A fascinating healing journey through India’s tropical south, do experience its idyllic coastline, its diverse architecture, culture and most importantly the people. Here in Kerala, Yoga is not just a book or a set of exercises but a living science that will open up to you gradually as you experience stronger and more fulfilling.
Kerala state over the years has become the blazing tourist place in India as it is characterized by wavy or rolling terrain, different cultures, religious diversity, interesting history, old medical practices, distinct languages, delicious cuisine and enchanting landscapes which enthrall both domestic and foreign travelers to throng on this wonderful state and witness of the natural beauty and culture of the state.
Day 1 : Cochin
Arrive Cochin International airport, meet and assistance by our office representative, followed by a transfer to Fort Kochi. Check in at your hotel 8th Bastion. Rest of the day free. Spend time Strolling through the Colonial Fort Kochi, Walk through Princess street and the local avenues. See the famous Chinese Fishing Nets of Cochin – The huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets that droop towards the waters like over-sized hammocks. visit St.Francis CSI Church, the oldest European church in India built in 1503, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama was originally buried and pass The Santa Cruz Basilica is another imposing church. OPTIONAL: KATHAKALI-The Dance Dram Witness a demonstration on Kathakali –Dance Drama unique to Kerala. This dance can be characterized by grotesque gesticulations, amazing costumes and very extensive make-up. The stories are mostly taken from the epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana. Overnight stay. (Bed & Breakfast)
Day 2: Cochin – Thekkady (200 Km / 5hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and Drive to drive to Thekkady trough a fabulous landscape with rubber, tea and spice plantations. – Periyar Wildlife Reserve. The National Park is home to elephants, tiger, bison, sambar, wild boar, langur and varieties of Birds with unending Chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. Arrive and check-in at the Spice Village.Rest of the day at leisure. Evening Yoga Practice. Curling around a misty ridge 2,000ft high in the Periyar vastness, Spice Village offers thatched-roof cottages for Accommodation. Reminding of the Tribal huts, the Cottages provide comfortable accommodation. The rustic cottages come with a private veranda which overlooks fruit trees and herb beds. -Play billiards at Woodhouse Bar, Choose to consult with a skilled Ayurvedic doctor on the Rejuvenating therapies. The restaurant serves Kerala cuisine, favoured by local spices. The chef can also prepare traditional tribal curries and Western dishes. A tribute to ancient ways of life. (Full Board)
Day 3: Thekkady
Experience the morning yoga session and a healthy breakfast later. Attend to the Introduction to Ayurveda by the resort doctor Enjoy the Resort Facilities or walk through the Spice Town of Kumili. Lunch at the Hotel. Dinner at 50 mile diet restaurant where everything served comes from within a 50 mile radius of the resort. Overnight stay.
OPTIONAL: A Day with the MANNAN
Enjoy a full day in the lap of the high ranges. A guided walk into the inner settlements of the village Kovilmala. inhabited by the Mannan Tribal Community which has unique culture and rituals. They have a kingdom at Kovilmala with an elected tribal king. This community is the only tribal community in Kerala that has a king, and one of the only two such tribes in India. The most current king is Raman Raja Mannan who was elected in March 2012. Take the unique opportunity to have lunch in the Kings house followed by a scroll into the Spice gardens, explore the surrounding nature and enjoy awesome views of the mountains. Later back again at the settlement to experience the rare moments of a Tribal Dance known as “Koothu” performed at the King’s house by the People of the community. (Full Board)
Day 4: Thekkady
Morning Yoga session. Later after the breakfast go on a , Spice Plantation Tour. The area of Periyar is one of the oldest spice growing areas in the world. Spice gardens are the backbone of the economy of the hills. Traverse into the tropical fields of the Cardamon Hill reserve where you can touch, smell and taste almost all the spices seen worldwide. Enjoy lunch at the Hotel restaurant. Later the day go on a Jungle trekking. This community based initiative has been designed to give an alternative employment to the Mannan tribal people who lived before in the park as bark collectors, which is now illegal. Great chances to see the diversity of birds, Elephants, deer and gaur.This evening Spice Village’s master chef shares some of their skills with you at the cookery class. Test your skills during the session. Dinner and overnight stay.. (Full-Board)
Day 5: Thekkady – Kumarakom (120 Kms / 4 hrs)
After an early morning yoga session and an healthy breakfast later, check-out and drive to drive to Kumarakom. Enroute Stop for Lunch at Rani’s Plantation Bunglow- Enjoy a home made meal and interactions with the family. Drive on and check-in at the hotel Coconut Lagoon – Your Home for the next four days. Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, with its majestic canals, streams and enchantingly beautiful web. The bird sanctuary here is an ornithologist’s paradise and a favourite haunt of migratory birds. Rest of the day free to familiarize with the resort and its numerous in house activities. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel. (Half Board)
Day 6: Kumarakom
Start your day with an early morning bird watching walk accompanied by a naturalist, Followed by a yoga session and a healthy breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day free to enjoy the premise and activities of the Hotel. This evening enjoy a Sunset cruise on a restored Kettuvallam boat, into the middle of Lake Vembanad. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel. (Full-Board)
Day 7: Kumarakom
This early morning you can experience a demonstration of Kalarippayattu – One of the most ferocious Martial art of Kerala. Learn the movements and the training of this oldest existing martial art at the Kalari in-house center, follow with your morning yoga session before your breakfast. The rest of your day is free to enjoy the activities of your hotel. There is opportunity to indulge in a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage (Payable Locally). Lunch at the hotel restaurant. This late afternoon if you fancy another Culinary Experience -take a cooking session form the chef in-house this time it would be the backwaters cuisine. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel. (Full-Board)
