When the Portuguese first landed on the coasts of Goa, they carried the world’s most aromatic and flavourful spices with them from here. After the Portuguese began trading from here, Goa became a spice trading centre for the French, the Dutch and then the British. The post-independence era marked the beginning of building a self-dependent state and thus all the trading operations were carried out in the name of the Government Of India.
These best quality spices made India the world leader in the production and export of spices. To give a glimpse to the outsiders, Goa has some distinguished and massive spice plantations. These spice plantations let people come and see how they get some of the best quality spices.
The 5 Best Spice Plantations in Goa are:
1. Savoi Spice Plantation
One of the oldest spice plantations in Goa, Savoi Spice Plantation is a two hundred years old family-owned plantation stretched over an area of a hundred acres. Situated in Savoi village in Ponda, this plantation is owned by the Shetye family and provides the best hospitality experience to its guests. You are served fresh pomegranate juice with cardamom bananas and the staff heads you a systematic and thorough tour of the plantation. The owners believe in the “organic since origin” tag and are devoted to keeping it that way. Terrace fields, verdure corners and fresh berries all around, it is the best for photo frantic and nature lovers.
Location: Savoi village, Ponda, Goa 403401, IndiaEntry fee: INR 500 per personTimings: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
2. Tropical Spice Plantation
Location: H. No. A- 14, Arla Bazar, Keri, Ponda, Goa 403401Entry fee: INR 600 per personTimings: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
3. Pascoal Spice Village
Location: Khandepar Belgaum Road, Opp. Nestle India, Khandepar, Ponda, Goa 403401Entry fee: INR 400 per adult & INR 200 per childTimings: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
4. Sahakari Spice FarmCovering an area of 130 acres, Sahakari Spice Farm is full of lush green vegetation and is half an hour from Panaji, the capital city of Goa. This exquisite spice plantation is known for its hospitality and the wide variety of herbs with immense medicinal value grown here. You get a warm welcome with garlands and refreshments. You are led inside with diffusing aromas of nutmeg, turmeric and cardamom shadowed by guava, pineapple, papaya and jackfruit trees. To make it even more enjoyable and memorable, you can enjoy elephant rides and folk dances.
Location: Ponda Belgaum Highway, Curti, Ponda, Goa 403401Entry fee: INR 500 per personTimings: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
5. Tanshikar Spice Farm
Location: Netravali, near Smriti Yoga, Sanguem, Goa 403704Entry fee: INR 800 per personTimings: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM