adventure of a different kind in kerala, southern india with #keralablogexpress – day 4

Wednesday March 4th

Baby elephants and bigger elephants. The morning highlight was a visit to the Elephant Orphanage in Kappukadu, where the bigger ones were having their morning baths in the lake. We got to join in and hep scrubbing their skin, while learning more about the centre and elephants in general. Certain animals always fascinate people and elephants certainly belong to that category!

Elephant wash in Kappukadu
‘Morning bath time at the lake for elephants in Kappukadu’

Yoga and Ayurvedic treatments also originate from India, and we visited the lush lakeside centre home to the famous Sivananda Institute of Health. This is where people come to be certified as yoga teachers, or study casually yoga or get Ayurvedic treatment. This is no luxury camp, but rather the opposite with its strict rules of practice of simple lifestyle and aim to create a more meaningful life.

We had a session on Yoga and a simple lunch at the centre. I am normally more of a five-star kind of a girl, so this was a new experience for me, eating the traditional way with our fingers and washing up our trays afterwards.

Simple meal in yoga centre
‘Trying out a simple life and a meal at the Sivananda Institute’

Kerala backwaters consists of a large number of interconnecting lagoons and we got to enjoy a short houseboat ride with tea and cakes before taking on other blogger ‘teams’ on kayaking, and thereafter dressing up for the first time ever in traditional sarees for the cooking demos and dinner. This whole day has been a surprise after another!

Houseboat in backwaters
‘Houseboating in Kerala backwaters’

Disclosure: This trip was sponsored and part of the Kerala Tourism #KeralaBlogExpress 2 -initiative. All opinion expressed here are my own and are based on my personal experiences in Kerala. 


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