I have always wondered why Kerala - A small state located in the south-west part of India is often called as God's own country. In this era of commercialization and Globalization, the marketing people will make use of all the punchlines and taglines to lure the masses. So i thought the phrase God's own country is something used for tourism purpose since Kerala is one of most preferred vacation destinations - Not only in India but around the globe. But when my flight descend into the runway of Cochin International Airport - At that moment itself i realized that those people who give the name "God's own country" are not wrong at all.
Green Green Green everywhere !!
Research suggests green is the most comfortable color for your eye. My first landing in Kerala underlines this fact. I had never felt such calmness to my eyes before in my life. My intention of the journey was not only to have a glance on the beauty of Kerala but also to undergo their famous Ayurveda treatments which includes yoga
- it will help to cure my arthritis. Two bullets at one
shot!. The Cochin International Airport itself portrays the traditional Kerala architecture which we rarely see anywhere else in the world. From airport to my hotel i just had a look at the surroundings. Neat roads, clean streets, coconut trees everywhere, clean rivers - for one moment i thought i am going through the eternal life after god promised me heaven!. Being a native of North India i would have never imagined such places existed in my own country. I came to know about Ayurveda treatments in Kerala from an online healthcare portal
who suggested me the best way to treat your pain or illness is by experiencing wellness along with treatment, and there is no better place to get both done at the best quality other than Kerala. Kerala is famous for their health sector which is best in India as well as better than many developed countries.
I spend one night at hotel. The next morning i went out to the important tourist spots in Kochi. It was really an honor to visit India's largest shopping mall - Lulu Mall, One hell of a size it is! To make it interesting i had to wait
in queue to pass onto next floor in escalator. I said no! I just climbed the nearby stairs. The largest car showroom in Asia was just nearby, owned by Toyota. Can you imagine a place in India where we can test drive inside a large building? Welcome to Kochi! Also i was surprised by the coexistence of different religious worship places. Now i know why Kerala is famous for religious harmony.
I am running out of words to describe this small heaven in our planet. From Kochi i then traveled to Fort Kochi - Where i saw India's first and only Jewish synagogue. This place has got a lot of Portuguese - french influence and it is evident in all those architecture. We will really have a feeling that we are standing in a foreign country. Each and every sight i am witnessing in Kerala is unique and new to me.
The next day i went to Alappuzha which is famous for backwaters. When my friend said to me about backwaters i had no idea what it was. But after seeing it in front of me i cant imagine such water bodies do existed in our country. The
houseboat culture resembles the one in Kashmir, but both has its unique features. Well in between i forgot to mention about the tastes in Kerala - I just had the best ever biriyani in my life. 'Kayees' biriyani, it seems is very famous in Kerala. My travel agent suggested me to have it and i am very grateful to him now. Also the fish dishes i had from the houseboat in Alappuzha was very delicious.
As the next step of my journey now it is time to undergo some Ayurveda treatments for my arthritis. Just need to brush up my health for further journey. Still Kerala is not done yet. I will come back again to visit more places as suggested by my travel agent.
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