Karma Being

18th - 25th October 2018

Ayurveda & Yoga, Kerala India

Take a transformational journey to Kerala, India as you embrace the ancient healing science of Ayurveda.

Touted 'God's own Country' Kerala is India's luscious jewel abundant with herb and tea plantations, scenic beaches and breathtaking backwaters.

Our 4 star retreat is set overlooking the stunning backwaters, 30 mins drive from Varkala Beach and well away from the hustle and bustle of India's City's. People come here from all corners of the globe to experience profound healing and it's also where the Indian people themselves come to restore balance, health and inner harmony.

Your retreat begins with a detailed consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor who will carefully design Ayurveda experiences to treat, heal, restore and rejuvenate your health. Ayurveda is an elaborate healing system of India, a science of life based on the laws of nature. Its derived from the Sanskrit words Ayur(life) and Veda(knowledge), it traces its origins to about 50 centuries.

Each day on retreat begins with a yoga session and includes a 60 minute Ayurveda Treatment, meditation, nourishing food and relaxation. Dotted throughout your 9 night retreat you will experience a guided boat cruise of the backwaters, an Ayurvedic cooking class and workshops which will give you invaluable take home knowledge on how to best manage your lifestyle and health.

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Retreat Notes

  • Visas

    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller and currently the E Visa can be applied for 34 days prior to arrival. Entry requirements can change at any time so be sure to visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html for up to date information.


    INDIA:

    An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) Facility is available for holders of a passport for a number of countries. This facility allows travellers to pre-register and pay for their visa prior to travel to India. The Visa is collected upon arrival at one of 16 designated airports in India. Please note strict guidelines on the below website.

    https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

    An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) visa on arrival is available for select nationalities including but not limited to the following

    Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, German, UK and USA passports.

    Passport holders from these countries can apply for an E-Tourist Visa (eVT) to have their visa issued upon arrival at 16 major airports in India including Chennai and Trivandrum.

    Please follow the instructions at - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html and complete the application for your E-Tourist Visa.

    - Please be aware of strict conditions regarding application and travel (check under ELIGIBILITY section).

    - E-visas are only available for entry of up to 30 days. If you plan to be in India longer you will need to apply for a tourist visa at an Indian visa application centre in your home country.

    For your visa application you need to include the following information under the local contact section towards the end of the application. :

    Fragrant Nature Retreat & Resorts Pvt Ltd.
    CP II/709, Nedungolam P.O, Paravur –
    Kollam, Kerala, India PIN:691334.

    Please note that this information can change at any time. Please always refer to https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html . This is the official visa online site. There have been reports of other non-official websites that travellers should be aware of.

    Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit that country. Please note we suggest you list your date of entry a few days before, and date of exit a few days after, your intended dates in case you encounter any delays or problems en route.

    If you would prefer to have your Visa handled by an agent we recommend Vina Visas www.vinavisas.com

  • Accommodation

    Fragrant Nature Resort Kollam is the venue for our retreat. To find out more visit: http://www.fragrantnature.com/HotelsKollam

  • Food

    Delicious Keralan cuisine, prepared using traditional Ayurvedic principles with pesticide free produce from the retreats own farm.

  • Getting There

    The closest airport to the Retreat is Trivandrum, It's 60km away and takes approximately 1.5 hours to drive. Airport transfers are included in your package. If you are doing the optional side tour you will be arriving into Chennai and departing from Trivandrum.

  • Side Tour

    Tour Name : Best of Tamilnadu and Kerala

    Routing : Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjour – Madurai – Munnar – Thekkady – Departure

    Duration : 08 nights’/09 days

    Detailed Itinerary

    26 March/ Day 01: Arrive Chennai Upon arrival, meet & assist by our company representative and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Afternoon, proceed for a guided tour in Chennai visiting the famous land mark like Anna salai Marine beach, Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple and kapaleshwaran. Overnight at Chennai hotel

    27 March/ Day 02: : Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (150 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Mahabalipuram. En-route visit Kanchipuram; the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Further continue to Chennai. Further continue to Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and later proceed for a guided tour visiting the Shore Temple, one of the oldest temples. Unique about this temple is the fact that it houses shrines for both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Also visit The Five Rathas. There are five monolithic temples, each created in a different style. Overnight at Mahabalipuram hotel

