Spiritual India Retreat - South India - January 17-23, 2015


Kerala, known as “Gods Country” is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The people are full of smiles, the weather is warm and inviting and the beaches are beautiful. This 6 night ayurvedic beach retreat will leave you spellbound with the majestic allure of South India.

We will spend 7 days exploring the best of Kerala with yoga, ayurveda treatments, beach excursions, cultural immersion and visits to temples and villages. You will have plenty of time to rest and rejuvenate as well as immerse yourself in traditioanl ayurvedic healing. There will be acces to a doctor and individual ayurvedic treatment packages are available. Your first abhyanga massage is on us!

At our exclusive resort you will practice daily transformational yoga and insightful mediation with Nianna Bray in a glorious location with a stunning view. All meals are included and feature an array of vegetarian gourmet options that are ayurvedic, delicious and nutritous.

Start 2015 off right with an adventure for your health, heart and soul. After a week in paradise you will be restored and renewed and ready for an amazing year.


~Your quest for truth has led you to this moment.
This trip will take your evolution to the next level~

Sample Itinerary:

Every day begins and ends with inspirational yoga and insightful meditation with Nianna Bray

Day 1 – Picked up at the Trivandrum airport and drive to the retreat. 25 mins drive through the town of Trivandrum.

Check in at exclusive beach resort in Kovalam. Lunch will be served at Samsara Cafe. You are at leisure for the evening. The only spoiler will be the spa treatments lined up for this evening. You will be treated to 60 mins Abhyanga, a blissfully rhythmic body massage with warm medicated oils, facilitates circulation and relieves fatigue and body aches.
At 6pm we will entertain you with a performance centered on Karnatic music an Indian classical form of music. An authentic Kerala dinner tweaked to the sensibilities of your palate will follow.

Day 2 - The glorious heritage of Kovalam

Sunrise tea will be served at our resorts pristine secluded beach. Watch the spectacular Kovalam sunrise and the play of colors over the majestic Arabian Sea.
Visit to the local market for scenic tour and trip around Kovolam. We first take you for a look around of Padmanabhaswamy Temple. This ancient temple is the most dominating feature of Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu who is depicted reclining on Sri Anantha, the hooded snake from which the city derives its name. It has been in the news for one of the richest treasure troves ever found. It is now supposed to be even richer than the Vatican. After that we walk down an amazing bazaar street. This colourful market is Kerala's hidden treasure and a prime shopping destination for the 'daring' buyer only. At the end of the bazaar we reach Ganapathy temple with a chance to enter. Please note photography is not allowed at this divine place of worship.
Today lunch is an amazing Sadhya Meal served on a banana leaf in Trivandrum's world famous "shabby chic" restaurant. After lunch we head on to Kuthiramalika Palace museum. A classic specimen of Kerala Architecture is situated here. The palace, with its excellent carvings and amazing architectural designs, is by itself a slice of heritage.

Day 3 – Sun, sand & sea

You start your day with sunrise Yoga on the platform by the cliff overlooking the majestic Arabian Sea followed by breakfast at Cafe Samsara.
A short 20 minutes drive to The Poovar estuary so named by the erstwhile king Marthanda Varma of Travancore was the epicenter of Trade in sandalwood, spice and ivory. Back at the retreat enjoy a classic high tea on your porch while your pre-booked spa therapy awaits. It has two skilled therapists, in perfect synchrony kneading away all your tension. This is the ideal anti-stress therapy.

Day 4 - A day of divine wellness at Kovalam

This is a day designed primarily for relaxation and self-discovery. You start your day with sunrise Yoga on the platform by the cliff overlooking the majestic Arabian Sea.
Our objective is to ensure you return home not just rejuvenated but with an empowered inner self. Your wellness program will continue with 30 mins of Shirodhara. A relaxing therapy with lukewarm medicated oils gently poured in a stream over the forehead. Shirodhara is known for diffusing mental tension and easing headaches, improving sleep and strengthening hair roots.
This will be followed by 60 mins of Abhyanga Snana Classic. This is a traditional massage with warm medicated oils administered by two therapists with synchronized movements. This ancient therapy perfected over 5000 years improves blood circulation, relaxation and enhancing energy flow. Lunch will follow post your therapies.
This evening during Dinner we present a traditional Kerala cultural show.

Day 5 - Dispatch to Thekkady

After Breakfast check out from beach resort and depart for Thekkady, India largest wildlife sanctuary and a dream destination for all tourists. Along this 5 and half hour drive you will go through into the panoramic Western Ghat from small quaint towns to rubber plantations into lush green tea plantations and scenic valleys up a winding road.
Check in at mountain resort.
Visit acres of verdant groves and enjoy a guided spice plantation tour. Experience how spices such as cardamom, pepper, vanilla, nutmeg and cloves are grown. These exotic and fresh spices make for a great takeaway.
You are at leisure. Dinner will be served at the retreat.

