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
(@wilson.rajan)

7 Days 8 Hours Ago

Well returning to a city and to a premise from where you passed out 25 years back is not just nostalgic but a blessing. 9th August, 2018 was one such day and though we were just 8 of us, there was this energy and exuberance of 80 and the presence of our Principal, Mr Ronald D'sa and Professor, Mrs Vijayshree Manai added grandeur to this Re-Union...thank you Sir and Maam. Saptagiri College of Hotel Management, Kavoor, Mangalore was the institution where we lived the best days of our life and it indeed was the turning point of 1400 of us who graduated with a BHM degree during 1990 to 2011. And though our college doesn't exist anymore its very name still brings a thrill. Walking through the premise where once our college existed and having my Uttappam pizza (layered with sambar and cutney) and Sheera brought back to life many of those wonderful moments. The bus we used to take to hostel, the roof-top restaurant we frequented...it was a delight to relive it all. Thank you Olvin, Sanjeev Aziz, Shankar, Aman, Avith, Prakash and Sanjeev MN for being there... For those who couldn't join us... Guys we lived it for you too. #saptagiricollegeofhotelmanagement #kavoor #mangalore #alumnimeet #reunion #collegereunion #thebestdaysofmylife #nostalic #blessing #grandreunion #friendsforlife #meninblack

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

9 Days 7 Hours Ago

Travelling with @the_spice_circuit is about getting to nourish an experience and a soulful experience certainly comes at a price. A price that provides you great value considering the places you would stay, the places you would visit, the activities you would engage in, the food you will not just relish but learn to cook it too, the people you will get to interact and the crew that you would travel with...be it our Culinary Ambassador @chefkanthi or be me the Tour Host or be it our Driver-cum-Escort and the Guides to state facts and narrate stories of the past and present. If you are just trying to mark destinations on your map of places visited during your lifetime and during every trip wanting to cover all tourist spots then we are not the ones for you. Get in touch with us only if you want to have a relaxed tour with all the time to sink in and get the feel of the destinations you would visit with us across Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Sri Lanka. #thespicecircuit #lifetravel #traveltolive #truetravel #traveller #traveler #travel #relaxedtravel #soulfultravel #culinarytraveller #culinaryjourney #foodtour #incredibleindia #indiatourism #indiatravelgram #keralatourism #tamilnadutourism #karnatakatourism #srilankatourism #traveltofindyourself #wanderlust #wanderwisely

Wilson Rajan
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10 Days 9 Hours Ago

Nandi is the name of the gate guardian deity of Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva. He is usually depicted as a bull and is considered as the chief guru of eight disciples who were send to eight directions to spread the wisdom of Shaivism. A symbol of happiness, joy and satisfaction, almost all Shiva temples display stone images of a seated Nandi, (usually white symbolising purity & justice) and generally facing the main shrine...which is also a message that the soul should always be focussed on the Almighty. The Nandi flag is recognised as the flag of Saivism, particularly among Tamil community all over the world. The Nandi flag is also the official Hindu flag of Sri Lanka. Get to know more about the Nandi while @the_spice_circuit tours of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. #thespicecircuit #nandi #nandithebull #saivism #happiness #joy #satisfaction #purity #justice #tamiltradition #tamilculture #tamilnadutourism #incredibleindia #indiatourism #srilankatourism #traveller #travel #traveldeeper #indiatravelgram #indiatravel

Wilson Rajan
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11 Days 8 Hours Ago

Brahmin is a class in Hinduism specialising as priests, teachers and protectors of sacred learning across generations. As priests, in the past the Brahmins lived according to the principles laid out in the Vedas, the oldest scared scriptures of Hinduism. Three duties are compulsory for Brahmins: studying the Vedas, performing Vedic rituals, and practicing Dharma. Their occupation involved things like religion, philosophy, yoga, rituals, arts and culture, music, dance, writing, astrology, astronomy, logic, law, medicine, marital arts and military strategy. The Brahmin diet, also called the sattvic or yogic diet, is a vegetarian lifestyle that focuses on natural foods that promote peace and tranquility. In modern terms, it's branded as a whole foods, plant based diet...indulge in the diet and get to experience the Brahmin lifestyle while at the @the_spice_circuit Tour of Classical Tamil Nadu. #thespicecircuit #tamilnadu #tamilnadutourism #tamilcuisine #tamilfood #brahmin #brahminfood #sattvicdiet #yogicdiet #plantbaseddiet #incredibleindia #indianfood #traveller #traveler #travel #travelblogger #travelwriter #traveldeeper #indiatravelgram

