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Join this retreat specially designed to give guests a rejuvenating travel experience in India focused on yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda. You will experience beautiful beaches and backwaters that will set the perfect scene in Kerala. Relax among a perfect heaven for all the yoga practices and meditation. By joining this exotic experience, you are guaranteed to return home completely rested and full of energy.
Anamika provides its guests with a variety of rooms, starting with deluxe rooms to cottages. With 23 rooms spread over three room categories of deluxe, executive deluxe, and twin bed room villa, from which 12 are facing the pool, the resort also has 24-security, a pool table, and Ayurveda doctor. All the rooms are crafted in a traditional style from natural materials.
The holiday host is their one point contact at the resort for all requirements including spa appointments, dining reservations, sightseeing tour arrangements, organizing activities in and around the resort, housekeeping, and making arrangements for in-room dining. The guests can directly reach their holiday hosts at the press of a button and they would take care of all the stay requirements, thereby ensuring complete privacy at the resort.
The rooms, villas, and suites at Kumarakom Lake Resort are a perfect blend of Kerala's traditional architectural charm with luxurious and modern comforts. Each room is a careful reconstruction of manas, the 16th century traditional homesteads of Kerala with many such manas having been transplanted from their original locations and reassembled painstakingly by hand, plank by plank, tile by tile, to create the luxurious abodes at Kumarakom Lake Resort.
The traditionally styled, luxuriously modern, open-roofed bathrooms set in small, aesthetically designed courtyards are a common feature to the villas and suites. The resort also has an infinity pool, fitness center, business center, and Wi-Fi.
The Spice Fort Hotel offers 27 contemporary rooms named after the most commonly used spices, an air conditioned restaurant serving organic Indian and international cuisine, a seafood grill by the pool serving fresh catch of the day, and a lounge offering 100% organic coffee from the local farm at Elephant Valley. Each of the spacious air conditioned rooms are named after the most commonly used spices.
They are finished with modern and comfortable interior with high ceilings overlooking the central courtyard. In the room you shall find comfortable robes, a television, and an electronic safe among other amenities. The bathroom amenities includes organic soaps, shower gel, shampoos, and linen. As a part of the commitment to minimize the consumption of plastic, free purified water is served in glass bottle and is safe to drink.
During this retreat, the yoga sessions will be varied and accommodating to fit the guests needs. You will enjoy vigorous Vinyasa combined with moderate, gentle, and restorative classes. You will also have some opportunities to experience aromatherapy yoga which is yoga with the use of essential oils.
On many mornings, two separate classes will take place simultaneously so that guests can choose the class that is best suited for them. While you will be offered the opportunity to make this an active trip, you will also be encouraged to honor your body at all times and take a break or have a modified practice if necessary.
This retreat is designed to give you a rejuvenating travel experience in India with a focus around yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda. While you will be encouraged to take advantage of all offered classes and workshops, this is a vacation, not a course, and you will be free to participate in as many or as few of the offered classes as they would like.
This retreat is planned to make traveling in India as comfortable and easy as possible for you; please keep in mind that India is a unique culture and different in many ways from countries in the Western hemisphere.
The facilities you experience both with the group and on your own may feel different than what you are used to. If you join this trip, plan to open your mind and heart to the unknown and dive into the magic and delight of India.
Ayurveda has historical roots in India and is the oldest continuously practiced health care system in the world. Its goal is to teach how to attain optimal health through a deeper understanding of your own particular nature in relationship to the surrounding environment.
The state of Kerala is a hot spot for Ayurveda, and if you would like, there will be many opportunities to explore services such as Ayurvedic massages. While this retreat focuses heavily on yoga, there will be some workshops on Ayurveda to give interested guests a basic understanding of the practice.
During the first day, after your arrival to the Cochin International Airport (COK) at Kerala, transportation will be provided to the Anamika Ayurvedic Heritage Resort in Varkala. You will have most of the rest of the day free to relax and unwind from the journey. During your stay at Varkala, all included classes will be held on site at the Anamika Heritage Resort.
