high decibel pitch of city's din, its jostling populace, polluted air,
the sweat soaked streets, the groaning habitants, the frown and the
scowls laced with the grime and soot on every face, struggling to get
on with the high wired tension of daily chores.
Lap of 'God's own
country', an abode of peace and tranquility amid pristine
surroundings, nestling in a sweep of verdant hills, tea plantations,
scenic picturesque valleys cradled by nature's lap, where bounties of
wildness abounds. It's air as pure as it can be, the numerous
waterfalls in its azure colors - ringing a melodious sound into ones
ear. This far-flung yet so accessible spot is known as "Vagamon
Hideout" an eco-friendly Heritage of SAJ. An affordable
'treat' replete with luxuries steeped in rustic background with an
This man made
heritage hideout is located at Vagamon, (Idukki), barely 100 kms away
from Cochin International Airport, with its lake which will offer you
an exhilarating sense of enjoyment the likes of which you have never
seen or enjoyed before. A complete holiday experience, amidst mother
nature in its most idealic form with salubrious climes.
Here we highlight the
nature's bounties that you will encounter at the heritage site.
Animals & Birds
Watch the birds and
pet animals in their natural habitat in close proximity to the guest
dwellings. The warmth and friendliness they exude towards mankind is
to be seen to be believed. Attention-grabbing sights of rabbits,
parrots, lovebirds, white geese, pigeons & doves will enthrall you.
Wooden nests are made for them where they come to roost.
They play the part of a perfect host in welcoming the visitors-the
chirping of these birds...while short stature trees like manchiam,
vembu, pine etc sway their heads in cool breeze as if in a trance. The
shrubby tea, pepper, cardamom and ginger grass keep their heads
fluttering as if in dance, dispersing a pleasant aroma to the
There is an aviary where a large family of
parrots and lovebird coexists without any kind of hostility.
Occasionally these innocent-looking
creatures are let out into the meadows to linger around with guests.
Dining Here you are going to
savor the taste of purely ethnic Kerala cuisine, served in purely
ethnic cutleries and crockery. Bowls, dishes, pots, cups and mugs made
of clay, tray made of bamboo sticks, spoons made of ‘chiratta’
(coconut shell) all in bright red and brown colours are appealing to
the eyes as the food is to the palate.
No fixed menu…
nothing to do with northern or western recipes… here you can pick out
your choice directly from nature’s menu chest!
You just name or point out from nature what you need. Be it tapioca,
or banana or asparagus, you will have it on your dinner table top in
ready-to-eat form. It is also an occasion for an acquaintance with the
cookery excellence of native tribes.
Food is prepared using traditional appliances like ammi (crushing
stone) and attukallu (grinding stone), to give food preparations a
taste of its kind and prevent modernity from sneaking into the
bastions of traditional kitchen. Fuel for cooking fire is obtained
from a small biogas plant annexed to the hideout. Biodegradable waste
such as Cow dung, leftovers of vegetables etc are put to good use for
Vagamon, located high
above the sea level, has a chill in the air with accompanying fog from
dusk to dawn inducing a misty night. Nothing would be more apt in such
ambience than to sit by the open fire and the warmth of the bonfire
keeps your body and soul warm (open fire is lit usually in cold
nights). Add to this, the beat of the local 'Ramba Drums' by the local
tribe folk, the music and the dance makes the evening complete.
Ayurveda’ means ‘the
knowledge of life’. The origin of Ayurveda, the science of life, can
be traced back to Vedic period. The Vedas, the first literature of
human civilization is reckoned the warp and weft of Ayurveda which is
believed to have been in practice during the period of Devas.
To Ayurveda, human body is composed of ‘Doshas’, ‘Dhatu’ and ‘Mahas.
It dictates the social norms that help an individual maintain
spiritual health. ‘Rasayana, a branch of Ayurvedic treatment, enables
the diseased‘ to regain the lost vitality. Ayurvedic treatments are
aimed at keeping an individual in fine fettle. It gives special
emphasis on prevention of disease.
Different Ayurvedic treatments are ‘Panchakarmas’ Therapeutic
vomiting, Purgation, Cleansing enemas , Nasal application of herbs and
Diet and Dietetics
Human body is a product of food, says
Ayurveda, and hence is the importance of balanced diet and good food
habit. Prominent food concepts in ayurveda are Hithahara, Satmyahara,
Avirudhahara, Sarvarasa and Samanwithahara.
Rejuvenation Therapy - Rasayana
A unique chikitsa (treatment) to
recharge your flagged body tissues ands cells with energy . A genuine
herbal treatment to keep you in high spirits. Highlight of the
treatment is massaging head and face with medicated oils and natural
creams. Massaging body by foot and herbal bath are nonpareil in the
world of treatment. Get yourself admitted for rejuvenation therapy and
realize how Rasayana chikitsa add to your 'Ojas'(primary vitality)
and improved ‘Sattva’ (mental clarity).