In the extreme south of the country, Kerala draws its wealth in the Arabian Sea on one side and in the landscape of the western ghats on the other. Starting point ? Fort Cochin. Symbol of the alliance between the dynasty of the Rajputs and the Portuguese monarchy, it is the India of the old territories, the one that Vasco de Gama discovered in 1498. An enclave that has kept all the charm of the old colonial buildings and the folklore of Chinese plaice at sunset. Fishing nets that offer to the onlookers the ritual of a traditional catch. In the daytime, it is rather the engines of the rickshaws that pace the city, wandering from Jayanti to the Jewish quarter, crossing smoking stalls, utensil dealers, Hindu temple and warehouses, the sublime Pradesi synagogue and the Dutch Palace (former residence of the Dutch governors, transformed into a museum). Fort Cochin is also a crossroads. THE Indian spice hub in India, which supplies a third of the world production. With, as a guest, the MG1, the best quality of Malabar pepper. Today considered the best in the world. We take this opportunity to buy some spices: cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, curry leaves …. Before heading to the the countryside.