Kerala..lush green landscapes, a variety of architecture, culture, and cuisine. From ‘Krispy kerala’ banana chips and ‘Kokonut Kurry’ with fish and rice..the food is delectable! I went for my honeymoon to ‘God’s own country’, and the title is no exaggeration. Kerala is well-known for its greenery, hill stations like Munnar and Thekkady, Ayurvedic and spice plantations, elephant parades, cotton saris and of course different types of food! So my sojourn continues further south..
Me and my husband, both being foodies loved the coastal dishes made with local spices. Our first stop was Cochin, where we had a romantic boat ride soaking the sunset. There we saw ‘Chinese fishing nets’, truly a unique way to fish! Unfortunately due to a bad cold I ruined the romance with constant sneezing and coughing. As we returned to our hotel, I gobbled down a bright green colored cough syrup, took a warm bath..and went to sleep. (Apologies..hubby.)
The next morning we, with me in much better shape, left for Munnar. The place where we were put up was atop a beautiful mountain, with a mesmerizing view of the tea plantations down the valley. In the early morning, we sipped on hot tea and feasted on a sumptuous breakfast spread. The steam from the hot tea cut through the mist in the room. After this heart-warming and tummy filling breakfast, as we began our expedition of Munnar, we visited some spice gardens, bathed some elephants and purchased some Ayurvedic products as souvenirs.
Our next stop was Thekkady, which is also a hill station. Our room was set among the hill tops from where the sunrise looked breathtaking. Here we discovered something called ‘puttu’, which resemble little rice cakes. Thus I added one more food item to my Foodictionary. I guess it’s OK to admit..I’m ‘foodicted and wordicted’! I love food and to write about it, all the more!
On the last day of our Kerala trip, the world floated..literally on a house boat! What a perfect way to end the journey…in Allepy. As our boat halted near a local fish market, the cooks bought some fresh prawns and fish to fix our dinner. It was a wonderful surprise, full of tasty coastal food, some kokum curry, fried prawns, and sweets. The table was set beautifully with flowers and candles. It felt like our honeymoon ended in a very special way..indeed!
From here, we flew up bit northward…to happening beaches and party crowds..next stop..Goa!