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Kerala Spices Tour

  • Day 1 - Cochin
    Arrive, transfer from international airport to hotel. Evening visit Kathakali dance show followed by a welcome dinner.
     

  • Day 2 - Cochin
    Morning city tour. Evening visit a Kerala family and witness the demonstration of Malabari cuisine. The culinary skills of the various communities of Kerala has given a cuisine of great variety. While Hindus specialize in delicious vegetarian food, the Muslims and Christians excel in non vegetarian specialties.
     

  • Day 3 - Cochin/Alleppey (Houseboat)
    Drive to Alleppey and embark the houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala. Evening cooking demonstration by the houseboat cook. Almost every dish prepared in Kerala has coconut and spices added to it. Tender coconut water is also a refreshing nutritious thirst quencher.
     

  • Day 4 - Kumarakom/Lake Periyar
    Wildlife Sanctuary Disembark at Kumarakom and drive to Thekkady. The drive is one of the most beautiful, with coconut groves at the lower level and rubber, tea and spice plantations as you climb. Afternoon boat ride on Lake Periyar to view wild animals drinking or taking a dip. A cooking demonstration is followed by dinner at Spice Village.
     

  • Day 5 - Periyar
    In the morning take a walk through the Periyar National Park. Rest of the day at leisure. Optional visit to the spice plantations to know about the spices being used all over India and most part of the world.
     

  • Day 6 - Periyar/Madurai
    Drive to Madurai (4 hrs). Afternoon visit Madurai including the spectacular Meenakashi temple with a marvelous hall of a thousand pillars - all of which are elaborately sculpted.
     

  • Day 7 - Madurai/Chennai/Covelong
    A day at leisure, (check out at noon), transfer to the airport for flight to Chennai (Madras). Transfer to Fisherman's Cove at Covelong Beach.
     

  • Day 8 - Covelong
    Morning visit Mahabalipuram temples - a historical retreat set amidst natural beauty. This open air museum of ancient Pallava art and architecture is now a World Heritage Site. A cooking demonstration followed by dinner with cuisine boasting of the Coromandel Coast specialties, derived from Chef's tour of homes on the East Coast of Tamil Nadu.
     

  • Day 9 - Madras/Hyderabad
    Morning flight to Hyderabad. Afternoon visit Salarjung museum housing some of the most precious artifacts including a unique collection of miniature paintings.
     

  • Day 10 - Hyderabad
    Full day visit of Hyderabad - the pearl city and Golconda Fort - the fortress capital of Qutab Shahi Nizam, who ruled over the largest state in South India until India's Independence in 1947. In the evening witness a demonstration of Hyderabadi cuisine which is famous all over the world. The Nawabs who ruled over the Deccan brought some of the best cooks from all over the country to make the Deccan the food capital of all items. So much so that when you talk of Andhra or its capital, Hyderabad, visions of a mouthwatering biryani come to mind. The biryanis (flavoured rice with meat or vegetables) is one of the most distinct Hyderabadi food.
     

  • Day 11 - Hyderabad/Bangalore
    Flight to Bangalore. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the garden city of India which also has the distinction as Silicon Valley.
     

  • Day 12 - Bangalore/Goa
    Flight to Goa. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon free on the beach. Goa, formerly a Portuguese colony is a popular beach hideaway and an internationally famous party paradise.
     

  • Day 13 - Goa
    Morning free. Afternoon city tour. Evening witness the demonstration of traditional Konkan food and famous Goan curries. Vinegar lends a different taste to the meat dishes of Goa. The pork sorpotel, vindaloo, the Goan sausages and the chicken Xakuti or cafreal are inimitable.
     

  • Day 14 - Goa
    Day at leisure. Along the beaches in Goa are restaurants selling unbelievable seafood: whole lobsters, mackerel masala and of course mellow, cooling Indian beer.
     

  • Day 15 - Goa/Mumbai
    Flight to Mumbai and transfer from Domestic to International Airport for connecting your onward flight.
     

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