There are various reasons to visit Kerala, the pristine backwaters, the enticing oneness with nature and the never ending stretches of clear sand and the warm sun. Ayurveda and Kerala go hand in hand. The geographical feature conferred upon Kerala makes it stand out unlike the rest of India. Ayurveda has been an ancient traditional practice of Kerala. Today there have been colossal innovations to enrich Ayurveda.
The government of Kerala and the Ayurveda community initiated a program called the Global Ayurveda Festival of Kerala. The international recognition of Ayurveda in Kerala makes it a perfect setting to hold this event.
This 6-day extravaganza will begin on 9th February 2012 and go on till the 14th. Held at Thiruvananthapuram the capital of the state, this festival hopes to bring out the benefits of Ayurveda and display an array of services, products and activities aimed at pursuing a healthy life.
Among the many activities lined up for the event are workshops, tours, conferences, exhibitions and guest lectures by scholars in the field of Ayurveda.
Why is it the best time to visit Kerala this year?
Not only can you have first hand experiences and gather first hand information about Ayurveda, but also be a part of this festival and truly experience the global benefits of Ayurveda. It’s a great opportunity to learn and experience.
Ayurveda is the oldest system of medicine in the world. This Indian system of medicine ensures wellness with ingredients that are one hundred percent natural and tested.
What to expect in the festival?
As we all know the key intent of starting this festival was to spread awareness about Ayurveda. The festival will have exhibitions of ayurvedic products, food festivals and medicinal plants used in making the products.
The festival is held at the Kanakakunnu Palace grounds in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram.
Since eons of years Ayurvedic texts have been written in India. These texts have relevance even today hence it is important to preserve and spread Ayurveda. Global exhibitions like this help in propagating this natural medicinal system.
Making the best of the festival
This global international festival is a place for buyers and sellers of Ayurvedic medicines to meet face to face. If you are interested in Ayurveda or have a keen interest in taking Ayurveda to your hometown this is the place to be.
The first ever Ayurveda job fair will also be conducted in the same venue. Job aspirants can walk in and find themselves a perfect job in the field of Ayurveda. Doctors, managers, nurses and pharmacists can all benefit from this festival.
Centers of clinical excellence in Ayurveda will hold guided tours for interested participants to have first hand experience of Ayurveda.
Getting there and other perks
Thiruvananthapuram is well connected to the rest of India. There are direct flights from foreign destinations like the Middle East, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Maldives. There are also domestic flights that connect major cities across India with Thiruvananthapuram.
If you are looking to travel by train you can log on to the Indian Railways website and select one of the many trains running from major cities in India.
Thiruvananthapuram is well connected to major cities like Cochin, Chennai, Bangalore and Coimbatore by road.
The easiest way to get around Trivandrum is in a local bus, if you want to have the real taste of the city take a ride in the auto rickshaw. You could also hire a taxi that could conveniently take you around the city.
There is a lot to see in the city. You could visit the numerous museums and palaces in Trivandrum. The East Fort and the Napier Museum are something’s you should definitely not miss out.
Kovalam beach just 17 kms away from the city is a marvel. Noted to be one of the finest beaches it is considered safe for swimming thus attracting many tourists each year.