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10 Days Exotic Yoga & Wellness Retreat in South India

  • Kerala - Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivandrum, India

Overview

Yoga and Wellness Tour in India

Pamper your mind, body, and soul with our exotic yoga retreat to south India. Enjoy doing yoga at exclusive and exceptional locations in Gods own country.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • 1 complimentary body massage
  • Celebrate Holi - the festival of colors on the tour
  • Exotic meditation session at Tea Garden, beach, & private house boat
  • Hands on cooking experience with south Indian local family with dinner
  • Boat cruise in the Periyar Lake
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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Day 1: Arrive in Cochin

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 17:30 on Day 1, and yoga/meditation session to follow after dinner. This will help you to sleep well. 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 youre able to attend the meeting. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If youre going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. Well be collecting your insurance details 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 Indias 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 time it was visited by Chinese traders, Portuguese, the Dutch and the British; this city is a magical blend where you can see the oldest church in India, the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, Jewish synagogue, and the palace built by the Portuguese.

Day 2: Cochin

Rise up early to do morning pool side yoga and meditation. After breakfast in the hotel, enjoy out of multiple optional tours provided in the city or just enjoy being lazy in the hotel. Ask your tour leader for the optional tours.

Day 3: Drive from Cochin to Munnar

Rise up early to do morning pool side yoga and meditation. After breakfast, we check out from our hotel in the morning. WepProceed on a breathtaking drive to Munnar. We will drive through spice gardens, rubber & tea plantations and winding roads. We check into our resort on arrival.

Munnar sits at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani, and Kundala. Perched at 1600 m above sea level, this hill town was once the summer capital of British in India. Snuggling coyly in the green and serene Kanan Devan Hills; panoramic views of low flying clouds and mist filled valleys with cool bracing climate make it a pretty little haven. The famous places include the Kundale Tea Plantation, Rajmalai Park, The High Range Club, and Eravikulam National Park; home to endangered Nilgiri Tahar, Macaque, Sambar, lion, elephant, and many more.

Day 4: Munnar

Rise up early to drive to tea estate for refreshing yoga and meditation at tea garden. After the breakfast at tea garden, we visit centuries old tea plantation estate. We wear the tea leaf basket on our back and accompany the work force for plucking the tender tea leaves from the garden. We bring it to the nearby tea unit and get the leaves processed fresh tea, which you may take home as souvenir. We will also get tips on making different types of tea. Later, we come to the British time bungalow where a traditional Keralian lunch waits for us. After our lunch at the bungalow, we are driven back to your lodge. Enjoy afternoon at leisure. In the evening, we drive to watch cultural show at a theater.

Day 5: Drive from Munnar to Thekkady (Periyar)

Rise up early for yoga and meditation. We drive to Periyar after breakfast with multiple scenic view stops on the way. We check in to our lodge on arrival.

Periyar wildlife sanctuary is located around a picturesque artificial lake that was formed in 1895 by building a dam on the Periyar River. The terrain is hilly and the elevation is 6000 ft. above sea level. The lake occupies the valleys of the thickly forested hills, serving 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 elephants. Periyar is also home to more than 60 other mammal species including tigers, bison, deer, and wild dog etc. there are over 300 species of birds and butterflies. Prominent among the birds are Cormorants, Kingfishers, Darters, The great Malabar Hornbill, and the rocket-tailed Drongoes. Evening yoga and meditation at hotels roof top.

Day 6: Thekkady (Periyar)

Rise up early to do yoga and meditation at hotels roof top. Late in the morning enjoy being lazy or drive to a nearby elephant farm. You will get opportunity to bath, feed, and ride on the back of the animal. Explore the nearby spice garden later as an option. Ask your leader for arrangement. In the afternoon, enjoy a wildlife viewing boat cruise on the Periyar Lake. Enjoy evening at leisure.

Day 7: Drive from Thekkady to Alleppey

Rise up early to do yoga and meditation in the open garden. Feel the bliss of nature. After breakfast at hotel, we check out from our resort and drive to Alleppey. Embark on the 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 have a great time till the next morning as you cruise the amazing backwaters. The cook and other staff make sure that all your needs are taken care of, while serving you with delicious Kerala cuisine. You have also the option of taking shore excursions at one or two of the tiny rural areas. We do evening yoga and meditation under the million stars on the deck of the house boat.

Day 8: Drive from Alleppey to Kovalam

Rise up early to do sunrise yoga and meditation on the deck of the house boat. We drive to Kovalam 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. We do sunset yoga and meditation at the beach.

Day 9: Kovalam

Rise up early to do sunrise yoga and meditation at the beach. Enjoy your day at leisure. You are allowed one complimentary visit to Ayurveda clinic within the resort for a general body massage.

Day 10: Drive from Kovalam to Trivandrum - international flight

Rise up early to do morning pool side yoga and meditation. After farewell breakfast at resort, we check out from our hotel (latest by 11:00 if not staying an extra night). We are then driven to Trivandrum International Airport. We end our services at Trivandrum Airport.

You will be accompanied by highly skilled yoga instructor and the tour leaders throughout the tour. The yoga instructors are qualified from recognized yoga institute and experienced regular practitioners. 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.