During the second day, at sunrise, you will enjoy a one-hour gentle yoga class with meditation. Due to jet-lag, many guests may find it easy to wake up with the sun. After breakfast you will have most of the day free to relax by the pool, stroll along Varkala Cliff, or enjoy the sea. During the afternoon there will be a moderate yoga class. The evening workshop will be a guided relaxation meditation.
During the third day, you will enjoy a sunrise yoga class and morning meditation with optional essential oils. During the mid-afternoon, Jessica will lead an aroma yoga and meditation workshop. The evening workshop will be an introduction to Ayurveda.
During the fourth day, you will enjoy a morning yoga and meditation session. In the afternoon, you will travel to Varkala town to visit the Janhardhana Swami Temple. You will also have time to walk around and shop in the Varkala town center.
During the fifth day, you will enjoy a morning yoga and meditation session with optional essential oils. In the afternoon yoga class, participants will have the option to continue to use with essential oils in their practice. You will have the evening free to spend as you wish. The dinner will be provided at the local Abba Restaurant.
During the sixth day, you will enjoy a morning yoga practice followed by an optional day trip to Amritapuri, Amma’s Ashram. You will have an afternoon yoga practice and an evening workshop: "Incorporating Ayurveda into your life".
During the seventh day, you will gather at dawn with the group for pranayama and meditation then walk down the cliff together to the temple on the beach to experience the morning ceremony. You will have an afternoon practice, followed by an evening workshop: "Yoga Poses Practice By Request", where you will have a chance to requests poses to break down and work on.
During the eighth day, you will enjoy a morning and afternoon yoga practice and, for this last night in Varkala, you will have dinner at Clafouti Restaurant.
During the ninth day, you will enjoy a morning yoga class and then you will say goodbye to Varkala and travel to Alleppey to catch a private houseboat excursion through the backwaters, the lunch will be provided on board. The houseboat journey will conclude at the luxurious Kumarakom Lake Resort where you will enjoy meandering pool villas which have access to the winding pool right from their back door. You have the rest of the day free to enjoy this enchanting resort.
During the tenth day, you will enjoy a morning yoga class. Upon check out, you will be transferred to Fort Kochin for the final tour night at the Kochin Spice Fort. This visit to Kochin coincides with the KochinMizuris Biennalle, an art exhibition that fills the streets and many buildings with art from around the world.
The Spice Fort Hotel is located in the heart of Fort Kochin, right in the midst of the Kochin-Mizuris Biennalle, and near tourist attractions such as the Chinese Fishing Nets and the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica. An afternoon yoga class will be provided at the hotel. The tour will conclude with a farewell dinner at a restaurant in the fort.
During departure day, transportation will be provided to the Cochin International Airport (COK) for whenever your flight departs.
Backwaters houseboat excursion from Alleppey to Kumarakom
Excursion to the Janardhana Swamy Temple
Jessica is the owner and director of Soul In Motion Studios and also a stand up paddle board certified instructor.
Anjali is a 350-hour Kripalu certified teacher. She is heavily involved with Soul In Motion Studios and also teaches in New York’s Hudson Valley.
This retreat will take place at three different locations in Kerala, India; The Anamika Ayurvedic Heritage Resort in Varkala, the Kumarakom Lake Resort in Kumarakom, and the The Spice Fort Hotel in Fort Kochin.
This narrow strip of land, blessed with abundant greenery, is situated between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. With innumerable attractions on hand from serene backwaters, beckoning hill stations, unspoiled beaches, exotic wildlife, colorful festivals, magical Ayurveda, amazing heritage, to tantalizing cuisine.
Kerala has other advantages aplenty as well like hundred percent literacy, world-class healthcare systems, high living standards and quality of life, India's lowest infant mortality, and it's among India’s highest life expectancy rates. Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is also India's cleanest state. For administrative reasons, Kerala is divided into fourteen districts, each boasting its own unique bouquet of tourism products.
Traders and travelers have been sailing to this land of infinite riches from time immemorial, seduced by her charm and abundant natural resources. None less than the National Geographic Traveler have acclaimed Kerala as one of the must-see paradises of the world.
