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Since ages, nature worship and the conservation ethics have been an inseparable part of Indian thought and traditions. Traces go back to ancient civilisations of India, when people used to nurture the philosophy of the oneness of life. The Indian tradition has always taught that, humankind is a part of nature and one should look upon all creation with the eyes of a love and respect. Ecotourism can be categorised as a tourism programme that is – “Nature based, Ecologically sustainable, Where education and interpretation is a major constituent and Where local people are benefited.”

ECO PLACES IN INDIA:

when you step into the portals of Orage county, Coorg, You leave one world behind, and step seamlessly in to another; the bygone era of Gentleman Planter, ensconced in the cocooned comforts of a lush plantation paradise, perfumed with the subtly intoxicating aroma of cofee and spice. The scenic beauty of this hill station is unmatched. Exploring this hill station and its natural possession, world famous waterfalls, Iruppu and Abbey, and Nagarhole National Park is worth making one’s Eco vacation extremely enjoyable.

Coorg has a unique and traditional system of conservation. Devarkadus or sacred forests, a few acres large, surround many temples. These little patches of forests, where no hunting or chopping trees are allowed, enhance the ecology of the estate zones and provide safe haven to small animals like wild boar and deer.

The environs surrounding the resort in Coorg hold some hidden natural delights and social experiences waiting to be uncovered. Join the naturalist early morning on a cycle trail or for a walk to discover these salient spots that lie just outside the resort. The eventual destination in both cases is the quaint riverside tea shop where you can catch your breath and observe the rhythms of local life as you sit on the bank of the Cauvery sipping Muhammad Ali’s special teas.

Ayurveda & Yoga at Orange County:

Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of medicine healing has been practiced for more then 5,00 years, Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that, literally translated, means ‘science of life’, and is wold’s oldest recorder system of healthcare.

NASYAM

Nasal administration of various medicinal substances. It is good for Migraine.

SIRODHARA

A process of Keraleeya Ayurvedic treatment in which herbal oil, medicated butter milk and decoction is poured in rhythmic manner on the forehead in lying position. It is useful in all kinds of skin diseases including psoriasis, insomnia, heart disease, diabetic, mental disease, chronic headaches etc. and it relaxes the entire nervous system.

PIZHICHIL – OIL BATH

This is a process traditionally followed once a year aimed at keeping the body fit and healthy and preventing premature ageing. It is also recommended for Paraplegia, hemiplegic and general weakness.

A cloth is dipped in lukewarm medicated oil, and then squeezed over the body for 45 to 60 minutes. This is followed by a gentle body massage. The oils are prescribed depending on the specific ailments.

NJAVARAKIZHI – RICE BALL MASSAGE

This is very effective in cases of wasting of muscles, weakness and rheumatism. It is usually for duration of 7 to 14 days. Small cotton bags are filled with a particular kind of cooked rice which is dipped in warm milk with medicated decoction and massaged on to the body.

ELAKIZHI

It is done by making Potali with 12 leaves, coconut, lemon, oil. Then this is making warm by dipping in hot oil.

Benefits: it is good for all types of joint & bone disorders

UDWARTHANAM

Udwarthanam is an Ayurvedic body scrub that details the specific use of an herbal paste called lepam, which is made from dry grain, medicated milk and a variety of oils. (Another less common method is through the application of steam.) In Udwarthanam, the body is massaged after an application of the aforementioned herbal paste to the skin. A warm bath that accompanies Udwarthanam then washes away the paste, all the while emitting a lovely scent of leaves.

KADIBASTI

Constant oil treatment on the spine. Relaxes inter-vertebral disks. Helps to free blocked nerves like sciatica

Come February and the air in Coorg is filled with the heavy Jasmine-like fragrance of snow white Coffee blossoms, heralding the onset of the Coffee season

Tanzania developing medical tourism

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (eTN) – From controversial wildlife hunting, land ownership conflicts, and the Maasai rights over pasture land, Loliondo division in northern Tanzania is likely to become the first medical tourist destination after a retired Lutheran pastor opened up a herbal clinic in the area.

Once isolated from other parts of Tanzania, Loliondo Game Controlled Area had been a center of controversy over hunting rights given to United Arab Emirates (UAE) brigadier almost twenty years ago.

Bordering the famous wildlife parks of Ngorongoro and Serengeti, Loliondo had turned into medical tourist site, diverting the media and human rights activists from campaigns against hunting rights, land conflicts, and rights of the local Maasai pastoralists.

