South Indian Culinary Journey

12 Days / 11 Nights

Bangalore - Hyderabad - Chennai - Madurai - Chettinad - Cochin

Overview

Indian food has been widely appreciated around the world for its fabulous use of herbs and spices, and unique preparation which appeals to almost every palette. India offers a large variety of cuisines from its various regions, each one markedly different from the other. 

Explore markets and major monuments, participate in cooking classes with reputed chefs, or learn from locals how they cook their authentic dishes at home. Our South Indian Culinary Journey will give you a chance to taste the rich and flavourful culinary delights from the four South Indian states - Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, and also visit the most famous places of the regions.

Highlights of this tour

* Learn how to cook delicious and flavourful Indian dishes of the following cuisines:

Karnataka

Andhra

Tamil Nadu

Kerala

* Visit major tourist attractions

* Enjoy a relaxing houseboat day cruise on Kerala backwaters 



Itinerary

This is a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific requirements for no extra cost. Contact us and we create your itinerary to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.


The state of Karnataka offers a wide range of appetizing platters such as Masala Dosa, Idli and Vada that originated in the temple streets of the city of Udupi. The dishes of the region are less spicy as compared to other South Indian states and contains liberal amount of palm sugar and jaggery with the exception of Northern Karnataka cuisine which is real hot. Ghee and butter are used to prepare various delicacies, especially during festivals and occasions. A famous Karnataka dish is the Bisi Bele Bath which means hot lentil rice. 


Day 1 - Arrival to Bangalore

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Bangalore and transfers you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for your activity.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Bangalore.


Day 2 - Cooking demonstrations

Enjoy your breakfast at a local restaurant serving traditional South Indian breakfast items. Later visit a family in their home to learn and experience authentic Indian style cooking where they will explain the cuisine and its unique ingredients. Evening participate in a cooking demo at one of the finest restaurants in the city.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Bangalore.

 

Andhra cuisine - Many of the exquisite and delectable cuisines of Andhra Pradesh indicate a profound influence of culinary styles of the Mughals on the cuisines of this place. Andhra delicacies like Biryani, Kebabs and Kurmas are usually heavy, spicy and hot in nature. The traditional cuisines of Andhra are considered the spiciest among all other Indian cuisines and witness liberal use of tamarind and chilli powder that give the dishes a distinct tangy and hot flavour. Some of the finger-licking dishes include Hyderabadi Biryani, made of Basmati rice, meat and selective rich spices, Dum ka Murgh, a chicken preparation made in Hyderabadi Style, Mirchi ka Salan, a chilli and peanut curry that often accompanies the biryani.


Day 3 - Travel to Hyderabad, Food Walk Tour

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Hyderabad and transfers you to your hotel. After freshening up in your hotel room you can explore the city on your own. Evening enjoy an Old City Food Walk Tour that covers some of the best Old City Hyderabadi eateries. Try out ten different dishes on the walk. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Hyderabad.


Day 4 - Cooking with local family

Enjoy an authentic experience of local life, have lunch with a local family, learn about their traditions. The rest of the day is free for your activity.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Hyderabad.


The staple food of Tamil Nadu is rice which forms part of a typical Tamil meal and savoured with different mildly or richly spiced vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Traditionally, several dishes are served during the main meal, like sambar, rasam and Kuzhambu, and it is typically savoured with rice as staple. The sweet dishes served as the last course of a meal includes items like Thirukannamidu, Kesari and Kheer. After the meal bananas are offered to the guests followed with paan, a folded betel leaves consisting of lime and betel nuts that is considered to have digestive value. 


Day 5 - Travel to Chennai

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Chennai and transfers you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for your activity. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Chennai.


Day 6 - Home cooking experience; Cooking demo in restaurant

Learn about Ayurvedic cuisine as you share a meal at the private home of your local chef-instructor during this culinary experience in Chennai. Your instructor welcomes you into her home and demonstrates her spiritual approach to healthy cooking. Learn about the spices and other ingredients she uses, then share your choice of a vegetarian Ayurvedic meal or South Indian thali. In the evening participate in a cooking demo at one of the finest restaurants in the city.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Chennai.


Day 7 - Travel to Madurai

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Maduraiand transfers you to your hotel. After freshening up in your hotel room, then visit Meenakshi Temple.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Madurai.

 

Day 8 - Madurai sightseeing and food walk

Morning witness pooja at Meenakshi Temple. Explore the city on your own, and in the evening experience the authentic food on the streets of Madurai. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Madurai.


Day 9 - Experience Chettinad gastronomically and culturally

Morning travel by road to Chettinad and learn traditional recipes from Master Chefs. Visit weavery, temples, and bargain at the local antique shop. In the evening travel back to Madurai.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Madurai.


Kerala cuisine is varied, but best categorised according to the different local communities. The more famous ones are the Malabari Muslim dishes and the Syrian Christian dishes. Availability of coconut has made it a fundamental component of Kerala cooking whether used as an ingredient or in oil form extracted from the nut. Availability of seafood in the coastal belt of the state makes it almost a daily consume. There is a wide variety of non-vegetarian dishes with some of the popular ones being Malabari Fish Curry, Pork Vindaloo, Malabar Biriyani, Meen Thoran – a fish preparation with coconut. The various snacks items are banana fry, cutlets, cakes, halwas and payasam among others. 


Day 10 - Travel to Cochin

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Cochin and transfers you to your hotel. Enjoy a sunset houseboat cruise on backwaters and have your authentic Kerala dinner on board. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Cochin.


Day 11 - Cooking lesson

Indulge yourself in a hands-on cooking lesson in the ‘land of spices’ and learn how to cook classic Keralan cuisine with a local family. Once we have prepared your feast together, sit down to enjoy the fruits of our labors and have a chat about the region’s food culture and local life in Kochi.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Cochin.


Day 12 - End of Tour & Services
Our representative will escort you to Cochin Airport.

Cost of this tour per person

Luxury: From $5,470

Deluxe: From $4,070

Economy: From $3,160


Note: Above prices are subject to change accordingly to the hotels' different season rates.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in the selected category on sharing basis, 11 nights
  • Buffet breakfast in the hotel
  • English speaking chauffeur driven Air Conditioned private vehicle
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional English speaking private local guides
  • Other activities as per itinerary (Rickshaw ride, Houseboat cruise, Cooking class, Yoga, Cultural programs, etc.)
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Bottles of mineral water during journeys
  • All government taxes, service charges, parking and toll fees
  • All applicable hotel taxes

Exclusions

  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • International and Domestic flights
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Pre- or post-night accommodation
  • Lunch and Dinner (Except mentioned in itinerary)
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Personal nature expenses i.e. Telephone Calls, Laundry, Soft / Hard Drinks, etc.
  • Camera Fee at Monuments
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above

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