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Yoga; Wellness Retreat to South India

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Cochin, India

  • Activities

    Wellness Retreat, Yoga Retreat

  • Price
    $1999 USD per person
  • Duration

    10 days

  • Avg Distance

    1200 kilometer (approx)

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    14 March 2015 evening 17:00 hrs

  • Starting Location

    Cochin, India

  • Price Includes

    Accommodation: 8 Nights in 4 star and Deluxe Resorts; 1 Night in private AC Deluxe Houseboat with full board staff. Meals: 9 Breakfast, 2 Lunch and 9 Dinners included. Transport: Fully air conditioned (cooling only) private coach with experienced driver, cleaner and fuel included. Airport transfers in India are included. Highly skilled and experienced Yoga Instructor. Qualified, English speaking Tour Leader. Daily yoga and meditation program as per the itinerary. Accommodation inclusive of breakfast and dinner at all places. Backwater cruise inclusive of all three meals & herbal tea onboard a houseboat. Tea estate visit including yoga and meditation in the tea garden. Boat cruise on Periyar Lake. Entrance to Kathakalli Dance Show. Cooking classes and dinner with local family. One complimentary general body massage at the Ayurveda center in the resort. Transfers and sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary. Applicable Government taxes.

  • Notes

    Travel Insurance Travel insurance is compulsory for our trip. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the trip until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by our Tour Leader. If you have credit card insurance our Tour Leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact telephone number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. Visas Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent. Tipping Tipping is a firm and expected element in the tourism industry. Over the years we have found that many of our travelers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system; however the money is not collected in your final payment received by Soulfit Journey. This is so that it can be paid directly to your Tour Leader who will then distribute the tips among your main service providers – guides, drivers, helper, attendants, Potter, bathroom attendants, shoe keeper, gate keeper, restaurants etc. – on your behalf. We have calculated the tipping amount of USD 80 to be paid per person to your Tour Leader upon arrival in India at group meeting on Day 1. Your Tour Leader The Tour Leaders with Soulfit Journey are some of the best in industry and have wide knowledge of diverse culture, history and people in India. We recommend tipping your Tour Leader as they work long hours to make trip successful. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline USD 10 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more as you see fit, depending on your perception of service and quality of your trip. Your Yoga Instructor You will be accompanied by highly skilled yoga instructor throughout the tour. The instructors are qualified from recognized yoga institute and experienced regular practitioners. We recommend tipping your Yoga Instructor. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline USD 10 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more as you see fit, depending on your perception of service and quality of your trip. Tour Price USD 1999 only (per person twin sharing) Single supplement USD 835 only Pre departure Accommodation USD 126 only (Per night; includs breakfast, and room taxes) Post departure Accommodation USD 126 only (Per night; includs breakfast, and room taxes) Arrival Transfer Included Departure Transfer Included

Highlights

  • Practice daily yoga with a highly skilled Indian yoga instructor. Be accompanied by an English speaking experienced tour leader. Enjoy a complimentary general body massage. Experience a ‘hands on’ cooking experience with Southern Indian local family.
  • Enjoy an exotic yoga and meditation session at the Tea Garden. Practice beachside sunrise and sunset yoga and meditation sessions. Try yoga and meditation sessions on a private house boat. Enjoy a boat cruise in the Periyar Lake.
  • Visit the world famous Kathakali Dance Show. Travel by a private, air, conditioned coach. Visit Periyar Tiger Reserve, Rubber Plantation, Spice Garden and much more. Guaranteed departure with minimum 2 passengers on the trip.

Trip Info

Pamper your mind, body and soul with 10 days of an exotic Yoga Retreat in South India. Enjoy doing yoga at exclusive and exceptional locations in Gods’ own country, Kerala.

Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Cochin.

