Route adds spice to passage to India

7th Aug 2013

The intriguing ancient Spice Route is set to be enjoyed once more by tourists on trekking holidays - with India to the fore.

This esteemed route, which was created over 2,000 years ago, links 31 countries in Asia and Europe.

India, particularly the south-western state of Kerala, will be a major hub in the revival of the route.

It was once used by traders and connects East with West across thousands of miles.

Kerala Tourism has announced it will promote the route from Kerala to the West.

Its secretary Suman Bila's presentation at a meeting on Silk Road tourism revealed plans to resurrect the route.

This was organised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in China's Dunhuang.

Bila told the Business Standard: "With the recent archaeological evidences excavated from Muziris, the major port of entry to India from the West for the ancient spice trade, we have been presented with a historic opportunity to revive the Spice Route for the modern world."

Reviving the route, Bila said, will enable people to once again travel the road used by traders from over 2,000 years.

Kerala itself is already much cherished by tourists with a love for cultural sites and serene beaches.

The state boasts sumptuous hill stations, wonderful wildlife, exotic eateries and wondrous waterfalls.


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