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Kerala Ayurveda Tour

Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days

Destinations Covered : Chennai - Trichy - Tanjore - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Cochin - Marari Beach - Cochin

Highlights : Kerala, God' s own country, has become synonymous of Ayurveda in India. Ayurveda is an ancient holistic science which includes diet, herbal remedies, excise, massage, yoga, aromas, mantras, and tantras and meditation and emphasizes the use of body, mind, sprit, emotions, and psychology in prevention and treatment.

Day 01 : Chennai

Welcome by our representatives on your arrival at Chennai. Transfer to a hotel. Go for the City tour in the afternoon. Overnight stay in Chennai.

Chennai, is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It was formerly known as Madras. It is located on the coast of Bay of Bengal. Chennai is one of the major commercial, cultural, economic and educational centers in India.

Places of interest in Chennai: Marina Beach, Elliot's Beach, lot of parks and temples. Chennai is one of the few cities in the world that accommodates a national park, the Guindy National Park, within its limits.

Day 02 : Chennai

Enjoy the South Indian breakfast at the hotel and proceed to a day long trip to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Return to Chennai for overnight stay.

Mahabalipuram - Mahabalipuram was a 7th century port city of the famous South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas. This city is around 60 km south from the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The name Mamallapuram has been given after the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I. He took on the epithet Maha-malla (great wrestler), as the favourite sport of the Pallavas was wrestling. There are several historic monuments built in the period between 7th and 9th centuries and have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram, "Golden City Of Temples" was believed to be the most attractive city of ancient India. This city is one of India's seven sacred cities and is considered the second holiest place in India next to Varanasi. Kanchipuram is also very famous for the silk sarees. E:\HOSTING\Clients\rutileindiatravel\sdgtour.com\kerala-tours\kerala-ayurveda-tour.html - trip

Day 03 : Trichy

Have breakfast and start your journey by car to Trichy by road. Reach Trichy. On arrival, transfer to a hotel. Relax and then go for an afternoon city tour of Trichy. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Visit the temple of Ganesh, which is located on top of a rock. You will have to climb 434 steps cut out into the rock side and interspersed with shrines which lead to the temple.

Day 04 : Tanjore

After your delicious breakfast at the hotel, go to Tanjore for a day long excursion and return to the hotel in Trichy for an overnight stay.

Tanjore, also known as Thanjavur is the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. It is a flourishing centre for bronze sculpture and painting. Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian art and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments are located in and around Thanjavur. Thanjavur was the royal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and the Mahrattas. Thanjavur was at height of its glory during Rajaraja Cholan. The Big Temple and the other famous temples in the district are known all over the world. Thanjavur is also the home of the Tanjore painting, a painting style unique to the region.

Day 05 : Madurai

Have your breakfast at the hotel and then drive down to Madurai. On your arrival at Madurai, you will be transferred to a hotel. Relax for a while and then proceed to the afternoon city tour of Madurai. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Madurai is famous for the Sri Meenakshi temple, a Dravidian architecture with 14 carved gopurams. The temple is the heart and lifeline of this 2500 year old city. This temple complex has the very famous 1 4 gateway towers or the Gopurams. Madurai is also known for cotton sungudi sarees.

Visit the temple in the evening as well and can do some shopping near the temple. Also visit the following places in Madurai: Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, Gandhi Museum and Thirumalai Nayak Palace.

Day 06 : Periyar

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and start your road journey to Periyar. Check-in to a hotel on arrival at Periyar. Freshen up and then go for the afternoon boat rides on the lake Periyar for game viewing. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Periyar, the longest river in Kerala is the only perennial river in South India with clean water and this river has an important place in Kerala's history
Peryar is also known for its spices so its time for you to visit the SPICE MARKETS in the evening.

Day 07 : Kumarakom

Have breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Kumarakom by car. Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam, in Kerala. Kumarokom is famous for its backwater tourism. On reaching Kumarakom, you will be transferred to an Ayurvedic Resort. Enjoy the evening boat ride on the back waters. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08 : Kumarakom

Enjoy and pamper yourself at the Ayurvedic Center. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Ayurveda is the oldest surviving complete medical system in the world. Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word meaning the 'knowledge for prolonging life", is a 5000 year-old holistic medical system, widely practiced in India and especially in Kerala. Ayurveda assumes the fundamental sameness of self and nature and as such it is a sister science to yoga, stemming from the same period of Vedic philosophy. It places great importance on the harmony of mind, body and spirits and acknowledges the psychosomatic causes behind many diseases. Ayurveda looks at the whole patient: disease is regarded as a symptom of imbalance, so it's the imbalance that is treated, not the disease!

The ideal geographic location of Kerala and its salubrious climate has made external purification and rejuvenation therapies most effective for treatment of many psychosomatic disorders.

The high humidity in Kerala helps to open up the body pores and the medicinal oils used in massaging get easily absorbed into the body there by increasing the effectiveness of the treatment. Sirodhara, Pizhichil, Navarakizhi, Thalapothichil, Pachakizhi and Podikizhi are some of the kerala special ayurvedic procedures. Come, get yourself distressed!

Day 09 : Kumarakom

After your breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the rice boats for the cruise on the lake and the backwaters as well. Enjoy the overnight stay on the boat.

Day 10 : Cochin

Enjoy your breakfast and then arrive at the New Jetty. Drive down to Cochin from here. On your arrival at Cochin, you will be transferred to a hotel. Enjoy the afternoon city tour of Cochin. Overnight at the hotel.

Old Cochin Area : Go to Jewtown and you can find one of the oldest Jewish communities here. Visit its crown jewel, the paradesi synagogue. Also visit the International Pepper Exchange which is also located in Jewtown.

Chinese Fishing Nets : These nets are erected on teak wood and bamboo poles. These work on the principle of balance. It was earlier thought that the nets might have been introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He. But a recent research shows that these were introduced by Portuguese Casado settlers from Macau.

Other places of interest are Vasco Da Gama Square, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basillica, VOC Gate, Bastion Bunglow, Mattancherry Palace, etc.

Day 11 : Marari Beach

Have breakfast. Go to Marari Beach. Relax and enjoy the rest of the day at the Marari Beach resort. Overnight stay will also be at Marari Beach Resort.

Marari Beach resort is a perfect place to unwind yourself without doing anything and indulging in only the Ayurvedic therapies to suit your body type. You can also enjoy the glimpses of Malabar.

Day 12 : Marari Beach

Enjoy the whole day at the beach and the Ayurvedic health center. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 13 : Marari Beach

Enjoy the whole day at the beach and the Ayurvedic health center. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 14 : Cochin

Enjoy your breakfast at the Marari Beach resort and then proceed to Cochin Airport to board the flight as per your schedule and based on your onward destination.