Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

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Restauranteur Culinary Tour Host Kerala Homestay Owner Village Tourism Promoter Spice Exporter Event Manager A Foodie and A Traveller

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Wilson Rajan
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5 Days 2 Hours Ago

A Kerala Shap...a toddy shop and a restaurant serving fresh Toddy and a variety of Keralan delicacies. Yes, yesterday's lunch was at Mullapanthal, one of the the most popular local eatery located in Trippunithara, Kochi. Karimeen (Pearlspot) Curry, Kappa (Tapioca), Beef Fry, Fried Tiny Fishes, Puttu (Rice flour cakes steamed with fresh grated coconut) and a bottle of fresh Toddy was our meal...and each and everything was so relishing to the core. A local toddy shop atmosphere could put you aback but the serving staff though they look like toughies, they are men with a good heart, always ready to help and so forth coming when you want to take a pic or selfie. So if you are game for a local encounter with not just seafood, meat and poultry but also with 'Men in Mundu', then this is the place to be... where aromas and flavours will make you sweat but you will continue to enjoy til you are done with every bone and morsel that you ordered. We may take you there while you onboard @the_spice_circuit culinary tour of Kerala.Book your seat for the - 26th Jan to 4th Feb, 2019 Tour - NOW! #thespicecircuit #toddyshop #shap #mullapanthal #localeatery #localfood #localcuisine #keralacuisine #keralanfood #foodtour #culinarytraveller #foodtourism #localtour #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #condenasttraveller #natgeotravel #traveller #travel #travelinfluencer #travelblogger #spicejourney #culinarytravelblogger #nyttravel #meninmundu

Wilson Rajan
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6 Days 3 Hours Ago

Much like their fruits, the leaves of Coconut, Banana and Papaya have many incredible uses. The leaves of Coconut -'The Tree of Life' are used as roofing material for houses, and for creating various types of handicrafts. They and burnt to ash to make lime and their ribs are used to make brooms, also toothpicks and satay skewers. They are also the favorite food of Elephants. Papaya leaf juice, is fast gaining importance in a world of nutrition for packing incredible health and skin benefits. Like the fruit, the leaf is rich in enzymes like papain and chymopapain, which aid digestion, prevents bloating and other digestive disorders. Apart from digestion, the strong alkaloid compounds like karpain works effectively against fighting dandruff and balding. Banana leaves are used for cooking, wrapping and serving food. They are also used for decorative and symbolic purposes in most Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies. Fully dried leaves are used as packing material for foodstuffs. They impart an aroma to food that is cooked in or served on them; steaming with banana leaves imparts a subtle sweet flavor. Besides the flavour, the leaves keep juices in and protect food from burning, much as foil does. Get to have a meal on the plantain leaf, or cook a Meen Pollichathu (fish wrapped in banana leaf) or try an Ella-appam for breakfast while @the_spice_circuit Culinary Tours. #thespicecircuit #bananaleaf #coconutleaves #papayaleaf #bananaleafmeal #ellaappam #meenpollichathu #plantainleafmeal #travelinfluencer #traveller #travel #keralablogexpress #keralatourism #karnatakatourism #tamilnadutourism #srilankatourism #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #culinarytraveller #spicejourney #foodtour #chefledtour #chefledtours #gastronomictour #responsibletourism #ecotourism

Wilson Rajan
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6 Days 22 Hours Ago

Gourds are members of the family Cucurbitaceae (Cucurbits) along with melons, squash and cucumber. They're all "cucumbers" to the botanist and "Vine Crops" to the agriculturist, and the're all fruit but in culinary practice gourds are "vegetables". Gourds are native to Asia and Africa and were unknown in the Americas until brought by European traders and invaders after 1500. We have a few of the Ash Gourd in our Kitchen Garden. It's also know as Winter Melon, White Pumpkin, Wax Gourd or Safed Petha (in Hindi). In India it's used for sweets and curries and my mother cooks it with lentils as a side dish and as a Dal and makes an amazing thoran (stir fry) and Pachadi with it. Relish many such local delicacies while at our 'Home in a Village' as part of @the_spice_circuit Culinary tour of Kerala. #thespicecircuit #gourd #ashgourd #culinarytraveller #traveller #culinarytourism #travel #travelinfluencer #culinaryjourneys #travelblogger #culinarytravel #foodtour #spicejourney #keralatourism #cometokerala #keralatravelgram #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #localcuisine #keralablogexpress #homeinavillage #culinary #villagetourism

