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 …

Master Chef Karrupiah of The Bangala Hotel and cooking school in Karaikudi at work on a mutton recipe.

Karrupiah

Karrupiah is the master chef at The Bangala in the town of Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu’s Chettinad region. From the time I first met him in 2014, until my return with Pauli-Ann two years later, I dreamed of cooking with him. Karrupiah is the expression of what is good in all cooks. He lives to cook …

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 …

Kochi, Cochin, cow artwork, hotel beds, Culinary Tours, Faces Places and Plates Blog

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 …