THE DIVERGENT KERALA
subject to a humid tropical climate. Many reptiles, such as king cobra, viper, python, and various turtles and crocodiles are to be found in Kerala — again, disproportionately in the east. Kerala has about 453 species of birds, Oriental bay owl, large frugivorous like the great hornbill and Indian grey hornbill, as well as the more distinctive birds such as peafowl, Indian cormorant, jungle and hill mynas, the Oriental darter, black-hooded oriole, and black drongos, bulbul, species of kingfisher and woodpecker, jungle fowl, Alexandrine parakeets, assorted ducks and migratory birds.
Kerala is famous for spices. Have you thought of exploring that area as well?
The spices of Kerala date back to thousands of years in the history of the state. In the ancient times, Kerala rose to fame all around the world because of its monopoly over spices. Kerala is well-known for the production and export of the one of the most sought-after spices in India, Pepper, which is also known as the ‘King of Spices’. It is a vastly-used and also the earliest known spices. Pepper of Kerala reached Europe through the Arab traders. Europe saw great potential in pepper as a food preservative and looked for complete control on its trade. The money that was gained from the profit trade was used in colonial wars and conquests. This spice is grown both in the lowlands and the high ranges of the state. It is also used for its amazing medicinal properties. Cardamom, Clove, Cinnamon, Ginger, Turmeric, tamarind, nutmeg, Curry leaves are the other most popular spices of Kerala.
U.V. Jose, Director, Kerala Tourism