UNTOLD SPIRITUAL YOGA TOUR KERALA

TOUR DEPARTURE DATE: 04, March 2019

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Yoga & Meditation classes.

  • Traditional art forms.

  • Tea plantation experience.

  • South Indian cuisine meals.

  • Dutch colonial getaway Backwater experience.

  • Wildlife Experience.

  • Escorted yoga tour by Yoga Teacher.

  • Language of Instruction : English

TOUR DETAILS

Day 01(04thMarch): flight - Kochi.


Day 02 (5thMarch): Cochin (Kochi)

After arrival to Kochi in the morning (about 9AM), going to sightseeing of this colonial port town, which is famous for its Mattanchery Dutch Palace(closed on Friday's), Jewish Synagogue(closed on Friday's, Saturday's and Jewish Holiday's), Jew Street, old Churches, Dutch Cemetery, beach walkway and huge Chinese fishing nets, which adorn the northern shores.

Check-in at the hotel.

Evening we go to watch the famous classical Indian dance-drama  Kathakali in dance centre to enjoy the Kathakali dance show followed by Dinner. Kathakali is a stylized classical Indian dance noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movement presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion.

Meals: lunch at a local restaurant & dinner at Kochi hotel

COCHIN

Day 03 (6th March): Kochi: Full day excursion to Muziris

Muziris Heritage Tour: A Confluence of Cultures

What this tour is about: This tour offers an introduction to the many faiths and cultures of the Malabar Coast.

Muziris is the name of an ancient port city on the Kerala coast, an hour’s drive north of Cochin. The city traded in spices, silk, and precious stones; with exports to Rome, Greece, Egypt, etc. Enriched by trade contacts, Muziris became a melting pot of world cultures.

The earliest Jewish settlers in India landed on the Malabar Coast and flourished in Muziris. Muziris is where St. Thomas the Apostle is said

to have first landed in 52AD, bringing Christianity to India.

The first ever mosque in India was also built here.

After nearly 1000 years of thriving trade, the port of Muziris was damaged in a major flood, and Cochin took its place as the most important trading port in Kerala.

However, the Muziris area –covering Kodungallur and Paravoor –continues to be as multi-cultural as ever.

Old churches, synagogues, mosques and temples attest to the great confluence of cultures that Muziris was. In a world full of strife, the monuments and bazaars of Muziris stand as beacons even today, a testament to the harmonious co-existence of multiple faiths on the Malabar Coast.

Tour Coverage: On this tour, we will visit the following:

· Kodungalloor Bhagavathi Temple: A Hindutemple to Goddess Bhadrakali in existence since ancient times and rebuilt over the years.

Steeped in powerful myths and legends, the temple attracts many locals and pilgrims for its daily worship, rituals and festivals.

· Chennamangalam and Paravoor Synagogues: Old synagogues of the Malabar Jews, constructed using Keralan building traditions, but adapted to suit Jewish ritual and liturgical requirements. Near the Chennamangalam synagogue is also the first Christian Seminary and the first printing press in India.

· Kottakavu Church: A church of the Syrian Christian community of Kerala, believed to be the one of the seven original ones established by the Apostle St. Thomas

· Paliam Dutch Palace (Museum): The residence of the Paliath Achans, the prime ministers to the Rajas of the State of Kochi.

· Cheraman Juma Masjid: The first mosque in India, built after the Chera king of Kerala met the Prophet Muhammad. It has been renovated several times since then.

· Local bazaar: We will also walk through an interesting and colorful local bazaar, selling everything under the sun.

Those who are interested can also visit the excavation site at Pattanam. This is a small archaeological site which contains some artifacts which were traded between Muziris and the rest of the world.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch during the Muziris tour & dinner at Kochi hotel.

Day 04 (7thMarch): Cochin –Vaikom Village –Kothamangalam

Yoga in the morning.

After breakfast drive to Vaikom Village (45 minutes’ journey from Kochi). Reception will be arranged in a traditional house and further enjoy the life-style of the villagers and village backwater cruise through narrow canals for 3 hours with a local guide.

En-route visit coconut farms, Coir villages, spices and herbal farms, bird watching and other village activities.

Since there are no industries here, the village is free from all types of pollution. The main occupation of the villagers is making ropes with coconut fiber, mat weaving with leaves of wild-pineapple, pottery, traditional coconut processing, collecting sand from river-bed, fishing, farming, etc.

