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Bask in the natural beauty of Kerala. Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda invites you to 8 days of pure rejuvenation and body purification therapy. Through this Panchakarma package, you are given the chance to relax and cleanse all toxins or free radicals from the body at the same time. The five main therapies included are Nasya (instillation of nasal medication), Vamana (therapeutic emesis), Virechana (therapeutic purgation), Sneha Vashti (medicated oil enema), and Kashya Vashti (medicated decoction enema). Allow yourself to embark on a new journey aiming for a healthy body and spirit.
At Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda, there are two types of accommodation: the villa deluxe with sea view and the economy room. Each accommodation 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.
The villas have 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 accommodations are cleaned daily.
On request there are villas provided with A/C air.
This programme is specially designed to revitalize the skin thereby increasing the colour & complexion. The package includes treatments like Udwartanam, Lepam, Face pack, Kashaya Dhara, Virechana, Medicated steam bath etc. This is very useful in all type of skin pigmentation, pimples, dark circle around eyes, wrinkles etc. The duration of treatment varies from 60 minutes - 90 minutes per day.
After several years of experiencing Kerala, visiting many Ayurveda resorts and different Ayurvedic institutions, the directors of Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda decided to put everything they have learned into one project that will serve as a home not only to them, but other people who share the same appreciation for the Ayurveda world as well. Their main goal is for visitors to enjoy, self-discover, and rejuvenate during their stay. In your Ayurvedic journey, you will be treated with utmost care and attention. Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda provides clean and extremely high hygienic standards, comfort, and relaxation in perfect harmony with the natural environment surrounding the retreat. The concept of being environment-friendly means that they nourish natural resources, which allows living peacefully with ones natural surroundings.
It is not easy to describe Kerala in 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.
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Placed next to a natural bamboo plantation, the restaurant in Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda Retreat is an open space without walls in order to guarantee the natural sea breeze as well as the magnificent sea view. It also has an open view on the yoga deck where it is possible to enjoy evening and cultural and musical performances. The food is served according to the individuals diet for those having the Ayurveda package. Two main cuisines are planned in line with this diet which is Indian and Mediterranean.
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