Namaste! Welcome to India.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5:30 pm IST on Day 1, and Yoga/Meditation session to follow after dinner. This will help you to sleep well tonight. Enjoy welcome dinner at hotel. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you’re able to attend the meeting. We’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you’re going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance details, next of kin information and tipping amount at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Cochin – now known as Kochi – is one India’s largest ports where the misty silhouettes of huge merchant ships can be seen anchored off the point of Fort Cochin waiting for a berth in the docks of Eranakulam or Willingdon Island – dolphins can be seen in the harbor. With its wealth of historical associations – since the times it was visited by Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch British traders; this city is a magical blend where you can see the oldest church in India, the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish Synagogue and the a palace built by the Portuguese. Evening: Group meeting and Yoga in the hotel.
*Please note – Early check in subject to availability of rooms.
Welcome Dinner
Accommodation
Ramada Resort Hotel (at backwater) or similar.
Inclusions
Arrival transfer from Cochin International Airport to Ramada Resort Hotel.
Evening yoga and meditation session.
Not Included
Optional activities.
Early hotel check in.
Day 02: Cochin.

Rise early for a morning pool side yoga and meditation session.After breakfast in the hotel enjoy one or more of the optional tours provided in the city or just enjoy being lazy at the hotel. Ask your tour leader for details about optional tours. In the evening, we drive to Keralian where we will enjoy the opportunity to experience creating and enjoy eating non vegetarian cuisine at an orthodox Christian home.
Meal
Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
Ramada Resort Hotel (at backwater) or similar.
Inclusions
Morning yoga and meditation session.
Evening cooking and dinner with local family.
Not Included
Optional activities.
Day 03: Drive from Cochin to Munnar.

Rise early for a morning pool side yoga and meditation session. After breakfast at the hotel, we check out and proceed on a breathtaking journey to the hill town of Munnar. We will drive on winding roads through spice gardens, rubber & tea plantations until we arrive and check in at our resort hotel. Munnar sits at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathani and Kundala. Perched at 1600 metres above sea level, this hill town was once the summer capital for the British in India. Snuggling coyly into the green, serene Kanan Devan Hills; Munnah boasts panoramic views of low flying clouds and mist filled valleys and it’s cool bracing climate makes it a pretty little haven. Famous places in Munnar include the Kundale Tea plantation, Rajmalai Park, The High Range Club and Eravikulam National Park – which is home to endangered species, such as the Nilgiri Tahar, Macaque, Sambar, lions, elephant and many more. In the evening we will enjoy yoga and meditation at the hotel.
Meals
Breakfast and Dinner.
Accommodation
Bracknell Forest or similar
Inclusions
Morning yoga and meditation session.
Drive from Cochin to Munnar in a private coach.
Evening yoga and meditation session.
Not Included
Transport for optional activities.
Day 04: Munnar.

Rise early to drive to a tea garden for a practice refreshing yoga and meditation session. After breakfast at the tea garden, we visit a centuries old tea plantation. There, we will wear the tea leaf basket on our back and accompany the work force and join in plucking tender tea leaves from the tea gardens. Following that, we bring out pickings to a nearby processing plant where we will learn tips about different types of tea, as well as watch the tealeaves being processed into fresh tea, which you may take home as souvenir. Following our Tea Tour, we go onto a British Era bungalow where a traditional Keralian lunch awaits us. After lunch, we are driven back to our lodge, where you can enjoy the afternoon at your own leisure before enjoying an evening cultural show.
Meals
Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation
Bracknell Forest or similar.
Inclusions
Morning yoga and meditation session.
Visit to the Tea estate.
Evening cultural show.
Not Included
Optional activities.
Day 05: Drive from Munnar to Thekkady (Periyar).

