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Spice Walk

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Soak Up the Spice
Home to fields rich in coffee, tea, and spices like cardamom, pepper, and cinnamon, Kerala has been at the heart of the spice trade for several millennia, with even the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians passing through to trade goods and stock-up on flavorful ingredients. No visit to the southern state today is complete without a stop at a working plantation, and this 110-acre site—set on a coffee plantation near the town of Kumily, one of Kerala’s main spice hubs—offers a few ways to soak up the setting. Enjoy a boat ride, try your hand at fishing (the plantation will even cook-up whatever you catch), go bird watching with an expert, savor a lakeside picnic, or get active with a trek or rock climb. There are also trails winding their way through acres of plants growing coffee berries, vanilla, pepper, cardamom, clove, turmeric, ginger, and more. To learn more about the crops, visit in November-to March to watch the coffee harvesting and processing, June to March to catch the cardamom harvest, or December to March for the pepper season.
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