Amal Tamara – Experiences

Imagine waking up to a view of the sun playing peek-a-boo in between the coconut tree trunks as it rises across the shimmering waters of the Vembanad Lake. Well at the Amal Tamara, you will definitely not be lolling around in your your bed even at this early hour but you will be up and about and racing the sun in order to get to your Yoga class which will help you get a great start to your day. No, do not groan for you will be doing it willingly once you see how refreshing the experience is and how much enthusiasm it will infuse in your hitherto lax schedule.

So come jump out of bed and with a sprightly step, let us go through a typical day at the Amal Tamara luxury ayurvedic hospital 😊

Part 3 of the 3 part series covering Amal Tamara – An Overview and Amal Tamara – Cuisine and Amal Tamara – Experiences

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Amal Tamara – Wellness Cuisine

‘Care for a glass of Burgundy ma’am?’

‘No thanks, I will just have a Beetroot juice please’

The USP of Amal Tamara’s cuisine is to make ‘invalid food’ seem very very ‘valid’ indeed 😀

The purely vegetarian ayurvedic menu incorporates ingredients which adhere to the principles of ayurveda, resulting in food that is easy to digest and assimilate and aid the healing process.

So let sit down at our table in the restaurant called Oottupura and let us sample what they call Cure cuisine, while we experience the level of pampering that goes into making every guest feel special even with healthy and simple fare which is not rich in fats and spices.

Part 2 of the 3 part series covering Amal Tamara – An Overview and Amal Tamara – Cuisine and Amal Tamara – Experiences.

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Amal Tamara – Overview

It’s a Luxury retreat, it’s a Five star resort … No, its a hospital!!!

Nestled inside the little locality of Ponnad in rural Kerala, a new entity has taken birth in April 2022. This fledgling opens out its wings and doors to welcome its esteemed guests into its healing arms, for that is what the Amal Tamara is … an upscale ayurvedic medical institution which is purely a hospital but without the depressing look and aura of one. Here patients are offered treatments in its luxurious environs and are treated like special guests or Amal Yatris as per the nomenclature bestowed upon them by the establishment.

Amal Tamara, the new offering from the portfolio of The Tamara Leisure Experiences Pvt. Ltd, is a gem that lies within rustic surroundings of the Mannancherry village of the Cherthala taluk (town), which is in the district of Alappuzha (Alleppy), Kerala, India.

So step into this elegant retreat and get ready to be cajoled and pampered into wellness under the personalized guidance of the doctors and the indulgent attention of the various staff across the premises.

Part 1 of the 3 part series covering Amal Tamara – An Overview and Amal Tamara – Cuisine and Amal Tamara – Experiences

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080 Lounge – Domestic Terminal, Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru

080 … No this is not the enhanced and anagrammed version of the next James Bond movie but is the name of the swanky new lounge in the domestic terminal T1 of the Kempegowda International Airport. The lounge marks its identity by taking on Bangalore’s Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) Code 080, thus also affirming its allegiance and bond (no pun intended 🕶️) to the city whose threshold it is located at.

The lounge is now nearly 8 months in operation but I use the term New because I finally had the fortune of venturing out of the city after a miserable 2.5 years which were ridden with Covid and other unpleasant medical happenings and hence this was my first sight of the airport’s upgraded features.

And this was also the first time I was happy to hear that my flight was delayed by an hour because I got really comfortable here and the extra waiting was a pleasure 😃

So glide into this stylish place and check out what amenities it promises to offer those who seek its comforts before taking off into the air.

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Abad Atrium – KTM2022

I gaze with childlike fascination at the pair of transparent capsule lifts. Though there is nothing novel about them, I get the very unsophisticated urge to shoot videos every time I go up and down.

Abad Atrium is a 4-star hotel in the heart of Kochi city in the district of Ernakulam, Kerala, India. True to its name, it has a central atrium whose aerial view is provided by the aforementioned elevators and is one of the factors responsible for my uncontrolled clicking 😎

This was the last hotel that I stayed in during my trip to Kerala for the Kerala Travel Mart 2022 which was held in Kochi, Kerala from May 5th – 8th, 2022. This KTM event was preceded by our pre-mart media tour which was courtesy of the KTM Society. 

Abad Atrium is a very comfortable and convenient place for business as well as and leisure travellers. The fabulous central location is very advantageous to visit places of interest like the Marine Drive, Centre Square Mall etc. It is also walking distance to the metro station. 

