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God's Own Country

08 - 14 September

Welcome to Mother India from 08 - 14 September. Travel safely with us in India as we will be your personal Yoga & Travel guide. We will be with you every step of the way throughout the trip. A lifetime memorable  experience!


At Hamsālaya, we treat our body as our temple. Our retreats provide a great opportunity to transform yourself, learn healthy lifestyle and find your purpose in life. We have prepared a Spiritual package dedicated for those who are looking for the true peace of mind with the help of Yoga, Ayurveda and Nature. Our program offers a 7 day itinerary packed with Healthy living lectures, Yoga sessions, Ayurveda massages, Local sight seeing, River boat cruise, Swim in backwaters, Scenic village walk, Temples & Ashram visit, Sunset at beach, Learn Indian cooking, etc. An authentic Indian cultural immersion experience


Kerala also known as God's own country is an ancient and beautiful state situated on the southwestern coast of India and has also emerged as a popular holiday destination of India. Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate with a long shoreline with serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, lush hill stations, waterfalls. sprawling plantations, paddy fields, enchanting art forms, magical festivals, exotic cuisine, historic and cultural monuments. All of which ultimately makes this holiday destination a perfect choice for travelers.

Yoga & Indian Cultural Immersion 

We believe that every human being has the ability to rejuvenate, transform and blossom into the most radiant version of themselves when given time, space and support of a nourishing and uplifting environment.  This  experience provides a great way to find long lasting happiness, peace and the passion to share the yogic lifestyle with others. This is our value to you.

EXPLORE The backwaters of alappuzha

Alappuzha (Alleppey), referred to as the Venice of the East, peaceful and pristine is famous for its breath-taking backwaters and canals. Alappuzha, one of the major tourism spots of Kerala is a small strip of land sandwiched between the Vembanad Lake and the Arabian Sea. Alappuzha Beach, the pier which extends into the sea is around 140 years old. It is a perfect spot to picnic and there is also an old lighthouse nearby that is of immense interest for the visitors. The beautiful nature and exquisite setting all around the backwaters of Alappuzha  is conducive to meditation and mind expansion. 

River boat Cruise

River boat Cruise

Sunrise view from the Resort

Sunrise view from the Resort

Ayurveda Oil Massage

Ayurveda Oil Massage

Alappuzha Beach Pier

Alappuzha Beach Pier

Alappuzha Boat Jetty

Alappuzha Boat Jetty

Varkala Beach

Varkala Beach

Scenic Village Walk, Alappuzha

Scenic Village Walk, Alappuzha

Ayurveda Theraphy

Ayurveda Theraphy

Ayurvedic Medicines

Ayurvedic Medicines

Backwater Cruise

Backwater Cruise

Village people

Village people

Alappuzha boat race

Alappuzha boat race

Ayurveda Oil Massage

Ayurveda Oil Massage

Canal cruise

Canal cruise

Ananthapura lake temple

Ananthapura lake temple

A bridge over the backwaters

A bridge over the backwaters

Village life

Village life


 - Liberating the soul and mind in the God's own Country -

  • Pickup from Cochin International Airport on 08 September

  • AHIMSA: Vegetarian Delicacies include Healthy Breakfast, Plantain Leaf Lunch & South Indian Dinner

  • Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Classes

  • Ayurveda Treatment & Massages 

  • Healthy Living, Philosophy & Spiritual Lectures

  • Scenic Village Walk & Swim in Backwaters

  • River Boat Cruise & Sunset at Beach

  • Temples & Ashram Visit

  • Learn Indian Cooking & Culture

  • All Sightseeing & Transportation

  • Translations to: English & Chinese

  • Drop off to Cochin International Airport on 14 September 


NoteAirfares & Visa NOT included.

retreat teacher

Rajakumar Sathappan is the founder of Hamsālaya Yoga. Raj practises classical hatha yoga and his teaching style revolves around the overall wellness of a person and not just limited to the body. He has a unique way of blending dhyana, asana, pranayama, yoga nidra and spirituality into each class. Over the years, he has trained a lot of students transform into holistic teachers and also imparted deeper yoga wisdom to many teachers. Raj inspires people to pursue health, happiness and eco-consciousness. His lightheartedness is contagious as he guides students to move easily to the next level of their personal practice. Yoga is a blessing and he enjoys sharing it with others!


Hamsālaya believes in quality over quantity and hence, we designed the program only for few students to ensure best Students-Teacher ratio. All levels of yoga practitioners including beginners are welcome as our classes are designed to provide strong foundation and personalized approach to your Yoga practice.



  • "Sharing is Caring". Save even more when travelling together with a family member or a friend! That's why we have prepared a smart pricing policy as you invite your family or a friend to join our retreat that allows you to obtain 10% discounted prices, provided sharing a Double Occupancy.


Single Occupancy :

  • 1 Person (Early Bird) = US$ 1650 (NT$ 51,000)Last date for Early Bird Sign-up  : 31 July 2019

  • 1 Person (Regular Price)  =  US$ 1900 (NT$ 60,000)

Only 5 places left. Book your spot Now!

  • Children are our most valuable resource, as they are the leaders of our future! Hamsālaya gives you an opportunity to discover the benefits of yoga for kids, to learn yoga,  to strike a pose with your child and create a lifetime deeper connection with them.


    • Children ages 0 - 6 stay free when sharing existing bedding with 2 paid adults.

    • Children ages 7 - 14  are US $ 500 per child with extra bed

    • Children age 15 or older are charged the adult rate.


  • Maximum occupancy is 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children per room (only one extra bed is allowed in the room)


Day 1 (08 Sep) : Sunday

  • Pickup from the Airport 

  • Welcoming participants


Day 2 (09 Sep) : Monday 

  • Retreat inauguration

  • Regular schedule

  • River boat cruise

Day 3 (10 Sep) : Tuesday 

  • Sightseeing day schedule

  • Revi Karunakaran Memorial Museum

  • Alappuzha Beach pier / Lighthouse

Day 4 (11 Sep) : Wednesday

  • Regular schedule

  • Scenic Village walk

Day 5 (12 Sep) : Thursday 

  • Sightseeing day schedule

  • Fort Cochin & Dutch Palace visit

  • Naval Maritime museum

  • LuLu International Shopping Mall

Day 6 (13 Sep) : Friday 

  • Regular schedule

  • Local market visit

Day 7 (14 Sep) : Saturday

  • Closing ceremony with Lunch feast

  • Drop off to Airport 


NoteEveryone will receive a series of emails containing their trip details starting a few weeks prior to the Retreat. Itinerary is subject to change without notice depending on weather, traffic conditions, etc.

Daily Retreat schedule 


0700 - Wake up 

0800 - 0900 Yoga Class

0900 - 1000 Breakfast 

1100 - 1200 Healthy Living & Philosophy Lectures

1300 - 1400 Lunch  

1700 - 1800 Hatha Yoga Class

1930 - 2030 Dinner & Cultural activities

2030 - 2130 Satsang (Meditation, Mantras & Lectures)

Sightseeing Day Schedule


0700 - Wake up 

0800 - 0900 Hatha Yoga Class

0900 - 1000 Breakfast 

1000 - 1800 Sight seeing / City visit / River boat cruise

1930 - 2030 Dinner & Cultural activites

2030 - 2130 Satsang (Meditation, Mantras & Lectures)

kondai lip backwater heritage resort

The gateway to Kondai Lip welcomes you across a narrow canal fringed by palms. Greeted by the resort’s boatman, guests are then transported across in a country boat. The cottages are all over a hundred years old and were once traditional homes that have been trans-located; designed in Kerala’s vernacular style of architecture, with interiors in wood, elegantly furnished and equipped with all modern amenities, the cottages look out at canals on two sides and are set around a dining area that is open to the surrounding landscape.

 An ideal choice to relaxingly witness the enthralling Sunrise, a gentle breeze and whisper of the trees around the resort's villas to enjoy your time away from the hustles of busy schedules and tiring routines. The serene backwaters of the lake spread far and wide at the edge of the resort, where boats large and small cruise gently over the waters at daybreak as you watch them from the villas. A profound silence reigns, this is solitude in its purest form, sit back, luxuriate in the beauty that surrounds you, soak in the silence, you are a heartbeat away from paradise. Kondai Lip resort is one of the best resorts in Alappuzha and is rightly located and well equipped to ensure a perfect tranquil environment for the spiritual yoga retreat. 

  • Kondai Lip offers 17 spacious rooms, each with a King-Size double bed. 

  • En-suite pebble stone bathrooms with hot & cold running water.

  • Wireless Internet and Television DTH service is available.

  • All rooms are equipped with Air-conditioner.

  • Extra beds can be accomodated per room.

  • Laundry facilities are available on request.

  • Delicious vegetarian food; harvested directly from the village farms. 

Additional information




Ayurveda, the science of life and longevity, is the oldest healthcare system in the world and it combines the profound thoughts of medicine and philosophy. Ayurveda focuses upon the preservation as well as the promotion of positive health, which is essential towards the prevention of disease. Today, it's a unique, indispensable branch of medicine, a complete naturalistic system that depends on the diagnosis of your body's humours - vata, pitta and kapha - to achieve the right balance



Sightseeings in and around Kerala: 


With bountiful natural beauty, Kerala lies wedged between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. A spectacular travel destination that has in store for you some timeless and unmatched spots, including palm-fringed beaches, undulating hills, pristine backwaters, evergreen forests and many more. Fly to this stunning land to get amazed by the wonders of its many attractions in addition to the most popular Alappuzha & Kumarakom backwaters.


  • Folklore Museum, Kashi Art Gallery & Wonderla Amusement Park in Kochi

  • Athirappilly Waterfalls in Thrissur

  • Tea plantations in Munnar

  • Periyar National Park Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

  • Kovalam Beach, Padmanabhapuram Palace & Poovar Island in Trivandrum

  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial & Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari



Some places to do shopping:


  • Shopping in Alappuzha – Fresh spices like pepper, cardamom, coconut oil and areca nut, coir products and carpets.

  • Shopping in Kochi town – Regional silver and gold jewellery, small souvenirs and popular brands in huge shopping malls

  • Shopping in Varkala beach – Brass and copper itemslocally-made woolens, hand made statues, Yoga & cotton clothing

  • Shopping in Munnar – Varieties of fresh tea, coffee, cashews, home made chocolates, spices, aloe vera gel & herbal oils


Cultural activities


  • Learn Bhajans, Chants, folk songs or musical instruments (harmonium, drum)

  • Participate in local agricultural / gardening activities (planting, harvesting, threshing)

  • Learn Hindi, Malayam, Tamil or Sanskrit

  • Have your horoscope read for future predictions

  • Participate in local festivals, marriage celebrations, songs and dances

Policy info

Cancellation Policy: 

i) Cancellation prior to & during the month of July = 75 % refund.

ii) Cancellation during the month of August = 50 % refund.

iii) Cancellation during the month of September = NO refund; only name transfer/change is possible. 


Note:  Guests must cover additional costs themselves for visiting areas different from the retreat scheduled itinerary. We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance in advance to protect yourself well with any unforeseen circumstances. Hamsalife reserves the right to change/modify the itinerary, policy and rules whenever necessary according to the situation and the decision of the management will be final and binding in all matters and is unquestionable.


Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in the retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy above will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc) but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centers. Hence, we have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your travel plans change.