All four hotels of the Taj in Kerala, which have full-fledged
ayurvedic centres attached to them, have added a feather
in their caps in the form of Green Leaf, the state governments
recognition for quality, purity and authenticity of the
ayurvedic care rendered to the tourists.
The Tamara Spa
at Taj Malabar, Kochi, the Taj Ayurveda Centre at Taj
Residency, Kozhikode, Sowparnika at Taj Garden Retreat,
Varkala and the Taj Ayurveda Centre at Kumarakom are the
proud recipients of this honours by the Kerala government.
Green Leaf is the
highest classification awarded to the ayurvedic centres
that fulfil all the essential and optional conditions
prescribed by the Keralas tourism department. The
essential conditions include qualified and sufficient
ayurvedic physicians and personnel to attend on both male
and female tourists separately, high-quality medicines
and health programmes, excellent, clean and hygienic equipment,
environment, facilities and infrastructure.
optional conditions specify that the centres should have
high-standard architectural and interior features and
superior extra facilities like steam bath rooms, meditation
and yoga centres and herbal gardens. The centres that
fulfil only the essential conditions are awarded the Olive
A committee comprising
the Kerala tourism director as its convenor and the director
of Indian Systems of Medicine, the Professor Kayachikitsa,
Government Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram, a representative
each from the Ayurveda College, Kottakkal, and Indian
Association of Tour Operators as its members, after strict
evaluation, accordingly, issues the relevant certificate.
Thus, all the above Taj Ayurveda Centres have now received
the top endorsement - the Green Leaf.
All the four ayurveda centres of the Taj are set in luxurious
five-star environments with serene ambience well suited
for the nature of soul-stirring ayurvedic therapy provided
by them. All are managed by qualified doctors and personnel
trained by Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, Coimbatore. All these
ayurveda centres of Taj in Kerala have treated a host
of celebrities from all walks of life in inland and from
abroad as well.
Taj Ayurveda Centre (TAC), Kozhikode, which forms an attractive
part of Taj Residency, Kozhikode has two doctors and 12
therapists (six men and six women) who can provide treatment
to 26 persons at a time.
The centre receives
a lot of non-resident Indians and foreigners. A major
segment of the beneficiaries are Arabs, including Arab
ladies. There is a library in TAC Kozhikode where the
guests can get an insight into the traditional knowledge
of ayurveda and related subjects.
Tamara, the Spa
Ayurveda Centre at Taj Malabar, offers authentic rejuvenation,
therapeutic and beauty treatment sessions depending on
the requirement of the guests in a contemporary setting.
Designed by Abacus, Singapore, Tamaras one of the
specialities is its landscaping and lighting, which are
on par with international standards. The spa has a full-time
doctor and two female and two male masseurs.
There are two treatment
rooms for men and women separately. The spa includes a
full-fledged gymnasium, yoga and aerobics room, beauty
parlour and salon with modern facilities like Jacuzzi.
Tamara Spa provides poolside service at the hotels
infinity pool to delight the guests with fresh fruits
and vegetable juices as prescribed by the ayurvedic physician.
The Ayurveda Centre at the Taj Garden Retreat, Kumarakom,
where Prime Minister A B Vajpayee had spent a week during
his winter sojourn in Kerala in 2000, and Sowparnika at
the Taj Garden Retreat, Varkala, too, offer fantastic
ayurvedic care to the tourists with facilities like Jacuzzi,
steam bath, rejuvenating ayurvedic massage and other fitness
and therapeutic services.
All forms of treatment
such as uzhichchal, pizhichchal, dhara, kizhi, abhayangam
and avaghaham are provided under professional
medical supervision with separate facilities for both
male and female tourists.
All four Taj Ayurveda
Centres have two types of treatment - a short-time rejuvenation
package either for three days or one week, and a longer
course of therapeutic package for two weeks or even up
to five weeks, depending on the requirement of the person
for different ailments as advised by the Ayurvedic physician.
person is advised to undergo the best package that is
most suited for his or her improvement. A senior ayurvedic
doctor visits the centres once a week and professionals
from Coimbatore also come to the centres depending on
the necessity. Vegetarian diet, meditation and ashtanga
yoga are prescribed. And proper follow-up is also
A typical day begins with an hour of yoga and meditation
under the surveillance of the instructors. This is followed
by specially prescribed breakfast. After which one is
led for the long sessions with the therapists and masseurs.
Lunch, rest, soothing Indian classical music and lectures
on ayurveda, yoga, astrology and spirituality
is there to make ones herbal holiday perfect.
Since diet is very
much an integral part of ayurveda, the doctors at the
centres and the chef of the hotel concerned discuss the
matter and according to the personal prescription, the
diet is prepared and served to each person on time.
Be it the three-day
rejuvenation programme or the 35-day package with holistic
treatment sessions, each one is designed to transform
ones life giving the person a psycho-physiological
wellbeing - a sort of spiritual rebirth. A lifetime experience
by Taj, which means great value for money.
of the ayurvedic treatment provided by the Taj could be
gauged from the fact that a set of ayurvedic therapists
of Taj from Kerala was specially flown to Taj Exotica,
Goa, where Vajpayee spent his recent annual holiday.
Ayurveda in Kerala
is one of the biggest tourist attractions these days.
Tourists from all over the country and abroad are seeking
healing in Keralas numerous ayurvedic centres. The
popularity of this traditional medicare has led to mushrooming
of a number of ayurvedic centres across the state.
evaluate the safety and service standards of these ayurvedic
centres and to classify them accordingly, the Kerala government
has come out with this proactive measure of approval in
the form of Green Leaf and Olive Leaf. And the Green Leaf
status for the Taj ayurvedic facilities in all the above
four hotels means a lot to the health-conscious domestic
and foreign tourists, who come to Kerala seeking authentic