Kerala Spices and Ayurveda Tour

Famous across the world as God’s own country – Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers. This is a comprehensive Kerala tour that includes a wellness package as well as a visit to all the major tourist spots in Kerala.

Duration: 8N/9D

Itinerary: Mumbai – Cochin – Periyar – Kumarakom – Houseboat – Marari – Cochin – Mumbai

Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is a densely populated city on India’s west coast. A financial center, it’s India’s largest city. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, nearby Elephanta Island holds ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The city’s also famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry.

Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in southwest India’s coastal Kerala state. It has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. Sites reflecting those influences include Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.

Periyar National Park, also known as Periyar Tiger Reserve, is in the mountainous Western Ghats of Kerala, southern India. This wildlife sanctuary is home to tigers and a significant elephant population, as well as rare lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards and Indian bison. In the park’s north, Periyar Lake is popular for boat rides. Farther north, spice plantations surround the town of Kumily.

Kumarakom is a village on Vembanad Lake in the backwaters of Kerala, southern India. It’s laced with canals, where houseboats ply the waters. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to many species including cuckoos and Siberian storks. Nearby, the Bay Island Driftwood Museum displays wooden sculptures. In the lake, Pathiramanal Island is a haven for rare migratory birds. Ancient Thazhathangady Mosque is east of Kumarakom.

Nestled in the Alappuzha District of Kerala, Marari Beach is a perfect location for holidaying with family or friends. This beach in Kerala is eternal with coconut palm trees and golden sands. The beach is quite beautiful and the name ‘Marari’ arises from ‘Mararikulum’, which is a local village on the Arabian Sea Coast.

 

Tour Plan

Day 1: Abroad / Mumbai

On your arrival at the Mumbai International Airport, you will be received by one of our representative who will further escort you to the Hotel. At the hotel you will be welcomed with the Indian traditions which include Aarti-Tikka and garlands.

mumbai chhatrapati shivaji international airport
mumbai chhatrapati shivaji international airport

Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 2: Mumbai

In the morning we will start our day’s tour with an hour’s boat ride across the Mumbai Harbor which will take us to the exuberant green Elephanta Island. There we will see the enormous and complex carved Elephanta caves which is said to be made in the 18th century. Also the marvelous three headed sculpture made by transforming rows of huge columns cut into solid rock from these three magnificent avenues will attract your attention. These three headed sculptures denotes Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer which all are dedicated to Shiva, showcasing the beauty and power and the various manifestations of overpowering Shiva.

Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves

In the afternoon we will start exploring the Mumbai city which is a blend of Victorian Gothic building from the time of British Raj and the contemporary style.

Gateway of India
Gateway of India
hanging gardens of mumbai
hanging gardens of mumbai
Marine Drive Mumbai
Marine Drive Mumbai

The tour will include the following:

  1. ‘Gateway of India’ overlooking the Harbour.
  2. The ‘Towers of Silence’
  3. Marine Drive
  4. The ‘Colaba Causeway’ – the commercial heart of Mumbai
  5. ‘Dhobi Ghat’, the unique and colourful outdoor ‘laundry’
  6. Drive upto the Malabar Hill to the lovely ‘Hanging Gardens’.
  7. The Kamla Nehru Park from where you will get a wonderful view of the city and the Arabian Sea
  8. Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi, and the bustling Crawford Market.

Overnight Stay at the Hotel.

Day 3: Mumbai – Cochin – Periyar

In the morning we will head to the Airport to catch the flight to Cochin. On arriving cochin you will be received and escorted to the hotel by our representative for lunch.

After Lunch we will drive to Periyar.

After reaching Periyar, you may proceed for check in at the hotel. Later we go visit Thekkady which is one of the largest wildlife reserves in India in Cardamon hills of the Western Ghats which is spread across 777 sq Kms. Rich in flora and fauna this place marks the best getaway situated among the hills.

 wildlife-sanctuary-of-Periyar

wildlife sanctuary of Periyar

Just outside the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary you get to see a unique and luxurious Spice Village Resort which is set in a spice garden with around 37 cottages of thatched roofs surrounded by greenery.

Spice Plantation Periyar
Spice Plantation Periyar

Overnight Stay at the Hotel.

Day 4: Periyar – Kumarakom

Periyar-Lake-Boat-Ride
Periyar Lake Boat Ride

Go on a lovely cruise early in the morning on the lake of the popular wildlife sanctuary Periyar. Periyar – is a very important part of the wildlife sanctuary park, a dam on the river Periyar has created the artificial lake where you can see wildlife like wild elephants, Asiatic Deer, Black Buck and even Tiger quenching their thirst. Breakfast will be served when you return to the hotel and post breakfast you can take a walk around the Spice Village and see the various spices grown there with a guide. Later on take a drive through the ghats and see the endless tea plantations & upon reaching the fascinating countryside visit the tea estates on your way to Kumarakom.

