What is Ayurvedic Massage? Ayurvedic massage is a part of Ayurvedic medicine which has its roots in India. It’s a holistic approach to medicine that makes use of plant based treatments derived from roots, leaves, fruits, bark, or seeds like cardamom. Although many organisations have dismissed it as a pseudoscience, 80% of Indians still make use of it. One of the most common Ayurvedic practices is massage which is believed to stimulate the lymphatic system to expel the toxins out from the body. Ayurvedic Massage is believed to lead to better immunity, help in body de-toxification, pain relief, reduction of fatigue, prevention of ageing…

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If you’re in Kerala, particularly Munnar or Thekkady you will no doubt see adverts for ‘spice walks’ or ‘ayurvedic spice garden’ tours. We’d seen quite a few in Munnar but didn’t go to one until Thekkady. We were having a designated relax day so wanted to do something interesting but not too strenuous. Our host at Dean Dale Cottages directed us towards Green Park Spice Plantation in Kumily. What is an Ayurvedic Spice Garden? To start with lets explain what ‘Ayurvedic’ means. It’s a particular type of medicine developed in India which uses lots of different plants for their different…

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Munnar is a tea growing hub in the mountains of the Western Ghats. Tourists flock here to see the gorgeous rolling green hills adorned with perfectly trimmed tea bushes that contour the mountains. The best way to appreciate them is by hiking. In order to do this you will need a guide as the tea fields are private property and you can be fined if you decide to wander round them alone. I’ve tried to put together this short guide that should tell you all you need to know about Munnar. How to get to Munnar Munnar doesn’t have a…

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Before we’d even arrived in India we knew that we would be coming to Periyar National Park. Why, you ask, well because Ben was desperate to. He’s a nature lover and an amateur photographer which means that any national park, especially one with the promise of tigers, is a must. What is Periyar? Periyar National Park, or officially Periyar Tiger Reserve is 952km square and is a protected area that is home to Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephants, Gaur, Sambar Dear, Flying Squirrels, Sloth Bears, Bison and loads more, including 266 varieties of bird and around 45 species of reptiles (to Ben’s…

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As my trip to India drew closer I got more into watching Indian films and around a week before we set off I sat down with my mum to watch ‘Piku’ one of the Bollywood films on offer on Netflix. I’d had it added to my list for a while but hadn’t got round to it until then. My mum also enjoys similar films to me and I’d been waiting to watch it with her. ‘Piku’ is a 2015 comedy-drama starring Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, The Lunchbox – which I reviewed…

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