India’s history was not only shaped by its kings but also by its’ traders. This inland, as well as overseas trades, gave birth to various trade routes, special business towns and ports. The peninsular India was famous for its ports since ancient times. The traders exchanged their products with Arabs and the South East Asians. Kerala rose to the fame of being one of the great exporters of spices, which eventually resulted in the arrival of Vasco-Da-Gama in India, a major turning point in the history of India.
Kerala proudly remains the same, the highest exporter of quality spices till this day. Pepper, Clove, Cardamon, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, vanilla are some of the best spices grown in Kerala. Of which, the ‘Black Pepper’ was so important that Romans even called it a Black Gold.
If you are planning a visit to Kerala very soon, you ought to savour the spices Kerala has on the platter for you. May we suggest you take a tour that will help you learn more about the spices- it’s properties, environment, growing process, uses and also the history. We bet you’ll love to learn while you take a walk in some of the best spice plantations, smell the real organic spices, sip a cup of chai freshly made from the tea gardens nearby (are you drooling already?)
This exciting trail is not only about the spices, but also about the species that are dependent on these plantations. Enjoy nature at its best while you see the humming honey bees in rush to collect the honey, the disciplined lines of ants almost as big as a single pepper. see the growing peppers on a tree that almost seems like mini chandeliers. Kerala is full of such small joys, cherish them in the God’s own country -Kerala.
There are many villages famous for their spice plantations or tea gardens. However, Kumily and Thekkady are the most famous one. various home gardens or commercial plantations grow up in this region. Some of them even offer cottages for you to spend a whole day in the company of nature. Thekkady is also famous for the Periyar National Park. Plantations, Boating- River rafting, Misty mountains and the elephant trails, which make it the best jungle vacation. Thekkady is accessible from major cities like Trivandrum, Cochin and Madurai.
Before you pack your bags, here is an excerpt from the BBC- Story Of India series on Spices From Kerala. click here. Watch it and drool over till you reach Kerala. Wanderfirst brings to you a wide range of Kerala tours to choose from. You may choose from the ready-made itineraries or build your own because we believe it’s your tour- your way! check out www.wanderfirst.com