Bekal, Kerala – Vivanta by Taj Bekal

At a Glance

Vivanta by Taj – Bekal, is one of our best-kept secrets till date. Just like a game of hide and seek, you will discover some of the most amazing pleasures and experiences life has to offer. We would simply say, seek, and you will find. Seek style, and you will find it in the 71 laterite lined villas and rooms which are inspired by the design of Kettuvallam house boats and reflect Chitra Pothi art on the walls.

Seek pleasure, and you will find it in the individual courtyard spaces, the private plunge pools, and the Jiva Grande Spa. Seek the backwaters, and you will find it running across the property as seamlessly as the Kappil beach shoreline touches the manicured lawns and landscaped gardens. Perhaps you may want to seek adventure, which you will find in boating, rowing, kayaking, fishing, trekking or pack a picnic basket to spice plantations and historic forts. If it’s a romantic escape that you seek, we’ll help you find it in many times over in amorous locations where you can delightfully dine on our menu of love.

Seek the nouvelle restaurants, the high energy bar, and the sprawling spa where you’ll go Ah! The Chef remains as eager to wow you with specially designed meals. Try mixing biz with fun and see how well wired the resort is.

Soak in the space that spreads over 26 acres and reflects the spirit of the sea and backwaters stylishly woven together. Drive in enjoying backseat surprises (we’re not revealing here). The 80 km drive from Mangalore airport and the 15 km drive from Kasaragod Railway Station will be smoother for sure, with Vivanta by Taj delight moments all the way.

See the local flavor of North Kerala combined with Balinese influences in laterite stone sculptures. Spot the mythical Garuda and consecrated tuskers in the architecture and decor from the moment you step in the lobby. Feel the Vivanta by Taj vibe as you find little surprises delighting you all the way during your stay. Seek a holiday of a lifetime and find it here, before the others find out.

Vivanta by Taj Bekal WebsiteCheck back with us as when adding this hotel to your tour, we have agreed some very special room rates.


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Mystic India is a small, passionate fully bonded India specialist tour operator with firsthand knowledge offering tailor-made tours to the Indian Subcontinent. (ATOL: T7408 & TTA:U7967).

''To know the road ahead, is to ask someone coming back.''

Mystic India is the brainchild of Sharon Evans, the passionate owner; I have spent 37 years in the travel industry, with many years focused on Bespoke Travel arrangements worldwide, for the past 16 years specialising in travel to India, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. My most recent history before setting up Mystic India in 2009, was with W&O - Western & Oriental (now part of ITC) as the Manager of their India department, being solely responsible for product and sales for six years.  


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During my years working with clients for their bespoke tours to India and her subcontinent countries, my passion, love and respect deepened. I began to see that there was an unsatisfied demand for a smaller more specialised company, where targets and profit margins are not the main criteria when designing a tour for a client or suggesting particular hotels more for the companies benefit over what is best for the individual client. I wanted to be to help people achieve the best trip possible, to exceed their expectations.

My dream was realised in 2009 when I set up my own company, Mystic India.

Mystic India is a company, yes, but it is my outlet to express my passion for India and South Asia. I believe in moving beyond the tourist circuits into the small villages, remote hill stations, unique locations that offer unique experiences. 

Welcome to the result of my years of experience, dedication, and love for these countries. As a result of my extensive research and first-hand knowledge, I can offer a range of unique journeys and tours. From the foothills of the Himalaya's to the steamy coasts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, far North-East India to Sikkim, Darjeeling, Assam and beyond. There is so much to discover in India and her adjoining countries of Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan which is the last Shangri-La. 

All four countries are lovely to explore on their own but can be coupled with each other to form two powerhouse centres of culture, history, and spirituality in whichever combination you wish.

Unique in my ability to present new and exciting places for you to explore – even the most jaded Indophile will see India with fresh eyes on one of my tailor-made tours. The tours on the website are to give you ideas; you may like a journey just as it is, or make amendments, contact me to discuss your requirements. 

Mystic India, a true India Travel Specialist company, promoting Incredible India & Beyond.



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The Indian Subcontinent has plenty to occupy the returning or inquisitive traveller – from tropical jungles, remote deserts, lost civilisations, gorgeous coastlines and magical Himalayan Kingdoms. The diversity of the region and the people bring many clients back year after year with a thirst to discover just that little bit more about this colourful and mysterious continent.

You can spend your time in urban centres or enjoy nature. While other destinations are limited by weather, with its varied topography and different climatic zones, the Indian Subcontinent is very much a destination for all seasons.

The emergence of some exceptional new hotels around the country will more than satisfy even the pickiest traveller. Although these properties are very much a draw in their own right, when combined with some of the country's most beautiful forts, palaces, castles and ancestral homes, the result is a perfect holiday for anyone seeking a combination of adventure, culture, luxury and style.

