Kerala has a distinctive cuisine, very unusual and different from the rest of India. Cooking in Kerala is all about discoveries, aromas and colours. Kerala cuisine is aromatic and spiced tastefully, offers several gastronomic opportunities to those willing to experiment with the local cuisine. So, if you are planning to travel to Kerala, don’t miss out on the opportunity to savour the cuisine of Kerala. If you want to learn about this here is the opportunity.
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Duration: 09 NIGHTS / 10 DAYS
Welcomed by KeralaToursco representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel. European influences are instantly apparent in this charming town picturesquely located on a number of islands squeezed between the Arabian Sea and the Kerala backwaters. The maritime history of Cochin is reflected in its blend of Dutch, Portuguese and British architecture. Meander through the old districts of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin where the various European influences are most apparent with merchant houses and old warehouses cramming the waterfront and narrow streets. Overnight at the Hotel.
Morning take you to a Cooking Class at house of Nalini Verma. Nalini Verma is a professional cookery instructor for the last 26 years and has authored four cook books. Nalini Verma offers tourists from across the globe a unique opportunity to get acquainted with finer nuances of traditional Kerala cuisine through her special cookery classes. These classes / demonstrations are meant exclusively for foreigners and conducted at her residence in Panampilly Nagar, Kochi, and Kerala (India) .On arrival welcome drink will be served. Every single dish will be demonstrated to the guest. Printed notes will be given. We will also arrange for Market trip –like visit vegetable market and spice market. Guests are also provided the opportunity to enjoy a meal with an Indian family whereby they can enjoy delicious food in homely ambience and get an opportunity to interact with members of the host family on a personal level and experience the nuances of a joint family system. The unique experience brings tourists in close touch with the traditions; values and cultural ethos of this enchanting land. Afternoon Later visit the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Friday & Saturday) built in 1568. Scrolls of the Old Testament and a number of copper plates inscribed in Hebrew script are preserved here. The building was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662 and rebuilt by the Dutch two years later. Continue you visit to St. Francis Church, the oldest church constructed by the Europeans in India.Built by the Portuguese in 1510; it housed the remains of Vasco da Gama for 14 years before it was transferred to Lisbon. His tombstone can be seen inside the church. Also visit the Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1555. The Palace was presented to the Raja of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. This was also known as the Dutch Palace, resulting from substantial renovation by the Dutch after 1663. The central hall was the Coronation Hall of the Rajas. Their dresses, turbans and palanquins and murals from Hindu mythology are all beautiful and worth seeing. Culminate the tour at Fort Kochi, which is said to be the oldest European settlement in India.. Overnight at the Hotel.
Drive to Kothamangalam, a beautiful and tranquil tropical Eden surrounded by misty mountains with the river Periyar flowing right through it. The landscape is dotted with lush green vegetation and palm-fringed paddy fields. Spend the afternoon at leisure 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'. One 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 here. Overnight at the Homestead.
In the morning, drive to the Kodanad elephant orphanage. You will get the opportunity to be up and close with the elephants and can participate in their bathing and feeding. Later in the afternoon participate in cookery demonstrations involving authentic Kerala cuisine. Daisy Jose, a specialist in Kerala style cooking and your instructor for the day will teach you methods of preparing Kerala cuisine through an interactive session. All the recipes that Daisy uses have been passed down from her parents who hailed from an aristocratic Christian family. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the Homestead.
Drive to Periyar - The evocative name of the Cardamom Hills is home to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, a reserve on the Kerala/Tamil Nadu border which is surrounded by tea and spice plantations. Lush forest, with a vast lake at its heart, is home to many indigenous animals. This Afternoon you’ll visit an Elephant camp, you could help the mahout to wash the elephant; see how much the Elephant likes to be bathed.. Overnight at the Hotel.
