Between the toxic hustle and bustle of the greying city that shape our mundane modern lives to pungent politics of the workplace AND the nation, we have forgotten to look at life like it is meant to. Sometimes, we buzz off to the mountains, smoke some good grass – and we have this illusion that somehow, all is well. But again, just a week after our weekend trip, we find ourselves slugging through every moment of life – painfully waiting for the next Sunday to drown our misery in drinks. What we need is a full detox that will stay with us even through tough times. We need to learn to shield ourselves from the hellish dystopian nightmare of the present. What we need is to look inside for happiness rather than go outside scouring for it – and a week-long Ayurveda vacation amidst lush greenery, blue sky and tranquil waters taught me just that.
Freedom is when you are happy from the inside, and your body responds to yourself and not to the toxicity around you. This is the core learning I received at Kerala’s beautiful wellness resort Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters and Beyond, Kumarakom. While I still had the headphones on and the phone played Freddie Mercury’s “I Want to Break Free”, the resort car zoomed through a soothing green landscape and I rolled down the windows to let the drizzle play with my skin for a while. 2 hours from Kochi International Airport, Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters and Beyond, presents a sight to behold. Nestled at the banks of Lake Vembanad, the huge property is an embodiment of the blend of modernity and the beautiful traditions of Kerala.