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

12 Days 9 Hours Ago

Indeed Travel and Friendship have a very unique relationship. It was in 2016 when one of my dear friend @chefkanthi travelled with his associates and friends from UK to South of India, which was followed by another group of friends from UK in 2017 and earlier this year, these journeys took the shape of @the_spice_circuit and we hosted our first group from the US...including @marthaluciusstrategist @_davidrhart135 @emshock31 and Ken and @lenskumar the one who clicked this cool pic Never did we knew that the time, activities, food and stories we shared during the travel will develop into such friendship. Travel is a great way to strengthen our relationship with friends and family, it a way to find friends a way to stay in friendship... So travel and travel more often and if you are finding it hard to decide where to travel get in touch with us @the_spice_circuit 😀 Wishing all my friends whom I have befriended during these 48 years of my life journey... Happy Friendship Day! #thespicecircuit #happyfriendshipday #friends #friendsforlife #friendsforever #friendshipday #travelandmakefriends #travelwithfriends #travelwithfamily #travel #traveller #traveler #traveltoindia #fortheloveoftravel #soulfultravel

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

13 Days 8 Hours Ago

Vegetables and fruits just don't come any fresher or more local than straight out of one's own garden. Fresh grown food has the ability to heal, make us whole and give us vibrant energy and long life. Gardening is a powerful way to reestablish our relationship with nature and the source of our food. Working in a garden can be therapeutic as being amidst nature supports our capacity for reflective thinking.Gardens teach us to abandon perfection and to be patient. Gardening is a perfect workout for the body as well as the mind. And while gardening isn't easy as there is a lot to consider, including soil quality, water, drainage, fertilizers, pests, plant diseases and weather...being able to grow a little something like what we did (as in the pics) at our garden at our 'Home in a Village' is nourishing and worth the effort. While @the_spice_circuit not just get to garden, but pluck and eat raw or prepare your meals using the best of natural produce. #thespicecircuit #garden #gardening #kitchengarden #organic #organicgardening #organicgarden #homeinavillage #homestay #keralatourism #incredibleindia #indiatourism #_travelersofindia #indiatravelgram #vegetablegarden #fruitgarden #culinarytraveller #culinaryjourney #foodtour #spicejourney #traveller #travellers #traveler

Wilson Rajan
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14 Days 10 Hours Ago

Congratulations @sashi_cheliah Indian origin Singapore-born Sashi Cheliah won the coveted Masterchef Australia 2018 title in an intense finale. 39 year old Sashi hails from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu and works as a prison guard in Adelaide. Sashi reportedly plans to use the prize money to start an Indian and Southeast Asian fusion restaurant and also work with ex-prisoners, in order to provide them with employment opportunities. #thespicecircuit #masterchef #masterchefaustralia #culinarytraveller #culinaryjourney #cheftraveller #chef #teamsashi

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

15 Days 8 Hours Ago

There are various kinds of radishes with some growing in spring and summer and some in winter. White, pink and sometimes even black it comes with a host of health benefits. Raddish helps to cleanse our liver and stomach, it is used to treat jaundice, it helps purify blood and it's sulphur content keeps hypothyroidism in check. It's saves RBC's, is high on fibre, a source of anthocyanins it safeguards the heart, the potassium in it helps control blood pressure, they are high on vitamin c, folio acid and flavonoids. Metabolism friendly, high on nutrients and good for skin they are also good for hydration. And apart from serving it with salads, there are plenty of other ways to get the best out of this veggie. From making chutneys, pachadi and curries or a poriyal, to using it to stuff parathas...the options are aplenty. Get to know many such vegetables, their benefits and culinary uses while @the_spice_circuit tours of South India and Sri Lanka. #thespicecircuit #raddish #vegetables #foodtour #culinarytraveller #culinaryjourney #gastronomictour #traveller #travel #vegetarian #veggie

