Accommodation & food of Kerala

“You can find accommodation facilities ranging from Five Star to Middle Class at the most competitive rates”
“Keralites uses variety of spices in their cusines including cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, green and red peppers, cloves, garlic, cumin seeds, coriander, turmeric, etc.”
Accommodation & food of Kerala

Kerala is considered as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The growth of tourism industry in Kerala in the last few years stands testimony to the aforesaid claim. Moreover, it has been named as one of the 'Fifty Destinations of a Lifetime' by National Geographic Traveler. Thanks to the impeccable accommodation facilities and delicious cuisines on the offer at the most competitive rates. Almost all hotel empires including multi-national resorts are engaged in a cut-throat competition to lead the show.

Well furnished state-of-the-art suites arranged in these hotels are a class apart. Apart from the tropical climate and tranquil backwaters of Kerala, the warm hospitality being offered by these hotels keep the tiring tourists at ease. The panoramic view of the seaside from the hotel balcony holds them spellbound. Another major attraction comes in the form of Kerala's exclusive Ayurveda Therapy. Nothing more the tourists can ask for to enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

Hotels in Kerala are differentiated in to different classes as per the standard of facilities on the offer. Those resorts that offer premium facilities come under the 'Luxury' category and the next layer of hotels are categorized as 'Standard'.

For middle class tourists, hotels at affordable rates are available. These hotels also target tourists ranging from families to honeymooners and from pilgrims to business travelers.

About Kerala Hotels

Accommodation is a supreme criterion that determines the satisfaction and delight of a traveler.

Click to enlarge Rain Country Resort in Kerala

In Kerala, hotels range from Five Star to Middle Class and can accommodate all types of customers. Luxury hotels are studded with state-of-the-art facilities on par with international standards. They provide Ayurveda Therapy, a package exclusively meant for tourists visiting Kerala. This will rejuvenate the tourists after a long tiring journey and provides them ample time to relax.

For families including couples who are on honeymoon, pilgrims and business men, middle class hotels provide excellent accommodation facilities. There are Budget hotels in Kerala that offers basic accommodation facilities for the travelers at affordable rates.

Every traveler wants a treat to his/her eyes, that can brighten up their spirits; but once they are back at their suite, they need the most ideal settings to revitalize their body and mind for the chain of actions that follows the next day.

The Kerala Cusines

This is linked to the history, topography and culture of the land. Most of the non-vegetarian dishes available here are spicy. Kerala is known for its traditional sadhyas, a vegetarian meal served with boiled rice and a host of side-dishes. The sadhya is complemented by payasam, a sweet milk dessert native to Kerala. The sadhya is, as per custom, served on a banana leaf. Traditional food items include sambar, aviyal, kaalan, theeyal, thoran, injipully, pulisherry, appam , kappa (tapioca), puttu (steam cake), and puzhukku. Coconut is an essential ingredient in most of the food items and is liberally used.

Click to enlarge Traditional kerala sadhya

The culinary skills of the different communities of Kerala make the dishes distinct in taste and variety. Almost every dish that is prepared in Kerala style has coconut and spices added to it. The main spices used are cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, green and red peppers, cloves, garlic, cumin seeds, coriander, turmeric, etc. Spices are used in Kerala to tone up the system the way wines aid the digestion of Western cuisine. The vegetarian food includes sambar, rasam, olan, kaalan, kichadi, pachadi, aviyal, thoran, etc.

Biriyani, a Mughal dish, was popularised by the Muslim familes in Kerala. Biryani is a dish of rice cooked along with meat, onions, chillies and other spices. Meen pollichathu and fish molee are seafood delicacies.

The main food item is served with rice and at the end of each meal the dessert, payasam, is served. Payasam is prepared from milk, using coconut extracts, sugar, cashews, dry grapes, etc. Paal payasam is another speciality.

The Kerala porotta is a flatbread that is served with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

Click to enlarge Spicy Muscles Fry

A typical Kerala breakfast may be puttu, which is rice powder and grated coconut steam cooked together, idli and sambar, dosa and chutney, idiyappam (string hoppers - also known as Noolputtu), or appam, a kind of pancake made of rice flour fermented with a small amount of toddy (fermented sap of the coconut palm) which is circular in shape, edged with a crisp lacy frill. It is eaten with chicken or vegetable stew.

Kerala cuisine also has a variety of pickles and chutneys, and crunchy pappadums, banana chips, jackfruit chips, kozhalappam, achappam, cheeda, and churuttu.

Kanji (rice congee) and payaru (mung bean), kappa (tapioca) and fish curry are traditional favourites of Keralites.

Some of the delicacies of the Mappilas (Muslims) of Kerala are influenced by the 7th century Arabs. Pathiri is a sort of pancake made of rice flour.

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