One of the most popular south Indian states of India, Kerala is best known for being the birth place as well as the hub of Ayurveda. Founded more than 5000 years ago, this ancient Indian science of holistic healing, today is known all across the globe. If the tiresome city life has taken a toll on you, opt for our blissful Kerala Spa and Ayurveda Tour. This is a well-planned itinerary of 13 days, wherein you are going to enjoy a stay in the Coconut Lagoon resort of Kumarakom, world-renowned for its Ayurveda therapies. Other highlights of the tour are sightseeing in Mumbai, tour of Cochin, and houseboat cruise on the backwaters of Alleppey.
Arrive at the Mumbai airport. Meet our tour representative who helps you with an assisted transfer at the hotel. Complete the check-in formalities. The rest of the day is scheduled for sightseeing in Mumbai including the Gateway of India- built in the year 1924, it is one of the most important landmarks here; Hanging Garden or Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens- a beautiful terraced garden on the top of Malabar Hill, Haji Ali Dargah- an extremely popular mosque and dargah that lies on an island, off the coast of Worli along with other delights. Spend a memorable evening at the bustling Juhu beach. Do not miss savoring savory delights like Pao Bhaji, Pani Puri, Bhel Puri etc. One can enjoy leisure walk here and a host of other activities.
Overnight stay in Mumbai.
In the morning, get an assisted transfer to the Mumbai airport for boarding a flight to Cochin. As you reach, get transferred to the pre-booked Ayurveda resort, Coconut Lagoon Kumarakom. Check into the resort. The remaining day is at leisure. Explore this peaceful resort. Spread in 30 acres of lush land, this resort has a soothing lush peaceful setting, ideal for availing the benefits of Ayurveda. Your stay here is going to be memorable.
Days 3 to 9 are scheduled for a stay at the Coconut Lagoon Ayurveda retreat where you are completely going to rejuvenate your fatigued mind, body, and soul. During your 7-day stay here, get the best of Ayurveda therapies, massages and treatments. The resident doctor decides your Ayurveda program, therapies as well as meals as per your bogy need. No alcohol or tobacco consumption is permitted here. Meals served are strictly vegetarian. Be a part of Yoga and meditation sessions, herbal body massages, steam baths, yogic meals with immense nutritional value, beauty treatments and so on. Before the treatment starts, a consultation is scheduled by the resident doctor. The experience is going to relaxing and refreshing. There is also a small library with a number of good reads on Ayurveda.
On the 10th day of the tour, post breakfast, the day is at leisure. Kumarakom is an amazing destinations with lush scenic beauty in abundance. It lies on the banks of Lake Vembanad and is known for offering peaceful holidays. You can also partake in sightseeing, bird watching at the very popular Kumarakom and enjoy a visit to the Pathiramanal Island. The day is going to be wonderful.
In the morning, travel to Kottayam. On reaching, proceed to the jetty and get ready for embarking on a houseboat ride from Kottayam to Alleppey, the backwater hub of Kerala, which has been given the epithet of the 'Venice of the East'. A houseboat is traditionally known as a kettuvallam. This is going to be an overnight cruise in a well-equipped houseboat that comes with well-fitted rooms. The tour also includes a trained chef and a rower-cum-guide. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance and verdant environs as the boat sails on the placid water channels. Visit the paddy fields, the villages, coir industry and other delights. Do not miss spotting colorful avifauna.
Overnight on-board the houseboat.
Morning arrival in Alleppey. After completing the check-out formalities, de-board the houseboat. Start your road journey to the wonderful Cochin city, a melting point of all cultures in Kerala. After completing the check-in, get ready for a city tour of Cochin, filled with a number of Portuguese, Dutch and British structures. The first visit of the day is to the Jewish Synagogue, constructed way back in the year 1568. Also known as Paradesi Synagogue, it has beautiful hand-painted Chinese tiles in white and blue colors. Next, visit the majestic St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. Thereafter, visit the Dutch Palace, also called the Mattancherry Palace. This is a delightful structure that also has stunning murals, some old but interesting palanquins and other ancient things on display. Now head towards the Chinese fishing nets too. The evening is scheduled for attending a Kathakali performance.
On the last day, get transferred to the airport for boarding a flight for your onward destination.