Vacations are something we always wait for – the non-stop chilling with friends and family, laying carefree for hours basking under the sun and much more. Why not try someplace different in 2019? How about spending your holidays in a place with food, mindfulness, physical activity, being the top priority? Seems exciting, isn’t it? We have jotted down 3 healthier bucket list trips in India for you. Keep reading!
To start from Southern India, Kerala is popular as “God’s own country” for its serene beaches, placid canals, beautiful backwaters, national parks and spice plantations. However, the state has another side for the tourists other than these natural assets – the healthier side. You can get the best Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala along with exploring its scenic beauty.
A healthy place to stay in Kerala
Sarovaram Ayurvedic Health Centre
It is privately-owned health center run by skilled and experienced ayurvedic doctors. With a motto, “We help you to live a healthy life”, the doctors help deal you with the health issues in the most natural way and yes, they follow their motto very seriously. You get a place for sheer relaxation and rejuvenation. Get purified and pacified with their ayurvedic medicine and herbal treatments. The doctors with immense expertise in the field also use fruits and vegetables from the garden for the treatments. If you are someone seeking balance in life, think no more before booking even your last minute flights to Kerala.
Located on a cliff near the Kovalam beach, The Leela offers a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. The area is popular for safe and clean beaches making it ideal vacation spot for families in heed to tick off the healthier trips from their bucket list. The spa provides a plethora of yoga packages, holistic treatments and Ayurvedic treatments.
Where to eat healthy in Kerala?
Lonely Planet – Kovalam
It is a vegetarian and organic café providing a wide range of healthy options with the serene atmosphere. Do make sure you try Kappa – a kind of rice herb stuffed with vitamins and proteins. You will find good choice of street food as well. Try Puttu, a famous Kerala food – steamed rice flour covered with coconut.
Healthier things to do in Kerala
Take a spice tour
Herbs and spices are the basic ingredients of ayurvedic medicines. Ginger, cardamom and turmeric are some spices native to India and popular as a health promoting ingredient. Most hotels in the state offer spice tours around the spice plantations. Take advantage of this inexpensive opportunity of strolling in the natural ambience and know the health benefits and history of these useful spices.
Explore Eravikulam National Park
The wildlife national park offers scenic and spectacular views of the encompassing mountains, tea plantations and local fauna. Covered with myriad of footpaths and trails, the park serves as home to endangered plants and animals.
Another beautiful city of the South is Mysore, a tranquil city referred to as ‘World of Yoga’. It is one of the healthier trips of a lifetime to be added to your bucket list. Ashtanga Yoga Research Center was established by a famous Guru, Pattabhi Jois, who contributed greatly for Ashtanga Yoga. The city is considered as a hub for yogis and devotees coming down for practice and gain knowledge about ayurvedic practices and yoga.
Healthy places to stay in Mysore
Indus Valley Ayurvedic Center
Situated at the foothills of Chamundi Hills, this center is among the best ayurvedic centers in the country offering both guest rooms to lavish and luxurious cottages. It is a family-friendly place known for the panchakarma, yoga, ayurvedic medicine and anti-ageing/detox treatments.
Situated on River Kabini by an organic farm, Ayuryoga Eco-Ashram renders tested ayurvedic retreats for a period of 7-28 days. The expert doctors are specialized in stress management, meditation, weight loss programs, rejuvenation and detox treatments.
Healthier food places in Mysore
It is a vegetarian restaurant also providing vegan options along with a yoga center for health freaks. You must try the freshly-extracted juices, salads, organic coffee and some other popular dishes.
Depth & Green
It is another vegetarian café offering vegan options, smoothies, a long menu to select from and a warm atmosphere.
Where to go in Mysore?
Go for Yoga classes in Yogadarshanam
A trip to Mysore remains incomplete without a yoga class at Yogadarshanam. The school and foundation both provide drop-in classes throughout the day. Stop by to take at least a single yoga class at the center. No matter if you have booked business class flights to Mysore for signing that important contract, you can still spare some time from work for rejuvenation.
Situated at the base of Himalayas, Rishikesh is also called ‘gateway to the Ganga’, the scared river of India. It is considered the most spiritual city with plenty of ashrams, no non-vegetarian food and no trend of alcohol, making it a healthy destination to visit. Rishikesh offers a peaceful and serene environment and thus named as the Yoga Capital of the World.
Healthy places to stay in Rishikesh
It is a family-run hotel with a blend of eclectic and modern environment. You get a study room and yoga room at the rooftop with a scenic view of the city at the backdrop. It is indeed a relaxing escape in the city’s heart.
Bhandari Swiss Cottage
Situated North-east of the city, the place offers spacious and quite rooms away from the chaos. You will have peaceful rooms to meditate, practice yoga and have Ayurvedic massages.
Healthy food joints in Rishikesh
It is a modern vegetarian café rendering you the options to choose from a long list of healthy food items. Do not forget to have the mushroom curry and whole wheat pancakes.
Little Buddha Café
It is one of the best restaurants in the city. The tree-house café serves you with an international menu having a series of large portions, healthy options along with their friendly and quick service.
What to do in Rishikesh
Practice Hasya Yoga
Practice Hasya Yoga or Laughter therapy in the morning. The yoga involves voluntary prolonged laughter and is believed to render health benefits.
See the Ganga Aarti
A trip to Rishikesh will never be complete without seeing the enchanting Ganga Aarti. It brings you a mental, physical and spiritual well-being. It is a unique experience of seeing the Hindu priests worshiping holy Ganges every morning and evening.
Take a break from the monotonous adventure trips and add these healthier trips to bucket list. Visit these three healthy destinations in India and explore being fit and healthy.