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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in India.
Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre invites you to join this wellness, meditation, and yoga retreat in beautiful Kerala, India. Situated in a serene village in Chalakudy, the panoramic view around Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre’s campus is very refreshing and energizing. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre's extensive experience in teaching will leave you very much relaxed and help you deepen your knowledge and skills.
You'll stay in a cottage which is a part of Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre. It offers a heritage style thatched cottage rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities attached. The facility has a panoramic greenery around. The interiors reflect the ambience of traditional Kerala homes. Cots, tables, and chairs are handcrafted in traditional style.
These eco-friendly cottages are constructed in such a way to give natural cooling inside the rooms. The property is so exclusive that it accommodates maximum eight people at a time. The environment is green, healthy and unblemished by pollution or other evils of modernization. Namaste is the right place to unwind, in peace and harmony with nature.
Yoga is the way of life that integrates the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga alleviates mental stress and encourages relaxation and inner peace. Furthermore, yoga can also be therapeutic - both as a remedy and as a prophylactic. In the Ayurvedic teachings, yoga and meditation are an essential part of any program of treatment to establish a balance between the Doshas. In all but a few cases, yoga and meditation practice are integral parts of the daily schedule.
Raja yoga is the path of systematic analysis and control of the mind. Compiled by Patanjali Maharshi, Raja yoga is also known as ‘Ashtanga yoga’, because its practices can be divided into eight limbs (ashtanga = eight limbs).
Yogasanas are various body postures which are practiced to calm the mind enabling a deep state of meditation to occur. It involves various poses such as standing poses, sitting poses, and lying poses. During their performance, you will stretch and relax your structure fully. This frees nerves from stress and strain and improves their functioning.
Pranayama - knowledge and control of prana (vital energy) is called pranayama. Controlling the mind is not possible without controlling the prana as the two are intimately connected. Through pranayama the body becomes strong and healthy, the mind becomes one - pointed. The mind is prepared for dharana (control of senses) and dhyana (meditation).
Dhyana (meditation) is a state of higher consciousness achieved through a fully rested and relaxed body and a fully awake and relaxed mind. In meditation, there is constant observation of mind. Meditation is an experience that cannot be described just as colors cannot be described to a blind person.
You will have a picnic to Athirappilly Waterfalls and Thumburmuzhi Garden.
Athirappilly Waterfalls is located at the entrance of Sholayar Ranges, the major host town is Chalakudy, this waterfall is one of the major picnic spots of Kerala. Affording to the onlookers, one of the most bewitching sights, Athirappally Waterfalls is 80 feet high and located exactly in the forest area. Combined with the natural greenery, it infuses freshness into any tired soul. The Athirapally Falls joins the Chalakudy River after plummeting a drop of 80 feet.
A much-needed escape from the troubles and stress of life. Let the soothing sounds take you to some of the natures most relaxing places, the beautiful waterfalls of Athirampally and Vazhachal. The charm of the Athirampally and Vazhachal nature cannot be described by words, starting calmly from the high ranges and crashing through gorges overhung with trees, this waterfall is one of the best places in India to re-capture a real sense of the classical idea of the 'picturesque', not just calm and sweet, but something wild and natural.
Thumboormuzhi Dam is an irrigation dam built on the Chalakkudy Puzha where a portion of the water from the river splits into two canals namely Edathukara canal (left side canal) and Valathukara canal (right side canal). These canals are the backbone of the irrigation for the nearby villages.
Some of the butterflies that can generally be seen in the garden include lemon butterfly (papilio demoleus), southern bird wing (troides minos), common rose (pachliopta aristolochiae), light blue tiger (tirumala limniace), dark blue tiger (tirumala septentrionis) and common crow (euploea core).
Dr. Steephan is a qualified Ayurvedic doctor and yoga teacher with a degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS). He has taken diploma in yoga teaching from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram. He has been practicing and teaching Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation since 1996 with extensive experience in India, Seychelles, and UK.
Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre is situated in a serene village in Chalakudy, which lies on the of the lap of Western Ghats. Chalakudy is blessed with a beautiful river, fascinating waterfalls, rainforests, and stunning villages. The panoramic view around Namaste’s campus is very refreshing and energizing. The flora and fauna of Namaste’s campus include various medicinal plants, coconut palms, areca nut palms, nutmeg trees, banana plants, mango trees, organic vegetables, and different types of spice plants including pepper, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, etc.
