Kerala welcomes Prince Charles and Camilla and The Prince of Wales celebrated 65th birthday in Kerala

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Kerala welcomes Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall


Prince Charles and Camilla

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall meet dancers from the Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum after a performance for the Royal couple in Kochi


Kerala, India- Monday, Prince Charles together with his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall have started their four-day visit to Kerala by taking a first stroll down the rich cultural history of the State, the Kerala Folklore Museum and Theatre at the nearby Thevara.


The museum owners, Jacob and wife Anne George with their two children garlanded the royal couple with the “tika” on their forehead and tour them around the private museum. The museum is then a treasure trove that showcases the very rich heritage of the state. As the royal couple entered the museum, they removed their shoes as they declined taking the lift, but chose to climb the 50-odd wooden steps of the museum’s three-storey structure.

The couples were greeted by Gods, princes and demons as the dancers with their brilliant colored costumes as well as painted faces performed on the short excerpt of the 300-year old legend of Hindu. It has seemed that the royal visitors have become more than impressed with their welcome, with Charles claiming that the performance was somehow “far too short”.


Such performance became the highly of the Royal couple’s tour to the Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum in Cochin, where the other cultural displays have been staged for the couple, which includes acrobatic wrestling match and martial arts fighting. Such match even had the Duchess of Cornwall flinching at a certain point when a man grabbed his opponent between the legs during the throw. Later, she made some examinations of the costumes and said to the dancer who is playing Jayanta: “That must be hot”. As the pair posed for their official photographs, Charles then jokingly said “This will ruin your reputation.”


The Prince of Wales also visited Western Ghats and showed a very keen interest in the ongoing efforts to preserving the flora and fauna of the place. He paid a visit to the Vazhachal Forest Division in Kerala the day before and spent some time with the officials of the Forest Department, so as with the conservation organization, which includes the WWF-India in order to understand the challenges and issues relating to the protection in the Western Ghats. He made an interaction with the members of the Kadar tribal community in Vazhachal with whom the WWF-India has been working with for three years now.


The Prince of Wales celebrated his 65th birthday at the famous backwaters resort Kumarakom in Kerala. They have celebrated his birthday on a modest scale at the sylvan settings of the Lake Resort, wherein the royal couple has been staying since Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, the pair spent the day relaxing while enjoying the panoramic beauty of the palm-fringe lake. The pair swam in the resort’s pool for an hour. Though the resort’s chefs prepared both of the Western and Kerala delicacies for their distinguished guests, both only ate light for their lunch as well as dinner, preferring tender coconut water and fruits.


On Monday, the couple started their Kerala, leg of the India tour by simply reaching Kochi and visited the Vazhachal waterfalls prior to coming to Kumarakom in the Kottayam district.


On Thursday afternoon, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will then be flying to Colombo, wherein the prince will be addressing the CHOGM summit.


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Kerala Gets into Top 10 Destinations of the World 2014

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Lonely Planet, which is a very popular website among the travelers and considered the largest and most authentic travel guide on the internet, has ranked Kerala among top 10 destinations of the world to go with your family. This place of pride was accorded to God’s own country at the recently concluded World Travel Mart held in London. This major travel event was attended by representatives from around the world who chose the world’s top 10 places for a family vacation in the year 2014.


Interestingly, Kerala has been chosen as a family friendly vacation spot alongside other major destinations of the world such as Denmark, Hawaii, Italy, Denmark, Prague, and New York City. India has traditionally been considered as too intense to be taking your family to. But Kerala has emerged a friendly place for the families as it is slow paced and laid back and much greener than other places in India. Kerala also has scores of National Parks that provide chances to spot elephants. The backwaters of this green coastal state of India allow for boat rides in crystal clear waters in addition to lots of sun and sand along the beaches fringed with palm trees.



The award from the Lonely Planet was received by S. Harikishore who is a director at Kerala Tourism. The pavilion that was designed by the authorities to showcase Kerala at the travel mart labeled Kerala as the Home of Ayurveda. Thousands visited this pavilion and SA cricketer Jonty Rhodes was one of the prominent personalities thronging the pavilion. He retired from international cricket 10 years ago and is currently the tourism ambassador of South Africa.


