Winter Sun in Kerala

Kerala ~ 16th – 24th Feb 2019 (8 nights)

Winter Sun & Yoga on the stunning, almost undiscovered

The holiday

On our 8 day yoga retreat we will immerse ourselves in a whole range of relaxing activities, including morning & evening yoga in the purpose built yoga shala, fabulous walks along Northern Kerala’s swathes of completely deserted, white sand beaches. As a group we can enjoy taking boat rides in its famous backwaters, dine in the open air on wonderful freshly prepared Keralan & Southern Indian cuisine & swim in the blood warm waters of the Arabian Sea, & the resort’s gorgeous pool.

Plan the adventure

Some of our yoga retreat guests use their time with us here as a stand-alone holiday in its own right. The hotel is can arrange for our guests to be collected from Mangalore Airport. For others the 8 night yoga retreat is part of a more extensive winter trip to this fabulous part of Southern India.

There are a number of local travel companies specialising in Kerala that can help with planning further travel. However we have found that part of the fun is arranging our own additional itinerary. At the time of year we visit it is not usually necessary to book too far ahead. We are also happy to recommend from our own experience some fantastic family run home-stays, low key hotels, house boats & fabulous beaches & tea plantations to visit during an extended stay.

Kerala

The cost of the Yoga Holiday includes

8 nights in a wonderful beachfront boutique hotel with private air-con bungalow style accommodation, gardens & pool, 10 yoga sessions of different lengths & content. Breakfast every day of your stay & 6 evening meals. Morning yoga will be followed by breakfast of fresh juices, Indian breads, Keralan &  European breakfast options, fresh coffee, tea, yoghurt & fresh fruits.

NOT INCLUDED

Flights, travel insurance, airport transfer & excursions The bill for any additional meals, lunch or drinks taken at the hotel will be settled with the hotel by guests at the end of their stay. Anyone wishing to book additional nights at the hotel can arrange this also. Wine and beer can also be ordered.  Excursions are optional, inexpensive & will be based on the numbers of participants. Usually no more than £15 – £20 per person.

The cost per person for 8 nights sharing *£1200.00 & *£1450.00 single occupancy in a beautifully appointed garden bungalow with sea & gardens views, terrace & lounge.

Additional meals can be arranged at lunchtime when the kitchen will be happy to prepare freshly cooked food to order from its extensive al la carte menu. Please inform staff of your lunch requests after breakfast. Guests wishing to stay extra nights at the hotel are welcome to do so at extra cost subject to the availability of cottages.

*(please note a surcharge may be payable with any extreme fluctuations in currency or in the event we don’t have enough people to secure group rate)

The Resort

Our attractive, French-owned, beachside resort provides beautiful garden bungalows in typical Keralan inspired style, with air-conditioning, stylish yet comfortable furnishings & a restaurant serving locally inspired food with a French twist. The gardens are beautifully maintained & border a seemingly endless beach.

We practice yoga twice a day in the morning & late afternoon in the shaded yoga shala set in among the palm trees overlooking the sea. There is also opportunity for meditation on the tranquil shores of the Arabian Sea watching the setting sun. Along with the scarcity of tourists, another big bonus about this area is the lack of dogs on the beaches, who, as anyone who has tried to sit quietly on the beaches of Goa will know can become quite a disctraction.

 

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resort pool

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The yoga

As with all our yoga holidays Elisa Williams works hard to create a practice that can be adapted to suit all-comers. The yoga classes will comprise the spectrum between slow flow & deeply restorative yoga gently & yin.  You can do as much or as little as you please.

The 10 yoga practices arranged throughout the week will be of varying lengths & content. There is never any pressure for guests to take part in every yoga class & as always non-participating partners are most welcome on the holiday.

Yoga teacher Elisa Williams doesn’t belong to any particular school of yoga and teaches in a spontaneous, non-dogmatic way. Students’ work at their own pace with a strong emphasis on taking what they need that day from their practice & leaving out what they don’t. In general, the morning yoga sessions in Kerala, will comprise more flowing yoga practices,  with modifications offered to suit the individual levels of students.  There will also be pranayama (breathing techniques) & guided meditation & relaxation. The late afternoon/ early evening yoga classes will include a slower asana practice, with some poses held longer for deepening, yin yoga, gentle & restorative sessions, again with pranayama, guided relaxations, yoga nidra & meditations.

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The local attractions

For local colour & atmosphere there are local towns to visit not far from our beachside hotel. It is fun making forays by auto-rickshaw into the towns & villages to unearth in the treasure trove of ayurvedic centres, fabrics, spices, jewellery & local delicacies. As tourism has yet to leave its indelible mark here, you still get to experience the real India. The welcome we received in the past three years has been overwhelming. We have have been privileged to be invited to enjoy with the the locals in their festivals,  wonderful meals & sample the coconut tipple, toddy, in the rustic toddy shops.

