A patio at the Bamboo Lagoon Centre, which is built right into the lake, allows patients to enjoy the tranquil surroundings.
Dr. Dheeraj Vishnu, one of the doctors at the Bamboo Lagoon Centre, explained that they have six hospitals spread all around Kerala offering treatments for various ailments for back or neck pains, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, arthritis, rheumatism, obesity, osteoporosis and spine related injuries. The hospitals, founded and led by Dr. A.M. Anvar, has a team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, yoga therapists and others with over 23 years of experience.
"Everyone is eager to paint their homes or service their BMW regularly. In the same manner, one's body also needs servicing. We can even reduce your beer belly with Ayurveda," he told me teasingly.
Located in picturesque surroundings on the shores of a river lagoon, the hospital resembles a holiday resort. A couple from the Middle East were having a quiet breakfast in a gazebo on the lake shore while the receptionist was checking in another patient from South Africa. Majority of patients come from the Middle East, Germany, U.K., Austria and South Africa. All the rooms have air conditioning, reliable Wi-Fi and enough English cable stations to keep patients entertained and not feel bored. There is also a canteen providing food but patients can cook their own meals if they so desire.
The hospitals have received several awards and accreditation certificates, the main being NABH, which awards the supreme quality standard following 593 quality checks, according to T.M. Shiyas, CEO of Punarnava Ayurveda.
Apart from offering wellness packages and ayurvedic health holidays, Kerala offers a unique experience to tourists. Called the Venice of the East, Kerala is blessed with 44 rivers, enjoying unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. It has a long shoreline with serene beaches and tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters. It is fortunate to have lush hill stations, waterfalls, plantations and paddy fields.