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KERALITE CUISINE COURSE by EDEN GARDEN, KOCHI. Starts and concludes in Kochi (7 nights/8 days): (Trip operates between April - September 2016.).



Some of the sights within are listed below:-
Kerala Backwaters: Travelling by boat along the Kerala backwaters is an experience not to be missed. The backwaters is an amazing network of lakes, canals, lagoons and rivers and coconut trees on the banks. You can view chinese fishing nets and small village settlements along the narrow strips of land along the route.
Kochi: A inter-connection of islands. Diverse places to view such as The Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, Fort Cochin. An excellent place to view Kathakali dancing (a unique motion of body and the facial features).

About the Accommodation.
Eden Garden, Kochi: Eden Garden is a character oriented homestay/ hotel. It is an old fashioned mansion that we have used for numerous travellers in the past. Majority of them have been very satisfied with their stay in Kochi. Many of them have stated how much they enjoyed the cuisine at Eden Garden during their stay. Hence, we decided to team with Judith at Eden Garden to provide a chance for our guests to learn cullinary skills from her. There is no better way of enjoying the food than watching the demonstration of the food being cooked and having it for lunch or dinner. She is available for parting her skills in the Indian summer season which is also the best time for enjoying the benefits of Ayurveda.


Detailed itinerary is given below:

Day Skeleton Itinerary
01 KERALITE CUISINE COURSE by EDEN GARDEN . 7 NIGHTS WITH 4 DAYS OF COOKING LESSONS: Arrival transfer from airport or railway station to Hotel Eden Garden for 7 night's stay on a MAP basis (Note: MAP stands for Modified American Plan which means Breakfast + lunch or dinner per night's stay.).
02 KOCHI. After breakfast full day sightseeing of Kochi for 8 hours (0930 - 1730 hrs). Return back to homestay for dinner.
03 KOCHI. After breakfast, have a discussion of the various spices used in a typical Keralite dish. Then drive or walk to a local market in Kochi to purchase the spices. Then late afternoon demonstrate the cooking of a typical Keralan starter dish like a banana pakoda. Dinner at homestay.
04 KOCHI. After breakfast have a discussion of the Keralite main courses. Morning at leisure in Kochi to explore Fort Kochi by foot. Then late afternoon demonstrate the cooking of a typical Keralan main course dish. This could be sea food oriented if you are non-vegetarian or a typical Keralan dish like Aviyal if you are vegetarian.
05 KOCHI. After breakfast have a discussion of Keralan deserts. Day at lesiure in Kochi. Then late afternoon/early evening demonstrate the cooking of a Keralan sweet dish like Paal Payasam.
06 KOCHI. After breakfast, have a discussion of breakfast dishes which can also be eaten for luch like Uppama or Rava Idli and typical South Indian Coffee or Keralite Tea. Lunch at homestay. Afternoon at leisure.
07 KOCHI. After breakfast. Day free for you to try your hands in the kitchen for lunch or dinner.
08 KOCHI. After breakfast. Departure transfer from hotel to airport or railway station for onward travels.

KEY TO AID UNDERSTANDING OF TABULAR ITINERARY ABOVE.
Alphabets in red represent car + driver itineraries for individuals for that section.
Alphabets in green means train travel for that section (generally in AC 2 Tier or AC 3 Tier unless stated otherwise).
Alphabets in blue indicate flights between sections.



Cost per person in £'s on a twin share basis.



  Superior Apr - Sep 16
Ground Arrangements £ 225

Rates given above are based on standard twin or double rooms in Cochin.

Hotels/Homestays: Eden Garden, Cochin.
Note: Accommodation is on a twin share MAP basis (Modified American Plan. Modified American Plan means: Breakfast + one meal either lunch or dinner).
Cost Includes:   transfers & sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary in red using an Ac car with driver; stay at hotels mentioned on a twin share MAP basis inclusive of local taxes cooking demonstrations on 4 separate days as above.
Cost Excludes:   guides; entrance & camera fees to monuments; meals except as mentioned above.

Not included: International air travel.
However, S.D.Enterprises would be happy to recommend agents to procure international scheduled air tickets as "ticket providers". (London - Cochin - London).

Suggested add-ons to the above itinerary as below:-



Two night's stay in a single Apartment houseboat.


Day Skeleton Itinerary
08 Drive from Kochi to Allepey. 2 Night's stay in a single apartment houseboat on a full board basis inclusive of boat cruises in and around Allepey.
10 ALLEPEY - KOCHI AIRPORT. Departure transfer from Allepey to Kochi airport for onward flights.


Cost per person in £'s on a twin share basis.


  Superior Apr - Sep 16
Ground Arrangements £ 134

Overnight Accommodation: Single Apartment Houseboat, Allepey.
Note: Accommodation is on a twin share full board basis.
Cost Includes:   transfers in red using an Ac car with driver; 2 night's stay in a single apartment on a full board basis inclusive of boat cruises in & around Allepey.
Cost Excludes:   mineral water & personal drinks on board houseboat; check in time is 1200 noon and check out time is 0900 hrs; A/C is there is in the bedroom only and is switched on during sleeping time (i.e. 2100 hrs - 0600 hrs).


Seven night's stay in a resort like Coconut Lagoon in Kumarakom or Marari Beach Resort in Maraikulam

Day Skeleton Itinerary
08 Drive from Kochi to Mararkulam or Kumarakom. 7 Nights stay in either Marari Beach Resort in Mararikulam or Coconut Lagoon in Kumarakom on a twin share BB basis.
15 MARARIKULAM OR KUMARAKOM - KOCHI AIRPORT. Departure transfer from Mararikulam or Kumarakom to Kochi airport for onward flights.


Cost per person in £'s on a twin share basis.



  Superior May - Sep 16
Ground Arrangements £ 359
Hotels: Coconut Lagoon in Kumarakom or Marari Beach Resort in Mararikulam.
Note: Accommodation is on a twin share BB basis.
Cost Includes:   transfers & sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary in red using an Ac car with driver; stay at hotels mentioned on a twin share BB basis inclusive of local taxes.
Cost Excludes:   meals except as mentioned above; sightseeing & guides or boat cruises in Kumarakom or Mararikulam;entrance & camera fees to monuments.

Note: The rates have not been updated since 2016 season, as there has been a violent change in the exchange rates ever since the Brexit Vote. We have left the rates as per 2015 - 16 season to give you something of an idea. For current rates, pl email your requests with dates & number of passengers. We can then get back to you on the same.


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