Wilson Rajan
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16 Days 8 Hours Ago

There's something in the air during the monsoon that makes us Indians crave the indigenous deep-fried delights called Pakoras. It is an all-India snack, one that you’ll get in every corner of the country, a testament to India’s love affair with deep-frying. It doesn't matter if the pakora we love most is made of potatoes, onions, brinjal, cauliflower, paneer, chillies, chicken or egg, there isn't a single household in this nation of foodies that hasn't had a little pakora party at some point of time or the other. We Indians have this amazing concept of high tea, or shaam ki chai, which is quite bland without steaming hot pakoras. The rains just add to the romance of pakora and chai, and there aren't many who can resist these crunchy fritters. And what a variety of these we have in our country! While @the_spice_circuit tours get hands on training on making these or just indulge in conversations over Chai & Pakoras. #thespicecircuit #chai #chaipakoras #tea #tealover #chaipecharcha #conversationsovertea #traveller #traveltoindia #travelforlife #traveltofindyourself #travel #indiatourism #incredibleindia #discover_india #_travelersofindia #indiatravelgram #teaparty #travelblogger #foodandtravel #culinarytraveller #culinaryjourney #gastronomictour

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

17 Days 10 Hours Ago

Kalpavriksha, the tree of life, also known as Kalpataru, is a wish-fulfilling divine tree in Hindu mythology. A wish tree is an individual tree, usually distinguished by species, position or appearance, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings. Such trees are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value. Tying cloth, ribbons or threads in hopes of having a wish granted,or a prayer answered, from a nature spirit, saint or goddess, has been a local tradition in India for ages. The banayan tree, the coconut tree, the sacred fig tree, the banana tree...in different states of India some trees are specially referred to as Kalpavriksha. While @the_spice_circuit tour of South India, tie one such wish and see it being fulfilled... Yes faith has the power to move mountains, experience it. #thespicecircuit #worldtraveller #traveltoindia #traveller #travel #traveltofindyourself #justtravel #foodtours #culinarytraveller #incredibleindia #indiatourism #discover_india #_travelersofindia #travelblogger #travelwriter #travelandfoodblogger #foodandtravel #traveldeeper #soulfultravel

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

18 Days 1 Hour Ago

#repost @chefkanthi (@get_repost) ・・・ Negombo, our first destination in Sri Lanka as part of @the_spice_circuit tours this October is known for its vibrant food culture. The fresh and local seafood paired with other local ingredients and spices to create perfectly balanced and flavour packed dishes but when places become very touristy it’s hard to find places that serve authentic food. Thankfully, @barreefresort where we will be staying during our visit has come up with a mission to bring back and conserve the authentic homegrown Sri Lankan Food from Negombo. Located in a stunning location this place will definitely give us the much needed relaxation after long flights to this beautiful island. ‘Be a traveller not a tourist’ and discover real Sri Lanka and it’s delicious authentic cuisine with us. Tour dates/ 7th to 15th October and please click on www.spicecircuit.com for full itinerary and price. #foodandtravel #travelinspiration #srilanka #srilankanfood #srilankatourism #thespicecircuit #cheftraveller #foodtours #culinarytravel #cheftravels #traveller #travel #foodtour #culinarytraveller #culinarytravel #foodandtravel #foodblogger #travelandfoodblogger #srilankatourism

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

18 Days 12 Hours Ago

Parrot fortune telling is popular among the Tamils of Tamil Nadu, Telugus in Andhra Pradesh, India and Singapore. It involves using green parakeets which are trained to pick up tarot like fortune cards. Sitting beneath a tree on the side of a road next to the Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry, this Parrot fortune teller gets the attention of passerbyes. When a patron walks up to him, he places a pack of tarot like cards in front and instructs the Parrot to walk up to the cards and choose one. These cards are usually 27 in numbers representing the Indian cosmic system and each contains an image. The parrot makes his selection by de-stacking the cards before choosing one which he hands it over to the Astrologer and gets back to his place. The Astrologer opens the card and based on the image tells the fortune of the patron. While @the_spice_circuit tours experience many such local practices which are diminishing because of their lack of patronage. #thespicecircuit #parrotastrology #parrotfortuneteller #fortheloveoftravel #fortuneteller #fortunetelling #incredibleindia #indiatourism #traveltoindia #discover_india #_travelersofindia #tamilnadutourism #travel #traveller #traveldeeper #suitcasetravels #travelblogger