Excursions

Trips can be arranged to observe & even take part in a vibrant Hindu Theyyan Festival at a local temple. Some guests might like to fo fishing, dolphin & bird-watching, The hotel can also arrange upon request for guests to visit elephants & local spice plantations.

As a group will take a backwater trip at sunset on a traditional rice boat & be served a delicious dinner on board under the stars. Another popular excursion is our annual visit to a picturesque backwater resort, set among the fishing lakes & palms. Here we are served afternoon tea, taken out on the backwater & in the evening where we will enjoy a traditional Keralan thali feast served on banana leaf.

An inexpensive 24-hour taxi service or autorickshaw service, is also on hand so that guests can take themselves off to the local towns & villages whenever they please.

Travel tips

The e-visa to India has now made visiting India less expensive & is much easier to obtain now that it can be done online.

The nearest International airport to our resort near the coastal town of Nileshwar, is Mangalore to the north. (Kannur airport is nearer but at time of writing is still not ready to accept commercial flights)

Mangalore is 2 hours by car or train. You can book a taxi or even quicker take a train transfer to Nileshwar. Trains travel from central Mangalore several times a day. The management of the hotel is also very happy to help you with any incoming or onward transfer arrangements.

In our opinion the best flight options for guests from the UK to North Kerala are via BA or Jet to Mumbai then on to Mangalore or with Emmirates via Doha to Mangalore. Please note there are no direct flights but we have found from experience that the connecting flights on the airlines we recommend work very efficiently.

How to book

To secure your place a non-returnable or transferable deposit of 50% of the holiday is required of £600 per person sharing or £750.00 for single occupancy.

Before making any payment please email hello@actionyogatravel.com to confirm availability of a double or twin bedded room, for shared or single occupancy.

The cost of the yoga holiday in India has been based on a minimum number of participants having paid their deposits & therefore committing to the holiday. Please wait to be informed that the holiday has enough participants to go ahead before you book your flight. If a minimum of 10 guests is not met a decision will be taken by us (no later than the end of November 2018) as to whether to cancel the booking with the hotel. In this eventuality, a full refund of all deposits received by that date will be made.

Be assured that we always do our best to keep the price as advertised & any price change will only be as a last resort as a result of insufficient numbers or extreme fluctution in the value of the local currency against the GBP.

Please reference payments of your deposit & the final balance with your name(s) & send me an email confirming the date & amount paid.

Your place will only be reserved upon receipt of both your payment & the confirmation email of payment & an acknowledgement that you accept the terms & conditions listed below.

Please note the hotel’s cottages are allocated on ‘a first come first served basis’ & subject to whether a twin or double bedded room is required. Be assured all cottages are of the same standard.

Final payment will be due on December 16th, 2018. Any booking made after this date will be payable in full.

Reserve your place today!

Terms and conditions

Yoga Holiday India Cancellation Policy, Surcharges & Insurance

Once the deposit has been paid to the venue after November 2018, it will be neither non-refundable nor transferable to another holiday.

All participants on this yoga holiday are responsible for taking out their own insurance in the event of cancellation either by the guest, by the hotel, teacher (due to sickness or injury) or airline, personal accident, loss.

Cancellation between 90 days and 30 days before the holiday – loss of 75% of the full amount.
Cancellation between 30 days and the start of the holiday – loss of 100% of the full amount.

If you have to cancel the yoga holiday & you are able to find another guest to take your place then a discretionary refund of the balance will be possible.

We reserve the right in any circumstance to cancel your holiday. However, in no case will we cancel your holiday less than 8 weeks before the scheduled departure except for reasons of ‘force majeure, which include war, political unrest, strikes, acts of God, epidemics, natural & technical disaster, closure of ports & aircraft or unless a guest defaults in the payment of the balance of the holiday price.

In circumstances where we are unable to provide the holiday you have booked, we  will return to you all money paid, or offer you an alternative holiday of a similar standard at another time.

It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to the holiday, but occasionally unavoidable changes or surcharges may be made, which we reserve the right to do at any time. Most of these changes are minor & we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date.

The balance of the outstanding payment for this holiday will be required no later than the end of November 2018. Please note we will continue to take bookings after this time but the reservation must be made with payment made in full.

If in the event there is an extreme fluctuation in currency close to the commencement date of the holiday we regret that a surcharge will be payable by all guests. We obviously aim to keep any surcharge to a minimum.