Day 6 - Introduction to the Periyar

Today you are spoilt for choice in adventure!
Choose a 4 km trek from within the retreat to Mount Miracle at dawn, a great opportunity to catch the local wildlife such as the 'Gaur' or Indian Bison and various species of deer and the beautiful Periyar sunrise.
Look out for one of the rarest animals on earth. The Periyar Tiger Sanctuary is one of the few places where these big cats can prowl freely. Elusive as they may sound, catch even a flash of yellow and black and you will return awed and inspired.
Also a great opportunity to experience an elephant back ride which is an absolute must. Our elephant trainers will accompany you to the jungle camp where you can ride and bathe these gentle giants. End this amazing tour by feeding elephants by hand.
For lunch today our Chef will organize a handy backpack which offers delectable and nutritious gourmet delights.
Post your return to the retreat, your evening is at leisure. Enjoy the calls of exotic birds that surround you or enjoy a quiet read over mountain coffee made with beans from our own garden.
This evening we take you to watch Kalaripayattu, This is the oldest form of martial arts indigenous to Kerala with careful measured movements and of course the clash of swords guaranteed to leave you mesmerized. The performance will be followed by dinner at the retreat.

Day 7 – Breakfast - Yoga - Departure

We are spending 6 nights in North India before this retreat. We will see several cities, exquisite temples and lose ourselves in devotion. Click here for details.

Backwater Tour Extension also available.


Not Included

Hotel & Treatment Gratuities
Airfare to/from India
Airport pick up/drop off if you are arriving in Trivandrum
Additional treatments * no substitutions for treatments specified above
Desired lunches not specified, snacks, teas, water or liquor (liquor not recommended for this week of ayurveda & yoga)
An optional sunset boat ride around Fort Kochin


Deposit - $1000.00 USD
Single occupancy - $3850.00 USD
Double occupancy - $3350.00 USD

Early bird (until Oct 1st): $250 discount
Price includes all rooms, meals, all classes, excursions, entry fees, domestic transportation etc.

To reserve your spot you will need to give a deposit of $1000 and fill out a registration form. Email for form.
Deposits are non-refundable, no exceptions. After your deposit balance must be received by November 22, 2014.
Cancellations less than 3 weeks prior to the retreat start date are non-refundable unless you replace yourself on the retreat. Travelers insurance is required.
*Price is all inclusive: Room accommodations, 2 meals per day, 2 daily yoga sessions, rituals, taxi drivers and fees, trains, domestic flight, day trips, peace of mind and so much more.
*Price does not include airfare or transportation to and from airport. We will gather in Delhi.
*The only additional money you will need is for treatments, a few lunches/snacks and shopping that you may want to enjoy.

To apply and/or inquire email us here.


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Kerela on the water



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Travel Requirements:

Valid Passport - with at least 6 months before expiration

Indian Visa

Travel Insurance

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GUEST experiences:

India Group 2011Henna India

“Thank you for diving us into the depths of Mother India and our own hearts. These have been the most transforming two weeks in our lives! We are happy and grateful for this pilgrimage and back home with a new perspective on life. Endless love from Germany, Sandra & Lotta Schrodel”

Mother + daughter
Owners of Proactive lounge in Nuremberg

“Traveling to India with Away Inward Retreats was one of my best decisions ever.  It not only deepened my yoga practice in the birthplace of this ancient practice, but it also inspired me to pursue yoga teacher training upon returning home. They guided us – an intimate group of 10 pilgrims with diverse yoga experience – on an epic journey where our daily yoga transcended the mat. Her knowledge of the country, its people and traditions helped to weave our little group into the country’s fabric deeper than I anticipated – a huge bonus for people like me who thrive on experiential travel.” 
Erica,  Chicago
Contributor at the Travel Zoo

“Traveling  with the guidance and love of Away Inward Retreats was a wonderful and joyous way to experience India's rich culture, sacred land, people, spiritual rituals, and even a bit of athleticism via the yoga and hiking treks!! For me, it was the perfect combination of embracing spirituality and my  love of travels. This trip to India has  proved to me things at home can be managed with 'Mom' for a few weeks!!! It has inspired me to look forward to  many other adventure trips with Ryan and Nianna and Away Inward.”
Solla Los Angeles
Mother & Yoga Teacher

‘My trip to India on Nianna’s pilgrimage and retreat was a truly valuable experience incorporating a perfect balance of yoga immersion, cultural exploration and personal reflection, all in a beautiful and supportive environment. My time spent with Nianna in the birthplace of yoga took me on a personal journey, both challenging (physically and mentally-but a good amount!) and inspiring. It took me out of my comfort zone, taught me humility, grace and gratitude, gave me clarity and a sense of wholeness which is rare to tap into these days where hectic schedules seem to dominate everyday life. Nianna has an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm and is a great teacher. I cannot recommend her enough to anyone that loves yoga and the joy that it brings. A truly memorable experience which taught me a great deal about myself and the power of Yoga.”
Leili London
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  • Duration: 6 nights / 7 Days
  • Location: Trivandrum, Kerala
  • Elevation: Sea Level
  • Trekking: 1 day
  • All In: $3500-$38500 - Early Registration
  • Reg Deadline: Dec 1, 2015


  • 1 Consultation with Ayurvedic Doctor
  • 1 Ayurveda Massage
  • Daily Yoga and Meditation
  • Trivandrum City Tour
  • Padmanabhaswamy Temple
  • Hindu Temples
  • Markets and Local Artisans
  • Traditional dance, musci and Kalaripayyat performances
  • Trek through mountains and Tea/Spice feilds
  • Photoshoots
  • Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary Safari
  • South Indian cooking class
  • Boat Ride
  • Visit Secluded Beach
  • Optional: Massage & Ayurvedic Treatments, Cooking classes, Tiger Reserve, and more Shopping...

View from the pool

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Spa time