Journey to God’s Country: Discover Kerala

Immerse Yourself in Traditional Ayurveda

October 3-16, 2020

Considered the “home of Ayurveda,” Kerala is also called God’s country for its lush and extraordinary beauty. A place where for centuries international traders have sought its prized spices, Kerala is a culture of rich diversity, sophistication and color and its people are warm, wise and welcoming.

Nourish
Our trip begins at a traditional Ayurvedic center right on the beach where you will be oiled, nourished, pampered and rejuvenated. You will be offered Yoga classes, ocean swims, classes with Ayurvedic doctors, nature walks and temple visits.

Spice
From there we head to the famed ghats, where we wander through herbal forests where true medicine grows on trees and vines, visit spice plantations and the local women who prepare the spices and herbs for Ayurvedic formulations. There you will have nightly cooking classes from Ayurvedic chefs, hike through a tropical jungle wildlife preserve, and enjoy cultural performances.

Float
We will spend two nights on houseboats on the serene Backwaters, by day floating on these beautiful waters and canals where people have lived and farmed since what seems like time immemorial.

Enlighten
Our final days will be in Fort Cochin, on the Malabar coast. Thanks to the spice trade, Cochin has received traders and merchants from China, Europe and the Middle East over its history and it shows in its architecture, art, and cuisine. In Cochin we will tour the historic quarters, allowing time for shopping, art galleries and museums. We will have lunch on the water, and a celebratory cultural dinner on our final night.

Learn
All the while, you will be accompanied by Ayurvedic practitioner Laura Plumb, author of Ayurveda Cooking For Beginnerswho will be holding classes and sharing inspiration as we travel. We will meet wise guides, Ayurvedic experts and cultural historians.

Delight
This promises to be a rich and vibrant experience with a small group of bright and inspiring individuals exploring the magic of Kerala.


Kerala Itinerary

October 18-23: Manaltheeram Ayurvedic Resort Hospital & Research Center: Ayurvedic Treatments, Clinic Activities, Ayurveda Classes, Quiet Time for Nature or Cultural Visits, Daily Group Engagement.

October 23-27: Spice Village, Periyar Highlands: Morning Yoga, Daily Ayurveda Classes, Ayurveda Cooking Classes with Spice Village Chefs, Spice Plantation Tour, Excursions Offered by Ecolodge.

October 27-29: Kerala Backwaters: Morning Yoga, Backwater Tours, Afternoon Rest/Ayurveda Treatments/Meditation.

October 29-31: Malabar House, Fort Cochin: Visit Historic Fort Cochin, Shopping, Kerala Celebration Dinner.

October 31: Depart for Home or Extend Your Tour

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Trip Price: $3200 | AIN Students: $2900
A $500 non-refundable deposit holds your place.

I invite you to reserve your space now by emailing me.

Related:

Pakoras in Kerala: Did you know pakors are made of mung bean flour? Watch my video of the Executive Chef at Serenity Hotel teaching guests to make the most delicious pakoras.

Why is cardamom called the Queen of Spice? Watch my 1 minute video shot at Spice Village and learn about this popular Ayurvedic “sweet spice.”

Coconut Rice Dumplings: Coconut and rice make up much of Keralan cuisine. Watch this short video to learn how to turn these simple ingredients into a healthy dumpling snack.

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