Travelling To Kerala; Travelling To God's Own Country!

Written By Hajra Khatoon, Travel Story

Barbara Klein, lives and works in Basel, Switzerland and loves to share her life of food and recipes, travels, writing and photography. The following is an interview in her own words as told to Rockying. Lets dive into her introspective voyage to India:

I have always been fascinated with India, its people and history and when my friend and I decided on a four weeks Ayurvedan therapy it was clear from the start: only India would be the perfect place for our venture. After long planning we found the ideal resort in Kerala and were very happy to have chosen Somatheeram for its tradition and spectacular settings.

The resort is close to Trivandrum (now thiruvananthapuram), an hour’s drive to the south. Overwhelming first impressions of the vivid colors of blossoming trees and shrubs, traffic noise, flavors, especially after a practically sleepless night on the plane.

Coming into the resort is like the entrance to paradise: all noise of modern civilization is blotted out and we hear the sound of breaking waves, birds and smell the wonderful scents of thousands of flowers. 


 
My home for the next three weeks was a lovely cottage directly above the beach, 120 steps away from the main buildings. 



After the first of my daily consultations with the doctors on the premises I am told my dosha (fundamental bodily humors that constitute the body) type: Pitta, the most common of the three types, this is very important for the therapy we will follow the next three weeks: apart from the daily treatments of massages we will adhere to a strict diet, abstain from drinking alcohol, fizzy beverages, coffee and only eat vegetarian dishes. I have also decided to refrain from smoking. It is advised to stay out of the sun and swimming in the pool or in the sea is not recommended.



I am advised to take some Ayurvedic medication (including ghee) to help the detox. Not too pleasant but who says medicine should be sweet?

The first days were difficult: constant headaches, hardly any sleep, feeling hot and sweating a lot. My body certainly tells me how much I have abused it before.

SUNRISE AT 6 AM.

Photo By: Barbara Klein

Slowly we get used to our new daily rhythm, we start the day before sunset with a leisurely walk along the beach watching the sunrise, followed by a cup of curipathi (probably this is cheating, but we do not really want to know what’s in it) in front of my lovely cottage.

Breakfast and then treatments, general massage with hot oil, rejuvenation massage, and all the other treatments according to our treatment sheet such as: Nasyam, Dhanyamly Dhara, Virechana, Pizhichil Sarvangadhara etc., lunch, the daily doctor’s visit, some more treatments, Yoga, Chakra meditation, dinner. Early to bed.


Ayurvedan Therapy at Somatheeram (That's not me in the picture though)

I enjoy our Ayurvedan food, you help yourself from a huge buffet. And between us: this helps me to cheat with my Pitta diet as I 'steal' snippets from Vata and Kapha dishes!

We love to eat dinner outside, sometimes there is a very welcome slight breeze of fresh air.

We have little free time between treatments and meals but we sometimes venture outside and go to the local shops. I am a very popular customer (I have this gap between my front teeth!) and a hard bargainer but I end up with far too many things from tailor-made clothes, jewellery, saffron and other spices, spoons made of buffalo horn to tons of textile materials from Parthas, a colorful dreamland for shopaholics in Trivandrum. I buy a Churidar (stretchy fitted trousers) that is not only beautiful and comfortable but ideal to be worn in this heat.

The days weave into weeks, one highlight is our trip down South to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, visiting temples on the way and taking a boat out to the rock memorial.


It is time to leave and fly back to Switzerland, heavy suitcases (we have more than 20 kilos overweight) filled with our Indian treasures and lots of lovely memories in our hearts. I will be back!

So that was Barbara, with her revelation of experiences, good and bad. Kerala is unwinding indeed. We suggest you undertake our exclusive photographic journey to the place and accomplish mission Kerala!

Share It

Connect With Us
Recommendations
Amazing Snow Falling Places in London!
Travel Story By Ellen Nicola [Guest Post]

Amazingly, no two winters in London are ever the same. Stop a London resident who has lived there for years and ask them what they think the next winter would be like, they might not give you an answer.