Wilson Rajan
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8 Days 3 Hours Ago

Wanted my 300th post on @instagram to be special and what in the world is more special than Mum and her food...food cooked with oodles and oodles of love. And I must confess that one of the most treasured part of my attachment for Mum is her food, she is my best chef and for me nothing compares with the food she cooks for us as a family. And apart from the super ingredient LOVE what makes her food so unique is that the majority of ingredients she uses are either self produced or locally sourced. She makes her own coconut oil, clarified butter, spice powders, masala mixes, pickles and tries to grow whatever little she can in her small garden and her paddy fields including rearing country and black hens for Eggs. She also has Macey the cow for fresh milk. Come stay with us at our 'Home in a Village' and get to not just experience village life upfront but relish Ponnamama's Keralan delicacies, also cook with her and take back some of her personal recipes. #thespicecircuit #homeinavillage #mothersfood #mumsfood #superchef #masterchefmum #palamooottilpandakasala #keralafood #keralacuisine #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #nyttravel #condenasttraveler #traveller #travel #travelinfluencer #travelblogger #foodandtravel #cuisineandculture #foodtour #culinarytraveller #spicejourney #responsibletourism #localproduce #kitchengarden #godsowncountrykerala

Wilson Rajan
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8 Days 23 Hours Ago

During the recent @keralatravelmart post mart tour of Wayanad, the one thing on top of my agenda was to visit @cghearth Wayanad Wild. To get to have breakfast (Ragi string hoppers with Veg Stew, Kallappam with Egg Roast and locally sourced fruits) with Johnny the GM, followed by property visit and then a brief chat with Chef Velu was a great opportunity. Wayanad Wild set amidst the forest, once fully complete will be the most premium property of Wayanad and with many from the core team being a part of the property, the richness of a @cghearth experience is bound to create magic in the wild. A destination to savour the distinct flavours of its regional cuisine, you will be amazed to know that the farmers, including tribal cultivators of Wayanad, have managed to cultivate and preserve 62 traditional rice varieties, including rare and endangered varieties. Get to the Malabar heartland and enjoy the diversity of God's Own Country. #thespicecircuit #wayanadtourism #wayanad #cghearth #wayanadwild #wayanadtourismorganisation #wayanadtrip #malabar #malabarcuisine #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #responsibletourism #wildadventures #keralarice #ktm2018 #weareatktm2018 #keralatravelmart #travelinfluencer #travelwriter #travelblogger #travel #traveller

Wilson Rajan
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9 Days 16 Hours Ago

To be recognised for your work is perhaps the biggest honour one could receive...this feature in today's @nytimes is one of our greatest achievement so far. Thank you @nytimes and @patchworkcompass for this honour...indeed it's immensely motivating to be just a year old and being there on one of the most reputed, widely read and credible print media. This could only be achieved because of the many who believed in us, who inspired and supported us to start @the_spice_circuit and it's culinary journeys to the South of India and Sri Lanka. Thank you Carla @oreid @kettlesrichard @marthaluciusstrategist @_davidrhart135 @meganshock Ken and @lenskumar And all those who have travelled with us over the last year, all those at the back-end...Shaji and Melani and their team, all the hotels, resorts and houseboats. All the Guides, Drivers and service providers who as dots connected it all so well to always deliver an exceptional experience to our travellers. We are what you made us... Thank You Everyone! Read the article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/04/travel/food-tours-chefs.html #thespicecircuit #thenewyorktimes #travelinfluencer #travelblogger #traveller #travel #keralatourism #tamilnadutourism #karnatakatourism #srilankatourism #keralablogexpress #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #travelwriter #culinarytraveller #culinarytour #chefledtour #gastronomictour #culinarytourism #spicejourney

Wilson Rajan
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10 Days 19 Hours Ago