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

19 Days 12 Hours Ago

Turmeric has been used for centuries in India as an important component of cuisine and medicine. It's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are put to good use for cosmetic purposes. It cools and cleans the skin. It helps fight acne, reduces oil secretion and lightens scars. Moreover applying turmeric brightens the skin tone. This is why turmeric masks are chosen as an ideal quick pre-wedding beauty fix. Thanks to its wonderful properties it has become popular and used daily by many Indian men and women. And besides being good for one's complexion it also helps curb hair growth. While @the_spice_circuit tours discover natural ways and home remedies to upkeep you body, mind and soul. #turmeric #turmericmask #thespicecircuit #traveller #travel #traveltheworld #traveltoindia #indiatourism #incredibleindia #discover_india #_travelersofindia #naturalremedies #foraglowingskin #localskincare #travelblogger #travelandfood

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

21 Days 9 Hours Ago

There are many whom me and my family wish to thank for our recently concluded culture and curry tour of Tamil Nadu but one man to whom we owe a big thanks is Mr Murthy. The one who safely drove us for 600+ Kms across six days. At a steady pace he navigated us through destinations, from place to places, keeping us entertained with his stories, being the DJ and playing a mix of songs for all in the family. Thoroughly experienced, he never missed a road or asked for assistance, his vehicle was clean at all times, never did he stop for refuelling when we were onboard, with a smile he assisted us with our luggage everyday, stopped for us to take pics enroute and for tea many a times. He knew where we should eat or do our shopping, he was always on time and waited patiently even when we were late. And he instantly connected with Chris and engaged him in his pizza and football conversations. Good hearted, helpful and well informed...the larger credit for our sensational tour goes to him... Thank you so much...God bless you and your family Mr Murthy. @the_spice_circuit tours it's people like him who will enchant, engage and escort you... Sign up today! #thespicecircuit #traveller #travel #traveltoindia #indiatourism #incredibleindia #discover_india #_travelersofindia #keralatourism #tamilnadutourism #karnatakatourism #srilankatourism #traveldeeper #justtravel #keeptraveling

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

22 Days 3 Hours Ago

We winded up our culture and curry tour on a high note... Post a hearty breakfast we visited the Big Rock Temple, the glory of this grand Brihadeshwara Temple...its size, the craftsmanship, it's history and it's spirituality is immensely captivating. A demo on lost wax method of bronze statue making, witnessing the making of Thanjavur painting, selecting a Bobble head Doll, a bit of kitchenware and veg organic seeds shopping was what we did before partaking in a veg thali lunch @svatmaheritage Then again we dwelled in the comfort of Svatma before we boarded our train for Ernakulam. The biggest takeaway from this tour was to recognise and feel proud of our Indian heritage, history, culture, traditions and cuisine...there is so much to explore and how I wish I could get to visit every Indian State. Get on board the @the_spice_circuit to experience the true essence of South of India and Sri Lanka. #thespicecircuit #traveller #travel #southindiatravel #indiatourism #incredibleindia #discover_india #_travelersofindia #travelblogger #foodtour #culinarytraveller #foodandtravel #indiatravelgram #tamilnadutourism #proudindian