Mr. Harikishore found the atmosphere at the event very upbeat, attributing it to brisk pace of growth in the British economy in the last quarter. British tourists comprise a sizeable chunk of visitors received by Kerala every year. Last year, Kerala received more than 1.5lakh visitors. A high percentage of all these tourists happened to be British nationals. Harikishore added that this travel mart helped the authorities to target more tourists in the coming year. The travel mart was a 4day event that started on 4 November and concluded on 7 November 2013.


The delegation from Kerala included 12 companies involved with tourism and hospitability in this Indian state. These were KTDC Hotels & Resorts, Spiceland Holidays, Vythiri Resort, Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa, Kumarakom Lake Resort, Joy’s Resorts & Hotels, Jayshree Travels and Tours, Intersight Tours & Travels, Carnoustie Beach Resort and Ayurveda Spa, Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala, and Abad Hotels & Resorts.


With Kerala being included in the top 10 family destinations of the world by Lonely Planet, tourism in this coastal state of India is sure to get a big boost in the near future. Families around the world looking for cool and relaxed vacations in the lap of nature now have a new destination in the form of Kerala.


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New Medical Township in Kerala to Boost Medical Tourism in Kerala

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Kerala to get a medical township to boost medical health tourism in Kerala


Kerala is one coastal state in southern part of India that is renowned internationally for being a top medical tourism destination of the world. Medical tourism is a term that is used for tourism that combines leisure and recreation with health and wellness. Kerala is a place that provides excellent opportunities for treatment and cure of dozens of illnesses at prices that are very low in comparison to western countries. It is not just allopath in the form of super specialty hospitals but also Ayurveda, India’s ancient medical science that attracts thousands of patients to come over to Kerala. To give a big boost to health tourism, authorities are planning a medical township that will comprise 9 super specialty hospitals and will be made over a waste dump yard that covers nearly 38 acres in a place called Cheranallur in Kochi.


Medical Township in Kerala

An artistic impression of the medical township Aster Medcity in Kochi, due to start in March 2014.


India receives around 150000 tourists every year who come here to have their diseases cured in a very cost effective manner. This number is expected to grow by 15% annually. D.M Healthcare, a big player in the field of healthcare has been given the responsibility of building the complex that will be known as Aster MedCity. It is expected that the phase I of the complex will be complete by March 2014 and it will boast of 540 beds spreadacross9 hospitals. This phase will cost around $150 million, according to Harish Pillai, the chief executive officer of Medcity. 500 more beds will be added during construction in Phase II. The complex will have residential quarters, cafeteria, hotels, rooms for guests, and a huge home for the seniors.


Aster Medcity will not only boast of a state of the art infrastructure with all the facilities at international level but it will also have the latest medical equipment in addition to world class doctors and treatment facilities. For the treatment of cancer, Medcity will make use of the latest True Beam technology that is believed to be much shorter and less invasive than traditional radiation techniques. This technology makes use of X-rays with high energy to destroy tumors. Surprisingly, X-rays used in True Beam process do not pose the threat of radiation exposure to the patients as they utilize 25% less concentration of X-rays. Traditional cancer therapies are known to cause many side effects but True Beam is a very safe treatment procedure that does not affect normal tissues.


Clarity Cardiac Cath lab is another first that is being introduced in Aster Medcity. This lab promises to reduce the risk of exposure to radiation by nearly 73%. These labs will make use of diagnostic equipment to study the effect of radiation on the arteries of the heart of the patients. Another new feature in Mecity would be Hybrid Byplane cath lab that can convert diagnostic imaging into a full-fledged OT to conduct surgery of patients.


The medcity is being planned in the midst of an artificial lake to make it a pleasing environment for the incoming tourists. Highly skilled doctors from abroad will be brought to the medcity to test these technologies.


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