India’s Ancient Spice Route

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2040
6 Days - Group sizes: 2-6/prices per person; ask for solo prices

Experience the world’s most influential spice..!! You will reconsider the significance of grinder or shake on your dining table.

Colombus went west to discover the sea route to the land of spices but found America. Vasco-da-gama , the Arabs and other explorers and traders came to India for the same reason. Vivid and entertaining, this far reaching tale of adventure and intrigue describes the vital role that spices played in bringing people from far lands to India.

ITINERARY

What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

DAY 1 – Kozhikode

Arrival and transfer to homestay

DAY 2 – Kozhikode

Spice market walk

Centuries ago, one could rather have observed the behaviour of hundreds of traders in this region, as it  was one of the busiest ports in India. Kozhikode, or Calicut as it was known, was a global business hub. It was frequented by “merchants from every corner of the earth”, according to legendary Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta. Ports of Calicut were free and only export and import duties were levied. Merchants and travellers considered the city safe and friendly. Many explorers and historians credit the Samoothiris or Zamorins, the erstwhile rulers of the kingdom, for ensuring this.

A walk through the “Velyangadi” (Big Bazaar )  & SM Street ,which was the trade centre of  Kozhikode, still continues to be one.  Explaining the history of spice trade and the present market and trade activities .

  • The Mosque Tro-Mishkal  Mosque , Muchundi Mosque and Jumayath Mosque few the oldest in Malabar, is an important cultural, historical and architectural monument in Kerala.

DAY 3 – Mothakkara; Waynad

  • Travel to Mothakkara Village in Wayanad
  • Village walk  with women guide to learn about  the place, it’s people, culture and agriculture practices
  • Experience traditional pot making and try your hands at pottery
  • Light trek to the Banasura hills and explore how indigenous communities prepare Lemongrass Oil using traditional methods

DAY 4 – Mothakkara; Waynad

  • Breakfast at homestays
  • Wayanad Social Service Society (WSSS) –

WSSS is  a registered charitable society and a secular voluntary organization established in the year 1974. It is the official social work organization of the Catholic Diocese of Mananthavady. WSSS aims at Socio-economic empowerment of the target group consisting of Tribals, Women, Youth, Children and Small & Marginal farmers through participatory development interventions , like organic farming and certification, medicinal plants conservation , natural resource management etc.

  • George ( Organic farmer )

Interaction with Mr.George who is an organic farmer .

  • Lunch
  • Plantation Visit

Plantations of Mr.Ravi and Mr.Diwakaran – pozhuthana

Spices grown – cardamom

  • Cultural Activity in the village at night.

DAY 5 – Trikkapatta; Waynad

  • After breakfast travel to the village of Trikkaipatta
  • Krishnan ( Trikkaipetta ) – ideally  ( 7.30am – 9.30 am )

Mr.Krishnan , the  local organic farmer of the village, a birdwatcher by passion and  an award winning photographer , will take you for a 2 hour stroll through the areas of the village  explaining the various crops and spices grown there , also  you can spot various species of birds and butterflies. During the walk he will explain about the flora, fauna and the 160 species of birds that he has identified in the village, and how these species help in the ecosystem.

  • Breakfast at homestay.
  • Regional Agricultural Research Station – Ambalavayal

25km from Kalpetta. Established in 1946 by the then Madras government.

The lead function of the station is to provide research support  for agriculture in High Range Zone.

Research programmes on crop breeding management aspects of pepper , ginger , ric scented rice and cool season vegetables ; studies on crop whether relationship, soil fertility management are undertaken.

  • Coffee Board – Kalpetta , Waynad

It focuses on evolving location-specific technology  in coffee growing .

  • Lunch
  • Rathnakaran – Kalpetta  ( organic farmer )

He has been documenting and researching about climate change and its effects on agriculture apart from its effects on eco system in general.

DAY 6 – Trikkapatta; Waynad

  • Cardamon estate visit

Explore the plantation and learn how it’s processed.

  • Tea Estate Visit

Visit a Tea estate and and experience the different stages of Tea processing, starting with Tea leaf plucking to Tea tasting.

  • Departure after breakfast.