The Colorful Spices of South India

The Colorful Spices of South India

South India Tour with Daily Hatha Yoga (registration still open!)

All-Levels Hatha Yoga with Fran Gallo

January 2 — January 18, 2018

Experience the natural beauty, stunning architecture, and rich culture of South India. This journey combines daily yoga and a fabulous tour, including historical Mumbai, colorful culture, a cooking class, and wild elephants!  Explore the 2,000 year-old caves at Ellora and Ajanta, featuring monasteries and temples hewn out of rock. Marvel at the intricately carved temples of Madurai, covered in vividly painted figures of deities, mythical creatures, and monsters. Cruise on a wooden rice boat through Kochi’s maze of backwaters to observe village life along the shore.  Cross over the Western Ghats to Periyar National Park, India’s earliest wildlife sanctuary and one of the best places to see the Asian elephant. Walk through a spice plantation and learn about the many uses of spices, both in medicine and food. Learn how to cook a delicious meal with a local cooking instructor.


  • Take the Mumbai Walking Tour through colorful Crawford Market and elsewhere
  • Visit Mani Bahvan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed while in Mumbai
  • See two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, with their ceiling paintings, carved statues, and intricate temples
  • See Mamallapuram’s celebrated ancient stone carvings
  • See the granite “Bull Temple,” the temple of Brihadeeshwara
  • Observe Asian elephants in Periyar National Park
  • Go on a 1-3 hour forest trek in Periyar National Park with local trekking guides
  • Visit a spice plantation
  • Enjoy a relaxing stay on a Kerala houseboat
  • Learn how to cook a South Indian dinner with a local cook
  • Visit the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai
  • Relax in and enjoy 5-star hotels (and one 4-star hotel in Aurangabad, where 4-star is the best available hotel)

The trip begins in Mumbai and ends in Cochin. There are international flights departing from Cochin.  Some people may choose to fly Cochin to Mumbai and depart internationally from Mumbai (more flight options). Please note that the Itinerary is subject to change.

View  2018 South India Itinerary

Cost/Registration Information

Cost: $4750 per person, double occupancy. Includes yoga, guide fees, all flights and other transportation within India, 5-star hotels, breakfasts and dinners, hotel and driver tips, entrance fees, and guest experts on Indian culture. Cost does not include tip for guide, drinks, room service, non-group activities, personal expenses, or international airfare. (This trip and the following trip to Rajasthan can be combined for an incredible month-long trip, as the two tours are back-to-back. A discount applies for combining the two tours.)

(Please note:  If you would like to have your own private hotel room during the entire tour, the single supplement will be $840. Please specify this request at the time of registration.)

Itinerary is subject to change as needed. New deadline to register: August 31, 2017. Total cost of the tour is due by at the time of registration. If the retreat/tour is canceled due to lack of participants, you will be granted a full refund. A minimum of 10 people is required for the trip to occur. We do anticipate meeting our goal of 10 participants. We will contact you by July 30 to let you know if we have met our minimum so that you can go ahead and purchase your flight. Please send in your check with the registration form as soon as possible to guarantee your place and help us make all the train and hotel bookings in a timely manner.

7/1/17 UPDATE: This trip is a definite go.  Participants may purchase airfare at this point.  Very exciting! You may still register for this trip!

To Register: (1) Please mail your deposit of $500, payable to Spiritual India Journeys, to the following address: Kelley McHenry 1240 NW Richmond Beach Rd. Shoreline, WA 98177  and (2) Please complete the on-line  Registration and Release Forms

Your Hosts for this Trip

Fran Gallo, Arvind Singh, Kelley McHenry will be your hosts for this trip:

Fran Gallo, Arvind Singh, and Kelley McHenry will be your hosts for this trip!

Kelley McHenry, trip organizer, is a librarian at Seattle Central College and holds an MA in International Studies, South Asia, from the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. She has lived and worked in Kenya and the Netherlands and traveled widely in Asia and Europe, but India is her passion. In addition to academic studies, Kelley has been to India many times, lived with Indian families, studied Hindi, and been leading tour groups to India for the past 12 years.

Dr. Arvind Singh, guide and trip organizer, holds an MA in Indian History & Culture, an MA in Indian Philosophy & Religion, and a PhD in Indian Archaeology. He has published three books and 16 research articles on different aspects of Indian culture, ecology, numismatics, and archaeology. He was a Senior Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi, and taught for several years at Banaras Hindu University.

Fran Gallo has led several trips to India for Know India Travel and Spiritual India Journeys. This will be her seventh visit to India and sixth journey leading yoga classes with India Spiritual Journeys. Formerly an English instructor at Green River Community College, Fran now devotes herself to teaching hatha yoga to share its healing and empowering effects. She studied Hatha Yoga at Ananda Yoga Centre in Nepal and furthered her studies at Ved Niketan Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India. For Fran, yoga’s magic is in discovering how to go beyond what we perceive as our limits and in the profound sense of wholeness, peace, and balance one obtains from cultivating a yoga practice.

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