    28 March/ Day 03: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (100 kms drive) After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Pondicherry. Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and later proceed for a guided tour of Pondicherry visiting Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry Museum, Auroville, Promenade, Botanical Garden and Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Pondicherry hotel

    29 March/ Day 04 : Pondicherry – Tanjour (165 kms drive) Morning after breakfast drive to Tanjore. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. Later in the afternoon sightseeing tour of Tanjore. Tanjore is known as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Visit Brihadeeswara or the Big Temple of God, an example of the magnificent achievements of the Cholas in the field of temple architecture. Also visit The Palace near the temple. It is a vast building of masonry built partly by the Nayaks around 1550 AD and partly by the Marathas. Also visit Saraswathi Mahal, a library which has over 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages. Overnight at Tanjour hotel

    30 March/ Day 05: Tanjour – Madurai via Trichy (190 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Madurai. En-route visit Trichy. Trichy is famous for Rock Fort Temple. The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri river, Trichy's most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest in the world aprox.3,800 million years. Further continue to Madurai. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at Madurai hotel

    31 March/ Day 06: Madurai Sightseeing After breakfast, proceed for a guided tour of The temple town of Madurai, situated on the banks of river Vaigai, is one of the most ancient cities in India with a history dating back to the pre-Christian times. It was the imperial capital of the Pandyan Empire in the 14th Century AD. Madurai was the seat of Tamil learning and the last of the Tamil Sangams (Academies) was held here nearly 2000 years ago. Places of tourist interest include the imposing Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Gandhi Museum, Vaigai Dam, Thirupparankundrum, Athisayam Water Theme Park, Azhagar Koil and the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam. Overnight at Madurai hotel

    01 April/ Day 07: Madurai – Munnar (150 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Munnar, a pleasing journey riding through the picturesque hills jacketed in greenish tea and spice plantations. Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Sprawling tea plantations, pristine valleys, mountains and aroma of spice scented cool air make Munnar is a resort town. Upon arrival; check-in to the hotel and later proceed to sightseeing at Munnar visiting Eravikulam National Park at Rajamala (Here you can see the Nilgiri Thar), Echo Point, Mattupetty Lake and Dam, Tea Plantations and TATA Tea processing Factory, Kundale Lake, Anayirankal Dam, Gap Point etc. Overnight at Munnar hotel

    02 April/ Day 08: Munnar – Thekkady (100 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Thekkady/Periyar, on arrival check-in at hotel. Periyar set on an attractive lake side; it is South India's most popular Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar is a place to cruise on the lake & gives an opportunity to see wildlife. It is home to tigers, leopards, elephants, bison, antelopes, sambhar, wild boar, monkey, a wide variety of birds. Evening game viewing at the sanctuary by boat on Lake Periyar. Overnight at Thekkady/Periyar hotel

    03 April/ Day 09: Thekkady – Kollam (150 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive down to Kollam and drop to the Fragrant Nature Resort, Kollam.

    ************************Tour Ends With Happy Memories************************

    Tour Cost :

    Number of Pax 4 Star Hotels 5 Star Hotels

    On Double Occupancy AUD 1365 per person x 02 AUD1685 Per person x 02

    Single Supplement AUD 1800 Per person x 01 AUD 2390 Per person x 01

    Inclusions

    * 08 nights’ accommodation on double/single sharing basis

    * Daily breakfast in the hotel.

    * Private chauffeur driven transportation as per the itinerary

    * English speaking local tour guide for sightseeing tour in each city

    * All requisite airport transfers with personal assistance

    * Sound & Light show at Madhurai

    * Boat ride on Lake Periyar, Thekkady

    Exclusions

    * Monument entrance fee (Approx USD 25 per person) & Camera charges (only video camera)

    * Visa & travel Insurance

    * International & domestic flight tickets & airport taxes

    * Any other personal nature of expenses i.e. laundry, mini bars, phone calls, soft & hard drinks, meals other than specify, shopping, TIPPING!!