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Clouds Valley – KTM2022

Tucked away from the main road and yet pretty much in the vicinity of many touristy spots, Clouds Valley, Munnar is a hotel which is popular among those looking for a convenient location at prices that are gentle on the pocket.

Munnar the picturesque hill station in the Idukki district of Kerala, India, was the last halt on our media tour which was courtesy of the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) Society and this 5 day expedition was a precursor to the KTM 2022 which was held in Kochi, Kerala from May 5th – 8th, 2022.

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Carmelia Haven – KTM2022

Night has fallen and we have entered the driveway in the dark. We ascend the slope and quickly find ourselves at the reception building. The light of the lamp welcomes us and we are greeted with ‘smiling eyes’ by the masked staff. We have arrived later than scheduled and we are politely requested to hurry if we do not want to miss the cultural events of the night. A quick visit to our cottages to freshen up and we are at the open air stage, witnessing the Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam artistes performing for our pleasure.

We are at the Carmelia Haven, a lush resort whose glory is now cloaked in the darkness of the night and it is only the morrow which will literally bring to light its several acres of undulating terrain, swathed in clusters of closely knit tea and cardamom shrubs. This verdant tapestry presents a tranquil façade that belies the enthusiasm that it can generate among its delighted visitors.

So push through the knotty stems and the dense network of leaves and follow me on a tour of this enchanting haven that lies in the village of Vandanmedu near the town of Thekkady in the Idukki district of Kerala, India.

Carmelia Haven was yet another luxury resort that we had the pleasure of experiencing during the pre-mart media tour organized by the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) Society at the KTM 2022 event that was held in Kochi from May 5th to 8th, 2022.

Unfortunately, our stay here was extremely short, almost a mere overnighter, hence I did not really get to capture the place in its entirety.

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Spice Routes Cruises, Alappuzha – KTM2022

What better way to savor the flavor of a place other than experiencing its quintessential features? Well the aptly named Spice Routes gives you the true taste of Kerala, with its fleet of vessels that carry you through its backwaters, where you are sure to have an immersive (pun definitely not intended :-D) experience, with local sights along the waterways and traditional food served in-house or should I say ‘in-boat’.

Spice Routes is one of Kerala’s leading Luxury houseboat cruise brands and offers a bouquet of 6 boats, right from 1 bedroom to 5 bedrooms.

Do you want to peep into one? Then follow me into the little village of Kainakary South in Alappuza district in the state of Kerala, India and hop aboard the houseboat, as we set sail on the tranquil waters of the Vembanad lake.

This was a short cruise of an hour’s duration and hence my experiences are accordingly  based. When I go for a longer stay, I will furnish you with more elaborate details, so pray that I go back again really soon 😎

My experience here was courtesy of the KTM media tour organized by Kerala Travel Mart 2022.

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Coconut Lagoon (CGH Earth) – KTM2022

The boom gate is raised in friendly welcome and our boat glides in through the picturesque canal, delivering us into the hands of the amiable staff who are awaiting our arrival with bright lamps and brighter smiles. We are greeted tenderly with tender coconuts adorned with bright red hibiscus.

There is a heightened feeling of anticipation, as we sense that our stay here is going to be as exciting as our entry and we look forward to spending the next 2 days basking in arcadian luxury, an oxymoron being most apt to describe the diverse blend of traditional settings and modern comforts.

It is always a sheer pleasure to experience the hospitality at any of the resorts owned by the CGH Earth group and my delight was boundless when I found out that the splendid Coconut Lagoon resort in Kumarakom, was going to be my host for 2 nights during my pre-mart media tour organized by the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) Society at the KTM 2022 event that was held in Kochi from May 5th to 8th, 2022.

So sail into the Coconut Lagoon resort, Kumarakom, Kottayam district, Kerala, India and spend the next 2 days being amazed at their uncompromising commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism, among other exciting elements of course!

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Tribute Royale – KTM2022

Hotel Tribute Royale was a welcome sanctuary for me, when the driver brought me there all bleary eyed and sleepy at 5 am, after my journey from Bangalore.

The Kerala Travel Mart 2022 edition was what finally pushed me out of my house after 2 painfully long Covid ridden years and this was an event that had been looked forward to for too long! Tribute Royale was my first stopover before I embarked on the 5 day media tour of Central Kerala.

So here is a brief narration of the place that I spent just around 24 hours in. Yeah just a day, that’s why it’s brief or else my story would have been longer 😏

So set foot into the lobby of Tribute Royale, Ernakulam, Kerala, India and have a quick look at this place.

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