Holistic culinary experience with an Indian family at an eco-homestay

Coimbatore
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

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1483.00 USD pp

Dates for shown  for these experiences are indicative only, and may be negotiated on request.

Aakriti 5-night stay and culinary experience
Day 1
You will be met by your hosts at the Coimbatore airport and you will drive to the Aakriti home-stay with your hosts in your private car.
You will spend these few days with a multi-cultural Indian family. The family lives on a tea plantation and has opened their home and hearts to the discerning traveler to India. Aakriti is a boutique luxury home-stay that the family founded in 2004.

Whilst at the family home, you will have a fine mix of adventure, learning, culture exchanges with the family and the local people who live in this beautiful region.

All your meals will be shared with the family at their residence.You will have your own independent cottages with hand-made oil paintings that adorn the walls (made by the hostess; Renu - an Artist and Nutritionist). You will get to savour cuisine from all across India, cooked by Renu. They are a vegetarian family.

You will have the remainder of the evening at leisure.

Day 2
Today you will experience a private Tea Tour that covers a plantation walk, a visit to a tea factory

You will visit the historic town of Ooty where you will visit the region's oldest farmers ' market.

The visit would be a prelude to start your hands-on cooking session with Renu at ‘Aakriti’. You have 3 hands-on cooking sessions with Renu.

Post-lunch you will experience your first hands-on cooking session, which will end with you sampling your dishes at dinner.


Day 3
This morning you will walk though a forest nearby, this forest is home to the ‘Giant Malabar Squirrel’.

Post-lunch you’ll experience a ride on the 102 year old Nilgiri Mountain Steam Train as it makes its way from the historic British summer capital of Udhagamandalam (Ooty) to the foothills at Mettupalayam, passing through lush plantations, hillside villages, verdant natural forests, over bridges and rock-cut tunnels.

The bio-diesel engine powers the first leg of the journey from Ooty to Coonoor, while the second and longer leg of the journey is covered by the historic steam engine. The total journey covers 46 kilometers covers 3 hours.

Day 4
This morning you will visit the town of Ooty, where you will meet and interact with the ancient hill tribe - The Todas. 
 
You will learn more about their lifestyle in the mountains and the forests as well as have a hands-on weaving session with the Toda women.

Post-lunch you will experience your second hands-on cooking session which will end with you sampling your dishes at dinner.

You will have the evening at leisure.

Day 5
You will drive with your hosts to the Eastern fringes of the Nilgiri Mountains.

You will walk along tea plantations and local villages taking in the fresh mountain air and experiencing life as it is in the mountains.

This afternoon you will experience your third hands-on cooking session which will end with you sampling you dishes at lunch.

Note: This cooking Session is two (2) dishes of your choice. For example:
* An Indian bread with a curry OR
* A rice dish with a curry OR
* A starter & a dessert OR
* Indian finger food & a beverage.

Note : Each Cooking session will last for 2 - 3 hours. 
 
Day 6
You will drive with your hosts to the Coimbatore airport / Railway station for your return home.

Inclusions for a five-night stay:

Overland in your private air-conditioned SUV with your hosts
Round-trip transfers to Ciombatore airport / railway station.
Activities within the Nilgiris.
All activities personally accompanied by the hosts at the home-stay.
3 private hands-on cooking sessions
Nilgiri Mountain Railway (one-way) Ooty to Mettupalayam with First Class seats for 2 adults.
5 nights at Aakriti, boutique eco home-stay
5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches & 5 Dinners per person.
 
Aakriti 7-night stay and culinary experience
Day 1
You will be met by your hosts at the Coimbatore airport and you will drive to the Aakriti home-stay with your hosts in your private car.
You will spend these few days with a multi-cultural Indian family. The family lives on a tea plantation and have opened their home and hearts to the discerning traveler to India. Aakrriti is a boutique luxury home-stay that the family founded in 2004.

Whilst at the family home, you will have a fine mix of adventure, learning, culture exchanges with the family and the local people who live in this beautiful region.