    * Anything which is NOT mentioned under “Cost Includes” head

    Hotels Considered

    Destination 4 Star Hotels 5 Star Hotels

    Chennai The Pride Hotel The Park Hotel

    Mahabalipuram INDeco resort Radisson Blu

    Pondicherry The Promenade The Windflower Resort & Spa

    Tanjore Sangam Hotel (4 star) Ideal River View Resort

    Madurai Fortune Pandian The Gateway Hotel

    Munnar Fort Munnar Fragrant Nature Munnar

    Thekkady Greenwoods Elephant Court

    REMARKS –

    > Rates are strictly valid for foreigner nationals only. The given rates are in Australian Dollars

    > Validity Period – Valid only on above given dates.

    > No rooms are booked as of now. Confirmed availability status will be updated once processing the reservation to the hotel. Similar hotels will be suggested in case of any unavailability of the rooms in the given hotels. Early reservation is requested to avoid any last minute disappointments.

    > Check-in & Checkout timing in the hotel is 12 noon. Early check-in & late check-out is subject to availability.

  • Nearby

    Fragrant Nature Resort is set in a rural backwater setting, amidst authentic Keralan culture and is only 30 mins drive to Varkala Beach.

    Activities around :

    - Boat trips from the resort
    - jettyBird watchingVillage
    - Bikes for hire to explore the local area
    - Visit to Varkala beach
    - Explore the scenic coastline of Kappil
    - Elephant riding and feeding

  • Payment Options

    1) Direct Transfer
    Bank: Suncorp
    BSB: 484-799
    Account Number:202315513
    Account Name: Emily Spurling

    **For Guests outside of Australia you may require my bank's address and swift code:

    Address: Suncorp Metway Ltd, 266 George Street Brisbane, QLD 4000 Australia

    Swift code: METWAU4BL

    Please copy and paste this link into your web browswer for further details on how to make a Telegraphic Transfer into Australia:

    http://www.suncorpbank.com.au/foreign-currency/foreign-exchange/inbound-telegraphic-transfers


    2) Credit Card (Including Credit/Debit Cards)
    Incurs a 2.9% fee. Please email or phone me your credit card details, expiry date and CCV to process the transaction.

  • Terms & Conditions

    1. A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required to reserve your booking. The full balance is due two months prior to the retreat, otherwise your booking may be cancelled.

    2. We provide a nurturing and safe environment and our program is thoughtfully planned, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries incurred during the retreat. We advise you to consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions and inform the retreat leader so that modifications can be given to students with special needs.

    3. Travel insurance is highly recommended for all retreat participants and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance should provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of AUD$200,000 for each of the heads of cover. We also strongly recommend your travel insurance covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects

    4. The booking is made in good faith and maybe subject to change. We cannot accept responsibility for action taken by the management of the retreat locations are outside our control. However, reasonable endeavour will be made to offer alternative accommodation, should this occur. The description of the premises is given in good faith; no responsibility for misrepresentation will be accepted.

    5. You consent to us using images of you taken during the Retreat for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes.

  • Make an enquiry

    Retreat Notes

  • Visas

    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller and currently the E Visa can be applied for 34 days prior to arrival. Entry requirements can change at any time so be sure to visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html for up to date information.


    INDIA:

    An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) Facility is available for holders of a passport for a number of countries. This facility allows travellers to pre-register and pay for their visa prior to travel to India. The Visa is collected upon arrival at one of 16 designated airports in India. Please note strict guidelines on the below website.

    https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

    An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) visa on arrival is available for select nationalities including but not limited to the following

    Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, German, UK and USA passports.

    Passport holders from these countries can apply for an E-Tourist Visa (eVT) to have their visa issued upon arrival at 16 major airports in India including Chennai and Trivandrum.

    Please follow the instructions at - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html and complete the application for your E-Tourist Visa.

    - Please be aware of strict conditions regarding application and travel (check under ELIGIBILITY section).

    - E-visas are only available for entry of up to 30 days. If you plan to be in India longer you will need to apply for a tourist visa at an Indian visa application centre in your home country.

    For your visa application you need to include the following information under the local contact section towards the end of the application. :

    Fragrant Nature Retreat & Resorts Pvt Ltd.
    CP II/709, Nedungolam P.O, Paravur –
    Kollam, Kerala, India PIN:691334.