Day 8: Kumarakom
This early morning proceed with your morning yoga session before breakfast. Day Free to Indulge in Resort activities – Canoe Rides, Village walks or a Rejuvenating Ayurveda Massage (Payable Locally). Lunch at the Hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay. Optional: Musings of Ayamanam This afternoon go into the Aymanam Village, home of Arundhathi Roy’s novel ‘The God of Small Things’. Start your local immersion with a ride on a traditional canoe cruise through the narrow, winding canals and catch the scenic daily life of the bordering houses. Follow with a walk in the heart of this typical Kuttanad village surrounded by paddy fields and identify the snake abodes, sacred to earliest habitants. Spot a Kingfisher on Job, Later The Master Explains Kathakali who will introduce you to this traditional theatre form, which adapts styles of ancient Sanskrit with visual presentations of human expressions. at the hotel. (Full-Board)
Day 9: Kumarakom – Marari (45 Kms / 1hr)
After an early morning yoga session and a healthy breakfast later, check-out and drive to Marari Beach right on the shores of the Arabian sea. On arrival check-in at the Marari Beach resort and lunch at the restaurant. Day free to relax by the pool or the beach or to take advantage of the in house activities proposed by your hotel such as Instrumental music lessons or Farm Kitchen visit and harvesting. (Full Board)
Day 10: Marari Beach
involve in a morning yoga session. Breakfas or Brunch at the Hotel. The rest of the day free. Pristine white Sanded Beach – Wait for fishing boats to empty out the day’s catch. Since ages the fisher men go out to the sea in traditional vessels, where no winches, or other modern equipments is used. Every morning after sunrise dozens of boats head for the same spot, called the fish landing. Farewell Seafood Dinner. Overnight stay. (Full-board)
Day 11: Marari Beach
After your yoga class and breakfast, pick one of the cycles and explore the local villages, temples and churches around. The day free to relax by the pool, the beach or to take advantage of the in house activities suggested by your hotel – butterfly garden visit, instrumental music lessons, kitchen garden visit and harvesting, Saree & Dhoti demo, Lunch at the Hotel This Evening Experience Dinner at the Farm Kitchen. Overnight stay. (Full-board)
Day 12: Marari Beach
Breakfast at the hotel after your morning yoga session. Rest of the day free to relax by the pool, the beach or to take advantage of the complimentary activities proposed by your hotel such as butterfly garden visit, instrumental music lessons, kitchen garden visit and daily harvesting, environmental tour, birds watching with a naturalist, Saree & Dhoti demo, Lunch at the Hotel. Day Free. farewell Seafood Dinner. Overnight stay.
Optional: Backwater Cruise By House boat with Lunch.
By Mid day drive to Alleppy – rightly dubbed as the Venice of the East. Embark your private Houseboat for an enchanting Backwater cruise. These boats are a reworked version of kettuvallams of olden times used to carry tons of rice and spices – Hence the name Rice Boat. They are today converted into comfortable floating accommodation offering enchanting cruises through the backwaters. Cruise through the palm fringed canals enjoying the beauty of rural village life. Enjoy Sumptuous Kerala Lunch Served on Board. The trip continues through a wonderful area of the lush green vegetation of Kerala backwaters. Disembark by Evening and Drive Back to the hotel. Overnight stay. (Full-board)
Day 13: Marari beach – Cochin (55 Km /1 ½ hrs)
Have a morning yoga session. Breakfast, Check-out and drive to Mattanchery in Old Kochi. Proceed on to visit the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, and finally the Dutch Palace with its beautiful mural paintings from the 17th century. Free Time. Enjoy the opportunity to interact with a Brahmin Family who are the highest of the four Hindu castes, made up of priests and scholars of Vedic literature. See how they draw Kolams –A Kolam is a geometrical line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots drawn by using rice flour. Kolam is widely practised by females Family members, in front of their houses. Continue through the small streets of Mattanchery, and arrive at the Fruit market on Palace road where locals get a variety of fresh and organic produces at bargains prices. Make a pause with a refreshing tea at one of the tea shops where you get the “one meter” tea. Later Take a Tuk Tuk– the most popular mode of transport among the localities Stop at the Dhobi Khana (laundry station), once throbbing with activity, it is now a picture of slow extinction. Arrive at your hotel and Check-Back in at the 8th Bastion. Rest of the day free, Relax by the pool and or enjoy some shopping in Fort Kochi. Overnight stay. (Bed & Breakfast)
Day 14: Departure Cochin
Wrap up your journey with an appetizing breakfast served at the hotel, after which our representative will lead you to the Cochin Airport/Railway Station for your return journey.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis at CGH Earth Experience Hotels
- Meal Plan as mentioned on the daily program in the Itinerary.
- Cochin Airport and Inter-Hotel transfers by Chauffer driver air conditioned vehicles
- Accommodation for the Accompanying Yoga Teaceher on Plan.
- Yoga session (By the accompanying teacher – at the hotels)
- Introduction to Ayurveda by the Resort Doctor
- Guided Spice plantation Tour in Periyar
- Guided Jungle Trekking at Periyar
- Dinner at 50 Mile restaurant in Spice Village
- Lunch at the Plantation Bungalow with the hosts
- Village Walk accompanied by a Naturalist in Kumarakom
- Sunset cruise in Kumarakom
- Cooking demonstrations in Spice Village and Kumarakom
- Dinner Experience at the Farm Kitchen at Marari Beach Resort
- Farewell Seafood Dinner at the Marari Beach Resort
- Entrance charges at the monuments as covered in the Itinerary
- Assistance on arrival and departure
- All currently applicable taxes
- Camera fees & activity charges other than those listed in the itinerary inclusions
- Expenses of personal nature such as porterage, laundry, telephones, tipping etc.
- International/Domestic flight charges and Visa/Insurance charges, if any
- Any other items not covered under inclusions
Tour & services Ends.