Just 9 kms from Kerala's best known beach - Kovalam - is Somatheeram, one of Kerala's best-known rejuvenation centers and most elegant beach resorts. Located 21 kms from the state capital Tiruvananthapuram (formerly Trivandrum), the resort is sited on the top of a hill, and spread over 15 acres of lush coconut groves.
The resort's ayurveda centre offers several rejuvenation therapies based on the 5000 year old traditional vedic science. The therapies use herbal preparations that help strengthen the body's immune system, and prevent and cure various diseases. The treatments offered usually range from 7 to 15 days and the ailments they cure include rheumatic diseases, paralysis, nervous disorders, blood pressure, skin problems, gastric complaints, headaches, diabetic gangrene, leukemia, sports injuries, spinal disorders, and insomnia. The resort has qualified doctors who diagnose ailments and offer suitable treatments which include massages with herbal oils and special herb baths. The advantages of the treatments is that they replenish the energy reserves of the body, help reduce stress and fatigue, relive body aches, slow down the aging process, build resistance to diseases, tone up the skin and body and even help control fat and obesity. Without side effects.
Somatheeram is also a reputed centre for yoga and meditation where the two can be learned and practiced under skilled gurus or teachers. If you're looking for a holiday that combines relaxation with health and rejuvenation, then Somatheeram is just perfect.
Far removed from other centers of mass tourism, Somatheeram also offers the opportunity to soak in the rich traditions, culture and natural splendor of Kerala, be it the lifestyle (the resort has traditional bungalows and cottages), cuisine or arts. Close by there are also several places of interest such as the Veli tourist village, Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Neyyar dam, Padmanabhapuram palace, Kanyakumari, and Alleppey for the backwaters.