Palliative Care in South India

7 - 22 Feb 2018
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Palliative Care and Care for the Elderly are developing within the distinctive structures of South Indian society and family life. This tour takes you to two very different states to give you a top to bottom view of Palliative Care and Care of the Elderly, with some fascinating professional visits ranging from prestigious large hospitals, to Ayurvedic hospitals and pharmacies, to hospices and village community projects in rural India. Travel from gentle, eclectic Kerala into the ancient and cultural land of Tamil Nadu and learn first hand about this richly rewarding part of India.

A full cultural programme is balanced by a wide ranging professional itinerary of visits, talks and meetings with your professional counterparts in rural and urban India.

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Palliative Care in South India

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Gilly Burn

Gilly Burn

Gilly Burn set up Cancer Relief India in 1990 and worked as the Project Director of the Indo-British Palliative Care Project from 1993-96 collaboration between Macmillan Cancer Relief and WHO. She has been instrumental in setting up palliative care services in collaboration with Indian colleagues, notably the first hospital based palliative care team in India which is now a WHO Demonstration Project with SE Asia. She was one of the prime instigators in setting up the Indian Association of Palliative Care, and is an expert on palliative care and society in India. Well-travelled and energetic with an excellent sense of humour, Gilly is a great asset to any tour. She has led several highly successful Care of the Elderly and Palliative Care Tours to South India.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 7 Feb (Wed) Cochin: Arrive Cochin and transfer to the Casino Hotel. Talk: “Development of Palliative Care in India” by Gilly Burn
  • 8 Feb (Thurs) Cochin: Visit the Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Centre at Kalady. Sightseeing including the Dutch Palace, Synagogue, St Francis Church and the spice houses. Optional Kathkali dance performance
  • 9 Feb (Fri) Cochin: Drive to Trichur. Visit the Trichur Hospital and the Palliative Care Ward.  Return to Cochin. High Tea at Taj Malabar. Sunset cruise past the Chinese fishing nets. Chef’s choice dinner at Pepper Restaurant
  • 10 Feb (Sat) Cochin: Visit the Holy Cross Hospice.At leisure. Optional cookery class. See a Kalaripayattu training session and demonstration and enjoy a foot massage
  • 11 Feb (Sun) Overnight rice barge cruise: Drive to Alleppey to board a rice barge and cruise the Keralan backwaters.  Overnight on your barge
  • 12 Feb (Mon) Trivandrum: Drive to Trivandrum.  At leisure at the Lake Palace Hotel. Dinner on the coast
  • 13 Feb (Tues) Trivandrum:  Talk: Updates in Palliative Care in India by Dr. Rajagopal ("Father of Palliative Care" in India). Visit the Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences and learn of its role as a training, research and clinical demonstration unit
  • 14 Feb (Wed) Trivandrum – Kanyakumari: Meet with local palliative care nurses and specialists and take part in community visits. Drive to Kaniyakumari  (southernmost point of India) and en route visit Padmanabhapuram Palace. Check into the Hotel Sparsa, Kaniyakumari
  • 15 Feb (Thurs) Kaniyakumari – Madurai: Morning visit to the Bagavathi Amman Temple and Our Lady of Ransom Church.  Continue to Madurai. See the night ceremony at Meenakshi Temple
  • 16 Feb (Fri) Madurai:Take a cycle rickshaw through the markets. Visit Meenakshi Temple. Take part in a street food tour
  • 17 Feb (Sat) Madurai / Auroville:  Drive to Tiruchirappalli and visit the Rock Fort Temple and Srirangam. Arrive in Auroville late afternoon and check into Mango Hill (located between the two). 
  • 18 Feb (Sun) Auroville: Talk: A Background to Auroville. Visit the Peace Arena and international Zone. Learn of their health care initiatives.  Vegetarian Lunch.  At leisure - options for therapies in Auroville or to visit Pondicherry
  • 19 Feb (Mon) Auroville /Mahabalipuram:   Visit the former French colony of Pondicherry and tour the French and Tamil quarters. Continue to Mahabalipuram and at leisure
  • 20 Feb (Tues) Mahabalipuram: Drive to Chennai and visit the Jeevodaya Hospice. Dinner in the small seaside town of Mahabalipuram
  • 21 Feb (Wed) Mahabalipuram: Explore the countryside by auto rickshaws, including a visit to Kadumbadi village, a village school, a temple and a Primary Health Centre. Thali lunch in village. Visit the World Heritage shore temples. Farewell dinner
  • 22 Feb (Thurs) Mahabalipuram: Transfer to Chennai for onward flights or further extend at Mahabalipuram

Tour cost

Ground only cost: USD $3,170 per person sharing