Thiruvananthapuram – the capital city of Kerala is one of the many gateways to the God’s Own Country. The city is relatively compact but energetic and most often travelers springboard to the nearby beach resorts of Kovalam and Varkala. 12km south of Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram district is Poovar – an isolated but a spectacular beach destination. Poovar is unspoiled and unexplored, cloaked by the most serene backwaters and
Kumarakom is a cluster of scenic islands around the picturesque Vembanad Lake. With lush greenery of a land full of paddy fields, coconut groves and mango groves, Kumarakom was declared as one of world’s 25 remote and exotic destination by Cande Nast Traveller in the year 1998. Nestled amidst the picturesque backwaters of Kumarakom is Eastend Lakesong Resort – a heaven for nature lovers. Thanks to the management
Over the last few years, there has been a rising popularity of Thalassery cuisine. A delicious mingling of Malabari, French and Arabian influences shaped what is known today as the Thalassery cuisine. My first tryst with this cuisine of Moplah community was last year during a food promotion at one of the leading hotels in hyd. This year, ITC Kakatiya has specially flown in Chef Sumaija from Calicut
Kollam as a seaport had a sustained commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans. It is also known for its natural beauty embraced with sea, forests, mountains, lakes, backwaters, plains, rivers, tropical crops and vast green fields. With its lush greenery and vivid natural surroundings, Kollam has become one of the favorite holiday destination. Located far away from the hustle-bustle of the city
They say “There is no Wi-fi in the forest but you will find better connection”. In search of this connection I landed up at Periyar – a wildlife sanctuary which has a rich bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna and a rich tribal culture. Serving as a Gateway to Thekkady is Forest Canopy Resort – the most scenically placed Premium Resort which promises you a rainforest like theme. Located
Munnar – is undoubtedly the most sought after tourist destination in South India. The hills, the mist, the valleys, the waterfalls and the emerald-green carpeted tea plantations is a heaven of peace and tranquility in the God’s own country. Located at an altitude of 6000ft in Idukki district, Munnar was apparently the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British. Nestled in the land of greenery is Munnar Tea
My memories of appam’s start with the softest and fluffiest appam and stew that my Kerala neighbors used to make for breakfast. Since then, this quintessential breakfast is rooted so much so that I long for an opportunity to dig into it with sweetened coconut milk. Was happy to have been invited for the preview of Festival of Appealing Appams at Spice Junxion – a specialty restaurant at Taj Deccan
Whether you want a quick no fuss meal or a leisure rummage through an entire cuisine, the concept of Indian Thali is unique and comes in a multitude of regional varieties. Packing small portions of a variety of dishes on to a single plate – A Thali perhaps is the most balanced meal! In an unceasing effort to serve authentic culinary delights from various parts of India, Spice Junxion –
The food festivals at Radisson Blu always excites me with its distinct offerings and this time it was the Kerala Food Festival. As I walked in, was pleasantly surprised to see “Chill – the Terrace” transform into a beautiful elegant Kerala setting with the staff decked up in mundu – their traditional attire.
People who are familiar with “Simply South” in Film Nagar can relate to the awesome food dished out by Chef Chalapathi Rao. Untill now, Gachibowli stretch had every possible cuisine to its name and yet a proper South Indian restaurant was missing from the scene, the newly launched Simply South beside HP Petrol Bunk, Gachibowli perfectly fits the bill.