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4 Day Cooking Holiday in Kerala

Haritha Farms, The Pimenta Spice Garden Bungalows, Kadalikad Post, 686670 Kerala, India

Culinary Tours in India

Join a four days intensive Kerala hands-on cooking experience. Indulge into Indian and south Indian food, while you learn a wide range of dishes, as well as the best methods to cook them. Seize cooking demonstrations, join cooking sessions, private dinners, and relax in the cooking residency. Relish vegetarian food, visit markets, enjoy a short tour of the region as well as related culinary tours. If you are a food lover, passionate cook or traveler, this holiday is for you!


  • 3 hands-on cooking sessions
  • Beautiful surroundings along Kerala
  • Market visits and short tour around the region
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Transportation during the holiday
  • 3 nights accommodation


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

The Pimenta Spice Garden Bungalows are clean and comfortable cottages with private verandas, built in the traditional style, overlooking the lush native forest. You will be staying in one clean and comfortable cottage, on a family run spice forest garden, with private bathrooms, shower, water closet, and sink. All the cottages have two twin beds and private bathroom. The accommodation is away from the communal area, so that you can be sociable or private as you wish. Hot water and filtered water 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.


Day 1 - Arrival, cooking demonstration

  • Light lunch orientation
  • Cooking basics and demonstrations
  • Afternoon cooking session
  • Dinner

Day 2 - Hands-on cooking session, excursion

  • Breakfast
  • Short tour of the region
  • Light lunch
  • Free time
  • Afternoon cooking session
  • Dinner

Day 3 - Market visit, cooking session

  • Breakfast
  • Market visits / related culinary tours
  • Light lunch
  • Free time
  • Afternoon cooking session
  • Dinner

Day 4 - Departure

  • Breakfast
  • Farewell

Included excursions

  • Enjoy a short tour of the region
  • Visit markets and related culinary tours


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, and Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese captain, 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 - 1 hour drive
  • Ernakulam Junction, 55 kilometers - 1 hour 15 minutes drive
  • Kottayam Railway Station, 65 kilometers - 1 hour 30 minutes drive


During this hands-on private cooking holiday, you will have the opportunity to indulge into a variety of eastern Kerala specialties, as well as other Indian dishes, home cooked with the flavor and aroma of fresh farm grown spices and coconut. The food is tasty, healthy, and vegetarian. The Pimenta tries to incorporate organic food as far as possible and local grown food, is also a priority. The coffee served is farm grown. You can make your own coffee, tea or fresh lime soda in the communal area. It is possible to have green tea as well as various herbal teas, and seasonal tropical fruits are always available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Yogic
  • 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 centre

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner on all days
  • Hands-on cooking sessions
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Any trips mentioned in the itinerary

What's not included

  • Taxi fares to and from The Pimenta. Your host can arrange additional transport on request.
  • Any tips or new taxes to be levied

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK).

Arrival by train

Please arrive at Ernakulam Junction or at Kottayam Railway Station.

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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