Kerala Tour & Ayurveda Retreat

13 Day – Private tour with air-conditioned car and driver
Price guide: £1825
ABTA and ATOL protected holidays

India has always been known as a top health and wellness destination, with thousands of spa centres around its regions focusing on rejuvenation and relaxation.

For your own treatment experience, book one of our three wellbeing tours and be transported to a pampering haven. Each tour is specifically designed for you and comprises a range of massage treatments and meditation sessions.

Kerala God’s Own Country and Spa Wellbeing Escape Tour arrives in Cochin and takes you on a journey around this breathtaking region for the first part of your holiday. Then for the last five days, you’ll stay at the luxury wellbeing villa SwaSwara, where you’ll be treated to a comprehensive program of wellbeing for both body and mind. This spa’s aim is to not only reduce and manage stress but to create a positive change within you. You’ll have all the top consultants with you to guide you through this relaxation tour, including the very best doctors, yoga instructors, chefs and massage therapists. Your five days will consist of various mind and body techniques, group and private yoga sessions, meditation, art therapy, therapeutic massages, nature trail walks and interactive cooking classes. During the week you’ll be served healthy gourmet cuisine to keep your body strong and your stomach satisfied.

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this tour is just an example to help inspire you. If you would like we can also arrange your flights for a fully ATOL protected holiday. Contact the team for more information on 01792 315499 or email info@aitholidays.com

 

Highlights of the Kerala Tour & Ayurveda Retreat

SwaSwara Resort, Gokarna, Karnataka
  • 5 nights stay at Swaswara inclusive of treatments, massages, oils, yoga, activities and meals
  • Beautiful quality hotels
  • Sightseeing tour of Cochin
  • Lunch with family in Kanjirapally
  • Spice plantation visit in Periyar
  • Boat ride in Periyar tiger reserve
  • Overnight private houseboat stay on full board
  • Entrances fee to National Parks and Monuments as per the itinerary
  • Travel in private air-conditioned car & driver
  • First class air-conditioned train travel

Kerala Tour & Ayurveda Retreat Itinerary

Kerala Tour & Ayurveda Retreat

Upon arrival at Cochin International Airport, you’ll be welcomed by your Authentic India Tours local representatives. You’ll get to know them as you’re transferred to your hotel, located in the city’s historic district, Fort Cochin, where you’ll start your Kerala experience.

The port city of Cochin (also known as Kochi) offers a fascinating mix of cultures and experiences to explore. In the evening, a private boat trip is organised past Cochin’s island shores. As the sun sets, you’ll be able to see the famous cantilevered fishing nets. Watch the fishermen skilfully dip the hammock-like nets into the water, silhouetted against the orange and pink sky.

Accommodation: Brunton Boatyard Hotel

Cochin is a melting pot of cultures, religions and nationalities. On this mornings tour you will see this first hand through its architecture, which has Portuguese, Dutch and British influences, as well as Indian.

You will get to see St Francis Church, which is the oldest European church in India, as well as the lavish interior of the 16th-century Jewish Synagogue. Then you can explore the Mattancherry Palace, which is also known as the Dutch Palace due to its colonial influences. It houses colourfully painted murals depicting the ancient Indian epic poem Ramayana. Your guide can tell you all about the story of a prince who tries to save his wife from a demon.

You’ll have the afternoon to spend at your leisure, so you may wish to wander around the heritage quarters. The quaint cobbled streets house a number of interesting antique shops. In the evening you’ll be taken to a traditional Kathakali performance, a Kerala dance famed for its colourful costumes and athletic movements derived from martial arts.

Accommodation: Brunton Boatyard Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Today, you will take a scenic route inland to Periyar wildlife sanctuary, and stop to visit rubber and tea plantations en route. In fact, Periyar boasts the perfect natural environment for growing an array of spices including cardamom, cinnamon, pepper and vanilla, as it’s located in the Western Ghats, a kilometre above sea level. At lunchtime there is an opportunity to have an authentic Keralan meal in a beautiful plantation bungalow.

