Spices are the aromatic elements of any cuisine. They are used for flavouring as well as preserving food. Cochin, known as commercial capital of Kerala, deals mainly in spices. It is famous for good quality pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and nutmeg. In ancient times, Kerala was an important spice trading centre for the Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Arab traders.
Black pepper and cardamom of Cochin are considered best in the spice market of Kerala. Kerala grows around 70% of the total Indian production of pepper, out of which a major part is produced in Cochin only. Cochin also produces oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, mint, bay leaf and sage in small quantities.
Walking through these spice plantations is a pleasant experience. The air is loaded with aromatic fragrance which refreshes your mood and senses. Nature walk and bird watching is fun in these plantations. Indulge in a home-stay accommodation amidst the spice farms to experience a rare treat of the luxuriant spice plantation.