CME & Cultural Tour of Southern India: The Spice Trails of Kerala 

February 15 - March 1, 2014

Group Medical Director: Dr. Mel Borins (Toronto, On.)

Optional Extension: Visit the world-renowned Taj Mahal on our extension to the northern regions of Delhi & Agra!

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Welcome to the most colourful land on earth...

...welcome to India. People and markets, deserts, mountains and a dazzling coastline, palaces, forts and old walled cities - these are some of the many facets that make up the vast country of India. Travel in India is always an unforgettable experience and the rewards are huge: expect the unexpected. India evokes emotion like no other place - drama, passion and Bollywood style romance. Few countries can offer can offer such cultural and geographical diversity for vacation escapes. Start in Chennai(formerly Madras), the site of the first settlement of the East India Company, explore the ancient rock shore temples of Mahabalipuram and the stunning Meenakshi temple in Madurai before heading into the hill stations and tea estates of Munnar and the Western Ghats. Cruise in the Lake Periyar wildlife sanctuary, and relax in the Kerala backwaters both on a houseboat and at an ayurvedic retreat before ending at the historic capital and trading port of Kerala, Cochin with it’s Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch and British influences. But for all of its natural wonders and beauty, the local people are the thing that will make your vacation truly memorable. A trip to India is less a holiday and more a voyage of discovery, once there India will grab you and leave an indelible mark that you won’t ever forget.

Tour Highlights

  • Marvel at the ancient rock shore temples at Mahabalipuram
  • Take a tea plantation walk in the expansive, hill station estates of Munnar
  • Trek the luxuriant forests of the Western Ghats and visit a world class wildlife sanctuary
  • Ride an elephant in the Periyar Wildlife Reserve
  • Pamper yourself at an Ayurvedic spa retreat in Kumarakom – the “Venice of the East”
  • Cruise the Kerala backwaters in a deluxe houseboat
  • Enjoy a cooking class in the mouth-watering local Kerala cuisine
  • Navigate the colourful city of Kochi with its beautiful colonial monuments, ethnically diverse population and lively local markets
  • Enjoy Indian cuisine at it’s finest (12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners included)

CME Program / Group Medical Director: Dr. Mel Borins, Toronto, ON

(15+ CME hours on local health and healing practices and Certificate of Attendance provided)

  • Academic Conference with local and Canadian presenters (Kumarakom)
  • Ayurvedic medicine - presentation and hospital / pharmacy visits (Cochin)
  • Therapeutic yoga session / lecture (Sivanada Centre, Chennai)
  • Visit to SOS Children's Village (Chennai)
  • Public hospital / local dispensary visits (Cochin & Munnar)

Pricing, Inclusions & Exclusions

 $5,595 / person (double occupancy) 

 Academic program reg. fee $500 / registrant

 Transportation/hotel taxes & fees $590 / person

 Single supplement - add $1,400

(Please note, as our registration deadline is now passed, pricing is subject to increase, dependent upon additional room availability and airline fare classes) 

 Price includes:

  • Round trip international flights (Toronto to Chennai and Cochin to Toronto). Connector fares available from other Canadian cities 

  • Domestic flight (Chennai to Madurai)

  • Modern, air conditioned coach transportation

  • All meet and greet services and arrival and departure transfers

  • Accommodation for a total of 12 nights in first class properties (including 1 night on a Kerala houseboat)

  • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners in a combination of hotel and local restaurants

  • Comprehensive daily itineraries including escorted tours of local cultural sites and museums

  • Yoga session in Chennai

  • Boat cruise on Lake Periyar, Kerala & private boat cruise on Vembanad Lake, Kerala

  • Elephant ride in Periyar National Park

  • Keralean cuisine cooking class

  • Kathakali dance show in Cochin

  • Academic program and visits to local medical facilities as indicated in the itinerary

  • All admission fees (except those specifically noted above)

  • Services of a local English speaking cultural expert and guide
  • porterage 

Price excludes:

  • Beverages (both soft drinks and alcoholic beverages)

  • Digital camera and video fees at certain attractions

  • Gratuities

  • Airport departure taxes

  • Visa fees for India (visas should be obtained in advance of arrival – cost $64/person at July 2013)

  • Travel insurance

  • All items of a personal nature such as telephone / internet usage, laundry services etc

Useful Links and Files (Click below to download!)

Southern India CME - Feb 2014 - Flyer

Southern India CME - Feb 2014 - Detailed Brochure

REGISTER NOW! To register for this program please download, print and complete the registration form below. Please mail, fax or scan the form (by e-mail) to the address on the form.

Southern India CME - Feb 2014 - Registration Form

If you have any difficulties in printing the registration form, please e-mail us at and we will send you a form in different format

And learn more from The Medical Post and Canadian Family Physician articles below featuring doctors-on-tour's Southern India program!

Awash in Color in India with doctors-on-tour (Medical Post - Dr. Mel Borins)

Traditional Medicine of India (Canadian Family Physician - Dr. Mel Borins)

Why going to Southern India is better than a trip to Florida... - Dr. Mel Borins

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