Ayurveda and Wellness and Beach Tour India - 13N/14D
Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine is a system of Hindu traditional, is native to the Indian subcontinent, and is a form of alternative medicine. The oldest known Ayurvedic texts are the Suśrutha Saṃhitā and the Charka Saṃhitā. These Classical Sanskrit texts are among the foundational and formally compiled works of Ayurveda.
By the medieval period, Ayurvedic practitioners developed a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for the treatment of various ailments. Practices that are derived from Ayurvedic medicine are regarded as part of complementary and alternative medicine, and along with Siddha Medicine and Traditional Chinese medicine, forms the basis for systems medicine
Ayurveda is at present well integrated into the Indian National health care system, with state hospitals for Ayurveda established across the country.
Popularity of Ayurveda and wellness tours is turning out to be an important cause for a tourism boom in India. Kerala is the only state which practices this system of medicine with absolute dedication in India. Around 600 BC in India a new system of medicine evolved. A system that in addition to treating an ailment, stressed on its prevention a system that came to be called Ayurveda This tradition of health and care (wellness) was followed by the Dravidians and Aryans alike and has been practiced ever since. In the 5th century, there are historical references of some sort of a crude system of healing prevalent in Kerala.
Today, Ayurveda is an indispensable branch of medicine - a complete naturalistic system that depends on the diagnosis of your body's humours - vata, pitta and kapha - to achieve the right balance. We have various wellness tours of Kerala.
Trip at a Glance
Day 1: Arrival at Cochin
Day 2: Cochin
Day 3 - 9 : Cochin - Ayurveda Centre
Day 10: Ayurveda centre - Alleppey
Day 11: Alleppey
Day 12: Alleppey - Kovalam
Day 13: Kovalam
Day 14: Kovalam - Trivandrum Departure
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Day 1 Arrive
On arrival meet and greet transfer to hotel. Check in to hotel
Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.
From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide.
Dinner and overnight in hotel
Day 2 Cochin
After breakfast sightseeing of Cochin, a city till today influenced by medieval Portugal, Holland and England You visit St. Francis Sightseeing Cochin - Chinese Fishing Nets Church, the Mattancherry Palace or "Dutch Palace" (closed on Fridays and Saturdays) And the amazing Chinese fishing nets. You also see the Jew City with the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays), constructed in 1568, with hand-painted, willow-pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in the mid-18th century by a Rabbi, who had trading interest in that city. In the evening enthrall yourself with a special presentation of the colorfully costumed Kathakali Dance Drama in a local theatre.
Overnight in the hotel
Day 3 - 9 Cochin - Ayurveda Center (Marari Beach Resort) 07 Nights Treatment Program
After breakfast drive to the Ayurveda centre. After arrival at the respective Ayurveda centre, check-in at the Resort and after a short break, meeting with the Resort 's Ayurveda doctors for a long interactive session, during which they would like to know all the detailed aspects about your wellness, lifestyle, food habits, working habits and other specific body ailments, if any, etc.
This would then enable them to decide about the next course of action and the types of different wellness massages most suitable to you. In the afternoon, the first of the general rejuvenation massages shall begin for you.
Dinner and overnight in hotel
Ayurveda, the science of life, is almost as old as the Indian civilization. It's holistic approach, the efficacy of its therapies and the absence of distressing side-effects are some of its salient features. The seven day package offered to you includes Uzhichil With Swedanam , Rasayana Uzhichil, Ellakithirummu , Sirodhara , Kizhi , Njavarakizhi , Pizhichil. You can de-stress your body and rejuvenate yourself in the sylvan, soothing and serene surroundings of either of these centers. For Kerala's equable climate, natural abundance of forests (with a wealth of herbs and medicinal plants), are best suited for Ayurveda's curative and restorative and wellness program.
Day 10 Marari - Houseboat
After breakfast, drive to the Boat jetty, where your houseboat with its crew awaits your embarkation thereon. Thereafter a very soothing backwaters boat-cruise through lush green sylvan and serene surroundings and tranquil waters your personal cook will serve you the fresh catch of the day with pleasure. Your house-boat can anchor at any place of your choice and you can take a short stroll on the banks of the backwater canals of your choice amidst swaying palms and chirping birds.
Dinner and overnight on the houseboat
Day 11 House Boat
After breakfast tour of backwaters
The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state in southern India. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range.
