What is the history of Tea in India?
“On the hills of Munnar the clouds will come and kiss your feet” Mohan, owner of Indian Sweet & Spices Grocery Store
Up in the mountains of Kerala at 1,700m (5,600f) sits Munnar, a center of tea plantations. There are panoramic views of green tea plants rolled over the hills like a carpet.
During the 17th century drinking tea became popular in Britain. All of it was imported from China, thus, in order to compete with the Chinese monopoly, the British introduced tea production, as well as tea consumption, to India. Today, India is the world’s largest consumer of tea, and the second largest producer of tea. The most famous Indian tea is from Darjeeling.
What is Kathakali?
Kathakali is an Indian classical dance and drama form, unique to Kerala. Known for gestures like pantomime and heavy makeup. It tells stories of love and power based on classical Indian texts.
What is the Cinnamon Spice Garden?
We could not avoid, nor did we try to, the Cinnamon Spice Garden, a stop that every local taxi driver wants to take you to because of the commission they receive for every purchase you make. The Garden houses more than 100 varieties of trees and herbs unique to the vegetation of Kerala. At the end of the tour is the “pharmacy” store and the sales pitch. It’s fun never the less.