The top 8 culinary vacations and cooking classes in India

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Cooking is therapeutic. What would make it more amazing is a scenic setting and an experienced chef to teach it to you, which is exactly what culinary vacations do? While you're on a holiday, you can go to these places and learn cooking the traditional way. The best part is that it doesn't feel like classes at all. Instead, it is fun and highly rejuvenating. These classes are mainly for tourists or vacationers who want to learn how to cook the cuisine of that place from the best.
 
Nimmy Paul Cookery Classes, Kochi, Kerala
Nimmy Paul is a much-renowned food consultant and professional cookery instructor. Students can learn a variety of traditional Syrian Christian food of Kerala. Classes range from three hours to an entire day. You can even stay at her place to experience the local life of the place. Nimmy is said to be an excellent chef and teacher, and the food cooked by her is absolutely lip-smacking.
Where: Variamparambil, Chakalakal Road, Kochi, Kerala.
Cost: Prices vary from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 6000 depending on the time duration and course.
 
Philipkutty's Farm, Kottayam, Kerala
The Philipkutty family is one of Kerala's warmest families. The family-owned farm is top on the list for those who desire a peaceful and laidback vacation away from reality. It is a favourite holiday spot for many but what really makes it stand out are the cookery lessons offered by the family. It takes place for 3 to 4 days and here you'll learn how to make the best of Kerala's food.
Where: Pallivathukal, Vechoor, Kottayam District, Kerala.
Cost: Available on request.
 
Shashi's Cooking Classes, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Hosted by Shashi, her son and her daughter-in-law, this class is a must-visit if you ever visit Udaipur. The food is flavoursome and so tasty that it will stay in your memories for long afterwards. However, what really manages to steal people's hearts is the charming, vivacious and kind Shashi. Her method of teaching is impeccable and so are her dishes.
Where: Below Sunrise Restaurant, 18 Gangaur Ghat Road (behind Jagdish Temple), Udaipur.
Cost: Between Rs. 500 to Rs.1500.
 
Rita's Gourmet, South Goa
Goan food is a delight for people all around the world and Rita's classes don't disappoint. You can attend the cookery lessons for two hours to five days. She introduces the students to basic ingredients and offers to teach a variety of cuisines like Spanish, Portuguese, Goan, Indian and desserts. She also offers a three day culinary and heritage course, cooking classes for children and other certified culinary courses.
Where: 256, Behind Material Organization (adjacent to Joggers’ Park), Jairamnagar, Dabolim, Goa. 
Cost: Ranging from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 4000.
 
Spice Paradise Cooking Classes, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Spice Paradise is a spice shop run by a couple whose masala chai is well-known throughout Jodhpur. They run their classes in the kitchen itself, giving a very local feel. They teach you how to cook local Indian fare like chapatis and biryani. Their classes are almost always full and a lot of foreign as well as Indian tourists come here to learn the fine art of cooking.
Where: Girdi Kote, Amar Chowk, Jodhpur.
Cost: Rs. 1000 per person.
 
Sita Cultural Centre, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
Sita Cultural Centre is ideal for those who cannot give more than a day for cooking classes as it takes place for not more than four hours. Special classes are also held for children. The cookery lessons include South Indian and French cuisine. The day ends with a dinner of the dishes you cooked. All aspects of cooking, right from shopping for the ingredients to serving are taught by Sita.
Where: 22 Candappa Moudaliar Street, Pondicherry.
Cost: Rs. 1000 for adults, Rs. 500 for kids and Rs. 1500 for French cuisine.
 
Aakriti Eco Homestay, Nilgiri Mountains, Tamil Nadu
Aakriti is run by couple Ravi and Renu, both of whom are chefs. It is placed in the heart of the Nilgiri tea Gardens. Guests usually stay at the in-house acomodation. The day starts with a visit to the farm for the students to pick up organic fruits and vegetables. It is then followed by a half day cooking demonstration. Classes can go on from 1 day to 5. The highlight is that they teach cuisines from all over India instead of a particular region.
Where: 99 Coonoor Road, Coonoor.
Cost: Available on request.
 
Haritha Farm’s Pimenta Spice Garden Bungalows, Kochi, Kerala
If you're looking for an iconic culinary experience, look no further. Haritha's is the one stop shop for learning how to cook the traditional Indian meal. There is an interesting range of options you can choose from like the ten-day traditional vegetarian program or two-day monsoon special program. It is a marvellous learning experience wherein you can even stay in the attached hotel and absorb everything around fully.
Where: Haritha Farms, Kadalikad, Kerala.
Cost: Starts at Rs. 7000
 
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