14 days -13 nights
Duration

Tour Dates:

20 November – 3 December 2018

Tour Highlights:

  • Thriving metropolis of Mumbai
  • Periyar National Park at Thekkady
  • Yoga in Goa
  • Ayurveda treatments
  • Old city of Cochin
  • Backwaters of Alleppey

Tour Cost:

TWIN SHARE ACCOMODATION: A$4500

Andrea East – Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Masseur

AndreaEastI discovered yoga at the age of 22 and which has become my life’s passions.  I first went to India at the age of 27 for Yoga and travelled solo from Madras (Chennai) to Kerala, up the west coast, through Rajasthan and onto Rishikesh. After returning to Australia I undertook Yoga teacher training.

In 2005, I went travelling with my young son for 9 months where we lived in the alps of Switzerland.  We stayed on for another 6 months travelling and working throughout Europe.
I have been back to India 5 times to study Yoga and Ayurveda and simply be immersed in this wonderful culture.  I have my own home based yoga and massage business and look forward to sharing this wonderful new adventure with you.

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Dates20 November – 3 December 2018
Day 1

20 Nov 2018

Arrive in Mumbai.  Welcome to India transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure, or kick start your adventure off a few of the local sights  including  a visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), High Court , Mumbai City Museum and the Gateway to India and one of the many ancient bazaars.  Overnight Mumbai

Day 2

21 Nov 2018

After breakfast, you will meet your local guide and travel together to Dharavi, one of Asia’s biggest slums and the heart of small-scale industry in Mumbai. The tour ends in the early evening with a walking tour around Colaba.

Mumbai is a city of contrasts—from glitzy Marine Drive to the congested slums of Dharavi, the energy and liveliness here is undeniable. There’s plenty to discover in this metropolis, be it the rich colonial history, glamorous Bollywood, or the daily life of the incredibly diverse millions who call Mumbai home.   Overnight Mumbai

Day 3

22 Nov 2018

 

After an early breakfast, transfer to Mumbai airport for your late morning/early afternoon flight to Goa.  Transfer to Mandrem. Rest of the day to relax, and explore at your leisure – maybe take an afternoon class at https://www.ashiyana-yoga-goa.com/

Day 4-5

23-24 Nov 2018

Over the next 2 days indulge yourself with the practice of yoga – morning and evening.  There are other creative activities on offer ie chanting, meditations, yoga nidra, music concerts, pujas, karma yoga, etc.) and workshops – AcroYoga, Inversions, Yoga for Digestion, Creative Writing, Expressive Painting, Nutrition, Feng Shui, etc.).

Day 6

25 Nov 2018

Day at leisure to continue with yoga classes or any other creative activities including one of their workshops.  Leave hotel approximately 5:30pm to catch your overnight train to Cochin – leaving Goa at 19:40.  Overnight Train

Day 7

26 Nov 2018

On arrival at Ernakulam Train Station around 10:00am, you will be met and transferred to Fort Cochin.  Spend the afternoon exploring Cochin.  There are galleries, cafes, boutiques in addition to beautiful old churches and of course the iconic Chinese fishing nets. Overnight Cochin

Day 8

27 Nov 2018

A full day to explore Jew town and Mattancherry and the spice warehouses. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch a Kathakali performance this evening.

Overnight Cochin

Day 9

28 Nov 2018

A spectacular drive today (3 hours) through the Cardamom hills – lined with tea, cocoa, tapioca, bamboo, coconut, banana, and of course cardamom to Thekkady, gateway to Periyar National Park. In the afternoon wander the village with its great array of fabulous shops, or indulge in an Ayurvedic Massage. Overnight Thekkady

Day 10

29 Nov 2018

Take a walk through the park this morning and perhaps a boat trip on the lake in the afternoon.

Overnight Thekkady

Day 11

30 Nov 2018

Depart after an early breakfast to Alleppey (4 hours) to meet your houseboat on the backwaters. Made in the traditional rice barge or Kettuvalam style and luxuriously fitted out, each boat has one or several bedrooms, a dining room, open lounge and deck. A captain and cook are on hand to look after your every need. Spend the afternoon drifting along coconut lined canals, past small villages that laze on the myriad islands along the backwaters.

Overnight Houseboat

Day 12

1 Dec 2018

After breakfast, you will be dropped at your homestay, where your charming hosts will look after you. The homestay is situated on a car-free island and the only way to get around is on foot, cycle or boat. Do all three or just chill in a hammock watching life pass by at a snail’s pace.

Overnight Chennamkary (Alleppey)

Day 13

2 Dec 2018

Day at lesiure in your homestay.

Overnight Chennamkary (Alleppey)

Day 14

3 Dec 2018

Depart at leisure back to Cochin (2 hours) and transfer to Cochin airport for your onward flight or transfer to your Ayurveda treatment center.

INCLUDES

Fully escorted from Australia by Andrea East

Additional yoga and meditations with Andrea

9 nights’ accommodation with breakfast

2 nights’ accommodation at home stay

1 night on a houseboat

1 night on train Goa to Cochin – 2nd A/c berth

Airfare for Mumbai to Goa

Private taxi for all transfers and sightseeing as per above itinerary.

Entrance Fee

All charges related to transport such as toll, parking, fuel etc.

EXCLUDES

Airfares to India

Visas to India

Lunch and Dinner

Extra activities and transport not stipulated in the itinerary

Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry service and souvenirs

Tipping

Yoga Classes and activities at Ashiyana

Compulsory insurance of any kind

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