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The Pimenta believes in a holistic approach to food. They want to share the art of our local cooking and set it in the context of our rich and diverse cultural history. Learning through hands-on cooking is one thing, but they want to connect you to our rich history and culture for an experience quite unlike any other. These eight days and seven nights will be filled with trips to exotic local markets, hill stations, local craft workers and artisans where the fusion of food and life can be seen and experienced at every level.
We have an idea of opening up a place in our garden for travelers, which is in the heart of The Pimenta, formerly known as Vadakkumkur. We named it "The Pimenta" and it is a place where you can genuinely experience the culture, cuisine, and life of the Kerala Midlands using the principles of sustainable as well as responsible tourism. Double rooms with private bathroom are available for single occupancy and double occupancy. Double rooms have either twin beds or a double bed.
The Kerala midlands are the place where spices, food and fruits were naturally grown in homestead forest gardens that were eventually lost to rubber plantations. Spices were moved up to the hills where the forests were cut and plantations were established, damaging the ecosystems in a significant way (monoculture plantations e.g. tea, coffee, pepper and rubber).
At the Pimenta, Haritha Farm, we are making an effort to bring back the glory of the Midlands by establishing a homestead forest garden (with bio organic farming) and growing spices in their natural habitat. This is quite different and environmentally more sensible than growing spices and crops in the cleared forest ranges in the mountains or the dense mangrove forests in the backwaters as a monoculture.
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.
Please arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK).
Please arrive at Ernakulam Junction or at Kottayam Railway Station.