Discover the south of india and meet Sri Mata Amaritanandamayi or Amma (Mother) the Huggy Saint!
She has already embraced more 30 millions of people all around the world and her Ngo Embracing the World is one of the most important in India
She is known as the "Mother of India" where her social projects are contributing to the better living conditions of the poor and needed 80 schools, Universities, Hospitals, more than 47000 homes...
Come and visit her Ashram (monastery) AMRITAPURI Enjoy her embrace or Darshan (means "Vision of God") Practice Yoga, meditation and sacred chanting in presence of AMMA & Discover Kerala, also called "God's own country"
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Day 1 Arrival to kochi airport (time depends on your flight) - taxi to Fort Kochi The name Cochin implies "co-chin", meaning "like-China". It looked like China when the Chinese came to the region during the 14th century and installed Chinese nets. Since the beginning of Common Era, Arabian and Chinese traders sourced spices, especially pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, sandal wood etc. Rest during the day & in the evening you will attend a traditional performance called Kathakali . Get there early so you can go backstage and watch the performers wear their extravagant make-up and costumes before the show begins. If you’re not pressed for time, try and catch a concert featuring classical dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Mohiniyattam or Kalaripayattu (a traditional form of martial arts) demonstration Day 2 Visit of Fort Kochi and Mattanchery To explore the historic town of Fort Kochi and Mattanchery, there is no better choice than setting out on foot. You will find a mix of old houses built by the Portuguese, Dutch and British in these colonial periods line the streets of Fort Kochi. The Princess Street is the most popular with shops selling vintage furnitures, statues, silver jewellery and handicrafts. In Mattancherry, the Palace Museum is worth a visit. It features murals, art and royal paraphernalia of the Rajas of Kochi. Jew Town houses the oldest Jewish Synagogue in India. It is said that even though Jews arrived in Kerala in 700 BC and built a prosperous community in this little town
Day 3 to 5 Discover the natural beauty of Kerala, the Backwaters & Enjoy the Ayurveda, the Traditional Indian Medicine 1h30 by prívate taxi & 2 nights in a nice hotel with peaceful view The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900 km of waterways! It’s the natural Venice of India! The backwaters have a unique ecosystem: freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea Enjoy the rejuvenating and relaxing massages of the Ayurveda and discover the backawaters in a traditional boat
Days 5 to 8 Discover Varkala, its sacred beach and temples & enjoy the fanstastic sea view from the cliffs (3h30 by prívate taxi) Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Varkala is also famous for the 2,000-year-old Janardana Swami Temple which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India and is often referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the South). The temple is located close to the Papanasam beach, which is considered to have holy waters which wash away sins, and is also an important Ayurveda treatment centre Sivagiri Mutt is a famous ashram in Varkala, founded by the philosopher and social reformer Sree Narayana Guru (its picture is in the Amma’s ashram temple) Sree Narayana Guru's tomb is also located here. His concept is 'One Caste, One Religion, One God”. The evening views of the sunset are worth lingering over
Days 8 to 15 Amritapuri , Amma’s Ashram (1h by prívate taxi) The ashram is built on Amma's birthplace An unique experience of Inconditional & divine love Receive Her embrace/Darshan and teachings Schedule according to the Darshan, meditations, teachings and the IAM meditation training (also in mandarin) 04:50 a.m– 06:30 a.m Chanting of Lalita Sahasranama (Archana) the 1000 names of Devi, the Divine Mother 06:30 a.m– 07:30 a.m Chai/ tea - yoga 08 a.m - 09 a.m breakfast 09 a.m - 10 a.m Seva or personal practice - Karma yoga 10 a.m– 12:30 p.m Seva (volunteering) 12:30 p.m– 02 p.m lunch 02 p.m– 05 p.m Seva 05 p.m– 06:30 p.m Meditation - Raja yoga 06:30 p.m– 08 p.m Bhajans - Sanskrit songs- Bhakti Yoga 08 p.m– 09 p.m dinner
During 2 days and half you can learn the Iam meditation created by Amma The meditation technique introduced here is called ‘Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique’® because its goal is the integration of body, breath, and mind. It is a combination of Relaxing yogic stretches, breathing and concentration exercises and takes only 25 minutes a day THE ART OF MENTAL MASTERY Meditation is the art of mental mastery. How we perceive the world around us completely depends upon our mind. In our search for happiness, we essentially have two options — modify the entire world so that everything turns out exactly the way we want, or modify our mind so we’re happy, content and peaceful, regardless of what happens in the external world. The former is obviously impossible. We have very little control over our external world. The only hope for happiness lies in controlling the inner world. Meditation is a key element in this process In Amritapuri it’s also posible to meet astrologists, ayurvedic doctor, healer practicionner, tarotist…
Day 15 a taxi will bring you to Kochi airport (4h ) Possible to sleep in a hotel the day before close the Airport
Posible to add Kanyakumari (Sri Vivekananda ashram) Madurai, Rameshwarem (one of the 12 Yotirlingam temples), Arunachala...and North India, Benares, Ladakh...upon request
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