As you explore this website, you will find an extensive range of hotels across the country, all with their unique atmosphere and character. As am India specialists, we feature the best establishments available even in the most remote location and endeavour to find hotels that combine high quality with an authentic soul.

Ring me to discuss personally designing a tour for you based on your style and duration. Sharon Evans Mobile +44 (0)7823 777 948



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My philosophy is to provide you with what you require, however, complicated or obscure, to then exceed your expectations.

I travel to India regularly (29th trip as of Oct'19) and will be able to advise you in planning the 'ultimate' holiday. I focus on both the bespoke nature of your journey while then ensuring that your tour to India is made as easy, comfortable and as enjoyable as possible, with lots of surprises along the way.

I will plan a unique and creative itinerary for you. Contact me, Sharon Evans or ring me on Mb: 07823 777 948

My up to date knowledge ensures I always have something new to offer. I have cultivated a fantastic team on the ground in India and her Subcontinent countries who will make sure you tour exceeds your expectations, with some surprises along the way to delight and excite you. It is no good being promised the world when you book, and then find it is not delivered when you arrive! I will make sure that does not happen. Small and specialised is the best these days.

India does pull you back; she gets under your skin; I call it the Invisible Thread. I look forward to being of services for your return trip and like many of my clients who return to India again and again. Guest is God.

I hope that these pages will help you fall in love with India and her Subcontinent countries as much as I have and I can't wait to hear from you. Sharon Evans Mb: 07823 777 948 or ping me an SMS or an email 



[show_more more="+" less="-"] No inoculations are compulsory but an immunization against malaria, typhoid, yellow fever, (if coming from an infected area) polio, meningitis, hepatitis and tetanus is recommended.  Please consult your doctor or travel clinic for up-to-date information on this. You may like to read the following Foreign Travel advice for India



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With the sad demise of Thomas Cook in Sept'19, the oldest travel company in the world, you should, of course, be cautious what companies you choose. Mystic India can give you a 100% personal guarantee that you will not have to worry about your holiday. Mystic India is bonded with TTA (Travel Trust Association). Any money you pay for your holiday is placed in a trust account and can not be touched until your holiday is completed. Your holiday will go ahead as planned even if Mystic India ceases trading or I the owner dies. Should either of these happen, then the TTA will make sure your full holiday continues as booked, even if you are still travelling at the time. Mystic India is also bonded by ATOL which protects your holiday under its package holiday or flight only arrangements. So two sets of 100% protection combined TTA & ATOL

TTA (Travel Trust Association)

A trade organisation for travel agents and tour operators, the TTA offers consumers financial peace of mind through its "trust account" system for members. If business ceases trading, money from the account is used to refund customers for a holiday or ensure they are not stranded abroad. With Mystic India, your holiday goes ahead as normal as our agents and suppliers in the Indian Subcontinent will continue will all services as booked.

Address: 3rd Floor, Albion House, High Street, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6BD

Telephone: 0870 889 0577

Website: Travel Trust Association 

ATOL (Air Travel Organiser's Licence) T7408 The ATOL scheme safeguards air and air package holiday customers from losing money should their travel company cease trading. It is managed by the Civil Aviation Authority, which provides refunds and arranges for those abroad at the time to continue their holidays as planned. If you are making a booking with a retail agent for an ATOL protected operator, this means that the company does not hold an ATOL itself but is acting as an authorised agent for one that does.

By law, tickets must be issued as soon as paid for or protected by ATOL by the issuance of an ATOL Receipt our Confirmation Invoice. The scheme doesn't cover scheduled flights bought directly from an airline, or tickets purchased and issued on the spot from a travel agent.

All the flight-inclusive holidays with international flights from the UK purchased from us will be financially protected by the ATOL scheme. If you do not receive an ATOL certificate, then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive, an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed, those parts will not be ATOL protected. 

Please see our booking conditions for information, or more information about financial protection and ATOL Certificates go to 

Address: Consumer Advise, ATOL, Consumer Protection Group, Civil Aviation Authority, CAA House, 45-59 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6TE

Telephone: 020 7379 7311

Website: ATOL - Civil Aviation Authority

ATOL does not protect you if you book direct with an airline or book just accommodation, but our bonding with TTA does cover you if you are arranging flights yourself.



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Mystic India has in place Liability Insurance in line with the UK Package Travel Regulations.

