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Spices have been integral to Kerala's history. Vasco da Gama came to Kozhikode and returned to Portugal with a shipment of Indian spices. Cardamom, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, pepper, vanilla, ginger and turmeric are the main spices grown in the state which has taken to "spice tourism" on a mega scale.
Kerala_Tourism has been conducting training programmes on spices to promote spice tourism as another unique product among the tourists. Spice tourism is of benefit to both the tourism industry as well as the tourists. The tourists get to visit spice farms and gardens and are provided knowledge on the different spices grown in the state, spice processing practices, grading methods, effective packaging, quality control methods etc.