Adventure and Cooking Holidays in India

The Pimenta invites you to a cooking adventure in the tropical Kerala. Connect yourself to Kerala's history and culture through hands-on cooking for an experience unlike any other. You will be introduced to to the history of Keralan cuisine and your days will be filled with cooking lessons, tours to the local attractions and spiritual places in Kerala, and exploring the local food industry.

Highlights

  • Introduction to Keralan cuisine and techniques
  • Hands-on cooking sessions and demonstration
  • Tour of the local markets and significant places of worship
  • Visit to tea plantation and tour of local spices
  • Boat trip along the Movattupuzha River
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


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

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. For those who prefer air-conditioned rooms, alternative accommodation can be arranged during the summer months (March 31 to May 31).

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.

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.

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.

Sample daily schedule

Day 1 - Sunday

  • Check-in followed by light lunch
  • Introduction to the history of Keralan cuisine and a look at the utensils, ingredients, and techniques
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Dinner

Day 2 - Monday

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

Day 3 - Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Leisure time
  • Lunch
  • Cooking session
  • Dinner

Day 4 - Wednesday

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

Day 5 - Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking session
  • Lunch
  • Visit lorry-decorating workshop
  • Ayurvedic massage or treatment
  • Dinner

Day 6 - Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Further exploration of local food industry
  • Lunch
  • Cooking session
  • Dinner

Day 7 - Saturday

  • Breakfast
  • Shopping at local businesses
  • Lunch
  • Farewell

Included excursions

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

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

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes

Food

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in this retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • 1 cooking demonstration
  • 5 cooking sessions
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 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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