Morning visit spice plantations, the Cardamom Hills are the ideal location to explore a garden where spices and other aromatic plants are grown. Proceed to Cyril’s House to learn about their use in the preparation of local cuisine and their medicinal properties in our cooking demo. Afternoon board a small boat for the chance to cruise the lake at the heart of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. From the tranquility of the lake, enjoy the lush scenery all around you and keep a look out for animals that may come down to the water's edge – maybe a family of elephants, scurrying Wild Boar or the magnificent Sambar Deer. Overnight at the Hotel.
Morning we drive to Alleppey - Experience the daily lives of the locals from the decks of a house boat. Pass women washing their clothes in the river and farmers bathing their buffalo; watch as fishermen and vegetable sellers go from house to house by boat selling their wares; pass villagers standing up to their necks in water gossiping with their neighbour. Enjoy tasty local meals as the boat drifts along and watch as the sun sets over the ever-changing scenery before retiring to your cabin to be lulled to sleep by the gently lapping water. Overnight at the Houseboat.
Disembark from your boat at Alleppey and drive to the picturesque fishermen's village of Mararikulam and 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 astoundingly beautiful settings. Spend the day at leisure on the beach. Overnight at the Hotel.
Spend your at leisure on the beach . Overnight at the Hotel.
Departure transfer to Cochin airport for onward flight.
|Cochin||02||No. 18||Standard Room|
|Kothamangalam||02||Mundackal Estate Bungalow||Birds Nest|
|Periyar||02||Pepper Vine||Standard Room|
|Alleppey||01||AC Houseboat||01 Bedroom|
|Marari||02||Abad Turtle Beach||Beach Cottage|
This architectural charm with its stone pathways, traditionally inclined terracotta roofs and its colonial bungalow outline stands much alone and unmatched by the Heritage Zone junction. Much alone and very much like the ancient and mighty rain tree which has spread its canopy over No.18 as though gesturing a secret sign of eminence toward this truly special place.
MUNDACKAL ESTATE BUNGALOW
Stretches of greenery as far as the eyes can see, where angles and gods prefer to dwell. A placid relaxing ambience. Quietude broken only by the chirping of birds, rustling of leaves and chipping of crickets. The cool and gentle breeze refreshes your mind and body at the lap of this heavenly picnic spot – a tranquil pleasure dome. Rejuvenate your mind and body by being one with the nature here. That is the Plantation Home Stay for you.
The only 3-star leisure-cum-business hotel at Thekkady, Peppervine offers the finest value for money, with 5-star facilities at 3-star rates – luxury that’s within your budget. Come, experience for yourself the unique charm and hospitality of Peppervine.
This destination is ideal for a family holiday, far from the noise of the city. The hotel, chic and contemporary in architecture, has 43 rooms including deluxe rooms and suites. With the views of the sanctuary and plantations all around, you will be living right in the heart of nature. Facilities at Peppervine include a multi-cuisine restaurant, conference hall, spa, outdoor swimming pool and a kids’ pool. If work really cannot wait, you could head over to our business centre that is fitted with all modern amenities and high speed Wi-Fi connectivity; we provide secretarial services, too.
The houseboats of the present the gigantic, slow moving, remarkable vessel used for relaxation are the modified ‘kettuvalloms’ of the bygone. The kettuvallom meaning ‘boat with knots’ was so called because the complete boat was held together with coir knots only, without even a single nail for construction. The boat is made of planks of jack-wood attached jointly with coir. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. A portion of the kettuvallom was roofed with bamboo and coir to serve as a restroom and kitchen for the crew. Food would be cooked on board.
ABAD TURTLE BEACH
Spread across 13 acres of land at Mararikulam, a fishing village in Alleppey District about 30kms from Fort Cochin, Abad Turtle Beach stands on the sugar white sands of the Marari Beach, with a rivulet flowing on one side. This seaside resort has 29 spacious, air-conditioned rooms with en-suite toilets and individual patios, and equipped with TV, telephone, fridge, tea/coffee maker and individual safe deposit lockers, and is ideal for a relaxed beachside experience.