If the idea of munching on seafood while sitting in a beach shack with your toes tucked in sand endears you then a trip to Kollam is destined. A breezy coastal town in Kerala, Kollam attracts the foodies with it’s just-pulled-out-of-the-ocean seafood and authentic spicy curries. Kollam or Quilon is an old seaport on the Laccadive Sea coast, enriched with delicious Kerala flavors. Natives eat Karimeen Porichathu more than anything. The signature dish of Kollam, it is prepared by marinating and steaming pearl spot fish in green banana leaves. It arrives at your plate along with some Nadan kall. If you can’t resist seafood then Fish moilee, a coconut milk-based fish gravy can be mopped up with fresh appams or traditional Kerala rice. Be it crabs, mussels or prawns, each seafood is cooked beautifully. Take stroll down the hotels lining around the beach to enjoy a dinner of yet another classic Kollam dish, Kollam dum biryani. The special mix of traditional and authentic spices gives a unique spin of crowd-pleasing biryani. The regional favorite dessert, payasam, will replace the coarse spiciness on your tongue with creamy sweetness. The palm-infringed coastline would further accentuate the Kollam experience.