REGISTRATION OPENS SUMMER OF 2019
February 9 - 19, 2020
Join Pradeep in India for a week of yoga and Ayurveda at the newly opened AyurSoma property plus three additional days exploring the backwaters of Kerala on traditionally built house boats.
Join Pradeep in India for 7 days of Yoga & Ayurveda and then 3 additional days floating the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional southern India house boat. This is exclusively our only 10-day retreat. After the retreat, we invite you to join us for an additional week of travel to discover India further.
This unique and special retreat will start at the AyurSoma Resort, the latest edition of Somatheeram Ayurveda Group. We will spend 7 days at this beach side Ayurvedic Resort - enjoying morning chai, meditative walks to the beach, traditional Ayurvedic meals and treatments, temple tours, a special visit to Shivananda Yoga Village as well as two yoga and mediation classes per day.
Following our stay at AyurSoma, we will be picked up in vans and carted through the streets of Kerala until arriving at our private house boats to take us on a journey through the backwaters of Kerala. Each boat has three double rooms, dinning and lounging area, on board kitchen and plenty of room to move about and enjoy the incredible views from this on water vantage point. The boat crews will prepare all of your meals, surprise you with afternoon snacks and chai, and teach you about the unique human and wildlife inhabitants of the backwaters. Yoga on the boat is always a must and no day is complete without an evening walk through the tiny towns.
As a special treat for traveling all the way to India, we have added an additional 7 day tour through New Delhi, Agra, and Pradeep’s Home. This extended trip is an additional cost. All details and package options are listed below.
EXPLORING THE BACKWATERS OF KERALA
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.
Feb 9 Fly into Trivandrum Airport, arrive at AyurSoma
Feb 9 - 16 Retreat at AyurSoma
Feb 16 Depart AyurSoma and arrive on House Boats
Feb 16 - 19 House Boat Excursion
Feb 19 Depart House Boats arrive in Kochi. Fly home or continue the journey North with Pradeep as your tour guide
Yoga + Spa
2 yoga classes daily at resort
1 yoga class daily on the boat
free WiFi (at resort and on the boat)
yoga mats and props
Shivananda Yoga Village Tour (Center where Pradeep received his Yoga Teacher Training)
Traditional live music at dinner while at AyurSoma
Cultural performance on house boat
7 nights at AyurSoma Resort
3 Nights on House Boat on the Backwaters
Airport transfers from Trivandrum Airport to AyurSoma
Private Van transfers from AyurSoma to house boats
Private van transfers from house boats to Kochi Airport
3 Ayurvedic meals per day at AyurSoma
3 meals per day on boats prepared by boat crew
Morning Chai, coffee, or tea with fruit
Bottled water at resort & on boat
*AyurSoma is an alcohol free Ayurvedic resort, this week will be a true detox from substances
International Airfare to Trivandrum Airport
International Airfare from Kochi Airport
Travel Insurance (recommended)
Additional Spa or Ayurvedic Treatments
Alcoholic beverages for the House Boats
All the rooms are luxuriously appointed combining modern amenities with the charm of traditional architecture. You can select from a number of accommodations according to your needs.
BACKWATER HOUSE BOAT
Each Boat is equipped with a communal dinning table, additional seating in the front of the boat, three rooms each with double occupancy and private bathrooms, kitchen for the staff and open walls to the water for incredible views.
All accommodations are double occupancy. Boat and room placements will be determined by travel companions and total group size. This adventure is included in your retreat package, no additional fees will be applied.
FOR THOSE WHO WANT MORE…
At the end of this 10-day trip, you can choose to extend your trip by traveling for an additional 6 days with Pradeep in the North of India. This is your opportunity to see more of the country with a private local tour guide (Pradeep). This extended trip involves flying from Kochi to New Delhi where we will start a 6 day journey touring with Pradeep to sacred sites around Delhi, Agra, including the Taj Mahal. A very special part of this trip includes an over night stay at Pradeep’s family home, where you will be greeted with homemade traditional meals and family style accommodations. We will then say our good byes in Delhi where everyone will catch their flights home.
This 6-day/5-night add-on is an additional cost per person*, 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.
*ADDITIONAL COST PER PERSON IS $1000.
EXTENDED TRIP SCHEDULE
Feb 19 Arrive in Dehli
Feb 20 Depart Delhi for arrival in Agra
Feb 21 Tour Taj Majal
Feb 22 Depart Agra for arrival at Pradeep’s home
Feb 23 Depart Pradeep’s home for arrival in Delhi
Feb 24 Delhi International airport for departure flights
Local lodging (in Delhi, Agra, and at Pradeep’s Home)
A private van for the comfort and ease of our journey
Entrance into the Taj Mahal
Two homemade meals by Pradeep’s Family
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
All meals & drink
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Which airport should I fly into?
Schedule your arrival flight to land in Trivandrum Airport on February 9th, no later than 5 PM. You can find international flights to Trivandrum or grab a local connector flight from Delhi International Airport or any other major airport in India. IndiGo Airline is recommended for domestic flights.
When should I arrive?
You should plan to arrive in Trivandrum no later than 5 PM on February 9th.
When should I leave?
RETREAT ONLY: Schedule your departure flight to leave from Kochin International Airport on February 19. DO NOT book your departure flight any earlier than 5 PM on the 19th. We will end our House Boat tour on February 19th and the drivers will take us straight to the Kochin International Airport.
EXTENDED TRIP: If you are staying for the extended trip to the north, you will book a local flight from Kochin International Airport to Delhi International Airport. IndiGo Airline is the recommended airline to fly for domestic flights and you can expect to pay $60-80 USD for this flight. Your final departure will be from Delhi International Airport on Feb 24.
Which room type should I choose?
If you are traveling with a friend or loved one you should book a double room. If you are traveling alone you can book a single room or if you are flexible with getting a roommate you can book a double room and we will place you with a roommate of the same gender.
Do I want to go to the North?
This trip is completely optional however, If you have the holiday time it is highly advised you join for this adventure. It is a rare opportunity to have Pradeep as a private tour guide through some of India’s most treasured temples and monuments. It is also a once in a lifetime opportunity to stay in the home Pradeep grew up in, meet and feast with his family, and to walk the fields of his family sugar cane farm.
How much are flights to the North?
Local flights vary between $60-90 dollars.
Please contact Sarah@pradeepyoga.com