Delights of South Indian Cuisine 12 days

Delights of South Indian Cuisine Расположение: Chennai | Mamallapuram | Swamimalai | Karaikudi | Periyar | Kothamangalam | Cochin | Thalassery | Coorg | Mysore | Bangalore
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Цена: от €1,135 за человека / тур

Immerse yourself in a world of exotic flavors of South Indian Cuisine
South Indian cuisine is characterized by its extensive use of ethnic spices, herbs and a wide assortment of dishes for every occasion. Though the majority of South Indian dishes are vegetarian, the non vegetarian dishes made of chicken, goat, lamb and other meats are also available. The cuisine varies from region to region, reflecting the varied demographics and local style of the ethnically diverse subcontinent. Generally, Indian cuisine can be split into four categories: North Indian, South Indian, East Indian and West Indian. Unlike North India, where wheat is the staple food, South India is predominantly a rice based cuisine. On this tour the South Indian cuisine delights you with its taste and flavor.

Tamil Nadu
Most of the vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes of this region have a generous dose of spices. The ingredients like oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves, red chilies and urad dhal (black lentils) are present in almost all the dishes. The most popular dishes of this area are Idly (steamed rice cakes), Dosa (a pancake made of batter of rice), Sambar (seasoned lentil broth), Rasam (a hot broth made of tamarind juice and pepper) and Vada (deep fried doughnuts made of a batter of lentils).

Keralan cuisine distinguishes from other Indian states with its variety of meat and seafood dishes flavored with different spices and a big quantity of coconut oil. Here you find diverse preferences of food in different regions. On the coastal Kerala the main course is seafood, in the lowland vegetarian dishes and in northern Kerala predominantly meat. Some of the popular dishes in this area are thorans (fried gravy dishes of finely chopped parboiled vegetables, meat or seafood marinated with mixtures of coconut, chilies, some mild spices, onions and popped mustard seeds), Avial (a mixed vegetable thick dish with coconut milk), Olen (a gravy dish of gourd, dry beans and coconut milk), Kaalan (thick gravy made of semi-ripe Kerala bananas cooked in thick yogurt with turmeric, chilly, cumin seeds and curry-leaves) and Pachadi (made of vegetables cooked in curd). Compared to the other states, Keralan rice is generally bigger in size.

As every state in India has its own unique flavor, so does Karnataka cuisine. Though the typical Karnataka meal is plain vegetarian food cooked in sesame and groundnut oil, the coastal regions enjoy a flavorsome cuisine with meat and seafood varieties cooked in coconut oil and even in coconut milk. Karnataka’s culinary culture concentrates on three staple items: rice, ragi (millet) and jowar (grain). The distinctive dishes of Karnataka are rice served with different side dishes like Kosambari (a lentil salad with mildly cooked mixed vegetables), Chitranna (rice flavored with lemon juice, green chili, turmeric powder with fried groundnuts and coriander leaves), Palyas (warm vegetable salad made out of parboiled vegetables tossed with desiccated coconut, green chilies, curry leaves and mustard seasoning), Huli (a thick broth of lentils and vegetables cooked together with ground coconut, tamarind and chili powder) and the Bisi Bele Bhath (a combination of rice, dal, tamarind, chili powder and a dash cinnamon).

Day 1: Chennai ~ Mamallapuram (Arrival) (65km / 1,5h)
On arrival in Chennai, our executive meets you at the airport followed by a transfer to Mamallapuram. On arrival you check at the hotel and have time for refreshment. In the afternoon we take you on a small excursion around Mamallapuram, the town of many sculptural marvels from Pallavas dynasty and of a famous World Heritage Site, the Shore Temple. On this tour we visit "Arjuna’s Penance" the large bas-relief on the face of a huge rock, which depicts animals, deities and other semi divine creatures, the "Five Rathas", composed of five monolithic temples in different styles and the "Shore Temple" a small romantic temple in the final phase of Palava art that has two shrines, one for Shiva and another one for Vishnu. After an impressive day you return to the hotel, where dinner composed of delicious dishes are waiting for you. You return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Mamallapuram.

Day 2: In Mamallapuram
In the early morning we take you on a fishing safari tour to experience the traditional life of the local fishermen. On arrival, the fishermen from this village welcome you with a drink of tender coconuts. Before setting off into the sea, you are given a small briefing and receive life jackets. While the boat trip on a regular fishing motorized catamaran you are invited to take fishing nets in your hands and catch your own fish. After fishing, we return to the shore, luckily with your catch of the day. While the host cooks a traditional Indian lunch for us of your own fish we take a small drive around the village. After lunch you return to the hotel. In the evening we visit the Tiger's Cave, once an open-air theatre, where cultural programs were performed and the Crocodile Park, which keeps over 1,500 several species of Indian and African crocodiles and alligators, kept in their natural surroundings. Overnight stay in Mamallapuram. Even though we pay high attention to the safety precautions for our guests at the fishing safari tour, a small element of risk remains.

Day 3: Mamallapuram ~ Swamimalai (225km / 4,5h)
After breakfast we drive to Swamimalai. On arrival you check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own disposal. Overnight stay in Swamimalai.

Day 4: Swamimalai ~ Karaikudi (145km / 3h)
Today we proceed our journey to Karaikudi, the capital of Chettinad and the homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars, a prosperous banking and business community. Chettinad is rich in cultural heritage, art and architecture, what makes it a place of special charm. Chettinad is very famous for its flavorsome cuisine. On arrival you check in at the hotel and have lunch. The rest of the day is at your disposal. In the evening a cooking class about the Chettinad cuisine is waiting for you. Overnight stay in Karaikudi.