    Please note that this information can change at any time. Please always refer to https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html . This is the official visa online site. There have been reports of other non-official websites that travellers should be aware of.

    Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit that country. Please note we suggest you list your date of entry a few days before, and date of exit a few days after, your intended dates in case you encounter any delays or problems en route.

    If you would prefer to have your Visa handled by an agent we recommend Vina Visas www.vinavisas.com

  • Accommodation

    Fragrant Nature Resort Kollam is the venue for our retreat. To find out more visit: http://www.fragrantnature.com/HotelsKollam

  • Food

    Delicious Keralan cuisine, prepared using traditional Ayurvedic principles with pesticide free produce from the retreats own farm.

  • Getting There

    The closest airport to the Retreat is Trivandrum, It's 60km away and takes approximately 1.5 hours to drive. Airport transfers are included in your package. If you are doing the optional side tour you will be arriving into Chennai and departing from Trivandrum.

  • Side Tour

    Tour Name : Best of Tamilnadu and Kerala

    Routing : Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjour – Madurai – Munnar – Thekkady – Departure

    Duration : 08 nights’/09 days

    Detailed Itinerary

    26 March/ Day 01: Arrive Chennai Upon arrival, meet & assist by our company representative and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Afternoon, proceed for a guided tour in Chennai visiting the famous land mark like Anna salai Marine beach, Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple and kapaleshwaran. Overnight at Chennai hotel

    27 March/ Day 02: : Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (150 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Mahabalipuram. En-route visit Kanchipuram; the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Further continue to Chennai. Further continue to Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and later proceed for a guided tour visiting the Shore Temple, one of the oldest temples. Unique about this temple is the fact that it houses shrines for both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Also visit The Five Rathas. There are five monolithic temples, each created in a different style. Overnight at Mahabalipuram hotel

    28 March/ Day 03: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (100 kms drive) After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Pondicherry. Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and later proceed for a guided tour of Pondicherry visiting Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry Museum, Auroville, Promenade, Botanical Garden and Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Pondicherry hotel

    29 March/ Day 04 : Pondicherry – Tanjour (165 kms drive) Morning after breakfast drive to Tanjore. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. Later in the afternoon sightseeing tour of Tanjore. Tanjore is known as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Visit Brihadeeswara or the Big Temple of God, an example of the magnificent achievements of the Cholas in the field of temple architecture. Also visit The Palace near the temple. It is a vast building of masonry built partly by the Nayaks around 1550 AD and partly by the Marathas. Also visit Saraswathi Mahal, a library which has over 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages. Overnight at Tanjour hotel

    30 March/ Day 05: Tanjour – Madurai via Trichy (190 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Madurai. En-route visit Trichy. Trichy is famous for Rock Fort Temple. The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri river, Trichy's most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest in the world aprox.3,800 million years. Further continue to Madurai. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at Madurai hotel

    31 March/ Day 06: Madurai Sightseeing After breakfast, proceed for a guided tour of The temple town of Madurai, situated on the banks of river Vaigai, is one of the most ancient cities in India with a history dating back to the pre-Christian times. It was the imperial capital of the Pandyan Empire in the 14th Century AD. Madurai was the seat of Tamil learning and the last of the Tamil Sangams (Academies) was held here nearly 2000 years ago. Places of tourist interest include the imposing Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Gandhi Museum, Vaigai Dam, Thirupparankundrum, Athisayam Water Theme Park, Azhagar Koil and the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam. Overnight at Madurai hotel

    01 April/ Day 07: Madurai – Munnar (150 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Munnar, a pleasing journey riding through the picturesque hills jacketed in greenish tea and spice plantations. Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Sprawling tea plantations, pristine valleys, mountains and aroma of spice scented cool air make Munnar is a resort town. Upon arrival; check-in to the hotel and later proceed to sightseeing at Munnar visiting Eravikulam National Park at Rajamala (Here you can see the Nilgiri Thar), Echo Point, Mattupetty Lake and Dam, Tea Plantations and TATA Tea processing Factory, Kundale Lake, Anayirankal Dam, Gap Point etc. Overnight at Munnar hotel

    02 April/ Day 08: Munnar – Thekkady (100 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Thekkady/Periyar, on arrival check-in at hotel. Periyar set on an attractive lake side; it is South India's most popular Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar is a place to cruise on the lake & gives an opportunity to see wildlife. It is home to tigers, leopards, elephants, bison, antelopes, sambhar, wild boar, monkey, a wide variety of birds. Evening game viewing at the sanctuary by boat on Lake Periyar. Overnight at Thekkady/Periyar hotel

    03 April/ Day 09: Thekkady – Kollam (150 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive down to Kollam and drop to the Fragrant Nature Resort, Kollam.

    ************************Tour Ends With Happy Memories************************

    Tour Cost :

    Number of Pax 4 Star Hotels 5 Star Hotels

    On Double Occupancy AUD 1365 per person x 02 AUD1685 Per person x 02

    Single Supplement AUD 1800 Per person x 01 AUD 2390 Per person x 01

    Inclusions

    * 08 nights’ accommodation on double/single sharing basis

    * Daily breakfast in the hotel.

    * Private chauffeur driven transportation as per the itinerary

    * English speaking local tour guide for sightseeing tour in each city

    * All requisite airport transfers with personal assistance

    * Sound & Light show at Madhurai

    * Boat ride on Lake Periyar, Thekkady

    Exclusions

    * Monument entrance fee (Approx USD 25 per person) & Camera charges (only video camera)

    * Visa & travel Insurance

    * International & domestic flight tickets & airport taxes

    * Any other personal nature of expenses i.e. laundry, mini bars, phone calls, soft & hard drinks, meals other than specify, shopping, TIPPING!!

    * Anything which is NOT mentioned under “Cost Includes” head

    Hotels Considered

    Destination 4 Star Hotels 5 Star Hotels

    Chennai The Pride Hotel The Park Hotel

    Mahabalipuram INDeco resort Radisson Blu

    Pondicherry The Promenade The Windflower Resort & Spa

    Tanjore Sangam Hotel (4 star) Ideal River View Resort

    Madurai Fortune Pandian The Gateway Hotel

    Munnar Fort Munnar Fragrant Nature Munnar

    Thekkady Greenwoods Elephant Court

    REMARKS –

    > Rates are strictly valid for foreigner nationals only. The given rates are in Australian Dollars

    > Validity Period – Valid only on above given dates.

    > No rooms are booked as of now. Confirmed availability status will be updated once processing the reservation to the hotel. Similar hotels will be suggested in case of any unavailability of the rooms in the given hotels. Early reservation is requested to avoid any last minute disappointments.

    > Check-in & Checkout timing in the hotel is 12 noon. Early check-in & late check-out is subject to availability.

  • Nearby

    Fragrant Nature Resort is set in a rural backwater setting, amidst authentic Keralan culture and is only 30 mins drive to Varkala Beach.

    Activities around :

    - Boat trips from the resort
    - jettyBird watchingVillage
    - Bikes for hire to explore the local area
    - Visit to Varkala beach
    - Explore the scenic coastline of Kappil
    - Elephant riding and feeding

  • Payment Options

    1) Direct Transfer
    Bank: Suncorp
    BSB: 484-799
    Account Number:202315513
    Account Name: Emily Spurling

    **For Guests outside of Australia you may require my bank's address and swift code:

    Address: Suncorp Metway Ltd, 266 George Street Brisbane, QLD 4000 Australia

    Swift code: METWAU4BL

    Please copy and paste this link into your web browswer for further details on how to make a Telegraphic Transfer into Australia:

    http://www.suncorpbank.com.au/foreign-currency/foreign-exchange/inbound-telegraphic-transfers


    2) Credit Card (Including Credit/Debit Cards)
    Incurs a 2.9% fee. Please email or phone me your credit card details, expiry date and CCV to process the transaction.

  • Terms & Conditions

    1. A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required to reserve your booking. The full balance is due two months prior to the retreat, otherwise your booking may be cancelled.

    2. We provide a nurturing and safe environment and our program is thoughtfully planned, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries incurred during the retreat. We advise you to consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions and inform the retreat leader so that modifications can be given to students with special needs.

    3. Travel insurance is highly recommended for all retreat participants and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance should provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of AUD$200,000 for each of the heads of cover. We also strongly recommend your travel insurance covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects

    4. The booking is made in good faith and maybe subject to change. We cannot accept responsibility for action taken by the management of the retreat locations are outside our control. However, reasonable endeavour will be made to offer alternative accommodation, should this occur. The description of the premises is given in good faith; no responsibility for misrepresentation will be accepted.

    5. You consent to us using images of you taken during the Retreat for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes.

  • What's Included

    • Resort Accommodation

      4 Star, air conditioned with ensuite

    • All Meals

      All Meals Included

    • Daily Ayurveda

      60 to 90 minutes Daily Ayurveda Treatment prescribed specifically for you to treat your ailments with uniquely prepared oils

    • Daily Yoga & Pranayama

    • Daily Yoga Nidra or Meditation

    • Ayurvedic Doctors Consultation

    • Private session with your teacher Emily Spurling

      Each guest has the opportunity to have a one on one session with Emily to do yoga, meditation or holistic health coaching

    • Boat cruise

    • Ayurvedic Cooking Class

    • Return Airport transfers

    • Lifestyle Management

    • Stress Management

    • Take Home Recommendations

    Price

    $2450 ∼ Twin Share

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ON NOW!

    or

    $2770 ∼ Single

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ON NOW!

    Teachers

    Emily Spurling

    Emily Spurling is a Yoga teacher and Certified Holistic Health Coach who loves sharing the ultimate toolbox for becoming your best authentic self. Emily is an eternal student of yoga globally and is formally trained in Hatha and Vinyasa flow, she has beautifully combined these styles to create her own much loved yoga experience. This 'fusion' style is the perfect blend of light and shade, one flow will have you generating heat and building lean muscle and the next you will be blissing out in a slow, opening restorative sequence. Emily is also a Thai Masseuse whose hands on adjustments in class help you to slip into the perfect pose and a state of deep relaxation. 


    Emily is drawn to yoga and meditation as a way to become fully present and 'show up' as the best version of herself in all areas of life. “We are all expected to wear so many different 'hats' every day, as a mother of two beautiful children, a wife, entrepreneur and teacher, to name a few, it can be really confusing and challenging to stay grounded, positive and on my path. If we are not living in the moment then we're not showing up, Yoga and meditation are my secret weapon and it is my pleasure to share this gift with you.”

    We also sample the teachings of an Indian Yoga Master.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Closest airport to Retreat is Trivandrum

    • Closest airport to optional side tour is Chennai. See 'Retreat Notes' section for more info on this.

    Daily Inclusions

    • See above for What's Included

      Detailed daily timetable to be released closer to departure

    Retreat Notes

  • Visas

    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller and currently the E Visa can be applied for 34 days prior to arrival. Entry requirements can change at any time so be sure to visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html for up to date information.


    INDIA:

    An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) Facility is available for holders of a passport for a number of countries. This facility allows travellers to pre-register and pay for their visa prior to travel to India. The Visa is collected upon arrival at one of 16 designated airports in India. Please note strict guidelines on the below website.

    https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

    An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) visa on arrival is available for select nationalities including but not limited to the following

    Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, German, UK and USA passports.

    Passport holders from these countries can apply for an E-Tourist Visa (eVT) to have their visa issued upon arrival at 16 major airports in India including Chennai and Trivandrum.

    Please follow the instructions at - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html and complete the application for your E-Tourist Visa.

    - Please be aware of strict conditions regarding application and travel (check under ELIGIBILITY section).

    - E-visas are only available for entry of up to 30 days. If you plan to be in India longer you will need to apply for a tourist visa at an Indian visa application centre in your home country.

    For your visa application you need to include the following information under the local contact section towards the end of the application. :

    Fragrant Nature Retreat & Resorts Pvt Ltd.
    CP II/709, Nedungolam P.O, Paravur –
    Kollam, Kerala, India PIN:691334.

    Please note that this information can change at any time. Please always refer to https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html . This is the official visa online site. There have been reports of other non-official websites that travellers should be aware of.

    Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit that country. Please note we suggest you list your date of entry a few days before, and date of exit a few days after, your intended dates in case you encounter any delays or problems en route.