He really doesn't need any introduction, Gopinath has been on the forefront of responsibile tourism in India for the last 15 years and under the brand 'The Blue Yonder' he has been creating journeys which are not just experiential but with the purpose of contributing and bringing focus to many a local causes. @chekutty2018 has been one such novel and innovative ideas to help the weaving community of Chendamangalam. His friend, Lakshmi, a designer and a social entrepreneur was one who developed the 'Chekutty' - it represents not just the weavers of Chendamangalam who lost their livelihood during the recent floods but also every other Keralite who stood up the test of times during the floods. Chekutty is the story of everyone who fought the floods and survived... And today Chekutty has become a beacon of courage, hope and resilience of Keralites. To know more and to contribute to this great idea, for a genuine cause, visit www.chekutty.in #chekutty #blueyonder #thespicecircuit #rebuildkerala #keralatravelmart #weareatktm2018 #keralablogexpress #keralatourism #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #forasocialcause #rebuildkerala #keralaflood #keralafloods2018 #traveller #travel #responsibletourism #chendamangalam #chekutty #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #villagetourism #innovativetourism #soulfuljourney

Wilson Rajan
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12 Days 1 Hour Ago

The dinner extravaganza of the @keralatravelmart 2018 post mart tour hosted by Wayanad Tourism Organisation (WTO) and @vythiri_resort_official was the most incredible of all. The WTO members and the team of Vythiri Resorts put-together an event that the international and domestic buyers would remember for times to come. The bootleggers theme, amazing spread for food with live stations, live music by Laju George and family and the great hospitality of WTO and Vythiri charmed each one of us. A great setting, scintillating music, camp fire and being amidst nature brought everyone on the dance floor for an evening of great fun amidst which a lot of fruitful networking also took place. Thanks KTM, WTO and Vythiri Resort 😊👍 #thespicecircuit #keralatravelmart #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #wayanadtourism #wayanadtourismorganisation #vythiriresort #ktm2018 #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #splashwayanad #wayanadtrip #travelinfluencer #travel #traveller

Wilson Rajan
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13 Days 5 Hours Ago

@keralatravelmart 2018 Post Mart Tour of Kozhikode and Wayanad was my first tour to the northern side of Kerala and certainly a very refreshing and insightful one. Walking up to Edakkal Caves, situated at 1,200 m (3,900 ft) above sea level on Ambukutty Mala was an intense climb. Inside the caves are pictorial writings believed to date to at least 6,000 BCE, from the Neolithic man, indicating the presence of a prehistoric civilization or settlement in this region.The stone age carvings of Edakkal are rare and the only known examples from South India. The cave visit was followed by a session on Archery with Govinden belonging to the katukurmas (people of the forest) tribe. Wayanad, one of the most amazing hill stations of India is the land of exotic legends, ancient ruins, mountains and caves, waterfalls and lakes, wildlife sanctuarylies, spices, tea and coffee plantations. Kozhikode, known for its food was a region with which the Arab merchants traded with in 7th century, and Portuguese explorer Vosco da Gama landed here on 20 May 1498, thus opening a trade route between Europe and Malabar. #weareatktm2018 #keralatravelmart #ktm2018 #thespicecircuit #wayanad #kozhikode #calicut #cityofspices #keralatourism #keralatravelgram #edakkalcaves #triballife #malabar #malabarfood #malabarcuisine #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #travelinfluencer #travel #traveller

Wilson Rajan
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14 Days 21 Hours Ago

The new mascot of emerging Kerala....Chekutty is a beacon of hope, courage and resilience of the people of Kerala, who faced the worst flood of the century. Buy a Chekutty starting at INR 25 and help the weavers of Chendamangalam to put back together their weaving units, which perhaps is their only source of livelihood. To read the story behind Chekutty and to order online, visit: www.chekutty.in #chekutty #beaconofhope #emergingkerala #storyofresilience #courage #hope #resillence #kerala #keralatourism #weareatktm2018 #keralablogexpress #thespicecircuit #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #helpinghand #cometokerala #blueyonder #chendamangalamweavers #chendamangalam

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

16 Days 18 Hours Ago

This is one of the award winning campaigns that @keralatourism took up recently to lure travellers from the middle east. Post the devastation caused by the recent floods, the Kerala Tourism department has been working relentlessly on the ground, coordinating with various agencies in rebuilding connectivity and tourism infrastructure, and across the media devicing and designing innovative marketing campaigns and events to reinstate the confidence of it's tourism stakeholders and that of the travellers from across the globe. This 'Yalla Kerala' campaign received international attention and admiration and was a big hit too at the recently concluded @keralatravelmart 2018. Kerala is firmly back on its feet and waiting to welcome you... Come to Kerala. #keralatourism #ktm2018 #weareatktm2018 #cometokerala #thespicecircuit #responsibletourism #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #traveltokerala #keralatravelmart #keralatravelgram #travel #traveller #rravelblogger #travelwriter #travelinfluencer #travelenthusiast #responsibletourism #keralablogexpress

