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14 Day Professional Chef-guided Culinary Tour with Ayurveda in God's Own Country, Kerala

Mangattukara, Angamaly, Kerala, India

Indian Culinary and Ayurveda Retreat

This is an amazing two-week tour in Kerala to introduce you to the wonderful benefits of Ayurveda along with your culinary tour. The tour is guided by a professional chef who will share with you a variety of Indian cuisines. During this tour, you will undergo Ayurvedic treatments for the wholesome physical, mental, and spiritual growth, along with explanations of Ayurvedic cuisines.

You will be accommodated in a lush green village resort and a lovely beach and backwater resort that encompasses a serene ambiance. Meanwhile, enjoy the local village life, fishing, kayaking, boating, and much more awaits you in ‘God’s Own Country’. Your soul will be delighted and happy - this is a once in a lifetime experience!

Highlights

  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Culinary sessions by a professional chef
  • Guided local tours and travel related services
  • Consultation with the chef and Ayurvedic doctor
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Spice market and farm visits
  • 13 nights accommodation

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13 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Cochin International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

Guests will be accommodated in a private single or double room and private cottage. During the first week, your accommodation will be at a lush green resort tucked into a serene pocket of Mangattukara, Angamaly and spread across 15 acres of land, just 12 kilometers from the Cochin International Airport (COK). It is dedicated to the true spirit and representation of a typical traditional village of Kerala. Single cottages with all amenities surrounded by a variety of trees especially nutmegs and sit-outs with a view of green paddy fields. Outdoor pool and restaurant facilities are available.

In the second week, the accommodation will be at a backwater beach resort set on a stretch of land between the Cherai lagoon to the east and the Kuzhippilli beach to the west. The architecture of the resort has largely been influenced by the vernacular traditions of Kerala with thick curvaceous circular columns supporting wooden beams that bear the tile clad roof with pediments and niches in stained glass.

The rooms give an excellent view of the backwaters, the pool, and to the west past a line of trees, the sea. The rooms are all luxurious without being ostentatious: wooden roofs, stylishly elegant fabrics, and the state of the art in amenities. The esteemed guests have the opportunity to experience local fisherman working in their traditional style. Boating facilities are available.

Program

Day 1

On arrival at Cochin International Airport (COK), you will be welcomed and transferred to the resort. This day is free to relax. In the evening, there will be an introductory session to Indian cuisines and a culinary session by the chef. Stay overnight.

Day 2

Savour a delicious breakfast. There will be cooking sessions by chefs at noon and in the evening. Stay overnight.

Day 3

Savour a delicious breakfast. There will be cooking sessions by chefs at noon and in the evening. Stay overnight.

Day 4

Savour a delicious breakfast. There will be cooking sessions by chefs at noon and in the evening. Stay overnight.

Day 5

Savour a delicious breakfast. There will be cooking sessions by chefs at noon and in the evening. Stay overnight.

Day 6

Savour a delicious breakfast. Then move to Kodanad, Asia’s largest elephant training center. It is a rural-side village flanked by the high ranges and is set near the southern banks of the Periyar River. Proceed for Malayattoor, famous for its ancient Catholic Church, which is dedicated to Apostle St. Thomas. Malayattoor not only serves as a Christian pilgrim center but also known for its scenic beauty.

Believers carrying large crosses up a hill are common sights on a voyage to the Hill Shrine at Malayattoor where people offer their pain and suffering to God, in hopes of forgiveness and peace. Proceed to experience the villages, local markets, coconut farms, paddy cultivations etc. The rural areas have avoided the ravages of industrialization and maintained their pristine charm. They offer a serene experience that travelers are drawn to.

Day 7

Savour a delicious breakfast. Proceed for sightseeing to Athirappilly waterfalls, the Niagara of India. This patch in Sholayar ranges so beautifully intertwined with lush green forest cover and sizzling silver cascades and located central to Cochin and Bharathapuzha. It is a treat for the eyes during the monsoon.

