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2017 South India Rejuvenation Tour
“After an intense spiritual pilgrimage to Mount Kailash in Tibet in 2016, I invite the spiritually adventurous souls to a relaxing and rejuvenating cultural and meditative tour of South India in 2017. You will benefit from associating with a spiritual group in idyllic settings and gaining direct perspectives from me.” - Shailesh
2017 Divine Heart Center South India Rejuvenation Tour Itinerary
Tour Begins: Monday Oct 23rd, 2017 in Kochi, Kerala
Tour Ends: Tuesday Oct 31st, 2017 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
23 Oct 2017 Arrive Kochi International airport
Arrive at Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, in the coastal state of Kerala. Kochi's natural harbor is one of the finest in the world.
Check-in on arrival. Meditate in the evening or visit the Keralakataki center to experience the Kathakali dance performance - a traditional dance form depicting Indian epics (Ramayana and Mahabharata). The dancers are dressed in very colorful and elaborate costumes. Their faces are painted to depict various characters of these epics. This dance has a lot of facial expressions and brisk, yet articulate body movements. Stay overnight at Kochi.
24 Oct 2017 Drive Kochi – Kumarakom Backwaters (2 hrs.)
After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom backwaters - an emerald peninsula of paddy fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters that juts out into Lake Vembanad. Popularly known as the “backwaters”, this area is made up of a labyrinth of canals and lakes that stretch between the capital Cochin and Quilon in the south.
From the vastness of Lake Vembanad to the quiet streams just large enough for a canoe, the backwaters form the arteries through which rural daily life calmly flows - children splashing in the water, women washing clothes at the water's edge, fishermen up to their necks in water digging out fish with their feet, rice barges transporting coconuts and rice (the staples of the Keralan diet) and, above all, an overriding sense of peace and tranquility that permeates every aspect of this stunning region. Check-in upon arrival.
Meditate in the afternoon. You might like to try an ayurvedic massage (extra cost) that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The science of Ayurveda states that a human being is made up of five elements - air, water, fire, ether and earth. The balance of these elements leads to health. Ayurveda is a traditional form of Indian medicine that was developed by ancient sages whose astute observations led to the development of constitutional medicine.
In the evening enjoy a sun set cruise and bird watching. Meditate.
Overnight at Kumarakom.
25 Oct 2017 Drive Kumarakom – Munnar (4.5 hrs.)
Early morning watch a Kerala martial art demonstration or meditate.
After breakfast we drive to Munnar - surrounded by lush green-carpeted tea and coffee plantations, It is a picturesque hill station, situated in the eastern part of Kerala. The town is located at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kudala - and is known for its neat, clean and brightly painted ambience. The beautiful landscape, cozy weather, and the smell of tea-leaves make Munnar one of the most sought-after destinations in South India. Munnar is situated near the Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western Ghats. The hills here are covered with a carpet of flowers in bloom. Arrive and check in. Meditate in the evening. Stay overnight at Munnar.
26 Oct 2017 Tour Munnar
After breakfast proceed for a sightseeing tour of Munnar, visit Pothamedu - is known for its plantation business. Apart from trekking and hiking options amidst sylvan surroundings, Devikulam - is an idyllic hill station near Munnar, Pallivasal - is home to the first hydropower project in Kerala, Attukal - has several panoramic waterfalls and offers trekking options, Nyayamakad - is a well-known picnic spot around Munnar. Mettupetty- has an artificial lake built by a small hydroelectric project and Rajamala (Eravikulam National Park) - is known as the natural habitat of endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Meditate all day or visit tea processing factories and temples. Overnight at Munnar.
27 Oct 2017 Drive Kumarakom – Madurai (5 hrs.)
In the early morning enjoy watching the Kerala martial art practices. After breakfast, drive to Madurai. Madurai, one of the oldest cities in South India, has been the center of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. Afternoon tour of Madurai, the primary interest is the Meenakshi Temple, where Dravidian temple architecture may be considered to be at its best. Its hall of a thousand pillars is fabulous and is filled with worshippers at all hours of the day. The tour may also include a visit to the Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Thiruparangundram temple. In the evening, experience the temple ceremony at Shree Meenakshi temple. Overnight stay at Madurai. Non-Hindus are, unfortunately, not allowed to enter the main shrines but are allowed to view the architecture and other places of importance inside the temple. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
28 Oct 2017 Madurai – Rameshwaram - Madurai
Early today proceed on a full day excursion to Rameshwaram. Rameshwaram is a city that has a mention in the ancient Hindu mythology. According to Ramayana, before going to Lanka, Lord Rama performed Shiv puja here for victory. Visit Ramanathaswamy Temple that was built in the 12 century AD and is a fine specimen of late Dravidian architecture. World over it is known for its amazing sculpted pillars and corridors with elaborative design, carving and style. Kothandaramaswamy temple, dating mainly from the 16th to 18th centuries, is notable for its long, exquisite 1000-pillar halls and 22 theerthams (temple tanks), in which pilgrims bathe before visiting the deity. The longest corridor in the world is here and it is 197 meters long from East to West and is 133 meters wide from South-North. Meditate in the temple. Return for overnight stay in Madurai.
29 Oct 2017 Drive Madurai - Thanjavur (4 hrs.)
After breakfast we drive to Thanjavur (Tanjore) - the capital of the powerful Chola dynasty. Today, it is a little town set amidst the lush green rice fields of the Cauvery delta. Magnificent temples still bear witness to the splendor of Chola architecture. Enroute visit Nataraj Temple at Chidambaram and also visit the temples at Kumbakonam. Arrive and check in at hotel. Later tour Tanjore, visit Brihadeeswara Temple - a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located, a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site as “Great Living Chola Temples”. Meditate in the evening. Stay overnight at Tanjore.
30 Oct 2017 Drive Tanjore - Pondicherry (4 hrs.)
After breakfast, we drive to Pondicherry - formerly a French colony settled early in the 18th century, it became part of the Indian Union in the early 50’s when the French voluntarily relinquished control. On arrival, check in at the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Auroville - an ideal township devoted to an experiment in human unity. Meditate at Auroville. Stay overnight at Pondicherry.
31 Oct 2017 Tour Pondicherry - Departure
In the morning visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. By noon, transfer to Chennai international airport (3 hrs.) for flight to onward destination.
Tour Fee Includes
FULL- Reserve Your Spot (till Jan 31st) - non refundable $500
FULL-Early Bird (till Jan 31st) - Shared Room (12 yrs+) $1400
FULL-Early Bird (till Jan 31st) - Private Room (12 yrs+) $2000
FULL-Early Bird (till Jan 31st) - Child (5-12 yrs) $500
4 LEFT Shared Room (12 yrs+) $1700
4 LEFT Private Room (12 yrs+) - 4 LEFT $2200
4 LEFT Child (5-12 yrs) - 4 LEFT $600
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