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8 Days Kerala Ayurvedic Cooking Holiday in India

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

Healthy Vegetarian Cooking Holidays in India

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.


  • Tea trail and spice tour
  • 5 hands-on cooking classes
  • Enjoy a market and a farm visit
  • Visit to a specialty cookery shop
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 2 arts / crafts tour


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Pimenta spice garden bungalows

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.


  • Clean and comfortable cottages
  • Double room with twin or double bed
  • Filtered water that is safe to drink
  • Hot water using solar power
  • Insect screens and fans
  • Located in the shade of forest garden
  • Overlooking lush native forests
  • Private verandahs
  • Separate from communal area
  • Traditional style


Day 1, Sunday - Arrival, introduction

  • You will arrive at The Pimenta before lunch.
  • Light lunch.
  • When you feel fully refreshed, the hosts will begin their introduction. They will acquaint you to the regional history of the Kerala cuisine, talking about techniques, utensils and the fabulous range of local ingredients that you will be using while cooking.
  • Introduction to the local spice garden.
  • Dinner.

Day 2, Monday - Cooking class

  • Breakfast of local produce.
  • Cooking session.
  • Explore the regions markets together and have a chance to visit the two important local places of worship.
  • A ride along the river will give you a glimpse into our way of life; how our culture and religions intermingle with our food and cuisine.

Day 3, Tuesday - Cooking class

  • A relaxing cooking day.
  • Take the time to rest and relax.
  • A day to reflect, ponders, explore our exotic gardens and ask questions at your leisure.
  • A cooking session either for lunch or dinner.

Day 4, Wednesday - Cooking class

  • Breakfast as usual.
  • Cooking session for dinner.
  • Light lunch.
  • Explore the tea gardens.
  • Be back for dinner.

Day 5, Thursday - Pottery workshop

  • An exciting day as you are going to be working with clay in a studio pottery workshop, the only one in Kerala! This is a chance for you to work with your hands to make (and if you would like, to buy) terracotta and art pottery.
  • Eat locally, a traditional Kerala lunch from the region with ingredients sourced locally.
  • Enjoy Kerala tea and snacks in the afternoon.
  • Head for home to have a dinner.

Day 6, Friday - Cooking class

  • Enjoy a healthy and satisfying breakfast.
  • Resume our cooking activities, further developing our skills.
  • Explore in more depth the local food industry.
  • See some other great sights, including the unforgettable truck painting center - a colorful feature of our local landscape and very famous in the region.

Day 7, Saturday - Cooking class

  • Final day of cooking, an opportunity to perfect and refine your new skills and to feel proud and confident as cooks, with Indian Home Cooking.
  • Shop for spices grown in the region, with lots of hints and tips to help you spot quality ingredients.
  • Buy any kitchen wares you wish to take from here, to help you to continue with your cooking adventures once home.
  • Shop for the fine, natural, locally made fabrics. The focus of the shopping will be ethical, handmade, and value for money.
  • If you enjoy spending time in nature, we can have a picnic lunch in the woods on this day.

Day 8, Sunday - Departure

  • The Pimenta hopes this has been an invigorating, inspiring and enjoyable week of cooking, learning and sharing together.
  • They will be bidding you a fond farewell after breakfast. Till you meet again!


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.

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

  • 2 arts / crafts tour
  • 5 cooking classes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Beverages with meals
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Market visit, farm visit
  • Visit to specialty cookery shop

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Any taxes to be levied
  • Optional activities
  • Taxi fare for pick-up and drop-off (can be arranged on request at actual costs from airport, railway station and destinations nearby)
  • Tips

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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