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13 Day Coastal Delicacies Food Journey and Culinary Holiday in India

204, Main Arterial Road, Biswa Bangla Sarani, Noapara, Rajarhat, West Bengal 700157, India

Cultural and Culinary Holiday India

This program covers best cuisines of places like Kolkata, Hyderabad Kerala and Tamilnadu. Every state has its own flavor and cooking style. Here again they have the delicious cooking styles of Bangla food, aromatic biryani and kebabs of Hyderabad, famous Chettinadu non-vegetarian food variety and unbeatable Kerala food. This program not just takes you on food journey but also gives you a chance to explore Dravidian style beautiful Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Kerala’s natural beauty, colonial architecture in Kolkata and a blend of rich culture with modernism in Hyderabad. In short this tour is not just about food, but much more than that.

Highlights

  • Chettinadu dinner
  • Food tour in Kolkata and lunch in Hyderabad
  • Cooking demonstration in a Bengali house with dinner
  • Experience the different flavors of Kolkata’s street food
  • Evening Temple procession in Madurai and Kathakali dance show in Cochin
  • Transfer services are included throughout the tour
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners
  • 12 nights' accommodation

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12 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Kolkata (3 nights)

Fern Residency: The Fern Residency Kolkata, is a business hotel located in the prime area of Rajarhat and the hotel is next to City Centre II (One of the biggest shopping and entertainment hub of Kolkata)

The Park: It is a 4-star plus hotel, located in city centre in Kolkata.

Hyderabad (2 nights)

Mansarovar The Fern 3-star: Manasarovar-The Fern, in Hyderabad is the most centrally located next to U.S. Consulate, Begumpet, Secunderabad, and situated in close proximity at a distance of 4km and 06 km from the Railway station and 38 Km from international and domestic airports.

The Park 4-star: The Park Hotels' collection of boutique hotels is one of the finest luxury hotels in Hyderabad. The array of facilities, services and recreational options added to the fantastic location of being right in the heart of the leading business and pulsating city, guests at The Park are guaranteed to have a truly inspired stay.

Chettinad (1 night)

Chidambara Vilas, Heritage Hotel: (Sangam Group of Hotels) Chidambara Vilas is located at Ramachandrapuram in Kadiapatti, which is a gateway to the Chettinad region. The heritage resort is within short driving distance from three railway stations in the area - Thirumayam, Pudukottai and Karaikudi. It’s less than 70 minutes’ drive from the Trichy airport.

Chidambara Vilas recreates an authentic experience of the luxurious Chettinad lifestyles of the last century, through a heritage Chettiar palace that preserves 108 years of history.From sights and sounds, culture and tradition to architecture, furniture and the world famous Chettinad cuisine, get transported to a world from a century away.

Madurai (1 night)

GRT Regency: 3-star plus: Regency Madurai by GRT Hotels is strategically located in close proximity to the Madurai airport and the railway station. This hotel in Madurai is easily accessible from the city’s business districts and shopping hubs and is a mere 10-minute drive away from the Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

Munnar (2 nights)

Abad Copper Castle 3-star: The Abad Copper Castle is one among the Resorts in Munnar and located in Pothamedu. It has 40 spacious rooms equipped with all modern amenities. Barely 3 hours ride from Cochin International Airport, this delightful resort in Munnar offers a magnificent valley view restaurant, campfire area, Ayurveda services, recreation center and free parking. There is an excellent viewpoint from the resort as well.

Fragrant Nature 4-star plus: Fragrant Nature - a luxury 5 star hotel with the finest vantage views of the verdant mountains - is situated in a choice location of Munnar. Lose yourself to the postcard scenery, underlined by a world-class hospitality and service.

Thekkady (1 night)

Abad Green Forest 3-star: Abad green forest is located in Kumily, Thekkady, which is a 4 hrs drive from Cochin. Located close to the wild life reserve. The resort offers 40 rooms and cottages.

Poetree Sarovar Portico 4-star: Poetree Sarovar Portico, Thekkady, Kerala, is located amongst one such splendour of natural beauty, covered on all sides by the flirtatious hills of Western Ghats, the hotel imbibes you into a state of sheer tranquillity calming your mind and senses. Situated in a secluded village of Thekkady in the Idukki district of Kerala, Poetree Sarovar Portico, delivers the best of Thekkady accommodation.

Alleppey (1 night)

Houseboat.

