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5 Day Residential Culinary Tours in Kerala

The Pimenta, Haritha Farms, Muvattupuzha Road, Kadalikad Post, Muvattupuzha, Kerala 686670, India

Authentic Cooking Holiday India

If you are looking for a perfect getaway to uncover the midland while leaving plenty of time for relaxation and good food, then this package is the right choice. You will have a chance to explore local markets, enjoy the boat trip along the Movattupuzha River, and visit a local tea plantation. Get acquainted with the history, techniques, and ingredients that shape Keralan recipes, and experience the authentic culture and flavor of Kerala!

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  • Cooking lessons
  • Hands on and master class
  • Visit lorry decorating workshop
  • Boat trip along the Movattupuzha River
  • Explore a local tea plantation
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals


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

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.


During the program, the cooking will be hands on and it is a master class based on home cooked Indian as well as Kerala cuisines.

Day 1

  • Check-in followed by light lunch
  • Introduction to the history of Keralan cuisine and a look at the utensils, ingredients, and techniques you will be using
  • Presentation on spices: the how and the why
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking session
  • Lunch
  • Tour of the local markets and significant places of worship
  • Boat trip along the Movattupuzha River
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking session
  • Lunch
  • Further exploration of local food industry
  • Visit lorry decorating workshop
  • Dinner

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking session
  • Lunch
  • Visit to a tea plantation and a tour of local spices
  • Dinner

Day 5

  • Breakfast and farewell

Included excursions

  • Boat trip along the Movattupuzha River
  • Exploration of local food industry
  • Tour of the local markets and significant places of worship
  • Visit lorry decorating workshop
  • Visit to a tea plantation and a tour of local spices


Jacob Mathew


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.

Nearby places

  • Cochin International Airport (COK), 50 kilometers
  • Ernakulam Junction railway station, 55 kilometers
  • Kottayam railway station, 65 kilometers



  • Boating
  • Cooking classes


  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace


  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library


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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • 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). Transfer to and from the airport can be arranged upon request.

Arrival by train

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