Kerala is well known for its spices gardens and tea plantations. God’s Own Country has a rich cultivation of spice, tea, herbs, coffee and rubber. These lush farms are attractive tourist stops. Green terraced farms of Thekkady are home to lush panorama of spice plantations and tea gardens. There are various kinds of spices cultivated on the blessed slopes of Western Ghats. With a stop at these estates, tourists can enjoy nature blessed environs, traditional lifestyle and the working of such farms.
Kumily, a short distance from the Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the best places to enjoy the spice garden and tea plantations. Kerala is the spice capital of the world and Kumily is its most important hub. Over twelve varieties of spices including ginger, garlic, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, tea, clove and nutmeg is cultivated here. Enjoy a guided tour of the slopes. Visit the factories to learn more about spices and tea. Though Munnar is more popular for tea, guided tour of factories are not provided.
Best Time to Visit: After the monsoons anytime between July-September.