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Nature heals, entices: Kerala’s Bekal and Madikeri in Karnataka are simply beautiful

Bottle up the deafening sound of honking cars in cities and throw it in the calm backwaters as you cross endless tall coconut trees in the untouched north Kerala town of Bekal. Wish to further surrender to nature? Drive down from the beach destination to the Madikeri hill station in Karnataka, and soak in the green of the low hills. It used to be a task to reach Bekal and laze around on a less crowded beach while sipping fresh nutritious coconut water. Since the introduction of a daily service…

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Kerala’s Favourite Breakfast: How to Make Soft Puttu at Home

One of Kochi’s most successful restaurant launches over the last couple of years was Dhe Puttu. It helped that one of the restaurant’s promoters is Dileep, a successful Malayalam actor. However, this is not a restaurant that depends solely on star power but is driven by an innovative idea. All this restaurant does is serve Puttu, Kerala’s emblematic breakfast favourite. Dhe Puttu has over 20 different versions of Puttu. A year ago, I learnt to make Puttu at the Anantara Peace Haven resort in Tangalle, Sri Lanka’s southern tip. They…

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