    If you would prefer to have your Visa handled by an agent we recommend Vina Visas www.vinavisas.com

  • Accommodation

    Fragrant Nature Resort Kollam is the venue for our retreat. To find out more visit: http://www.fragrantnature.com/HotelsKollam

  • Food

    Delicious Keralan cuisine, prepared using traditional Ayurvedic principles with pesticide free produce from the retreats own farm.

  • Getting There

    The closest airport to the Retreat is Trivandrum, It's 60km away and takes approximately 1.5 hours to drive. Airport transfers are included in your package. If you are doing the optional side tour you will be arriving into Chennai and departing from Trivandrum.

  • Side Tour

    Tour Name : Best of Tamilnadu and Kerala

    Routing : Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjour – Madurai – Munnar – Thekkady – Departure

    Duration : 08 nights’/09 days

    Detailed Itinerary

    26 March/ Day 01: Arrive Chennai Upon arrival, meet & assist by our company representative and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Afternoon, proceed for a guided tour in Chennai visiting the famous land mark like Anna salai Marine beach, Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple and kapaleshwaran. Overnight at Chennai hotel

    27 March/ Day 02: : Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (150 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Mahabalipuram. En-route visit Kanchipuram; the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Further continue to Chennai. Further continue to Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and later proceed for a guided tour visiting the Shore Temple, one of the oldest temples. Unique about this temple is the fact that it houses shrines for both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Also visit The Five Rathas. There are five monolithic temples, each created in a different style. Overnight at Mahabalipuram hotel

    28 March/ Day 03: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (100 kms drive) After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Pondicherry. Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and later proceed for a guided tour of Pondicherry visiting Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry Museum, Auroville, Promenade, Botanical Garden and Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Pondicherry hotel

    29 March/ Day 04 : Pondicherry – Tanjour (165 kms drive) Morning after breakfast drive to Tanjore. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. Later in the afternoon sightseeing tour of Tanjore. Tanjore is known as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Visit Brihadeeswara or the Big Temple of God, an example of the magnificent achievements of the Cholas in the field of temple architecture. Also visit The Palace near the temple. It is a vast building of masonry built partly by the Nayaks around 1550 AD and partly by the Marathas. Also visit Saraswathi Mahal, a library which has over 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages. Overnight at Tanjour hotel

    30 March/ Day 05: Tanjour – Madurai via Trichy (190 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Madurai. En-route visit Trichy. Trichy is famous for Rock Fort Temple. The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri river, Trichy's most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest in the world aprox.3,800 million years. Further continue to Madurai. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at Madurai hotel

    31 March/ Day 06: Madurai Sightseeing After breakfast, proceed for a guided tour of The temple town of Madurai, situated on the banks of river Vaigai, is one of the most ancient cities in India with a history dating back to the pre-Christian times. It was the imperial capital of the Pandyan Empire in the 14th Century AD. Madurai was the seat of Tamil learning and the last of the Tamil Sangams (Academies) was held here nearly 2000 years ago. Places of tourist interest include the imposing Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Gandhi Museum, Vaigai Dam, Thirupparankundrum, Athisayam Water Theme Park, Azhagar Koil and the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam. Overnight at Madurai hotel

    01 April/ Day 07: Madurai – Munnar (150 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Munnar, a pleasing journey riding through the picturesque hills jacketed in greenish tea and spice plantations. Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Sprawling tea plantations, pristine valleys, mountains and aroma of spice scented cool air make Munnar is a resort town. Upon arrival; check-in to the hotel and later proceed to sightseeing at Munnar visiting Eravikulam National Park at Rajamala (Here you can see the Nilgiri Thar), Echo Point, Mattupetty Lake and Dam, Tea Plantations and TATA Tea processing Factory, Kundale Lake, Anayirankal Dam, Gap Point etc. Overnight at Munnar hotel

    02 April/ Day 08: Munnar – Thekkady (100 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Thekkady/Periyar, on arrival check-in at hotel. Periyar set on an attractive lake side; it is South India's most popular Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar is a place to cruise on the lake & gives an opportunity to see wildlife. It is home to tigers, leopards, elephants, bison, antelopes, sambhar, wild boar, monkey, a wide variety of birds. Evening game viewing at the sanctuary by boat on Lake Periyar. Overnight at Thekkady/Periyar hotel

    03 April/ Day 09: Thekkady – Kollam (150 kms drive) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive down to Kollam and drop to the Fragrant Nature Resort, Kollam.

