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Abraham's Spice Garden
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Kumily
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Owner description: Hello welcome to Abraham's spice garden.The garden was established in 1952 and one of the oldest and biggest garden in periyar.We are providing a guided tour and you can taste and smell the real organic spices .You can also buy farm fresh spices.There are lots of spice gardens in Periyar so make sure that it is Abraham's spice garden.This garden was recommended in lonely planet and routard also. It is shown in the famous documentary by BBC "Around the world in 80 gardens" by Mounty Don.
Reviewed 27 December 2013

We not only visited the garden, but had a cooking demonstration followed by dinner in the family home. The food was fresh and tasty. The family is lovely and has had this garden for the past 4 generations. There is also fresh spices for sale.

Thank Andrea T
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We were lucky enough not to fall prey to the marketing gimmicks of huge spice gardens where the only focus is on selling the spices.

Mr. Abraham - the one man army who maintains the spice garden, attends to the visitors, shows them around, spends 1-2 hours per visit - is the proud owner of the spice garden which has been featured in BBC Series "Around the World in 80 Gardens" by Monty Don ( read more on wikipedia) . With a broad chest and immense pride, he handed over the book to us while he grabbed a quick meal.

After handing over an additional umbrella to us , we started our 'nature' voyage where his detailed explanation about practically every spice on his garden , his mini climbs and extending himself umpteen times to help us taste the raw spices coupled with his fluency in English made this visit a truly memorable, enjoyable and enriching. His knowledge of the medicinal benefits ,biological names, how the final product is processed/made, so many varieties of banana/pepper/orchid/grass/, seasonal variations leading to different products from the same plant left us spellbound and fascinated us well beyond our expectations!!

All in all , he comes across a genuine person who is driven by passion and feels happy in sharing his knowledge.

Unfortunately, the cab drivers and tour operators will not know about this place and will recommend you to other big commercial gardens. As mentioned in the starting of this review, we were lucky enough not to fall prey to these marketing gimmicks /commission based visits by local guides/drivers.....so should you be lucky and enjoy a truly Authentic Visit to Spice Garden!!

1  Thank NavishD
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

We're traveling by car and made stop due to tripadvisor. What I have to say, this is wonderfull place with very nice owner, more over, guided tour for guests was made by himself. He can show for you coffee plantation (but be carefull - a lot of spider there) and curcuma production (he has it back of his yard).
This garden isn't big, but very cozy. Also you could see how spice really look like and how they processing (sometime it's really surpriz).
If you're lucky you will have a chance to try tomato that was grown on the tree, cucumbers that look like grapes and very hot chilli that is smaller than the nail. Anyway positive emotions are guaranteed.

Thank OlgaLapko
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

Abraham's spice garden is the place to visit if you actually want to see a spice garden filled with varieties of spices, fruits, flowers and vegetables. Sadly none of the big hotels really know about this spice garden and the genuine Mr. Abraham who has been filmed by Monty Don and features in his book on 80 Gardens around the world. This garden is situated on the way to Kottayam from Kumily. Mr. Abraham has a nice 2 acres land here and also stays here. In his garden you will find a variety of flowers that atleast I hadn't seen earlier. He has different kinds of vegetables ranging from red brinjals to purple chillies. He has almost 21 varieties of bananas and lots of spices from cocoa , cardamom, cinnamon to name a few. He personally takes you on the garden tour and explains everything with a lot of passion. His knowledge on the plants really fascinates you. He maintains the garden himself and keeps it so clean that inspite of being the rainy season we didnt find any mosquitoes hovering around our heads or feet. Really cant praise him enough. He speaks English fluently and a very simple man. His garden is a MUST VISIT while in Thekkady.

Thank Rahul D
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

We just turned up and were welcomed by Mr Abraham himself and also met his beautiful grand daughter. He spent an hour showing us the spices and explaining the uses for each. Its a very personal and one to one tour, fantastic. We bought some spices from him to bring back to UK and they were very reasonable in price and very fresh in taste.

Another large group arrived and Mr Abraham told us to just walk around as long as we wanted and then came over to shake hands and say goodbye when we eventually left. A real gentleman and he deserves his 'fame'. He proudly showed us where Monty Don sat during the filming of the garden by the BBC.

This is a place not to be missed and beats the large commercial gardens hands down.

Thank charlieCornwall
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