India Wellness Holiday
5 March 2018 | 11 days
Discover glorious Southern India in the company of Bibi Baskin. Bibi Baskin went to India for a three week holiday and stayed for thirteen years! She simply fell in love with the place, the people and the way of life. On this tour, Bibi has agreed to act as tour guide and take you to all the wonderful places that she herself has come to know so well. Bibi will fly out with the group from Dublin and accompany you on a journey of discovery, wellness and joy.
Day 1 | Depart Dublin:
We check in at Dublin airport at approx. 10:55am for our departure on EK 162 from Dublin to Dubai at 12:55pm arriving in Dubai at 00:25am. We depart from Dubai on EK 530 at 02:45am arriving into Cochin at 08:05am on the morning of 6th March.
Day 2 | Cochin:
On arrival into Cochin we will be picked up by private coach and taken to your hotel, Trident Hotel Cochin. After check-in we will go sightseeing in Cochin taking in the 16th Century Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing Nets and the Marine Drive. Arriving back at the hotel you will enjoy a beautiful Ayurveda massage. Then you are free to relax for the evening in your hotel.
Day 3 | Munnar:
After breakfast we depart for Munnar stopping enroute to visit the waterfalls of Valara and Cheeyappara. Arriving in the afternoon we check-in to your hotel, Fragrant Nature and we have the afternoon and evening free to relax.
Day 4 | Mattupetty:
After breakfast we depart for a wonderful day of sightseeing. We will visit the Mattupetty Dam and the tea plantation. We will visit Rajamalai to see the Nigiri Tahrs. We will have time in Mattupetty where boating facilities are available in Shikara type of boats. Our day also includes the Top Station at the border. Overnight in Fragrant Nature.
Day 5 | Thekkady:
This morning we depart from Munnar to Thekkady, a three and a bit hour journey south, where we check-in to the Cardamom County Hotel. Then in the afternoon we will go boating on Lake Periyar to watch the wildlife and from there do a spice plantation tour.
Day 6 | Alleppey:
Time for an easier day today as we make the three and a half hour journey from Thekkady to Alleppey. After a leisurely journey we check-in at the Lake Palace Resort. Having settled into our resort we will have time for a wonderful Ayurveda massage. The evening is free to relax in our resort.
Day 7 | Kerala:
If you are in the mood you can join the group for some yoga this morning before checking-in to the Lakes and Lagoons Houseboat for an overnight cruise through the unique backwaters of Kerala. The Houseboat will be your transportation for the day and your accommodation for the night. We will relax and enjoy the gentle and soothing greenery of paddy fields and the village folk at work.
Day 8 | Kerala:
Check out of our Houseboat and have a day of rest and relaxation. After lunch proceed to Kovalam via Amma Ashram by bus. We check into the Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa for three nights. Kovalam is a small coastal town in the southern Indian state of Kerala, south of Thiruvananthapuram. At the southern end of Lighthouse Beach is a striped lighthouse with a viewing platform. Palm-backed beaches also include Hawa Beach and Samudra Beach.
Day 9 & 10 | Kerala:
This morning we have time for yoga and a massage. We have time to relax on one of the many beaches in the area.
Day 11 | Depart:
All great things must come to an end and today we check out of our hotel after breakfast. We transfer to Trivandrum Airport for our flight home. We depart on flight EK 521 at 10:05am arriving in Dubai at 12:55pm. We depart Dubai on flight EK 163 at 14:35pm and arrive into Dublin at 18:55pm, home in time for a rest before we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
» Return flights from Dublin to India including all airport taxes and checked-in luggage
» Hotel accommodation with daily buffet breakfast
» 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)
» 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
» A deposit of €350 will secure you place on this wonderful holiday and healing experience
» Single room supplements apply
» Visitor visa & comprehensive travel insurance are not included
For more information, please email our Wellness specialist, Deirdre, or call her on 087 6893519