CARDAMOM & PEPPER

Kerala Culinary Adventure

Kerala & Karnataka

Duration: 8 nights

Price: From £1,850 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, some meals, private transfers, experiences as stated and taxes

In a country famous across the world for its food, Kerala is home to some of the very best. A coastline offering abundant bounties of seafood, and centuries of cultural cross-pollination with European colonisers and international merchants, have combined to create a unique cuisine, and on this luxury food holiday you can savour it and even learn how to cook it for yourself. Beginning in the cultural melting pot that is Cochin, you’ll head to the tiger reserve of Periyar National Park and stay on an island farm on Vembanad Lake; all the way, you’ll savour delicious Keralan cuisine and take part in cookery classes so you can make the same dishes at home.
Perfect forLovers of food, wildlife and culture.
In the knowAdding a few days of beach relaxation in Goa at the end of your trip.

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  • Food & Wine
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Educational
  • Couples

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3 nightsCOCHIN

Your journey begins in Cochin, a unique port city on Kerala’s western coastline overlooking the Arabian Sea. A quick stroll along the waterfront offers immediate evidence of Cochin’s long history as a cultural melting pot, with the huge Chinese fishing nets rising above the water a legacy of visiting merchants from the Orient. Other places worth checking out include the Pardesi Synagogue, which features Belgian chandeliers and was rebuilt by the Dutch settlers in the 1600s, and the Portuguese-built St Francis Church, though to be the oldest European-built church in India. You’ll spend 3 nights at Fragrant Nature, a luxurious hotel acclaimed for the quality of its traditional Indian food; cooking classes are on offer with the hotel’s chef.
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 2 nightsTHEKKADY

The next stop on your culinary journey is Thekkady, which you’ll reach via a 4-hour private transfer. As the jumping off point for the Periyar National Park, a sanctuary for wildlife including Bengal tigers, wild elephants, wild pigs and sloth bears, among many others, this is an area of great natural beauty. Your hotel, Aanavilasam, is not only brilliantly located for exploring Periyar, it’s also great for savouring delicious Keralan cuisine. Sitting on a working spice plantation, good use is made of the pepper and cardamom plants which surround you, and the restaurant has a commitment to the Slow Food ethos, of fresh, local ingredients and time and care taken over their preparation. At cooking classes, the chef will teach you how to rustle up delicious, authentic Keralan cuisine.
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 3 nightsVEMBANAD LAKE

After two nights of cooking, eating and wildlife watching in Thekkady, you’ll be taken by private transfer (3.5hrs) to Vembanad Lake, the last stop on your south Indian adventure. One of the largest lakes in India, this serene place is the jumping-off point for exploration of Kerala’s famous backwaters and is located near the characterful canal town of Alleppey. You’ll spend the final three nights of your journey at Philipkutty’s Farm, a luxurious collection of waterfront villas on an island farm producing coconuts and bananas among other fruits and vegetables. Food at the hotel is a sumptuous, authentic affair, cooked by the owner’s mother-in-law. In keeping with Kerala’s history of cultural fusion, the cuisine is largely Syrian Christian, with specialities including karimeen, fish molee, duck roast and curry, and Kerala fish curry. Once again, a range of daily cookery classes are available, so you can take these delicious dishes home with you. After three nights on Vembanad Lake, your culinary adventure is at an end, and you’ll be taken by private transfer to Cochin for your flight home.
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