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An Ayurvedic rejuvenation of body, mind & soul in Kerala


An Ayurvedic focused Tour of Southern India
Departure available from April to September 2019  

An Ayurvedic rejuvenation of body, mind & soul in Kerala

About Ayurveda and Kerala

The term Ayurveda means “science of life” and it is a holistic system that seeks the wellbeing of the person. India’s ancient science of healing is at a conservative estimate about five thousand years old.  It is purely herbal based.  Its medication is made from the roots, leaves, sap from the bark of trees, shrubs, weeds and from various spices and their extracts.  Sometimes it can even be made from precious metals administered in a powdered form.  Absolutely no chemicals are used hence the reason there are no harmful or painful side effects.

Ayurveda is offered to enhance the quality of life by drawing upon the essence of nature. Customized treatments by physicians’ and administered by experienced practitioners and trained masseurs & masseuses. Ayurveda can help improve both physical, measurable health and the overall quality of life.

Join Leona for a trip to the charming and diverse state of Kerala which is famed for its welcoming people, lush, tropical scenery and delicious food. Journey from the colonial heritage of Cochin, home to Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic and British traders at various times in its long history to the palm-fringed beaches of Marari and relax on the backwaters watching the world drift by. 

DAY 01                                                                                 ARRIVE COCHIN

Arrive into Cochin International Airport.  After customs, guests will be met and greeted by a representative who will assist them with the transfer from the airport to the hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, rooms will be ready for immediate check-in.

Cochin: Has had a very popular & historical sea trade connection with the Middle East, Mediterranean Europe & the Dutch. It has one of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian coastline. Its cosmopolitan character is reflected in the buildings & structures representing different regions of the world.  Cochin is an attractive town with a rich history and culture. It has been a trading port since at least Roman times when it was on the main trade route between Europe and China, and is still orientated around the bay whose neck is lined with the enormous cantilevered cheenavalas.  The town has had a Jewish community since at least the 6th century, and has been occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch and British before independence.

After a quick freshen up take a guided heritage walking tour of Fort Cochin. This gives you a glimpse into Cochin’s rich history and heritage, showcasing the mixed Dutch, Portuguese, British and Jewish influences that make the city unique. During the tour, we will visit the old quarter of Fort Kochi, exploring the quaint streets of this city on foot. We will also visit Fort Kochi’s seaside promenade, and get a glimpse of daily life in Cochin.

You will also visit the ancient Chinese Fishing nets (Cheenavala) that are distinctly unique to Cochin.  It is believed that traders from the court to the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. 

Dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight stay at the Brunton Boatyard Hotel.
                                      

DAY 02                                                                         COCHIN / ALLEPPEY

Breakfast at the hotel

Complete the walking tour of Cochin. Today you’ll visit St.Francis's Church, built in the year 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan Friars and known to be the oldest European church in India. Vasco da Gama's remains were buried here in 1524 & later moved to Lisbon, Portugal. We also visit the Dutch Palace. The Palace has a fine colelction of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics, Mahabharata & Ramayanaand later on we visit the Jewish Synagogue. It is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles & Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. A visit to the spice market where the air is filled with the pungent smell of spices & history is also on the itinerary.

Drive approximately 70 Km (1 hour 15mins) to Alleppey to embark your houseboat for an overnight cruise of the backwaters. 

A late lunch will be served on the houseboat

The kettuvallam or ‘boat with knots’- was so called because the entire boat was held together with coir knots only - not even a single nail is used during the construction.  The boat is made of planks of jack-wood joined together with coir. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. With careful maintenance, a kettuvallom can last for generations. These slender vessels constructed from jackfruit wood beams with thatched roof have for centuries been the primary means of transporting cargo—mainly Kerala's staple crops of rice and coconuts. Enjoy day cruising through the fabled backwaters - the undisputed highlight of the region.  The best way to glimpse village life and the scenery along the lush lined backwaters of Kerala. You’ll pass the backwaters, as well as tiny, colourful towns that typically export coconut-husk products, and fishing villages, while being surrounded by tall coconut trees. What is truly magical about a houseboat ride is the breathtaking view of the untouched and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala that it offers - while you float.

Dinner on the houseboat
Overnight on the houseboat
 

DAY 03                                DISEMBARK KUMARAKOM –COCONUT LAGOON

Breakfast on the houseboat

After breakfast disembark at Kumarakom, a sleepy little village tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life on Lake Vembanad.

Kumarakom, a lovely amalgamation of mangroves, paddy fields, coconut clusters, network of criss-cross canals, rivers and natural water bodies – all this makes Kumarakom a destination of relaxation and character, indeed something very special. The vibrant community life on its banks, the flora and fauna, the indigenous methods of fishing, the handmade country boats which are works of art, the coir fibre production and finally the locally-sourced, delicious cuisine adds to the uniqueness of Kerala’s backwaters.

