Medicinal and healing tourism is all the rage in some circles, but it is so much more than just a passing fad. If you are looking for somewhere to detox, unwind, rejuvenate and heal, then one of these top Ayurvedic destinations in the country may be just what you are searching for Ayurveda is often spoken about for its ‘exotic’ and ‘spiritual’ healing properties. But there is so much more to this Indian tradition that is based on scientific principles that have been tried and tested over centuries, which are practiced at these retreats:

1) Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort, Kerala

Somatheeram was the world’s first Ayurvedic resort, located at Chowara Beach in Kerala. You can be treated for serious illness here, as well as have a luxury stay. Somatheeram routinely treats patients with mild to severe medical problems from hypertension to diabetes and even paralysis. A team of experts examines each case individually, before prescribing a combination of Somatheeram’s trademark massages like the ‘Pizhichil’ or the ‘Abhyangam’ along with meditation and yoga, all under strict supervision. The resort also provides luxury accommodation and even has boating packages on the backwaters, which will soothe your mind as well as your body.

2) Ananda In The Himalayas, Uttarakhand

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, with acres of lush, untouched forest, Ananda is a sight for sore eyes. This luxury resort combines a unique blend of traditional Himalayan Ayurveda with Western spa technology, offering world class health and wellness programmes. Their most popular course is the Panchakarma-- a five stage purification process to cleanse and heal body, mind and soul.

3) Devaaya Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre, Goa

Far away from the pulsating lights and techno beats of Goa’s party scene, is the serene Devaaya Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre on the banks of the Mandovi river. Carefully constructed, following the principles of Vastu Shastra, Devaaya leaves no stone unturned in affording its guests a holistic healing experience. Focusing on multiple techniques including yoga, meditation, music, lifestyle correction, diet planning, and of course Ayurveda, Devaaya is a paradise for the tired body and mind. Its stellar cuisine only adds to its charm.

4) Kairali Ayurvedic Health Village, Kerala

The small, tranquil town of Palakkad in Kerala is home to one of the biggest names in the Ayurvedic Industry - Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort. With over twenty five centres in India and another twenty abroad, Kairali provides some of the most authentic and reliable Ayurvedic treatments in the world. Focusing on treating the root of a problem, Kairali has an impressive panel of experts to consult and examine each case. Kairali also extends its expertise to yoga retreat camps and Ayurvedic training programmes.

5) Ayuryogashram, Kerala

Seated in the village of Parlikad in Thrissur, Kerala, Ayuryogashram focuses solely on Ayurveda to address a variety of health issues including excess weight, low immunity, high stress levels, and problem skin. While offering modern amenities, the resort sticks to its traditional treatments that include massage, medicated steam baths, meditation, simple food, and relaxation.

So the next time your body feels like it is desperately in need of a vacation, pack your bags and head to one of these places. Your mind and body both will thank you.

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