Cochin (1 night)

Abad Atrium 3-star: Hotel Abad Atrium is located in the heart of Cochin. It is well positioned to the most happening locations and it is one among the best premium hotels in MG Road, Kochi. It is also a gateway to world heritage sites like Marine Drive, Chinese Fishing nets, Hill Palace Museum and Chottanikkara Temple.

Holiday Inn 4-star plus: 40 minutes’ drive from airport. Holiday Inn Cochin caters to everyday traveller who is urbane and wants to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy a home away from home. With its contemporary designed 212 spacious rooms and suites the hotel is designed to provide Work Smart space, Ergonomic chair, high-speed Wi-Fi, iPod docking station, Tea/coffee maker, In-room safe which are key essentials for any traveler.

As Abad group of hotels belongs to Muslim owner hence liquor is not allowed in public area. However, clients can bring their liquor and have it in their room.

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Kolkata by international flight

On arrival at Kolkata international airport after clearing immigration formalities, you will meet the representative in arrival hall holding paging of your name. He will further assist you to your vehicle and then hotel check-in formalities.

Evening will be at leisure to relax. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2: Kolkata sightseeing

Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast proceed for half day sightseeing visiting Dalhousie Square, Flower Market, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Mother Teresa’s House.

Dalhousie Square: The Square was named in the memory of Lord Dalhousie who was the Governor General of India from 1847 to 1856. The alleys off N.S.Road, the famed office area surrounding Writers Building (the administrative centre of West Bengal) offer a lip-smacking variety of snacks and meals, with choices ranging from typical Bengali and South Indian to Mughlai, Punjabi and Chinese cuisine. In fact the entire area, loosely referred to as the "Dalhousie para", encompassing the Calcutta High Court and the Stock Exchange on Lyons Range (to name just two of the many landmark buildings), is a foodies` paradise where one can spend weeks sampling new dishes.

Flower Market: It can also be termed as Heritage Market. Beneath the east end of Howrah Bridge, Mullick Ghat Kolkata Flower Market is eastern India's largest flower market with hundreds of stalls and people sitting on the ground.

Howrah Bridgen(View from Howrah bridge): It is popularly known as Rabindra Setu. Howrah Bridge in Kolkata spans over river Hooghly and is considered to be a marvelous engineering work by the British. The Howrah Bridge is enumerated amongst the busiest cantilever bridge in the World. It took nearly about 7 long years to construct the Howrah Bridge. The cantilever bridge of Howrah was completed in 1943.

Victoria Memorial: This is one of India's most beautiful monuments built between 1906 and 1921 on the lines of white marble. The memorial was the inspiration of Lord Curzon, who in 1901, felt that his lately departed Queen Empress, required a suitable monument to her memory. It houses paintings, manuscripts, and other objects of historic value in its Museum and Art Gallery. (Closed on Monday & National Holidays. Photography not allowed inside).

Mother Teresa’s House: Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; children's and family counseling programs, orphanages and schools. (Closed on Thursday, photography not allowed inside).

Later in the evening transfer to Bengali house for cooking demonstration along with dinner. (No guide services). Met by the driver and driven to the house of the family where cooking demo and dinner has been arranged.

On arrival at the host family’s house you will be welcomed in a traditional way. After you settle yourself you will be served a non-alcoholic drink, tea, or coffee as per your preference. Over drinks you get introduced with the ingredients used for cooking and slowly learn to cook the dish selected by you. Finally, relish the dish cooked by you along with other dishes pre-cooked by the house wives, served in a platter. During conversation over dinner you come to know a lot about Bengali culture, tradition, and food habits. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Kolkata sightseeing

Breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast proceed for sightseeing visiting Kumartuli, College Street Book Market, Indian Coffeee House, Old China Town, Dacres Lane, BBD Bagh and Dalhousie Square.

Kumartuli: This unique artisan village dates back 400 years, making it perhaps the oldest of its kind in the world. It is the lifeblood of Bengal’s biggest festival and keeps the Puja fervor alive among Bengali communities in other countries. Around 250 artists work to produce 40,000 idols a year, including 3500 images of Durga. With more than a thousand workers assisting the artisans, Kumartuli is a mini industry. It exports 50 Durga idols to virtually all corners of the world, including UK, USA, Canada, Germany and Switzerland.

College Street Book Market: Kolkatans are well-known for their passion for books and this area is a treasure for the book lovers of the city, you can find of them every day spending hours browsing through the loads of new books or bargaining for buying a second hand one. Some of the Kolkata’s most renowned academic institutions like Kolkata University, Presidency College, Kolkata Medical College and Sanskrit College are also located in this street. (Partially closed on Sunday and National Holidays).

Indian Coffee House: Also known as "Albert Hall", this is the most favorite gathering place for the writers, intellectuals, artists and students for many decades. Casual chatting for hours about any issue is the most favorite social activity of any Bengali and here in this large historical and legendary café, entire day you can find hundreds of Kolkatan's are busy discussing about their favorite issue over a cup of coffee. (Any consumption other than one cup of coffee will be on direct payment).

Old China Town Area: (old international settlements of Chinese immigrants).

Later proceed for Street food walk tour exploring the famous street food joints of Kolkata, especially in the BBD Bagh area, Dalhousie Square area, Sudder Street, A.J.C Bose Road. The kiosks along Dacres Lane are the ultimate destination for foodies. This tour will give you an opportunity to learn how to cook without a kitchen and how to make the most out of not very much. You may experience the different flavors of Kolkata’s street food (at your own risk, of course).

Dacres Lane: This is one of the most famous street food places in Kolkata. From China to Punjab, the food map here charts all delicacies one can want. This is a safe place to try out Kolkata’s street food with family as WHO has rated the food here as one of the “Best Street Foods of the World”. One can bite into a myriad variety of dishes - chicken cutlet, fish fry, fish roll, mutton/chicken/vegetable stew, ghugni, chowmein, fried rice, chilly/schezwan/garlic chicken, luchi/puri sabzi, chola-bhatura, kulcha-chana, momo, biryani, a wide range of sweets, lassi, firni and lots more. For almost 200 years, Dacres Lane was the eating ground for sailors who came to Calcutta from various countries. Dacres Lane served as a platform where sailors used to hang around and exchanged tales of their voyages and heroics over generous platters of food. In the 19th century, after the British left India, the tradition has been since carried forward by the city’s fiercely food loving residents. Dacres Lane is a must visit for street food connoisseurs.

BBD Bagh: One of the prime business centres of the city, BBD Bagh sees a lot of businessmen flock to the street food stalls here for a quick lunch. Join the experienced locals and take a food walk down the square which is known for the numerous vendors who flock to this place to sell their wares. Some of the best vendors here are located near Fairlie place, by the backside of Writer’s Building and Near the Bankshall Court. You can try the Luchi, Kochuri and Aloodom, Cholar Dal, Rice and Fish Curry and Lanchan when here.

Dalhousie Square: The alleys off N.S.Road, the famed office area surrounding Writers Building (the administrative centre of West Bengal) offer a lip-smacking variety of snacks and meals, with choices ranging from typical Bengali and South Indian to Mughlai, Punjabi and Chinese cuisine.

Indian Museum: One of the oldest museums in Asia, the Indian Museum was founded in 1814. One need an entire day, or more, to fully enjoy the fossils, coins, stones, Gandhara art, meteors and much more that go to make up this museum. There is a 4,000-year-old mummy here as well. Also on display is an urn said to contain the Buddha's ashes. Photography allowed on charges. (Closed on Monday & National Holidays).

Kalighat Kali Temple: Located on the banks of river Hooghly is regarded as one of the 52 Shakti Peethas of India. According to legend, when Lord Shiva was furiously performing his Rudra Tandava dance, the various parts of the corpse of Goddess Kali fell off at different points, where pilgrimages were later built. The Kalighat Kali Temple is said to have sprung up at the place where a toe of her right foot had fallen. (Open all days). Photography not allowed inside.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4: Kolkata - Hyderabad by flight

  • Departure 09:00/Arrival 11:10

Breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast in time transfer to airport to board the flight for Hyderabad.

Meeting and assistance on arrival at Hyderabad airport and transfer to hotel. Post lunch visit Golkonda Fort and Qutub Shahi Tombs.

Golkonda Fort: Golconda fort is undoubtedly one of most magnificent fortress complexes in India. It is located in the western part of Hyderabad city and is about 9 km from the Hussain Sagar Lake.It was originally known as Mankal, and built on a hilltop in the year 1143. It was originally a mud fort under the reign of Rajah of Warangal. Later it was fortified between 14th and 17th centuries by the BahmaniSultans and then the ruling Qutub Shahi dynasty. The inner fort contains ruins of palaces, mosques and a hill top pavilion, which rises about 130 meters high and gives a bird’s eye view of other buildings.

