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Authentic South Indian Cooking Class and Vegetarian Meal with a Local in Chennai
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Authentic South Indian Cooking Class and Vegetarian Meal with a Local in Chennai

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Duration: 3h
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  • Private cooking class and vegetarian meal with your host Jyashree
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Bottled water
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


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  • MG Ramachandran Road, MG Ramachandran Rd, Kalakshetra Colony, Besant Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600090, India
    Meet your host at their home in Besant Nagar neighborhood in Chennai. Please check the 'Before you go' section on your voucher for the exact address, the above only offers neighbourhood details, and not the exact address. That can be found in your ticket upon booking confirmation.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7626P258

    • Menu may vary depending on the season
    • If any travelers in your party have any allergies, dietary restrictions or cooking preferences please advise at time of booking
    • Private, personalized experience
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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