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5th April to 13th April 2019 

With its unspoilt beaches the Malabar Coast region is the unsung jewel of Kerala in South India. Filled with coconut groves, rice paddy fields, secluded beaches, verdant hillside spice gardens and isolated inland waterways, slow and rhythmic Malabar is the essence of authentic India

TOUR DATES: 5th to 13th April 2019
TOUR COST: £1500.00 per person
TOUR LEADER: Phillipa Wilson


Neeleshwar Hermitage

Following the success of our first South India Yoga Retreat in 2017 we will again be based at the wonderful Neeleshwar Hermitage, a hidden tropical destination set in a secluded palm grove beside the Arabian Sea in northern Kerala. For 2019 we have added an extra night at Neeleshwar which enables us to have a full day to visit the local village and temples, something that was enjoyed by everyone in 2017. There will almost certainly be a festival happening for us to see and be invited to participate in by the incredibly friendly Keralans. 

Fantastic spa facilities provide authentic Ayurvedic treatments to complement our yoga and meditation. At Neeleshwar everything combines to induce a sense of complete relaxation and harmonious wellbeing.

This exciting holiday has been thoughtfully created by yoga teacher, Phillipa Wilson and Classic Journeys founder, Ann Brooks. Phillipa will work with the Anil, the resident yoga teacher at Neeleshwar, to personalise our yoga and meditation practice throughout the week. The tour will include daily yoga and meditation and also a combination of Ayurvedic treatments in consultation with the resident Ayurvedic doctor at Neeleshwar.

Life at Neeleshwar revolves around the beach restaurant, Meenaski, where tables are set on the sand under umbrellas. The food is undoubtedly some of the best in India. During our stay we will will enjoy a sunset cruise on the Lotus, a Houseboat of unequalled elegance and style. Enjoy the serenity and healing relaxation while cruising through the languid backwaters of Malabar, the undiscovered jewel of northern Kerala.

We will take time to explore local villages and temples and enjoy the serenity of empty long sandy beaches fringed by coconut plantations. A network of quiet lanes leads through a fishing and coir-making village to tranquil backwaters where few tourists venture.

Our time at Neeleshwar is sure to relax and rejuvenate as we contemplate the undisturbed rhythm of life set against the immensity of the ocean.