health and travel

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Travel arrangements

Flights from the UK and Europe

Trivandrum (TRV) is the nearest airport. We suggest you look at www.skyscanner.net for the most convenient and best value flight from your nearest city.

Scheduled flights from London (Heathrow and Gatwick), Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and other major British and European cities connect to Trivandrum via the Middle East or Sri Lanka.

Operators include: Emirates, Etihad, Kuwait, Qatar, Gulf Air and Sri Lankan Airlines.

You can also fly to Trivandrum via other Indian cities (e.g. Bangalore and Mumbai) with operators such as Kingfisher Airlines, Air India and British Airways.

Flights from the Australia and the Far East

If you are coming from Australia and the Far East, flights connect to Trivandrum via Singapore and Colombo, or via other major Indian cities.

Travel arrangements and insurance are your own responsibility, but contact diana@yogaindia.co.uk if you need more help and advice.

Transfer to Kovalam and Kailasam

elephantsWe will meet your flight at Trivandrum Airport, and a taxi will bring you to Kovalam where our porter will bring you and luggage to Kailasam – a five minute walk. After you leave the airport you should be with us in less than 30 minutes.

Our address and phone number (required for Visa)

Kailasam Yoga, Avadathura, Vizhinjam P.O. Trivandrum 695521, Kerala. Tel +91 9895641682.

Visa

Visa on arrival for your holiday

Unless you have an Indian passport you will need a visa to visit India. Visa on arrival is available for citizens of many countries, including the UK.

For details see https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

eTVs – as these electronic tourist visas are known – are valid for one visit to India of up to 30 days. They cost $60, you apply on-line and you don’t need to send your passport away before you travel.

You can apply for your eTV between 34 and 4 days before you plan to arrive in India. With an eTV you can enter the country at both Kerala’s major airports: Trivandrum and Cochin.

If the Visa on Arrival does not apply to you

Maybe you want to stay longer than 30 days or leave India to travel to nearby countries such as Sri Lanka, and then return to India? You will need to apply for a visa in advance.

The Government of India has contracted agency, VSF Global, to process visas to India from many countries. Their website is www.vsfglobal.com <http://www.vsfglobal.com> . You must download a form and take or send it to the appropriate agency office in your country. In the UK go to www.vfsglobal.co.uk/india/.
From the USA please see: http://www.in.ckgs.us. If neither of these applies, please contact the Indian Embassy in your country.

Please be aware that it will take 3-5 working days if you are a UK passport holders to get your visa, if you apply in person, and 15 days, plus transit times, if you apply by post. In certain cases the processing time is much longer: e.g. for people of Pakistani origin, and for non-UK passport holders residing in the UK for less than two years. Please check the website.

Health

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Your doctor will be able to advise you about immunisations – currently none are compulsory for India, unless you have come from an area with yellow fever.
Please also ask your doctor about malaria prophylactics, although it is very unlikely you will be advised to take them unless you are travelling to other areas of India.

Most visitors to Kerala enjoy excellent health whilst here. We advise you to drink only bottled water (easily available everywhere) and to avoid ice and drinks diluted with water.

Whilst we will do all we can to ensure your enjoyment and safety, we do ask you to take responsibility for yourself and for your yoga practice whilst staying with us.

Wow! What an incredible two weeks! Thank you Diana and her amazing team for the wonderful time. Thanks also for all your patience in the yoga classes Diana and for your support, kindness and words of wisdom. I’ll be back!! Lesley, Hants