The Qutb Shahi: Tombs are located in the Ibrahim Bagh (garden precinct), close to the famous Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, India. They contain the tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. The galleries of the smaller tombs are of a single storey while the larger ones are two storied. In the centre of each tomb is a sarcophagus which overlies the actual burial vault in a crypt below. The domes were originally overlaid with blue and green tiles, of which only a few pieces now remain.

Evening cooking demonstration with Indian family. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5: Hyderabad sightseeing

Breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast proceed for half day city sightseeing visiting Salarjung Museum, Charminar and Lad Bazaar.

Salarjung Museum: The SalarJung Museum is an art museum located at Dar-ul-Shifa, on the southern bank of the Musi River in the city of Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It is one of the three National Museums of India.It has a collection of sculptures, paintings, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, metallic artifacts, carpets, clocks, and furniture from Japan, China, Burma, Nepal, India, Persia, Egypt, Europe, and North America. The museum's collection was sourced from the property of the Salar Jung family, after whom it is named. It is one of the largest museums in the world.

Charminar: It is principal landmark of Hyderabad City. It was built by Mohammad Quli Qutub to celebrate the end of a deadly plague in 1591 AD. The Charminar lies near the bank of the river Musi. It is close to Laad Bazaar and Makkah Masjid. Charminar is taken from two words Char and Minar which translate as Four Towers in English.

Later visit Laad Bazaar, it is located quite close to the Charminar which is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots of Hyderabad. Adjacent to the monument, the Laad Bazaar is stretched on four roads starting from Charminar and is spread across an area of one kilometre.

Enjoy the local lunch delicacies at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Hyderabad - Madurai by flight

  • Flight SG-1042: Departure 10:05 / Arrival 11:50 a.m.
  • Madurai-Chettinad by surface (approx. 80kms/2hours)

Breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Madurai.

On arrival in Madurai drive to Chettinad. On arrival check in at hotel. Later in the afternoon orientation tour of Chettinad visiting Chettinad beautiful mansions. Chettinad is known for its spiciest and aromatic cuisine, in the evening enjoy a special Chettinad dinner. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7: Chettinad - Madurai

  • Approx. 80km/2hours

Breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast drive back to Madurai. It is one of the oldest city of Tamilnadu known for Meenakshi Amma Temple ranked one of the greatest temple of India in terms of amazing architecture beauty.

On arrival check in at hotel. Later proceed to visit Thirumalainayak Palace: The Palace built in 1636 built by King Thirumalai Naik. It is bland of Italic and Dravidian art.

Return to hotel for some rest. In the evening visit Meenakshi Amma temple and be the witness of temple procession. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: Madurai - Munnar

  • Approx. 160 km / 5 hours

Breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast drive to Munnar. Munnar is carpeted in emerald green plantations set an altitude of 6000ft in Idukki District.

On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9: Munnar

Breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast visit Ervakulam National Park. It was declared as National Park in 1978. The Park has a rolling hill plateau with a rolling with a base elevation of 2000 mt. Three major types of plant communities are found in the Park - grasslands, shrublands and forests. The Park has various population of endangered

Nilgiri Tahr including other little known fauna Nilgiri marten, ruddy mongoose, small clawed otter, dusky striped squirrel etc.

In the afternoon visit tea plantation and tea factory (closed on Monday). Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Munnar - Thekkady

  • Approx. 110 km / 3 hours

Breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast drive to Thekkady. It is located at an altitude of 700 m above sea level. Thekkady holds the nature’s beauty, wildlife Sanctuary, and famous spice plantation. The place has great opportunity for mountain walk and trekking.

Check in at the hotel upon arrival in Thekkady. In the afternoon enjoy boat ride at Lake Periyar. Evening will be to enjoy Kalaripayattu, the traditional martial art of Kerala. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Thekkady - Alleppey

  • Approx. 95km / 2 hours

Breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast visit spice plantation with a naturalist. This tour gives you inside of famous spice plantation like cardamom, pepper, turmeric etc. Later, drive to Alleppey. It is also known as Venice of East. It is home of vast waterways network. On arrival in Alleppey embark the houseboat, locally called Kettuvalam. Kettuvalam is traditional houseboat with knot, during assemble work of this traditional houseboat not a single nail is used, only coir ropes tied in knot to hold the whole structure.