    ************************Tour Ends With Happy Memories************************

    Tour Cost :

    Number of Pax 4 Star Hotels 5 Star Hotels

    On Double Occupancy AUD 1365 per person x 02 AUD1685 Per person x 02

    Single Supplement AUD 1800 Per person x 01 AUD 2390 Per person x 01

    Inclusions

    * 08 nights’ accommodation on double/single sharing basis

    * Daily breakfast in the hotel.

    * Private chauffeur driven transportation as per the itinerary

    * English speaking local tour guide for sightseeing tour in each city

    * All requisite airport transfers with personal assistance

    * Sound & Light show at Madhurai

    * Boat ride on Lake Periyar, Thekkady

    Exclusions

    * Monument entrance fee (Approx USD 25 per person) & Camera charges (only video camera)

    * Visa & travel Insurance

    * International & domestic flight tickets & airport taxes

    * Any other personal nature of expenses i.e. laundry, mini bars, phone calls, soft & hard drinks, meals other than specify, shopping, TIPPING!!

    * Anything which is NOT mentioned under “Cost Includes” head

    Hotels Considered

    Destination 4 Star Hotels 5 Star Hotels

    Chennai The Pride Hotel The Park Hotel

    Mahabalipuram INDeco resort Radisson Blu

    Pondicherry The Promenade The Windflower Resort & Spa

    Tanjore Sangam Hotel (4 star) Ideal River View Resort

    Madurai Fortune Pandian The Gateway Hotel

    Munnar Fort Munnar Fragrant Nature Munnar

    Thekkady Greenwoods Elephant Court

    REMARKS –

    > Rates are strictly valid for foreigner nationals only. The given rates are in Australian Dollars

    > Validity Period – Valid only on above given dates.

    > No rooms are booked as of now. Confirmed availability status will be updated once processing the reservation to the hotel. Similar hotels will be suggested in case of any unavailability of the rooms in the given hotels. Early reservation is requested to avoid any last minute disappointments.

    > Check-in & Checkout timing in the hotel is 12 noon. Early check-in & late check-out is subject to availability.

  • Nearby

    Fragrant Nature Resort is set in a rural backwater setting, amidst authentic Keralan culture and is only 30 mins drive to Varkala Beach.

    Activities around :

    - Boat trips from the resort
    - jettyBird watchingVillage
    - Bikes for hire to explore the local area
    - Visit to Varkala beach
    - Explore the scenic coastline of Kappil
    - Elephant riding and feeding

  • Payment Options

    1) Direct Transfer
    Bank: Suncorp
    BSB: 484-799
    Account Number:202315513
    Account Name: Emily Spurling

    **For Guests outside of Australia you may require my bank's address and swift code:

    Address: Suncorp Metway Ltd, 266 George Street Brisbane, QLD 4000 Australia

    Swift code: METWAU4BL

    Please copy and paste this link into your web browswer for further details on how to make a Telegraphic Transfer into Australia:

    http://www.suncorpbank.com.au/foreign-currency/foreign-exchange/inbound-telegraphic-transfers


    2) Credit Card (Including Credit/Debit Cards)
    Incurs a 2.9% fee. Please email or phone me your credit card details, expiry date and CCV to process the transaction.

  • Terms & Conditions

    1. A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required to reserve your booking. The full balance is due two months prior to the retreat, otherwise your booking may be cancelled.

    2. We provide a nurturing and safe environment and our program is thoughtfully planned, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries incurred during the retreat. We advise you to consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions and inform the retreat leader so that modifications can be given to students with special needs.

    3. Travel insurance is highly recommended for all retreat participants and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance should provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of AUD$200,000 for each of the heads of cover. We also strongly recommend your travel insurance covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects

    4. The booking is made in good faith and maybe subject to change. We cannot accept responsibility for action taken by the management of the retreat locations are outside our control. However, reasonable endeavour will be made to offer alternative accommodation, should this occur. The description of the premises is given in good faith; no responsibility for misrepresentation will be accepted.

    5. You consent to us using images of you taken during the Retreat for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes.