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Why you should drop by at Damodara Hotel at Thuravoor

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Kakkathuruthu shappu: a family get-away in the lap of backwaters Fish curry. Photo: Istock

Long long ago, when Damodaran Chettan opened a small tea shop at Thuravoor, it was just one of those places which served delicious tea time snacks. And over time, it grew a loyal clientele. 

With the passage of time, the tea shop became a restaurant. During this transition, the owners never compromised on the taste. And people started dropping in to taste the finger licking delicacies at the hotel. The hotel now sports a board and it reads ‘Damodara hotel Hotel’ written in bold.  

A day at the Damodara hotel starts with delicious and healthy breakfast dishes like appam, idiyappam, puttu and dosa accompanied with spicy chutney, egg curry, and green gram curry. The steady trickle of people becomes a rush at 12.30 pm when lunch is served. For 40 rupees one can have a satisfying meal of rice with five delicious dishes or curries. Food is prepared on traditional firewood stoves which actually adds to the taste of the dishes.

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Tilapia fish fry is a special item on the menu at Damodara hotel. If the aroma of the spices that waft off a plate of meat curry does not excite you, we are not sure what will. The typical Kerala fish curry prepared with Malabar tamarind and fresh coconut paste; and fish fry attract quite a number of food lovers to the Damodara hotel. 

The secret behind the mouth watering dishes at Damodara hotel lies in the freshness of the masala; the spice mix including chili and coriander is roasted and ground into a fine powder at the hotel. 

At the Damodara hotel, food is served in a traditional way on fresh banana leaves. Sambar and avial prepared in virgin coconut oil served on top of steaming hot rice is irresistible and you are sure to ask for a second helping. 

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Once the lunch time rush gets over Damodara hotel’s kitchen gets busy preparing the tea time snacks. The crispy parippu vada (dal vada) and the soft ilayada (sweet rice patties covered in banana leaf and prepared in steam) with a glass of hot tea is a super hit combination. The kitchen of Damodara hotel is run by a group of people who are very particular about serving clean, fresh and tasty food for its loyal customers. This dedication is the secret behind Damodara hotel’s huge popularity among food lovers.

How to reach Damodara hotel

Damodara hotel is just half a kilometer south to Alappuzha Thuravoor Mahadeva Temple.

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