While the Loliondo area is making headlines about the miracle healer, Pastor Ambilikile Masapila, residents in Loliondo and Wasso townships are happy to receive visitors from all corners of East Africa.

Tanzania’s ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism is contemplating on the situation about whether to open the once isolated wilderness to the rest of Africa, where the former Lutheran Pastor who claims to have special herbal medicine to cure chronic diseases practices in the Loliondo area.

Thousands of people from Tanzania and beyond its porous borders continue to make a pilgrimage by foot, cycles, cars, buses, lorries, and a helicopter to visit the Pastor, while tourists visiting northern Tanzania’s wildlife parks of Ngorongoro and Serengeti have diverted their itineraries to visit Loliondo.

For the past three weeks, Loliondo has turned out to be a Mecca for seekers of a cure, prompting the Tanzania government to consult ground tour operators, seeking views on how to set visitor facilities – accommodations, eating out settings, and information units.

Officials from the Tanzania Ministry of Tourism, however, is thinking of using global advertising of the healing processes taking place in Loliondo as a means to attract more visitors from Africa and the rest of the world. Reports say many visitors from India and the Middle East have flown there to see the Pastor.

The daily average expenditure for each person attending the healing is US$200 per visitor, giving new hopes for domestic and foreign tourists, thereby boosting the national, personal, and household incomes.

The Minister for Tourism Ezekiel Maige said the Tanzania government is making a close follow-up over the healing with a view to revamping its environment – with the cooperation of the pastor – so that the phenomenon has more tourism characteristics.

Loliondo is located some 70 kilometers from the Serengeti National Park and 40 kilometers from Ngorongoro Crater. Tourism officials are looking at the best options to use that healing opportunity to advertise the place and push up the tourism development there.

Loliondo has, for the past twenty years, been a desperate area with human misery and conflicts over hunting and land ownership rights, involving international tourist companies and a United Arab Emirates (UAE) hunting company. Now, this place is growing to attract thousands of people each day.

If that opportunity is well-exploited, Tanzania will not only benefit from the cure, but also generate income from tourism.

INDONESIA

Derawan Island, East Kalimantan Indonesia

Derawan Islands is an archipelago located in Berau, East Kalimantan. On these islands there are a number of charming nautical tourism, one Underwater Park is especially attractive for foreign tourists world-class divers

Derawan Islands there are several small islands and coastal ecosystems is very important that the coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forests (mangrove forests). In addition many protected species in the Islands Derawan like green turtles, hawksbill turtles, whales, dolphins, giant clams, coconut crabs, mermaids, fish, barracuda and a few other species.

Geographically, located on a peninsula north of Berau seas which consists of several islands that is Long Island, Island Raburabu, Samama Island, Island Sangalaki, Kakaban, Nabuko Island, Island and Island Maratua Derawan reef as well as some Muaras charred, scorched Pinaka , Hirst Buliulin, Masimbung scorched, and charred Tababing

Derawan Islands Coral reefs are widespread on the island and burnt in Derawan Islands. Hirst Hirst, who is on these islands including Long Island Gosong, Gosong Masimbung, Gosong Buliulin, Gosong Pinaka, and megapode megapode Tababinga Muaras.

Types of coral reefs in the islands consist of coral Derawan edge, barrier reefs and atolls. This atoll has formed into the island and formed a salt water lake.“Manta Tow Survey 2003″ shows the average cover of coral reefs in Long Island is 24.25% to 34.88 for the hard corals and reef life. Coral reefs in Pulau Derawan has an average cover of hard coral reefs 17.41% and 27.78% live coral cover. With the number of species 460 to 470 shows a wealth of biodiversity that is second only to the Raja Ampat Island

Plants efficacy bill Duck / Kalanchoe pinnata Press

Found in Indonesia

Duck bill in Latin known as Kalanchoe pinnata Pers. The leaves are quite thick, but contains a lot of water, also store various chemicals that are beneficial to health.

A health website, National Center for Biotechnology Information, states that the bill contained bufadienolides has antitumor duck.

Research conducted by Supratman and colleagues from the Division of Applied Biochemistry Osaka Prefecture University in Sakai, Japan, showed that the isolation of five bufadienolides from the leaves of a duck bill has the effect of inhibiting the activation of the early antigen Epstein-Barr virus (EBV-EA) in Raji cells that caused by the tumor.

