Do your inner senses crave for travel and at the same time want to taste, smell and try your hands cooking the local foods of a place never visited to before? Well, you need to go for a culinary trip. Conducted in groups and professionally guided by experts for local food and beverages including workshops, culinary trips are the best way to explore the culture and history of a new place.
The 10-days culinary tour to Cochin-Periyar is a thrilling experience for your taste buds as well as to add to your cooking skills. Visit to different hotels for several Kerala foods. You would be taken to see the cultivation of spices, herbs, tropical fruits and vegetables along with a demo of simple home cooking.
The entire 10-days trip covers the exclusivity of food preparation and savor of Cochin and Periyar. Depart from Cochin with a refreshed set of tastebuds.
The first day of the trip is at Cochin, stay at Coconut Lagoon resort. You will be taken to a sunset cruise on The Rice Boat for dinner which is an experience by itself. Tantalize your taste buds with local sweet-water fish or exotic ocean catch.
The next morning, you would be taken for a short cruise to “Philip Kutty’s Farm” for breakfast. The place is a small home stead located on an island famous of cultivation of various tropical fruits and vegetables. There would be a small demo for simple home cooking. Coming back to Coconut Lagoon resort, get yourself involved in a backwater food and cooking demo which would be followed by lunch. Take rest post lunch or explore within the resort. Evening is for a cultural show followed by dinner in the hotel.
This is a special day to peep into and try the traditional food culture of the place. After you are done with your breakfast, introduce yourself with “sadhya” and know how it is prepared. Sadhya is a vegetarian wedding feast which would be served as lunch for the day. The food is served on banana leaf and is eaten by hand. Evening is at leisure for cultural show and followed by dinner in the hotel.
Have your breakfast and get ready to proceed to Periyar – the village known for spice cultivation. The picturesque village surrounded by small cottages amid the spice gardens is among the most beautiful places of Kerala. Check-in to the hotel and have your lunch, post which you would be taken for a boat safari in the Lake Periyar. Dinner and overnight stay are at Periyar.
The next morning is for sightseeing the place. Visit the Spice Plantation and Tea Plantation areas. Come back, have lunch and take rest. Cooking demonstration on “cooking with spices” is scheduled for late afternoon. Dinner would be served in the resort Overnight at Periyar.
Get up early and gear up for an early morning tour around Spice Village – one of the main attractions of the place. You would be shown and familiarized with the variety of spices growing locally in the village. Have your breakfast post the visit to Spice Village. There would be another cooking demo set for the day followed by the lunch. Late afternoon, you would be taken for a walking tour of Kumily which attracts tourist for its cool refreshing climate. Take a walk down the spice shops for freshly grown spices. Have dinner and spend overnight in hotel at Periyar.
Have your breakfast and proceed to Cochin. You would be taken to the plantation bungalow for a halt. Have a typical home lunch here. Proceed to Cochin. Have dinner and stay overnight at Cochin hotel.
Have an early breakfast and get ready for a city tour of Cochin that includes the ancient Spice Market at Mattan cherry and Chinese Fishing Nets to begin with. The next spot is Brunton Boatyard where you would take the “History” lunch that includes 32 cuisines from different communities residing in Cochin. Post lunch, come back and enjoy casino. You would be invited for Kathakali performance in the evening followed by dinner.
Spend the day treating yourself and your taste buds with various Kerala cuisines from hands-on experience with hotel. Afternoon is at your own leisure. Devour in a farewell dinner in the night.
Take your departure train or flight as the 10-day culinary tour comes to an end.