Travel in Kerala India with 5 y.o.- Food
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Mar 16, 2013 5:26 AM Last Post By: LadyLuna
Feb 10, 2013 7:30 AM
Travel in Kerala India with 5 y.o.- FoodHi all
We are planning few weeks travel in Kerala with our 5y.o. and I wanted to check on food
1) are there shops in Kerala where we can buy western packed food (cereals, biscuits etc). I'm sure it is available in the main cities, but what about more remote sites (for example in the North Kerala, in the mountains etc)
2) is it a problem to find western food in restaurants (fish'n chips, chicken) (again, not in main cities, but when you travel). And if not, what is the common local food like- is it spicy?
Our son would most probably want to eat something he is familiar with and definitely would not eat any hot or even spicy food. We traveled in Tamil Nadu few years ago and enjoyed very much eating in local places (although for us the food was too hot too) but this would be different with a small kid.
Any tips and ideas on this subject would be much appreciated
Thanks a lot
Feb 10, 2013 9:30 PM
1I don't have any recent experience in Kerala, but my kids have grown up in southern India. Limited western food is widely available now, and you will certainly be able to buy biscuits, crisps/chips, and usually at least white bread, jam and things like that. Cornflakes and a few other cereals are also found in many places. I am guessing you mean smaller towns rather than villages?
Most touristy places (which is a lot of Kerala) will have places serving some western food and some fast food chains are also dotted about these days. Just take caution in eating in places like Subway, where the food is uncooked. If you need to rely on Indian dishes, then you can try some plain kebabs if available (some of the chicken ones are simple and delicious, but may not be that common there). You should also be able to get things like fried rice and omelettes. Dosas and idlis are simple and often liked by kids. Dosas (rice pancake) can be eaten without anything, and kids often like sugar and ghee with idlis (rice cakes). You could also try some of the kerala dishes - just ask for something that is not spicy. Many are cooked with coconut cream so are mild.
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Feb 18, 2013 1:26 AM
5We have travelled to Kerala several times - most recently in December, though not with small children (only a 20 year old). On our most recent trip we stayed in several homestays where all meals were included. The hosts were all very accommodating re our food preferences so I am sure that if you stayed in that type of accommodation as much as possible they will try to cook something your son will like.
When eating out (away from major tourist centres) the range of food is more restricted. It will be much the same as the food available in Tamil Nadu. As Api mentioned dosas and iddly may be something you son will like. Vadai are also worth a try - savoury donut-like snacks, usually only very mildly spiced. All these dishes are served with sambar and coconut chutney - stay away from this part of the meal as they are very hot.
Even in non touristy areas railway snack bars have a wide range of biscuits, crisps and other snacks. But I would also take few familiar snack items with you - we took a stock of muesli bars which proved useful for the always-hungry 20 year old.
Feb 18, 2013 1:17 PM
6Thanks a lot Bude
We are also planning to stay with homestays. Do you have any places to recommend (especially in North Kerala)? Maybe you can drop me a personal message to take this conversation from the general thread
Thanks a lot again
Feb 19, 2013 12:36 PM
We were in Kerala with our kids aged 5,5 and 3,5 this christmas. We stayed on the tourist trail - Trivandrum, Munnar, Kumily, Cochin, and had no problems finding food suited for the kids around there. As previous replies says, the homestays are very keen to cook something for the kids as well. Pancakes for breakfast on several occasions! Pasta was easy to find, and cheese sandwiches, toast with spread etc as well. From the more local kitchen the kids would eat plain rice, different types of nan/chapati, and also tandoori chicken. We asked to have it cooked without hot spices and it turned out great. Kerala is also one giant fruit bowl, so fresh fruit is widely available and popular with our young ones, at least. We found crackers and biscuits of different kinds in most small shops along the road too.
Enjoy your trip, Kerala is beautiful and lots of fun with the kids!
Feb 26, 2013 2:20 AM
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9Here's our approach to food and kids and travel
Mar 16, 2013 5:26 AM
Sorry for the late-ish reply, I haven't been in here for a while...
We did lots of stuff with the kids, including the backwaters which was a great success. The kids loved to spend an entire day cruising and then go to sleep on the boat, on one of the stops we made they found a coconut that they made the staff open for them so they could try and drink from it, and when we docked for the night we were taken out into the smaller channels in canoes for the sunset. The area is so beautiful and lots of nice things to see along the way.
We also went to visit an elephant camp, went on a short ride and spent some time with the elephants afterwards. We visited a national park and were lucky enough to see a big herd of wild elephants along with some other wildlife there. We visited a tea factory, a spice garden, and went to shows to see martial arts and traditional dancing. The martial art especially was a big success, fighting and flames and lots of action, and we took lots of photos afterwards where the kids were allowed to hold the weapons etc. In one town there was a festival at a hindu temple one day with music, dancing and a parade with an elephant. In my experience, the kids mostly enjoy doing these more "adult" activities, they love to learn how things are made, to see how the spices they know from home are grown and made etc. We spent the last days of our trip in New Delhi and visited all the sights, the bazaars etc. And of course Taj Mahal, that was a highlight as we had read about that before we went so the kids knew the history behind it. And a story about a king and a dead queen is always a hit, even more so when we could actually go and see their tombs!
Of course we also had a few days at different beaches and by the poolside when we had that available. But this was only for around three-four days of our three week trip. In my experience it is no problem to bring the kids along on the activities we enjoy, as long as we make it interesting for them. Our oldest is a little professor-to-be, he wants to know about absolutely everything and loves learning new stuff, so he enjoys this just as much as a playground or whatever. But of course, kids are different, you know best what suites your family. Whatever you decide, I'm sure you wil have a good time:-)
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