Wellness Retreat

22 - 31 OCT 2019

 

Discover the best Southern India’s Kerala has to offer on this wellness journey. First, explore the Dutch port city of Cochin and then cruise the peaceful backwaters of Kerala by houseboat. Immerse yourself in tranquility and relaxation with yoga and massage. Feel the inner harmony of ancient Ayurvedic treatments and daily meditation to replenish your body and mind.

 
 

 
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Overview

Cochin ( CGH Eighth Bastion - Luxury hotel - Standard room )
• Backwater ( Vaikundam Cruise - Premium Houseboat - AC Cabin )
• Kumarakom ( Philipkuty’s Farm - Farm visit - Villa )
 Marari ( CGH Marari Beach Resort - Luxury Beach Resort - Garden villa )

Ayurveda Rejuvenation/ Wellness Package 

5 nights rejuvenation package Marari Beach Resort includes Ayurveda treatments as per the Doctor’s advice (up to 9 treatments will be done), all meals (including Ayurveda diets) and accommodation. Mindful activities including daily yoga and meditation.

 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival / Cochin  Transfer and traditional welcome at the Eighth Bastion hotel.

Day 2

Cochin Breakfast time. Morning heritage visit to Fort Kochin and time exploring the Dutch colonial port city of Cochin, originally known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. Late afternoon cultural ‘Kathakli Dance witness’ a native of Kerala, with elaborate costumes and make up ( including a makeup session ). Followed by the serenity of a relaxing sunset boat cruise. Seafood Dinner at the Old Harbour seaside promenade. Overnight at the Eighth Bastion hotel.

Day 3

Cochin / Houseboat Breakfast time. Drive to Alleppey for embarking of the houseboat. Lunch on board and afternoon visit to a local village. Cruising along the palm tree-lined backwaters of Kerala on a houseboat, watching local villages and lush jungle slip by while your on-board chef cooks up a storm, is an essential South Indian experience. Enjoy dinner and overnight aboard the houseboat.

Day 4

Houseboat / Kumarakom Breakfast on board. Disembark back at Alleppey and drive to Kumarakom. Country boat transfer to Philipkuty's Farm. Cooking class followed by a traditional lunch prepared in the demonstration. Rest of the evening at your leisure. Dinner and overnight at Philipkuty's Farm villa.

Day 5

Kumarakom / Marari Breakfast time at the farm. Yoga session in the morning to take in the surrounds. Transfer to Marari and check in to the beach resort. Afternoon at your leisure. Dinner and overnight at the Marari Beach Resort.

Day 6

Marari Breakfast at the resort. Ayurveda Rejuvenation / Wellness Package. Ayurveda treatments and mindful relaxation. Enjoy the resort, activities and Ayurvedic meals. Dinner and overnight at the Marari Beach Resort.

Day 7

Marari Breakfast at the resort. Ayurveda Rejuvenation / Wellness Package. Ayurveda treatments and mindful relaxation. Enjoy the resort, activities and Ayurvedic meals. Dinner and overnight at the Marari Beach Resort.

Day 8

Marari Breakfast at the resort. Ayurveda Rejuvenation / Wellness Package. Ayurveda treatments and mindful relaxation. Enjoy the resort, activities and Ayurvedic meals. Dinner and overnight at the Marari Beach Resort.

Day 9

Marari Breakfast at the resort. Ayurveda Rejuvenation / Wellness Package. Ayurveda treatments and mindful relaxation. Enjoy the resort, activities and Ayurvedic meals. Dinner and overnight at the Marari Beach Resort.

Day 10

Marari / Cochin / Departure Breakfast at the resort. Transfer to airport for afternoon flight. On arrival connect with international flight for departure.

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Prepare for your trip

 India is everything, and more, all at once.

It's a sensory potpourri; a visual explosion of bright saris, lumbering cows, marigolds, incense, spices and bursts of sunlight - where you're guaranteed to craft your very own Darjeeling Limited experience.

As for the language, Hindi isn't spoken by everyone in India - in fact there are more than 20 languages spoken throughout the country and English tends to serve as a common one.

A few Hindi phrases will definitely help along the way: "Namaskar" (hello), "shukriya" (thank you), "aap kaise hai" (how are you), "kitna hai" (how much) and "naam kya hai" (what's your name), may come in handy on your trip.

As for money, you'll be dealing in Indian rupees - there are about 55 rupees to each Aussie dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted, but make sure you know all your pin codes as signing has been phased out around the country.

WHERE TO SHOP

Kerala is known for oils and essence. The best and purest forms of oils and essence are found here. Kochi’s options to shop almost rivals its obsession with food. Pick up an array of packaged spices on offer, such as cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, nutmeg, tamarind, cloves and bay leaves… let the wafting aromas guide you there.

In Cochin there are many varieties of cotton clothes and silk emporiums... you can’t leave without buying at least one traditional saree. Along with colourful bead handicrafts, brass bangles, metal mirrors, silver and gold jewellery.

Always a trade destination, from tradtional merchants to hip, young designers who create modern, fresh styles and fashion.

 
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

All tours include domestic flights, accommodation, transport, air conditioned mini coach with refreshments, sightseeing entrance fees, special tour events and activities, local guides, most meals and tipping (except for national guide). Prices may be subject to currency fluctuation or surcharges.


TOUR PRICE

10 Days /9 Nights
$ 4,990
( twin share per person )
$ 1,948 ( single supplement )
Fully escorted

Upgrade Garden Villa
with private pool at
CGH Marari Beach Resort
$ 590 ( twin share per person )
$ 543 ( single supplement )


21–30 Mar 2020
10 Days
/9 Nights
$ 4,990
( twin share per person )
$ 1,948 ( single supplement )
Fully escorted

Marari Beach Resort garden pool villa upgrade available in Kerala.


Kerala Backwaters & Beaches
4–13 Sept 2020
10 Days
/9 Nights
$ 5,760
( twin share per person )
$ 1,536 ( single supplement )
Fully escorted

Marari Beach Resort garden pool villa upgrade available in Kerala.


PONDICHERRY post tour EXTENSION
5 Days /4 Nights•13–17 Sept 2020
$ 1,982
( twin share per person )
$ 750 ( single supplement )




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