The Insanely Seductive MAUI !!!
Travel Story By Hajra Khatoon

Luau Maui


These could Literally Save Your Life Abroad; Top 10 Travel Tips for that Dream Foreign Trip
Story By Abhyank Srinet [Guest Post]

Read our 10 travel tips required before any international trip, that you should bear in mind, before travelling abroad, for these could save your life.

Getting Away: Explore Vietnam’s Out of the World Hiking Getaways
Story By Analisse Weathers [Guest Post]

Vietnam is full of hiking getaways that will bring you peace of mind. Majestic highland valleys, terraced rice paddies, dramatic mountain paths and remarkable underneath towering limestone mountain ranges are the...

10 Exhilarating Destinations Every Girl-gang must Explore in Europe
Story By Prince Kapoor [Guest Post]

Longing for that girls-trip you always planned to do but could never really decide on the destination? Fret not, girl, we are going to tell you about the best trip you will ever take with your girlfriends...

Everything You Need to Know About Plastic Pollution and How India is Fighting It to Save Mother Earth
Story By Ranjan Yadav

The theme of World Environment Day (organized by the United Nations on 5th of June every year) hosted by India in 2018 was #BeatPlasticPollution. The message to protect our Environment was communicated as, “if you can’t reuse it, refuse...

Death of small girls
Story By Khushbu

A story of a man who wants to have a baby but the circumstances in his life leads to a situation where he decides to go against everything to satisfy his means.

Love and penalty
Story By Gulrukh

Two young couple were in love each other.They both were students and had true feelings. But the girl didn't know about the past of the boy. They made up their mind to meet.At that time, Kate was shot by the boss whom Sam worked secretly and flew away

Galee Terror
Story By Amelia

Arya’s life will forever change after a haunting experience, but what will she do when the the choices are kill or pain?

बेचारा मुझे मारना चाहता था
Story By Vivek Pandey

This short story is about a guy who killed an innocent person only because of his habit of over thinking.

Two innocent angels
Story By Gulrukh

Elizabeth, a 70-year-old lady, lives alone with her loyal dog- Cameron. Her children abandoned her and left for other states. His only pensions interest them, let alone gifts and surprises. Her loyal dog is her true friend. Nobody knew their death

They Lived, They Fought for the Nation and Died; India's Legendary Freedom Fighters (Do We Really Know Them?)
Story By Rockying

They fought and died for the sake of us. 10 unknown India's Legendary Freedom Fighters. Do we really even know them?

There is no Way You are Right about these 12 Most Basic Facts About the World. Are You?
Story By Team Rockying

Do you know that the life expectancy of the world today is 70 years? The number for India being 68. The largest driving factor in life expectancy isn't the longevity of a country's oldest citizens but...

Everything You Need to Know About Plastic Pollution and How India is Fighting It to Save Mother Earth
Story By Ranjan Yadav

The theme of World Environment Day (organized by the United Nations on 5th of June every year) hosted by India in 2018 was #BeatPlasticPollution. The message to protect our Environment was communicated as, “if you can’t reuse it, refuse...

ऋषि की साइकिल
Story By Manu

Rishi Ki Cycle

लेगो का डिब्बा
Story By Manu

Missing Lego Box of Rishi

Nightmares and Memories
Story By Tanya Shrivastava

After a family tragedy, Avery gets stuck in her dreams every time she sleeps

Fog of the Heart
Story By Tanya Shrivastava

A sweet enemies to lover short story

Never Forget Me!
Story By Amelia

Follows the journey of a family desperate to bring a young man into this world. They are so full of desperation that it drives them to commit unspeakable acts. What price will they have to pay for the son they've always wanted?

Galee Terror
Story By Amelia

Arya’s life will forever change after a haunting experience, but what will she do when the the choices are kill or pain?

बेचारा मुझे मारना चाहता था
Story By Vivek Pandey

This short story is about a guy who killed an innocent person only because of his habit of over thinking.