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From Varkala, we took a bus to Trivandrum, our next destination. The capital of Kerala, its one the crowded cities in Kerala, situated on the west coast of India, and is bounded by Laccadive Sea to its west and the Western Ghats to its east. Like any other city, Trivandrum also has innumerable restaurants, which didn't fail to excite a foodie like me. Hotel Rehmaniya serves delicious beef, mutton and appam. Sneak into Hotel ZamZam for Malabari-style biriyani, and Hotel South Park for Onasadya, a typical Kerala recipe that will make your taste-buds go crazy!
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Finally, I rested my bike on the bay of a rocky promontory. The beach, and its crescents painted on the canvas of the Arabian Sea waves. This calm retreat was a perfect end to my trip. From sunbathing at noon to Catamaran-cruising under the clear starlit sky, life didn’t seem to cease at a single wasted moment on this beach. I had thought of staying for just a night, but the tapering end of my trip got extended to a weeklong Yoga retreat, which I enjoyed as the waves hit the porch of my rented beach house. I could never get enough of my adventurous saga, yet I had to reconsider my pocket and start my journey back home. However, I realized who I actually was during my journey of finding my granddad's essence; sitting on the very same bike that he had, about 50 years back, and lying back on the sands, close to the sea, I saw his reflection within me!
Sivananda Yoga Center
Sivananda, KeralaThe Path: To use yoga to reconnect with oneself, purify the body and mind, to be involved in service.The Starting Point: You can find Sivananda yoga centres across the country, but the one in Madurai has a particular energy about it. A 12-acre ashram dotted with coconut palms, bushes of jasmine, flowering creepers and trees, making walks here beautifully fragrant.An organic herbal tea garden provides leaves that go into a variety of medicinal tea served here. Men and women live separately, and everyone is expected to observe silence from 7.30 am to 10.30 pm. Among other programmes, they have a two-week yoga vacation that many attendees have said can be a turning point in your pursuit of better health.Each day, you attend morning and afternoon yoga classes, there are also discussions on yoga philosophy and psychology in the afternoon. Early mornings and evenings are spent in satsang (meditation, chanting and discourse). Meant for all ages regardless of fitness level, the programme is a great way to start learning yoga.The Destination: At the end of the two-week programme, you’re given a yoga and meditation practice that you can continue for the rest of your life.Sadhguru's Isha Yoga CentreThe Path: To use scientific knowledge and practice of ancient yogis to unlock your full physical, mental, and spiritual potential.The Starting Point: Isha Yoga is based on the principles of Hatha yoga. Sadhguru’s teachings and programmes therefore reflect his ancient yoga and ayurveda knowledge. You can start with the Inner Engineering programme, move on to Bhava Spandana, then Shunya. Each one takes you to the next level of physical and mental wellbeing.A very well-designed system, the objective is self-empowerment, you learn to recognise your inner energies and to activate them in a way that “you create inner situations exactly the way you want them, turning you into the architect of your own joy,” says Sadhguru. The Isha Yoga Centre is spread over 150 acres and run entirely by volunteers. There’s a simplicity and appealing minimalism, in addition to energy-intensive spaces like Dhyanalinga (a massive pillar less meditation dome), teerthakunds (underground bathing reservoirs), and the impressive Adiyogi.You don’t have to do a programme to be here. You can simply book your stay and go. If you feel like it, you can volunteer there for a few hours every day. Shivratri and Mahashivratri are celebrated with naad yoga (yoga that uses sound to aid meditation). Sadhguru’s extremely logical, deeply insightful, easy to understand, and relatable concepts make him popular among people no matter what their education or economic background is.The Destination: At the end of the two-week programme, you’re given a yoga and meditation practice that you can continue for the rest of your life.
The mysterious palace of Kowdiar is an important landmark of Trivandrum. The last of Travancore descendants reside in this palace, which was once a wedding gift by Travancore Thamburan Shri Chithirai to his daughter. This is the last and only palace where the royal family decided to settle with their descendants after the princely states of India were permanently dissolved. The place is restricted for public, but tourists still flock the place for a view of its grand facade.
We moved to Attukal waterfalls but the amount of water flowing was a bit low. Then we had to see the making of tea, for that we visited Kanan Devan mueseum and were totally fascinated with the process. Then the much anticipated one, Eravikulam National Park but there was a big queue and the waiting was of 1.5 hours, we couldn't catch that one as we had our returning bus at 4.30 pm. Do visit this national park as you can catch a glimpse of nilgai there which is very rare. So at the end we had lunch and then moved back with lots of memories and the beauty of the place stored in our minds.