beach where Vasco da Gama first landed.
When Christopher Columbus
set out on his first voyage in 1492, he thought that
he was heading for India’s spicelands, the Kerala
coast. Columbus went the wrong way, but his commercial
rival, the Portuguese Vasco da Gama, went the right
way and found a land rich in the treasures that Europeans
sought: spices.Black pepper,cardamon, ginger and cinnamon
all have their roots in this beautiful land in the
southwestern corner of India. Often called the Venice
of South Asia, Kerala has fabulous cultural and food
traditions. And it might be the world’s first
tolerant multi-religious society, a place where Hindus,
Muslims, Christians, and Jews have lived together
in peace and harmony for centuries.