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Abraham's Spice Garden
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Kumily
Certificate of Excellence
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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 January 2014

Our visit to Abraham's Garden was most unexpected but was definitely one of the highlights of our trip (one month) in India. Our tour of the garden was made special with personal insights & stories from Mr Abraham & such an education. Mrs Abraham gave us a cooking lesson & what a surprise & delight that was. We learned the preparation & cooking of a number of different dishes & again to our surprise, the culinary feast was prepared for us . It was DELICIOUS. So good, we bought a number of different spices in the hope of re-creating the experience at home. The family were very gracious & we felt it was a great privilege to have been in their home & enjoyed such wonderful hospitality. Definitely, do not miss a visit to Abraham's Spice Garden

Thank Susan T
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

Many places I have visited on my many years of travelling say oh please write a good review of this and that place, and not many make it past the I will try.

A recent visit to Abrahams Garden on route from Thekkady to Kumarakom with a small party of foodies on tour with the Kerala Cookery Experience, I have been several times over a 10 year period and every year I discover some thing new. We surprised Abraham early one morning on an un planned stop.
He was unshaven and enjoying an early cup of masala tea, we knocked at the back door of his home and he immediately came out with a big smile and encouraged us to join him on a short stroll around his garden of Eden. With stick in hand to point to everything and anything of interest, the party discovered how turmeric was grown, cinnamon, pepper, chilli, and lots of wonderful fruit, plus tropical flowers and even a tropical spider ! Not to my liking I am afraid he informed us that lots of spiders lurk in the trees and bushes, so if... You are a little nervous of these creatures stay away! I saw an amazing one in a web at the front of the house with a huge white body and thick black legs, the flowers are amazing, as is Abraham who is clearly in ecstasy showing you his pride and joy. Don't bother going to the commercial spice gardens who just try to flog you everything and anything, they see you coming and try to wave your vehicle into the property don't stop. Only stop at Abrahams Garden in Kumily. Many people know him and I know why! He is a cheerful, happy proud guy with a wonderful spice garden. Thank you Abraham. We will be back again soon. Ps Abraham does not charge per supersonic and never asks for anything, please please give a generous donation so he can continue his excellent work!

Thank Suzanne T
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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!!

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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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