All your meals will be shared with the family at their residence. You will have your own independent cottages with hand-made oil paintings that adorn the walls (made by the hostess; Renu - an Artist and Nutritionist). You will get to savour cuisine from all across India cooked by Renu. They are a vegetarian family.

You will have the remainder of the evening at leisure.

Day 2
Today you will experience a private Tea Tour that covers a plantation walk, a visit to a Tea Factory

You will visit the historic town of Ooty where you will visit the region's oldest Farmers' Market.

The visit would be a prelude to start your hands-on cooking session with Renu at ‘Aakriti’. You have 4 hands-on cooking sessions with Renu.

Post-lunch you will experience your first hands-on cooking session which will end with you sampling your dishes at dinner.

Day 3
This morning you will walk though a plantation and a village nearby... a peaceful long walk will help soak in the feel of these picturesque environs.

Post-lunch you will experience your second hands-on cooking session which will end with you sampling your dishes at dinner.

You will have the evening at leisure.

Day 4
You will have the morning at leisure to walk through the tea plantation around your cottage OR simply laze on the swing and read your favorite book OR interact with the family.

Post an early lunch you’ll experience a ride on the 102 year old Nilgiri Mountain Steam Train as it makes its way from the historic British summer capital of Udhagamandalam (Ooty) to the foothills at Mettupalayam; passing through lush plantations, hillside villages and verdant natural forests, over bridges and rock-cut tunnels.

The bio-diesel engine powers the first leg of the journey from Ooty to Coonoor, while the second and longer leg of the journey is covered by the historic steam engine. The total journey covers 46 kilometers covers 3 hours.

Day 5
This morning you will visit the town of Ooty, where you will meet and interact with the ancient hill tribe - The Todas. 
 
You will learn more about their lifestyle in the mountains and the forests as well as have a hands on weaving session with the Toda women.

Post-lunch you will experience your third hands-on cooking session which will end with you sampling your dishes at dinner.

You will have the evening at leisure.
 
Day 6
You will the morning at leisure relaxing in our cottage or you could engage in discussion with your host and Chef Renu on the versatility or Indian Cuisine, its spices and further and most importantly some of the home remedies we as a family have used from herbs & spices for generations.

This afternoon you will experience your fourth (4th) hands-on cooking session which will end with you sampling you dishes at lunch.
Note: This Cooking Session is two (2) dishes of your choice. For example
* An Indian Bread with a Curry OR
* A Rice dish with a Curry OR
* A Starter & a Dessert OR
* Indian Finger food & a Beverage.

Note : Each cooking session will last for 2 - 3 hours. 
 
Day 7
You will drive with your hosts to the eastern fringes of the Nilgiri Mountains.

You can walk along tea plantations and local villages taking in the fresh mountain air and experiencing life as it is in the mountains.

You will have the remainder of the afternoon at leisure in your cottage OR you could take another walk this evening to the nearby forest.
 
Day 8
You will drive with your hosts to the Coimbatore airport / Railway station for your return home.

Inclusions:

Overland in your private air-conditioned SUV with your Hosts
Round-trip transfers to Ciombatore airport / railway station.for activities within the Nilgiris.
4. All activities personally accompanied by the hosts at the home-Stay.
4 private hands-on Cooking Sessions
Nilgiri Mountain Railway (one-way) Ooty to Mettupalayam First Class seats for 2 adults
7 nights at ‘aaKRiti, Boutique Eco Home-stay
7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches & 7 Dinners per person.
 
Aakriti Billing

The price of a stay at Aakriti is highly flexible based on the number of travellers and it can also be tailored based on the number of hands-on culinary experiences one would like to have included. However, as an indicator, we’ve listed prices for two-adults for a typical five-night and seven-night stay with included culinary experiences.

Billing for a 5-night stay experience at Aakriti for 2-adults – INR 89,000 (USD 1,483)

Billing for a 7-night stay experience at Aakriti for 2-adults – INR 1,21,000 (USD 2,016)

 


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