Besides bufadienolides, which has a duck bill slightly sour taste, soft, and cold also contain lemon acid, apple acid, vitamin C, alkaloids, flavonoids, quercetin-3-diarabinoside, and kaempferol-3-glucoside. Chemical content makes the duck bill could be used for various treatments.

Duck bill in addition to antitumor also has anti-inflammatory properties, stop bleeding, reduce swelling, and accelerate wound healing. Chinese society often uses duck bill as an herb for digestive problems, vomiting blood, and disorders of the ear or throat.

Then, the duck bill is also used to treat trauma injuries due to accidents, bruising, or bleeding. This is mainly due to the nature of the bill leaves a cold duck.

For asthma

Community in the Bahamas often use the leaves cool, as the duck bill, to cope with asthma or respiratory disorders. Then, the tea drunk duck bill to address a burning feeling in the chest. Tea is also as an antibacterial to bruises or wounds on the hands. Actually, the part that is often used as a medicinal herb is its leaves.

However, not a few ingredients that use whole plants duck bill. Until now there has been reported as a result of side effects the use of a duck bill. Even so, some literature suggests not to use these herbs in people who have disorders of the digestive function. As in some people with sensitive skin, use of herbs directly on the skin can cause itching or cause blisters.

To that end, if you want to use as a medicinal herb duck bill, then you should consult first with the herbalist.

Some practical ingredients of Ir Winarto duck bill, an expert on medicinal plants, the following can be selected to address some complaints.

For external use:

Wound

Duck bill leaves to taste grated or ground. Add a little water and smeared on the body part injured. Replace every three hours.

Stomach pains

Dadap spare some leaves pounded with a few leaves a duck bill. Give a little water. Then the mixture was smeared on the stomach.

Lowering the fever

Leaf mash the duck bill, and then smeared on the forehead. Use twice a day.

Ulcers or bruises

30-60 grams of crushed leaves and then squeeze the duck bill. Add honey and drink. The remaining leaves attached to the affected part.

Inflammation of the outer ear

5-10 leaf mash bill duck, squeeze. The water is used as ear drops.

Tonsillitis

Mash the 5-10 leaf duck bill. Take the water and use as a mouthwash.

Nutmeg Fruit for Health Benefits

Nutmeg has been known since the first has various properties and uses, from cooking to a natural remedy for many ills. Nutmeg from Indonesia, which is derived mainly from the island of Banda Neira is nutmeg with the best quality in the world.

Here are some of the properties of nutmeg for human life:

As a cooking spice: nutmeg is a natural flavoring and preservatives

For Health:

Dental pain reliever

Substances contained in nutmeg oil helps fight bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities. To reduce pain in the teeth / gums, apply a few drops of nutmeg oil on the sore gums while a massage.

Abdominal pain

Natural compounds contained in nutmeg is efficacious help smooth the digestive tract, it is not surprising since the first of nutmeg has been known to overcome the problem of diarrhea, abdominal bloating and other digestive disorders.

sleeping pills

To overcome the problem of sleep, pour a little nutmeg powder on a glass of warm milk.

Eliminate acne and blemishes

nutmeg until smooth then mix with milk whole milk, stirring to form a paste. Apply on the face that problem, let stand a few minutes, then wash face as usual.

Asmat tribe carving craft, Indonesia

Typical work of the Asmat woodcarving is one of the national cultural wealth that already have a name for the foreign tourists. Characteristics of the Asmat tribe engraving pattern is unique and naturalist. From the patterns it makes visible the complexity of the way that makes them valuable carving work and quite attracted many foreign tourists.

in terms of models, Asmat carving is very diverse, ranging from human statues, boats, panels, shields, drums, egg carving kaswari to pole. The Asmat are usually adopted and the experience of everyday living environment as their carving patterns, such as trees, boats, animals and people boating, hunting people and others.

Asmat society consists of 12 sub-ethnic groups, and each has a characteristic in his art. So is the wood used, there are also differences. There is a prominent ethnic sub carving statue, there is a prominent carvings salawaku or shields, others have carved wall hangings and equipment for war.

The most special and unique is that every piece of sculpture does not have the same or a duplicate because they do not produce the same pattern carved on a large scale. So, if we have one of the Asmat carving with a particular pattern, it is the only one that exists because the Asmat people do not make the same pattern in carving. Be the same shape, such as shields or panels, but the matter would be very different pattern. That’s the uniqueness of the Asmat carvings.

