The picturesque scenes in the Eat, Pray, Love movie are enough to ignite the travel bug in just about everyone. The movie is based on a memoir, in which the main character, played by Julia Roberts, spent a year travelling to Italy, India and Indonesia in order to find happiness, while meditating and indulging in the delicious cuisine along the way. For those of you who want to replicate parts of her travels, here are OROGOLD’s favorite destinations to visit in Italy, India and Indonesia.
While the Italian scenes from the movie may have been set in Rome and Naples, OROGOLD recommends that you stay away from the bigger cities, many of which can seem like tourist traps for travelers, and instead head to Liguria, Italy’s smallest region in the northwest of the country. Here, you will find some of the finest extra virgin olive oil producers, and although Liguria is always worth a visit, OROGOLD highly recommends that you visit in November, during the OliOliva festival, which sees Ligurian growers gather together with olive oil producers from all over the Mediterranean. Top chefs will be on site, serving up delicious local dishes making good use of the different oils, alongside stands selling olive oil cosmetics, olive oil medicines, and everything else that you can imagine could be made with this multi-purpose ingredient.
Tamil Nadu, India
Eat, Pray, Love saw the main character spending time at an ashram in India, gaining enlightenment and a new sense of spirituality. Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, about four hours from Chennai, attracts spiritual seekers from all over the world, who come to visit the holy Mount Arunachala. The mountain is considered to be the ‘most silent place on earth’, as its powerful energy is said to quieten even the busiest of minds. If any of you want to do some meditation, OROGOLD recommends finding a cave high up in the mountains and taking some time for yourself there. There are also many ashrams in the region for those of you who want to visit one, but OROGOLD would suggest the Sri Ramanasramam ashram, scheduling your visit around one of their many festivals.
While many areas of Bali may solely cater to the thousands of tourists that visit each year, there are still plenty of spiritual sites to be found. Balians, the traditional healers of Bali, can be found all over the region, and use traditional methods to treat energy imbalances within the body. You will also find plenty of opportunities to take part in a yoga session all over Bali, and you should also take the time to experience a sound healing session. Bali is also a destination where you can truly indulge in the food and not feel guilty about it, as there are an abundance of healthy and organic restaurants wherever you go.
Eat, Pray, Love has inspired many to embark on an adventure and seek their own spiritual enlightenment. For those of you on a quest to do the same, you definitely won’t go wrong with a visit to Bali, Tamil Nadu or Liguria!