If you’ve always dreamed about luxurious India holidays, consider travelling to God’s Own Country, Kerala, and visit the famed spice plantations. Spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and turmeric have long enchanted the world. Many nations fought to control the spice trade, which ran from Indonesia to India to Arabia and finally importation into Egypt and western Europe. In northern Europe, spices were worth their weight in gold, literally, as they both preserved meats and lent their intense flavours to food.
Southern India is world renowned as a producer of spices. On your India holidays visit one or many of Kerala’s spice farms and plantations. Take one of the famous houseboats to explore the backwaters of Kerala, five huge lakes connected by canals, rivers, estuaries and lagoons. This magical and lushly green region of India attracts many visitors each year who come to experience this unique life upon the lakes, where people routinely venture by boat and on the subtle footpaths on land. Cruise on a luxury houseboat to visit fishing villages, tribal hamlets and the fascinating floating bazaars for a very different kind of shopping experience.
While staying at a Kerala spice plantation, explore how cardamom, coffee, vanilla and pepper are grown. Inhale the fragrance of the spices in the air and taste how they flavour the regional Kerala cuisine. Delicately savour a Keralan curry and explore the blended spices, seeing if you can taste the separate flavours in the masala. India’s spices are well-known for their medicinal properties as well, and they have been used for thousands of years in this region to treat and cure the people’s ills. The various spice farms and plantations you may visit all have their own different charms, with their own harvest festivals and traditions.
Kerala is bordered by the Western Ghat mountains, a region of great biodiversity. If you get a chance, cross over to Mysore, known as the City of Sandalwood. Mysore is famed not only for its fabulously scented sandalwood, but for its picturesque markets of incense, silk and crafts made from rosewood, teak and sandalwood. Mysore is host to many splendid temples and the Maharaja’s Palace as well as the famous Palace Hotel, if you desire another taste of opulence. Your India holidays will encompass days of light travel, visits to spice farms and plantations, bird watching tours, wildlife preserves, colourful markets and stays in luxury lodgings.
Your exotic India holidays will be all that you dreamed, the magnificent bright colours, ancient temples, the fragrant air of the spice plantations where you can almost taste the scents, so rich is the air, the lush greenery of the Kerala backwaters and the friendly, hospitable people who welcome you to their homes and farms. This fabulous journey will create memories to savour for years to come. Speak to our India holiday travel specialists today and let us tailor your trip.