Untold Spiritual Yoga Tour Kerala
God`s own country
Join us on a fascinating journey through India’s tropical south. You’ll experience the wonderful people, learn about the culture and architecture plus enjoy the diversity in scenery. All this AND an Escorted Yoga Tour & classes by a Yoga master.
Yoga & meditation classes.
Traditional art forms.
Muziris Heritage Tour.
South Indian cuisine meals.
Dutch colonial getaway experince.
Amritapuri Ashram, Mata Amritanandamayi Math experience.
Escorted yoga tour by yoga teacher.
language of instruction: English
Twin Share acommodation in the 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.
Sivananda Yoga Classes by Manu Yogi / accompanying tour escort.
Visit to Kathakali dance center in Kochi with dinner.
Local backwater cruise around Vaikom Village with Lunch.
01 Cooking class with Daisy along with Dinner.
All current Govt. applicable taxes
WHAT`S NOT INCLUDED
Any International airfare to/from India including International airport tax
Meals not specified.
Domestic flights within India (please refer the above mentioned supplement)
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.
Any item not mentioned in the quote includes section.
Any increase in the entrance fee to the National park. The quote is based on the presently applicable entrance fee.
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.
YOGA & MOVEMENT
Style: Sivananda Hatha Yoga & Meditation.
Suitable for Beginner`s, intermediate & advanced practitioners.
The yoga sessions will be a balanced combination of poses and a sustained increase awareness of posture to another. Awareness and attention to our breathing are important aspects of the course. Vigilance is always given to the alignment of basic therapeutic principles and postures. Adaptations are available to help individuals understand and work with their individual limitations. Classes are energetically balanced, incorporating a good physical workout, poses soothing and deep relaxation.
WHAT TO 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.
Kochi - Kothamangalam - Thekkeddy -Periyar - Kollam - Alleppey - Kochi
Hotels incorporated or similar
12 days with instruction in English
Day 1 (10th February): Cochin (Kochi)
After arrival to Kochi in the morning (at 8,20h), going to sightseeing (or going the first to the hotel) 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 (in centar of town).
Meals: lunch at a local restaurant & dinner at the hotel.
Day 02 (11th February) Kochi
Late afternoon join Guide Ajitha for a walking tour of Fort Cochin .Ajitha started guiding in the early 90’s when the this job was considered a taboo for women.lend your ears as she unfolds the history of Fort Cochin its colonial bungalows,the Dutch cemetry ,the lanes where love blosommed and and her own self discovery.Marvel at the success story of this lady Guide sipping hot tea at the Teapot.Say good bye to ajitha and walk the the cultural
centre to witness the art form Kathakali.
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: brekfast, lunch at a local restaurant & dinner at on kathakali dance
Day 03 (12th February): Kochi: Full day excursion to Muziris
Yoga in the morning
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 colou
rful 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 (13th February): 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 (14th February): Kothamangalam
Yoga in the morning, enjoy the day visiting Tea Gardens, Rubber Plantations and Spice Gardens. Enjoy cooking session with Daisy (she is a world Renowned cooking expert for Kerala Cuisines).
Day 06 (15th February): 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 at Kothamangalam, Lunch and Dinner at Thekkady
Day 07 (16th February): 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, Lunch & Dinner at Thekkady/Periyar hotel.
Day 08 (17th February): Periyar – Kollam (140 km /4 hours)
Yoga in the morning.
After brekfast drive to Kollam, check in to 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
Days 09 (18th February): Ashram Kollam
Activities in ashram.
Day at leisure OR visit to Asthamudi Lake (Backwaters of Asthamudi). Overnight stay at Ashram.
Meals: in ashram
Day 10 (19th February) Ashram Kollam – Alleppey
After brekfast travel to Alleppey Chek in to hotel,
enjoy in your activites..ayurveda massage, enjoy on the beach...
Meals: Dinner in the hotel
Day 11 (20th February): Alleppey / Marari – Kochi Airport
Yoga in the morning
After breakfast enjoj in activities in hotel or on the Beach. (Late check out – if possible or stop in area to visit some of ....)
Note: late check out is totally on the lodge management
In the late afternoon drive to Kochi airport ( flight is Early morning 21th February)
Day 12 (21th February): Kochi – Airport
(flight back home or further destinations)