes soft and smooth. Coconut oil is extracted from the dry flesh calledcopra. The remaining part is the oil cake which goes as the food for the cattle. The pure coconut oil is used for cooking which gives aroma and taste to food. A favorite drink in Kerala is Kallu (Toddy) which is extracted from coconut palm.
A true Malayalee cannot imagine what life would be like without coconuts in Kerala. The trunk of the coconut tree is used for making furniture and beams of houses. If the trunk is not useful for furniture, it is used as firewood. The entwined coconut palm leaves are used for thatching houses and for fencing. The palm leave ribs are used for making brooms. The dried coconut palm leaves are also used as firewood. The coconut flowers have a medicinal value and mostly this part goes for making special type of a pudding like sweet coconut tree dish. Pookkulalehyam made with this is taken by the delivered ladies, since this improves the health of uterus and stops bleeding. The top portion of coconut tree is also a delicious one called Manda (top) and we get this only when a coconut tree is cut. The roots of the coconut tree are very long, which normally go deep down. People dig down to take this out and it can be used as fire wood for many days. Some artistic people carve different shapes from root and used as table legs with glass top and also as show pieces.
The coconut tree grows well in the areas where it gets human presence. When the care increases it gives more fruits. The coconut tree is an integral part of the landscape of Kerala.
As you travel across the green landscape of Gods own country on Kerala tours, with Kerala backwater youre sure to see acres of land covered with rubber plantations. These green zones are a beautiful sight for the visiting tourist in Kerala and are also a vital part of the economy of Kerala.
Rubber plant is not the native plant of India. Due to the similar climate Dutch colonialists introduced rubber in Kerala. Kerala is the leader in rubber production among the states of India. More than 90 percent of the Rubber produced in India is from Kerala. The plant produces sticky white latex commonly called as milk of rubber, after processing we will get natural rubber. Rubber trees are characterized by their straight trunks and smooth green leaves.
The tea cultivation was introduced in India by the British when they found that the climate and soil conditions of the hilly areas of Kerala are suitable for tea cultivation. The bush has shiny green leaves with pointed ends and has a pleasant aroma. The trees are planted at a distance of 1 to 1.5 meter along the landscape. India is today the world's largest tea producer and exporter.
They have the capability to grow to a tree height. But it is trimmed as a bush for easy plucking of tea leaves. Tea plucking is carried out usually by group of women using their hands. They often sing peppy songs and move along the rows of tea bushes in rhythmic steps while plucking tea leaves. The tea leaves are processed and sorted into different categories. It is beautiful sight that the green tea bushes cover the hilly slopes like a green blanket over the surface of the hill.
Munnar is the most beautiful place which is also known for its tea cultivation. The tea giant Tata Tea is in Munnar. They opened a Tea Museum in Munnar, dedicated to all those who worked for making Munnar a major tea plantation in Kerala. It highlights all the facts about tea cultivation. Old Tea machineries, photographs, curious articles etc. are all showcased here. The tea museum also houses antique bungalow furniture samples, ancient typewriters, wooden tubs, ancient magneto phones, etc. The museum also showcases the various techniques by which tea is produced and refined. Other plantations can also be visited on the hills of south Kerala.
Kerala is known for its vast spice plantations. In olden times foreigners came to Kerala to carry away its aromatic spices to the Mediterranean lands. The spices of Kerala were used in the west to all flavors to food and wine and to preserve meat during the cold European winter. All the spices have some or other medicinal value. The spices in Kerala are Black Pepper, Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove, Garcinia, Vanilla, Paprika etc. kera spices acquired a wide fame across the universe for its aroma and flavor.
Kerala is renowned world for its export and import of Pepper. It is the king of spices. Cardamom is one of the oldest found spices in the world. It has a unique flavor and hence it has great demand in Middle East, Russia, and Japan. Cloves are one of the indispensable spices among the local preparations in Kerala. Kerala is acclaimed to be home to the finest quality Ginger, due to its warm humid climate and rich soil. Cinnamon, the dried bark of a tree, which is once more precious than gold. It is also famous for its aroma and is used in preparations. The most popular and widely used spice in almost all south Indian kitchens, Curry leaf is an absolute must for an aromatic and appetizing dish. The plant is commonly grown in almost every home in Kerala and is daily used to add that special finishing touch to the preparations.
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"Our stay at ANANDALAKSHMI AYURVEDA - I can compare to stay at Robinson Crusoes island. Absolutely superb location of the hotel with view at Arabian Sea. Professionally selected staff, which with all the love and commitment to serve the customer. Unique yoga classes, which are intended to greet the day in the right way! You cannot fail to mention the kitchen, which impresses with its dishes in taste, smell and simple but ingenious form of presentation. The only of its kind masseurs -Hindu -our body therapists. Everything that surrounds us is maintained in perfect purity and has defined, sophisticated, a good European style. This combination of European energy and exoticism of India gives a sense of luxury and truth. The customer feels appreciated and noticed there by the co-owners, staff and the local natives. Bestowal with gifts we are very grateful that such a place was created on Earth and confidently recommend this resort to giving him the reputation of wonderful place!"