The cruise will bet through the narrow canals of 4 feet in depth and the boat passes through coconut palm groves like a canopy, providing a cool atmosphere. We conclude this excursion by enjoying a ‘Sadya’ -solemn lunch served during Kerala's regional festival ONAM and Hindu marriage functions.This is served on banana leaves with different curries.

After Vaikom village visit drive to Kottayam (60 kms / 01 hour and 30 minutes). Arrive Kothamangalam and check in at Jose & Daisy Home Stay (Mundackal Home Stay). Rest of the day at leisure or spent time in the spice gardens around Jose and Daisy Home stay.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch during the village tour & dinner at Jose & Daisy home stay.

Day 05 (8th March): Kothamangalam –Thekkady- Periyar

Yoga in the morning.

After breakfast drive to Thekkady -Periyar National Park (140 kms / 04 hours)

Arrive Periyar National Park and check in at your hotel.

After lunch visit to the Spice Gardens of Periyar

Meals: Breakfast in Kothamangalam, Lunch and Dinner at Thekkady.

Thekkady

Day 06 (09th March): Thekkady – Periyar

Yoga in the morning.

After breakfast enjoy a boat ride at Lake Periyar (by shared boat) to enjoy the wildlife of Periyar National Park. 

Rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner at Thekkady/Periyar hotel

Day 07 (10th March): Periyar – Kollam (140 km /4 hours)

Yoga in the morning.

After brekfast drive to Kollam, check into Amritapuri Ashram, Mata Amritanandamayi Math and rest of the day free to relax or enjoy your own activities.

Overnight stay at Ashram.

Meals: in ashram

Day 8 (11th March): Ashram Kollam

Activities in ashram.

Day at leisure OR visit to Asthamudi Lake (Backwaters of Asthamudi).

Overnight stay at Ashram.

Meals: in ashram

Kumarakom

Day 09 (12thMarch) Ashram Kollam-Alleppey

Yoga in the morning, after breakfast drive to Alleppey and enjoy Ayurveda massages.

Stay in hotel

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner on own

Day 10 (13thMarch): Alleppey- Kochi airport

After Breakfast  enjoy in Ayurveda treatments in hotel (on direct payment).

In the late afternoon drive to Kochi airport ( flight is early morning ).


Day 11 (14thMarch): flight Kochi – HOME

  • Accommodation in the above mentioned hotels as per mentioned meal plan.

  • Air-conditioned AC tempo Traveller for all transfers, drives & sightseeing (guided tours) mentioned as per the above mentioned itinerary.

  • Entrances to the monuments visited as per the above itinerary.

  • All local excursions as per the given itinerary.

  • Visit to Kathakali dance center in Kochi with dinner.

  • Local backwater cruise around Vaikom Village with Lunch.

  • Spice Garden Visit in Periyar.

  • Boat ride at Lake Periyar – shared boat.

  • All current Govt. applicable taxes.

  • Any International airfare to/from India including International airport tax.

  • Meals not specified.

  • Domestic flights within India

  • Camera fee wherever levied.

  • Any increase in airfares by the airlines in future.

  • Any increase in entrances and rail fares as per Government notifications in future.

  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector in future.

  • Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.

  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.

Vegetarian meals prepared with love. We offer a varied menu, delicious and healthy south Indian cuisine incorporating contemporary and traditional, Using mainly local and organic ingredients.

Please bring comfortable clothing for yoga, a yoga mat, a small towel for yoga, an eye pillow (optional), warm clothes, a bathing suit, a robe, shoes or sandals, comfortable shoes.

ACCOMMODATION  OR SIMILAR

CITY NIGHTS HOTELS / RESORT ROOM PAYABLE
Kochi 02 Abad Atrium Deluxe Room
Kothamangalam 01 Jose and Daisy Home Stay Standard Room
Periyar 02 Cinnamon Thekkady Studio Room
Amritapuri 02 Mata Amritanandamayi Math Standard Room Payable Directly
Alleppey 01 Abad Turtle Beach Resort Deluxe Room

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For more information, please ask your questions we will be happy to assist you.

PRICE ON REQUEST

ON TWIN SHARE / SINGLE ROOM BASIS

Rates are subject to change with a hike of 5% to 10% depending on the current conversion rate and the peak season demands.

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