In the afternoon, you can explore the spice town at your leisure, or immerse yourself into the tribal village setting of your first class Spice Village hotel. In the evening, learn more about the spices grown in the region with a visit to a spice garden.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 hours 30 mins, 170 kms
Accommodation: Spice Village
Meals included: Breakfast

When you think of Indian wildlife, the Periyar wildlife sanctuary is probably what you imagine. Before breakfast, the more fearless travelers will have the chance to discover the Periyar Tiger Reserve on foot with a local tribal tracker, whose unique expertise in the area will make this trek a wonderfully rewarding experience.

Then, in the late afternoon, we will take a boat ride on Lake Periyar for a chance to see various species of wildlife in their natural habitat without disturbing their way of life. From the comfort of a covered boat you can look out for wild elephants, bisons, sambar deers, nilgir langurs, malabar giant squirrels and a wide variety of birdlife.

Accommodation: Spice Village
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning’s drive features an enchanting tour of tea and rubber plantations, ending with you boarding your personal houseboat for an overnight cruise, sailing to Vembanad Lake. Built from coconut fibres and bamboo, these houseboats have a timeless appeal that makes them as handsome as they are welcoming.

Simply relax as an expert driver navigates you down the narrow canals of the backwaters and across Vembanad Lake. As you drift along the water you will pass villages where you will be able to catch a glimpse of life on the backwaters and keep an eye out for electric-blue kingfishers, snake birds and herons.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 hours, 150 kms
Accommodation: Private Houseboat
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a leisurely breakfast, disembark from your houseboat at the resort boat jetty and you will be met by your driver and continue on to Kumarakom.

Kumarakom is an oasis of calm, hidden in the Kerala backwaters, a network of canals, lakes and coconut groves. The calm waters, verdant surroundings and abundant wildlife make it the perfect spot to unwind. Relax and appreciate the laid back pace of this beautiful village.

In the evening enjoy a cruise on Vembanad Lake, where you’ll watch the sun set over the calm waters.

Accommodation: Coconut Lagoon
Meals included: Breakfast

You can take this day to relax and soak in the tranquility of this beautiful area by taking a gentle stroll along the lakeside, or simply enjoying the facilities of your gorgeous hotel.

Alternatively, you can visit the butterfly garden, go bird watching at Kumarakom bird sanctuary or try your hand at paddle boarding. For those wishing to experience the wonders of an authentic Ayurvedic therapy, this is also a great opportunity.

In the evening a first class carriage awaits for your overnight journey by the Maru Sagar Express from Ernakulam railway station to Gokarna.

Approximate travel time and distance:

Road travel to Ernakulam 90 mins, 60 kms

Train travel from Ernakulam to Gokarna 12 hours, 720 kms

Accommodation: Overnight Stay on Train (First Class Air-Conditioned Coach)
Meals included: Breakfast

You will arrive at Gokarna station in the morning and will be transferred to the wonderful Swaswara resort for your five night stay which will include a comprehensive programme for the wellbeing of body and mind.

This 5 night programme will help you to implement various mind and body techniques – not just to reduce and manage stress but also to create positive change within you. This programme includes consultations with doctors and yoga instructors, therapeutic massages, group and private yoga sessions, meditation, art therapy, nature trails, interactive cooking classes and healthy gourmet cuisine.

Accommodation: Swaswara
Meals included: Full Board

Today you will be picked up by your driver and transferred to Goa International Airport to catch your flight home.

