Join us as we venture along the west coast of South India, exploring the rich culinary traditions preserved and continuously reinvented by the diverse communities of the Malabar region. From Kozhikode to Goa, we'll visit port cities, temple towns, beaches, and orchards, exploring the dynamic and inextricable relationship between food and faith, and the interplay between sustenance and ritual. With the guidance of local historians, expert home chefs, and temple priests, we’ll teach our tongues to listen, tracing history through flavors and textures. Between bites of biryani, sips of chai (or feni), and healthy helpings of storytelling, we’ll come to develop an understanding of how the distinct tastes of Malabar, and the communities they draw from, came to be—and continue to evolve.
The total cost of this trip is $5,225 ($7,335 if taking the Rajasthan extension). For those traveling solo, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $1,460 ($1,665 if taking the extension). Please contact us to request a single room.
Our trip begins with a welcome lunch in Kozhikode on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Kozhikode the day before, so you can settle into your accommodations and meet our guide and group in the hotel lobby at 12 p.m. on Day 1 and head on to Zain’s, in time for an introductory lunch. Our trip concludes in Goa, in the morning on Day 10. If leaving Goa directly after our tour, we recommend departing in the morning on this day. If you’d like to continue on our extended journey, the flight for Delhi departs the same morning. The extension concludes in Jaipur, in the morning of Day 13.
Travelers should be comfortable walking one to three miles each day, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Though our pace will be relaxed and we’ll spend most of our time in small towns and quiet villages, keep in mind that India is a bustling and crowded place, and a few of the experiences involve immersing ourselves in the buzzing energy of it all to fully understand local ways of life.
The weather along the western coast of India is pleasant during the early winter months, with temperatures reaching up to 90°F during the day (the sun can be strong) and dropping to about 70°F at night. Rain showers are rare, but possible.
If informed in advance, dietary restrictions can be accommodated for meals at the hotels to a reasonable extent. Since this is a journey of food and faith, a lot of the experiences involve sampling of traditional meals and street food, where accommodating special dietary requests would not be possible. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
As you venture into cities and towns typically excluded from traditional India itineraries, you'll contribute to the recognition and growth of its lesser-known cultural traditions. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from this trip will go to the Tushita Foundation, an after-school education and empowerment program for children.