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Beat the Heat during Travel – Like a South Indian.

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Girl basking in the evening sun
Lady at the beach in the sun trying to beat the heat

Its already that time of the year, when schools shut for vacation, Mangoes are back in season and families plan for their annual holiday. Summer time is definitely the most memorable time you would have had as a child. But with the temperatures soaring around the country, it’s important to learn how to beat the heat during your travel.

South India is blessed with a salubrious climate throughout the year. However it does get a bit sultry during the summers. The people of South India have come up with unique habits to make the most of the summer months. Let us show you some tips that you can also use to beat the heat when you travel.

Use Coconut Oil

Assortment of coconut oil, coconut milk and grated Coconut

Ancient Ayurvedic texts speak about ‘Pitta Dosha’ or disturbance to the fire element in Human body during hot months. Ayurveda also states that coconut oil can pacify the ‘Pitta’ due to its cooling properties and help you beat the heat during travel.

Benefits of using cold-pressed Coconut oil as food dressing has been the focus of a lot of research lately. This has verified what Indian Ayurvedic practitioners have claimed for ages!

A man receiving a head amssage from a masseuse at a spa

Not only as food, a ‘Champi’ (Indian head massage) with Coconut oil is guaranteed to sooth headaches due to summer heat.

Go easy on Non Vegetarian food

Non vegetarian wrap

Non vegetarian food has become a part of diet for majority of the world. However, a survey conducted by UN FAO in 2007 states that India has more vegetarians than the rest of the world put together.

Primarily because Non Vegetarian food is said to increase the burden on Human digestive system and thus increasing body temperature. The ‘Season of Lent’ falls during the summer months, when devout Christians refrain from consuming meat for 40 days. This suggests that religious practices have evolved to maintain the well being of Human body.

Drink Tender Coconut Water

Tender coconut water

No South Indian scenery is complete without tall coconut trees dotting the landscape. South Indians have learnt to utilize most of the tree’s parts and drinking tender coconut water is a very authentic ‘South Indian’ experience.

Tender coconut water is a rich source of Nutrients & Antioxidants. It helps in lowering blood pressure and boosting hydration. Tender coconut water has no fat or cholesterol and has more Potassium than four bananas! Thus, making it an ideal drink during summer months.

Enjoy Buttermilk

Boy drinking a glass of buttermilk to beat the heat during travel

Known by many names across India such as ‘Chach’, ‘Ghol’, ‘Majjige’ & ‘Moru’. The humble buttermilk will always accompany a South Indian meal. The cooling effects of buttermilk are increased by adding ingredients such as Pudina, Garlic and Salt. Thus compensating for the loss of electrolytes through sweat from the human body.

Control Sun Exposure

A girl basking in the evening sun light

Exposure to sunlight during mid day is the leading cause of Sun strokes and sun burns. Avoid traveling outdoors from 11 am to 2 pm as the sun rays are most intense during this time. You can do this by planing your day tours in advance to beat the heat during your travel.

Traditionally, South Indians will never leave their homes without an umbrella, as it can be used to protect from harsh sunlight and rains too. We advise you to carry a lightweight umbrella, sunglasses and apply sunscreen whenever you travel during summer days. Also, it is advisable to wear lose fitting cotton clothes that will dry quickly. Read this post for tips on what to pack for a South Indian holiday.

Stock up on Seasonal Fruits

Platter of fresh seasonal summer fruits

Summer season is a natural phenomenon. However nature also provides us with the tools to survive through these hot months and beat the heat during travel. Fruits that are harvested during summer such as Mangoes, Watermelon, Oranges, Pineapple and Grapes are a great way to replenish micro nutrients required during these months.

Go for a Swim

Children swimming in the pool

This one is a no-brainer, going for a swim in the pool or at the beach might be the best way to beat the heat during travel. Ensure that you book hotels that have a great pool and apply waterproof sunscreen before you enter the pool.

Children playing by the pool with mother to beat the heat during travel

When swimming at other water bodies such as at the beach, lake or rivers, use caution and wear safety vests. Its never a good idea to jump into unfamiliar water bodies. Instead ask the locals if you are in doubt about how safe it is to swim.

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Happy summer time !!

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