A fascinating healing journey through India's tropical south, do experience its idyllic coastline, its diverse architecture, culture and most importantly the people.
Here, 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...

Trip Duration - 14 days  |   Grade - Yoga and Nature   |   Accommodation - 13 nights hotel stay

Arrive at Cochin airport, meet assistance by our representative, followed by a transfer to your Hotel Kondai Lip. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel. (Half-board)

Start your day with an early morning yoga session and a healthy breakfast later,at the hotel. Proceed to Fort Kochi and experience Ethnic tour – start with the visit of the famous Chinese Fishing Nets of Cochin. The huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets that droop towards the waters like over-sized hammocks have become a hallmark that represents Fort Kochi on every postcard... Next visit is at the 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 by the finest Santa cruz Basilica. Take a tuk tuk – the most popular mode of transport among the localities, go along with your local tour and stop at the Dhobi Khana (laundry station), once throbbing with activity, it is now a picture of slow extinction. 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. Don’t miss a stop at the Spice Market, where exotic odors of the finest ginger, cloves, cardamom, turmeric and pepper emanate from the spice warehouses lining the street. Make a pause and have one “meter tea” at one of the tea stall. There is now an opportunity to interact with a Brahmin Family. The Brahmin are the highest of the four Hindu castes of priests and scholars of Vedic literature, their traditional occupation is to conduct rites at marriages, births and other auspicious occasions. This ritual called Mehndi arts holds plenty of cultural significance in Indian traditions and is one of the most important ritual during the wedding ceremonies. Visit the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, and finally stop at the Dutch Palace with its beautiful mural paintings from the 17th century. Rest of the day free to enjoy the premise and activities of the hotel. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel. (Full-Board)

This early morning proceed with your morning yoga session before your breakfast. Go on an Exotic Village Tour :– the first stage commence by walking through the man made country side foot paths by the side of narrow canals for 15-20 minutes and reach a junction called “Cherunkal”. On the way you can see many houses of old and different types. Your tour will be passing through and by the side of fish farms rearing prawns and the greenly lush paddy fields. Enjoy Bird watching -of different types of water birds and their chirpings. Follow with a Cycling Tour – From Cherunkal, move on to the next point called Vellathode and reach there within 20 minutes. On the way you can enjoy the glorious greenery of the village and its serenity and beauty. At the end of the cycling you reach a village market where all kinds of local fishes and vegetables are put for sale. In and around this market, you can have the taste of local foods and a tea from the local shops. Enjoy with a Country Boat Cruise – The market is by the side of backwaters and a country boat will be waiting for you for the cruise. A sweet - nature’s gift- tender coconut will be served inside the boat as a welcome drink. The cruise will be in a non mechanized country boat which is pulled manually. This journey will take 2 hours and will take you to the next village called ‘Thazhuppu’. Kingfishers just popping in, see the green country side, swaying palm trees and people warm and friendly. Disembark and walk to family meal experience- interactions with the family, exchange of ideas – an enriching Experience. A very local cuisine Nasarani food shall be served. Later the day you will visit the local boat building yard/unit where you can see the building of boats and can watch the Craftsmanship of the local carpenters. Back to the hotel,Rest of the day free to enjoy the premise and activities of the hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel. (Full-Board)

After an early morning yoga session and a healthy breakfast, check-out and drive to drive to Vagamon. On arrival check-in at Vanilla County, a farmstead at the foothills of Vagamon, surrounded by a beautiful series of hillocks, valleys and cascading waterfalls. The rest of your day is free to enjoy the premises of your hotel. There is opportunity to indulge in a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage (Payable Locally). Lunch, Dinner & overnight stay at the homestay. (Full-Board)

This early morning proceed with your morning yoga session before your breakfast. In the afternoon, take a Spice Plantation excursion into the tropical fields where you can touch, smell and taste almost all the spices seen worldwide. Follow your exotic journey with a swim in one of the natural Rock Pools around. Evening enjoy a drive to a View point for a Sunset session. Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at the homestay. (Full-Board)

