This tour is a combination of the North India and South India culinary Tours. The North India Culinary tour is a gastronomic discovery of India and much more. Learn about the aromatic spices, travel like a local and try (safe) street food as you walk through the bustling bazaar. Savor local cuisine, pin down authentic Indian recipes and get a wonderful introduction to the culture, traditions and historic sites as you travel with us.
Come and experience India with your senses – taste the amazing food from the different places, see the amazing sites both natural and man-made, hear the musical traffic, smell the highs and lows while feeling like you are learning something new. Above all come and enjoy the journey.
The South India Culinary Tour will take you to beautiful art-filled temples, magnificent mansions of Tamil Nadu and the mist shrouded hills, palm fringed beaches, and spice plantation of Kerala. Taste your way through an authentic slice of South Indian cuisine as you travel from Chennai to Cochin.
Explore Chennai and the sea shore temples at Mahabalipuram before heading to Chettinad. Stay in a glorious old mansion with original teakwood pillars, Tamilnadu tiles and teakwood furnishing. Wander through the markets and savour the area’s delicious food.
Discover the aromatic spice trail at Thekkady. Then learn about Indian spices and organic farming techniques at a spice plantation. Enjoy the warm hospitality at a traditional Keralan home stay. Cruise through the serene backwaters in a converted rice barge. Spend a few days by the beach on the Malabar Coast before ending your tour in India at the ancient city of Cochin which is famed for its spices and has a history of trading that goes back to the Roman times.
Join us as we discover exotic foods on the Grand India Culinary Tour. This tour is for those people who love food and travel to places that changes the heart. Arrive in Kolkata, where traditional Bengali cuisine is at the top of the list. Seafood and mustard can be enjoyed. Then on to Lucknow, the most polite place to visit in India. Discover who influenced the choice of cosmopolitan food in this area. Travel to Delhi, the capital of “Incredible India” to see how the ancient meets the modern in all aspects of life. See World Heritage Listed Icons and stately government buildings. Take a round trip to Agra and wonder at the Taj Mahal, India’s most loved monument of love. Continue towards Jaipur, but on the way stop at Ramthambore National Park and join the jeep safaris in search of the elusive tiger and other wild animals. Relax a little a this popular retreat. Then travel to Jaipur, known affectionately as the Pink City. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and while there visit its mighty fort and palace. Enjoy the “hot” food of the desert state and return to Delhi for the flight to Chennai.
Arrive in Chennai, which was formally known as Madras and where the taste of coconut comes through in many dishes. Visit ancient temples and discover interesting Hindu sculptures. Travel to Mahabalipuram where stone masonry is an art form and the food can be quite spicy. Take a flight to Madurai where Tamil influence can be seen in the food at an interactive cooking class. Travel towards Peryer through Chettinad where the food is often described as the most aromatic and spicy in all of South India. Heading towards Kerala and the spice plantations, learn how food is prepared in the traditional way. see how spices are grown and harvested (if in season). Spend a little time on a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala, then visit the beaches and continue to Kochi (or Cochin) where once again your taste buds may discover something new. After visiting Nimmy and Paul’s amazing kitchen, the Grand India Culinary Tour concludes and you will be ready to relax for your flight to your next destination. Bring your camera to record the memories for your family and friends.
* Return Flights up to $1,200 included