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Cooking Holiday in Kerala

Learn about local Indian food and the best ways of preparing traditional tantalizing dishes, while you discover the true beauty of the Kerala region. A unique holiday awaits! You will not only get the opportunity to taste the traditional delicacies prepared by the prize-winning Mrs. Shyama Nair, but also learn from her expertise and years of experience in the kitchen.

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  • Traditional cooking classes
  • Prepare one dish for lunch or dinner per day
  • Learn about traditional Kerala dishes and breads
  • Taste your creations after your cooking class
  • Delicious Kerala breakfast daily
  • 6 nights accommodation


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Located in the heart of Fort Cochin, Silverweed Homestay is the ideal place for your vacation, a home-away-from-home where you can enjoy the wonderful Indian hospitality and spend your time savoring all this celebrated destination has to offer.

Silverweed offers a unique ambience of ever-ready service and homely atmosphere. All modern amenities are at hand and every effort has been made to make you feel like you are still at home.

The friendly hosts at Silverweed see themselves as privileged ambassadors of this land, also known as God’s own country. They are ever willing to make sure that you are well looked after and return home with pleasant memories to cherish and to beckon you back here. Recommended for solo travelers, Silverweed is centrally located to all places of interest at Fort Kochi and yet pleasantly aloof.

A close emulation of the traditional Kerala houses, with a wide verandah and cane chicks, the house is replete with comfort of modern amenities. Immaculately clean rooms greet you after a sultry day of walking around town and showers with hot water at all times, as well as a travel desk, add to the ease of travel at Silverweed.

The air-conditioned and non air-conditioned rooms offer LCD televisions, writing tables, bedside tables, night lamps, a modern style bathroom with dry and wet area, separate shower areas, hot and cold water, room service, bath towel and Ayurvedic soap, and a common balcony.


During this holiday, you will enjoy the wonderful Indian hospitality as you spend your vacation savoring all that this celebrated destination has to offer. Every morning, a delicious South Indian breakfast, better enjoyed on the wide greenery flanked terrace, will be served. Later, you will join a traditional cooking class, where you will learn about Indian food and prepare traditional Kerala dishes and breads. Finally, the dishes prepared during your class will be served for lunch or dinner, depending on your choice.


Shyama Nair
Self Taught (Chef)
After spending most of he day in the kitchen, preparing various dishes, experimenting with different recipes, reading articles appearing on different magazines and weekly newspapers, Shyama was able to enhance her knowledge about cooking and develop her own way of cooking and baking. Because of her years of experience in the kitchen, Shyama is able to provide classes of any type of South Indian or Kerala food in order to satisfy the individual needs of the guests. She is extremely happy to provide culinary training and share her passion for cooking.


This holiday will take place in Fort Cochin, Kerala, India. The fabled queen of the Arabian Sea, Fort Cochin, has been renowned for centuries. Today, people from far and near are drawn to witness the monument to heritage that it is.


The family's background of rich culture and tradition of ancient Hindu-Nair origins, brings some fantastic culinary expertise. Shyama Nair is an expert at typical vegetarian and non-vegetarian Kerala cuisine, specializing in aviyal and prawns curry. During this holiday, you can also marvel the most sumptuous delights of top restaurants.

During your stay in this wonderful region, be sure to try the rice pancakes with kadala curry and the traditional idiyappam, made in an ancient brass device, as well as other typical Kerala delicacies.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

  • Attend a Kathakali performance
  • Book additional non-vegetarian cooking clsses (450 INR per person)
  • Book additional vegetarian cooking classes (350 INR per person)
  • Indian classical dance training sessions
  • Join yoga training sessions
  • Visit Saint Francis Church
  • Visit Santa Cruz Basilica
  • Visit the beach with the world-famous Chinese fishing nets

Spa treatments

During this holiday, you can book a genuine Ayurvedic massage and treatment by a Kerala government approved hospital at an additional cost.

What's included

  • 1 cooking class every day
  • 1 lunch or dinner per day
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

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