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Yoga retreat in South India at Soma Kerala Palace

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What is the weather there?

India has three seasons.

Winter: October to March offers pleasant, sunny days and cold nights in the North. The weather is perfect in the North as in the South: 25 ° to 35 °.

Summer: April to June, is distinguished by day more and more hot and humid, especially in May and June (except altitude).

The rainy season: the monsoon from July to September, sweeping the country up from the South to the North. It occurs more in the south from mid-September to late November in Chennai from mid-June to late August in Mumbai and Cochin. However, it is not a continuous flood and helps bring some freshness during the long days of the wet season.

In Rajasthan, the weather is hot and dry throughout the year. May and June are the hottest months, the mercury may rise to 40 ° C (but it's a bearable temperature so dry). Following the monsoon months (June-September) brings a little moisture, but the region may experience long months without precipitation. From September to March, temperatures are mild (between 15 and 20 ° C).

In the South, it is almost all the hot and humid weather, although the temperature rarely exceeds 33 ° in Kerala. It is very hot and humid throughout the year in Tamil Nadu from late April to late June, it's summer. Kerala monsoon falls between May and August; Tamil Nadu from November to mid-December (Chennai / Madras Madurai). It may be 'summer rains' in Tamil Nadu between June and August, usually short showers, which fall mainly at night and cool climate!

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What paperwork?

Passport valid for 6 months after return date. Visa required, obtaining about 8 days time.

Valid passport, valid for 6 months after the date of return to the French and European citizens. For other nationalities, please inquire on the website of the consulate or embassy and society mandated by the embassy for visa management: VFS (

Note that the passport must have 3 consecutive blank pages. If you are traveling with children, be aware that now, minors, regardless of age, must also have an individual passport. However, if the child under fifteen years, is focused on your passport issued before June 12, 2006, this registration is valid until the end of the validity of the passport.

A visa is required and valid for 6 months. Therefore input must be held within six months from the date of issue. The visa application will be made ​​at least 40 days before departure. Visa applications through VFS: visit the website ( to have updated information. Attention! Now and before any approach, an application form online visa must be completed. This form (as well as procedural elements in French) is available on the website of VFS.

VF Corporation Services (UK) Limited is officially accredited by the Indian Embassy in Paris to treat all requests for visa categories, receiving records, collecting payments and return of passports to applicants. The center is also responsible for planning personal interviews with the Embassy requested by it.

Contact VFS:

VFS Global phone: 0 821 09 0009 (0.12 euros / min)

Email: [email protected]

Paris address: VFS Global, 42, Rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris (Metro Poissoniere).


Opening hours:

VFS Paris, Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 13.00 (requests) and from 14:00 to 18:00 (withdrawals only);

VFS Lyon requests only from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. appointment (tel August 92 Mar. 23, 58).

VFS Marseille: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 13:00 (requests) and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (withdrawals). All requests by mail should be addressed to VFS Paris (address on the site).

The identity photos to be accepted by the Indian government, your photos should always be identical size 5 cm x 5 cm and in accordance with ISO / IEC 19794-5 standards: 2005.Les photos must be in color and bring up a natural complexion. The black and white will be rejected. Scanned photos or poor resolution will be rejected. Photos must be clear, without creases or marks and printed on standard photographic paper.

It is strongly recommended to consult the website of VFS ( regularly: rule changes or delays may occur at any time.

How long is the flight?

About 10 hours.

What is jet lag?

Know that time India does not count! But for your information, there is a time difference

When Midi in France, it is 3:30 p.m. in summer (April to October) and 16.30 in winter (November-March).

What is the currency?

The Indian currency is the Rupee (INR) divided into 100 paisas, tickets are issued in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 Rp. Always keep a supply of small bills and coins for your tips and sundries.

Major credit cards (except American Express sometimes) are accepted in many hotels, souvenir shops and restaurants, as well as in department stores .... but not everywhere ... even if the country is improving day by day. Warning, do not accept tickets torn edges and / or notes stuck: you will probably refuse when shopping (for cons, tickets punched by the pins do not pose a problem).

Officially, the import of more than 1,000 € uros must be declared. On site, be sure to keep your slips and exchange your tickets ATM (ATM): they will be required to change the rupees you will stay. It is strictly forbidden to import or export of Indian rupees.

What are the health recommendations?

No vaccinations are required or even recommended to visit India for European citizens.

However, it is advisable to update vaccinations Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio, against typhoid fever and viral hepatitis A and B.

Anti-malarial treatment is recommended, however, especially from April to October (eg Nivaquine or Savarine) based on where you go.

If you have a sensitive stomach, arm yourself with Imodium and Ercefuryl.

Remember to bring a copy of the prescription from your doctor.

Attention to water and vegetables. It is recommended to wash hands frequently and always before every meal. Do not drink tap water, only water source or mineral or drinks in sealed bottles. Banish straws and ice and remove the skin of the fruit. Do not eat ice cream or "lassi" offered by street vendors.

For more information, visit the Pasteur Institute:

How to get there?

We invite you to refer to each of the destinations in this section for each of these retreats.

How do I reserve my activities or excursions?

Our correspondent on site will assist you for all your inquiries and bookings for excursions or activities. All excursions and activities are bookable and payable locally.

Is it possible to extend my stay there?

Yes it is possible, just let us know at time of booking via our section - Contact Us - and we will check availability for the number of extra nights you want to spend on site.

I do not want to take yoga classes but I would accompany my partner, is this possible?

Yes it is possible. As accompanying, you get a special rate accompanying. The site selected by us will allow you to enjoy your stay, and many activities and excursions carried out on site if you wish.

Can I travel with your family?

Yes it is possible. For all our pensions, there is a special child when it sharing parents room rate.

I travel alone, is this a problem?

Not the opposite. You will have the opportunity to meet during this retreat to others if you wish. Provide single room supplement. Contact us for more details.

What is the minimum number of participants for this retreat?

Minimum 6 participants per retreat.

What is the maximum number of participants for this retreat?

Maximum 20 participants per retreat because we want to maintain a friendly atmosphere.

I have never practiced yoga, then I register?

This yoga course is reserved primarily for beginners or those who wish to deepen their practice.

What is the length and pace of yoga every day?

Averaged 2:00 in the morning and 2:00 in the afternoon.

What style of yoga practiced during these retreats?

A combination of Ashtanga Yoga and Hatha Yoga. The morning yoga and a more dynamic evening a meditative Yoga. For more details see the Yoga programs of each retreat.

Should I bring my yoga mat?

We invite you to carry your yoga mat


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