The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900 km of waterways, and sometimes compared to the American Bayou. In the midst of this landscape there are a number of towns and cities, which serve as the starting and end points of backwater cruises. National Waterway No. 3 from Kollam to Kottapuram, covers a distance of 205 km and runs almost parallel to the coast line of southern Kerala facilitating both cargo movement and backwater tourism. The important rivers from north to south are; Valapattanam river (110 kms.), Chaliar (69 kms.), Kadalundipuzha (130 kms.), Bharathapuzha (209 kms.), Chalakudy river (130 kms.), Periyar (244 kms), Pamba (176 kms), Achancoil (128 kms.) and Kalladayar (121 kms.). Other than these, there are 35 more small rivers and rivulets flowing down from the Ghats. Most of these rivers are navigable up to the midland region, in country crafts.
Overnight stay on the houseboat
Day - 12 Alleppey - Kovalam
After breakfast drive to Kovalam, on arrival check in to the hotel
Kovalam is famous for its beaches, among the most pristine in India. Kovalam is extremely popular among westerners due to shallow waters and low tidal waves. It is also one of the oldest tourist enclave in India, which known among tourist circuit right in 1930s. Kovalam shot into limelight in the early seventies with arrivals of the masses of hippies. That started the transformation of a casual fishing village of Kerala into one of the most important tourist destinations in all India- the Kovalam beach.
Kovalam was brought to the public eye by Her Highness The Queen of Travancore Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai decided to build a palace for herself at a rock top near the beach, as her private residence better known as Halcyon Castle. Later, in 1936, the next Queen, HH Karthika Thirunal choose this palace for her honeymoon with her newlywed husband, 1st Prince GV Raja. It was Prince G.V Raja who found immense tourist potentiality of the region and decided promote the region among state guests, by inviting Thomas Cook & Sons- UK to develop the region. The Maharaja of Travancore soon started hosting regular state banquets and accommodation of his European guests in Kovalam Halcyon Palace. This made the beach popular among European families living in nearby Madras and Bombay Presidencies as well as elite Travancore families to spend their holidays. Thus, the move helped to lay foundations of modern tourism industry in South India. Post independent India, the beach was popular among Indians and few tourists. It was 1970s, the hippie culture helped to revive the beach, with vast influx of tourists, spending their wild holidays here. When Kerala government thought of making tourism as a major industry, towards 1990s, Kovalam was the first tourist destination to be highlighted and promoted. Today it’s an intentionally renowned beach.
Dinner and overnight in hotel
Day 13 Kovalam
After breakfast a day at Leisure
Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 14 Kovalam – Trivandrum – Fly out
Transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination
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Accommodation in well-appointed rooms with TWN/DBL room basis.
Assistance, toll, taxes
Transport services as per itinerary by A/C Medium Car for Package.
07 Night Ayurvédique package with all Meals basis in Marari Beach Resorts
Daily Breakfast in Hotels
All Meals in House Boat
Guides / Entrances
Extra Supplements from Hotels.
Extra Supplements from Hotels.
Meals other than specified.
Items of personal nature viz. telephone calls, drinks, laundry bills, etc.
Anything which is not mentioned under “INCLUDES” header
05% Government Service Tax.
Above rate are net and non-commissionable to you.
Cost is based on 02 passengers travelling.
Check in 1400 hrs. and check out 1200hrs
Rooms in Munnar and Thekkady are Non Air Conditioned due to their High Altitude.
All meals inclusive for 1 night on the houseboat.
Air Conditioning operational times in AC Deluxe Houseboat will be from 09:00 pm to 06:00 am.
Houseboat cruising time will be from 12:30 - 05:00 pm and 08:00 am to 09:00 am.
Dutch palace (Closed on Fridays) 08.00Hrs- 17.00Hrs
Jewish synagogue (Closed on Friday, Saturdays) 10.00Hrs-13.00 & 15.00hrs-17.00hrs)
St. Francis church (Closed on Sundays) 09.30hrs-17.00hrs
David hall- (Closed on Monday) 09.30hrs-17.00hrs
Indo Portuguese museum (Closed on Mondays)
Santa cruz basilica (Closed on Sunday
Spice market (Closed on Sunday)
Air Conditioning operational times in AC Premium Houseboat will be from check in to check out.
Validity: From 01st October to March 31st.
Diwali & Christmas Peak season supplementary hike as per actual basis.