GOA SPICE PLANTATIONS

The coastal state of Goa is known for its beautiful beaches, nightlife and its spices. Spices have been the commodity that India has a monopoly on. The most successful of trades ever carried out from the coasts of Indian peninsula are pf spices. When the Portuguese first landed on the coasts of Goa, they carried with them world’s most aromatic and flavourful spices. After Portuguese traders, Goa became a spice trading centre for the French, the Dutch and then the British. 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 Govt. 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 space plantations let people come and see how they get some of the best quality spices. Some of these spice plantations 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 keep 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, India

Entry fee: INR 500 per person

Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM


2.    Tropical Spice Plantation: Located in Keri village, six kilometres from Ponda, Tropical Spice Plantation is one of the most beautiful and the least polluted areas in Goa. The plantation lies aside Verdant Land making it the closest to Mother Nature. The plantation owners try to maintain the plantation in the most traditional way possible without manipulating nature or compromising with spices’ quality. Thus you get the closest authentic experience here.  You will see tropical trees like Cashew, Betel nut, Palm trees Papayas, Star fruit, a great variety of citrus fruits and so much more. You can relish moments of bird-watching as they have a separate bird sanctuary, interrupted by monkeys. You are then led to an open air restaurant and served the beat of Goan cuisine. You can spend your time rowing a boat in the lake surrounded by lush green fields. 

Location: H. No. A- 14, Arla Bazar, Keri, Ponda, Goa 403401

Entry fee: INR 600 per person

Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


3.    Pascoal Spice Village: Pascoal Spice Village is a serene site punctuated with the rippling Mandovi River and lush green fields. It is situated eight kilometres away from Ponda National Highway. You can plan a two day tour and a road trip to Pascoal Spice Village. On your first day, you will be taken to the spice farms, each farm dedicated to a particular spice. You will then be escorted to lovely gardens . You can enjoy boating which will be like an overall tour of the village. On the second day of your tour, you can visit Nehru Beach, Church of Our Lady and other nearby places. You are welcome to taste the Goan delicacies largely carrying the Portuguese influence combined beautifully with Indian spices in an open air restaurant amidst the infinite greens. 

Location: Khandepar Belgaum Road, Opp. Nestle India, Khandepar, Ponda, Goa 403401

Entry fee:  INR 400 per adult & INR 200 per child

Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


4.    Sahakari Spice Farm: Covering an area of 130 acres,Sahakari Spice Farm is a lush green vegetation  about 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. There is no better way to culminate your trip with a buffet of Goan delicacies with a glass of toddy. 

Location: Ponda Belgaum Highway, Curti, Ponda, Goa 403401

Entry fee: INR 500 per person

Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM


5.    Tanshikar Spice Farm: A decent and nice in South Goa, Tanshikar Spice Farm is the best option for lodging in the lap of nature amidst the endless greenery. The farm is fifty kilometres from Margao city and around thirty two kilometres from Palolem beach.  The spice farm has an in-house rest house with great housekeeping services and an in-house dining area. The Tanshikar family believes in cultivating their produce in the most organic way possible and has kept up with the motto for two generations now. Far from the fanciful beaches, Tanshikar Spice Farm is a secluded area untouched by pollution. They have several plantations like vanilla, cashew and many herbs. You can buy the best quality organically grown spices from here. You can stroll around in the jungle and around the waterfall. Tanshikar Spice Farm is a peaceful and quaint location where you can experience nature in its purest form. 

Location: Netravali, near Smriti Yoga, Sanguem, Goa 403704

Entry fee: INR 800 per person

Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM


This post was published by Ishika Wahane

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