Integrative Medicine in South India

26 Jan - 8 Feb 2025
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

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.

Your tour leader

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Michael Dooley

Michael Dooley is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. His special interest is in reproductive endocrinology. Michael was Director of Sports Science and Medicine for the British Equestrian Federation between 1994 and 2002. During this time he travelled, as part of the British Olympic Team, to the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympics. He is now a gynaecologist at The Olympic Medical Institute at Northwick Park. In order to understand integrated medicine further Michael has travelled to India on several occasions. With this background, Michael has now opened The Poundbury Clinic in Dorchester which is concentrating on women’s integrated healthcare. He also works in London at Harley Street and The Lister Hospital. In collaboration with the award winning journalist, Sarah Stacey, Michael has written a book ‘Your Change, Your Choice: The integrated approach to the menopause and beyond’. He is sole author of ‘Fit for Fertility’ and is developing a Fit for Fertility programme for his patients.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Cochin (Sun, 26 Jan) Arrive Cochin. Experience traditional Mohiniattam dance before a welcome dinner.
  • Day 2: Cochin (Mon, 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.
  • Day 3: Cochin (Tues, 28 Jan) 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.
  • Day 4: Cochin / Calicut (Wed 29 Jan) Visit the Nagajuna Ayurvedic Hospital before taking the train to Calicut. At leisure.
  • Day 5: Calicut / Wayanad (Thurs, 30 Jan) Visit The Needle, an acupuncture research and training institute. Transfer to Wayanad.
  • Day 6: Wayanad (Fri, 31 Jan) Early morning yoga. Take a plantation and tea tour. Cooking demonstration with fresh local spices. Enjoy delicious North Keralan cuisine for dinner.
  • Day 7: Wayanad (Sat, 1 Feb) 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.
  • Day 8: Wayanad (Sun, 2 Feb) 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.
  • Day 9: Wayanad / Mysore (Mon, 3 Feb) Drive to Mysore. Explore the bazaar trail in and around Devaraj Market.
  • Day 10: Mysore (Tue, 4 Feb) 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.
  • Day 11: Mysore (Wed, 5 Feb) Visit Chamundi Hill Temple and the Ayurveda factory. At leisure.
  • Day 12: Mysore / Bangalore (Thurs, 6 Feb) Explore Sultan Tipu’s summer palace at Srirangapatnam. Transfer to Bangalore via the Etho Metho Ayurvedic Garden.
  • Day 13: Bangalore (Fri, 7 Feb) Spend a day at Souka Holistic Health Care Centre and organic farm and learn about their work.
  • Day 14: Bangalore (Sat, 8 Feb) Depart Bangalore after breakfast.

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