Mind, Body, Spirit

8 Days, from AU $2,799

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Find yourself on this 8 day trip. Starting in Bangalore, where you take a holistic approach to physical and mental health. Travel to Mysore to climb to te top of Chamundi Hills and watch how the Sri Chamundeswari Temple is overlooking the city. Next stop is Wayanad, this is the place where you can relax among a diverse terrain of jungle, undulating hills and tea estates. In Thrissur you will spend another day stretching your body in a lush paradise and end your trip with a self cooked farewell dinner in Kochi.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Bangalore

Welcome to India. Home of Ayurveda, the traditional health system that takes a holistic approach to physical and mental health. Spirituality here is a prominent force in everyday life. Your trip starts in Bangalore (aka Bengaluru), the capital of Karnataka State. Bangalore is the centre of India's high-tech industry but is also known for its abundance of parks and green spaces.

Day 2: Mysore

Rise and shine for breakfast, then make tracks for laid-back Mysore.

The most popular interpretation of classical Indian yoga, began here.

On arrival, meet with a local guru and learn about traditional yoga, then partake in a session followed by a meditation class.

You’ll likely leave feeling a newfound connection to yourself and the city, making it the perfect time to climb the roughly 10 km to the top of Chamundi Hills, where the Sri Chamundeswari Temple sits overlooking the city. Named for Chamundeswari (or Durga), a fierce form of the divine feminine who legend says slayed a demon army atop the hills. Spend some time contemplating the temple and its history, then descend the hill and spend the afternoon and evening as you wish. With its mild climate, wide streets and gorgeous gardens, Mysore is a walker’s paradise. Perhaps take a stroll and breathe in the scent of incense that wafts through the streets, or ask your leader where to grab a thali, a tray of small dishes like dal, curries, pickles, rice, pappads and a dessert.

Day 3: Mysore

Morning yoga session & after breakfast meditation session (01 hr each).

Spend the afternoon in Mysore as you please. Perhaps embrace the relaxed atmosphere of the town, as well as the lasting feeling of calm from your session this morning, and wander through the Brindavan Gardens. These sculpted terrace gardens are a lovely place to while away a little time. There’s also the option to make an hour-long trip to the Keshava Temple, a 13th-century carved stone temple that exemplifies the Hoysala architecture style. In the evening, we will visit Mysore Palace, one of the most ornate in India. Explore the riotous interior, an elegant kaleidoscope of colour, mosaics and mirrors. 

Day 4: Wayanad

Embrace an early start to travel into rolling green of the Western Ghats ranges. A 7-hour drive to Wayanad is the perfect opportunity to read, get to know your fellow travellers better or simply wonder at the increasingly lush scenery.

Your accommodation in Wayanad is a small wellness retreat on the banks of a stream. Nestled among a diverse terrain of jungle, undulating hills and tea estates, this unique experience is an opportunity to immerse yourself in rural Indian tranquility. Settle in, drink a cup of tea and get to know your hosts. Take some time to explore the property and eat lunch before beginning your study with an introduction to Ayurvedic theory. In keeping with the teachings of the study, the class will take place in the great outdoors, followed by a medicinal plant walk.

Day 5: Wayanad

Spend another day stretching your body and mind in this lush paradise, beginning with a morning Yoga / Meditation class before breakfast. After you eat, take a dynamic stretching class to warm you up for an active day, then take a guided stroll through the grounds of the property. Enjoy lunch and an afternoon nap.

Afternoon have a consultation with Ayurvedic Doctor who will advise you therapy as per your body requirement. Answering a series of questions about your physical and mental health, aspirations and habits is designed to determine where you fit within the framework.

Evening learn how to cook food with, blending spices and vegetables that are said to encourage vitality for your determined body type.

Day 6: Thrissur

Spend another day stretching your body and mind in this lush paradise, beginning with a morning Yoga class before breakfast, then enjoy breakfast before saying goodbye to your hosts.

Make the 5.5-hour drive to Trissur, a lesser-known Kerala town that is a little chaotic but very charming. Trissur is the site of several institutions that are focused on preserving the classical Keralan performing arts. Arrive to your Ayurvedic resort and relax with a complimentary massage treatment. Choose whether you would like to relax at the hotel and perhaps indulge in another treatment or visit the nearby Athirappilly Falls. Here you can watch multiple torrents rushing over sheer, 24-metre-tall rock in the middle of evergreen jungle. Bliss.

Day 7: Kochi

Make the three-hour drive to Kochi, a melting pot of culture and spiritualities. Stretch your body with a yoga class on arrival, followed by a guided stroll around Fort Kochi. Despite what the name would suggest, Fort Kochi is not a fort but an area in greater Kochi, a beachside town European-style architecture and a lively Jewish Quarter. Enjoy a change of pace this evening with an exciting Kathakali performance. A classical form of Indian dance that is based on Hindu legend, a Kathakali is a dramatic and highly-skilled art form that incorporates choreography, song, acting and fantastical costumes and makeup.

Day 8: Kochi

We have a free day today and early risers can take in the sunrise at the Chinese Fishing nets where later the Keralan fishermen will bring in the catch of the day. Explore the bylanes of Kochi perhaps picking up some quirky souvenirs, or simply enjoy the chilled-out seaside vibes. In the evening we end the tour with an organic vegetarian cooking class culminating into a farewell dinner. Learn to whip up some southern Indian favourites with the highest quality local produce and enjoy a true treat for the senses this evening, a vibrant and life-affirming end to your wellness adventure.

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All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.

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Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

Inclusions:
  • Daily Breakfast at hotels.
    The meals will start with Breakfast on second day of arrival in Bangalore
    The meals will end with Breakfast on the last day in Kochi
  • All Meals during stay at MYSORE; WAYANAD & THRISUR hotels / homestay.
  • all transfers, sightseeing tours, excursions and inter-city travel will be provided by an excellent quality air-conditioned vehicle Superior Car
  • All Road / Toll / Interstate Taxes, Parking Fee, Fuel Charges and Driver’s allowance etc.
  • Entry fees are included for all the Monuments & other sightseeing places as per the programme.
  • Services of Local English speaking guides for all sightseeing tours as per programme.
  • Yoga/meditation; As per Itinerary
  • Ayurvedic treatment / Consultation: As per Itinerary
  • Meet & assistance at the airports.

Exclusions

  • Flights to / from India
  • India visa application fees
  • Other meals not listed in the itinerary e.g. lunch & dinner
  • Expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, beverages
  • Camera fee and video charges at monuments.
  • Tips or Gratuities to Guides, Drivers or at the Restaurants.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned under inclusions.
  • Insurances of any kind relating to Trip (Delay or Cancellation), Baggage (Lost or Damaged) and Medical (Medication, Consultation or Hospitalization).
Notes:

Visas for India
All nationalities need to apply for an Indian visa in advance. Give yourself at least 4 weeks.

The Indian Government has advised that from December 2014, all visa applicants will need to be physically present at a visa application centre, by appointment, to submit their applications and biometric data, including fingerprints and facial imagery.

ALL Australian travellers to India will need to personally attend their nearest consulate to complete their visa formalities. There is NO visa on arrival in India for all nationalities. Indian visas CANNOT be obtained in Nepal.

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Availability of accommodation and season.

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