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

17 Days 15 Hours Ago

"We are in the business of creating experiential holidays resting on our core values — sensitivity to the environment, inclusion of the local community and adoption of the local ethos”. These are words of Jose Dominic the man who built the most respected and responsible hospitality brand of South India (or perhaps India’s) - @cghearth The biggest inspiration and take away for me from @keralatravelmart 2018 was to see him and his wife, Anita in a little stall promoting their Estate Bunglow at Madukakunnu Farm located in Kottayam.The couple being there on their own through the business hours, showcasing and promoting their ‘Tharavadu’ (family home), now a homestay and their upcoming bed and breakfast ventures – A B Salem House and Ezekiel House at Mattanchery, Kochi...It says so much of their simplicity and humility. It speaks of his values and of his desire to continue on his quest to create and deliver unparallel experiences…Indeed one is never too old to start anew and never too big to start small. Thank you Sir & Madam, for giving us @cghearth we @the_spice_circuit are so proud to be using most of your properties for our culinary tours of South India and we look forward to experiencing your new ventures soon…may almighty bless you both strength and success and may you be an inspiration to many! #cghearth #ktm2018 #weareatktm2018 #thespicecircuit #experientialtravel #responsibletourism #experientialholidays #experientialtraveller #inspiration #inspire #inspiringentrepreneur #travel #traveller #culinarytraveller #beatraveller #keralablogexpress #keralatourism #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #asiantraveller #protourism #travtalk #incredibleindia

Wilson Rajan
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19 Days 5 Hours Ago

KTM 2018, the tenth edition of the Kerala Travel Mart, took off to a scintillating start this evening at the Lulu Grand Hyatt & Convention Center, Kochi. The largest conclave of tourism stakeholders in the state and the only such gathering in India focusing on a single destination, KTM 2018 with 593 International Buyers, 1090 Domestic Buyers and 313 Sellers, along with the Media, Trade Bodies and the Government, Means Business. Such an unprecedented congregation on the aftermath of the devastating floods Kerala witnessed last month, is not just reassuring but a promise that the world wants to see Kerala back in its old glory. The inaugural extravaganza with the theme...Art is our Religion - Glimpses of the rich cultural heritage of Malabar was captivating and has set the tone for the next three days of intense discussions, interactions and networking...I am so excited! #thespicecircuit #weareatktm2018 #keralatravelmart #keralatourism #indiatourism #tourismindia #incredibleindia #traveltokerala #cometokerala #keralatravel #keralatravelgram #touroperators #traveller #travel #keralablogexpress

Wilson Rajan
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23 Days 2 Hours Ago

Tamil Nadu...known as the 'Temple City of India' is one place in South India where the elaborate architecture of its ancient temples will leave you spellbound. The magnamous size, the intricate works and their astounding beauty is not just marvellous but captivating. With most of the temples built during historic and medieval times, a trip to these temples is both enlightening and insightful. The architectural brilliance, the structural concepts and it's execution, the sculptural and artistic ideas and finesse...all are a testament of the faith, vision, creativity and craftsmanship of the many dynasties that ruled here. These temple are a display of the opulent and lavish tastes of the erstwhile royal kings, be it Pallavas, Cholas or Nayakas. Standing tall even after hundred and thousands of years, these temple are the epitome of Tamil culture and a testimony of India's rich heritage. @the_spice_circuit tour of Tamil Nadu you will get to visit these temples along with a learned guide who will narrate the stories of these temples, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. #thespicecircuit #tamilnadutemples #templecityofindia #tamilnadu #tamilnadutourism #indiatourism #tourismindia #incredibleindia #templearchitecture #temple #templevisit #templetour #travel #traveller #heritagetravel #traveltoexplore #justravel

Wilson Rajan
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24 Days 2 Hours Ago

