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Start your culinary journey in the bustling city of Hyderabad renown for its heritage sites and mouthwatering biryani. Fly down to the temple town of Madurai then move on to Chettinad where expert chefs will have you serving up spicy dishes enjoyed in Tamil Nadu. Pluck and brew your own tea in Munnar, visit Thekkady's spice and pepper plantations, and sample fresh fish on board a rice barge on Kerala's backwaters. End your trip in the charming colonial town of Cochin, the center of the spice trade.
Accommodation is an integral part of the travel experience. Trip Feast aims to provide you with accommodation which best represents the diversity of their tours. Trip Feast has spent a lot of time researching accommodation with the best character, as they want you to get the best cultural experience out of where you stay as well as being as comfortable as possible. You will stay at high-end hotels, heritage properties, and homestays.
You will learn about Chettinad food and what makes it distinctive. Although dishes are typically very spicy, these can of course be toned down. Exciting Chettinar dishes include the fried murrell, a delicately spiced lamb dish, and robust curries with hints of fresh pepper and raw mango. Chettinad cuisine is typically spicy and pungent, and consists of mainly non-vegetarian food.
The dishes contain freshly ground masalas, and often topped with a boiled egg, which is usually considered an essential part of a meal. They also use a variety of sun-dried meats and salted vegetables, reflecting the dry environment of the region. Meat dishes are restricted to fish, prawn, lobster, crab, chicken, and lamb. People from this region do not eat beef and pork.
Mrs. Moosa is an internationally renowned culinary expert, who has featured in many culinary magazines, as well as the BBC. Her cooking style is an intoxicating blend of Keralan and Muslim influences. You will learn how to cook her infamous Tellicherry Pepper. During the class, she will show you how to cook various dishes, including meat, seafood and vegetable dishes, as well as rice, south Indian bread and dessert.
Perched on the Malabar coast, Thalassery was much sought and fought after by foreign invaders. Famous for its black pepper and cardamom, the fort and the seaport were established by the British East India Company, as Thalassery became a key part of the Spice Route. You will also see St John's Anglican Church, dating back almost 150 years, alongside mosques and temples, revealing the cultural diversity of this small town.
Tamil Nadu was once ruled by the Chola Dynasty (9-13th centuries), who constructed some of the most ornate temples in South India. Dedicated to various Hindu gods, these temples contain intricate life-size carvings, beautiful murals and are a display of master craftsmanship.
This holiday will take place in south India.
Chennai International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Chennai International Airport (MAA). Trip Feast will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
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