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4 Day Cooking Holiday with Yoga and Jewelry Making in Kerala

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

Yoga and Culinary Vacation in India

Are you curious about Indian cuisine and practicing yoga in India, where it originates from? If yes, then this might be a perfect holiday for you. Combining traditional Kerala cooking classes, tasting traditional foods, visiting markets, and practicing yoga, this holiday offers you unforgettable culinary experience in India. You'll get back home with new memories you'll cherish.

Meet the instructors

Bhagwaldas
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Highlights

  • Traditional Kerala cooking classes
  • Visits to local markets to 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
  • Terracotta jewelry making classes
  • Daily traditional Kerala meals
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

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.

Program

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

  • Yoga at 07:00
  • 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

  • Yoga at 07:00
  • Visit to the fish market
  • Breakfast
  • Join a cooking class at 11:00
  • Lunch
  • Terracotta jewelry making classes

Day 4: Departure

  • Breakfast
  • Departure

Instructors

Bhagwaldas

Location

This holiday will take place in Thenkurussi Village in Palakkad, Kerala, India, the nearest town, an equidistant two-hour drive from Cochin airport to the west or Coimbatore to the east.

Distances

  • Cochin International Airport (COK) - 2 hours
  • Coimbatore - 2 hours

Features

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

Food

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

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Additional cooking classes - 1000 INR per person
  • Bird watching at Parambikkulam - 2400 INR plus entry fee for two persons
  • 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 - 2400 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

What's included

  • 2 cooking lessons
  • 2 yoga classes
  • 1 evening visit to a basket weavers’ colony
  • 1 guided excursion to the Brahmin village
  • 1 terracotta jewelry making classes
  • 1 visit to a fish market
  • 1 visit to a local market
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Massages
  • Transfers from and to the airport and railway station
  • Vehicles for local and day trips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK), Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), or 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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Solo travelers

This package can accommodate solo travelers.

 

Children policy

There is no extra charge for children below nine years old.

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