India Wellness Holiday | Joe Walsh Tours

India Wellness Holiday

Now taking bookings for 2019


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 will 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 by Day Itinerary:

Day 1 | Depart Dublin:
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Departure:
After breakfast at the hotel, the group will check out and transfer to Cochin airport (approx. 1 hr) Board flight for onward journey.

Package includes:
» 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 €400 will secure you place on this wonderful holiday and healing experience
» Single room supplements apply (€795 per person)
» Visitor visa & comprehensive travel insurance are not included


For more information, please email our Wellness specialist, Deirdre, or call her on 01 5710699