Pilgrimage in South India
Chennai + Cochin + Goa
February 17-25, 2018
$3250 for tour, plus airfare
Christianity in India traces back to the Apostle Thomas, who arrived in Kerala in 52 A.D. On this pilgrimage, we will visit historic sites and learn about three lines of Indian Christianity - the Mar Thoma Church that traces back to Thomas; the Roman Catholic Church that came with St. Francis Xavier and the Portuguese (16th c.); and the British colonizers, who brought Anglican and Protestant Christianity (17th c.), which lives on today in the ecumenical Church of South India. We will also visit Jewish and Hindu sites and experience modern India's incredible cultural heritage. Daily prayer will offered as part of this pilgrimage experience.
We plan to visit Chennai, Cochin, and Goa over a one-week period from February 17-25, 2018 (Millburn public school mid-winter break). This trip is open to youth 15+ with an adult and adults of all ages. Our travel agent can also plan a travel extension for those who wish to stay longer. Deposit due now to hold your place, first payment due by July 15, and full payment by October 15. To pay by check, see the “General Information” link below. To pay by Credit Card or enquire about a travel extension, please contact Srirupa Sen.
Join the Rev. Bowie Snodgrass, George Mathew, and members of Christ Church in Short Hills as we explore South India as part of Christ Church's growing global neighborhood of faith. This will be Bowie’s 9th trip to South India and she has 20 years of experience planning travel pilgrimages and retreats. George’s family comes from the Mar Thoma and Anglican traditions, with long indigenous Christian roots in India. His humanitarian work with Music for Life International and family visits have kept him closely connected to India since moving to the United States. Bowie and George are excited to share their passion for South India’s unique religious heritage and vibrant Christian communities.
“Our travels will take us from Chennai in the south easte coast of India known as the Coromandel Coast to Kochi in the south western Malabar Coast. Traveling along the two coasts you will experience flamboyant living temples, ancient ruins, diverse cuisines, spice gardens, natural forest reserves and the amazing backwaters to be experienced in a traditional kettuvallam. We end our tour on the languid beaches of Goa on the Konkan coast of western India… a kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood and spirituality!” - Srirupa Sen, Co Founder/Director of Tour Planning, AAventureSS, Inc. See India Through My Eyes