Approximate travel time and distance: 3 hours and 30 mins, 160 kms

Meals included: Breakfast

Sights to enjoy at the Kerala Tour & Ayurveda Retreat

Chinese Fishing Nets, Cochin (Kochi), Kerala
Jewish Synagogue, Cochin (Kochi), Kerala
Brunton Boatyard Hotel, Cochin (Kochi), Kerala
Kathakali Performance, Cochin (Kochi), Kerala
Shopping in Jew Street, Cochin (Kochi), Kerala
Fishing Boats, Cochin (Kochi), Kerala
Serene Lake Vernadamen, Kumarakom, Kerala
Serene Lake Vernadamen, Kumarakom, Kerala
Ayurveda Treatments, Kumarakom, Kerala
Woman Transporting Water, Kumarakom, Kerala
Evening Chai on Boat, Kumarakom, Kerala
House Boat, Kumarakom, Kerala
Private House Boat, Kerala Backwaters, Kerala
Typical Houseboat Bedroom, Kerala Backwaters, Kerala
Village Life, Kerala Backwaters, Kerala
Coconut Lagoon Resort, Kumarakom
Paddy Hut Square, Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom, Kerala
Spice Village Organic Farm, Periyar, Kerala
Spice Village Private Garden Villa, Periyar, Kerala
Cardamon Selection, Periyar, Kerala
Bamboo Rafting, Periyar National Park, Periyar, Kerala
Periyar National Park, Periyar, Kerala
Aerial View of Swaswara Resort, Gokarna
SwaSwara Resort, Gokarna, Karnataka
Resturant, SwaSwara, Gokarana
SwaSwara Resort, Gokarna
SwaSwara Resort, Gokarna
Yoga Under the Banyan Tree, SwaSwara, Gokarna, Karnataka
Hill Top Yoga, SwarSwara, Gokarna

Chinese Fishing Nets, Cochin (Kochi), Kerala

Jewish Synagogue, Cochin (Kochi), Kerala

Brunton Boatyard Hotel, Cochin (Kochi), Kerala

Kathakali Performance, Cochin (Kochi), Kerala

Shopping in Jew Street, Cochin (Kochi), Kerala

Fishing Boats, Cochin (Kochi), Kerala

Serene Lake Vernadamen, Kumarakom, Kerala

Serene Lake Vernadamen, Kumarakom, Kerala

Ayurveda Treatments, Kumarakom, Kerala

Woman Transporting Water, Kumarakom, Kerala

Evening Chai, Kumarakom, Kerala

House Boat, Kumarakom, Kerala

Private House Boat, Kerala Backwaters, Kerala

Typical Houseboat Bedroom, Kerala Backwaters, Kerala

Village Life, Kerala Backwaters, Kerala

Coconut Lagoon Resort, Kumarakom

Paddy Hut Square, Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom, Kerala

Spice Village Organic Farm, Periyar, Kerala

Spice Village Private Garden Villa, Periyar, Kerala

Cardamon Selection, Periyar, Kerala

Bamboo Rafting, Periyar National Park, Kerala

Periyar National Park, Kerala

Aerial View of Swaswara Resort, Gokarna

SwaSwara Resort, Gokarna, Karnataka

Resturant, SwaSwara, Gokarana

SwaSwara Resort, Gokarna

SwaSwara Resort, Gokarna

Yoga Under the Banyan Tree, SwaSwara, Gokarna, Karnataka

Hill Top Yoga, SwarSwara, Gokarna

Places on the Kerala Tour & Ayurveda Retreat

Pricing and Inclusions

Please contact us for prices for this Kerala Tour and Luxury Ayurveda Retreat.

The price guide for this 13 Day Tour & Ayurveda Retreat Tour package is £1825.

The prices do not include flights.

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements. Prices will vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more. Some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times which is normally from mid December to mid January.

Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with your personal itinerary and accurate quote.

Included with this tour are the following:

  • Meet & greet assistance on arrival
  • All transfers and sightseeing tours using an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation for 12 nights on twin sharing basis
  • Standard category rooms at all hotels unless otherwise mentioned
  • Meal plan: Houseboat & Swaswara on full board; bed & breakfast
  • Tickets for Kathakali dance show in Cochin
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing tour of Cochin
  • Lunch with family in Kanjirapally
  • Spice plantation visit in Periyar
  • Nature trek and boat ride in Periyar tiger reserve
  • Ernakulam – Gokarna overnight train travel on a first-class air-conditioned coach
  • Entrances at all National parks, Museums and Monuments as per the itinerary
  • 5 nights stay at Swaswara is inclusive of treatments, massages, oils, herbs, yoga, meditation and meals.
  • Mineral water on all days of travel

Price does not include:

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance and visa
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera & video fees at National parks, Museums & Monuments

Prices mentioned above are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For a quote based on your dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or changes to this itinerary, please call us on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this North India tour is just an example to help inspire you.

For more information please email info@aitholidays.com or call our India specialists on 01792 315499.

ABTA and ATOL Protected Tour Package

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.