Periyar
Periyar

Kumarakom – a backwater village, located on the shores of the Vembanad Lake. A holiday in Coconut Lagoon is a completely different and new experience. Every cottage is reconstructed in compliance with the ancient art of carpentry with every cottage or “tarawad” at least a 100 years old. Unwind at the shores and watch the native row boats in an environment so calm that the sky feels a palm’s length away.

 Vembanad Lake
Vembanad Lake

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5: Kumarakom – Houseboat

A peaceful morning at the Coconut Lagoon will be followed by the cruise on “vanjis” or the traditional country canoes and seeing the locals of the backwater villages hard at work. Next up is the visit to the lovely bird sanctuary. Lunch will be served at the hotel. Post lunch you get to ride the traditional rice boats or “Kettuvallam” through the quaint backwaters and small lakes while enjoying the scenic beauty of Kerala. To get the full experience of the lifestyle of the people living there you’ll be given a one bedroom house with a lounge with meals prepared on board from the grocery bought at the local markets and served hot.

Kettuvallam
Kettuvallam
Houseboat
Houseboat

Overnight stay on board.

Day 6: Houseboat – Marari

Fresh cooked breakfast will be served on board. Proceed to Alleppey & step off at Puthenangady Jetty. When you reach your destination head straight to Mararikulam. Mararikulam – along the coastline of Kerala you will find one of the most quaint and beautiful fishing village. Spend the remaining day doing activities you want to at this lovely beach with an endless line of coconut.

Alleppey Boat Jetty
Alleppey Boat Jetty

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7: Marari

Spend the whole day doing activities you find fun and utilize the facilities of the hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8: Marari – Cochin

COCHIN – one of the first settlements done by the European, Cochin came to be known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Many sailors have been tempted to visit the shores of this city because it’s full of lovely backwaters and ancient charm. On your entry to Cochin the first thing you need to do is check into the hotel tour of Cochin or “Kochi” as it is known locally. For an eternity travelers from all around the globe have been drawn towards the shore of Cochin and left their imprint on the town. The Cochin we see now is a lovely montage of these limitless influences. A few places to visit in Cochin are the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, the Church of St. Francis, the Bolghatty Palace & the famous Chinese fishing nets.

Mattancherry Dutch Palace
Mattancherry Dutch Palace
Jewish-Synagogue-Cochin
Jewish Synagogue Cochin
chinese fishnets Kochi
chinese fishnets Kochi

Cochin is blessed with one the best natural harbour and in the afternoon you get visit that. Alluvial soil deposits from the river has created many small island along the east and south side of the backwaters. Evenings will be full of fun and enjoyment as you get to experience the famous dance of ‘Kathakali’ and some make up demonstration. With more than 100 Mudras depicting Heroes, Kings, Heroines based on the famous Indian mythologies Kathakali has a 2000 year old history.

Kathakali Dance
Kathakali Dance

Dinner will be served at the hotel along with the overnight stay there.

Day 9: Cochin – Mumbai

In the Morning you leave for the airport to catch your flight to Mumbai. When you land in Mumbai you will meet with a representative who will transfer you to your hotels where you can relax and freshen up until you have to leave for the international airport for your flight.

mumbai chhatrapati shivaji international airport
mumbai chhatrapati shivaji international airport

Abroad – Mumbai

You will leave Mumbai and the tour will be commenced.

Tour End

Yoga and Meditation Tour

A Yoga, Meditation and Wellness Package in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas.

Duration: 8N/9D

Itinerary: Delhi – Haridwar – Uttarkashi – Rishikesh – Haridwar – Delhi

Haridwar is an ancient city and important Hindu pilgrimage site in North India’s Uttarakhand state, where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills. The largest of several sacred ghats (bathing steps), Har Ki Pauri hosts a nightly Ganga Aarti (river-worshipping ceremony) in which tiny flickering lamps are floated off the steps. Worshipers fill the city during major festivals including the annual Kanwar Mela.

The town of Uttarkashi is a tourist destination known for its stunning natural beauty, and is also called as Devbhumi, which can be literally translated to ‘Land of the Gods’. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1158 m above sea level.

Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. The river is considered holy, and the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams (centers for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian enclave upstream from Rishikesh town.

 

Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Delhi our representative will meet you at the airport and assist you till your check in process at the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Day 2: Delhi – Haridwar (by train) – Uttarkashi

Morning transfer to Railway station for Haridwar. Meet our representative on arrival at Haridwar Railway station and drive to Uttarkashi. On arrival check-in at hotel. In the evening, visit temple of Lord Vishwanath at Uttarkashi. Overnight stay at hotel.

vishwanath temple uttarkashi
vishwanath temple uttarkashi

Day 3: Uttarkashi

Morning Yoga session followed by Breakfast. Short Yoga discussion (optional). Lunch. In the evening, perform meditation & Yoga. Overnight stay at hotel.

