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South India Culinary Adventure with Vikram Vij

Feb 25 - Mar 10, 2025

14 days | India | alumni UBC Travel Club

Join renowned chef Vikram Vij on a return culinary journey across South India.

Lush tropical landscapes, neat colourful villages, world-renowned temple complexes, and gorgeous heritage accommodation complement our focus on the rich and varied cuisine of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. South Indians are famously not afraid to experiment with their food, merging old traditions and discovering new recipes. Enjoy hands-on cooking classes, hosted cooking presentations, guided tasting walks in markets and bazaars, and meet chefs and food producers who are passionate about their craft.

A multitude of varied settings enhance our experience; from the Portuguese and Chinese influences on Kochi’s cuisine to the enchanting backwaters of Kerala, the fragrant spice gardens and tea plantations of Periyar, the thriving technicolour temples in the power centre of Madurai, the extravagant courtyard mansions of Chettinad, the Indian Cote d’Azur in Pondicherry, and Mahabalipuram’s stunning rock-cut temples on the Coromandel Coast. As we travel, we’ll dine at curated family stalls, on traditional banana leaf, and at favourite restaurants.

Chef Vikram will provide his interpretation of what you see and taste and share his vision of the importance of food in the continuity of cultural practices. 

If a genie granted you one wish, what would it be?
"For Indian food to be a staple of everyone’s culinary repertoire."
– Vikram Vij, quoted in Trek Magazine, Winter, 2017
 
 

 
 
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alumni UBC Travel Club Gastronomy & Wine
Tour Cost (per person):
US$8995 including taxes and gratuities
Group Size:
16 - 22 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; meals as indicated in the itinerary; all transportation by private coach; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all activities and entrance fees; four cooking classes; special food experiences; taxes and gratuities (for guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants); fully escorted by your Worldwide Quest tour director.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Kochi
2Explore Kochi's ancient mosques, Portuguese houses, and spice market
3Travel toward Kerala Backwaters, cooking class
4River boat experience of Kerala Backwaters
5Across the Western Ghats to Periyar and a cooking class
6Periyar’s spice gardens
7Meenakshi temple at Madurai
8Travel to Chettinad
9 Chettinad’s fabulous food and mansions
10World Heritage Site - Brihadeeswarar temple, Off to Pondicherry
11Cooking in Pondicherry
12 Along the Coromandel Coast to Mahabalipuram
13Fusion South Indian cooking demo in Mahabalipuram
14Transfer to Chennai airport and depart
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Your Tour Leader

Vikram Vij is an Indian-born Canadian chef, cookbook author, and television personality. He is a passionate supporter of the sustainable food industry and has championed many causes including the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood Program and the UBC Farm.

alumni UBC Travel Club Gastronomy & Wine
Tour Cost (per person):
US$8995 including taxes and gratuities
Group Size:
16 - 22 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; meals as indicated in the itinerary; all transportation by private coach; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all activities and entrance fees; four cooking classes; special food experiences; taxes and gratuities (for guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants); fully escorted by your Worldwide Quest tour director.

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