Wake-up with the surroundings chanting birds of this serene area and before your breakfast at the homestay proceed with your morning yoga session, today followed by a workshop on Yoga along with a Resort or Local Yoga teacher. This afternoon take a Tea Tour : From the Homestay proceed to a Tea Plantation passing through the Tea Gardens rolling hills and villages and take a visit to the Tea Factory : Learn the intricacies of Tea Manufacture - the difference between Orthodox and CTC Black Tea manufacture as well as master the nuances of Tea Tasting and how to brew a perfect cup of black tea. Drive back to your hotel, on your way stop at the Christian Monastery Kurisumala, in the heart of the Sahya Mountains. It is a meditative place where thoughts arise from the depth of silence. Even today people move to these mountains in search of peace of mind. Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at the homestay. (Full-Board)

After an early morning yoga session and a healthy breakfast, check-out and drive to drive to Kumarakom. This city slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, with its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks, weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. The attached bird sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise and a favourite haunt of migratory birds. On arrival check-in at your hotel Kayaloram Heritage Lake Resort, with an ambience of a traditional Kerala Home built 70 years back with beautiful backwater frontage.Rest of the afternoon free amidst coconut groves and views of the backwaters. There is opportunity to indulge in a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage (Payable Locally). Lunch, Dinner and Overnight stayl. (Full board).

This morning proceed with your morning yoga session Breakfast at the hotel. Fee time and Lunch. Later the day Go in to the Musings of 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 snakes abodes, sacred to earliest habitants. Be invited to a Kathakali master house who will introduce you to this traditional theatre form, which adapts styles of ancient Sanskrit with visual presentations of human expressions. Lunch, Dinner & Overnight stay. (Full-Board)

Take an early morning yoga session and an healthy breakfast at the hotel. Day free to relax, enjoy some ayurvedic treatments (payable locally) in the ambience of this traditional Kerala Home with beautiful backwaters frontage. You may also explore some of the activities offered in the property such as Canoeing in the canals, Fortune telling, etc… This afternoon go walking in the Backwater villages, guided and explore the local birdlife. The close by Vembanad lake attracts waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck, as well as the migratory Siberian cranes. Learn with your guide on understanding of moves and chanting. Back to your hotel for your overnight stay. Lunch, Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel. (Full-Board)

After an early morning yoga session and an healthy breakfast, check-out and drive to Marari Beach right on the shores of the Arabian sea. On arrival check-in at the Marari Sands and lunch at the in-house restaurant. Day free to relax by the pool or at the beach (direct access). Dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel. (Full-Board)

After your yoga class and breakfast, pick one of the cycles and take a tour to visit the local villages, temples and churches around. Rest of the day free to relax by the pool, the beach …. Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. (Full-board)

Before sunrise, you join the fishermen as they cast out into the sea for their daily fishing routine. Join for a workshop on Yoga along with the Resort Yoga Teacher followed by the Yoga session. Rest of the day free to relax by the pool or the beach... Lunch, dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel. (Full-Board)

Have a morning yoga session followed by your breakfast. Check-out and drive to Fort Kochi. On arrival check-in at the hotel Fort House. This afternoon enjoy some shopping in Fort Kochi. Evening witness a demonstration on Kathakali – the 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 at hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)

Time to say good bye. After your breakfast and check-out transfer to the Kochi International airport to connect your flight back home.


Hotel Envisaged
Place #Nights Premium Hotels Room
EZHUPUNNA 3 Kondai Lip Superior Rooms
VAGAMON 3 Vanilla County Standard Rooms
ALLEPPEY 3 Kayaloram Heritage Lake Resort Garden View
MARARI 3 Marari Sands Palm View Room
FORT KOCHI 1 Fort Kochi Standard

TOUR INCLUDES
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis at all hotels mentioned or similar
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at all places except in Fort Kochi
  • Daily morning Yoga session
  • 1 Yoga Workshops each at Vagamon and Marari
  • Village Cycling tour in Kondai Lips
  • All activities at the Vanilla County
  • Guided Bird watching in Kumarakom
  • Musings of Ayamanam – Village Experience in Kumarakom
  • Ticket for the Kathakali Dance show in Fort Kochi
  • Activities provided by the hotels ***
  • Transportation as per itinerary by chauffeur driven air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance charges at the monuments as covered in the Itinerary
  • Assistance on arrival and departure
  • Accommodation for the Yoga Teacher
  • All currently applicable taxes
*** Kondai Lip Hotel

Pedal boating, Fishing, Canoe riding inside the resort and one Sunset cruise in a motorboat during the stay

*** Vanilla County Homestay

Spice Plantation, Swim in the Natural Falls, Sunset view point, Monastery visit, Tea Plantation and Factory visit
TOUR EXCLUDES
  • 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