kerala, india

‘LAND OF 1000 SMILES’ tour – Kerala, India

A cultural sojourn and a nurturing experience

When: This tour will operate in 2018
(15 nights, 16 days).

This journey is based on:
• the philosophies and experience of Ayurveda - India’s natural medical system for healing, rejuvenation and relaxation
• the philosophies and practice of Patanjali’s ‘8 Limbs of Yoga’

Gather the skills to generate greater:
• energy
• focus
• creativity
• awareness
• relaxation, and
• peak performance with ease


Take a glimpse of Land of 1000 Smiles

This beautiful vacation will allow you to retreat to that ‘quiet space within’ from where you can create ‘who you want to be’ and attract ‘what you want to have.’

At the same time appreciate what India refers to as ‘God’s own Country’. Experience the majesty and warmth that emanates from this richly designed tapestry known as Kerala and witness the thousand smiles that radiate from its wonderful people, the Keralites.

Kerala is in Southern India forming part of the south-western coast. Kerala is also called Malanadu, or ‘country with hills’. Malayalam, which denotes the land as well as the language, means ‘a country of hills and waves’.

The region is internationally renowned for Ayurveda, India’s 5000 year-old system of natural medicine; a system that is endorsed by the World Health Organisation.

In Kerala winter is normally October to January and the temperature drops a little. The weather will rarely rise above 32º; with a minimum temperature at sea level of 20º and so loose, light, comfortable clothing will be all that you need.

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The gentle yoga, deep relaxation sessions and meditation instruction are experiential and uncomplicated. These methods are ideal for beginners as well as those who wish to ‘deepen’ their already established practice.

People of all ages, body types, walks of life, professions and dispositions are welcome.

If you seek to maintain good health; incorporate relaxation for wellbeing; or restore equilibrium, then this tour is ideal for you!

You may wonder why I called this tour “Land of 1000 Smiles”.

Well, when I first undertook this journey, I noticed that no matter where I went in Kerala, I was greeted by smiles from the young and the old; male and female; the poorest of the poor; and the ill and wounded.

I started to count every time someone looked up at me and gleamed with those big brown eyes and pearly smiles and I stopped counting at 1000. That was after only one week!

Annemaree

'Land of 1000 Smiles' tour package details – click here

'Land of 1000 Smiles' tour package details – click here

Your package includes:

• 3 Ayurvedic one-hour massage treatments
• Evening dinner and cooking demonstration at Nimmy’s Paul
• A series of gentle yoga, deep relaxation & meditation sessions
• Full healthy breakfasts daily (vegetarian and non-vegetarian)
• All meals on the deluxe houseboat
• Traditional Kerala Thali meal
•15 nights including a mixture of accommodation in stylish and distinctive 'heritage' hotels, guest-house, houseboat & 5-star deluxe resorts
• Round trip economy class airfares with Singapore Airlines and Silk Air
• Round trip airport transfers
• All transfers and tours by deluxe air-conditioned mini-coach
• Local English speaking tour escort
• Entrance fees wherever applicable as per the full itinerary
• All current applicable taxes
• Basic Porterage at airport & hotels (not tips).
• Some basic tips

All tour cost details – click here

All tour cost details – click here

Investment (2018): TBA mid 2017

(Land only available - please contact Cool, Calm & Collected for details).
(Single Supplement: Upon application)

*Travel insurance is compulsory. You may apply through Connelly & Turner or make your own arrangements.
*An Indian visa will be required and is approximately $96 including VFS fee. (Conditions apply).

Currency fluctuations may occur and will be monitored accordingly.

Exclusions:

• Airport & Airline Taxes and fuel surcharges
• Indian visa fees or passport fees
• Tips (over and above those included in your itinerary)
• Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.
• Any other meals/services not mentioned in the program.
• Any increase in Tax structure levied by the Govt. of India.

The costs are based on between 8-10 full paying passengers travelling to India together.
If you would like to extend your stay this may be arranged and will in general not affect the above prices. (A small fee to extend your airline booking may apply).

Assistance and/or advice on inoculations, Indian visa, clothing requirements, attire, dress code and pharmaceutical supplies will be forthcoming.

People/partners who have not practised deep relaxation sessions, are warmly welcomed to join us. It is not obligatory to join in the classes.  However, as the methods are very gentle, soothing and easy to follow, some may wish to take the opportunity to try them and to experience the many benefits they have to offer.

*This tour is strictly limited to ten people, so please book early.

A preliminary itinerary, booking form, booking conditions, deposit refund details and tour cost information will be forwarded to you upon registration.

NB:  As this is peak period in India, and as airline seats and 5-star hotel rooms are always fully booked at this time, a deposit of AUD1250 will be required upon registration to secure your place.

Final payment will be required 60 days prior to departure.

Clients wishing to extend their stay may do so but at the conclusion of the trip if they are to travel as part of the group.  We can assist with all pre and post tour extensions.

This tour is being operated in conjunction with Connelly & Turner Travel Associates, Australia, and Creative Travel, India.

Please note travel agency commission does apply. Please contact Cool, Calm & Collected for details.

Flight Information:
The most direct flights ex Melbourne into and out of Kerala are via Singapore with Singapore Airlines and Silk Air. The in-flight service is excellent on both airlines. The flight to Singapore ex Melbourne is approximately 7½ hours with a layover of approximately 3½ hours and then a connection to Cochin. Flight time to Cochin is 4½ hours.

Our tour partner details – click here

Our tour partner details – click here

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This tour is being operated in conjunction with Connelly & Turner Travel Associates, Australia, and Creative Travel, India.

Please note travel agency commission does apply. Please contact Cool, Calm & Collected for details.