7 Days Ayurveda Yoga and Cooking Holiday in Kerala, India

  • Marari Arattukulam Heaven Homestay, Alleppey, India

Yoga and Cooking Holiday in Kerala

Maya Heritage Aymanam offers a variety of traditional Syrian Christian dishes with the flavor and aroma of spices and coconut. Your host tries to incorporate farm fresh organic food as much as possible. Mrs. Chitra Philip, will be delighted to show you how your food is prepared in our traditional kitchen and will share with you the recipes, tips and culinary arts. Also, you will enjoy daily yoga practice and Ayurveda massages. The homestay is situated in Kerala, India, close to the Arabian ocean.

Highlights

  • 3 cooking classes
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Ayurveda wellness treatments
  • Guided local tours and travel related services
  • Consultation with yoga and Ayurveda therapist
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Guided local tours
  • 3 days with instruction
  • Hindi, English
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Marari Arattukulam Haven Homestay is a beautiful, clean, hygienic, healthy, and eco-friendly farm homestay situated in the beautiful coastal fishermen village Chethy, which is just near Mararikulam, the world famous tourist destination in Kerala.

You are provided with good food, a pleasant and calm atmosphere, and a bundle of memorable moments. Double rooms with air-condition, attached toilet and private area are available. When you come with a family with kids, you can choose two double rooms with an open terrace.

There are two air conditioned double rooms in the upstair of the house. The homestay located in a calm, quiet, and peaceful village area. There is an organic vegetable garden in the surrounding of the house.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Pranayama meditation session
  • 06:30 Asana (Hatha yoga practice)
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Resting time
  • 13:00 Lunch (Kerala traditional vegetarian meal)
  • 15:00 Relaxation therapy
  • 17:00 Herbal tea and snacks
  • 20:00 Vegetarian dinner
  • 21:00 Bed time

Allappuzha (Alleppey) is a landmark between the broad Arabian sea and a network of rivers flowing into it. In the early first decade of the 20th Century the then Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon made a visit in the State to Alleppey, now Alappuzha. Fascinated by the scenic beauty of the place, in joy and amazement, he said, here nature has spent up on the land her richest bounties. In his exhilaration, it is said, he exclaimed, Alleppey, the Venice of the East. Thus the sobriquet found its place in the world tourism map.

The presence of a port and a pier, crisscross roads and numerous bridges across them, a long and unbroken sea coast might have motivated him to make this comparison. District of Alappuzha figures in classified literature. History says Alappusha and trade relations with ancient Greeece and Rome in BC and in the middle ages. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat cruise, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Here, one can see coconut husks being beaten into fiber for making beautiful mats and coir products. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala. Kuttanad is perhaps the only place in the world where farming is done below sea level.

The nearest airport to Alleppey is at Kochi (Cochin - COK at 100 kilometers). Alappuzha is connected by rail with almost all the important towns in India. National Highway No. 47, which runs through Alappuzha town, connects the district with important centers in South India. Ferry boats on the scenic backwaters of Alappuzha, connect the district with Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam and Chengannur. The cruise through the winding canals and backwaters is truly an unforgettable experience.

Like all large, multi-ethnic countries, India has host of diverse foods, the cuisine of each region defined by the indigenous produce of the land and the various cultures that have influenced it. The culinary efforts of the different communities of Kerala come out in distinctly different dishes of great variety. The Syrian Christians are heirs to an astonishingly rich culinary culture. We serve all the variety and richness of traditional Kerala cuisine with farm fresh products.

  • Birding at Thattekkad
  • Cycling in forest or village
  • Enjoy barbecues
  • Fishing in the lake
  • Lowland forest trekking
  • Mayapott candlelit dinner
  • Motor boat cruise
  • Plantation visit
  • River kayaking
  • Spice gardens and shops visit
  • Visit forest and wildlife
  • Visit local village
  • Visit nature preserves
  • White water rafting

Ayurveda massages are included in the package.

  • 6 days yoga practice
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals (pure vegetarian)
  • Ayurveda massages
  • Coffee, tea, mineral water
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Boating and village tour
  • Tour packages to other tourist locations

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Heidi B. from France

    "We hired a car with driver called "Satheesh" for five days. From Cochin to Munnar, to Parambikulum, then Coimbatore. He was extremely professional and the trip went very smoothly. I would definitely recommend him."

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  • Review by Cosmish from Canada

    "Our group was booked relatively last minute and composed of seven people. From the moment the owner's driver picked us up on the first day, we had great service and provided with a great experience. The houseboat was beautiful and the backwaters route taken was also breathtaking. The food is also a great treat, giving you a chance to eat delicious Kerala foods and famous seafood. We had chai, fried bananas, and a wonderful breakfast. We never went hungry! The beds were comfortable and the rooms were clean. Recommended that you bring snacks and lots of books, cards, and board games for passing the time and at night when the boat anchors. Also, alcohol isn't available on the boat, so if you want it, you much purchase it in advance. Overall, the owner, Kence, and his driver are excellent support and provide a great weekend experience!"

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  • Review by BrPaulo from Thailand

    "I had the best local experience, in a wonderful antic house in a peaceful location. The hosts are a exeptional couple, she is the best cooker and he is a man of culture, versed in so many topics that I lost the time notion on our chat. Their english is excelent. I had a unique aproach to local Kerala culture and way of life."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Maya heritage has such a relaxed yet atmospheric feeling about it - if you were a writer, it's the sort of place where you'd want to write a novel. It is an old and impeccably maintained property with lots of established trees all around it. Although only for one night, it was probably the most relaxing night we spent in India! Vinodh and his wonderful extended family are not only beautiful people but great cooks - you should definitely have all your meals included in your stay, yum! Highly recommend staying here!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "My friend was smart enough to book us a night at this gem even though there isn't anything specific to check off the sightseeing list by staying there. We were drawn to it because we've all read "The God of Small Things" and loved the book (it takes place in Ayemanam). The house was exquisite. The woman that prepared our meals is the best cook in Kerala! She will make meat dishes for you if you'd like, and only from her did I understand the big deal about dosas. Hers were amazing! The owner of the property is very kind and generous. He went on a morning walk with us and told us a lot about Ayemanam that we wouldn't have known from the guide books. This was such a pleasant surprise, and ranked our favorite place in Kerala by 2/4 of us!"

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