This tour takes you around to see some of the most fascinating temple architecture of south India, and finishes off with a week of healing and Ayurvedic treatments. The Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu, with their towers soaring skywards are the focal point of everyday life: the heart and soul of the vast state of Tamil Nadu. Crossing over the Western Ghats to Kerala the focus of the tour changes to the 5000 year old science of Ayurveda: both a spiritual and practical approach to life.
Depart from your home country for Chennai.
Arrive early morning and check into hotel to freshen up. In the afternoon, we take you to visit the 7th century Kapaleeshwarar Temple, dominated by its magnificent 37m high gopuram – temple towers covered in colourful carvings of Hindu deities and myths. Overnight at hotel in Chennai.
Today drive down the coastal road to Mahabalipuram, a popular destination for yoga holidays in India, to see the ancient rock temple on the beach and extraordinary 10th century rock sculptures, considered to be the architectural precursors of the south Indian temple style. Overnight at hotel in Mahabalipuram.
Drive to Kanchipuram, one of the seven holy cities of India and an important centre for silk production and home to the finest silk saris in India. Kanchipuram is a great destination for religious studies tours in India. Visit some of the greatest Shaiva and Vaishnava temples in Tamil Nadu. Overnight in hotel in Kanchipuram.
Midday flight to Kochi, fabled spice city of the Malabar Coast. Evening visit to the Cochin Cultural Centre for performance of traditional Kathakali dancing; arriving early to watch the artists apply their intricate makeup. Overnight at hotel in Cochin.
Today visit some of Cochin’s historic houses of worship – St. Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India, the 1586 Jewish Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace and in the evening enjoy a performance of traditional Keralan Kathakali dance, which colourfully recreates stories from Hindu mythology. Owing to the extraordinary diversity in its history, Cochin is a truly fascinating destination for religious studies tours in India. Overnight at hotel in Cochin.
Days 8-14: After a consultation with the Ayurvedic Doctor a programme will be devised to suit your body type with yoga, meditation and therapies to soothe and nurture the body, mind and soul. Depending upon treatment times, guests in their free moments can take leisurely boat trips on the backwaters, bird watch on the lake bordering the hotel, relax in a hammock or simple do nothing!
Morning transfer to airport for international departure.