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Culinary Trail South India

Culinary , South India / 11 days
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Karnataka is a tapestry of colors, cultures, flavors, landscapes, and timelessness. A place where vibrant worlds seamlessly melt into one another in every few hundred kilometres. Sedate plains suddenly rise to dizzying mist covered hilly heights, and then plunge with careless abandon in a white watered free fall to become languid rivers that flow past cities where time has stopped altogether, and cities where time rushes a relentless rush to keep up with the world Kerala is a tropical bliss with an idyllic coastline and lush tropical hills. Despite its relative riches, the majority of the population in Kerala life continue with agriculture, tea, coffee and spice plantations and the coir industry, which still provides the basic economic structure of the region.

  • Arrive at Bangalore

    Upon arrival at Bangalore airport, meet and assistance by our office representative, followed by transfer to hotel ITC My Fortune.. Rest of the day will free to relax after the long International flight journey. Overnight at the hotel.

  • At Bangalore

    Breakfast at the hotel. This late morning start your gastronomic journey and explore the true flavour of this city with a guided walk through a Farmers market selling wholesale flowers, fruit, vegetables, spices and nuts, etc..Continue your visits during an historical drive through the city’s old roads and Parliament area. Experience this cosmopolitan city with its lovely parks, long avenues of blossom trees and impressive Victorian-era architecture. This hub of India’s booming IT industry is also blessed with a pleasant climate and a burgeoning dining and shopping scene.Follow with a cooking demo at the Tasting Room of the Bengaluru Oota Company and savour traditional flavours of Karnataka with an excellent four course menu by Chef Ms Divya Prabhakar.This afternoon drive to the country side of Bangalore towards the Soma Vineyards to understand the history of wine cultivation in India. After strolling through rows of grape-bearing vines, witness the entire process of wine-making–crushing of grapes, fermentation to the final labelling and packaging. Head into the barrel room, setup with real oak barrels, where ageing of premium wine is done Experience a wine tasting session of selected varieties of wines with the Expert, while enjoying a sunset around the surrounding vineyard hills. Finish your day with a Barbecue dinner at the vineyard. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Banglore to Mysore

    After an early breakfast at the hotel, drive to Mysore. En-route take a visit at Somnathpur, well known for the breathtaking Prasanna Chennakeshava Temple, one of the three famous & finest representations of Hoysala architecture nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Proceed to Mysore, visit the Maharajah's Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in India. Inside, you will find a kaleidoscope of stained glass, beautiful carved wooden doors and mosaic floors. Later on, you will experience a heritage Tonga ride (horse-drawn chariots). These vehicles ruled the streets in their heyday and now are used to ferry around the heritage buildings and provides insights into the local culture. Check-in hotel. Tonight we go to the Gitanjali homestay to experience Kodava cuisine (from Coorg) and culture. Enjoy elaborate, ethnic Kodava dishes served on banana leaf platters, and an interaction with your host Yamuna. Back to Hotel. Overnight stay.

  • At Mysore

    Early Morning proceed with a Heritage walking tour to get a feel of this charming city. Take in the city at your own pace as you past some lovely colonial structures, old local monuments and temples and get to know the stories behind them. Back to Hotel for Breakfast. By Midday, Proceed on to see a a Cooking demonstration of Mysore style cooking from one of the culinary experts of Mysore, who draws from the generations of knowledge and bring you recipes that are Ayurvedically balanced and delightful in flavor. After Lunch, Drive to the visit of Srirangapatna (16km from Mysore) - the island fortress of Tipu Sultan and the early capital of the Mysore Wodiyars - Here you will find monuments such as Tipu’s mosque with its twin minarets built in 1787, Tipu’s Summer Palace (known as the Daria Daulat Bagh) built completely on wood and converted into a museum that houses some fantastic artefacts and paintings related to Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan, and the Gumbaz where lie buried Tipu Sultan, Haider Ali and others of the royal family. Back to Hotel, Ovenright stay.

  • Mysore to Thalassery

    Breakfast, check-out and proceed to Thalassery, a centre of the ancient pepper trade and referenced in the early 14th century writings of Marco Polo. Check-in at Ayisha Manzil Homestay. Expect heritage old rooms with antique furniture and large bathrooms in an old colonial bungalow. Mrs.Faiza Moosa, the hostess will conduct a cooking class in authentic North Kerala Muslim cuisine in the late afternoon followed by dinner. Take home the real taste of Kerala along with sweet memories.Overnight stay at hotel.

  • At Thalassery

    Breakfast at the hotel. This morning make a stop at the famous Fish Market and experience the daily trading activities in this busy market. The region is cradle of ageless folk arts like Theyyam and folk music. In the Evening experience the ritual dance of Theyyam, its unique costume and lively footwork. The dancer transforms himself to a deity through extreme devotion and the rhythmic chanting of mantras. Overnight stay at hotel.

