its wealth of historical associations, and its magnificent setting on a
cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas, Cochin is one of the most
fascinating cities of coastal South India. It is a city with indelible marks
of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Jewish traditions. Of Special mention
is the older parts of the Fort Cochin area. It more or less exists as it
used to be a 1000-year behind our times. This part of the city reflects an
unusual blend of medieval Portugal, Dutch and English country life grafted
on to the tropical Malabar coast. The 16th century Mattancherry Palace, also
known as the Dutch Palace is a fascinating fort with elegant buildings and
interesting collections from the Royal traditions of the region. The unique
feature of Cochin is the unexpected and isolated Jewish community, whose
origins date back to AD 52.
They are self-contained and have there own Synagogue. The area around the
Synagogue, known as 'Jew Town' is one of the main centres of spice trade.
Scores of small firms huddle together in old dilapidated buildings and the
air is filled with the aroma of ginger, cardamom, cumin, turmeric and
cloves. The area is very busy.
A hill station on the Western Ghats and with its lakes, reservoirs, forests
and tea estates is the Nature-Lover's Paradise, Munnar is beautifully
situated at the confluence of three rivers & is a major center of
Kerala's tea industry.
Munnar offers several possibilities; Anaimudi (2694 m), the highest peak in
the southern India is nearby and the views from here are incredible. Munnar
offers some great possibility for nature walks and visits to nearby tribal
villages where people, though poor are extremely friendly, charming and
hospitable. The ethnic lifestyles, traditional homes and the traditional
occupation with ethnic tools and implements provides an incredible
experience. A visit to Munnar's tea gardens is a must. These are among the
highest in the world. It would be fascinating to witness the plucking of
leaves by women carrying bamboo baskets on their back to store the plucked
leaves. If one seek a sense of peace, a desire to communicate with nature
and most importantly participate in a journey through a living museum,
Munnar is the place that seeks to provide all this in a heavenly setting.
This incredibly fascinating resort has been accorded the top notch Green
Leaf status by the ayurveda centre classification committee, Govt.of Kerala.
The award is accorded to only those centres that fulfils necessary &
stringent standards The Somatheeram
Resort, which has been recognised as a heritage resort by the tourism
department of India has been awarded this status for a period of three
years. Somatheeram also bagged the "Best Ayurvedic Centre" award
from the govt of Kerala for the fourth year in succession
(1997-1998,1998-1999,1999-2000,2000-2001). The well maintained herbal garden
boast of various rare species of herbs. More than 600 verities of ayurveda
herbs are preserved and most of these are utilised for special preparation
and treatment. In order to provide genuine medicine, the Resort runs a
manufacturing unit, which is under the close supervision of our team of
doctors. A research and development wing is also in operation.
The resort has a team of 10 doctors and 60 technicians . Somatheeram
Ayurvedic Beach Resort is the first of its kind and offers to holidayers a
perfect combination of the threesome; a Beach Resort with Ayurveda and Yoga.
The Resort is on the picturesque Malabar Coast 8 km south of Kovalam. Set in
a tantalising environment of palm trees and bewitching blue waters,
Somatheeram is untouched by the ravages of tourism Sitting atop a hill,
Somatheeram, spreads over an area of 15 acres of lush greenery. Its
accommodations are widely scattered down the contoured hills amongst the
verdant coconut groves and other naturally preserved plants. The
accommodations combined together with the virginal beauty of nature,
delicately cascades to an immaculate beach exclusively enjoyed by
Somatheeram. A refreshing change from the usual. Somatheeram is a
combination of holiday, health, yoga and meditation programs. The
accommodation is in traditionally styled spacious wooden houses, stone
bungalows and cottages with en suite facilities.