11 Days Chefs and Foodies Vegetarian Cooking Holiday in Kerala, India

India Cooking Holiday

The Pimenta offers a speciality cooking holiday in Kerala. This holiday suits chefs and foodies doing other styles of cooking while taking a holiday or someone interested to do a longer cooking holiday exploring Kerala. This holiday covers South Indian and Indian cooking, keeping in mind of the traditional aspects of Ayurvedic cooking.

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  • Daily cooking sessions
  • An introduction of spices and grains
  • Introduction to the vegetarian cooking style
  • Visit to an NGO specializing on natural dyed fabric and designs
  • Experience Kerala Sadhya, a traditional festival feast
  • A studio pottery workshop session
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

You will stay at the accommodation prepared by the organizer. The Pimenta consists of four attractive bungalows, built on the hillside, a short walk away from the main house. Each bungalow consists of a double room with en-suite bathroom and a spacious veranda overlooking the garden. The rooms are furnished with two comfortable twin beds, a small wardrobe, desk, and window seat, while the bathroom is fitted with a sink or vanity area, lavatory, and shower.

The bungalows feature high ceilings and exposed brick walls, contemporary in style, they are simple, clean, and spacious. In keeping with the eco-friendly values of The Pimenta, the bungalows and communal spaces are fitted with ceiling fans and the hot water is solar-powered with electrical backup. They can accommodate a maximum of nine guests at The Pimenta.

Alternative lodging is available at a discount for students under thirty who are eager to experience what is on offer at Haritha Farm.


Day 1 - Sunday

Arrival, lunch in the afternoon after a bit of rest, an intro session into the regional cuisine followed by a cooking session, and dinner at night.

Day 2 - Monday

After breakfast, an introduction to the vegetarian cooking followed by hands-on cooking session through lunch time. You can have a short siesta followed by an intro to the vegetables grown in the region and how they are used in cooking. You will then have dinner.

Day 3 - Tuesday

This will be an exciting day as you are going to work with clay in a studio pottery workshop, the only one in Kerala. This is a chance to work with your hands to make, and if you would like, to buy terracotta and art pottery. You will eat a Kerala lunch from the region with ingredients sourced locally. You have an opportunity in the late afternoon to enjoy Kerala tea and snacks, then head for home to have a dinner. The workshops are subject to availability, if they are not available the organizer will substitute them by another activity.

Day 4 - Wednesday

After breakfast, you will have an introduction to the spices and grains used in vegetarian cooking, afterwards you will start on cooking through lunchtime. The afternoon is siesta time before dinner.

Day 5 - Thursday

Today you will enjoy a trip into the hills where cardamom, tea, coffee, and some spices are growing. You will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner outside. The trip gives you the opportunity to visit the tea museum and its shop to buy spices, tea, and visit a place where paper is still made by hand. Finally, you will visit a non government organization specialized on natural dyed fabric and designs. Photography is not allowed at the handmade paper and natural dye on fabrics place.

Day 6 - Friday

After breakfast, learn how to make garam masala, sāmbhar, and rasam powders as well as gun powder used along with Idlis . Your hands-on cooking workshop continue through lunch, and will be followed by siesta, and then dinner.

Day 7 - Saturday

After breakfast, learn how to make chutneys and pickles. Hands-on cooking continue through lunch followed by siesta, and dinner.

Day 8 - Sunday

After breakfast, you will be preparing the Kerala Sadhya. After lunch and siesta, preparation of Kerala Sadhya (a festival feast) continues. Dressed in a Kerala dress, you will learn how to eat the traditional Kerala festive meal.

Day 9 - Monday

After breakfast, you will start your sightseeing trip to Cochin and do some shopping for cooking utensils, cook books, and whatever your heart desires. You will have dinner at a lovely sea food restaurant which serves vegetarian meals as well.

Day 10 - Tuesday

Today you visit some interesting places such as a snack producing as well as a small scale producing company. You will have the opportunity to buy vanilla and do a little shopping. After lunch and siesta, you will start the early evening with a doubt clearing session, afterwards start your cooking session with a late dinner.

Day 11 - Wednesday

Breakfast and farewell.

Included excursions

  • A trip into the hills where cardamom, tea, coffee and some spices are growing
  • Sightseeing trip to Cochin and some shopping
  • Visit a non government organization specialized on natural dyed fabric and designs


Jacob Mathew
Jacob is a foodie with a passion for cooking with quality ingredients. He will be there to help you and give you confidence to create a dish during The Pimenta's courses, using a holistic approach to get acquainted with the history, techniques, and ingredients that shape Keralan recipes.


This holiday will take place at Kerala, India. Set in the foothills of the Western Ghats, The Pimenta offers the perfect getaway from the clamours of the big city and an opportunity to get off the beaten track.



  • Cooking classes
  • Shopping


  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request


  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market


Wake up and smell the coffee, literally! The warm aroma of freshly ground coffee, grown and roasted on the premises, is your daily invitation to breakfast. The traditional American breakfast receives a Keralan twist at The Pimenta so in addition to the standard fare of eggs, bread, muesli, and fruit, you can expect something a little different, such as warmed banana, coconut, and jaggery.

Lunch and dinner are an opportunity to explore the local cuisine. A light lunch is usually served at 13:30, or else enjoyed at a local restaurant, while dinner kicks off around 19:30 and spreads over four courses. All meals are vegetarian, and prepared from scratch, and aim to showcase the very best of Keralan cooking. True to their beliefs, food and spices are locally sourced - often from their very garden, and organic produce is incorporated as far as possible.

For your comfort, tea and coffee making facilities are available in the communal area and you are invited to help yourself to bottled water at no extra cost. Tropical fruits are always available and they are happy to prepare fresh smoothies with yogurt for you. Please let them know of any dietary requirements prior to arrival. Vegan options are available, and Ayurvedic meals can be prepared for people undergoing Ayurvedic treatment or taking a rest before, or after it.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
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)

Alongside the cooking holidays, The Pimenta offer a host of activities to keep you entertained during your stay at The Pimenta. Either they can organize a package for you or you can design your own excursion. Your host Jacob will only be too happy to assist and advise you, taking into consideration your interests, the time of year, and the duration of your stay.

The following sights and activities are on offer:

  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Back-water tour
  • Local river punting tour
  • Local village
  • Loom cooperative
  • Lorry-decorating workshop
  • Old Syrian Christian church
  • Pineapple market
  • Rubber plantation and factory
  • Tea plantation
  • Temples
  • Tours of the region and natural vegetation

What's included

  • 3 daily meals
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Any scheduled trips, travel expenses, and entry fees
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Cooking sessions

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Any tips or taxes to be levied
  • Taxi fares to and from The Pimenta - your host can arrange additional transport on request

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% 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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