  • Thalassery to Cochin

    Early breakfast and check-out, drive to the train station to board a Train to Kochi (Ernakulam) (Thalassery/ Ernakulam - Parasuram Express depart 07.40 and arrive 13.35 hours – Air conditioned chair cars). On arrival in Kochi, you will be met, assisted and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at colonial Fort Kochi. See the Chinese Fishing Nets of Cochin. The huge cantilevered Chinese Fishing Nets that droop towards the waters like over-sized hammocks have become a hallmark of Fort Kochi. Walk to the St.Francis CSI Church, the oldest European church in India built in 1503, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gamawas originally buried and pass by the fine Santa Cruz Basilica. Tonight you will be invited to Dinner at a private residence. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Cochin

    Breakfast, Go on an Ethnic tour of Kochi. Take a tuk tuk– the most popular mode of transport among the locals, stop at the Dhobi Khana (laundry station), once throbbing with activity but now a picture of slow extinction. Drive on to Mattanchery, Visit the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, and finally stop at the Dutch Palace with its beautiful mural paintings from the 17th century. Here we meet Chef Siddiq who will join you and share his culinary regards. Continue through the narrow streets of Mattanchery visit the Fruit market on Palace Road where locals shop for fresh and organic produce at bargain prices. Don’t miss a stop at the Spice Market, where the exotic fragrance of the finest ginger, cloves, cardamom, turmeric and pepper emanate from the spice warehouses lining the street. On the way back Pause and have “one meter tea” at one of the tea stalls. Later meet with a Brahmin Family -the highest of the four main Hindu castes. See the art of ‘KOLAM” a routine design that they do on the front yard with rice floors – religiously every day. Being the priests and scholars of Vedic literature, their traditional occupation is to conduct the religious rites at marriages, births and other auspicious occasions. Tonight witness an Entertainment session with one of the Temple Folklore Artist in a nearby cultural Theater. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Cochin to Kumarakom

    After breakfast, we leave Cochin for the inland Backwaters and Lake Vembanad. Proceed to the Houseboat for your Backwaters cruise. These boats are reworked versions of ancient “kettuvallams” barges once used to carry cargo of rice and spices now offering comfortable floating accommodation through the backwaters. Cruise through the palm fringed canals enjoying the beauty of rural village life. There is no better way of taking a closer look at the life and activities on the backwaters. A Sumptous Kerala Lunch is srved on board. Tea/Coffee with local snacks are provided before you embark. Check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free to familiarize with the facilities and activities .Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Kumarakom

    Breakfast at the hotel. This morning experience the Aymanam Village tour, home of Arundhathi Roy’s novel ‘The God of Small Things’. Start your local immersion with a ride on a traditional canoe cruise through the narrow, winding canals and catch the scenic daily life of the bordering houses. Follow with a walk in the heart of this typical Kuttanad village surrounded by paddy fields and identify the snakes abodes, sacred to earliest habitants. Experience visit to local Toddy shop where Palm Toddy, a mildly alcoholic beverage is made from the sap of palm trees .Enjoy a gourmet adventure at their kitchen – see the local chef at work; followed by a mind boggling sea food treat. This area is known for its fresh fish and shellfish. Back to the hotel. Rest of the day free at the resort. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Kumarakom to Cochin

    Transfer to Cochin international airport for your flight to return to reach home.

Tour Start Date Tour End Date Availability

Supplements Price / person
Single room supplement ₹55,100.00

Date Start Date End Discount
2018-06-01 2018-09-30 20 %

  • Country canoe ride in canals

  • Local market visits

  • Heritage walking tours

  • Enchanting backwaters

  • Traditional arts

  • Colonial Cochin

  • Wine tasting experience

  • Dravidian architecture

  • South Indian cuisine

  • Guided tour of Cochin

  • A Cooking demo at Ayisha Manzil Homestay in Thalassery

  • Heritage Walking tour in Mysore

  • Wine testing session at the Soma Vineyard in Bangalore followed by a Barbecue Dinner

  • Day cruise by House boat ( Lunch & Snacks on board)

  • Local walking tour in Bangalore

  • Transportation by air conditioned vehicle

  • A special dinner of Kodava cuisine in Mysore

  • All currently applicable taxes

  • Lunch or dinner as part of cooking demonstrations

  • Assistance on arrival and departure.

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis at all places mentioned or similar

  • Guided visit to a Temple and rituals

  • Services of escort for a minimum of 9 persons on wards

  • Train from Thalassery to Cochin on Chair car class

  • Cooking demo at the Testing Room in Bangalore

  • Any items not covered under inclusions

  • Any expenses of personal nature such as Tips, Porterage, extras at hotels

  • Any flights. Insurance, Visa Charges

Location Hotel Nights Meal plan / Room type
Banglore ITC Windsor 2 Breakfast and Dinner
Mysore The Metropole 2 Breakfast and Dinner
Thalassery Ayisha Manzil Homestay 2 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Cochin Fragrant Nature 2 Breakfast and Dinner
Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon 2 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Tour Rates through the year

2018 11th June - 30th September

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