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Ayurveda in Kerala, India

By Anish Kumar

Ayurveda (Ayur means life and Veda the science or knowledge) teaches individuals to lead a healthy, happy, comfortable life both physically and mentally. The World Health Organization recognizes this 3,000-year-old system of medicine as the safest system of alternative medicine.Kerala is a narrow, fertile strip of land on the southwest coast of India, immensely blessed both physically and culturally, and the only state in India which practices this system of medicine with absolute dedication

Ayurveda in KeralaTrivandrum, its capital city, has an international airport.Monsoon season (June-November) is the best period for Ayurvedic treatment: massage treatment and rasayana chikilsa. Massage promotes better circulation of blood and removes causes of fatigue. Rasayana chikilsa is the Ayurvedic treatment for preventing and curing senility by purifying and strengthening all the tissues of the body.

Somatheeram Ayurvedic beach resort at Kovalam is often called the best Ayurvedic beach resort in Kerala: Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort, Chowara, Kovalam, Trivandrum; fax 011-091-471-570772;

Another choice is Ashtamudi Ayurvedic Backwater Resort, Chawara, Kollam; fax 011-091-471-332251;

More information on both resorts is at

ANISH KUMAR is a travel consultant in Kerala, India.

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