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Best Restaurants in Kerala

Kerala is also famous for its distinctive cuisine, which is uniquely different from the cuisines in other parts of India. Kerala cuisine truly reflects the rich diversity of its agricultural products. Religious and cultural factors also play a major role in diversity of cuisine in Kerala. Coconut being the integral part of their lives is used in various forms in cuisine. Second important ingredient is seafood which is used in Kerala’s traditional cuisine. Curry leaves, tamarind, chillies, mustard seeds, asafetida are the vital ingredients of spicy Kerala dishes. Rice is the staple food of Keralites and eaten in main course, snacks and breakfast in different forms.

In different part of state the mixed population lends a unique characteristic to the cuisine. Vegetarian cuisine is specialty of Hindus while Christians and Muslims excel in non-vegetarian food preparations. Appam, rasam, fish curry and payasum are some most popular dishes of Kerala. Kerala cuisine is also famous for its traditional `sadhyas´ - a vegetarian meal comprising of boiled rice and a number of side-dishes. The cuisine also has a variety of chutneys, pickles, banana chips, jackfruit chips, pappadums etc.

Keeping this tradition alive, most of Kerala's restaurants offer homegrown food as their chief attraction. It is worth trying these delicacies on your trip to Kerala.

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Mezban, Calicut

Located at Asma Towers Mezban restaurant is serves excellent Malabar food along with Continental and Chinese cuisines. This place has a lots to offer from a wide range of choices from their menu. Is the best place for those who like to eat well.
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Saravana Bhavan, Munnar

Located in the heart of the city Saravana is an excellent vegetarian restaurant. Their specialty is delectable Rawa dosa and other south Indian dishes. Food is served on banana leaves to make your eating experience more memorable.
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Bar-B-Que , Thekkady

Bar-B-Que is one of the highlights of Periyar. You are welcomed by a family who teaches you to cook authentic Kerala cuisine with fresh and quality ingredients. A great experience to have a glimpse of typical local household.
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Villa Maya, Trivandrum

This place is known for its excellent ambience. You have choice to sit indoor or outdoors. Enjoy your meal amidst beautiful gardens on tables in the middle of fountains and with live music playing. There restrooms are excellent and designed keeping in mind minutest details. Excellent cuisine and first class service makes it popular amongst tourists.
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Little Tibet, Varkala

Little Tibet in Varkala has great location near the steps down the beach. You can have an excellent view from first floor. The ambience of restaurant ensures relaxing eating experience. Restaurant serves Indian, Chinese and many other cuisines.
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Abba Restaurant and Everest German Bakery

Abba has superb location and ambience of western shack. This place is always full. There elaborate choice of Italian, Swedish, Chinese and Israeli dishes attracts customers throughout the year.
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Hotel Paragon Restaurant, Calicut

Paragon is Calicut’s best restaurant serving true Malabar food. In this restaurant you will always find long queues of customers to experience the famous vegetarian and non- vegetarian delights. Biryani, Appam, puttu and prawn prepartions are recommended here.
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The Rice Boat, Kochi

Located within Hotel Taj Malabar this restaurant overlooks the water. Ambience is such that it looks like a traditional rice boat (Kettuvalam), as the water is seen from restaurant, adding to the feel of being in a boat. It serves authentic Southern cuisine.There is an open kitchen in the restaurant and you have an option to choose from the display of fresh catch of the day for your meal.
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Bait, Kovalam

Bait is the seafront restaurant and is part of Taj Kovalam hotel.. It serves great seafood and pizzas. Excellent experience of dining to the sound of breaking waves, well presented food and live music makes it a must go place in Kovalam.
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Jasmine Bay, Kovalam

Inhouse restaurant at Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam is blessed with perfect natural beauty. This poolside restaurant is overlooking Arabian Sea and is known for its ambience, lush green decorative plants and delectable buffets with elaborate multi cuisine spread.
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Dosas and Pancakes, Kochi

Located within the Greenix complex Dosas & Pancakes is a venue for complete entertainment with plenty of food, Art gallery, Cultural Museum and live performance of Kathakali and other dance forms. Very close to beach with Kerala style ambience and decent crowd creates feel good factor here. This restaurant serves traditional food in modern way.
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Kashi, Kochi

Kashi is must go place for people visiting Fort Kochi.The paintings and statues add up to the charm of its open and airy atmosphere. Very famous for its Banana pies and Chocolates this is definitely one place not to be missed when in Kochi.
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Oceanos Restaurant, Kochi

Oceanos Restaurant has ambience of a boutique hotel and is best place to witness how culture blends into the food. It serves excellent Malabar food and has wide selection to choose from on the menu. Pleasant atmosphere and delicious food makes it a very popular amongst tourist.
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Pepper House Cafe, Kochi

Pepper House Café is beautifully set in a restored seafront building whish was once centre of Fort Cochin’s pepper trade. This café is known for its fare of western and fusion cuisines. You can opt to sit inside and watch the hustle and bustle of streets or sit outdoors in the quite courtyard and enjoy the glimpse of passing ships.
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Fort House Restaurant, Kochi

Fort House Restaurant, located on a picturisque dock jutting out slightly into the water. It serves local cuisine in welcoming ambience. Due to close proximity to mosque liquor is not served here but excellent food makes your evenings relaxed and memorable.
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