4. Thekkady & Periyar
This region of Kerala is well-known for its wealth of spice plantations. In Thekkady in particular, cardamom is one of the major spices produced, but you can also find nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper, each leaving an aromatic scent in the air.
Periyar, set in the heart of the Western Ghats, is home to a spectacular wildlife sanctuary which is not to be missed. Embarking on an early morning jungle walk provides the opportunity to witness families of magnificent wild Asian elephants, old world monkeys, giant Malabar squirrels, bison, sambar deer, porcupines and many more. The sanctuary is also home to over 260 species of bird to satisfy any avid twitcher.