On arrival at Alleppey Jetty embark the houseboat. The cruise will take you through small water canals and while cruising you can see small villages and witness village people and their daily routine. Dinner and overnight onboard.

Day 12: Alleppey - Cochin

  • Approx. 65km / 1.5 hours

Breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast drive to Cochin. This magnificent Malabar coastal city has been attracting towards its shores many traders, explorers and travelers for over 600 years. The Old Fort Cochin area quench the thirst the travelers who has historical interest with its famous Portuguese settlement Mattenchery Jewish Synagogue and the Dutch Palace, Old colonial roads with tree line avenues. Huge Chinese fishing nets and St. Francis Church are another attraction. Here one can experience the stay of some of the best Ayurveda Resorts, Traditional Kathakali Dance, and Traditional Martial art Kalarpayattu.

On arrival half day sightseeing of Old Fort Cochin covering Dutch Palace, Jew Street, Jewish Synagogue, Santa Cruz Bascilica, St. Francis Church, and Chinese Fishing Nets.

After sightseeing visit Kathakali dance show (classical form of dance drama) describing Indian ancient Hindu mythological stories. They present the story through beautiful dance wearing beautiful traditional outfits. It shows rich tradition and culture of India.

There will be evening cooking demonstration session followed by dinner. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Depart Cochin by flight

Breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast assisted transfer to airport to board the flight for onward destination. End of the tour.

All transportation like airport transfers, sightseeing and interstate drives will be done using an air-conditioned Innova car for 2 to 3 persons using Innova large car / 4 to 8 persons using tempo traveler / 10 to 12 persons using a mini coach.

Location

Starting off at Kolkata, this tour will take you through Dalhousie Square, Flower Market, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Mother Teresa’s House, Kumartuli, College Street Book Market, Indian Coffeee House, Old China Town, Dacres Lane, BBD Bagh and Dalhousie Square, Hyderabad, Golkonda Fort and Qutub Shahi Tombs, Salarjung Museum, Charminar and Lad Bazaar, Madurai, Chettinad, Munnar, Ervakulam National Park, Thekkady, Alleppey, and Cochin.

Food

Since it is an Indian culinary holiday, East Voyages have included best of street and main course delicacies which Indian includes in their different meal timing. They have generally included breakfast meal plan with mentioned family dinner or lunch along with cooking demonstration.

Meals included are daily breakfast (breakfast not included on the day of arrival). Food tour in Kolkata and one lunch at local restaurant in Hyderabad, one cooking demonstration followed by dinner with Indian family in Kolkata, Hyderabad and in Cochin, together with one famous Chettinadu dinner in Chettinad.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 12 nights’ accommodation on double/twin sharing basis
  • Daily breakfast
  • Food tour in Kolkata
  • 1 lunch at local restaurant in Hyderabad
  • 1 cooking demonstration followed by dinner with Indian family in Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Cochin
  • 1 famous Chettinadu dinner in Chettinad
  • All transportation during tour
  • Local English-speaking guide as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fee is included as per the itinerary
  • Bottled water and wet tissue throughout in the vehicle
  • All currently applicable taxes

What's not included

  • International airfare
  • Domestic flights or internal flights
  • Visa charges
  • Any room service, telephone charges, mini bar, gratuities, tips
  • Any expenses of personal nature and Insurance of any kind
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Any item not specified under "what's included"
  • Any bank charges during transfer
  • Additional charges for credit card payment using Razorypay payment gateway (direct payment to East Voyages)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU). Transfer from and to the airport is included. East Voyages will pick you up from the airport. Departure flights must be booked from Cochin International Airport (COK).

This tour also involves internal flights which are not included in the package price. These flights will be from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD) and Madurai International Airport (IXM). Supplement for airfare from Kolkata to Hyderabad/Hyderabad to Madurai is 170 USD per person. For more information, please contact East Voyages.

Airport: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport Airport transfer included: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Flight ticket cancellation
  • 30 days prior to arrival : national/international flights (if issued as non-refundable) will be refunded as per airline policy after deductions of handling charges.

 

Pricing information 

Single supplement 

  • 3-star 467 USD 
  • 4-star 665 USD

Supplement for 11 lunches

  • 3-star 150 USD per person
  • 4-star 180 USD per person 

Supplement for 8 dinners

  • 3-star 132 USD per person
  • 4-star 152 USD per person 

Airfare from Kolkata to Hyderabad/Hyderabad to Madurai costs 195 USD per person. The quoted price is subject to change at the time of issuance. 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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