Worldwide 24/7 Crisis Response Cover We have specialist 24/7 Crisis response cover in force, designed to operate in a wide range of scenarios including;

Insured Events are as follows

*Wrongful detention or kidnap. *Accidental or traumatic death. *Political evacuation. *The disappearance of an Insured person. *Hijack of vehicle, aircraft, ship or train in which insured person is travelling. *Terrorism. *Violent Crime, including an act or threat of violence. *Food poisoning outbreak. *Fire at any accommodation facility where an insured person is in residence. *Sinking of any sea or mechanically-propelled river vessel with an insured person on board. *Mid-air or landing crash of a mechanically propelled aircraft or a hot air balloon with an insured person on board. *Motor vehicle accident involving insured persons, necessitating hospital treatment. *In the unlikely event of one of these scenarios occurring, our cover will provide specialist trauma counsellors,      including up to 5 personal consultancy sessions upon return to the UK if required. *This service also provides us with a crisis coordinator and emergency security personnel if appropriate, who will deploy anywhere in the world to ensure that we provide the best possible response to an unforeseen crisis.



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International flights from the UK in economy class are included in our tour prices based on departures from London Heathrow; other airports are available please ask staff for details.

Our prices are inclusive of all arrangements as described in each itinerary. Private car and driver for all road journeys (with snack hamper), private guide for sightseeing with entrances included. Breakfast each day. (Some locations are based on half board or full board as given in each itinerary).

Indian domestic flights and flights between the Subcontinent countries, trains and road travel are also included as described in each tour.

Prices vary throughout the year so for an accurate price for when you wish to travel, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

We use luxury vehicles for all our tours, air conditioning in your vehicle is also included; some companies charge extra for this. 

The itineraries outlined on this website have been carefully thought out and aim to maximise your time spent in each place when you wish to see as much as you can in the time allotted. Our tours are designed to following a logical route and moving at a leisurely pace, some itineraries cover large areas, combining all the major sights and cities.

All our tours to India & Beyond are private tours (based on twin occupancy). They can also be used as a guideline for planning a similar holiday but with your own deviations or linked together to form a more extensive visit.

Pricing The guide prices of all our tours are given on each page. These prices are based on travel during the High Season; March is used as the guideline, apart from our Festival Tours which are based on travel at the time of that particular festival.

High Season in India tends to fall between October and mid-April (except in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh when High Season is from June to September).



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You can be confident that when you book with the India specialists Mystic India, you will not only be getting the best advice and quality but that you will also be getting it at the best price.

Mystic India is so confident that we can offer you the best prices on the market that if you find something cheaper - we will be happy to try and beat the price. But do bear in mind all the extra you get when touring India with Mystic India that this more than covers any difference you may find elsewhere. All our clients are VIP’s and treated as just that. In India guest is God, you are our guest. 

Mystic India, India specialists have built some excellent relationships with suppliers including the world's best airlines who fly to India like British Airways, Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates Airlines or Qatar to name just a few. Our contracts with all hotels be that with large hotel chains like Taj Hotels, Oberoi Hotels, CGH Earth or smaller homestays and boutique hotels.  I have been dealing with them for many years and have nurtured these relationships so that I can offer you, my customer, the most competitively-priced holiday options available.

How it Works Any holiday you would like us to price match, or even beat must include all handling charges and credit card fees. It must be available from another travel company based in the UK and fully bonded.

All aspects of the tour must be the same. You will need to advise us of the following

*Name of the company that has given you the quotation *Flight details, airline, route, dates and class of service *Hotel name and each room grade as included in your quotation *Type of vehicle supplied for transfers and touring.



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India You will require a visa when entering India; this must be obtained before departure. When the e-visas were bought in a few years ago it took a long time to exit through immigration as there were fewer desks and they were just not used to this new system. We are now a number of years down the road and more e-visa desks are operational, around 32 at Delhi International airport and many seaports. It is a cheaper option and the process only takes 72 hours. If you're not used to completing official forms online and not sure how to alter jpeg images to the right size or converting to a pdf, then I can help you with my other company Visa Handling Services Ltd. Contact detail are Tel: 07775744792 or email 

E-tourist Visa = 1-year multiple entries with stays of up to 365 days per visit are now just $40 per person. More information is available on the Visa Handling Services website and  The High Commission of India

Regular Visa = This style of visa is present in your passport before travel. Valid for one year with multiple entries £126.oo per person. More Information is available on the Visa Handling Services website or The High Commission of India 

Please note that some areas of India require a further permit, this will be discussed with you if applicable to your journey.

Bhutan When travelling to Bhutan a visa to enter the country is organised as part of your travel arrangement. All foreign tourist must have prior travel arranged before they are allowed to get into the country. Part of your trip cost will include a private guide and driver with you throughout your tour. The starting price for a visit to Bhutan includes your guide and drivers cost and a daily tax which goes towards the countries responsibility to its citizens for their free schooling and free health care. As a guideline the daily charge starts from around $250 per person per day (International and domestic flights are on included in this daily rate) inclusive of the following;

Government Tourism Royalty - US$65 per person per day Government FIT Surcharge - US$40 per day (1 guest) - US$30 per person per day (2 guests) *Waived off if the party is 3 or more persons Visa Fee - US$40 per person Sustainable Tourism Fund - US$10 per person

The above charges included in the $250 per person per day are based on 3-star accommodation. Higher grades of hotels are available in some cities at a supplement. If you would like more information on this, please speak to a member of staff.

