"BE HERE NOW"
SOUTH iNDIA TRIP
NOVEMBER 6-18, 2017
Join me for a 12 night trip to Varkala and Cochin, Kerala and to Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu.
Relax on the beach in Varkala, explore the Portuguese side of India in Cochin, and visit Kanyakumari, "Land's End" in South India where the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea meet.
In Kanyakumari we will visit the Temple of Shakti where according to Indian legends Shakti rose from the sea to meet Shiva in the Himalayas. Swami Vivekananda's legacy also draws people to Kanyakumari. We will ferry to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial where it is said Swami Vivekananda attained enlightenment.
November 6: Decompress from travel and hang out at Akhil Beach Resort. Welcome dinner Kerala style that night.
November 7: Explore Varkala, hang by pool, visit a temple, get Ayurveda at Akhil, whatever you want to do.
November 8: Morning free then afternoon trip to Golden Island.
November 9: All day backwaters cruise to Kollam, food included.
November 10-12: Train to Cochin for weekend trip staying at Fort House Hotel in Cochin.
Train tickets are included in package price; train ride 4 hours; back to Akhil on November 13.
November 14: Free day in Varkala -- hang by pool or at the beach, go surfing, paragliding, take a cooking class, take a car or train and go to Trivandrum for the day.
November 15-16: Overnight trip to Kanyakumari, return November 16 to Akhil. Watch the sun set and rise at the tip of India. Explore temples. We will stay at Sparsa Hotel.
November 17: Free day Varkala to spend as you wish.
November 18: Fly Home.
Included: All lodging; arrival and departure transport Trivandrum airport; welcome dinner on the first night (vegetarian and fish); daily continental breakfast; all day Kollam backwaters cruise plus car; half day trip to Golden Island plus car; car to/from Varkala train station for Cochin weekend; RT car Kanyakumari + guide.
Options at extra cost:
Ayurvedic treatments at Akhil resort as recommended by the doctor; Kerala cuisine cooking class; surfing, paragliding.
International airfare to and from India; vaccinations (not required, but your choice); your bank's wire transfer fee for payment; any airport tax; passport, and India visa fees; your private transport in Varkala, Cochin, and Kanyakumari; items of personal nature like liquor, laundry, telephone calls, tips, travel insurance, etc.; lunch and dinner all days; any entrance fees; any other services/items/activities not mentioned in quote including any expenses arising due to circumstances beyond our control such as flight delays or cancellations, natural calamities, etc.; any increase in costs beyond my control such as fuel and airfare increase, additional Government levies and taxes etc. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. I recommend World Nomads. I do NOT receive a commission for recommending them!
November 18 is your travel day back home. I want to keep your expenses reasonable but your stay comfortable. Daily breakfast is included but lunch and dinner are on your own – eating in India is very inexpensive compared to the West! There will be plenty of time to sight-see but also an adequate amount of down time. Take time to "BE HERE NOW" to be present to experience what this beautiful part of India has to offer. While we will have travel plans it is also an organic, free form trip so you can return home relaxed, not exhausted. A perfect trip for those who have never been to India -- not too much and not too little!
You must have a visa to enter India. If you do not have a multi-year India visa in your passport, you can apply for an "E-Visa" . Apply within two weeks of the trip.
Confused about international flights, immunizations, appropriate clothing? Want suggestions for on-going travel if you want to stay longer? Call 630-677-4501 with any questions.
AVAILABLE AT ADDITIONAL COST:
1. IF YOU WISH TO STUDY YOGA IN THE KRISHNAMACHARYA TRADITION IN CHENNAI, I AM HAPPY TO ARRANGE A TWO WEEK EXTENSION OF THIS TRIP. STUDY AT THE HEART OF YOGA!
2. I AM AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE YOGA AND ENERGY WORK/REFLEXOLOGY DURING THIS TRIP.