Other Attractions in Indonesia are:

  • The art of traditional handicraft bali, Indonesia
  • Beautiful beaches on the island “bangka belitung”, Indonesia
  • The art of dance “angguk” from Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Arts crafts typical of Jogjakarta, Indonesian
  • Komodo island in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesian
  • Indonesian art market Gabusan bantul
  • Dreamland beach is beautiful in Bali Indonesia
  • Sundak beaches, mountains south yogyakarta, indonesian
  • Marine Park Bunaken, North Sulawesi

Thenmala (Kerla, INDIA):

This first planned Eco tourism destination in India has its charm lying in its culture zone, leisure zone and adventure zone, besides in its two famous attraction Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary and Deer Rehabilitation Park.

Located about 72kms from Thiruvananthapuram, the State Capital of Kerala, God’s Own Country, the southern most State of India. Thenmala is a small village at the foothills of Western Ghats and predominantly a forest area. The famous Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary is the most important ecotourism resource of Thenmala Ecotourism. This Wildlife Sanctuary is of about 100 sq. km. and harbors large varieties of flora and fauna.

Thenmala : “Then + Mala” , i.e. in local parlance “Then” means honey and “Mala” means hillock i.e. it mean honey hills. The honey collected from Thenmala forest region is of good quality and of high medicinal value because of the unique floristic composition of the forests.

At Thenmala Eco-Tourism, a visitor is taken care of by its well-trained staff providing guidance and information about the various attractions and facilities, enabling one to move about, explore and experience every bit of this remarkable destination. There are well-placed signboards, direction pointers, and information boards to facilitate one’s movement inside the project area. Divided into different zones with a particular theme, the project area currently has three major zones viz. Culture Zone, Leisure Zone and Adventure Zone.

At the Culture Zone one can indulge in a variety of activities like trying few traditional Kerala dishes at the restaurant there, a bit of shopping for memento sake, a peep on Kerala’s art and culture, an amphitheatre etc. But the highlight of the Culture Zone is the open air Musical Dancing Fountain, which is a big attraction among the visitors. There is also a Tourism Facilitation Center in the Culture Zone to provide information on a wide range of tourism products available at Thenmala.

Step into the Leisure Zone here and try the boardwalk leading to the dam. The sway bridge here could be an exciting proposition, especially for children. Adding more variety and elegance to the landscape here is the Sculpture Garden, which has Man & Nature as its theme.

For those with an overdose of adrenalin and those willing to test their adventure spirit would find the Adventure Zone here quite a thrilling experience. Take the elevated walkway for a journey that winds through the canopy of trees and going over rocky terrains bringing one close to life at different heights. And still those who don’t mind to give their body muscles a real work out can go for mountain biking, rock climbing and river crossing.

Besides the zone-based activities for a visitor, Thenmala Eco-Tourism also offer other attractions, like an invigorating boat ride in the Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary; a visit to the Deer Rehabilitation Centre, where one can have a look at a group of spotted deer, the sambar deer and the barking deer, which have been given protection after straying out from the forests. The project area also has tree top huts and children’s eco-park, riverside treks, and battery powered vehicle rides through the forest, enabling one to sight wildlife from a close distance.

For a visitor to Thenmala Eco-Tourism, some of the nearby attractions are also worth exploring. One may visit the picturesque Palaruvi waterfalls, about 16 km away, on the way to Shenkottah. Thenmala Eco-Tourism is open round the year and there are conducted tours organized by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation from the Capital City of Thiruvananthapuram and also by the District Tourism Promotion Council of Kollam District.

Astrologers believe that each constellation of the zodiac is associated with a tree. It has developed a Nakshatra Vanam where trees associated with the 27 constellations or nakshatras have been planted. Those trees are of medicinal, social, aesthetic or economic value. The Thenmala Ecotourism Society maintains a nursery of these trees and sells the seedlings to visitors. It is believed that if one plants a tree associated with one’s star, that will bring good luck. So People buy and plant them at their homes.

Agastyakoodam (Agastya Malai), a towering forested peak of 1868 metres, and adjoining forests in the tail end of Western Ghats form the most diverse and unknown ecosystem in Peninsular India. These forests, falling in the Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram districts of Kerala and the Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts of Tamil Nadu habours many endemic species of plants that are unique to peninsular India. The undulating hills of these area, especially those at lower elevations, are also known for their abundance of medicinal plants. A sizable proportion of around 2000 medicinal plants used in the traditional systems of medicine are found here.

