All you need to know
We're super excited about you joining us for what we hope will be a memorable week for all. If you're not already on the whatsapp group then email Laurence and he'll get you added.
Before you go
Make sure you’ve arranged your visa, jabs and travel insurance. Most countries allow you to arrange your visa online via the e-visa website.
India is hot all year-round please pack appropriately. November to March are the most pleasant months, although still expect daily temperatures of around 30 degrees.
Be sure to pack:
Light tops and trousers (incl long sleeves option)
Semi-formal outfit (for those coming to CII event)
Electrolyte sachets (just in case!)
Anti-bacterial hand wipes or spray
Plug adaptor (for any electrical items)
If you're flying in to Goa bear in mind there can be a queue when going through customs and waiting for baggage to arrive.
Travel time from Goa airport to the hotel is approximately 90 mins.
We encourage you to get our bus transfer leaving Goa airport at 1pm on Mon 20th. Look out for the Ashram sign.
Hotel check-in is from 2pm although if you arrive in the hotel earlier our team will be there so just message us on whatsapp.
For those arriving in the early morning we'll do our best to allow you an early check-in. but as this depends on your rooms being vacant the day before we can't promise anything. There are sun loungers and comfortable seating areas dotted around the hotel though so either way you'll be able to relax on arrival.
There'll be an optional early morning activity on most days (e.g. yoga) from about 7am with breakfast from 8-9am. We'll aim for lunch at 1pm and dinner at 7pm, but depending on where we are this may vary. Where possible we'll try and eat together as a group.
– SATURDAY –
People start arriving from early morning
5pm Depart hotel for welcome dinner
– SUNDAY –
Early morning yoga
Visit to One World Academy with dinner
– MONDAY –
Auroville/Pondicherry (90 min drive)
Tour including field visit to startups
Unltd Tamil Nadu incubator incl. Awareness Through The Body Workshop
Visit Mother's Ashram
Dinner in Pondi
– TUESDAY –
Sunrise catamaran fishing
Surfing in Bengal Sea
Sunset at Sea Shore Temple
– WEDNESDAY –
Chennai City (60 min drive)
Film studio visit
Tnagar shopping district
Happy startup talks + panel @ CII startupreneurs event at Leela Palace Hotel incl lunch & dinner (all as Kumaran's special guests)
– THURSDAY –
Visit ancient city of Kanchipuram (90 min drive)
Early morning movement session with Dipna
Bonfire dinner on beach
– FRIDAY –
Free day / local
Ideas on a bike
Closing dinner at Fishermans Cove
– SATURDAY –
Transfers to Chennai
If this all sounds like a lot to cover, do bear in mind none of these trips are mandatory, so if you wanted to have a quiet day you could pick and choose whether to join us or not. This is about you having the week you want. No pressure. But we know for many of you this is your first time in India, so we wanted to give you a flavour of what this beautiful country has to offer.
If you'd like to run a session or activity throughout the week on any topic that you think might be of interest to the group then email Laurence. We'll try and make room!
Who'll be there?
The Happy Startup School
Food at Heart
We Are Make Do
Love The World Today
Where is it?
Intercontinental Chennai Mahabalipuram
No. 212, East Coast Road,
Nemelli Village, Perur, Kanchipuram,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 603104
Buffet breakfast at hotel
Lunch and dinner with group*
Soft drinks with meals
Group travel throughout the week
Morning yoga on beach
Entry to all main group activities (fishing, surfing, Auroville tour, film studio visit, CII event)
Ayurvedic Shirodhara massage
Soft drinks outside meal times
Ad hoc individual or small group travel (rickshaw or taxi rides, etc)
Other spa treatments
Please bring credit cards – ATMs are widely available. We recommend that you have some local currency (rupees) to hand throughout the week for sundry items, shopping, soft drinks etc.
*If you decide to not join any of the daytime group activities or meals and would prefer instead to stay in the hotel, just keep us informed and we'll reimburse you (based on a budget of $15pp for lunch and $20pp dinner)