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RESORTS IN KERALA

Ayurveda is not only the ancient science of preventive health and healing but also a philosophy of living.And,health and beauty packages at Kerala's ayurvedic resorts are specifically designed to trea modern day maladies.For those who believe in the powers of a good rub,Kerala has a lot to offer.Look at the four centres that have clubbed health treatments with travel to energise your spirits even further.These resorts offer correct diagnosis and complete cure for the ailment under the five-star comforts,soothing ambience,guidance of experts and application of treatment by professionals.

KUMARAKOM LAKE RESORT

 

A premium heritage retreat that caters primarily to the world's most discerning travellers,Kumarakom Lake Resort rests by the backwaters of Kerala's famous Lake Vembanad. The resort is in the tiny hamlet of Kumarakom, made famous by National Geographic Traveler as 'one of the ten paradises on earth' and renowned for its unique eco-system.The resort attempts to create a perfect union between heritage,luxury and natural beauty.Guests can opt to stay either in the heritage villas,the Meandering Pool Villas or the Presidential Suites.The Ayurveda spa,Ayurmana is housed in a 200-year-old abode,incidentally,that of the Chathamangalathu Mana,who were famed practitioners of this ancient healing science.The main restaurant of Kumarakom Lake Resort,the Ettukettu,resides in heritage spendour.Amember of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World,and claimed by the Wall Street Journal as the 'place for a holiday pamper'Kumarakom Lake Resort also pronounced as 'one of the top 5 resorts in India'.

Built over 10 acres of land  overlooking the Vembanad Lake,It has 22 cottages surrounded by nemerous canals.

SOMATHEERAM AYURVEDIC BEACH RESORT

 

The govt.of Kerala has bestowed the Green Leaf Status to Somatheeram Lake Resort continuously for three years.The resort maintain a herbal garden with around 600 varities of rare herbs,which are used for preparations of aromatic oils and exotic lotions for various tretmen.The resort also has its own medicine-manufacturing unit under the supervision of a team of expert doctors.

KERALEEYAM HERITAGE AND AYURVEDIC RESORT

Buit on a 70-year-old traditional Kerala home ,it is located on the backwaters of Alappuzha.It offers Ayurvedic treatments being in continuous use for 3,000 years.There is a 60-year-old factory at the resort where medicines ,oils and creams used in Ayurvedic massages are prepared under the close supervision of team of specialist doctors.Professionally qualified masseurs and therapists perform various customised Ayurvedic therapies to cure ailments.

KAIRALI AYURVEDIC HEALTH RESORT

 

Situated in the town of Palakkad,the Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort is particularly famous for its specialized ayurvedic treatments and therapies for different ailments.The ayurvedic treatments and medicinal massages are administered under the supervision of team of expert doctors and trained practitioners.

VARKALA BEACH RESORT

 

Aplacid 3 star haven,nestled at kissing distance from the beautiful Arabian Sea at Varkala,Trivandrum.With 27 centrally air-conditioned ,sea facing rooms,giving a matchless view of the Arabian Sea.

 

 

Ri Kynjai - Serenity by the Lake

 

Set amidst the enchanting Khasi Hills.Overlooking the azure waters of Umiam Lake.45 acres of lush pine groves and emerald paddy fields.Combining traditional Khasi architecture with every modern convenience and luxury.

Unveiling a resort like no other -

For more details,log onto : www.rikynjai.com

e-mail at :infor@rikynjai.com

MUSSOORIE

                                          Bhatta Falls

Atrip to a hillside resort Mussoorie is magical for its ambience.Mussoorie is so-called 'the queen of hill stations'.It takes afive-hour journey from New Delhi to Dehradun.Beyond Hardwar though,with the tunnels and forests and curves,the journey begins to get fun.From Dehradun ,it takes one hour journey to Mussoorie is steep,with winding roads and hairpin bends.U can stay at Jaypee Residency Manor,a five-star deluxe resort,built on a hilltop and spread over nine acres of luscious nature,this luxury abode has a gothic touch.To explore the hotel,a large expanse complete with a skating rink,gym,heated indoor swimming pool,badminton and tennis courts,golfing facilities,a discotheque,bowling alley,gaming zone,library,spa,joggers lane and a shopping plaza.The terrace in the hotel is the preamble to a fairyland ambience-a walk through  the clouds as u bask in the 360 degrees view of the hills.It drizzles almost all through and the water droplets against the Dehradun and Mussoorie backdrop making the ambience truly romantic.