The Anamika Ayurvedic Heritage Resort started in the year 2011 and is a heritage resort which now stands as one of the best in terms of quality as well as ambiance in Varkala.
Kumarakom Lake Resort, acclaimed as the finest luxury heritage resort in India, nestles on the serene banks of the lake Vembanad, the vast stretch of tranquil, emerald green backwaters, in one of India’s popular holiday spots, Kerala.
Sprawling across 25 acres of lush greenery and set in a soul-stirring ambiance, Kumarakom Lake Resort, the winner of the much acclaimed World Travel Award as India’s leading resort for four years, exudes the charm of Kerala’s true heritage while offering a complete range of new age amenities for a luxuriously comfortable stay.
Located in the heart of Fort Cochin, on the Princess Street, it was the residence of the famous Jewish Koder family. Spice Fort is the perfect gateway to visit this very rich region. Fort Cochin and Matanchery have one of the oldest exposures to international trade and culture.
During this retreat, you will be served one daily breakfast along with one lunch or dinner. Any diet restrictions can be accommodated, and continental as well as Indian food is available on request. You mat also enjoy other local and international meals at the different accommodations for an additional cost.
Anamika Resort provides an unmatched array of three star dining options to cater to every occasion that the guest might plan to celebrate at the resort and for all types of taste buds. The chef invites guests to a magnificent dining experience with extensively designed menus including signature dishes. Anamika Resort takes the opportunity to take the guest dining experience to a new level altogether and tailor a menu to suit individual dietary requirements.
They aim to create a memorable dining experience for all the guests. For those on a romantic interlude or on their honeymoon, special arrangements can be made for a candle light dinner under a private tent just by the sea or next to the pool. Arrangements can also be made for dinner in the balcony or the sit out area, facing the garden and pool. The chef will be happy to accommodate the personal taste of guests into the food of their choice, accompanied by soothing soft music.
Ettukettu, the multi-cuisine, 115-seat restaurant owns the place of pride at Kumarakom Lake Resort. A princely eight-sided mansion with two central courtyards, the Ettukettu bespeaks of the grandeur of yesteryear Kerala’s regal architecture. The Continental, Chinese, Mughlai, North Indian, and traditional Kerala culinary delicacies at the Ettukettu are a gourmet’s delight, but the reigning specialty at this regal restaurant is the ethnic Kerala cuisine with a slew of fragrant spices lending the cuisine its very own flavor.
Specialties served include Syrian Christian duck roast, duck curry, Karimeen pollichathu, Karimeen mappas, appam, thamarappam, and idiappams. A wide buffet spreads of various cuisines are also set here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
At the Spice Fort Hotel restaurant, you will find a rich fusion of traditional Indian and continental recipes that are innovatively made to give you an unforgettable experience. In order to give you the best organic vegetable and fruit. The food is made-to-order, using fresh organic products as much as possible. The bread, the jam, and the pastries are all home made and canned products, ready made frozen dishes, glutamate, chemicals colors, and other taste enhancers are not used.
The restaurant also promotes healthy food, Ayurvedic food, low carb food, and gluten free food. The chef loves an exchange with the customer, so feel free to speak to him for any special meal requests or if you have to follow a diet, he will do his best to cater to your needs.
The Varkala tourist center, with its countless shops and restaurants, is located on a cliff which overlooks the ocean. Winding steps lead visitors safely down the cliff to the beach below. In Varkala, the hotel is located within a five-minute walk of the beach. During your free time, you can relax by the pool, enjoy the ocean, shop and dine on the cliff, and sample any of the many Ayurvedic centers in the area.
During this retreat, you will be able to enjoy spa services at the Anamika Resort spa for an additional cost. Given Kerala's equable climate, natural abundance of forests with a wealth of herbs and medicinal plants, Kerala is an ideal place for people looking for Ayurvedic healing and curative therapies.
Anamika Resort is extending its spa experiences with three multi functional treatment rooms for Ayurveda therapies and beauty services. Ayurveda being the prominent theme,the spa at Anamika Ayurvedic Heritage Resort offers all Ayurveda therapies in the most authentic and traditional form.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price. Please let Special Interest Tours know if you are interested in joining the group flight.