In about 1 month, I will be embarking on a trip to India. I am visiting a friend who is living there, and will be traveling both on my own and with him throughout northern and southern India.
My itinerary is not planned out yet, but I wanted to ask here if anyone has any great recommendations for Kerala and Tamil Nadu (my friend is in Madurai so I will definitely be spending time there, also Cochin, Madras, other small towns in these states, etc.). If there are any particular chow-worthy destinations that I shouldn't miss (such as tea/spice plantations, towns with amazing local specialties, etc.), that would be great to know too.
I'll be in the south for about 3 weeks, then heading up to the North for another two. Probably will just be in and around Delhi and in Rajastan, so any recs for Delhi and northern Rajastan would be great too. I realize this is a vague request since the area I want to know about is huge and diverse, but any ideas would be appreciated. If anyone has more specific ideas or recomendations regarding food or other travel topics, or if you have traveled to India recently and have advice (especially budget traveling advice), please email me too: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks a lot!