Join us as we adventure into the colourful ancient land of South India, with its sacred temples, yoga centres, authentic villages, flavourful cuisine, spiritual pilgrims, and festivals of light.
Let your senses be enraptured by the vibrant spice markets, the intricate rock carvings and the vast shimmering ocean, while your mind is calmed by daily yoga practices, quiet meditation in the world’s most sacred shrines, and time to connect to your inner light.
If you have always dreamed of visiting India, this is your opportunity! Guided by Michele Labelle, yoga teacher and breath facilitator, and expert local guide Charles, you will experience the best of India in a safe environment with like-minded travellers who are sure to become good friends, while making memories that will last a lifetime. All levels are welcome!
We begin our adventure in Mamallapuram where we can learn about the exquisite rock carvings that adorn this historic town. We will also meet with special guests such as Vedic Astrologers and Hindu Priests to deepen our learning and exploration of ourselves and this sacred land.
Our taste buds will delight at a hands-on cooking class with Chindi Varadarajulu, owner of L’Attitude 49 restaurant, and at a gathering for a Traditional Tamil meal on banana leaves.
We will spend 3 days in Tiruvannamalai where Sri Ramana Maharshi lived and meditated for 54 years. Here, we will visit Arulmigu Arunachaleswara Temple, thought to be the largest temple in the world dedicated to Shiva. We will also explore the caves on the slopes of Arunachala Holy Mountain where Ramana meditated for 23 years, and visit the Ramana Ashram where we will witness a Veda parayanam – a devoted study of the Veda.
Here, we will also experience the most beautiful festival in South India known as Karthigai Deepam, a festival of lights. As the streets and buildings glow red and gold, ghee is lit on the summit of mount Arunachala, a powerful beacon of light visible from afar. Thousands upon thousands of pilgrims come to Tiruvannamalai during Kaarthigai Deepam to walk around the Holy Mountain, stopping at devotional shrines along the way.
In Madurai, we will spend time at the Meenakshi Amman Temple and the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, the latter an example of architectural grandeur built by King Thirumalai Nayak in 1636 AD, and enjoy a fun cycle rickshaw ride to explore this colourful and spectacular city.
After our sightseeing and spiritual immersion, we will spend 3 nights and 2 blissful days at the Isha Yoga Center, where we can participate in our choice of yoga classes, meditation, and energy work. We then take an unforgettable train ride to Alleppey and spend 3 days enjoying the sights and sounds of Marari and Allepey, from the local fishermen casting their giant nets by hand, to the peaceful solace of a starlit beach yoga practice, and a tranquil backwater boat cruise.
We then travel to Cochin for our final full day together, where we indulge in a sightseeing tour of the ancient town of Fort Kochi, before gathering to watch Kerala’s famous dance-drama, the Kathakali, followed by our Farewell Dinner.
This sacred journey reveals the natural rhythms of Indian life and propels you towards finding your own inner sense of balance, joy, and profound well-being. We will connect our outward experiences and visits with our own inner work to fully appreciate the history, culture and spirituality of Southern India. We hope you will join us.