SOUTHERN EXPLORER YOGA TOUR
Sunday 15th - Friday 27th SEPTEMBER , 2019
12 nights / 13 days
BANGALORE - MYSORE - KABINI NATIONAL PARK - WAYANAD - COCHIN - ALLEPPEY - COCHIN
This tour itinerary is unique and contains many fantastic experiences not included in our February tour.
The February tour sold out in less than 3 days (without advertising) so don't dilly-dally. If you're interested let me know. Sue x
Yoga (plenty of), some train travel (I love trains), cooking experiences, a meal with a local family, tea plantation & factory tour & tastings, jungle safari drives, meandering the backwaters of Kerala on beautiful unique houseboats, wonderful accommodation, delicious food (Southern India is renowned for its food), exploring Mysore palace & Fort Kochi historic spice trading town.
We fly in to Bangalore and transfer to Mysore
On our first evening we will experience the wonderful sight of the Palace lit by thousands of lights (this only happens on special occasions) - an amazing sight to behold
Over the next two days we will explore Mysore - the flower and vegetable markets, the palace, a sandlewood factory and we will partake in a cooking demonstration and then share the meal with the local family we cook with. We will also visit the royal elephant camp where the (now retired) elephants are cared for
A highlight of the trip on day 3 is a visit to explore Bklakuppe the second largest Tibetan settlement in the world outside Tibet after Dharmashala. The population is estimated at 70,000 of which it is estimated that 30,000 are Tibetan monks. A unique experience!
We then head to Kabini National Park where we will experience the wildlife of India via safari rides staying at the wonderful Serai Resort
Next we explore a tea and coffee growing area with more exploration of wildlife and an opportunity to learn the ABC of Indian vegetables and spices
On day 8 we board a train at Calicut station for our 3 1/2 hour train trip to Cochin (did I mention that I love train trips?) Can’t wait for this one!
Once at Cochin we will spend 2 days exploring this fascinating port town including another cooking experience
From Cochin we proceed to our luxury houseboats to tour the backwaters of Kerala for 2 days
We conclude our trip with a day at a beautiful resort near Cochin for a late departure home
The option to extend your trip for one…or several nights is available if you would like to really relax and settle in to this beautiful resort before returning home
And so much more….
Throughout our journey we will have ample opportunity to practice yoga in unique environments in its country of origin. Of course everything is optional but the yoga program is designed to complement our experiences as we travel and is suitable to all levels of experience.
One of the main highlights of previous trips has been the company of the beautiful people who are attracted to these tours!
Once again I am partnering with the wonderful team at Essence of India Tours and Divinity Travel
SO: For all the details head to: www.essenceofindiatours.com.au/explorer
NB: THE ITINERARY OF THIS TRIP CHANGED IN 2018 AND THE ESSENCE OF INDIA WEBSITE WILL BE UPDATED BY LATE JANUARY. IF IT CONFLICTS WITH THE ABOVE INFORMATION FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME WITH QUERIES. IT WILL BE UPDATED SHORTLY - the main change is the order of arrival and departure and several new inclusions :)
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A few testimonials from previous tours:
'This India tour was one of the most interesting and inspiring times of my life.' David
'If you are open to having your ideas of normality challenged, are ready for a nice mix of fun, surprises and a dash of chaos, then India is for you. The tours were heaps of fun, with lots of laughs. We came back home relaxed and energetic. (After we recovered from the flight). What a great group of people to travel with!!!' Ian & Penny
'A once in a life time experience...one of my most lasting memories I think will be 'colours'. Anita
'Your leadership hit the right note at all times informative, fun and flexible. ALSO you had loo paper and coins..thank God. I felt safe at all times which is a priority for me. The yoga was great for me as I am not young or particularly fit or always committed but loved the “go at your own pace” no pressure ethos. Some venues for the yoga were purpose built and beautifully serene others were a reminder that a significant part of yoga is in your head and can be done anywhere ... even on a bus.' Chris
'This trip was incredible and unexpected in the most wondrous way" Tim
'..exceeded my expectations in every regard. A wonderful experience' Robyn
'What a wonderful trip we enjoyed! History, culture, religion and politics all providing a fascinating, sometimes challenging, but very rewarding experience of India'. Alan
Feel free to contact me to chat about any queries: 0438 523 415
See below some photos of sights we will see and some examples of our accomodation mixed in with some of my street and yoga snaps from previous trips.