Published: March 2009
Taste Test: Kerala
Discover Africa's cosmopolitan edge; venture into Brazil's rarest woodland; taste-test your way through India's spice country.
Text by Costas Christ
Best Value: Kerala
Tracing exotic flavors to their source.

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Kerala is India’s green state—and not just because it’s the site of a government-sponsored sustainable tourism plan. It’s also home to an emerald mosaic of spice and tea plantations that rise into the cool hills of the Western Ghats, India’s southwest mountains. Check in to one of 52 thatched-roof cottages in the aptly named Spice Village and sample your way through a green tea, cardamom, cinnamon, and clove wonderland (doubles from $260; cghearth.com).

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