After breakfast depart for Periyar. Periyar National Park is a wildlife sanctuary only about 780 square kilometers centered on an artificial lake fed by the river Periyar. On arrival check in at the hotel.
Then, a tribal village destination. It will be a very beautiful tour of one hour during which you will be able to observe the lifestyle of the tribals closer. After this, we take you for a visit to an elephant camp where you will participate in swimming and feeding of elephants. A ride on elephant back for 30 minutes will be organized.
Today you will leave for a fascinating and informative visit to several tea estates and spice plantations on a smaller scale, where you meet the owners who are proud of their organic farming methods, such as use of the product gas methane from cow dung to provide energy for domestic needs. A must for anyone who cares about the tastes and flavors, a visit to the spice plantations allows you to obtain a thorough understanding of how spices are used in the kitchen daily worldwide, how they are grown, harvested and processed before finding their way to your local supermarket. The tour also gives you a firsthand idea about this wonderful world of spices and its history, culture, values medicine, economy, etc ... After the lunch session, it’s time for an interactive session that will take you to the next step in the knowledge of spices- how these spices are mixed in different base masalas, basic cooking methods and assimilation techniques for achieving an authentic recipe. The use of coconut in the making of chutneys, and the unique balance of flavors in the kitchen- the participant himself or herself mixes, crushes and seasons the dishes and voila!- A signature dish by you is born!!
Morning Session begins with visit gardeners of Cumbum Valley, which is fed by the waters of Periyar Lake. You begin by a visit to the local vegetable market to see, feel and buy vegetables like a housewife in Kerala. In the afternoon we apply the theory into practice! Everyone will have their personal work plan, where the chef will guide you through a detailed cooking class. The world of the state’s spices unfolds before you in the form of a dish by yourself. Suddenly everything makes sense when spices are born magically your own hands masala and curry. Suddenly, all those recipes that we have read in books are born in the kitchen.
After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom. It is undoubtedly the most invigorating, fascinating paradise in Kerala. The slender coconut trees here and there and everywhere, endless rice fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters, hundreds of varieties of birds nesting in the mangroves can peacefully calm and invigorate your mind, giving you back your inspiration profession and your life. This is the pristine beauty of Kumarakom. The fresh water of the lake flows into Mainland creating a labyrinth of lagoons, streams, canals and waterways. The backwater houses a variety of species of fauna and flora. They are rich in marine life usually called "Kumarakom Karimeen" (speckled fish pearl) Konju (shrimp Tiger) Njandu (crabs) Chemeen (shrimp) and many more. On arrival at Kumarakom check-in at the hotel.
After breakfast drive to Cochin. Check in at the hotel.
In the afternoon you will enjoy the tour of Cochin, a city with strong impressions left by the Portuguese, Dutch and English who were occupants during ancient times. You will visit St. Francis Church, Mattancherry Palace or "Dutch Palace"and amazing Chinese fishing nets. You can also visit the Jewish synagogue built in 1568.
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
Jawaharlal NehruNov. 9, 2015
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted
Bill BrysonNov. 9, 2015
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer