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Deluxe Vegetarian Culinary Tour: 13 Nights and 14 Days

Overview
The cuisine of any region is a reflection of its culture, its traditions and its past. This becomes all the more true in Kerala where the delights are just as diverse as the region's many highlights. The mouth-watering cuisine is varied and you can see the many historical and social influences of its past inhabitants in the food.
We are proud to bring to you an exclusive culinary tour which will give you the opportunity of not only relishing the many culinary delights but also the opportunity to delight and relax in Kerala's beauty. This tour is not just about spending time in the kitchens and learning to cook the local dishes but also exploring the spirit of the region and its people - with a range of captivating excursions that will both inspire and relax you in equal measure. 
Cooking in Kerala is all about spices, aromas and colours; you will have several opportunities to experiment with the cuisine in various cooking classes. All the recipes of the food prepared during the classes will be provided, and we will help you create detailed flow charts outlining the cooking processes. Bon Appétit!
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Tour Highlights

  • Cooking Sessions
  • Explore the Vibrant Port Town of Cochin
  • Visit an Elephant Orphanage
  • Stay in a Wildlife Resort
  • Trek Through the Jungle
  • Enjoy an Overnight Houseboat Cruise
  • Stay in a Beach Resort
  • Relax with a Complimentary Ayurveda Massage
Tour Route - Where you'll visit
1 Cochin

Cochin, or Kochi as it is now called, is divided into Old Cochin (comprising Fort Cochin and Mattanchery) and Ernakulam, which is a bustling metropolis and is considered the commercial capital of Kerala. It is the only district in Kerala where you can experience urban comforts on a par with other major cities in India and also the history of many centuries bygone.

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2 Kothamangalam

Set in the the foothills of the Western Ghats mountain ranges, Kothamangalam is a town rich in spice plantations. The town provides easy access to the Elephant sanctuary situated nearby.

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3 Periyar

Periyar an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings. One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest.

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4 Alleppey

Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. Alappuzha is the sixth largest city in Kerala with an urban population of 177,029.

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5 Mararikulam
The picturesque fishermen's village of Mararikulam is tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves and the resorts here are set by the pristine white sand beaches that offer you unparalleled quiet in astoundingly beautiful settings. Marari has been inhabited by fishermen for millennia and here you will find the authenticity and the breathtaking natural surroundings have been preserved carefully
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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • DAY 01: Arrival Cochin
Welcomed by a Kerala Travel Centre representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel. An ancient port town, Cochin, also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, has attracted traders and invaders from the world over. Needless to say, Cochin offers you some fascinating snippets of history and culture. Relax and unwind at the hotel. In the evening, go for a relaxing sunset cruise.
Overnight at Brunton Boatyard with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day TWO +-
  • DAY 02: Cochin
Visit the Mattancherry spice godowns (warehouses) where the open spaces between the godowns are used to dry and pack various spices including coriander, pepper and ginger. Later visit the famous Lijjat Pappad project, a cooperative managed solely by women, which manufacturers Poppadums. You will get the opportunity of interacting with the 'poppadum makers' and learn how poppadums are made using simple technology. For lunch, taste the sumptuous Thali meal at Sri Krishan's Restaurant. In the evening, visit the Pai Thattukada, named after the Pai brothers who popularised the concept of Thattus, or small shops, that offer cheaper and quicker alternative to restaurant food. Some of the Thattus serve over 70 varieties of Dosas or rice pancakes.
Overnight at the Brunton Boatyard with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day THREE +-
  • DAY 03: Cochin
Spend a day at the home of Nimmy and Paul who belong to the traditional Syrian Christian community in Kerala. Nimmy has been a professional cooking instructor for more than 20 years and, in keeping with family traditions, is very passionate about serving great Kerala food to guests. There will be two cooking sessions today, which will offer you an opportunity to participate and learn the intricacies of typical Travancore vegetarian food.
Overnight at the Brunton Boatyard with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day FOUR +-
  • DAY 04: Cochin – Kothamangalam (60 km / 1.5 hrs)
Drive to Kothamangalam, a beautiful and tranquil tropical Eden surrounded by misty mountains with the river Periyar flowing through it. The landscape is dotted with lush green vegetation and palm-fringed paddy fields. Spend the afternoon relaxing in a century-old estate bungalow set in over 100 acres of multi-crop plantation. Apart from exploring the estate, you could also visit the local Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. In the sanctuary, you can spot the rare Mottled Wood Owl, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Malayan Night Heron, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Rusty-tailed Flycatcher, Grey-headed Bulbul and the Nilgiri Wood Pigeon.
Overnight at the Mundackal Estate Bungalow with full board and a vehicle at your disposal.
Day FIVE +-
  • DAY 05: Kothamangalam
In the morning, drive to the Kodanad elephant orphanage. You will have the opportunity to get up close with the elephants and can participate in their bathing and feeding. Later in the afternoon participate in cooking demonstrations involving authentic Kerala cuisine. Daisy Jose, a specialist in Kerala style cooking and your instructor for the day, will teach you to prepare Kerala cuisine through an interactive session. All the recipes Daisy uses have been passed down from her parents who hailed from an aristocratic Christian family. Spend the rest of the day relaxing.
Overnight at the Mundackal Estate Bungalow with full board and a vehicle at your disposal. 
Day SIX +-
  • DAY 06: Kothamangalam – Periyar (175 km / 4 hrs)
Drive to Periyar, an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings. One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest. Check into your hotel. Go on a spice plantation tour today, where you will be enticed by the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg and will learn how they are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets. The pepper grown in Kerala is considered to be amongst the finest  in the world.
Overnight at the Spice Village with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day SEVEN +-
  • DAY 07: Periya
This morning you could go for an escorted three-hour jungle trek offering excellent opportunities to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen forests interspersed with marshy grasslands. In the evening, you will participate in another cooking demonstration at your resort. You could also try your hand at making your own variations of Kerala dishes.
Overnight at the Spice Village with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day EIGHT +-
  • DAY 08: Periyar – Houseboat (135 km / 3.5 hrs)
Drive to Kumarakom, an area full of canals, lakes and coves where you will board your houseboat. Your houseboats, or Kettuvalloms, are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm-fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings, it's the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals travel in canoes, and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods door-to-door in small, wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, en route.
Overnight on board with full board and a vehicle for your transfer.
Day NINE +-
  • DAY 09: Alleppey – Marari (20 km / 45 min)
Disembark from your houseboat at Alleppey and drive to the picturesque fishermen's village of Mararikulam to check into your resort. Tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves, the resort is set on a pristine white sand beach and offers you an astoundingly beautiful setting. Spend the day relaxing on the beach. For lunch, you will relish the delicious vegetarian Thali meal at the resort. In the evening, relax with a full-body Ayurveda massage.
Overnight at the Marari Beach Resort with a vehicle for your transfer.
Day TEN +-
  • DAY 10: Marari
Visit the small, organic farm at the Marari resort. Most of the greens, fruits and vegetables for the restaurants come from this vegetable patch. The farm practices water harvesting and is a chemical-free zone where only natural oils and local remedies are used for pest control. Vermiculture and composting keep the soil fertile, both in the vegetable patch and on the grounds of the resort.
Day ELEVEN +-
  • DAY 11: Marari
Have a day of leisure on the beach.
Overnight at the Marari Beach Resort.
Day TWELVE +-
  • DAY 12: Marari
Enjoy a day of leisure on the beach.
Overnight at the Marari Beach Resort. 
Day THIRTEEN +-
  • DAY 13: Marari
Enjoy a day of leisure on the beach.
Overnight at the Marari Beach Resort.
Day FOURTEEN +-
  • DAY 14: Marari – Cochin – Departure (75 km / 2 hrs)
Departure transfer to the Cochin International airport for your return flight with a vehicle provided to take you to the airport.

