Small group holiday, maximum group size 6.
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* Yoga sessions with expert Indian teacher * Two beautiful villages, south India * Informal cookery lessons
Join a small group to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of southern India, enjoying yoga sessions with an experienced Indian teacher. Discover the secluded beach at Pavinakurva and explore the exotic spice plantations at Hulgol. This trip is for anyone who is interested in yoga - no special expertise is required. In addition to the yoga sessions, there will be the chance to learn from the village cooks some of the delicious local dishes, and to explore these two beautiful, peaceful places.
This holiday has fixed departure dates. We will be publishing new dates for 2017 soon - please let us know if you need further information.
You stay in two wonderful, welcoming communities, one by the Indian Ocean, the other up in the hills. Your yoga teacher is Mrs Sarita Modi, who is highly qualified and has been a practitioner herself for over 35 years. She is based close to Mumbai, but is interested in rural Indian life, and while in the south you will enjoy the company of our local guides, too.
You begin by the Indian Ocean, in the secluded fishing village of Pavinakurva, shaded by coconut palms and situation by a long stretch of unspoiled sand - a truly relaxing place to unwind and soak up the warm sunshine. You then move further inland into the warm spice gardens of Karnataka to the hamlets of Hulgol, a land of spice and small farms.
These are wonderful places to relax and unwind, to leave behind the everyday world and discover new sights, new experiences.
Watch as the fishermen land their catch on the beach; enjoy fragrant dishes cooked with the spices grown in the villages and learn a new recipe.
These are also great places to enjoy yoga sessions, and our teacher will bring a truly Indian perspective to her work with you.
Day 1 (9th December)
Transfer from Mumbai airport. Meet the rest of your party and your yoga teacher Mrs Modi at your hotel in Mumbai. Overnight Mumbai hotel.
You have a full free day to enjoy some sightseeing around the bustling, amazingly varied city of Mumbai. Guided tours can be arranged (pay locally). In the evening, you are transferred to the railway station to take the overnight train south, in 2nd class, air-conditioned carriages - 2 tier, open plan with curtains around groups of berths.
Arrive Kumta and half an hour road transfer to Pavinakurva village, where you stay 3 nights in the Village Ways guesthouse.
Each day includes yoga sessions in the mornings and evenings. You also have time to unwind on the secluded beach, explore the Tarabagli estuary and watch the fisherman land their catch. There is also the opportunity to join our local cooks in the kitchen to learn local recipes. Our village guesthouse offers simple, comfortable twin rooms with breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included. This is a most relaxing place to unwind and enjoy the unspoiled Karnataka Coast.
After breakfast transfer to the hill village of Hulgol (3hrs). Lunch, relax and introduction to the area.
With three nights in the Spice House you discover the magic of spice as you explore the plantations and visit the spice auction market. The days continue to start and end with yoga sessions and there is so much to explore here – a guided walk or cycle through the forests, the astonishing rock carvings by the river and a truly charming, traditional community. Our local female cooks here prepare an authentic variety of vegetarian dishes, using local ingredients. You arevwelcome to join them in the kitchen to learn about local spices and local food. You stay in simple twin rooms in the Hulgol Spice House with breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included.
Transfer to Hubli (3 hours ) to take the train to Mumbai.
Arrive Mumbai and transfer to Airport.
A Mumbai hotel can be booked at a supplement if you choose to extend your stay in India.
Your holiday includes transfers as described, accommodation in the village guesthouses and at Mumbai on arrival, with all meals provided during your stay in the communities and your own guide through the hills. In Mumbai and during transfers, meals are at your own expense. As the guesthouses provide simple twin bedroom accommodation, this holiday is offered to single travellers on a shared-room basis.
As this is a group holiday, it is not possible to add extra nights during your stay in the hills. If you wish to add an extra night in Mumbai before or after the itinerary, this can be arranged.