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Typical South India tour itinerary:
Day 1-6: Australia – Abad Turtle Ayurvedic Resort, Marari Beach, Kerala
Our first destination will be an Ayurvedic Resort in Kerala (regarded as one of the 50 best “must see destinations” in the world by National Geographic Traveler Magazine). Surrounded by beautiful tropical beaches and nourished by 1-2 hours of Ayurvedic treatments, Yoga and cultural experiences it is the perfect way to start our adventure.
Our stay at the Ayurvedic Resort will include:
- Traditional welcome with Aarti and fresh coconut.
- Consultation on arrival with Ayurvedic Doctors to determine the state of your body and what type of Ayurvedic treatment and diet is required to bring your body doshas back into natural healthy balance.
- Daily personalised 1-2hr Ayurvedic treatments and medicines
- Daily Yoga & Meditation.
- Healthy Ayurvedic meals specially designed to be natural medicine for your body.
- Indian cooking demonstrations.
- During our stay we will also have optional sightseeing trips including:Fort Cochin – visiting the spice markets, Jew Street and Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church and Chinese fishing nets.
- Visit to Amma’s (the hugging saint) Ashram
- Kathakali traditional theatre show
- Shikara (Traditional canoe) ride in back waters
- Explore the fishing villages on a bicycle or take a dip in the sea
Day 6: Luxury House Boat
Today we will board a traditional houseboat (Kettuvallam). We will be reclining on cushions as we drift through tranquil canals lined with lush coconut palms enjoying food that is specially prepared by our own chef. Overnight on the luxury houseboat.
Day 7: Periyar Wildlife Reserve
After we disembark the houseboat we will drive to Periyar. First we will visit a local tea and spice plantation with a fascinating explanation of how each is grown and their traditional medicinal properties.
Then at sunset, we will have a safari cruise around the lake to spot (if we’re lucky) wild elephants, Indian Gaur, monkeys, spotted and barking deer, and birds of myriad varieties.
Day 8-9: Madurai
This morning we will go on a morning trek to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary with a forest guard.
Next we will have a tour of Madurai, one of India’s most ancient cities with a history dating back to the 6th century. Two thousand years ago, Madurai was the great capital of the Pandya Kings and a centre of Tamil culture. We will enjoy a visit to the Palace of Nayak Thirumala and, in the evening, we will witness the fascinating closing ceremony of the famous Meenakshi Temple.
Day 10: Trichy
Today we will visit the famous Rock Fort Temple of Trichy. This ancient pilgrimage site can be seen for miles around as it stands on top of a massive outcrop of rock, 83 meters high.
Day 11: Pondicherry
We have now crossed the Southern tip of India and arrived at the beautiful seaside town (former French colony) of Pondicherry. We will begin our tour in Auroville. Founded in 1958, Auroville is a township devised as an experiment in human unity. It now has 50,000 residents of different nationalities and is a must-see for being the only township of its kind in the world. In the afternoon we will visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the Botanical Gardens, churches and museums.
Day 12: Mahabalipuram
In the morning we will have a tour of Mahabalipuram, the 7th century AD city. Legend has it that the name Mahabalipuram came from the name of the demon Mahabali who was defeated by Lord Vishnu. Famed for its UNESCO World Heritage listed exquisitely chiseled shore temples along the coast; its sculptures are a blend of mythology, epics and everyday life.
Day 13: Chennai
After breakfast, we have a tour of Chennai – the Capital of Tamil Nadu. The city has a long beach with a wide stretch of Golden Sand from the Bay of Bengal. In the evening, we will transfer to Chennai International Airport for the trip home full of happy memories. Arrive home the next day.
We would be delighted to give you additional information about the journey so please do not hesitate to contact us.
Yours in Yoga,
Swami and Sanjay Sarasvati