Morning Yoga session
Morning Yoga session

Day 4: Uttarkashi

Morning Yoga session followed by Breakfast. Short Yoga discussion (optional). Lunch. In the evening, perform meditation & Yoga. Overnight stay at hotel.

meditation
meditation

Day 5: Uttarkashi – Rishikesh (150 kms)

In the morning after breakfast drive back to Rishikesh, on arrival check-in at Ashram. Overnight stay at Ashram.

rishikesh
rishikesh

Day 6: Rishikesh

Morning yoga session followed by breakfast. Later theory class. After lunch time for rest, then yoga meditation class. In the evening, see aarti being carried out on the banks of Ganga River. Overnight stay at Ashram.

Parmarth Ashram Rishikesh
Parmarth Ashram Rishikesh

Day 7: Rishikesh

Morning yoga session followed by breakfast. Later theory class. After lunch, time for rest, then yoga meditation class. Overnight stay at Ashram.

Yoga Session
Yoga Session

Day 8: Rishikesh – Haridwar – Delhi (by train)

Morning transfer to Haridwar Railway station for Delhi. Meet on arrival at Delhi Railway station and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Haridwar Railway station
Haridwar Railway station

Day 9: Delhi Departure

In the morning stay in the hotel and relax. In late evening, head for the Delhi airport for onward destination.

Tour End

Rasayana Chikitsa Ayurveda Tour

Kerala is the most sought after Ayurveda and Wellness Destination in India. In this itinerary, you will be taken through a comprehensive healing process using the ancient medical wisdom of India at Kovalam, which is famous world over for Rasayana Chikitsa.

Kovalam is a small coastal town in the southern Indian state of Kerala, south of Thiruvananthapuram. At the southern end of Lighthouse Beach is a striped lighthouse with a viewing platform. Palm-backed beaches also include Hawa Beach and Samudra Beach. Heading south, Vizhinjam Juma Masjid mosque overlooks the busy fishing harbor. Inland, Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium displays technology used in pearl production.

Rejuvenation Therapy (Rasayana Chikitsa) in Ayurveda aids in toning up the skin and strengthening body tissues so as to facilitate longevity. The overall resistance of the body increases as well, due to the optimisation of the ‘Ojas’ (primary vitality) and the ‘Sattva’ (mental clarity). The therapy also includes body and face massages using special herbal oils and creams that are tailor made as per the needs of the patient. Other treatment methods include special medicines as per the constitution of the patient along with medicinal steam baths.

Duration: 8N/9D

Itinerary: Cochin – Kochi – Trivandrum / Kovalam – Trivandrum Airport Drop

Tour Plan

Day 1: Cochin

After your arrival at Cochin International Airport / Railway Station, you will meet one of our representatives who will further take you to the hotel.

Cochin International Airport
Cochin International Airport

Day 2: Kochi – Trivandrum / Kovalam (270 kms)

After breakfast, you will be driven to Trivandrum/Kovalam. In Trivandrum, you will check in to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3: Kovalam

In Today’s tour, you will get to enjoy the Ayurvedic activities like Rejuvenation Therapy (Rasayana Chikitsa): This treatment includes body massage including hand and foot, by medicated oil and cream. This therapy also provides internal rejuvenation medicines and medicated steam bath. It is good to rejuvenate our mind, body and soul in order to strengthen all system and achieve ideal health and longevity.

rasayana chikitsa kerala
rasayana chikitsa kerala
rasayana chikitsa kerala
rasayana chikitsa kerala

Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 4: Kovalam

You are given a whole day to undergo Ayurvedic treatment.

ayurvedic foot massage
ayurvedic foot massage

Overnight stay.at the hotel.

Day 5: Kovalam

A full day is given for Ayurvedic treatment.

Ayurvedic treatment
Ayurvedic treatment

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6: Kovalam

You are given a whole day free for Ayurvedic treatment.

Ayurvedic treatment
Ayurvedic treatment

Overnight stay.at the hotel.

Day 7: Kovalam

You are given a whole day free for Ayurvedic therapy and internal rejuvenation.

Ayurvedic treatment
Ayurvedic treatment

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8: Kovalam

You are given a whole day free for Ayurvedic treatment.

ayurvedic treatment in kerala
ayurvedic treatment in kerala

Overnight stay.at the hotel.

Day 9: Trivandrum Airport Drop

After breakfast, you will be taken to the Trivandrum airport to board flight for onward destination.

Tour End