Check in at the Coconut Lagoon Hotel in the old feudal village of Malabar for your Ayurvedic package.

Package includes:

o   Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily

o   Doctor’s consultation for each guest to determine your Ayurvedic program

o   Daily Ayurvedic treatment (1 – 2 hours)

o   Daily morning & evening Yoga and Meditation Classes

o   Access to Butterfly garden

o   Daily Ayurvedic lecture (Voluntary)

o   Interactive cooking class (Voluntary) daily with the Chef

In the afternoon each guest will have their first consultation with the resident Ayurvedic Doctors.  After your personalised consultation the Doctor will discuss your individual Ayurvedic plan in order to help you to restore your natural balance and suggest changes in your lifestyle.

Ayurveda is an elaborate healing system of India, a science of life based on the laws of nature. It is derived from the Sanskrit words Ayur (life) and Veda (knowledge) and it traces its origins back about 50 centuries

You will have a variety of choices to select from the list of Ayurveda experiences to tone the body and relax the mind. The program, administered by qualified therapists unfolds a holistic way of life wherein your wellness is perpetually restored. Pure, authentic preparations with farm-grown ‘pesticide free’ food products are used to ensure maximum benefit for all treatments.

Each program has a choice of authentic Ayurvedic treatments coupled with ancient Vedic wellness practices comprising of traditional oil massages, organic meals, yoga and meditation. These choices offer to rejuvenate the mind and body, and derive the benefits of India's time-honoured science of healing

Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at Coconut Lagoon Hotel.
 

DAY 04 & DAY 5                                                                      KUMARAKOM

Breakfast at the hotel.

Ayurvedic program continues throughout the day

Optional activities available to guests at Coconut Lagoon Hotel:

o    Fitness centre                  06:00 - 20:00  (Free of Charge = FOC)

o   Bird watching                   07:00 – 08.00  (rs.150 per person) 

o   Country canoe                  08:00 – 18:00  (rs.150/1hr per canoe / 2pax)

o    Motorized canoe              08.00 – 18:00  (rs.800/hr)

o   Speed boat                      08.00 – 18:00  (rs.1700/hr/4persons)

o   Kayaking                          08:00 – 17:00  (rs.500/hr/per person)

o   Village life experience       09.00 for 4 hrs (rs.1750/ per person)

Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at Coconut Lagoon Hotel

DAY 06                                                          KUMARAKOM / MARARIKULAM

Breakfast at the hotel

After breakfast you will be transferred by an air-conditioned vehicle for approximately 1 ½ hours to Mararikulam for a wholesome dose of sand, sea and fresh air.

Mararikulam, one of the local fishing villages, where life still goes on much as it did a hundred years ago. Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches backed by swaying palms, virgin territory where you can experience the local charm and traditional Kerala Hospitality at its best.

Upon arrival check into Marari Beach Resort.

Your personalized Ayurvedic program that was set by the Resident Ayuvedic Doctor at Coconut Lagoon Hotel will continue uninterrupted and executed by the physicians at the Marari Beach Resort.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore the small sea-side Village. You can choose to either relax or unwind on the beach or you can take a guided tour of the local village which will include visits to churches, temples and coir factories.

Overnight at Marari Beach Resort.

DAY 07-09                                                                                      MARARI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Your personalised Ayurveda package continues from day 7-9.


Optional activities available to guests at Marari Beach Resort:

The Temple Trail
              SAR 685.00 per person

Country Canoe ride           SAR 820.00 per person

Farm Kitchen                    SAR 785.00 per person

Discover Alleppey              SAR 785.00 per person

Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at Marari Beach Resort.
 

DAY 10                                                                        MARARI / COCHIN

Breakfast at the hotel

Depending on the group’s flight schedule, check out of the hotel after breakfast.  Transfer to Cochin (approx 2hrs) for some last minute shopping.  Check-in to an airport hotel for a wash and change. Wash and change rooms will be provided for sharing, 04 passengers per room. Later transfer to the Cochin International Airport to board the flight for your homeward destination.

 Tour ends with unforgettable memories!
(For April to September '19 departures)

9 Night/10 Day Package (including airport taxes)

Cost Per Person from...

Cost for 6-8 Paying Passengers on a twin sharing basis

ZAR 30,350.00 per person

Single room Supplement (per room)

ZAR 8,950.00

                                             The above prices are per person sharing in a TWIN ROOM, In case a single a room is required then a single room supplement will be applicable.

  Leona Meadows  
Select Incentive Group Travel
Cell: +27 (84) 397 0876

E-mail: leona@selecttravelsa.co.za



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