Showcasing the extraordinary culinary trail of Kerala and the foreign influences from Arabic to European, focusing around sea, river, backwaters, and mountains.
Overnight stay in a luxury private houseboat, cruising through the backwaters, serenaded by a private chef and specially curated Kerala cuisines.
Interactive cooking sessions with renowned local chefs, experimenting with local cuisines.
Tropical plantation and spice garden visits with a proper introduction to spices and curry culinary traditions.
Ayurvedic spa, whole-body massages, and rejuvenation therapy in Marari beach.
Tea tastings ceremony in Tata tea museum, one of the oldest in India, and the possibility to buy garden-fresh tea directly from the factory.
Tasting session of Indian specialty liquors such as wines from Sula, Grover, Fratelli), and Kerala's own fresh palm wine.
Unique local food experiences such as visits to local toddy parlor, street food sessions in Kochi, and visiting the local fresh-produce open markets.
Multi-course fine-dining experience themed on the European influence on Kerala cuisine in Fort Kochi, and meet and greet with the Executive chef,
Who is this for?
This trail is tailored for all intrepid gastronomes who crave experimental and authentic gastronomic experiences in a laid-back holiday.
1 Night in Kochi on arrival
2 Nights in Munnar in 4-star hotel
1 Night in Luxury houseboat in Kumarakom backwaters
3 Nights in Marari seafront boutique resort
2 Nights in Fort Kochi in 4-star boutique resort
2-day ayurvedic rejuvenating spa session in Marari
3 yoga-meditation sessions on the beach from a trained yoga master
2 lunches including one curated Kerala ‘sadya’ and lunch onboard the houseboat
1 High tea in the iconic ‘Kashi art café’ in Kochi
2 dinners including 1 streetfood tasting session in Fort Kochi and one dinner cruise onboard the houseboat
One fine dining session themed on experimental fusion gastronomy in Kochi
Tasting session of local specialty liquors including fresh palm wine/toddy on the houseboat
2 interactive cooking sessions with local chefs
Guided trip in Fort Kochi including old Jew town, spice street, Paradesi Jewish synagogue, Kochi biennale locations and museums
Guided visit to spice markets and spice plantation
Guided visit to open fresh produce market
Guided visit to tea plantation and factory with tea tasting session
Local tour companion accompanying you all along the trip
Tansportation with chauffeur in air-conditioned tempo-traveller
India e-visa costs
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Live performance of ‘Kathakali’, the state art form and ‘Kalaripayattu’, the traditional martial arts of Kerala, one of the oldest martial arts still in existence, with its origin dating back to the 3rd century BCE.
Exploring Kochi-Muziris biennale, considered to be the largest art exhibition in India and the biggest contemporary art festival in Asia
Accommodation: Boutique resort
Arrival in the Kochi/Cochin International Airport
Welcome ceremony and transfer to the accommodation near the airport to relieve the jet lag and get acclimatized to the warm tropical climate
Accommodation: 4-star hill resort
Travel to Munnar, Kerala’s popular summer retreat situated at around 1800m above mean sea level. A hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it is surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the late 19th century. It is also home to Eravikulam National Park, a habitat for the endangered mountain goat Nilgiri tahr, Lakkam Waterfalls, numerous hiking trails, and the 2,695m-tall Anamudi Peak.
Check-in at a hill resort situated amidst tea plantations
Rest of the day at leisure to walk around the plantation
Accommodation: Hill resort
Walk in the tea plantation with a demonstration in tea leaves plucking
Visit the iconic Tata tea museum for an in-depth demonstration of history of tea in Kerala and tea processing
Tea tasting session with the museum expert
Visit the bustling open fresh produce market in Munnar, with a tasting session of exotic tropical fruits
Accommodation: Luxury houseboat
Transfer to Kumarakom backwaters, a most unique ecosystem, home to a huge network of waterways, over a thousand houseboats and an important center of coir industry. A mesmerizing collage of graceful and greenery-fringed watery world of villages, punted canoes, succulent paddy fields, toddy shops and, of course, curvaceous rice barges. Kerala's main backwaters stretch north, east and south of Alleppey, while Vembanad Lake, Kerala's largest, reaches all the way north to Kochi.
