South Indian food tour, Kerala

“Tuck into Kerala’s foodie treats and learn to cook on this 16 day tour, with village homestays, friendly hosts, hiking, swimming and exploring too.”


Village homestays | Kochi | Arakkal homestay | Emerald Isle | overnight houseboat cruise | Periyar Nature Reserve | cookery lessons | pick and shop for food | local hosts | optional: hikes and night trekking in Periyar | Mundakkal Spice Plantation

Description of South Indian food tour, Kerala

Fill your belly, delight yours senses and expand your culinary repertoire on this South Indian food tour in Kerala. During your 16 days here, you’ll learn southern Indian home cooking, shopping in the market, helping to catch fresh fish and then learning how to cook it all up up to create a delicious feast.

The food in Kerala is diverse, with the Muslims, Hindus and Syrian Christians who live here all influencing its cuisine. You will get to taste and enjoy every kind of food, and see exactly where it’s from, too. During a homestay on a spice plantation, you see plants and spices growing in the organic, traditional farm and gardens, including coconut, pineapples, tapioca and yam. You will get to gather and pick these fresh ingredients which all go into the delicious vegetarian food you’ll be preparing here, flavoured with fresh pepper, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.

In Kochi, you can enjoy seafood and learn Keralan Islamic cooking, called Mopla, with Faiza Mooza, the owner of Aysha Manzil homestay. This type of food is totally different to typical Keralan cuisine as it’s hot and spicy. A day here starts with a morning visit to the fish market and spice seller and winds up with an amazing feast. When you visit the Emerald Isle you can taste Syrian Christian dishes, which include duck roast and baked fish.

This Kerala food tour isn’t only about cooking. There is plenty of time for walking, swimming, biking, boat rides and meeting the friendly local people.
The best time to visit Kerala is from late October to April. The monsoon comes in June, July and August and you can still visit here, so long as you don’t mind the rain.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and adapted to suit your budget and requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Rough Guide to India described our tours as “The most original, hands-on and ethical itineraries on the market” - we’re proud of this and like to think that the quote sums up our ethos neatly. When you take a tour with us, around 70% of your money stays in India - supporting the social/environmental work of our partners and the projects they support.


The Impacts of this Trip

We feel particularly strong that guides should be local, giving you the opportunity to spend time with people local to the country, supporting their livelihoods and assimilating the local culture. All tour partners, tour guides and hosts involved in the South India Food Tour come from the host country. In most cases, your guide is from the specific village in which you are staying (usually the owners, or an employee of the owner). This may mean that your host has imperfect English but we like to think that the benefits are worthwhile.

Most of the food in this tour is cooked specifically by your hosts and is grown locally, thereby benefiting the local community. Home stays create local employment to work on the farm and to help in manage the home stays. An example is Spice Plantation homestay, based on a farm and forest gardens using traditional organic farming methods. Plants and spices grown on the farm supply the vegetarian cuisine prepared for the homestay - coconut, pineapple, bananas, different types of yam, tapioca, spices such as pepper, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla and other tropical fruit trees and medicinal herbs.

In terms of transport - you’ll see from the itinerary that we’re keen to cut the driving and encourage guests to stay several days in any one place with a local guide (rather than continuously driving from one place to another), guests will participate in lifestyles that are themselves sustainable - you'll eat locally produced food, use local transport, cook dinner with your host, and visit local environmental projects.


2 Reviews of South Indian food tour, Kerala

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The relaxed pace and seeing how different Southern India is compared to the north.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Although this is called a Food Adventure, and some cooking demonstrations were involved, there could have been more of an emphasis on food.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The two weeks were very enjoyable. There was a bit of confusion a couple of times about what was included in the journey, but it was quickly straightened out. The chosen homestays were wonderful.

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

As this was our first time in India, all the places were memorable for their own reasons. Even our first experience of the traffic was 'exciting' We had an
excellent driver/guide who was able to offer a lot of help.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

This is also the first time of staying in different places. With hindsight I would have dramatically reduced the amount of clothes we took and used the laundry

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely. We knew the homestays supported local families and you could see how, particularly at the Spice Plantation

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I would give this holiday a 5 star rating. From the flights to the hotels/homestays - everything was just amazing.

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