THE BIGGEST FESTIVAL OF KERALA
This vibrantly colorful 7 day Sacred Mythic Journey is staged during the Onam festival, which is the biggest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. Onam Festival falls during the Malayali month of Chingam (Aug – Sep) and marks the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali. Carnival of Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala culture and tradition. Intricately decorated Pookalam, ambrosial Onasadya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam – the harvest festival in Kerala.
BEAUTIFULLY CARVED PILLARS
The Meenakshi Temple is an ancient Hindu temple in Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The main deity of the temple is Goddess Meenakashi. There are twin temples of God Shiva and Goddess Meenakshi inside the premises of Meenakshi temple. This temple has become a symbol for the Tamil people. Meenakshi Temple is the example of the fine artistic work by Vishwakarma Brahmins. Vishwakarma Brahmins has shown that they are masters in sculpting. The temple complex shelters 12 sculptured and painted gopurams or towers. The present structure of the temple was constructed in the year 17th century. The figure of Goddess Meenakshi in Meenakshi Temple is said to be engraved out of a solo emerald. Various kings have renovated the temple by adding coiled corridors from time to time.
TRADITIONAL ART AND DANCE FORMS
Dance – the ultimate expression of human emotion. One dances one’s way to sorrow, to joy and even to fury. It’s where the inner and outer self of a being unites to express itself in beautifully synchronized movements. Kerala’s dance traditions date back thousands of years, and are the best expression of its culture. From Kathakali to Mohiniyattam, each dance is accompanied with its own peculiar movements and distinctive costumes. Every dance is based on a folk tale and depicts a scene from mythological stories and legends, and is accompanied by two or three singers, who narrate the story along with the dance. The use of props is also very common.
WHEN THE STARS AND THE MOON ALIGN
Onam is a time for sports, festivities, and ritual celebrations in Kerala. The Keralites celebrate this festival in memory of the golden era of King Mahabali whose spirit is said to visit the state at the time of Onam. Colorful aquatic festivals are organized along the sacred rive Pampa as part of the celebrations. After three months of heavy rains, the sky becomes a clear blue and the forests a deep green. The brooks and streams come alive, spouting a gentle white foam, the lakes and rivers overflow and lotuses and lilies are in full bloom as if to welcome the spirit of the King. It is time to reap the harvest, to celebrate and to rejoice.
GOD’S OWN COUNTRY
Kerala is a tropical paradise. Lush green tea plantations, serene winding backwaters and spice plantations are a few features that define Kerala as one of the most beautiful parts of India. Popular as ‘God’s Own Country’ Kerala is a haven for travelers who come here to unwind in the salubrious climes, away from the concrete jungle. In a state where the topography ranges from cool hills to balmy sea beaches, Kerala is a sight for sore eyes.
AN ANCIENT MYSTERY CARVED OUT OF A MOUNTAIN
The Kailasa temple in Ellora, Maharashtra, India is a megalith carved out of a single rock. It is considered as one of the most remarkable cave temples in India, mostly because of its humongous size, architecture and sculptural implementations. Interestingly, the Kailasa is just one of the 34 monasteries and temples which extend over an area of 2 kilometers. How the ancients constructed some of the most incredible ancient monuments we see today remains one of the greatest archaeological mysteries of the 21st century. Not only is it a mystery how ancient mankind managed to create The Kailasa temple –which is one of the largest rock-cut ancient Hindu temples on the planet– but how ancient cultures in South and Central America managed to quarry, transport and place giant boulders is something not even engineers today can not imagine.
- Comfortable accommodations throughout the journey
- All in-country local ground transportation
- Healthy and balanced fresh food diet, juices and herbal teas
- Welcome celebration meal and farewell meal
- Local national park entrance fees
- Transformational workshops and/or ceremonies
- Inspirational facilitators, guides and shamans
- Private one-on-one consultations (if requested)
- 15% of your total contribution goes towards supporting local indigenous communities
What’s NOT IncludedInternational and in-country domestic flights
Personal travel and medical insurance (optional)
Essential kit list items
Private taxi to/from local airport before and after the journey
Terms & Conditions
Cancellations made more than 2 months from the journey start date will be fully refunded but excluding a 50% cancellation fee.
Cancellations made within 2 months of the journey start date are fully non-refundable.
Up and Coming Journey Dates
First Quarter Moon of the 14th September – Full Moon of the 20th September 2021
SO WHAT’S NEXT?
STEP 1: Schedule Your Sacred Mythic Journey Interview Below
STEP 2: Secure Your Place
STEP 3: Prepare For The Journey Ahead!