Day 5: Karaikudi ~ Periyar (225km / 6h)
After breakfast you check out from the hotel and we drive to Periyar. On arrival you check in at the hotel. After lunch at the hotel, we go on a guided plantation tour to the nearby garden, where various species of spices and other aromatic plants are cultivated. Our experienced guide explains the importance and usage of spices in Indian cuisine and medicine to you. Return to the hotel. Dinner in Kerala style is served for you at the hotel. Overnight stay in Periyar.

Day 6: Periyar ~ Kothamangalam (170km / 5h)
Today we drive to Kothamangalam, known as a trading center for spices and products of the forest. On arrival you check in at the hotel and have lunch. After lunch at the hotel we take you to the nearby rubber and spice plantation. Overnight in Kothamangalam.

Day 7: In Kothamangalam
In the early morning we take you to the “Kodanad Elephant Orphanage” where you can participate in the elephant-bathing and -feeding. If you are brave enough you can go on an elephant ride. You return to the hotel where lunch is served for you. In the evening you participate in a cookery course of the delightful Keralan cuisine. Overnight stay in Kothamangalam.

Day 8: Kothamangalam ~ Cochin (60km / 1,5h)
After daybreak we drive to Cochin, the industrial and commercial capital of Kerala. On arrival you check in at the hotel and have time for refreshment. Later on, we go on a sightseeing tour to the old part of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry. You visit the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin king in the 16th century and the St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, Santa Cruz Basilica, the fishing market and the famous Chinese fishing nets - believed having been introduced by the traders from the court of Kublai Khan to the Malabar region. In the evening you visit a popular classical dance-drama of Kerala "Kathakali". This wonderful blend of histrionic dance is distinguished by its amazing costumes, very extensive make up, passionate body movements and is performed exclusively by males. Overnight stay in Cochin.

Day 9: Cochin ~ Thalassery (by train) (230km / 6h)
Today we have a later start. In the afternoon you board the train to Thalassery a small town in the north of Malabar. Upon a time, Thalassery was one of the largest and most famous trading centers for spices, in particular the pepper. On arrival you check in at the hotel and have time for refreshment. After, we visit the “Parassinikadavu Temple” with a performance of the colorful dance form, Theyyam. It is a rare combination of dance and music with reflection of the important features of the tribal culture. Overnight stay in Thalassery.

Day 10: In Thalassery (Moplah cuisine)
In the morning we visit the handloom weaving-units, where cloths are woven in the traditional shuttle weaves until today. On “a la card” for the evening is the “Moplah Cuisine”. Coming from the coastline of Kerala, it is rich in spices and fresh seafood. The name “Moplah” comes from the Muslim community of northern Keralan “Mopillahs”. Fresh prawns, shrimps, crabs, mussels, oysters and wide variety of meat dishes in sumptuous sauces, flavored with spices and coconuts of Malabar is served for you today. Overnight stay in Thalassery.

Day 10: Thalassery ~ Coorg (120km / 3h)
After breakfast we drive to Coorg. Set amidst verdant valleys, imposing mountains, countless streams and teakwood forests, Coorg is a beautiful hill station in Karnataka state. On arrival you check in at the hotel and savour Karnataka cuisine at lunch. After refreshment, we take you to a coffee and tea plantation. Later, you return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Coorg.

Day 11: Coorg ~ Mysore (120km / 3h)
After breakfast you check out from the hotel and drive to Mysore. Once, a political capital of the Wodeyar dynasty Mysore is a city of palaces, gardens, silk, sandalwood and incenses. On arrival in Mysore you check in at the hotel with followed lunch. After, we take you on a sightseeing trip around Mysore. You get a glimpse of “Maharaja’s Palace” built in Indo Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades, the interior of the palace is a kaleidoscope of stained glass, mirrors and gaudy colours. Later, we drive to our hotel for the check in and have time for refreshment. In the evening we take you to Chamundi Hill. Perched atop the hill, the Sri Chamundeswari Temple, dominated by a towering seven-storey gopuram (gateway tower) overlooks Mysore. Down the hill you can see the famous 5m-high Nandi (Shiva’s) carved out of solid rock and said to be one of the largest in India. In the evening you return to the hotel where a fabulous Karnataka cuisine demonstration is waiting for you. Overnight stay in Mysore.

Day 12: Mysore ~ Bangalore (Departure) (140km / 3,5h)
According to your departure time, you check out from the hotel and our driver brings you to the airport in Bangalore for the onward flight back to your country of origin.




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01.04 - 30.09.12


01.10.12 - 20.12.12 / 15.01 - 31.03.13


price per person in DBL room

 from 6

€ 1,135


 Supplement for SGL room

   € 500



Price includes:

  • Accommodation in a double room on half board basis
  • Transfer from / to the airport
  • A/C Transport during the whole tour
  • Cooking workshops at hotels as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Train ticket, route Cochin - Thalassery in 3rd A/C coach
  • Visit Kodanad Elephant Camp
  • Elephant ride in Kothamangalam
  • Kathakali dance performance in Cochin
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the program including the entrance fees
  • Service of a local English-speaking guide at all sights
  • All applicable taxes

Cancellation policy:

  • Before 45 days to the arrival of the tour no cancellation fee
  • From 40 to 30 days before the first day of the tour 50%
  • From 30 - 15 days before the first day of the tour 75%
  • Less than 15 days before the first day of the tour 100%
  • No show will be charged 100% of the amount paid


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