Before heading North, we had the opportunity to spend some more time sightseeing in Kerala - this time in the gorgeous Thekkady region. There, even the heavy rains couldn’t distract us from the amazing landscape: mountains covered in lush forests and scattered with waterfalls; rubber and tea plantations lining the mountain roads; towering jackfruit trees everywhere; and wonderful shopping towns full of spice shops and ayurvedic spas. The four of us went on an elephant ride, followed by a walking spice tour where we learned about the native Kerala plants that work wonders in the kitchen and in the ayurvedic medicine cabinet. We also treated ourselves to massages, hearty (and spicy!) Kerala cuisine, and some shopping.
On our last day, we had the privilege of touring one of the largest ayurvedic medicine factories in the region called Sahyadri. It was amazing to see their massive collection of dried ingredients, all grown in the Kerala region, and to learn about how the products made from these materials have been used for centuries to target specific health concerns.
We were then off to the Cochin airport to board our flight to New Delhi, saying farewell to the southern region of India where we had spent the last four incredible weeks.