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South India

 

"India is everything you've heard and nothing you can imagine."

For further detailed info, cost and daily itinerary, contact Mark Hennessy at: world@magicaljourney.org

MAGICAL JOURNEY TO SOUTH INDIA  

January 21 - February 7, 2020

featuring the finest of South india - Tamil Nadu and Kerala

"Mind, Body, Spirit: A Global Connection" with Carol Cumes and Mark Hennessy

“We are once again returning to lead a tour to South India because we never tire of visiting that fascinating region of a fascinating country. We have found that each of our visits has has left us spiritually and culturally enriched with our hearts and minds just that little more open to the treasures that diversity brings to provide texture and colour to our lives. Each visit has formed into a unique memory that lives close to our hearts, and we once again invite you to join us on this visit so that you too can experience the stimulation and delights of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.”  Carol Cumes and Mark Hennessy

For the full itinerary & cost, contact Mark at: world@magicaljourney.org

An Overview of the Journey:

We will meet together on January the 21st in Chennai (formerly known as Madras) and be introduced to each other and meet our guide who has been specially chosen for the ability to convey to us the knowledge and wisdom that lies in the delightful legends, literature  and stories that are the bedrock of the Hindu way of life, evidence of which we will see everywhere we travel. It lives in the friendliness and humour of the people who we will encounter, people who believe in ‘connectedness’ being a fundamental value that must be the foundation of a life lived fully.Their connection to nature, animals, and through ritual, the energies that shape our being and the universe of which we are part, is extended happily to you as a visitor. 

From Chennai, we will travel along the coast in Tamil Nadu and visit magnificent, ancient stone-carved temples at Mahabalipurum. Where you will first enjoy the legends and mythology of India as depicted in carved friezes on huge rocks and the walls of caves. You will also see examples of the evolution of Indian temple architecture. 

After the day’s adventures, the group will relax in the comfort of our luxury hotel, where you can swim in the famous mile-long pool overlooking the Bay of Bengal. This will be a chance to shake off the last vestiges of travel fatigue. 

Here you will also start yet another adventure that will be part of your memories - the culinary adventure into the variety, freshness, flavours and textures of South Indian food. 

We will continue our route South to Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry a French Enclave on Eastern Coast of the sub-continent.) The French influence has clearly left its mark here. For those who enjoy shopping, Puducherry is a delight as will every other place we visit in India be. The range of goods that are available seems almost boundless.

We will also likely visit the Ashram of two of the most revered Spiritual figures of the 20th Century Sri Aurobinda and the ‘Mother’.

And so we will continue our journey through a variety of scenery, through trim tea and rubber plantations, across  ‘Ghats’ - mountain ranges that divide different regions visiting herb gardens along the way heading for our final destination Kochi (formerly Cochin) the place where East first met West by sea with the arrival of Vasco Da Gama who had made his way via the route around the South of Africa in 1498.

Along the way you will visit magnificent temples of great architectural achievement. The decorations and statuary will introduce you to the rich tapestry of legend and spiritual mythology that is the background to life in India. If you love stories then India is a treasure trove of delight. 
  
You will see how the vibrant living  temples are centres of community. There  is no better examples of this than the great Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. It is so full of life that one doesn’t know where to look from one moment to the next. The whole atmosphere is so different to what we of western oriented cultures associate with the word ‘temple’ that one realises that we actually need a different word to describe them. 

The science of Ayurvedic medicine has its home here and you have not had your body brought fully to life until you have given it the opportunity to be pampered by the practitioners of Ayurvedic massage.

Kathakali Theatre has its home in Kerala. To watch a performer of this art tell a story from the legends of India with the use of gestures, dance moves and facial expressions while a musician sings and chants the narrative is an experience unlike any other in the world of theatre.

‘India dances’ - and the discipline, grace and vibrancy of Indian dance is a delight for anyone who appreciates the art of movement as an expression and means of complete communication to more than our verbal senses. 

If there is one word that we can use to describe what we will encounter it is ‘vibrancy’. This has been an overview. There is so much more in the itinerary and even then we will be skimming the surface.

Email Mark at: world@magicaljourney.org for the itinerary and then join us!

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