Randattara Cinnamon Estate stands as a testimony to the prominence Thalassery had in spice trades during ancient times. The coastal location of the town made it a commercial hub and spices such as black pepper, ginger and turmeric were exported to foreign lands through the seaport built by the British.
During the 1790s, the spice trade in Thalassery suffered due to the wars with Tipu, Hyder and Pazhassi Rajah. With an aim to grow spices directly, the British East India Company took steps to start a plantation of its own. The location of this plantation was Randattara, which later came to be known as the Randattara Cinnamon Estate.
The plantation is spread over 1000 acres and according to William Logan (famous colonial historian) special products such as coffee, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and cotton were cultivated here. This is an ideal location for travelers who want to explore the plant life of the region.