Knowledge refers to a condition, it is the sum total of information, facts, principles, skills and understanding, etc. that is acquired through education and experience. A powerful and important part of our Life, our knowledge is the collective thought and experience of our forefathers, wise men and scholars, who left behind a rich heritage and wealth of information. Books being the greatest sources, as they enrich us with the realization of what we actually were and are. But one of the most important ways to learn, acquire and share your knowledge is to travel and travel often to near and faraway lands. To continue on your quest for greater knowledge, travel with @the_spice_circuit to South India and Sri Lanka...to unearth our history, our culture, customs and cuisine. Bookings now open for 2019 Tours, for further details write to us at: sales@spicecircuit.com #thespicecircuit #knowledge #indianhistory #indianculture #indiancustoms #indiantraditions #indiancuisine #southindiancuisine #srilankancuisine #srilankatourism #srilankanhistory #srilankantradition #southindiatravel #keralatourism #tamilnadutourism #karnatakatourism #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #travel #traveller #traveloften #travelfar

Wilson Rajan
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24 Days 23 Hours Ago

In the early 19th century, the most prevalent mode of long distance transport for the affluent was by palanquin. Then the post office could arrange, with a few days notice, relays of bearers to convey a traveller's palanquin between stations.The distance between these in the government's 'dak' (Hindi: 'mail') system averaged about 10 miles (16 km), and could be covered in three hours. A relay's usual complement consisted of two torch-bearers, two luggage-porters, and eight palanquin-bearers who worked in gangs of four, although all eight might pitch in at steep sections. Until the mid-19th century, "most people in Calcutta kept a plankin and a set of bearers",but they fell out of favor for long journeys as steamers, railways, and roads suitable for wheeled transport were developed. By the beginning of the 20th century they were nearly "obsolete among the better class of Europeans". Rickshaws, introduced in the 1930s, supplanted them for trips around town. Modern use of the palanquin is limited to ceremonial occasions, including traditional weddings and to carry religious images in Hindu processions. While @the_spice_circuit culinary tours to South of India and Sri Lanka, you will get to be on a boat, a rickshaw, a tuk tuk, a train and also get to see the Royal Palanquins up close. Bookings now open... Write to us at: sales@spicecircuit.com #thespicecircuit #palanquin #transport #transportation #doli #travel #traveller #traveltoindia #keralatourism #tamilnadutourism #karnatakatourism #srilankatourism #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #indiatravelgram #keralablogexpress

Wilson Rajan
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25 Days 20 Hours Ago

Onam is a 10 day festival celebrated by Keralities irrespective of their religion, caste or creed. And the most important part of its festivities is the Sadya (a vegetarian feast) served on its final day (Thiruvonam). This multi-course meal is served traditionally in a banana leaf. The Sadya is the soul of Onam celebration, be it at home or abroad or wherever the Malayali community is. Served during Onam, Vishu, family get together and weddings, this festive meal consists of a minimum of 24-28 dishes. Sometimes the preparation can be so elaborate that even 64 dishes are cooked for a meal. Get to savour many such special festive meals while @the_spice_circuit tour of South India and Sri Lanka. Bookings for 2019 Tours are now open, to know more write to us at: sales@spicecircuit.com #thespicecircuit #keralatourism #onam #onamsadya #keralablogexpress #festivemeal #vegetariandelight #indiatourism #tourismindia #incredibleindia #traveller #travel #keralatravelgram #cometokerala #traveltokerala #rebuildkerala

Wilson Rajan
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26 Days 20 Hours Ago

The rubber plant is not a native of India. It was introduced in India by the Dutch colonialists. They cultivated rubber in Indonesia and as the climate in Kerala is similar to that there they introduced it here as well. Today India is the fourth largest producer of natural rubber and Kerala accounts for 78% of the area under rubber cultivation in India. The rubber plant produces sticky, white latex that is collected and processed to produce natural rubber. While @the_spice_circuit Tour of Kerala listen to the rubber story and take a trail at our rubber plantations with a Farmer Couple who taps rubber, collects and processes them into sheets, which are then sun dried till they are good to be sold to the cooperative societies. Booking forour culinary tour of Kerala is now open... Tour date: 26th Jan to 4th Feb, 2019. To know more write to us at: sales@spicecircuit.com #thespicecircuit #rubberplant #rubberplantation #naturalrubber #keralatourism #sustainabletourism #responsibletourism #plantationtrails #keralatravelgram #keralablogexpress #cometokerala #incredibleindia #indiatourism #tourismindia #traveller #travel #traveltokerala #foodtours #culinarytraveller #culinaryjourneys