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Spice and Plantations in Kerala

Kerala Vacation takes you on tours of the Spice Plantations in Kerala. Traders from ancient Phoenicia made tours to Kerala to carry back its aromatic spices to Mediterranean lands. Pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and more. The spices of Kerala were used in the West to all flavors to food and wine and to preserve meat during the cold European winter.

Spices can be defined as "aromatic substances of vegetable origin, used for flavoring food or as a preservative". Many spices are also known to have medicinal value, for instance turmeric is a known anti-oxidant and curry leaf can control prevent diabetes. The East India Companies of various European powers - the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the English fought over possession of the trade routes and the precious spice plantations of Kerala. Today you can simply take a tour with Kerala Backwater and find yourself enjoying the hospitality of the spice plantations of Kerala
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The spice plantations tour of Kerala are fascinating farms to wander in, for different sections of each plantation are dedicated to different spices. Apart from spices traditionally grown in India such as pepper, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom farmers in Kerala have taken to growing spices that are used worldwide. Some of the spices cultivated in spice plantations are vanilla, oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, mint, bay leaf and sage.

Take a trip to the spice plantations of Kerala with Kerala Backwaters and feel transported into a green paradise. Walk through the aromatic spice gardens where the air is laden with the fragrance of nature's bounty. Some spice plantations in Kerala offer tourists accommodation in the lodges and mansions on the plantation. Guest can stay with the plantations owner's family and enjoy home cooked traditional Kerala cuisine and witness the activities of the spice plantation.

Many different spices are cultivated in Kerala. Some of the spices that Kerala is famous for and which you will see on tours of the spice plantations of Kerala, are:
  Pepper
  Cardamom
  Cinnamon
  Ginger
  Vanilla
  Nutmeg

It is truly fascinating to see the spice plantations of Kerala as different portions of each plantation are used for growing different spices. The marvelous beauty spots like Munnar, Thekkady and Wayanand are famous for the plantations of good spices of Kerala.

Spice Plantation Visit

Duration: 7 Nights 8 Days
Destination: Cochin-Munnar-Thekkady-Alleppey (houseboat)-Kovalm-Trivandrum

DAY 01 : Cochin-Munnar

Day 01 - On your arrival at Cochin international Airport/ Railway station meet our executive to Welcome & receive you. Later drive to Munnar hills (130 Kms), the green Paradise of Kerala with unending expands of Tea plantations, spice plantations and a variety of flora and fauna. Check in your hill resort and after noon at leisure/ you can go to visit Munnar town and nearby places & Overnight stay.

DAY 02 : Munnar

Day 02 - Today after breakfast, go for sightseeing at Mattupetty Dam; a beautiful spot for viewing the picturesque Munnar, Kundala Lake- a natural lake with recreational facilities like boating and having excellent view of Western Ghats as well as the forest surrounded with. Also visit Eco point and tea plantations. After noon you can visit Eravikulam National park; where the endangering Nilgiri Tahr is conserved. Later drive back to your resort for Overnight stay.

DAY 03: Munnar-Thekkady

Day 03 - Today after breakfast check out your hotel and drive towards Thekkady, the Wildlife destination of Kerala. Its also known as the spice bag of the state. You can enjoy a beautiful journey through the hills and valleys of Wastern Ghat to reach this jungle destination. Check in your hotel and later go for an optional Kathakali show in the evening/ have leisure in the resort. Overnight stay.

DAY 04: Thekkady

Day 04 - After breakfast go some activities like Spice plantation visit, elephant ride, or an Ayurvedic massage treatment there. Also have an amazing boat ride in Periyar Lake which flows through the Periyar tiger reserve. You will have chance to watch the wild animals like elephant, Bison, Sambar, Deer etc are roaming in the both shore. Overnight stay.

DAY 05: Thekkady- Alleppey (house boat)

Day 05 - After breakfast Check out your resort and drive to Alleppey; also known as Venice of the east by its special geographical features as the place is famous for its vast back water stretches and paddy fields. By 12 pm you can board your house boat to explore the back waters and its serene beauty. Enjoy the ride; delicious cuisines and an overnight stay onboard.

DAY 06: Alleppey-Kovalam

Day 06 - After having your breakfast, check out the house boat and drive to your beach resort at Kovalam; the international beach destination of Kerala with shallow water for swimming and perfect for other water sports activities. After lunch enjoy the beach till the sun set in the Arabian Sea. Overnight stay.

DAY 07: Kovalam

Day 07 - Today after breakfast you will have an half day city tour to visit the iconic spots Old Travancore Kingdom's capital Trivandrum includes, Napier Museum, Sri Chithira Art Gallery, Zoo, Padmanabhapuram Temple and adjacent Palace etc. after back to your resort and enjoy the beach. Overnight stay.

DAY 08: Kovalam- Trivandrum drop off

Day 08 - Till noon, have leisure in your beach resort and later check out for your return drop off at Trivandrum Airport/ railway station.

Package Inclusions

Accommodation twin sharing basis with Breakfast.
Qualified English speaking guide.
A/C Premium House Boat will be provided for Luxury Category with all meal plans.
A/C Deluxe House Boat will be provided for Standard & Superior category with all meal plans.
Toll, parking charges etc
All currently applicable taxes.

Package Cost Excludes

Any meals other than those mentioned above package.
Any Airfare / Train fare to the arrival or from the departure point.
Cost due to upgrading /changing hotels, Room type, luxury cars etc
Any additional transportation which is not mentioned in the itinerary
Entrance fees to Amusement parks, Boating & other theatre show charges.
Any portage at airports and hotels, tips, insurance, mineral water, and all items of personal nature.
Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions. Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, and vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances etc.

Note

If you have own suggestion to change the hotel or schedule, it is possible with the request to the company.
In case of non-availability of rooms at the hotels mentioned, we shall provide you alternate hotels of similar category and facility.
Usual Hotel Check-in time is 12.00 hrs & / Check-out time 12.00 Noon.
Houseboat Check-in time is 12.00 hrs. & Check-out time is 09.00 hrs.
In A/C Deluxe category Houseboat, A/C will be operated from 9:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. Day time is requirement will be charged extra.
The above rates are valid for the mentioned period only & it may vary if there is any sudden hike in Govt tax and policy changes.
There will be a hike of minimum 20% between 15 December 2011 to 15th January 2012 on all packages.
There will be a hike of minimum 10% in some of the hotels during the festival seasons.
Xmas and New Year supplement charges would be charged additional on actual.

Booking policy

Package Confirmation & Booking can be made against the payment 50% of the total amount and the Balance amount will be collected at the time of arrival. During the peak time, the balance amount should be paid even before the arrival as per the hotel policy. Payment can be done by direct cash/ bank transfer/Coequal towards the account of mentioned the confirmation mail.


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