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The maritime trade routes have been known as the Spice Roads, supplying markets across the world with cinnamon, pepper, ginger, cloves and nutmeg from the Moluccas islands in Indonesia known as the Spice Islands. Textiles, woodwork, precious stones, metalwork, incense, timber, and saffron were all traded by the merchants travelling these routes, which stretched over 15,000 kilometres, from the west coast of Japan, past the Chinese coast, through South East Asia, and past India to reach the Middle East and so to the Mediterranean. Prehistoric writings and stone age carvings of neolithic age obtained indicates that India's South West Coast especially Kerala had established itself as a major spice trade centre from as early as 3000 B.C, which marks the beginning of Spice Trade.
Visit Kerala, Sri Lanka and Indonesia and learn how spices are grown and prepared for export to all corners of the world. Taste authentic dishes prepared with fresh spices and marvel at the exotic and spicy tastes of Asia.