Next stop Thekkady! In Thekkady we visited a spice farm that had lots of spice trees, flowers, and nuts. We saw: pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, coffee, cocoa, jackfruit, betel nut, allspice, chinese coriander, curry leaves, rubber trees, vanilla, and sandalwood.
Here is a picture of a cardamom plant. The cardamom comes from these pods that grow in above ground roots:
Here is a picture of a jackfruit. It is tough to get a sense of how huge this thing is from the photo. Jackfruits have a yellow pulp inside that you eat. It is very very sweet and a lot of people don’t like it for that reason. It is hard to find in the states, but you can often find canned jackfruit in Indian stores (probably at other world food stores as well).
Here is a cute pineapple plant:
Later that day we went to another wild life preserve, where, again, we didn’t see any tigers, but we did see lots of elephants!