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

23 Days 11 Hours Ago

I have always been wanting to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, located at the small town of Velankanni in Tamil Nadu and while putting together this family tour I had kept this as an element of surprise, specially for my Mum. Day five was the epitome of our tour...started the day spotting more than a dozen birds including a Peacock, lived the splendour of @cghearth Mantra Koodam before bidding adieu to Chef Jerry and Sanoj and heading to Vellankani. The Vellankani town near the Basilica never sleeps, it's a place were people with petitions and prayers just keep coming round the clock...We did ours at peace and then drove to Thanjavur. @svatmaheritage we had Sridhar the GM and his front end team receiving us with a traditional welcome. After a brief rest we took the property tour of their tastefully done up and well maintained heritage and the new block...their Wellness Spa, the Sound Spa and their Pool are worth experiencing. Later in the evening we had a special Bharatnatyam discourse by ace classical dancer Ms Sri Devi from Chennai who put up a mesmerizing act and gave us insights on mudras, emotions and expressions. The perfect finish was by indulging in a tasting menu (Sridhar the GM is also a great Chef) and we all ended up with multiple servings of each of their seven course menu for dinner. Travel with @the_spice_circuit for an unusual journey topped with surprises. #vellankanni #ourladyofgoodhealth #basilicaofourladyofgoodhealth #cghearth #svatma #thespicecircuit #tastingmenu #heritagehotel #birdwatching #bharatanatyam #bharatnatyamdance #thanjavur #traditionalwelcome #traveller #travel #traveldeeper #tamilnadutourism #incredibleindia #indiatourism #discover_india #_travelersofindia #traveltoindia #culturetour #culturetravel #culinarytravel #placeofprayer

Wilson Rajan
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24 Days 6 Hours Ago

The culture tour just got better with day four... after another sumptuous breakfast at Palais De Mahe we headed for Kumbakonam via Chidambaram. The Nataraja Temple (the fifth largest temple by area in the world) dedicated to Lord Shiva at Chidamabaram, the name of the city and the temple literally means "atmosphere of wisdom" or "clothed in thought", the temple architecture symbolizes the connection between the arts and spirituality, creative activity and the divine.The temple wall carvings display all the 108 karanas from the Natya Shastra by Bharata Muni, and these postures form a foundation of Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance. Following the temple visit we checked in at another @cghearth resort-Mantra Koodam, a great abode nestled in the interiors of a Tamil village. After a perfect tea and fried veg dumplings (pakodas) at their Chai Kada (Tea Stall) we headed for a UNESCO Heritage Site, the Airavatesvara Temple a Hindu temple of Tamil architecture located in the town of Darasuram followed by a demo at a Saree weaving handloom home. The highlight of the day was meeting Chef Jerry and Naturalist Girish of @cghearth Spice Village, Thekkady and the generous and ever welcoming Sanoj, the GM at Mantra Koodam. #traveller #travel #chidambaram #kumbakonam #unescoworldheritagesite #largesttemple #natraja #thespicecircuit #cgh #travelblogger #culinarytour #culinaryjourney #foodtour #indiatourism #incredibleindia #tamilnadutourism

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

25 Days 9 Hours Ago

Day three was such a coincidence... staying at the French Quarters of Puducherry with France taking on Croatia in the FIFA finals and though I had a soft corner for Croatia my son, Chris had his French jersey on and was cheering for France and it ended up to be his day. But before that we visited the Aurobindo Ashram...a place where peace just takes over you. Then we visited the Sacred Heart Basilica and Eglise De Sacre Coeur De Jesus Church, the Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Auroville and it's soul the Matri Mandir, the Serenity Beach and had some interactions with palm readers and a fortune teller's parrot...through all of this we were escorted by Shine a learned guide and a very humble man. How can I miss the food we had...a sumptuous breakfast with bacon and eggs, fresh fruits, juices, wheat upma and south Indian filter kapi. For lunch it was Mutton biryani, liver and mutton fry at Salem Biryani Hotel (they have moved to a new location and have a better setup now) and for dinner Chef Kathir served us another delicious meal. A yummy day full of learning, peace and prayers...thats how we @the_spice_circuit bundle our tour itineraries...book your slots for Oct 2018 and Feb 2019 now. #traveller #travel #puducherry #culturetour #traveldeeper #traveltolearn #aurobindoashram #auroville #matrimandir #serenitybeach #travelforpeace #joyfultour #culinarytraveller #culinarytravels #travelblogger #incredibleindia #indiatourism #discover_india #_travelersofindia #indiatravelgram #enchantingindia