The massive white columns of Nayakar Mahal Palace tower above the central courtyard, where black folding chairs are set up for a performance.

24 hours in Madurai

Madurai is a bustling beehive of a 2500-year-old city. The River Vaigai flows through the centre of the city and pulses, millet, oil seeds, cotton and sugarcane grow on the fertile plains surrounding the area. Automobile, rubber, chemical and granite manufacturing are the key industries. Lying within 10 degrees of the equator, it’s also famed for …

Karen enters the inner courtyard of a Chettiar mansion.

Karaikudi in Chettinad

Chettinad in Tamil Nadu has become a popular destination for food lovers, architectural buffs and antique hunters. The area is the ancestral homeland of the Chettiyars, a class of wealthy merchants who built their fortunes from trade and finance ventures in south east Asia. Because of their travels, their food is distinctly different from other …

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Kochi – Places to Stay

  There are new hotels being built in Kochi all the time but we like the following list for their locations, services and amenities.   CGH Brunton Boatyard  Located a short walk from Jew Town and the fish markets, the CGH (Clean, Green and Healthy) hotel group took an old ship building yard and turned …

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Kochi

Kochi is a soft place to land in India. Planes descend over teeming towers of coconut palms. Their deep green fronds, waving as though in welcome, dominate the landscape here in the state of Kerala. In fact, the word Kerala translates as “land of coconuts” in the local language of Malayalam. Kochi, at just over …

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Welcome

Welcome to Faces, Places and Plates. We begin our journey in South India No matter what places you visit in the world, sharing plates of food offers the chance to connect with the faces you meet. Cooking with locals creates insights into their daily life and culture. Lasting connections are forged even when language is …