Kerala is home to many aromatic delights ? pepper, cinnamon, cloves, bay, cardamom, vanilla and nutmeg. Besides giving life to most dishes, spices are high on therapeutic value. Many home-stay arrangements are available in these spice farms giving one the opportunity to walk around the enchanting, tropical, fragrant forests.
Most of the spice plantations are found in the cooler climates of Munnar and Wayanad. Munnar is a beautiful hill destination where a trip through tea and spice gardens can be combined with a visit to the nearby waterfalls, Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Sandalwood forests.
Since the time Vasco de Gama laid foot in Kozhikode, it has been an important spice trading centre. The thriving spice market at Court Road in Kozhikode is filled with the rich aroma of a gamut of spices. One cannot resist buying a sampler to take home.
Just north of Kozhikode and Wayanad districts is Kannur, equally blessed with rich, luxuriant spice gardens.
Kochi has the reputation of having been the spice capital since time immemorial; the Spice Market at Kochi stands testimony to it. Visit the spice market at the old Jewish quarter Mattancherry, a profusion of scents.
India produces the largest variety of spices in the world. Kerala is a major contributor of quality spice and plays a significant role in the global spice market. /