                   Terrace of Jaypee Residency Manor

 

The terrace offers a glimpse of the 157-year-old St.George's College spread over roughly 400 acres of land.Far away on another hilltop stands Woodstock School.Flower and herbs dot the patch-lemon grass,mint,basil.Though the distant city lights apparently make the hill look spectacular.Bhatta Falls,about 8km from Mussoorie.Bhatta is yet untouched by tourist frenzy.It is quiet,with just the sound of cascading water ringing in your ears.U can head for spa,which promises a holistic detox.The doctor suggests Abhyangam,a rejuvenating ayurvedic full body massage.Tired limbs and sore feet taken care of,lunch is at Captain Young's Cafe.Puran orders soups and sandwiches from the festival and tuna is an instant hit!  

SHANKARPUR  BEACH

                    A sunset over the Shankarpur Beach

                          Shankarpur Fishing Harbour

Shankarpur is famous for its fishing harbour.Indeed,the sleepy town derives its character from its busy fishing activity.From the trawlers to the ice factories to the processing of fish to making sukti machh , this is the central activity of this destination.However,a serene beach and a tamarind forest along with a beautiful sunset over the sea gives Shankarpur another identity as well.Afoamy green ocean rushes to the beach.Obviously,seafood is the mainstay in Shankarpur, with a variety of fish to spicy crabs on offer.Don't hesitate to pick from hilsa, topsey, parsey, lobsters and other treats.As for local must-sees,Chandaneswar,Talsari and Udaypur would make it to the list.Mandarmoni,with its long motorable beach.U can also take a right from Chaulkhola and drive about seven kilometres to the Bengal Salt Factory-a vestige of the British era.The process is ancient and is very interesting to watch.Attempts are being made to retain the beauty and ecological balance of the factory and its outskirts by making the place a plastic-free zone.

ANDAMAN  AND  NICOBAR

                         A view of the Elephant Island

Beauty and tranquility combine to make the Andamans an ideal honeymoon destination-

The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are different from other parts of India-and they are a great honeymoon destination.U can start out with a quick welcome drink at ur hotel and the head off for a boat ride to Havelock Island

Snorkelling :

                         Palm groves ,Havelock Island

U go snorkelling to Elephant Island .It is a two-hour ride there to reach.Silversand Resorts is tidily laid out with small cottages surrounded by trees all around.

U find the snorkelling crowd along a tiny stretch of Elephant Island's beach-they are easily recognisable because they are trying on snorkelling masks.The guides lead u to the corals .The colours of corals are unbelievable and the beauty of the swaying corals and darting colourful fishes is almost impossible to describe.U also can vist Radhanagar Beach on the island and ride back to Port Blair by evening.

                          Chidiya Tapu Bird Sanctuary

Port Blair : The Anthropological Museum has an excellent collection of exhibits telling the story of the life and history  of the tribes in the A & N Islands.There is Samudrika Museum, maintained by the Indian Navy.

                                  The Ross  Island Jetty

In the north bay,Ross Island,where the ex-gubernatorial bungalows and various other building have been restored,giving it a museum kind of feel.

Around Port Blair,u can visit the Wandoor Beach.The beach itself is beautiful.

Chidiya Tapu is a bird sanctuary at the Island's southern edge.The drive is beautiful through a vividly green forest.From there u can go to Corbyn's cove with its calm waters and a beautiful view.

         Tourists splash about in the ocean at North Bay

                                  The Nicobari Dance

Travel Trivia : The Nicobari dance is one of the traditional dances of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.It's a part of the Ossuary Feast,also known as the Pig Festival,and is performed  on full moon days in honour of the departed head of the family.The dance and feast is followed by a pig fight in the morning.

Ready Reckoner :

Getting there: Port Blair is connected with Chennai and Calcutta by air.U can also sail to Port Blair from Chennai,Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam.

Best time to visit: Mid-November to April is the best time as one encounters heavy rains between May and October.

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YOGIC GETAWAY

The rains have lingered this year giving hotels enough reason to offer some interesting monsoon packages.And this one doesn't just promise an exotic destination,but also throws in rejuvenating Yoga into the holiday.The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur has a three-day Monsoon Yoga Package on offer which promises to help you unwind,detox and rejuvenate.On till the end of September it will cost a couple Rs.1.38 lakh (excluding taxes) for a four-night stay.This does seem like a tidy amount,but the cost covers return transfers from the nearest airport/railway station,all breakfasts and dinners (no lunches though),Ayurvedic spa treatments and private Yoga sessions.To begin with,you will get a private session with an Ayurvedic physician who will chart out the Yoga,meditation and Ayurvedic treatments for you depending on what your body requires.Roughly this is how your days at Udaivilas will be spent : day one will begin with a gentle Yoga session and Pranayam followed by a dry herbal massage.The next day will involve purifying the nasal cavity and the gastro-intestinal tract through another Yoga session.After some Yoga on the third day,you can look forward to Shirodhara treatment (that is,oil will be trickled on your forehead which has a calming effect on the mind).For more ,log on to : www.oberoihotels.com

