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Looking to uncover the midland while leaving plenty of time for relaxation and good food? This Kerala delight package provides a varied itinerary over the course that showcases the best of Keralan cuisine and guides you around the very best sights in the midlands. With a wide range of unique cultural experiences and exciting activities, get the most out of your time with The Pimenta!
During your holiday, you will be staying at The Pimenta. Set apart from the main house, the four bungalows that make up The Pimenta’s accommodation overlook the stunning tropical garden, abundant in spices and fruit. The lounge or dining area invites you to while away the afternoon in the shade, while the adjoined kitchen urges you to brush up on your culinary skills with some authentic Indian recipes.
The Pimenta will appeal to holiday-makers and travelers who are eager to step off the tourist trail and are interested in sustainable tourism as well as local cuisine, trades, and traditions. If you like a luxury with a bohemian twist, The Pimenta could be just what you are after.
The Pimenta consists of four attractive bungalows, built on the hillside a short walk from the main house. Each bungalow consists of a double room with en-suite bathroom, and benefits from 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, which 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.
You will have a light lunch at The Pimenta followed by a guided tour of the region on foot. You will gain an insight into the look of the midlands and the type of vegetation and spices that grow here. Dinner will be served at The Pimenta.
After an early breakfast, you will enjoy a trip to a local elephant rescue center. Afterwards, you will be taken around some of the most sacred religious monuments, including the Syrian Christian Church and a Hindu temple. After a light lunch, you will continue your exploration of the surrounding village and be introduced to a variety of local businesses, including the rare lorry painting factory.
In the morning, you will enjoy a short excursion around the region. After a light lunch, you can have an Ayurvedic massage at a traditional Ayurveda center near the farm.
You will be picked up after breakfast and taken by car to a local tea plantation, where you will be able to explore the surroundings on foot. In the afternoon, you have the option of shopping in town or enjoying a hands-on, vegetarian cooking session.
This is the last day of the trip. You will have a breakfast followed by farewell.
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.
The culinary tours will take place at The Pimenta, Kerala, India. Set in the foothills of the Western Ghats, The Pimenta offers the perfect getaway from the glamour of the big city and an opportunity to get off the beaten track.
During the trip, you will be served three days of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 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, 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 1:30 p.m., while dinner kicks off around 7:30 p.m. and spreads over four courses. All meals are vegetarian and prepared from scratch and aim to showcase the very best of Keralan cooking. Food and spices are locally sourced, often from The Pimenta's 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 The Pimenta is happy to prepare fresh smoothies with yogurt for you. If you have any dietary requirements, please inform The Pimenta 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.
Please note that the drinks served are non-alcoholic drinks.
Please arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). Transfer to and from the airport can be arranged upon request.
Please arrive at Ernakulam Junction or at Kottayam Railway Station. Transfer to and from the train station can be arranged upon request.
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