India Wellness Holiday | Glorious Southern India in the company of Bibi Baskin

Country: India

Date: 19-03-2019

Duration: 12 days

€2449 inclusive of tax

Introduction

For bookings or enquiries, please email our Wellness Specialist, Deirdre (deirdre.grant@joewalshtours.ie) or call her on 01 5710699

Transport & Accommodation

  • Return flights from Dublin to India including all airport taxes and checked-in luggage
  • Hotel accommodation with daily buffet breakfast
  • Overnight in a Houseboat (including breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Transportation throughout the tour including all airport transfers in air-conditioned, luxury coaches
  • The company of Bibi Baskin who will share her experiences and guide you throughout your trip

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 - March 18th | Departure:
    Arrive in Cochin. On arrival the group will be met and assisted by a Joe Walsh Tours local representative who will accompany you by coach to Fragrant Nature Hotel, Fort Cochin for check-in at 2pm. This morning, there will be a welcome meeting with our local Indian guide and Bibi Baskin. In the evening, one half of the group will enjoy their first Ayurveda session at the hotel with a neck and shoulder massage (approx. 30 mins). The other half of the group will go to Greenix Theatre for a Kathakali dance performance. Overnight: Fragrant Nature Hotel, Fort Cochin.

  • Day 2 - March 19th | Cochin:
    Those who wish can enjoy an early morning yoga session at the hotel. After breakfast at the hotel, the group will enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Fort Cochin including the Mattancherry Dutch Palace, built by the Portugeuse. Walk to Jew Town and the Jewish Synagogue. Visit St Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India and view the Chinese ‘Fishing Nets’ that are unique to this part of Kerala and are living symbols of Chinese influence on this coast. This evening the second part of the group will enjoy their Ayurveda neck and shoulder massage (approx. 30 mins)

  • Day 3 - March 20th | Cochin:
    Those who wish can enjoy an early morning yoga session at the hotel. After breakfast at the hotel, the group will enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Fort Cochin including the Mattancherry Dutch Palace, built by the Portugeuse. Walk to Jew Town and the Jewish Synagogue. Visit St Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India and view the Chinese ‘Fishing Nets’ that are unique to this part of Kerala and are living symbols of Chinese influence on this coast. This evening the second part of the group will enjoy their Ayurveda neck and shoulder massage (approx. 30 mins). Later this evening the group who are not taking the massage will enjoy a Kathakali dance performance at Greenix theatre in Cochin. Overnight: Fragrant Nature Hotel, Fort Cochin.

  • Day 4 - March 21st | Munnar:
    After breakfast the group departs for Munnar (approx. 5hrs) taking a midway stop in Adimali. Arriving into Munnar the group will check in at the Blanket Hotel and Spa, Munnar. Afternoon at leisure. This evening the group will have a talk hosted by Bibi discussing ‘The Basics of Ayurveda’. A local yoga guru will also join the discussion to demonstrate the benefits of yoga. Overnight: Blanket Hotel and Spa, Munnar

  • Day 5 - March 22nd | Munnar:
    Early morning yoga session in the hotel. Breakfast at hotel followed by a half day city tour of Munnar, visiting the Tea Museum, where you will enjoy a tea tasting session. Later, we visit the Mattupetty Dam, where we will enjoy the panoramic view of the dam surrounded by hills and tea plantations. In the afternoon the group will visit ‘Shrishti’, an NGO run by the Tata tea wives welfare association. At the centre, the women make paper bags, laundry bags, raincoats and more. In the evening Bibi will host a discussion on ‘Accepting Change in Our Lives’. Overnight: Blanket Hotel and Spa, Munnar

  • Day 6 - March 23rd | Thekkady
    Optional early morning yoga session in the hotel. After breakfast the group will depart for Thekkady (approx. 4 hours) enjoying a midway stop at Nedumkandam. On arrival the group will check into the Poetree Sarovar Portico Hotel. Afternoon at leisure before enjoying a boat ride on Lake Periyar in the evening. Overnight: Poetree Sarovar Portico Hotel

  • Day 7 - March 24th | Thekkady
    Before breakfast the group have an optional nature walk – this is an interpretive programme offering an excellent opportunity to see birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The duration of the trek will be finalised locally to suit the groups enjoyment. Return to hotel for breakfast. This morning part of the group will enjoy a foot massage (approx. 20 mins). The rest of the group are at leisure. After a relaxed morning the group will enjoy a jeep ride through the spice plantation and visit spice and tea estates. This evening whilst the second part of the group enjoy their Ayurveda session (approx. 20 mins) the rest will relax and enjoy their surroundings. Overnight: Poetree Sarovar Portico Hotel

  • Day 8 - March 25th | Kumarakom
    After breakfast at hotel, the group will check out and drive to Kumarakom (approx 3.5hrs) with a midway stop at Pullupara. Check in to Lake Palace Resort on arrival. This evening, part of the group will enjoy an Ayurveda session at the hotel with a 30 minute head massage. The other half of the group are free to relax. Overnight: Lake Palace Resort

  • Day 9 - March 26th | Kumarakom
    After breakfast at hotel, the other half of the group will enjoy their Ayurveda session at the hotel with a 30 minute head massage. The rest of the group have the day at leisure. At 4pm, Bibi Baskin will give a talk on ‘The Importance of Mindfulness in Daily Life’. Overnight: Lake Palace Resort

  • Day 10 - March 27th | Alleppey
    After breakfast the group take the short journey to Alleppey jetty where they will board their ‘Kettuvallams’ Houseboat and cruise along the tranquil backwaters. Lunch and dinner will be served on board. Enjoy a canoe ride in the backwaters. Dinner & Overnight: Lakes and Lagoons Houseboat

  • Day 11 - March 28th | Cochin
    Enjoy breakfast onboard the Houseboat. Disembark and transfer to Cochin (3 hours). On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Enroute you will visit a coir factory. In the afternoon take a relaxing Ayurveda session at the hotel (part of the group). Full body massage (approx. 45 mins). Overnight: Taj Malabar Resort

  • Day 12 - March 29th | Cochin
    Early this morning join a yoga session at the hotel. After breakfast at the hotel, take an Ayurveda session at the hotel (part of the group). Full body massage (approx. 45 mins). The rest of the group will go shopping to the Ernakulum area. Closing session with Bibi Baskin and local guide. In the evening you will experience a cooking demo of Kerala cuisine by the hotel’s chef followed by dinner. Overnight: Taj Malabar Resort

  • Day 13 - March 30th | Departure
    After breakfast at the hotel, the group will check out and transfer to Cochin airport (approx. 1 hr) Board flight for onward journey.

Inclusions

  • Entrance fees at all monuments as per itinerary
  • Overnight in a Houseboat (including breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Yoga (4 sessions)
  • Ayurveda massages (4 massages per person)
  • Kathakali dance performance at a local theatre
  • Dinner on the last day in Cochin & cooking demo by hotesl’ chef
  • Coach & guide for the group to go shopping

Optional

  • Single supplement applies (€795)

Very Important Information

  • Visitor visa & comprehensive travel insurance are not included.

Notes

  • A deposit of €350 will secure you place on this wonderful holiday and healing experience (required at the time of booking)
  • Price per person sharing twin/double rooms with private facilities
  • Meals where not stated are not included in the price
  • Itinerary may be subject to change; E&OE
  • All bookings protected by the Commission for Aviation Regulation in Ireland (T.O. 052 | T.A. 0689) and the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK (ATOL 5163)