ROUTE MAP - GOA

Enjoy the spirit of the season with a monsoon package from The KenilworthBeach Resort and Spa,Goa.U can avail this 3-nights and 4-days package at Rs.24,000 per couple for a deluxe room .the package incudes accommodation plus a complimentary bottle of Goan port wine along with fruits and cashews upon arrival.U get 20 percent discounts on food and beverages,while party animals can shake a leg at the hotel's happening disc RED.U also get a 20 percent discount on Ayurvedic ,Eupropean and Oriental massages at the Agua spa.Enjoy your time off on this resort situated right on Utorda Beach,Salcete in South Goa and if u have had your fill of the sea and the sands,u can also take short sightseeing trips to Old Goa,Panjim or even indulge in a cruise on the Mandovi river. more details log on to

www.kenilworthhotels.com

Timeless :Rare sculptures are displayed at Pratimanidhi, an exhibition

The country's showcase to the world,the 48-year-old National Museum in New Delhi,boasts over 200,000 works of excuisite atr,both of Indian and Foreign origin,covering more than 5,000 years of Indian cultural heritage.An exhibition commemorating 60 years of India's Independence,will be organised here in September.It will have exhibits selected from the excavated sites of Bharhut,Khajuraho,Nalanda,Bodhgaya,Hampi and Akota

ROUTE MAP - Heritage Holiday in JAIPUR

Ever heard of suites that come with private museums ?And a restaurant that has a unique crockery museum that stocks tableware used by Rajas in 17th and 18th century?All that and more await discerning guests at Raj Palace,a heritage hotel in Jaipur.The palace,one of the oldest in Jaipur,was built by Thakur Mohan Singh,ruler of Chaumoo in 1727.It was turned into a luxury heritage hotel in 1995.It has won many a hospitality award since then.The architecture is a unique blend of Mughal and European trends and exudes grandeur.Pamper yourself throughly with an Ayurvedic massage at the spa if complete relaxation is your mantra.If the history bug has bitten you,don the traveller's cap and explore the heritage sites in the Pink City.The room rates per night range from Rs.10,999 for standard rooms to Rs.4,99,999 for thePresidential Suite.If you are looking at the middle ground,then go for Heritage rooms at Rs.14,999 or historical suites at Rs.29,999 at the lower end.You could also try the Durbar Suite for Rs.99,999.The rates do not include luxury taxes and VAT.For details,call :0091-141-2634077/2634078 or e-mail at:rajpalace@sancharnet.in/gkvhotel@sancharnet.in

 

MIR ALAM LAKE-Aquarium of International Standards

 

Mir Alam Park at latitude of 17 degrees and longitude of 78 degrees,a 200 year old historical lake of Hyderabad is located adjacent to the famous Nehru Zoological Park on the Hyderabad-Bangalore National Highway 7.The majestic 0ne mile long dike with semi circular arches has a distinct French design.

 

The lake ,surrounded by beautiful hillocks and the zoological park (spread over 400 acres) together provide a natural habitat,attracting thousands of migratory birds every year.Even today the visitors to the lake feel the peace and tranquility of nature untouched by time.Annually about 15 lakh people visit the Nehru Zoological Park abutting the lake.

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CHALET SURPRISE

'A good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub',remarked Leopold Bloom in James Joyce's novel Ulysses.It's equally hard to stay anywhere near Shimla without looking at a conifer.So,if towering conifers set against the backdrop of mist-covered mountains happen to be up your line,head for Chalets Naldehra,a quaint boutique resort 22km off Shimla.The resort lies within a rambling cedar forest and at a stone's throw away from the 18-hole Naldehra golf course.All the log cottages of the resort have been constructed with pinewood imported from Finland and each cottage has two bedrooms,a living room and fireplace.The resort also offers apartments.For some de-stressing,there's a spa at hand that adjoins a temperature-controlled swimming pool.Naldehra is also a wish come true for those who want to sweat it out in style.The resort organises day hikes,treks and picnics in the adjoining forest along with horse riding and whitewater rafting.Golf junkies can also have a field day teeing off at the golf course.Chalets Naldehra is currently offering a 2-night and 3-day week-day package that starts at Rs.10,990 and can go up to Rs.23000 for a couple depending on the kind of cottage or apartment that one opts for.There is a weekend package of the same duration with a price tag of anything between Rs.11,990 and Rs.25,990.The offer is valid till October-end.The offer includes breakfast,dinner and other refreshments but not lunch.U also have to pay extra for outdoor activities like trekking,horse riding and so on.

For further enquiries,log on to www.chaletsnaldehra.com

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