10 DAYS & 09 NIGHTS
COCHIN, ALLEPPEY, KOLLAM, TRIVANDRUM & NEYYAR
“The Kerala Yoga tour bring you this transformative 10 day yoga tour through Kerala in Southern India. A fascinating healing journey through India’s tropical south, where you will experience its idyllic coastline, diverse architecture, captivating culture and warm people. As you soak in the natural beauty of Southern India, your yoga practice will become stronger and more spiritual. Kerala is well known for its elegant houseboats which travel along tranquil Backwaters as well as for transformative Ayurvedic treatments and incredible cuisine. Wild elephants, exotic birds, and the odd tiger call Kerala home – it’s hard to deny Kerala’s liberal use of the slogan ‘God’s Own Country’. Join us on this yoga adventure to small slice of paradise and give yourself completely over to the sounds, scents, and serenity of Southern India.”
Meet & assistance on arrival by our travel executive including a tour briefing.Transfer to your hotel.
Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.Overnight at hotel
Breakfast in the hotelDepart for sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting
Jewish Synagogue – built in 1568 the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth stands, adorned by hundreds of exquisite hand–painted Chinese tiles in blue, at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town near Mattancherry palace. The synagogue is now a fascinating mixture of shops, warehouses and spice auction rooms. The Great Scrolls of the Old Testament and the Copper Plates recording the grants of privilege made by the Cochin rulers to the Jewish community are displayed here.
Chinese Fishing Nets
St. Francis Church
Optional late afternoon have a yoga session at Fort Kochi Beach or hotel garden or yoga room.
Kathakali Dance Drama
Enjoy dinner after the show at a local restaurantOvernight at hotel
Breakfast in the hotelDrive to Alleppey, known as Venice of the East. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters & lagoons with a wonderful past & it owes its existence to the sagacious Diwan Raja Kesavadas in the second half of 18th century. The Kuttanad region, the rice bowl of Kerala, was well known even from the early periods of the Sangam age. History says Alappuzha region had trade relations with ancient Greece & Rome in the pre Jesus era. Alleppey is now the hub for backwaters tourism in Kerala.
This afternoon you will ply the canals of the massive lake where you can witness the people going about their daily routine.Early evening meditation walk or visit to a local temple.
Overnight on the houseboat
Disembark the houseboat at Alleppey boat JettyDrive to Kollam and check in at Fragrant Resort for afternoon at leisure
Afternoon yoga session in the hotelDinner & overnight at hotel
Breakfast in the hotelToday you will visit the Matha Amritandamayi Ashram (50 Km) and more detail on this visit will be provided approx late August when the ashram releases its visitor schedule.
En-route you can visit Oachira Temple & pilgrimage centre. The Oachira Temple is unique in the sense that it does not have covered structures for temples. People worship the Para Brahma - the original formless power who manifests as the three supreme forms of God (namely Brahma / Vishnu & Siva) under neatly preserved trees.Afternoon Yoga Session in the hotel
Ayurvedic & Vegetarian cooking session followed by dinner at hotelOvernight at hotel
Breakfast in the hotelThis morning, or this afternoon, enjoy the Shirodhara treatment - Ayurvedic Oil Therapy for the forehead. Take the remainder of the day at leisure.
Evening yoga session in the hotelDinner & overnight at hotel
After breakfast depart for Neyyar and en-route enjoy a sightseeing tour of Trivandrum including some time for shopping after lunch.Trivandrum also called Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of the Indian state of Kerala.
It is an ancient city with tradition dating back to 1000 BC. Thiruvananthapuram became the capital of Raja of Travancore in 1750. The name is derived from 'Tiru Ananta Puram', the abode of the Sacred serpent Ananta, upon whose coils Vishnu lying in the main temple.
Sri Chitra Art Gallery
Next time for shopping and lunch in a local restaurant before transferring for late check in at Anantya Resort.
Chendamelai traditional Kerala
Late afternoon yoga session at the resort
Kalaripayattu is a truly dramatic 1 hr performance with 10 artists including different styles of combat finishing with “fire torches”Overnight at hotel
Breakfast in the resortThis morning hike to Kalimalai, a beautiful pilgrimage spot and which offers local foods on a Sunday. Drive 25 mins from Anantya Resort through scenic lake countryside & rubber plantations, viewing the dam en-route, to the base of Kalimalai – the abode of Mother Kali for Hindus and Jesus Christ for Christians. Ascend the tropical pathway to the peak on foot. The altitude at the top is just over 800 metres. From your vantage point you will have splendid views (on a clear day) and can see the resort far below.
Take the remainder of the morning at leisure and lunch is at the resort.
Learn of the legends and folklore that surround this temple from the temple authorities.
Evening yoga session at hotelDinner & overnight at hotel
Breakfast in the hotelVisit the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram, Neyyar Dam
Return to resort for lunch and this afternoon is at leisureLate afternoon yoga session
After yoga session enjoy a north Indian themed barbeque dinner at “The Flat rock” in nearby Vaikundam plantations. The flat rock is a space within the rubber estate offering very different views from any point of the resort. Reach this area at around 6:00 pm just before sundown and wind up after dark with a campfire and some music alongside dinner.Overnight at hotel
Breakfast at the hotelMorning at leisure until room check-out between 10.30-11.00am
Lunch in the resort and afternoon shopping excursion to Trivandrum followed by dinner (at own expense) at a local restaurant.Depart for Trivandrum International airport approx 7.30pm.
Share twin accommodation with breakfast
Transfers & sightseeing by Air Conditioned vehicle
all meals starting from Breakfast on Day 02 and finishing with dinner on Day 10
Kathakali dance drama ticket
Daily Spa at Anantya Resort (3 Nights)
Services of local English speaking guide in Cochin and Trivandrum only
Kalaripayuttu: A truly dramatic 1 hr performance with 10 artists including different styles of combat finishing with ‘fire torches’;
Mural painting Artist Interaction & Workshop
Temple Visit with puja ceremony
Present Applicable taxes as on 31st May, 2018
Entrance tickets to Monuments
Visa fee & Insurance
Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc
G.S.T if applicable at the time of operation of the tour
Ayurvedic treatment anywhere