Hot & Spicy Culinary Journey

19 Days / 18 Nights

Chennai - Madurai - Chettinad - Munnar - Cochin - Goa - Hyderabad - Guntur - Jaipur - Agra

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 Hot & Spicy Culinary Journey will give you a chance to taste the rich and flavourful culinary delights from many different regions while you also visit the most famous places.

Please note that Indian cuisine is basically spicy, and on this tour we will cover the places with spiciest dishes. Be sure you are a true "chili-and-spices-lover".

Highlights of this tour

* Taste the spiciest dishes in India

* Cook and dine with local families, learn from highly qualified chefs

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

Tamil Nadu

Kerala

Goan

Andhra

Rajasthani

Mughlai

* Shop at colorful markets

* Visit major tourist attractions

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 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 1 - Arrival to Madurai

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

Over5night stay at the hotel in Madurai.

 

Day 2 - 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 3 - Experience Chettinad gastronomically and culturally

Morning travel by road to Chettinad and learn traditional recipes from Master Chefs. Visit a weaver, 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 4 - Travel to Munnar

Travel by road to Munnar. After freshening up in your hotel room,  visit Tea gardens and Spice plantations.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Munnar.


Day 5 - Cooking demo and village walk

Morning visit a local village, and afternoon participate in cooking demo, learn about Keralan dishes and the used spices, and other ingredients. Relish the nature beauty of this hill station.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Munnar.


Day 6 - Travel to Cochin

Travel by road to Cochin. After freshening up in your hotel room, enjoy a sunset houseboat cruise on backwaters and have your authentic Kerala dinner on board. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Fort Kochi.


Day 7 - 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 Fort Kochi.


Rice, seafood, coconut, vegetables, meat, pork, and local spices are the main ingredients in Goan cuisine. The area is located in a tropical climate, hence spices and flavors are intense. Use of kokum is another distinct feature. The cuisine of Goa originated from its Hindu roots, and was influenced by the Portuguese colonialisation and the Muslim rule that preceded the Portuguese. Goan food is considered incomplete without fish. Vindaloo is a spicy curry traditionally made with pork, and it's one of the spiciest in the country. The name is derived from the Portuguese term for a 'garlic and wine' (vinho e alho or vinha d'alhos) marinade. Contrary to popular versions made outside Goa, a traditional vindaloo does not contain any meat besides pork.


Day 8 - Travel to Goa

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

Overnight stay at the hotel in Goa.


Day 9 - Explore Goa's culinary culture

Visit the local farmer’s spice, fruit, and vegetable market. Introduction to an array of spices and demonstration cooking class in Goan delicacies.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Goa.


Day 10 - Spice plantation

Visit exotic spice plantation farms and taste the traditional Goan cuisine. The rest of the day is free for your leisure.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Goa.


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 11 - 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 12 - 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.


Day 13 - Travel to Guntur

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Vijayawada and transfers you to your hotel. Guntur is known for its spicy flavour profile. The spiciness is inherent in Guntur cuisine considering the fact that Guntur Sannam, an extremely hot variety of Chili is grown here. Evening try spicy street foods.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Guntur.


Day 14 - Market visit and cooking demo

Morning visit the largest chilli market yard in Asia, then participate in cooking session. The rest of the day is free for your own activity.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Guntur.


Rajasthani cuisine - The state of Rajasthan is famed for its rich regal culture and heritage. The arid nature of the region, the extreme climatic conditions, scarcity of water and vegetation has witnessed evolvement of unique cooking styles and food habits of the natives that is noticeably different from other Indian cuisines. One can find wide variety of delectable and exquisite Rajasthani dishes starting from main courses to snacks to sweet dishes. Some items like Dal-Baati-Churma and Bikaneri Bhujia have garnered both national and international popularity. 


Day 15 - Travel to Jaipur

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

Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.


Day 16 - Sightseeing and Cooking demo in Haveli

Morning visit local markets. In the afternoon your guide will take you for sightseeing, then evening participate in a cooking demo at a Haveli (traditional mansion) and enjoy your Rajasthani dinner with the family. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.


Mughlai cuisine - Discover the Mughlai dishes in Delhi and Agra. Mughlai cuisine evolved in Medieval India during the Mughal Empire. It is highly influenced by the cuisines of Central Asia, quite spicy, rich and marked with a very unique aroma. One of the most popular and favourite cuisines among foodies across India. Some of its signature dishes include Biriyani, Murg Musallam, Kebabs and Malai Kofta. 


Day 17 - Travel to Agra

After breakfast travel to Agra. Freshen up in your hotel room and participate in a cooking class, learn to cook a multi-course meal comprising of various Indian food dishes in the most authentic way.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra. 


Day 18 - Agra sightseeing and family visit

Visit UNESCO Heritage site Taj Mahal, known as the symbol of love. Visit local markets and taste delicious street food dishes. Evening dinner with local family.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra. 


Day 19 - End of Tour & Services
Our representative will escort you to Delhi Airport 

Cost of this tour per person

Luxury: From $7,095

Deluxe: From $4,990

Economy: From $3,620


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

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in the selected category on sharing basis, 18 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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