Kerala is blessed with spice gardens and tea plantations. God’s Own Country, as the state is so lovingly called is the Spice Capital of the World. Its locales on the high altitudes of Western Ghats is carpeted in acres of lush growth of tea, spices, coffee, rubber and Ayurvedic herbs. The alluring aromas and the mesmerizing views lure for a visit to the soul-soothing environs.
Thekkady is home to lush landscape of spice plantations and tea gardens. Over twelve varieties of spices comprising ginger, garlic, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, tea, clove and nutmeg is cultivated in the blessed slopes of Western Ghats. These farms are an interesting place to visit. At these estates, tourists can enjoy blissful scenery, traditional lifestyle and the trade of these natural produces.
Kumily, a short distance from the Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the best places to stop to enjoy the spice gardens and tea plantations. Kumily is Kerala’s most important center. Enjoy a guided tour of the farms. Visit the factories to learn more about the processing of spices and tea. Munnar is more popular for tea but guided tour of factories are not provided.
Best Time to Visit: After the monsoons anytime between July-September.