Ayurvedic Tourism in India

Throughout the world, India is regarded highly in terms of the intrinsic value it has for its culture, traditions and ancient practices. One such practice is Ayurveda. It evolved in India circa 600 B.C. and is one of our strongest branches of medicine even today. Apart from just curing various body ailments or diseases, Ayurveda is a system that even prevents them from attacking in future. The best part about it is that it is purely naturalistic in nature and does not affect the balance of the body in any way. Not only does the affects part of the body get treated, the individual feels better as a whole. Therefore, there is a great need for this branch of medicine for which people specially come to India or travel within India.

The hub of Ayurveda is definitely Kerala. It is termed as the ‘land of Ayurveda’. The climate and natural resources that this state has is more than enough for this form of healing to prosper. The season of monsoon is the best season to visit this state for the purpose of Ayurveda. There are so many spas and healing centres where one can get treated or just relaxed. Places like Kottayam, Trivandrum, Thekkady and Thrissur are noted names in this field.

Here are some premiere centres for Ayurvedic tourism.

1. Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Centre – this centre is located in Kalady. It is a part of the Nagarjuna group and its main belief is the promotion of Ayurveda.

2. Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Shala – this centre is more like a complete guide to al Ayurvedic procedures. Right from cultivating medicinal plants to the manufacturing of herbal medicines to publishing books and holding seminars on Ayurveda, this centre is famous. It also has a state-of-the-art treatment facility which is based on the Panchkarma Principles.

3. Amrita Ayurveda Medical Centre – located in Cochin, this centre provides traditional Ayurvedic treatment. It aims to make people aware of how important their health can be. Usually, we take our health for granted and do not pay much attention to it unless we are faced with some illness. This centre works on the policy of prevention being better than cure.

Even Goa is a centre for Ayurvedic spas and treatments. A lot of foreigners come to this place for treatment. Different types of treatments are put into use here. Ancient practices such as Udvarthanam (for those who don’t prefer too much oil) and Ahbayangam (to get rid of fat) can be seen here.

1. Ayurdharma, Radisson Hotel – this spa is extremely famous and practices various techniques such as Kizhi (massage where a bundle of herbs or powders dipped into oil is gently hit on the body) and Shirodhara (a gentle stream of oil is directed to the forhead).

2. Taamra Spa, Taj Exotica – the interiors of this spa are in the form of a Kerala temple. Therefore, as soon as you enter, you feel a lot of positive energy.

Lastly, Uttaranchal is also a hub for Ayurveda. Obviously, it hosts places like Rishikesh and Haridwar. The latter is a preferred destination for Ayurveda. Colleges like the Government Gurukul Kangri Ayurvedic College are amongst the most prestigious for learning the science of Ayurveda.

Even in places like Anand near Ahmedabad and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu do people go for Ayurvedic treatment. It is a science that believes in the theory of taking care of the self as a whole. This is one of the main reasons for it to be revered so highly.

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About Lipi Mehta

I am a student of the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (UG). Apart from acting like I am busy at college day, I actually manage to do some work as the Editor of www.dfuse.in, a youth-oriented e-magazine. I enjoy reading though I wish I wasn’t so addicted to my laptop!

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