Thumboormuzhi and Vazhachal are also must-see places there. Proceed for Ezhattumugham, a greenish natural village ‘prakritigramam’. You will cover ‘Thumboormuzhy’, oil palm plantations, a 210-meter hanging bridge with a view of majestic nature, tree houses, and much more. Stay overnight.

Day 8

Check out and proceed to Cherai - one of the most tourist-spotted beaches in Kerala. Check in to the resort co-fronted by beach and backwaters. Enjoy a delicious Ayurvedic lunch and relax. Cherai Beach is a favorite haunt of those looking for a relaxing swim with the backdrop of coconut groves being the added incentive.

It provides a wonderful view of the famous Chinese fishing nets. The nearby shacks provide you with fresh cuisine that fills you up perfectly after a delightful swim. In the evening, enjoy the local life and relax at the beach. Stay overnight.

Day 9

Savour a delicious breakfast and look forward to starting with the Ayurvedic treatments. In the afternoon, have a tour to explore Cochin, ‘the queen of the Arabian Sea’. Explore the local Cochin life through boating in the Cochin backwaters spread across, the Chinese fishing nets, the Willingdon Island - one of the largest human-made islands in India, which is named after Lord Willingdon, the British Viceroy of India. Cochin streets open the best way at shopping. Stay overnight.

Day 10

Savour a delicious breakfast and proceed with the Ayurvedic treatments. Relax at the beach and enjoy local life. Stay overnight.

Day 11

Savour a delicious breakfast and proceed with the Ayurvedic treatments. In the afternoon, proceed to Fort Cochin. The major attraction of this place is its streets that beautifully showcase all about Portuguese and Dutch invasions. You can visit the famous Jewish synagogue - built in the year 1568. This Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest Judaism temple in the Commonwealth of Nations. Stay overnight.

Day 12

Savour a delicious breakfast and proceed with the Ayurvedic treatments. Relax at the beach. Stay overnight.

Day 13

Savour a delicious breakfast and proceed with the Ayurvedic treatments. In the afternoon, proceed for a farm tour and a visit to the fisherman village, paddy cultivations, fishing etc. Stay overnight.

Day 14

Savour a delicious breakfast and proceed to Cochin International Airport (COK) for your journey back home.

Included excursions

  • Market tours
  • Farm tours
  • Village tours
  • Beach tour activities
  • Sightseeing tours
  • A city tour of Cochin including Fort Cochin
  • Tour to the elephant training center

Location

Kerala

Kerala is blessed with a unique set of geographical features that have made it one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia. A long shoreline with serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, lush hill stations, and exotic wildlife are just a few of the wonders that await you once you cross over to the other side.

And what's more, each of these charming destinations is only a two-hour drive from the other - a singular advantage no other place on the planet can offer. Kerala prides itself on being the flag bearer for not just how a culture can respect its past but also march forward with growth and progress as well. Hundred percent literacy, world-class healthcare systems, India's lowest infant mortality, and highest life expectancy rates are among a few of the milestones that the people of the state are extremely proud of.

Cochin

Cochin is arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the diversity and beauty of Kerala. With the best places to visit in Cochin, it has been rated among the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council. The backwaters of Kerala can especially be experienced through the waterways flowing across Cochin in streams and lagoons.

Such places have now been converted into picnic and fishing spots, where visitors can boat through the water and stop midway on an isolated camp for some private time with nature. Fort Cochin, one of the most famous beaches has a colonial-era feel and cool winds from the Arabian Sea that soothes the nerves of backpackers sailing or cycling across the city. Cochin is also particularly known for its religious houses especially British era churches, and forts that have been converted into temples.

Food

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided. Every day, the menu will be unique and makes sure that you will be able to taste all the major cuisines of Kerala.

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

What's included

  • Authentic Kerala culinary tour under the guidance of a professional chef
  • Hands-on cooking sessions by chef
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Transport to and from airport and sightseeing spots
  • Types of entry fees, toll, etc.
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 13 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Visa
  • Health insurance cover

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Master World Holidays will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Cochin International Airport Airport transfer included: Cochin 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 on arrival.

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