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Kerala runs along the south western tip of India, and is home to two superb boutique wellness resorts, both specialising in yoga and ancient Ayurvedic treatments.
The gorgeous 22 suite boutique resort of Surya Samudra is perched on a cliff overlooking pristine beaches and the Arabian Sea. A wonderful place to unwind and rebalance, and enjoy yoga and Ayurvedic treatments. Full detox programmes are also available.
In land, the minimum stay at Kali Kovilakom is two weeks, the time claimed for ayurveda treatments to have any real effect. Most people have a ‘panchakarma’, or general ayurvedic rejuvenation programme, when experts lead you through a safe and nourishing course of ayurvedic oil massages, detoxification therapies, meditation and exercise. Stress relief, weight reduction and anti-aging programmes are also available.
The nearest international airport is Cochin; about 100 kms away.
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Weather and when to go
The best time to go is from November to May when temperatures are between 28 and 32°C before the Monsoon and the temperatures hit the 40s.
Visas: You will need a valid passport and visa to enter India. Please contact the necessary Consulate or Embassy closest to you to apply for a visa. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival.
Passport and visa must be obtained in advance. You are responsible for determining specific passport and visa requirements in the participant's country of origin and for obtaining the necessary documents prior to departure.
Inoculations: No compulsory Inoculations are required if you are arriving from the United States, Canada or Europe. If you entering from Africa or parts of Latin America, certification of Yellow Fever Inoculation is required.
Although no vaccinations are required to go to India, Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended. Also Anti Malarial Medication,Tetanus Gamma Globulin Viral Meningitis For full advice, contact your doctor or travel clinic.
Malaria is a risk in India, including some urban and many rural areas, depending on elevation.
PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR FOR ADVICE ON ALL MEDICAL MATTERS WELL IN ADVANCE OF TRAVELLING TO INDIA