4 Days Cooking Holidays in India

  • Tharavad, Thenkurissi, Palakkad, Kerala, 678 671, India

Kerala Cooking Holidays

Experience the village life of Kerala and enjoy true Kerala cooking classes in an astonishing tharavad. The morning walks with the fresh breeze blowing against you and the evening starlit skies in a silent surrounding are some of the treasures of this abode. A morning visit to the corner tea shop to share your world with that of villagers over a tumbler of tea or an evening walk through the village and the green paddies to watch the sunset will make this a unique holiday you will never forget.

Highlights

  • Traditional Kerala cooking classes
  • Join terracotta jewelry making classes
  • Visits to local markets and buy ingredients
  • Visit the Brahmin village and taste traditional snacks
  • Visit the basket weavers' colony to watch them at their craft
  • Taste special iddlies in the local tea shop
  • Daily traditional Kerala meals
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Kandath Tharavad, the ancestral home of the Kandath family, is set in the lush rice paddies of rural Kerala in South India. The house is a 200-year-old gem of domestic architecture, constructed primarily of mud and teak. The house was built in 1794 by Bhagwaldas’ great great grandfather, a landowner and money-lender.

Five generations have lived here, as evidenced by the five ancestral stools in the Puja Room. The most striking feature of the house is the frontal raised area, also known as purathalum, with grand bulbous pillars fashioned in teak at each corner, rising to glorious carvings of elephants, snakes, fish, and dragons.

The floor is covered in natural dyed tiles of ochre, terracotta, and blue. It was here, until Bhagwaldas’ grandfather died in the seventies, that the serious business of money-lending took place; most of it, tiding the locals over between rice crops. No more than 20 feet away from the front purathalam, where the men would congregate, is another raised area at the rear of the house for the ladies to gather.

It was acoustically contrived that no word spoken by the women could be heard by the men and vice versa. The two areas are diagonally separated by a reception chamber in which there is a nadumuttam or open area in the center, where you can stand and see the stars. It consists of four roofs, now tiled but once palm thatched, descending into the room to shoulder height, allowing monsoon rains to plash into a central sunken area below.

Kandath Tharavad is an Ettukettu (eight-block) structure, having not one but two such areas, built according to the principles of Vaasthu Shastra, the ancient science of architecture. The principal sunken area is where a goat is still slaughtered annually on ancestor's day and its meat isoffered to the forbears in the Puja Room, before family and friends make their feast.

All doors in the house are low, narrow, and stepped, constructed with teak hooped with brass. The theory is that whoever the visitor, any entry to the house was impossible without them according respect in the form of a low bow. The property offers four double bedrooms, one suite, and one mini suite. All rooms have en suite facilities and are air-conditioned, with hot and cold water available.

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Enjoy lunch at 13:00
  • Introduction given by your host and a chance to get to know each other and the story of this historic tharavad
  • Evening visit to the basket weavers' colony to watch them at their craft
  • Return to the tharavad to enjoy the surroundings
  • Dinner

Day 2 - Market visit and cooking session

  • Breakfast at Ramaserry, a village outside Palakkad, to taste the special iddlies (steamed rice cakes) in the local tea shop
  • Excursion with your host, who will guide you to the local market and source the ingredients for your cooking lesson
  • Join a cooking class at 11:00
  • Lunch
  • Evening excursion to the Brahmin village
  • Visit a 400-year-old Brahmin settlement from Tamilnadu
  • Stop at a traditional Roadside café for village café snacks
  • Dinner at Tharavad

Day 3 - Market visit and cooking session

  • Visit to the fish market
  • Breakfast
  • Join a cooking class at 11:00
  • Lunch
  • Terracotta jewelry making classess

Day 4 - Departure

  • Breakfast
  • Departure
  • Cycle through the winding roads in the countryside
  • Evening excursion to the Brahmin village
  • Evening visit to the basket weavers' colony
  • Trekking at Nelliyampathy Hills
  • Visit a 400-year-old Brahmin settlement from Tamilnadu
  • Visit a local market and a fish market to buy ingredients
  • Visit the martial art school
  • Visit to potters to watch them at work
  • Visit Ramaserry, a village outside Palakkad
  • Watch toddy tapping

This holiday will take place in Palakkad, in Kerala, India.

Nearby places

  • Cochin International Airport (COK) - 2 hours
  • Coimbatore - 2 hours
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
Services
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental nearby
  • Free toiletries
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Wedding

During this holiday, you will have the opportunity to taste daily traditional Kerala meals and learn how to prepare the delicious dishes as well. Also, you will taste the special iddlies in a local tea shop and stop at a traditional roadside café for traditional village café snacks.

  • Additional cooking classes - 750 INR per person
  • Bird watching at Parambikkulam - 1000 INR plus entry fee per person
  • Book a session with the family astrologer - 750 INR per person
  • Enjoy a private performance of Indian classical music - 5000 INR
  • Visit the Prambikkulam Wildlife Sanctuary for a trek - 1000 INR plus entry fee for two persons
  • Visit to Kerala Kalamandalam (the school of dance and music) and to the Guruvayoor elephant stables - 1000 INR per person
  • Yoga and meditation sessions at Tharavad - 700 INR per person per session

You can book a rejuvenation Ayurveda massage at an additional cost of 1400 INR per person.

  • 1 evening visit to a basket weavers' colony
  • 1 guided excursion to the Brahmin village
  • 1 Terracotta jewelry making class
  • 1 visit to a fish market
  • 1 visit to a local market
  • 2 cooking lessons
  • 3 dinners
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Massages
  • Transfers from and to the airport and railway station
  • Vehicles for local and day trips

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK), Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), and Calicut International Airport (CCJ). Transfers from and to these airports are available upon request.

Arrival by train

The closest train station is Palakkad Junction railway station. Transfers from and to this railway station are available upon request.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Kerala, India

Tharavad is the ancestral home of the Kandath family and is the perfect place to experience the village life of Kerala. They offer culinary and yoga holidays.

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