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"This is the perfect spot where you can relax and enjoy great Ayurvedic treatments. Morning Yoga with the sound of the sea is magic. And when it comes to the restaurant you'd better sit down and take the time to appreciate all chef's delicacies. Impossible not to come again!"
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" I spent three weeks in Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda Retreat in the second half of August last year (in 2014). Exceptionally place it every area! If you look for something intimate, discrete and quiet it is a perfect resort for you.I was on the complete Panchakarma stay. It was my first visit to India and also first contact with ayurveda, so I was very excited...! I was very pleased with the stay in Ananda Lakshmi at every level. Everything in this resort is consistent and designated in the way that you feel completeness, unity and harmony. Very clean and comfortable rooms with the breathless view on the sea. Delicious cuisine! The chef all the time was making every effort to adopt Indian tastes to my preferences (I'm not very keen on very spicy kitchen:-). Every day I had a set of, personally arranged for me, treatments. Many different kinds. It was marvelous and exceptional experience. Dr Baiju, doctor of Ayurveda, kept a watchful eye on the whole process of Panchakarma! Doctor is very good observer and professional in his ayurvedic art:-) Every person from the staff was really friendly, helpful, discreet and naturally nice!I'm recommending everybody to experience Panchakarma in his/her life at least once! The best recommendation is that I feel very well. I has been observing the positive effects of all treatments on my body and level of energy for few months after Panchakrma and they still last. I recommend visit this resort in summer months. Less people and good weather. In fact there was small rain nearly every day, but it was very short and only cleaning the air!I will repeat my Panchakarma in Ananda Lakshmi for sure!"
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" We spent 2 weeks at Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda Retreat in January 2013. We found what we are searching for: a peaceful and quiet little place with attentive and personal service, professional treatments and good food.The retreat is located in a well maintained garden, overlooking palm trees and a stunning view to the beach. It takes 20 minute walk to the beach. They provide an open restaurant and a nice pool in the garden to relax after the treatments. We had every early morning a yoga lesson within that wonderful open yoga shalla. The yoga master took very much care about experienced and less experienced attendees. We had fun and improved our practice. The spacious room including bathroom is nicely equipped, especially beds and mattress are excellent for good and healthy sleep. We loved the sliding window in the room which opens the room completely to the garden, giving a wonderful view and let a nice breeze from the sea into the room. Cleaning ladies were very watchful and cleaned the room properly during our treatments. Guys from restaurant provided a heartily service and the manager took care of all wishes. We booked a panchakarma and got every day 1,5 2,5 hours of treatment. Treatment rooms are spacious with traditional wooden kerala massage beds and the therapists are very professional and creating a peaceful atmosphere. After 2 weeks of treatment we felt very relaxed. We thank the owners Isabella and Gianni for creating that peaceful place and not giving up the every day effort to make guests feel at home in that little paradise."
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" This small and very friendly ayurveda resort is build away from the crowd, on a cliff surplombing the ocean and therefore the view is just amasing. The rooms in the villas are very confortable, big picture windows, very cleaned, lot of space, private little terrace, huge and modern bathroom with rain shower. The very good threatments are given in rooms very cleaned too, no mould walls like I saw in some other resorts. Doc Baiju, responsible for the therapist team, worked several years in Switzerland so he understands very well european concerns. The place is owned by an european couple, so they also understand very well the need of comfort and hygienic standard of the european guests. They have high ecological concern and therefore many things in the resort are made with this aim, like solar pannels, biogaz with the waste or recyclingwaste. They have their own plantation for organic vegetables. BRAVO to the cook, the food is just EXCELLENT. The place has opened in October 2012, I stayed there for 8 weeks and had a very good time."
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"We had a great time Ananda Lakshmi. The staffs were very courteous, the rooms were very clean and spotless. Overall the setting of the place calms your mind and aesthetically pleasing. The place and the rooms looked exactly as shown in their website. Staffs were very accommodative and provided us an extra cot (not a rollaway mattress) as we were a family of 4. It is located on a cliff, the view from the resort is such a treat to the eyes. It is a bit on the expensive side, we could negotiate as it was their off peak season. The food was very tasty and they made arrangements to give us our coffee early. The chef Mr Vijesh and team never made us wait. Mr Alex quickly responded. The location is little tricky and if you are driving on your own, you will need little patience. Without GPS we would have not reached the place. It is about 40mins from Trivandrum. We drove from Coimbatore, so it was very tiring. For a true Kerala experience and if you don't mind the little tiring journey, it's worth a visit."
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