Rise early for a morning pool side yoga and meditation session, before breakfast. After breakfast, we drive to Periyar, enjoying multiple scenic view stops along the way, before arriving and checking in and our hotel lodge. Periyar’s Wildlife Sanctuary is located around a picturesque lake that was formed in 1895 by building a dam on the Periyar River. The terrain is hilly and the elevation is 6000ft. above sea level. The lake occupies the valleys of the thickly forested hills, serving as a permanent source of water for the wildlife in the park and thousands of villages in the main land. Even though the park falls under “Project Tiger”, the main attractions of the park are the elephants. Periyar is also home to more than 60 mammal species including tigers, bison, deer, and wild dog and over 300 species of birds and butterflies. Prominent among the birds are Cormorants, Kingfishers, Darters, The great Malabar Hornbill, and Rocket-Tailed Drongoes. Enjoy an evening yoga and meditation session on the roof top of the hotel.
Meals
Breakfast and Dinner.
Accommodation
Hotel Tree top or similar
Inclusions
Morning yoga and meditation session.
Drive from Munnar to Periyar in a private coach.
Evening yoga and meditation session.
Not Included
Optional activities.
Day 06: Thekkady (Periyar).

Rise early to enjoy a sunrise yoga and meditation session on the roof top of the hotel. Enjoy being lazy in the hotel or drive to a nearby elephant farm, where you will get opportunity to bath, feed and ride on the back of the animal. Explore the nearby Spice Gardens later as an optional activity before enjoying an afternoon wildlife boat cruise on Periyar Lake. Enjoy the evening at your own leisure.
Meals
Breakfast and Dinner.
Accommodation
Hotel Tree top or similar
Inclusions
Morning yoga and meditation session.
Afternoon boat cruise in the Periyar lake.
Evening yoga and meditation session.
Not Included
Optional activities.
Day 07: Drive from Thekkady to Alleppey.

Rise early to enjoy a sunrise yoga and meditation session in the open gardens and feel the bliss of nature. After breakfast at the hotel and drive to Alleppey. At Alleppey, we embark on a beautifully designed houseboat (locally known as Kettuvallam) and cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. It is said when you step aboard a Kettuvallam, you step back into history. These boats are made of 100% natural materials. In earlier days these boats were used to transport goods through the backwater cannels. The incredible lushness of the vegetation around the fresh water canals, rivulets and lakes and the abundance of coconut trees and other exotic plants create a subtropical environment not found elsewhere on this planet. Relax and enjoy cruising the amazing backwaters, while the houseboat staff ensure all your needs are taken care of, and the houseboat cook serves you with delicious Kerala cuisine. You have also the option of taking shore excursions at one or two of the tiny rural areas before finishing the evening practicing yoga and meditation under a million stars atop the house boat deck.
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation
Deluxe AC house boat.
Inclusions
Morning yoga and meditation session.
Cruise on house boat with full board personal staff.
Evening yoga and meditation session.
Not Included
Optional activities.
Day 08: Drive from Alleppey to Kovalam.

Rise early to enjoy a sunrise yoga and meditation session atop the house boat deck. We then drive to Kovalam whilst enjoying the amazing tropical scenery along the way. We stop at Trivandrum for lunch (at your own expense) at a local restaurant. In the evening we check in into our spa resort at Arabian Sea beach, before enjoying a sunset yoga and meditation session at the beach.
Meals
Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
Beach & Lake Ayurveda resort or similar
Inclusions
Morning yoga and meditation session.
Evening yoga and meditation session.
Not Included
Optional activities.
Days 09 Kovalam.

Rise early to complete a sunrise yoga and meditation session at the beach. Enjoy the day at your own leisure. You are also entitled to a complimentary visit to an Ayurveda clinic within the resort for a general body massage.
Meals
Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
Beach & Lake Ayurveda resort or similar.
Inclusions
Morning Yoga and meditation session.
One Ayurvedic general body massage in the resort.
Not Included
Optional activities.
Day 10: Drive from Kovalam to Trivandrum – International Flight.

Rise early to complete a morning pool side yoga and meditation session before enjoying a farewell breakfast at the resort. Then we check out from our hotel (latest by 11 AM if not staying an extra night) before being driven to Trivandrum International airport, where our services will end.
Meals
Breakfast
Inclusions
Morning yoga and meditation session.
Transfer to the Trivandrum International Airport.
Not Included
Optional activities.

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