India Pilgrimage with Pradeep
March 11-20, 2018
Registration opens Fall 2017
Journey with Pradeep to India for a week of yoga and Ayurveda at the luxurious Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village, plus three days exploring the backwaters in the southern state of Kerala. (Scroll down for information regarding the optional one-week trip to the North.)
At the resort, Pradeep will lead the group in yoga practice twice daily, and resort chefs will nourish our bodies with healthy and organic food and drink. No alcohol is served or permitted onsite.
Between practice session, guests will have the opportunity to relax by the pool, walk along the beach, or enjoy massage, spa and Ayurvedic treatments. As a group we will walk into town to explore the local temples and sights, with Pradeep as our guide.
Rooms are air-conditioned and the resort provides modern amenities, including laundry service and high-speed internet.
In addition to our resort stay, we will also spend a few days (3 nights) exploring the Kerala Backwaters on a houseboat tour. From the decks of our convoy of boats, we will take in the lush palm-fringed lakes, wildlife, boat-filled canals loaded with coconuts and cashews, and backwater villages washed by the waters that provide villagers with their main form of transport along the network of rivers, canals, lagoons, and watering rice paddies.
We will travel and sleep in a modern version of the traditional kettuvalam haulage vessels, which are crafted from woven coconut-fiber coir without the use of a single nail. Each traditional houseboat is complete with on-board chef, crew and entertainment.
Retreat Price Includes:
- 10 nights lodging (7 nights Manaltheeram, 3 nights houseboat)
- Meals, beverages, and snacks served onsite at the beach resort or on the houseboat
- Daily yoga and meditation sessions
- Airport transfers and local transportation: Trivandrum International Airport to Manaltheeram, Manaltheeram to houseboat dock, houseboat return to Trivandrum International Airport
Retreat price does not include: airfare; Ayurveda, massage, or spa treatments; food/beverages purchased outside the resort or houseboat tour
Stay tuned for prices and rooming options...
Registration opens Fall 2017
Cancellations made within 60 days of trip departure forfeits 50% of retreat price; within 30 days results in 100% of price forfeiture.
How do I choose which airport??
Transportation will be arranged to the resort hotel on February 19 from Kerala's Trivandrum Airport (TRV), which is 30 minutes away. At the end of our tour on March 1, the houseboat will dockin Kumarakom, and the closest airport is Cochim Airport (COH), about two hours drive away. Trivandrum Airport is 4.5 hour drive from the houseboat dock.
For those who want more...
At the end of this 10-day trip, participants may also choose to travel north with Pradeep for one week. This extended trip involves flying from Kerala to New Delhi. Participants will stay in New Delhi, and Pradeep will accompany you to visit Agra, the Taj Majal, and other sacred sites. Pradeep will also take you to his village, where you will meet his family and see his home.
This 7-day/6-night add-on is an additional cost per person [TBD], which covers all local lodging and transportation in and around New Delhi and Agra. Airfare to New Delhi from Kerala, food and drink not included.
Wednesday - arrive Delhi
Thursday - tour Delhi
Friday - travel to Agra
Saturday - Agra
Sunday - return to Delhi
Monday - Pradeep's village (Mansurpur), sleep there
Tuesday - return to Delhi for late night departures
If you are interested in adding this trip onto the yoga retreat and houseboat tour, please indicate this in your yoga retreat reservation. Guests will be asked to book their own air transportation, coordinating this travel with others in our group. We will arrange local hotels and transportation and group meals.
Questions? Email eileen (at) pradeepyoga.com