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Integrative Medicine in South India

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Dates
26 Jan
8 Feb
2025

Travel from the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, to the lush hills of the Western Ghats, to gracious Mysore. One of the oldest medical systems in the world, Ayurveda traditionally ran parallel with Western medicine within India, but this has recently changed.

Learn how Ayurveda and Western medicine are becoming much more integrated with visits to a range of practices and some leading practitioners, including the famous Souka Holistic Health Care Centre in Bangalore.

Experience contemporary integrative medicine in the culture that gave birth to Ayurveda on a tour that is itself a restful experience, with ample opportunities for boat rides, massage and relaxation.

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What you need to know
Type of tour
Professional
Profession
Medicine
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Nights
13
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Moderate
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Cochin
Sunday
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26
January
Arrive Cochin. Experience traditional Mohiniattam dance before a welcome dinner.
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Cochin
Monday
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27
January
Visit Amrita Hospital, which practices integrative medicine alongside an evidence-based, medical approach. Visit the departments of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, all under one roof at the Department of Integrative Medicine. Orientation tour of Kochi to explore Dutch palace, St. Francis Church and other landmarks of Fort Kochi.
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Cochin
Tuesday
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28
January
Transfer to Alleppey and take a cruise along the lush Keralan backwaters, past villages and spice plantations, with lunch on board. Return to Cochin in the afternoon and at leisure.
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Cochin / Calicut
Wednesday
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29
January
Visit the Nagajuna Ayurvedic Hospital before taking the train to Calicut. At leisure.
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Calicut / Wayanad
Thursday
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30
January
Visit The Needle, an acupuncture research and training institute. Transfer to Wayanad.
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Wayanad
Friday
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31
January
Early morning yoga. Take a plantation and tea tour. Cooking demonstration with fresh local spices. Enjoy delicious North Keralan cuisine for dinner.
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Wayanad
Saturday
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1
February
Birding tour in the early morning before spending the morning at Ayurveda Yoga Villa Holistic Research Centre and Hospital with an Ayurvedic lunch. Visit a bamboo factory and learn about rural empowerment through sustainable solutions.
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Wayanad
Sunday
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2
February
Take nature trails to explore paddy fields, tribal villages and a temple. Take a bamboo raft across the Kabini River and lunch at local house. Afternoon at leisure.
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Wayanad / Mysore
Monday
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3
February
Drive to Mysore. Explore the bazaar trail in and around Devaraj Market.
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Mysore
Tuesday
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4
February
Visit a silk factory and visit Mysore Palace. Take high tea at grand Lalitha Mahal Palace, with wonderful views overlooking Mysore. See the illuminated Palace.
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Mysore
Wednesday
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5
February
Visit Chamundi Hill Temple and the Ayurveda factory. At leisure.
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Mysore / Bangalore
Thursday
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6
February
Explore Sultan Tipu’s summer palace at Srirangapatnam. Transfer to Bangalore via the Etho Metho Ayurvedic Garden.
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Bangalore
Friday
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7
February
Spend a day at Souka Holistic Health Care Centre and organic farm and learn about their work.
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Bangalore
Saturday
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8
February
Morning at leisure and depart Bangalore after breakfast.
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Travel around southern India and learn how Ayurveda and Western medicine are becoming much more integrated, with visits to a range of practices and some leading practitioners.

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Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala
Kerala

Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala.

Learn of the use of Ayurveda, Yoga, Acupuncture and Naturopathy across south India
Kerala

Learn of the use of Ayurveda, Yoga, Acupuncture and Naturopathy across south India.

Spend time at Ayurvedic retreats in the Keralan hills
Kerala

Spend time at Ayurvedic retreats in the Keralan hills.

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Moderate
Level 3

Some walking between destinations, more time spent standing, and increased travel distances. Requires a reasonable level of fitness.

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We like charm, comfort, convenience in location, and of course, excellence in service. All hotels on this tour will be centrally located medium-grade hotels.

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