When Should I go?

Being a coastal state surrounded by the Arabian Sea and because of its proximity to the equator, Kerala has a more or less consistent temperature pattern in the summers and the monsoons alike. The temperature hovers around 29°C throughout the year with varying levels of humidity.
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Monsoon Months in Kerala

June and July are monsoon months in Kerala, the showers being heavy at first and then easing off gradually. Whilst these are not the best months for tours, interestingly, this happens to the best time for travellers seeking the therapeutic Ayurveda treatment which is said to be most effective in these months.

Best months for travel to Kerala

The months of October through to March are considered to be the most favourable months to travel to Kerala when the weather is sunny and pleasant. The months of April and May are also favourable for travel but the humidity tends to be comparatively higher. August and September are also good months for travel.

Price Guide

Prices are per person based on 2 people occupying 1 double/twin room and may vary based on local market fluctuations. For single supplements please get in touch.

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B&B at all hotels except where cited on the itinerary, chauffeur driven AC car, sunset cruise, Kathakali performance, Ayurveda massage, all entrance fees, guide charges, assisted airport transfers and international flights.

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Destination Nights Standard Superior Deluxe
Cochin 3 Brunton Boatyard Brunton Boatyard Brunton Boatyard
Kothamangalam 2 Mundackal Estate Bungalow Mundackal Estate Bungalow Mundackal Estate Bungalow
Periyar 2 Spice village Spice village Spice village
Alleppey 1 Spice Routes Luxury Houseboat Spice Routes Luxury Houseboat Spice Routes Luxury Houseboat
Mararikulam 5 Marari beach Resort Marari beach Resort Marari beach Resort

Brunton Boatyard

More than a century ago, George Brunton & Sons set up a boat-building facility in Cochin which grew to become one of the biggest ship-builders in the country. Records show that the British used some of the ships built here during World War II. On the very same site, long years after the boatyard was shut down, was built the Brunton Boatyard - effortlessly recreating the splendor of the city's illustrious past. For what is essentially an intimate sea-facing property, the Brunton Boatyard possesses a remarkable sense of scale and takes you back in time to the days of the British Raj. Situated at the harbour mouth overlooking the busy ship channel, all rooms boast a magnificent view of the sea, the Delta and the many boats and ocean liners that pass by. The period feeling of the resort with its huge halls, high ceilings, and long passageways extends to the rooms which have four poster beds. The ancient royal punkahs (fans) in the reception, old Dutch maps and portraits of Cochin's illustrious leaders on the walls and an old anchor in the courtyard all add to the ancient charm.

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With 230 pages our Kerala brochure is the largest of its kind globally and features;
Extensive regional information
20+ itinerary ideas
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Maps and images

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