From quaint sea-side fishing villages and golden beaches to the dense jungle, sprawling tea plantations and emerald backwaters...
Day 1 - Kochi
land in Kochi. travel to the eco-resort retreat centre; your home away from home for the next 7 days.
Day 2 - 7 - Kochi Hinterland
Fully immerse in the opportunity to journey within as you enjoy yoga and Ayurvedic therapies for healing, reconnecting and rediscovering your true self.
Day 8 - Munnar
Travel by road to the sprawling tea plantations of Munnar that overlook the magnificent Western Ghats mountain range.
Day 9 - Munnar
Explore the surrounding area on foot during a day hike to discover waterfalls and local villages as well as endangered mountain wildlife on safari.
Day 10 - 12 - Marari
Indulge your senses at one of Kerala’s finest eco resorts. enjoy the quaint seaside village as you make the most of the water from luxuries including Ayurvedic therapies, swimming pool and delectable south Indian cuisine.
JUNE - SEPTEMBER 2018
The south west monsoon brings heavy rain to Kerala by the end of May as the searing hot summer temperatures finally ease with the wet season, quenching the parched soil. The softened environment renders mind and body to become more meditative and receptive to the qualities of Ayurvedic therapies and yogic practices.
Nestled amongst seven acres of lush, farm vegetation and bamboo groves, surrounded by rice fields and rubber plantations, the retreat is your home away from home for the next seven days. Upon arriving at the retreat, you will enjoy an organic welcome drink followed by deep relaxation Ayurvedic massage. Use your first day to surrender to the healing environment as you get to know the local residents and tropical surroundings.
Rise at 06:00 to hot herbal tea being served before your first yoga practice in the yoga shala as the sun rises over the paddy field. Classical Hatha Yoga is practiced here and taught by instructors with over 30 years of teaching experience. Open to the teachings of yoga whilst bringing your body, mind and soul to complete harmony. Yoga practice is from 06.30-08.30 followed with a traditional balanced breakfast and free time until 09:30. From 09:30-011:30 Swami-ji leads a yogic philosophy introductory session focused on the grounding of yogic science for everyday life. 11:45-13:00 is for your Ayurvedic doctor consultation and massages/therapies. The in-house doctor will spend up-to 30 minutes with each guest as you take time to discuss and learn about your specific Ayurvedic needs or to simply find out more about Ayurvedic science and medicines. Massages are generally one hour, however therapies are often tailored to suit your personal needs and requests.13:00-15:30 is lunch break and free time. 15:30-17:30 is the second yoga session for the day. Afternoon sessions are focused on improving asanas and delving deeper into your yogic practice. 18:30-19:30 is guided meditation and deep relaxation. 19:30 is dinner and chill time in the cafe. It’s often a refreshing atmosphere in the cafe with travellers from all over the world connecting and sharing stories with locals and yoga teachers.
The yoga practice routines and meal times remains the same throughout your stay at the retreat village. Yogic philosophy classes and Ayurvedic treatments/massages go hand in hand, a detailed time schedule of massages will be provided to each guest on the second day of your stay here. During your break hours take time for nature walks around the village; home to more than 180 native species of flora that grow lush and abundant. The organic vegetable garden is also bustling with life and producing for the in-house kitchen and nearby homes. The resort also has a swimming pool set amongst the greenery so guests can cool off in the humid afternoons.
By this day, you will begin to feel the difference in your living physiology and mindful practices as the body and mind are in union with the natural world around. On this day there will be Yoga Nidra, a deep relaxation practice involving subtle body movements and conscious breath balancing work either before or after lunch.
After morning yoga practice and breakfast, a day trip is organised to Fort Kochi. Fort Kochi is an old fishing village on the shores of the Arabian Sea. With Portuguese and Jewish settlements, the village has a unique charm in its architecture and lifestyle. Frequented by tourists all year round for its laid back, artsy vibes, the area is bustling with eclectic shops selling everything from traditional spices and Ayurvedic medicines to luminous sarees, beautiful jewellery and handcrafted souvenirs. Tonight we will dine in one of the many quirky cafes and restaurants that adorn the streets of this vibrant little town.
The routine for the day remains the same as the 2nd day. High energy yoga practice, meditation and philosophy classes combined with Ayurvedic massage and a steam bath to cleanses your body from deep within. By this day, you’re sure to feel revitalised physically, mentally and spiritually.
This will be your last day at the retreat village. Immerse yourselves deeply in the activities of the day with a peaceful smile and positive energy.
After rising early, we leave by 06:30 to travel by road to the sprawling tea plantations of Munnar. Situated at around 1500m above sea level, Munnar is a scenic town surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations, waterfalls and hiking trails. On the way, we make a pitstop to a traditional theatre to watch Kathakali; a masked theatre performance originating in Kerala. A picturesque spot throughout the year, it is not uncommon to see families of wild elephants cruising up the mountains as well as other birds and wildlife. During this time you can witness the monsoon clouds blanketing the Western Ghats mountain range as families of workers harvest the tea plantations throughout the day. Upon arrival at your guest house in the afternoon, sit back and enjoy a cup of locally grown organic tea. If you have an interest in photography, there are incredible opportunities in Munnar not only for landscape photography but also local people and culture.
Wake up at your own pace and enjoy a traditional South Indian breakfast before 10:00. Depending on the weather, short hikes will be arranged through Eravikulam national park, a habitat for the endangered mountain goat called Nilgiri tahr. Short walks through the local villages, waterfalls and a safari drive through the tea plantations is arranged for the day. The naturalist in you is definitely going to love this vast, high altitude environment.
After breakfast, we road-trip five hours south-west to the coast; stopping along the way to enjoy a roadside meal and traditional Kerala style chai tea. The quaint fishing village of Marari is where you will spend the last 2 nights of your travels in Kerala. Your stay here will be at one of the finest eco resorts in Kerala. The sea side resort experience is set on 30 acres with coconut groves, lily ponds, fruit trees and a large organic farm. The guest cottages echo the spirit of the region while the cuisine reflects the culinary subtleties of the locals whose sensibilities and culture have been influenced by the charms and challenges of the oceans. Here you can unwind your mind and take it all in as you casually lie in the beach hammocks or indulge in yoga practice or Ayurvedic massage.
Marari beach is the perfect place to end your travels in Kerala. Avail the facilities offered at the resort such as the large oxidised swimming pool, Ayurvedic therapies, library, sea side nature walks or just hang out on the private beach.
Depending on your onward movements, drop offs are arranged to the airport if you're heading out of the country or to another place of your convenience in Kochi. Onward travel plans can also be worked out with us, if you are looking to continue your travels through rest of India.
$3250 with a non-refundable deposit of $800 to be paid upon registration. Balance payments must be made no later than three weeks prior to departure.
The 'Monsoon Wholistic Retreat' tour is inclusive of all accomodation, transport and food as well as all yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic treatments and consultations. Also included in this price is the cost of tour guides, hiking and safari. Flights to Kochi are not included. Travel insurance is not included, but highly recommended.
Absolutely. The classical hatha style of yoga is intended for all levels of yoga practitioners and can be modified to suit all travellers and health conditions.
Passport - must be valid no less than 6 months after the day of arrival to India
Visa - 60-day tourist visas can be granted at the airport upon arrival, however you will need to pre-fill an application online. Visa information will be sent to guests after registration.
Travel Insurance - travellers are advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance prior to departure. At the bare minimum, insurance should cover medical. Our travel insurance company of choice is World Nomads, however there are countless companies offering competitive rates. Again, we can assist if needed.