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Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre offers a home cooked traditional vegetarian Kerala cuisine. Traditional Kerala cuisine comprises of rice and delicious curries are served on plantain leaves or on plates. You will be served traditional cuisine like puttu and kadalakari, appam and stew, dosa and chutney, idly and chutney, upuma, idiyappam, thali, kanji, sambar, thora, aviyal, kalan, and rasam. During your stay, you will be provided with nutritional and dietary guidance for a healthier life.
You can visit Vazhachal Waterfall, Kouthuka Park, Poringalkuthu Hydel Tourism, Malakkappara Tea Estate, Fort Kochi, Vatanappilly beach / Cherai beach, Chettuva Boat Cruise, and Alappuzha Backwater Cruise.
The Vazhachal Waterfall is a scenic and popular waterfall on the edge of the Sholayar forest range in Kerala. The Vazhachal is part of the Chalakkudy River. Its cool, misty waters cascading down with the backdrop of thick green forest and rocky terrain are a scintillating experience for visitors.
Kouthuka Park, the park of intrigue, is the crusade of one man Mr. Varkey Veliyath, who intuitively seems to sense the innate harmony in nature.The peaceful co-existence of many, some of which are sworn predators in nature are like obedient children here, following their Master around, living and feeding, on what is so lovingly provided. The very plot of land, that is the park, resembles not the plain land around it rather, it makes one feel as though he or she has entered the remote habitat of the nature’s very best, with small rivulets and caves, ancient ponds with crystal clear water, within which fish of various hues and sizes play hide and seek in its dark depths. This is a place where you will rediscover your inner peace, marvel at human persistence and acknowledges the simple gifts of nature, that of birds, fish, animals, and man being one, with nature.
Poringalkuthu Hydel Tourism has much in store for the visitors. One can enjoy a nice view of the dam and the adjoining areas part from the other amenities facilitated there. While enjoying the exciting thrill of the speed boat, the serene voyage in the drifting coffee shop or the self-driven pedal boats, you can relish the view of the green environs of this magnificent reservoir and if lucky, can spot wild animals venturing out for quenching their thirst.
Malakkappara is an unexplored tourist destination, being a boarder place belonging to Thrissur district of Kerala in India. This is a lesser developed area in Kerala. It consists of the tea estate owned by Tata Tea. Many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna are found in the forests of Malakkappara area. For the adventurous, a safari through the deep forest and high ranges (Western Ghats) complemented with lots of hairpin curves takes you to the fascinating sculptured beauty of Malakapara tea gardens. Along the route, if you are lucky you may end up seeing some good wildlife.
is a region in the city of Kochi in the state of Kerala, India This is part of a handful of water-bound regions toward the southwest of the mainland Kochi, and collectively known as Old Kochi or West Kochi. Adjacent to this is Mattancherry. To explore the historic town of Fort Kochi, there is no better choice than setting out on foot. Relax, breathe deep and come out in cotton dresses, soft shoes and a straw hat. At each and every nook of this island steeped in history, there is something amusing awaiting you. It is a world of its own, retaining the specimens of a bygone era and still proud of those days. If you can smell the past, nothing can stop you from walking through these streets.
The beautiful and natural Vatanapally beach fringed with swaying coconut palms is located about 20 kilometers from Thrissur town. This calm and pleasant beach on the coastal belt of Thrissur district is a dreamy destination for tourists.
Chettuva in the Thrissur district of Kerala is a backwater destination. Houseboat cruise in the backwater is a favorite choice of tourists to Chettuva. The backwater is dotted with small islets. Dense mangrove thickets on the banks enhance their beauty. Chettuva has a prominent place in the colonial history of Kerala. The Dutch and the British had, in turn, camped here. The backwaters of Chettuva is much greener and calm than famous Alleppey, which is crowded with tourist boats.
Alappuzha, a town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as one of the places known as "Venice of the East" by Lord Curzon. Alappuzha is an important tourist destination in India. The Backwaters of Alleppey are the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience. It connects Kumarakom and Cochin towards north and Quilon to the South. Alappuzha is also the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, near Alappuzha, held on the second Saturday of August every year, is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India. The mullackal chirap is also one of the attractions of Allapuzha which is the festive season held ten colorful days every year in the month of December.
You will spoil yourself with a herbal steam bath. Also, you will pamper yourself with one neck and shoulder massages, one head massages, and two full body massages.
Cochin International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre will pick you up from the airport.
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