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Cook Kerala are a specialist Kerala Cookery Tour Company that offer bespoke Kerala Cookery Tour Holidays to the Kerala region of Southern India.
We provide tailored cookery tours to Kerala. These Kerala Cookery Tours are ideal for holidays to India as well as perfect for Chefs looking for a bus-mans holiday to India to brush up on their Professional Indian Cookery skills .
We currently do specific tours of Kerala and the wider Southern India region but could consider offering similar cookery tours to other parts of India if the demand is high enough for such tours.
Kerala a Southern State of India.
We are a specialist Kerala Cookery Tour company that offers exceptional value for money Kerala cookery tours. We use our experience and knowledge to ensure that you get the most out of the Cookery tours. We travel with the best airline operators and stay at the most beautiful of hotels & resorts to ensure that all of our Cookery Tour guest have a fantastic time. With regards to the Cooking lessons we ensure that you see and are trained by the best Kerala Cooks that the region has to offer.
The risks to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, e.g. activities abroad, length of stay and general health of the traveller. It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse 6-8 weeks in advance of travel.
For more travel health advice please follow the link.
A valid passport and visa are required for travel to India. The Indian government now offers two options for tourists, a traditional tourist visa or an e-TouristVisa (eTV) issued electronically. A traditional Indian tourist visa is stamped inside the traveler's passport. You can find out more about Visas for India via the link.
No, we have fantastic relationships with the suppliers that we use on the tours to ensure that we help to reduce costs and in addition you can get added value by benefiting from our vast experience, when we arrange the tours.
Yes, your guide for the Entire trip will be Cookerala Owner and MD Sue Tasher who will accompany you for the entire tour. Should you want your own break away days within the tour this can be arranged. Please feel free to contact us for more info.
Over 800,000 British nationals visit India every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
It is always good to take precautions when travelling abroad.
For independent travel advice to India from the UK Government please follow the link.
Averages for Kerala in March:
Although it never really gets cold, Kerala, India, begins to get even warmer in March, when the resort sees high temperatures of up to 33°C during the day. ... The average daily temperature is a scorching 29°C—the same temperature is also recorded in April and May.
For more about Kerala Weather for March please follow the link.
The high temperatures of 26-30°C continue in Kerala, India, in September, when the resort is coming to the end of the monsoon season. You may get a few days of rain but it would only be for a few hours per day...
For more about Kerala Weather in September please follow the link.
You can access alcohol from local shops and many of the 5 star hotels still offer alcohol even if it is just beer or wine but there are some restrictions on bars providing alcohol which is why many have closed down recently. You can also take alcohol with you.
Kerala is a beautiful Indian destination; with stunning coastlines, a wide range of culture to explore and exciting wildlife to meet your holiday will be packed full of last memories. One of the best ways to ensure each moment is enjoyed to its fullest is to be prepared, that includes packing the right clothes and knowing what to wear around Kerala.
Clothing for the resorts in Kerala
In your hotel or around where you are staying, in general it is fine to dress however you wish, hotels are geared towards western visitors so will welcome sunbathers in beach wear. This means shorts and more revealing clothes may be worn within the enclosed grounds of your resort. They can also recommend tourist beaches where you can relax in the sun without fear of offending the local people.
Clothing for the towns in Kerala
Whilst there are no laws on what you can and can’t wear around Kerala you will want to avoid making locals feel uncomfortable by following the cultural norms on dressing. A sari is the most common item worn by women, whilst you won’t be expected to don this traditional attire women should try follow the same basic principles by covering the legs and shoulders, and avoiding tight-fitting, revealing clothes. Men should follow the same guidelines and wear loose cotton trousers to stay cool, instead of shorts.
The strong influence of tourism and western visitors to Kerala makes it one of the most relaxed places when looking at attitudes towards dress so you may find a lot of restaurants and beaches where these conventions have been forgotten. However it is still best to err on the side of caution and maintain a respectful appearance.
It is recommended if you travel out of the town and to remote beaches in areas that have not had as strong a western influence you are particularly respectful and keep a t-shirt and sarong on when entering the water to still avoid exposing too much skin.
To stay cool in the hot weather we wouldd recommend you opt for cotton or other light materials, that will prevent you from feeling overheated even whilst wearing longer clothes. If you are struggling in the heat look at what the locals wear and the materials they choose, you could even pick up some cover-up items from a local market that are made especially for the climate.
Clothing for the temples and other Religious buildings and monuments in Kerala
This is undoubtedly the most important time to be aware of the local dress code in order to ensure you do not offend anyone. It is essential both women and men cover their legs with long trousers or skirts, shoulders and flesh must also be covered and shoes removed before entering any religious temple.
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Flights from the UK are approximately 11 to 16 hours depending from which airports and how many stops etc.
You can find out more about Flight times via the link.
If your flight requires a change of flight, it is usually only for an hour or two.
During the duration of the tour we would be travelling via the same vehicle.
We try and keep all travelling time down to an absolute minimum, whilst still ensuring that we see all that we need to throughout the Kerala region. The Journey times in between hotels is usually a few hours.
Our Cookery Tour trips are for adults so suitable for people 18 years and older. At the top age, there is no age limit as long as you are given the all clear by a doctor that you are fit enough to travel to India to take part in an activity / cookery tour.
Kerala is not one of the best areas of India when it comes to access to safe drinking water so it is advised to use bottled water.
As the tour covers most expenses you would not need to take too much additional spending money, but it is always sensible to have extra for day trips, souvenirs and other expenses as well as emergencies.
Yes, these Cookery Tours would be ideal for those looking to learn or expand their understanding of Kerala Cooking.
You might be able to pay in installments. Please contact us with your issues and we might be able to set up a DD payments for 3 or 4 payments depending on your requirements and how many months we have left until the next tour.