Board the luxury houseboat, an indulgent experience on Kerala’s backwaters. The present-day houseboats are in fact a reworked version of the Kettuvallams of olden times, that was used to carry tons of rice and spices. The boat will cruise through Punnamada and Vembanadu lake in Aleppey, with curated Kerala lunch, dinner, high tea and breakfast on the boat.
You will come across the riverfront villages and can buy fresh catch such as Pearlspot fish and crabs from the local fishermen directly (optional), which will be prepared on the boat by your private chef.
The boat will stop the cruise in the evening and you can enjoy a sunset village walk
There is also the possibility to do fishing while on the cruise
Dinner will be accompanied by a tasting session of the famous Kerala palm wine/toddy freshly tapped from the palm tree and Indian specialty wines from Sula, Grover, etc.
Breakfast, Lunch, High-tea, Dinner
Accommodation: Beach-front boutique resort
Transfer to Mararikulam beach rated as one of the World's top five HAMMOCK BEACH by National Geographic survey.
Relax at the private beachfront property
Specially curated Kerala Sadya, showcasing the traditional festive meal on the banana leaf
Breakfast, Curated Kerala Sadya
Accommodation: Beach-front boutique resort
Yoga session outdoors every day in the morning from a trained Yoga teacher.
Village walk and a visit to the neighboring fishing village
Interactive cooking demonstration with the local chef of a seafood-themed menu
Ayurveda spa session and whole-body massage at the resort
Accommodation: Beach front boutique resort
Yoga in the morning
Visit the local attractions
Ayurveda spa session in the afternoon
Accommodation: 4-star boutique resort
Transfer to Fort Kochi.
Kochi, fondly known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, was an important spice trading center on the Indian west coast from the 14th century onwards and maintained a trade network with Arab merchants from the pre-Islamic era. Occupied by the Portuguese in 1503, Kochi was the first of the European colonies in colonial India. Peppered with Portuguese, Dutch and British influences and honed by the constant tourist influx, Kochi food landscape is quite evolved and one of the best experimental gastronomy scenes in India
Guided walk in Fort Kochi, the first European township in India, for a brief glimpse into the collage of Dutch, British and Portuguese architecture, Jewish settlements, ancient Chinese fishing nets
Street food session in the evening
Buffet breakfast, Street-food session
Accommodation: 4-star boutique resort
Shopping possibilities in princess street, Fort Kochi
High tea at Kashi art cafe, one of the pioneers of the art-gastronomy scene in Fort Kochi
In the afternoon, you will enjoy Kathakali and Kalaripayattu performances, Kerala’s traditional art forms including the elaborate makeup session in Kathakali. Complete with resplendent makeup, vibrant costumes, and headgear, Kathakali is considered as a dance of gods. The artists portraying characters from Hindu mythology- Gods and demons (asuras and rakshasas), with each character having unique makeup. No wonder, the elaborate makeup sessions and adorning the costume, which takes close to four hours, is truly awe-inspiring and one of the most important parts in the performance. Another detail worth noting is that the colors used for the kathakali are all-natural, obtained from mineral stones and plants.
Farewell dinner at one of the most popular fine dining establishments in Kochi, in a true Kochiate style fusion cuisine and a meet-and-greet with the Executive chef
Breakfast, High Tea, Fine-Dining Dinner
Breakfast at the property and check-out
Departure to Kochi airport for the return flight
The prices quoted are on B2C basis, for direct sale to the customers.
Accommodations could vary depending on the number of travelers and final details will be provided only after number of travelers in the group is confirmed.
Itinerary is flexible and can be custom-made based on interest of the travelers.
Half-board (lunch plan every day) can be added at extra cost.
We would provide assistance for fight ticket bookings and e-visa application.
Booking has to be done at least before 3 months before the date of commencement of the trip.
All diet types and special needs will be fulfilled.
The accommodations are tentative and will be fixed only after confirming the group size and requirements.
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