“A lot of spice and all things wonderfully nice!…”
At an altitude of 6,500 feet, on the southern flank of the Western Ghats in south India, there lies a wonderland teeming with spices... cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, fenugreek, aniseed, mustard, saffron, vanilla, bay leaf, nutmeg, asafoetida, oregano, thyme, mace, basil, clove, rosemary and juniper berry! Yes, such is the variety! And there is still more to look forward to in the charming highlands of Kerala... misty peaks, faunal and floral diversity, waterfalls and mountain meadows...
Historically, Bodinayakanur, near Kurangani, was the first cardamom auction station established by the British. Now, the region has grown to be a spice haven, and an Endogenous Spices Tourism ProjectAimed at strengthening the indigenous collective identities of the communities as well as recognise the link between principles of sustainable development and indigenous knowledge, this project is implemented and supported by the Ministry of Tourism and the UNDP, with the GREEN (NGO) as the Implementing Partner. The project is community based and will pave the way for building endogenous capacities in the long run.Each trek promises a walk through lush plantations of teak, eucalyptus, areca nut, silk cotton, jujube, acacia, bamboo, coffee, banana, mango, plum, orange, cauliflower, broccoli, parsley, pomegranate, carrot, tapioca, cashew nut etc! Trained mountain youth are available as tourist guides and escorts.
is in full swing to facilitate community based tourism that would sustain, enhance and preserve native culture and ecosystem. Interestingly, the highest tea garden in the world, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, is located here.