Nepal You will require a visa to enter Nepal; this can be arranged on arrival or before travel. For visa before travel see the Embassy of Nepal

Sri Lanka CURRENTLY, THE VISA IS FREE check with me before traveling in case this changes.

Foreign nationals wishing to travel to Sri Lanka are required to possess a valid passport of their country and a valid Sri Lanka ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) which is valid for stays of up to 30 days. Longer stays can have their ETA extended whilst in Sri Lanka but it would mean a visit to the official office in Colombo. If staying longer than 30 days then it is best to apply at the Sri Lankan High Commission in Hyde Park, London for a 90-day visa before travel. You can use ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for tourism, recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit. You can get your 30 days Sri Lanka ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) fast and simple without having to send your passport to the Sri Lanka Embassy. For more information see the Sri Lankan Immigration Website



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Chrissie Westgate - Street Photographer - Mersea Island, Essex Looking for a travel company that will 'really accommodate a photographer's needs is not easy. So many companies have set criteria and wanted you to fit into their itineraries'. Mystic India was different from the start. Everyone involved with this company seemed to understand our requirements. Our itinerary was tailor-made; we went to places that we had chosen, many off the beaten track. Our guides were just the best, they were patient, obliging and had an incredible local knowledge, and nothing was ever too much trouble. They even gave us mobile phones with pre-programmed numbers in and when we wanted to spend time in any one place, we just phoned the guide to come and get us when we were ready to move on. Our guide in Agra made sure we were the first people in the Taj Mahal to see the sunrise in order to get shots with no people - it was just breathtaking! What more can we say but our trip was 'picture perfect' we would certainly recommend Mystic India to others seeking a similar experience, and we are already planning our next trip.

Richard & Vas, Benfleet, Essex, UK Sikkim has always been a destination we have dreamed of visiting. When I initially spoke with Sharon at Mystic India about my plans, I felt she had a deep connection with India, an understanding not only culturally, but a profound insight into its spirituality. This was what we longed to explore. Sharon reveres the Indian culture and puts together a tour for us which surpassed our expectations. We would unreservedly like to give our thanks and compliment her on her inspired choice of locations. I (Vas) am no stranger to Indian culture as this is part of my heritage but I was still unprepared for the wonderful experiences I enjoyed on this particular trip. Thanks to her, we had a trip of a lifetime!

Stuart & Gemma, Woking, Surrey, UK Thank you for all you did in making our honeymoon the most unforgettable experience. We are both so grateful for all the hard work you put in, and we have been singing your praises to everyone we meet. You helped us really fall in love with India, and we both can't wait to go back!!. Please pass our thanks onto your team in India who were fantastic as well. Look forward to working with you planning our next adventure.

Richard, Los Angeles, California Our trip planned by you, Sharon, for myself and four friends ( two from California and two from Germany) was a terrific journey through India, focusing on our chosen areas in the lands of the Rajas, the Moghuls, the Tigers, the temples, the markets, the Ganges and the Indian People. We travelled for 25 days mostly in the comfort of our vehicle with our safe and knowledgeable driver and his assistant, and with three flights on good domestic airlines. We always felt safe (even walking on our own), and we were well looked after by greeters upon arrival at destinations and by our many guides. We particularly liked the heritage hotels and the tented camp at Nagaur, but the modern hotels certainly gave us a high level of comfort. All gave us a breather from the wonderfully hectic nature of Indian towns and cities. Each accommodation (bar one) had a different design or antique beauty. We certainly did not rough it (though the tents were really cold in the January nights). The organisation of the trip allowed us to enjoy the sights, sounds, colour, history, excitement, food and people of India. This was probably my 9th trip to India (the 1st for my friends), and I was sorry to depart India at the end of this fun trip. So, until next time.

Jan & Kevin, Crowborough, East Sussex, UK On behalf of my husband, sister-in-law, her husband and myself. I want to say how much we enjoyed our 'holiday of a lifetime' in India. Thanks to Mystic India we had a fantastic and memorable time. It was like having 7 or 8-holiday experiences in one trip. There was so much I could describe but, most importantly we appreciated that all the organisation and administration of the holiday was taken care of. Even when there were unavoidable delays, e.g., flights and train, we always felt your team in India had everything in hand. The vehicle we travelled in was spacious and comfortable, while the driver, his assistant and the guide looked after our every need. The choice of hotels couldn't have been better. Our trip to India was a wonderful experience. Thank you for the personal service we were given from the beginning, especially the care, consideration and concern you always showed about the planning and organisation of our holiday. I shall certainly recommend your company and feel I can speak on behalf of all of us in saying how much we enjoyed the whole experience. With kind wishes, Jan, Rosemary, Bernard & Kevin.