Kerala, otherwise known as God’s own country, is well-known throughout the world as a green, serene and strikingly beautiful place with its many backwaters, green paddy fields, hill stations, beaches, historical places, palaces and monuments. Located in the south-western edge of Indian peninsula, this small state is a hot spot for tourists and a place known to have one of the best living conditions in the country.

In the world of Ayurveda, Kerala is renowned as the pioneers in preserving authentic Ayurveda and as the innovators of many Ayurvedic procedures and techniques.

Kerala offers Ayurvedic treatments for various illnesses, therapies, rejuvenation programmes, beauty care and body care therapies etc. which have been improved over the years by learned physicians and sages. Vaghbatha, the student of Charaka who was one of the greatest propounders of Ayurveda, spent considerable time  in Kerala to spread the knowledge of Ayurveda. Even now you can see families in Kerala which have been carrying out Ayurvedic procedures over generations.

There are many therapies and treatments unique to Kerala. The most popular treatments include Njavarakizhi, Pizhichil, Uzhichil, Kizhi, Elakizhi, Choornakizhi, Dhara and so on. People from around the world have found these procedures to be highly effective in giving them relief from various illnesses and disorders. Also Kerala presents the best environment to learn meditation and Yoga which are now well-known throughout the world as the best way to relax and vent stress.

Kerala is also one of the few places in India with many Ayurveda colleges and institutions offering in-depth study of the various aspects of Ayurveda. People come to Kerala to learn this profound philosophy of healing from far and near.

All these factors play a significant role in Ayurveda Tourism boom in Kerala.

Ayurvedic resorts, spas, massaging centres, hospitals and clinics are plenty in Kerala. In order to thwart the mushrooming of fraudulent centres, Government of Kerala has two types of certifications for standardizing the level of services, namely Green Leaf and Olive Leaf. The certifications are given in view of the type of facilities, quality of medicine and health programme, the expertise of physicians, masseurs and supervising personnel etc.

Some of the Green Leaf certified Ayurvedic Centres include Somatheeram Ayurvedic Hospital and Yoga Centre, Manaltheeram Ayurvedic Hospital & Research Centre etc. Somatheeram and Manaltheeram are located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala.

Be it for rejuvenation, treatment or learning, Kerala is one of the best places to experience Ayurveda in the purest form.