Goa is world famous for its beaches and feni (local beer). However, there are some spots in Goa that are equally fascinating yet unexplored and less publicised. Among those ‘not so famous’ destinations is the Spice Farm located in Ponda, South Goa. It is surely a fun-learn destination where you and your family can spend 3-5 hours of quality time. Spice farm is a package deal that comes with an amazing tropical environment, traditionally cooked tasty organic food and a guided tour.
The Spice Farm is also known as Sahakari Spice Farm situated in Curti of Ponda taluka of Goa. It is around 30 km from the city of Panjim.
If you intend to visit the farm with family, it is always better to hire a cab/taxi for the entire day. You can spend 3-5 hours at Spice Farm without getting bored. Since, Ola and Uber services are not available in Goa you have to rely on local means. We advise you to book a cab/taxi for the full day South Goa trip.
Pre-Negotiated Fare for South Goa Tour
SUV : INR 2500
Hatchback/Sedan: INR 1500
About the place
The spice farm plantation is around 300 year old. It was started for tourism since last 10-12 years. It is not a government/cooperative initiative but owned by a private party. The plantation is entirely organic and covers an area of 130 acres.
Major Attractions of Sahakari Spice Farm
As and when the guest enters the premises of the farm his/she is welcomed in a traditional manner with a garland, flower petal shower. Hindu ritual of tilak and aarti is also performed. It makes you feel special and comfortable.
After settling-in, the guests are made to sit in a very cool and cosy open hut. They are served herbal tea made of cinnamon and lemon grass. The natural taste and aroma of the tea refreshes you immediately.
Once the tea ceremony is over, guest are asked whether they would like to have food first or continue with the guided tour. It is up to the guest to decide what they wish to do first. We suggest you to go for the tour first, come back tired and then relish your food. It will increase your appetite and make you enjoy the food to the core.
The buffet includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. For your delight, we would like to inform you that you can have both the varieties of food. The menu of the food is not fixed and keeps on changing. We are sharing the menu of the buffet for day we visited the farm. The food is served in plates made of dried leaves. It is such a pleasure to see all the employees engaged in serving and cooking food wearing traditional Konkani attire.
The food is served inside three shacks. Two shacks are reserved for the groups who have reserved it previously. The larger shack is open for all (Indians and foreigners). The shack is quite spacious and comfortable. Those who want mineral water or interested in having soft drinks and beer can purchase it from the small outlet present in the shack itself. The food is well cooked, moderately spicy, delicious and unlimited. So, if you are a foodie, spice farm is the place for you.
Guided Tour of the Spice Farm
Each small group is assigned a qualified guide who is well versed in English (please do not expect Hindi). The guide shows you different type of spices, herbs, medicinal plants and fruits spread in around 1-2 square km area. One gets an opportunity to see, touch and smell the spices which is used every day in our kitchens in their natural form. The farm has a range of spices such as Vanilla, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Pepper, Cinnamon, Lemon grass etc. You can also see Coffee, cocoa and the trees of jackfruit, banana, pineapple etc. The guide provides detail information about each spice and answer all your queries regarding the spices and its plantation. The tour is a great opportunity to learn about major herbs and medicinal plants, their value and characteristics in a fun manner.
Beetle Nut Climbing Demo
The Spice farm consists of several beetle nut trees. The trunk of beetle nut tree is very thin and crazily flexible. It is very difficult for an untrained person to climb on the tree. The guided tour also includes a demonstration where a local villager climbs on one tree and eruditely comes down from the other one. It is an unique and exiting experience for all, specially kids.
Cashew Processing Unit
Towards the end of the tour, the guide takes you to the cashew processing unit, where one can see the cashew plantation and lots of unprocessed cashews. They also demonstrate how local beer (feni) is produced form the cashew. Those interested can taste fresh feni as well (only in limited quantity).
Artificial & Natural Water Bodies
The spice farm consists several artificial and natural water bodies such as rivulets and ponds. You can go and play in those water bodies with your family.
Organic Spice Store
The farm also houses an organic spice store from where you can purchase spices and cashew. If you are thinking that you can get the cashew at dirt cheap price, I am afraid, you will be disappointed.
Entry Fee (including Meal) Per Adult: INR 400
We can tell you this place is total “paisa vasool”(Value for Money) fun-learn destination and worth visiting.
For more information you can visit their website: www.sahakarifarms.com
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