The biodiversity of the region is enhanced by the altitudinal variations. Forests occur in the altitudinal range of less than 300 metres to more than 2800 metres. In fact, the Kallar valley on the North-west of the Agasthyakoodam is one of the few remaining forested valleys below the 300 metre level in the southern tip of Indian Peninsula. The high elevation shola grasslands, on the otherhand, is unmatched in its richness of flora and fauna. They occur as an expanse around the Agasthyakoodam and also Mahendragiri and Kakkachi, two other mountains in the region. The trees here are stunted, owing to the high velocity winds lashing these mountain peaks, and often covered with lichens, mosses and ferns. These forests act as a “green house” for a wide variety of orchids, parasites and other plants.

A tribe called ‘Kanis’, living in these forests, are aware of generally unknown medicinal uses of some of these plants. For example, a plant known as Arogya Pacha (Tricopus zeylanicus) is used by them as a rejuvenating medicine. The wild tobacco plant (Lobelia nicotinaefolia) is used by them to heal wounds

REGENT SPICE & HERBAL GARDEN – MATALE, SRI LANKA:

Sri Lanka is world renowned for its valued spices and healing herbs. Our lush spice and herbal gardens feature many important herbs such as Sandalwood, Margosa, Cocoa, Citronella, Almond, Jasmine and Coconut. When visiting us, make the most of the chance to experience first-hand how cloves, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and saffron are grown in their natural surroundings.

At Regent Spice and Herbal Garden you can learn of their medicinal healing properties and how to use them in your day to day needs. Used worldwide in many medicines, the healing powers of spices have been respected from the time of the Pharaohs and Chinese Dynasties, while our herbs are used in Ayurvedic concoctions.

When you visit Sri Lanka, take a trip to Matale and experience a truly Sri Lankan garden that teaches you of all the benefits of natural herbs and spices. We invite you to stay close to nature and discover the amazing world of spices and herbs with Regent Spice and Herbal Garden.

Sri Lanka has long been known as the center for spice and as part of the ancient silk route, the name of this tropical island was synonymous with spiced in many an old kingdom. Part of tradition and culture the spice industry has developed over many centuries with many a Sri Lankan’s livelihoods entwined with it.

Part of everyday life, spices from Sri Lanka are integral in many daily foods across the world, adding flavour to many a delectable dishes. Renowned for their medicinal and healing characteristics, spices are used in many Ayurvedic medicines in Sri Lanka, and are in great demand by other countries for homeopathic solutions and as the base for many western medicines.

Other attractions in shrilanka:

Vacations Kandy – Sri Lanka

Kandy is the capital of the administrative district of Kandy in Sri Lanka and also the capital of the Central Province, which comprises of the districts of Nuwara Eliya, Matale and Kandy. Kandy is located in the center of the country amongst the hills of the Kandy Valley.

Negombo – Sri Lanka

Negombo, a traditional fishing town, is situated at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, Sri Lanka. It is home to a population of about 70,000 residents and is a peaceful and serene getaway. Negombo is also an important trading port and an access point for the Bandaranaike International Airport.Negombo has been a port town since its inception and was known for its spices, especially cinnamon. However, today the economy is based on tourism and fishing, followed by seafood and the production of ceramics.

Hikkaduwa – Sri Lanka

Hikkaduwa is a coastal town located on the south-western coast of Sri Lanka. Situated close to the historic town of Galle, it is an international tourist destination. Known to be a surfer town with its sandy beaches, sea-side resorts and discos, it is home to a population of about 130,000 residents.The place was affected by the tsunami that occurred in 2004. However, owing to the relief measures taken by the government, the place continued to develop as a tourist destination. Fishery, agriculture, tourism and food-processing are the main occupations in the city.

Dambulla

Dambulla is situated in the central province of Sri Lanka to the north east ofColombo.

The city was inhabited during 7th to 3rd century BC. There are various caves in the city that have statues and paintings reflecting the evolution of the city long time back. It is said that the caves of the city was the centre of refuge for king Valgamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradapura kingdom. At that time there were Buddhist monks who protected this king from his enemies. And when king got back his throne in the 1st century BC he built a magnificent rock temple to express his gratitude toward the monks who saved his life.

Apart from this city have other historical sites that are noteworthy. Moreover the city is surrounded with beautiful

landscapes that draws tourist throughout the world.

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