To start with, I wanted my Indian travel journey to be really special. But then, everyone wants it? So, how do you make it different from the rest? After all, not everyone craves to visit just the Golden Triangle in India. Also, not everyone is merely thinking about adventure, religion and romance. For example, look at me; I am so fond of lip-smacking cuisines that I wanted my entire South India Travel to be about different varieties of mouth-watering meals. Sounds different, doesn’t it?
To start with, there are several tourist places in South India, which should be explored, at the same time; they also flaunt hot and tangy dishes. So, to see if they were really taste-bud tingling, I chose Hyderabad to start my first experiment with Andhra cuisine. My experience taught me that Andhra food is hot, really so. It is spicy and Telugu cuisine is all about side-dishes, be it yoghurt, crisp poppadums or pickles. It needs to have the zing. I also tasted rice pancakes, called as ‘dosa’ in normal parlance, easily available in most of popular restaurants in Hyderabad. The morning breakfasts are incomplete without ‘Idli-Sambar,’ an unbeatable combination.
One of the best aspects of South India Tour Packages is that they are flexible and thus, can be manoeuvred around. For example, if you wish to taste the local, culinary dishes near Charminar in Hyderabad, along with the sightseeing tour, you actually can. And in one of such tours, you get to explore what ‘biryani’ tastes like. The aromatic rice and meat preparation, zesty and tangy, it’s the charm of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. I also realized that the food here has Afghan and Persian roots, dating back to the reign of Muslim regime in India. Few of the other delightful dishes that I explored were Ulliakkukura (Spring-Onion Curry), Rasam, Karapu Annam (Chilli Rice) and Kakaraya Pulusu (Bittergourd Gravy).
While exploring the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh with South India Tours, I could eat more of the non-vegetarian dishes, be it the sea-food or prawn dishes. Over the period of time, I could feel myself falling in love with the authentic dishes, such as Katti Dal, Bhuna Ghost, Dalcha, Boti Kebab and Murgha Korma. The indigenous touch of the cuisines can be felt even in the way their names are pronounced, often with a lot of weightage and gravity.
With all said and done, food in Andhra Pradesh is cooked with a lot of warmth and love. I strongly believe that it’s only through the cuisines that you can get connected with a city, a country. If the first morsel does not taste well, your time is definitely going to be difficult. Believe me!
So, you too try out and experiment with your tours in a new and tasty way. Who knows what you discover next?