Where to buy spices? It is a common question asked by customers on their trip to the spice hub – Kerala.

Its  always recommended to get your spices from Kumily/Thekkady, a spice town located in the Kerala- Tamilnadu border. The Kumily Market provides good quality spices at a reasonable price and there are plenty of shops to choose from. Sometimes you can have a good bargain from the shops.

Also make sure you are buying the locally grown spices. Cardamom, pepper, clove, ginger, turmeric etc are cultivating in Kerala.  The product sells at most of the shops as Cinnamon are not real cinnamon – that is imported cassia. Only few shops selling original cinnamon due to lack of availability. The multi layered roll cinnamon imported from Ceylon is good but expensive.

You can see lots of spice plantations in Munnar and Thekkady. Some of them having shops inside them to sell spices to tourists . Spice plantations are a good way to familiarise the spice plants, but while comparing the price with local market, the rates at spice plantation are on the  higher side.