Often referred to as “God’s Own Country” Kerala is blessed with great natural beauty, a harmonious and culturally diverse people and an exotic delicate cuisine. Our 12 day tour explores this rich cultural and culinary heritage. Accommodation is mostly in delightful homestays and small charming hotels where we enjoy the special hospitality and superb cuisine of our hosts, whose families have lived here for generations.
We are treated to a traditional Kathakali dance performance and a sumptuous houseboat journey through the Kerala backwaters, stopping at local villages on the way. Cooking classes and market visits enhance our experience of this exhilarating destination and a relaxing stay on the beautiful Malabar Coast where we can indulge in one of the best Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala or take a dip in the Arabian Sea.
Our journey’s fitting finale is in the incredible city of Mumbai – a melting pot of over 20 million people – and described as a frantic melange of India’s extremes.
The cuisine of Kerala is richly spicy with common prevalence of chilli, cardamon, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper. This coastal region with extensive river networks produces seafood and backwater fish as well as abundant coconut palms providing coconut kernel, grain, cream and milk. A festival banquet sadhya is a vegetarian meal of boiled rice accompanied by a wide selection of side dishes served on a banana leaf. Such a meal might be complemented by payasam, a sweet dessert native to Kerala.
Recommended extension tour: Himalayan Village Walks, Sikkim, Kumaon or Ladakh.