Discover India’s astonishing cultural and spiritual richness on this wonderful 19-day journey through South India.
Commencing from Bangalore on 4th January 2020, this amazing yatra includes five of Chinmaya Mission’s South India Ashrams, Ramana Maharshi’s Ashram and other wonderful sacred sites.
In addition to the ashrams, the days will be filled with exploring India through her temples and ancient monuments, lively streets and rural landscapes. The tour also includes a 24-hour houseboat cruise on the backwaters of Kerala and a stay at Bandipur National Park. There will be teachings and meditation with Swamini Amritanadaji interspersed throughout the journey.
Day One – 4th January
On arrival in Bangalore, you will be welcomed and transferred to our hotel.
Day Two – 5th January
Today we drive to Mysore, stopping on the way to visit Chinmaya’s Bangalore ashram. After lunch we will enjoy a guided tour of the ancient & wonderfully carved Somnathpur Temple. In the early evening, we will witness the splendor of the lighted palace. Overnight Mysore
Day Three – 6th January
Go on a guided tour of Chamundi Hill & Temple followed by a guided tour the astonishingly beautiful Maharaja’s Palace. In the afternoon, we will visit the vibrant fruit and flower market. Overnight Mysore
Day Four – 7th January
Today we have a short drive to Bandipur National Park. Enjoy a jeep safari and a nature trek. Overnight Bandipur
Day Five – 8th January
Start the day with an early bird watching walk and nature trek. After breakfast we visit IPAN animal shelter/farm, followed by a visit to a tea factory and lunch in Ooty. Drive on to Chinmaya Gardens Ashram in Coimbatore. Overnight Coimbatore
Day Six – 9th January
Today we enjoy ashram programs and also visit Chinmaya International school and nearby Isha Foundation. Overnight Coimbatore.
Day Seven – 10th January
Enjoy the scenery as we drive to the charming town of Fort Cochin. Overnight Cochin
Day Eight – 11th January
Go on a guided tour of the town where you will see India’s oldest church and synagogue and other great sights. In the afternoon, there is free time to enjoy Cochin’s wonderful sights & shops, enjoy a massage. In the early evening, you will witness an unusual dance performance – Kathakali. Overnight Cochin
Day Nine – 12th January
This morning we drive to Alleppey to board our lovely houseboat for a relaxing cruise around Kerala’s backwaters. Enjoy a fascinating view of life as it is lived along the southern waterways. Overnight Houseboat
Day Ten to Twelve – 13th to 15th January
After breakfast on the houseboat, we drive to Chinmaya International Foundation,
maternal home of Adi Shankara, where we spend the next 3 days/nights enjoying satsang, chanting, meditation and other ashram programs. The pongal festival is on while we are staying there so we will be able to participate in the celebrations. Overnight Cochin
Day Thirteen – 16th January
Today we can enjoy the scenic drive to Munnar, the centre of lush tea plantations. Overnight Munnar
Day Fourteen – 17th January
Drive to Madurai where we have a late afternoon guided tour of the beautiful worldfamous Sri Meenakshi Temple. After dinner we return to the temple to witness the amazing nightly ceremony where Lord Shiva is ‘put to bed’. Overnight Madurai
Day Fifteen – 18th January
This morning we depart early for a day trip to Ramaswaram to partake of the cleansing ritual (to wash our karma away) and see some of the spiritual sights, before returning to Madurai for overnight. Overnight Madurai
Day Sixteen to Eighteen – 19th to 21st January
Drive to Tiruvannamalai where we stay 3 nights at Sri Ramana’s Ashram. Over the next few days you will visit the ashram shrine for vedic chanting the ancient temple, the caves where Ramana lived and the holy mountain Arunachula. Overnight Tiruvannamalai.
Sri Ramana Maharshi – Tiruvannamalai
Mela at Arunachalesvara Temple
Day Nineteen – 22nd January
Today we drive to Chennai and visit the Chinmaya Centre there. En route, we will visit the Ekambareswarar temple in Kanchipuram. Depart for the airport after a final group dinner.
This wonderful 19-day experience includes air-conditioned travel, all accommodation, all excursions & entrance fees, many meals, guides, guide tips, meditation and satsang and Chinmaya Mission Ashram donations. The tour is lead by Swamini Amritanandaji of Chinmaya Mission, Nelson, New Zealand and Mela Joy of Touch of Spirit Tours, Melbourne, Australia.
Price $3870aud per person twin share (single supplement $960)
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