Kerala trades in on old spice connections

21st Feb 2013

Tourists visiting Kerala in India will be able to follow an ancient spice route being developed to attract visitors to the area.

Suman Billa, the tourism secretary for Kerala, said the state in south-west India is usually visited for its beaches, hill stations and alternative medicine. But he said there was a new project to promote the area as being at the heart of an ancient spice route, which linked Kerala to 31 other countries not only in Asia but also Europe.

The route will take its inspiration from the Silk Road and the tourism office in Kerala is enlisting the help of the World Tourism Organisation to get the project off the ground. The key aims of the initiative will be to make it sustainable as well as to get people living in the area involved.

The spice route would look at the cultural, historical and archaeological relationship Kerala had with other nations in connection with its maritime pepper trade. And there are plans to create trips for tourists based on this theme.

As part of the project Kerala wants to work with Afghanistan, Burma, China, Denmark, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkey, the UK and Yemen.

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