Yoga and Ayurveda in South India with Ann Dyer
- International Yoga
- Kerala, India
- Feb 23 - Mar 4, 2019 (10 days)
- Single Room - $4,595.00 Shared Double Room - $3,595.00
The experience of South India is lush, languorous and profoundly rooted in nature and healing. This deeply restoring Yoga & Ayurvedic Tour of South India takes place in the beautiful state of Kerala, the birthplace of Ayurveda, India’s science of wellness, described as “one of the ten paradises of the world” by National Geographic. Together we will explore the multi-faceted beauty of Kerala, from the oasis of its internationally renowned beaches to the sanctuary of its Ayurvedic spas. We will venture into nature preserves brimming with wildlife and cruise bucolic backwaters teeming with rural life. We will tour ancient coastal towns boasting magnificent temples, heritage palaces and historic landmarks, and take solitary strolls through palmed-lined jungle paths. We will enjoy evenings together dining on the renowned cuisine of Kerala and be wowed by masterful performances of the distinctive music and dance of South India.
Our journey begins in the historic Arabian Sea port of Kochin, an international trade hub, and spice center since the Portuguese arrived in 1500. We will wander thru the quaint winding lanes of the town’s old Jewish district, exploring its centuries old spice markets and antique emporiums and its 16th-century synagogue. The next day, we will board a traditional Kerala houseboat for a leisurely overnight cruise through Kerala’s peaceful backwaters, then venture further south to one of Kerala’s most highly rated Ayurvedic spas for three days devoted to restoration and daily Ayurvedic treatments. We continue south to Kovalam, where the gorgeous Taj Kovalam Retreat will serve as our base for daily yoga, sunning by the sea and a daytime excursion to Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of the continent, with historic and religious sites.
We will be staying at well-known 4- and 5-star hotels chosen for their location and quality of service throughout Southern India. We’ve used them all for groups in the past.
- Exploration of historic Cochin with its centuries-old spice markets, antique emporiums, and a 16th-century synagogue
- A leisurely overnight cruise on a Kerala houseboat
- Daytime excursion to Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of the Indian continent, with its 2,000-year-old temple, UNESCO palace, Gandhi memorial, and Vivekananda memorial
- Optional Ayurvedic treatments
- Tours of ancient coastal towns boasting magnificent temples, heritage palaces, and historic landmarks
- Solitary strolls down palm-lined jungle paths
- Evening dinners together with the renowned cuisine of Kerala
For the South only, fly into Cochin (airport code: COK) on Feb 23 and out of Trivandrum (airport code: TRV) on March 4th.
For both North and South trips, fly into of Delhi (airport code: DEL) on Feb 13th and out of Trivandrum (airport code: TRV) on March 4th.
*Your departure flight out of Delhi should be scheduled for no earlier than 9 p.m. on Feb 18th to allow for any flight delays from Varanasi into Delhi.
Private airport transfers are included in the price of your trip. Whenever you arrive, day or night, you will be met by a private driver and transported to the group hotel. Note: if you arrive early and decide to stay at an alternate location other than our group hotel, you will be responsible for coordinating and paying for your own transportation directly with the hotel where you will be staying.