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Top Choice Museum in Kochi (Cochin)

Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace was a generous gift presented to the Raja of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma (1537–61), as a gesture of goodwill by the Portuguese in 1555. The Dutch renovated the palace in 1663, hence its alternative…
Top Choice Synagogue in Kochi (Cochin)

Pardesi Synagogue

Originally built in 1568, this synagogue was partially destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662, and rebuilt two years later when the Dutch took Kochi. It features an ornate gold pulpit and elaborate hand-painted, willow…
Top Choice South Indian in Kottayam


The traditional Keralan restaurant at the Windsor Castle overlooks some picturesque backwaters and serves tasty Keralan specialities like chemeen (prawn curry).
Indian in Munnar

Rapsy Restaurant

This spotless glass-fronted sanctuary from the bazaar is packed at lunchtime, with locals lining up for Rapsy’s famous paratha or biryani. It also makes a decent stab at fancy international dishes like Spanish omele…
Top Choice Indian in Kochi (Cochin)

Dal Roti

There's a lot to like about busy Dal Roti. Friendly and knowledgeable owner Ramesh will hold your hand through his expansive North Indian menu, which even sports its own glossary, and help you dive into his deliciou…
Top Choice International in Kochi (Cochin)

Malabar Junction

Set in an open-sided pavilion, the restaurant at Malabar House is movie-star cool, with white-tableclothed tables in a courtyard close to the small pool. There’s a seafood-based, European-style menu – the signature …
Top Choice Indian in Kochi (Cochin)

Ginger House

Hidden behind a massive antique-filled godown (warehouse) is this fantastic waterfront restaurant, where you can feast on Indian dishes and snacks – ginger prawns, ginger ice cream, ginger lassi … you get the pictur…
Top Choice Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Napier Museum

Housed in an 1880 wooden building designed by Robert Chisholm, a British architect whose Fair Isle–style version of the Keralan vernacular shows his enthusiasm for local craft, this museum has an eclectic display of…
Top Choice Indian in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Indian Coffee House

This branch of Indian Coffee House serves its strong coffee and snacks in a crazy red-brick tower that looks like a cross between a lighthouse and a pigeon coop, and has a spiralling interior lined with concrete ben…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Entry to both parts of the sanctuary is only permitted as part of a jeep safari, which can be arranged at the sanctuary entrances. At the time of research there was no trekking in the park for safety reasons. Both T…