  • Accommodation: 8 nights in 4 star and deluxe resorts; 1 night in private AC deluxe house boat with full board staff.
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • Transport: fully air conditioned (cooling only) private coach with experienced driver, cleaner, and fuel included
  • Airport transfers in India
  • Highly skilled yoga instructor
  • An English speaking tour leader with the group
  • 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 on board 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
  • International airfares
  • Departure airport tax for international flights
  • Visa fee
For information about the booking conditions, please send Soulfit Journey an inquiry.
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    10 out of 10

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    10 out of 10

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  • Review by Kelly Chandler from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing tour. Loved it. Want to come back and do the tour again but this time during the festival of lights. Superb tour leader, Avi was the best ever tour guide. Very easy to talk to, approachable, understandable. Also our coach/bus driver, ‘Goldie’ is what he told us to call him, was a great driver, not once did I feel uneasy in that madness of traffic. All in all, absolutely thrilled and can’t wait to get back."

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    10 out of 10

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    10 out of 10

    "It was a great experience, lots of variety of yoga classes and opportunities to try new things. Hotel was lovely and Dr. Ghanshyam, my yoga instructor, was very helpful. Very positive experience."

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  • Review by Lee Rodd from USA
    10 out of 10

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  • Review by Franziska from Germany
    10 out of 10

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  • Review by Meredith Dorey from UK
    10 out of 10

    "It was an amazing week in India! The location, the food, and the teacher were just perfect. People were very helpful and welcoming. Thank you for this wonderful week in India!"

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  • Review by Nicola Rought from France
    10 out of 10

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  • Review by Neale Murton from South Africa
    10 out of 10

    "Everything was extremely well organized. Avi was fantastic and open to changing the itinerary to suit the group. He was very honest and informative about anything we asked him. Mr Singh and Tinnku were a great team on the bus as well. The places visited were a good balance that had something for everyone. It was great to learn some life changing yoga by our yoga instructor while on tour."

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    10 out of 10

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  • Review by Neil Godwin from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I thoroughly enjoyed my trip in India. The days were well planned out and included all the main attractions in India. Our guide, Avi, was amazing. Without the tour, I would not have seen half of the things I did. The group was small so we got to know each other really well and became great friends! I would highly recommend this tour!"

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    10 out of 10

    "Excellent introduction to India - I felt like a fish out of water when I arrived, but by the end felt comfortable traveling onward on my own and in the meantime saw some amazing sights!"

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    10 out of 10

    "An excellent way to discover India and Holi festival, always felt safe in the hands of our tour leader, and wouldn’t have done India any other way."

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    10 out of 10

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  • Review by Gillian Townson from Scotland
    10 out of 10

    "Holiday was amazing - sights and sounds were so different to home. Loved the yoga, food, and people."

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    10 out of 10

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  • Review by Lisa Grzan from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Planning a trip to India i would definitely recommend booking this tour - you cover the history and modern day life in India along with festival. We saw and learnt so much about the country in a short space of time. The holiday was relaxing, stress free, and great fun! Thank you."

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  • Review by Sally Mayberry from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "This tour lived up to all my expectations and more! I really feel that I saw so many off the beaten track experiences that I never would of had or been brave enough to do traveling as a single female. I loved the Holi experience in Vrindavan, which was probably the highlight."

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    10 out of 10

    "Fantastic tour! Great way to get a good experience of India within a short time. The main attraction is obviously the Taj Mahal under the full moon, but all of the other activities were incredible as well. I was nervous about doing a tour as a single female, but it was an overall great experience."

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  • Review by Kristen Bourrillion from USA
    10 out of 10

    "This trip was amazing, I learnt so much about the vast cultures and religions in India. I saw things for how they really were. The atmosphere is incredible and I can’t wait to return."

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  • Review by Laura Mures from Spain
    10 out of 10

    "As a group of four women we loved this trip. There were 11 travelers in total and we all got along really well. Our tour guide, Akhi, was full of knowledge and very friendly and approachable. The itinerary was on point and the Vrindavan stay was absolutely amazing, an experience we will never forget. We also felt safe at all times and if ever we needed to use the ATM or separate from the group for a moment, he would be sure to stand with us so we felt secure."

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  • Review by Lisa Foy from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "This was a great trip for someone who wants to have a little less of a touristy experience and a little more of a cultural experience. You still get the safety of traveling in a group and with a knowledgeable guide, and you get to see all the important tourist destinations, but there are a lot of extra experiences thrown in that you would not be able to see if you planned a trip alone as a foreigner."

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  • Review by Elizabeth from Toronto, Canada
    8 out of 10

    "The trip was well organized with a great guide and yoga instructor. It was a great way to start the day doing yoga on the roof of our hotel as the sun rose and the birds sang."

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  • Review by Rose from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Very satisfied, would definitely book another trip with Soulfit Journey again. This trip was perfect for my first time in India."

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  • Review by Martina from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "It was nice to have combined the cities of the golden triangle with Holi Festival in Vrindavan. This way we didn't only got to see Indian sights and places of interest, but also were able to be part of the unique Holi celebration. We also got to see the Taj Mahal under the full moon. I liked the city, Vrindavan, in particular, because it is very peaceful and is a spiritual place. The locals were very friendly and we were able to learn a lot about the Indian culture."

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  • Review by Kristen from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I would highly recommend Soulfit Journey and specially this tour to everyone. Especially as a solo traveler, i appreciate having such a fun group to travel with and learn from. Loved this trip!"

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  • Review by Karen from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Great pleasure in meeting and getting to experience India for first time. Felt very safe during the trip. Enjoyed spiritual wisdom as much as I enjoyed the tour."

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