Kerala in India, Tradition, beaches and backwaters
Its tropical climate tempered by the sea, between 24 to 28 degrees, a large coastline of beautiful and quiet beaches. A lush, exotic flora and fauna, along with the extensive plantations of coffee, tea and rice fields, and of course the ancient knowledge of the Ayurvedic techniques, with many spa centers and resort, have made him one of the most desirable tourist destinations in Asia.
Famous also are the backwaters or mangroves, a network of canals and lakes, surrounded by jungle and coconut trees. Where you can go canoeing for shorter distances, or cruise in a houseboat for longer distances between cities. Highlights the route from Kochi to Alleppey. In some of these houseboats you can even overnight.
A bit of history and geography, Kerala also known as Keralam is an Idian state located on the Malabar coast.
It is established as a state in 1956 with the regrouping of several Malayala speaking regions. With capital Trivandrum in the south of the state.
It is one of the most advanced societies of India. With a very high literacy rates , and one the lowest rates of infant mortality and the highest life expectancy rates, among India. Cities are also a little cleaner than the rest of the country.
State in southwest India, bounded on the west by Arabian Sea, and to the east by the Ghats mountains (altitude 500-2700m), is also crossed by 44 rivers.
This very special geography, with mountains acting as a natural border, has allowed its people to preserve their traditions rooted through the centuries, which is reflected both in daily activities such as fishing gear (Chinese networks) or the typical South kitchen. And also in their artistic performance such as music, dance, painting … and of course in the knowledge of ayurveda.
For centuries, Ayurveda has been for the people their only option for curing diseases and in every home they grown herbs for ayurvedic home remedies. Anecdotally, even elephants in Kerala enjoy a massage and ayurvedic diet during monsoon (from June to September.
Elephant taking a bath
It also has some excellent pantries, in their tropical forests are born over 900 type of ayurvedic herbs and medicinal plants and in Agasthyakoodam, is a biosphere reserve in the south, there are some more rarevarieties , some are endemic or native to the region.
Kerala Ayurvedic tradition goes back some five thousand years ago. Here their skills and knowledge has been secretly preserved for generations and now and here some of the world’s most experienced professionals share their knowledge of Ayurveda healing.
In addition we can enjoy in Kerala the ayurveda medicine in all its aspects, from the most economical to the most exclusive luxury resorts, including beauty treatments, relaxing massages, diets or Ayurvedic medicine clinics.
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