Kerala in the south is quite unmissable. Cited as one of ten ‘Paradises Found’ by National Geographic Traveler, this land of backwaters, beaches and waterfalls is a get-away-from-it-all place where elephants still roam free.
But if you really want to experience ‘authentic’ Kerala, why not treat yourself to an Ayurvedic session, the ancient Indian science which deals with the well-being of the spirit, body and mind. After all enlightenment and India go hand in hand!
And of course the west coast beaches of cosmopolitan Goa are simply perfect for getting your breath back, possibly only surpassed by an award-winning spa resort in the Himalayas.
‘Moored’ on an historic stretch of Cochin’s harbour, The Brunton Boatyard is where you can take a leisurely soak in the bathtub whilst watching dolphins playing tag with the passing trading ships.
This village-style backwater paradise is located on Vembanad Lake so only reachable by water. Maybe this escapist setting is why everyone here is so incredibly welcoming, although the healthy holistic vibe may have something to do with it too. It’s centred upon an Ayurvedic spa where you can have anything from four-handed massages to one-on-one yoga classes; the health-conscious cuisine backed up by tasty Keralan delicacies.
An opportunity to experience the ‘real’ India, with a few soothing Ayurvedic spa treatments thrown in too. Spice Village stands two miles from Lake Periyar and is a great base from which to see the elephants in the adjacent National Park, as well as visit tribal villages and spice plantations.
Bekal is billed as a ‘last frontier’ beach destination within the lush beauty that is Kerala, extremely private yet easily accessed from Mangalore airport. Vivanta by Taj - Bekal occupies 26 acres on a secluded and meandering backwater with beach access.
Just 4 miles from Madikeri in India’s west coast Karnataka State, Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri Coorg is perched on private hillside 4000 feet above sea level and set in 180 acres of natural rainforest.
This serene yet glamorous getaway is sprawled out amidst lagoons, waterfalls and spice trees leading down towards a white sand beach in Goa. It’s a heady mélange of Indian and Portuguese architecture, a melting-pot spirit that’s echoed throughout the über-chic guest accommodations.
If you’re considering a lifestyle change, maybe even a new spiritual direction, where better to come than the a of India’s ancient arts of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda? And where better to stay than a Maharaja’s palace estate located in the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas?
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