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The leaders and pioneers in Homestay, Hands-on Cooking Programs, Culinary & Cultural Adventures in Kerala, India.

The Pimenta is India’s first cooking holiday homestay in the scenic south state of Kerala, less than two hours from Kochi. Set on the lush land of Haritha Farms—a 6.5-acre property growing spices, coffee, and produce—The Pimenta is both accessible and off the beaten track. With a focus local and sustainable practices, even a short stay is an opportunity to learn about Keralan food and culture with hands-on sessions and personalized experiences. Guests can choose from a number of packages or design their own; many choose to explore the region further through activities we can arrange, such as tea plantation visits, backwaters boat tours, biking, yoga, Ayurvedic massage, and more.Guests local agriculture, trades, and traditions and leave with knowledge they can take back into their own kitchen.

Who runs The Pimenta?

Every day at ThePimenta begins with coffee and fresh fruit grown on-site at Haritha Farms. This reflects the ethos of host Jacob Mathew, who has shared his passion for Indian cuisine and culture with visitors since 1994. To date, he has hosted over 3,000 guests and has been applauded by international publications. Jacob’s aim in the kitchen is to empower his guests with a hands-on experience in traditional South Indian cooking, which can be transported into their own kitchen anywhere in the world. “At its heart, The Pimenta is part retreat and part culinary celebration,” he says.

Where do guests sleep and eat at The Pimenta?

Four private bungalows with private bathrooms and spacious verandas are set amidst the tropical garden, steps away from the fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and lounge. Atop the main house, individual rooms, some with private bathrooms, are available for younger travellers and long-term guests.Wireless internet is available 24/7 throughout the property.

During a stay at The Pimenta, guests are provided with three vegetarian meals per day plus access to refreshments anytime. We are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions or allergies throughout your stay.Breakfast—where local coffee and fresh fruit is always on the menu—can be customized to fit your preferences, be it eggs and toast or Kerala’s famous idly and sambar. Most guests have cooking sessions before lunch and dinner, so those meals are an opportunity to feast on your creations! A smorgasbord of assorted dishes—curries, breads, chutneys, and more—are the usual spread. Depending on the length of stay, most guests also have an opportunity to eat at local restaurants once or twice to expand their palate.

Accommodation

The Pimenta consists of four attractive bungalows…

Activities

Alongside the cooking class, we offer a host of activities

Food

Cooking Packages

Cook and Stay

If you simply want to take a cooking course during your stay at The Pimenta without any extra activities, this is the option for you. Should there be one or two activities that pique your interest we can organise these as add-ons. Jacob will be only too happy to...

Curry Magic

Residential Hands-on Cooking holiday Courses start all days except Saturdays Day one Check-in followed by light lunch Leisure time A small tour through Surprises of the Midlands Presentation on spices: the how and the why Dinner Day two Breakfast Tour of the local...

3 day 3 night cooking program

Residential Hands-on Cooking Day 1 Light lunch orientation Cooking basics and demonstrations Afternoon cooking session Dinner Day 2 Breakfast Short tour of the region Light lunch Relaxing time Afternoon cooking session Dinner Day 3 Breakfast Market visits / related...

Kerala Cooking Residency

Residential Hands-on Cooking Courses start on Sundays and Thursdays Day one Check-in followed by light lunch Introduction to the history of Kerala cuisine and a look at the utensils, ingredients and techniques we will be using Presentation on spices; the how and the...

Kerala Cooking Adventure

Residential Hands-on Cooking Starts on Sundays Sunday Check-in followed by light lunch Introduction to the history of Kerala cuisine and a look at the utensils, ingredients and techniques we will be using Cooking demonstration Dinner Monday Breakfast Tour of the local...

Kerala Delight Package (5 days / 4 nights)

Looking to uncover the midland while leaving plenty of time for relaxation and good food? Kerala Delight provides a varied itinerary over the course of five days (four nights) that showcases the best of Kerala cuisine and guides you around the very best sights in the...

The Pepper Slice

Taste a slice of Kerala through a short two nights and three days experience around the foothills of Kerala. Itinerary Day one: Arrive at The Pimenta around lunch time. After lunch and a nap, in the afternoon we will be having a tour through the hidden surprises of...

Relax and Stay

If you want to stay at The Pimenta without a package, and do things at your pace this is the option for you. Should there be one or two activities that pique your interest we can organise these as add-ons. Jacob will be only too happy to assist you. Similarly, if you...

Kerala Surprise (3 nights, 4 days)

Intrigued by the midlands and interested to learn about biodiversity and local cuisine? Kerala Surprise provides a varied itinerary over the course of four days (three nights) that showcases the best of Kerala cuisine and guides you around the very best sights in the...

Gourmet getaways: Cooking lessons in exotic lands all the rage

Even if Kerala cuisine is known for its excellent fish and seafood curries, the focus of the cooking sessions at The Pimenta, located at Haritha Farms in Kadalikad, is on a vegetarian and vegan fare. Hands-on cooking sessions are an integral part of the Pimenta stay...

 

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Address: The Pimenta (Haritha Farms),Kadalikad Post, Kerala-686670, India.

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