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Winter Blues? Come Grab a Pocketful of Sunshine!

A warm slice of sunshine in the deepest, darkest, coldest, dead of winter. Wouldn’t we just KILL for that! Well, before we get into the nitty gritty of How to get away with Murder, let’s explore a saner option – step into some sunshine!! Hold on to your horses, I ain’t telling you to go around the city with a thermometer either!

OK let me get straight to the point before you go off on a quest for Little Miss Sunshine. Introducing your very own Place Under the Sun to get a the pocketful of sunshine –  sunny, sunny Kerala.

Why Kerala?


The warm sun on your face, green lusciousness as far as the eye can see, wind in your hair, just the right doze of sea breezes to do wonders for your health (the glow on your skin, I tell you!), and all-natural food fresh off nature’s basket of bounties.

Need I say more? Probably not, but let’s hear it from the experts. The National Geographic magazine listed Kerala among the top ten travel destinations under its “Paradise Found” list. Doesn’t get more authentic than Nat Geo on travel, does it?

Kerala has always been known for its beauty and as a retreat from this Mad World. Winter here is the most pleasant time of the year. It is the perfect weather to get in your dose of Vitamin D and take in all those happy enzymes that only sunshine and nature can bring.

Precious Vitamin D

We aren’t just shooting out a feel-good tale of sun and sand and rainbows and unicorns here. Good old common sense and no-nonsense science agrees – you do need some sunshine in your life!

The NHS lays it down: “We need vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium and phosphate from our diet. These minerals are important for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. A lack of vitamin D – known as vitamin D deficiency – can cause bones to become soft and weak, which can lead to bone deformities. In children, for example, a lack of vitamin D can lead to rickets. In adults, it can lead to osteomalacia, which causes bone pain and tenderness.”

The same article talks about the lack of this vital nutrient in cold climes like the UK: “In the UK, sunlight doesn’t contain enough UVB radiation in winter (October to early March) for our skin to be able to make vitamin D.”

The verdict: Chase the Sun!

Chasing the Sun at BASIS

At BASIS, we have noticed that winter is a popular time for our guests to come a calling. Many of our customers love the beautiful weather here and schedule a 2-3 week stay with us. There’s a host of things that are on offer (apart from the very alluring prospect of sitting Under the Kerala Sun). We have specialists in Ayurveda who you can consult and have an ayurvedic treatment started off with. 100% natural organic home cooked meals, tours that show you the best portions of Kerala, and the opportunity to get up, close and personal with Nature – this is what we have to offer. Here are some wonderful comments from our guests who have stayed the winter and have loved it!


“Vielen lieben Dank an alle, die diesen wundervollen Ort zu dem machen, was er ist. Diese spezielle Energie hat mir sehr sehr gut getan. Jeder Einzelne hat dazu beigetragen, dass ich tiefgreifend verstehen, fühlen und von innen heraus Heilung erfahren durfte. Dafür bin ich sehr dankbar. Vieles kam auf, hat sich präsentiert und verabschiedet, sodass ich mit weniger Last weiter fliegen und tanzen kann.” – ALEXANDRA

[Translation: Many thanks to all who make this wonderful place the place it is. This special energy did me a world of good. Every single person did his/her bit to ensure that I could deeply understand, feel and be healed from inside. I am very grateful for that. Many things came up, presented themselves and said goodbye, so that I can fly and dance on with less weight. – ALEXANDRA]

“Danke für euer herzliches, liebevolles, fürsörgliches sich Kümmern vor und während meiner Ayurvedakur. Ihr habt mich ruhen, schlafen, lesen lassen, wenn ich es brauchte. Danke auch für die spontane Rundreise und alle anderen Ausflüge.” –NADJA

[Translation: Thanks for your warm, loving and attentive care before and during my Ayurveda-treatment. You gave me the time to rest, sleep, read, when I needed it. Thanks also for the spontaneous round-trip and all the other tours. -NADJA]

Hope to see you soon too! Call us to book your next winter stay right now and get incredible deals.

Here are some pictures from some of our guests who enjoyed this winter with us.

Here's to a happy, healthy monsoon

Why you need some Ayurveda love in the monsoon

 “Swasthasya swasthya rakshanam
Aturasya vikara prashamanam dha”

This is the motto and the focus of Ayurveda – to cure the illness of someone ailing and to safeguard the well-being of the healthy. Ayurveda focuses just as much on prevention as it does on the cure, which is why it has been called the “science of life.”

As the clouds come a rolling this monsoon, we look forward to the romance in the air, the sweet smell of rain and the cool relief that it brings after the sweltering heat of summer. As great as all these things are, the monsoon brings an added benefit – it is one of the most perfect seasons for an Ayurveda treatment.

Monsoon - the perfect time to relax your senses and boost your health with Ayurveda

Monsoon – the perfect time to relax your senses and boost your health with Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda -in simple terms – the earth that accumulates all the heat in the summer, gives it up when the rains cool its surface; that is what causes all the humidity.


rain in tropical rainforest

Oh when the rains come marching in!

According to Ancient Ayurveda texts, this heightened moisture helps soften the seven tissues of the body, making the body supple and pliable and in the best state for an intensive Ayurveda treatment. Cool temperature and flexible muscles also means that there is no better time to get the body attuned to a Yoga regime than this. Mid-June to Mid-August is a time ripe for Ayurveda treatments.

In Ayurveda terms, the monsoon weather is called Amla-Pitta and is a time that could bring its own set of pitta related health problems.  Pitta is an important element of Ayurveda and is defined as “the principle of transformation energy and governs heat metabolism in the body, is concerned with the digestive, enzymatic, and endocrine systems, and is eliminated from the body through sweat” Some related problems are:

  • red, inflamed rash, acne, cold sores
  • acute inflammation in body or joints
  • acid reflux, gastric or peptic ulcers, heartburn
  • nausea or discomfort
  • Diarrhoea
  • frustration, anger, irritability
  • moody disposition
  • Eye problems that include inflammation and sensitivity to light

As you can see, the banes of this season include physical, mental and emotional discomfort; they do not say “rainy day blues” for nothing. A good Ayurveda treatment combats these problems and works at giving you a natural solution to a healthy body in mind during the monsoon season and long after.

At BASIS, we have created the perfect environment for an Ayurveda treatment. We specialize in bringing our guests the best of this age old and holistic treatment method. Right from the organic, home-cooked meals to the aesthetically designed rooms and a calm, nature enriched atmosphere, everything is designed to perfectly complement your Ayurveda treatment.

Home-cooked organic meals

Home-cooked organic meals

Our Ayurveda physician will work with you on a combination of curative and preventive treatments. After a consult, your Ayurveda treatment will be supplemented by special diets, yoga, meditation sessions and relaxing massages customized to soothe your particular treatment.

BASIS has been awarded the “Palme d’Or” of Geo Saison for “Ayurveda in India” for a reason and we would love to show you why. Read more about our Ayurveda packages and call us if you have any questions. 

Health and wellness with Ayurveda this monsoon

Health and wellness with Ayurveda this monsoon