Most of us know “Malabar” from the chewing gum. Not many of us think immediately of the area in India between the Western Ghats and the Arabia sea. The area has a rich historic background. Frequented by many colonial discoveries, the Portugese, the English and the Dutch, the region features many well known towns. Part of the British East India Company, it’s chief importance was to produce pepper. The Dutch settled for over 100 years in Cochin and developed a florissant trade to Europe in pepper, cinnamon and other spices. Many traces of the rich colonial times are still found in today’s Malabar.