Tour and Cooking Holiday India

Learn about Kerala’s food and culture through demonstration, hands-on cooking classes and a tour of the region. This program will teach you all you need to know to appreciate delicate Kerala cuisine, its taste, and how to cook and temper it. You will closely watch how the meal is made and cook some recipes yourself. You will also get a chance to take a look into the local surprises around.

Highlights

  • 1 workshop on spices
  • 1 hands-on Keralan cooking lesson
  • Tour to the pineapple market, old church, and auto rickshaw tour
  • Boat trip along the Moovattupuzha River
  • 2 breakfast, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation

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2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

Accommodation is offered in The Pimenta's garden bungalows throughout the year. In keeping with the eco-friendly values of The Pimenta, the bungalows and communal spaces are fitted with ceiling fans.

The Pimenta's bungalows are clean and comfortable cottages with private verandas, built in the traditional style, overlooking the lush native forest. You will be staying in a clean and comfortable cottage on a family-run spice forest garden, equipped with a private bathroom, shower, water closet, and a sink. All cottages have twin beds with private bathroom.

The accommodation is away from the communal area, where you can be sociable or private as you wish. Hot water and filtered water, which are safe to drink, are available. The Pimenta puts emphasis on giving guests a taste of traditional Kerala country life, away from the tourist trail. You will have the option to relax, get a taste of traditional Kerala country life, and experience the friendly welcome of the people from the village.

The Pimenta Cooking Holidays in India Program

Courses are suitable for those unfamiliar with Indian cooking and will involve demonstrations as well as hands-on participation. The participants are limited to a maximum number of eight persons and there is no minimum. With this in mind, guests travelling by themselves ought to be aware of and comfortable with the possibility of being in a one-on-one situation.

Day 1

  • Check-in
  • Light lunch
  • Leisure time
  • Autorickshaw tour Surprises of the Midlands
  • Presentation on spices "The How and The Why"
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of the local attractions: the pineapple market, an old church and a loom cooperative
  • Boat trip along the Movattupuzha River
  • Lunch
  • Leisure time
  • Hands-on cooking session
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Farewell

Included excursions

Included in the total cost of this retreat are one auto rickshaw tour, tour of local attractions, and one boat trip along the Moovattupuzha River.

Location

This retreat will take place in Kerala, India. In the early 14th century, Kerala was ruled by three major kingdoms; Travancore in the south, Kochi in the middle, and Zamorin of the Calicut in the north. These kingdoms also had very powerful principalities inside them. One of the principalities of former Travancore is called Vadakkumkur, comprising the present day Muvattupuzha, Thodupuzha, and Meenachil areas.

This region was the European explorer's dream. Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese captain, was the one who discovered Kerala and Pimenta. Today, travelers find Kerala but can rarely explore the treasure trove of the Kerala midlands, because most of the so called guidebooks and accommodation directories have not discovered this place, or any of the other interesting places in the midlands.

Nearby places

  • Cochin International Airport (COK), 50 kilometers
  • Ernakulam Junction, 55 kilometers
  • Kottayam Railway Station, 65 kilometers

Food

Two breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners are included in the total price of this retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • 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)

  • Climb local hills and enjoy spectacular flora, fauna, and village life views
  • Explore Kumarakom, Munnar, Thekkady, Idukki, Vagamon, Alleppey, Vaikom, and Cochin
  • Get lost in tea gardens, pineapple groves, rice fields, and working rubber plantations
  • Swim in the fresh water river
  • Visit an elephant training center

What's included

  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • 2 cooking sessions
  • 2 nights ccommodation
  • All scheduled excursions, including travel expenses and entry fees
  • Bottled drinking water

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra activities not mentioned in the program
  • Transportation from and to The Pimenta for extra activities not included in the package
  • Tips, gratuities, and taxes

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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

Arrival by train

Please arrive at Ernakulam Junction or at Kottayam Railway Station. Transfer to and from the train station 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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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, with no arrival on Saturdays.

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