A Peaceful Corner of Paradise
Have you ever wondered where your powdered Cinnamon came
from, and what is mace?. Are spices for you small plastic
bags with colourful powder? If 'yes' is your answer, you
should visit the Spice Plantations scattered around the
interior of Goa's beautiful rural landscape.
Goa is a state which is gifted with incredible natural
beauty from her beaches and gently rolling hills to her
Vegetation and Animal life.
The mild temperature throughout the year and high rainfall
favour great richness and a variety of vegetation.
Traditional Goan methods of organic farming are conducted
here and crops like coconuts, betel nuts, pineapples, different
kinds of spices ad much more are grown here. You can have
a walk in the plantation with a local person briefing you
about the crops, roots and herbs.
One can also make a few purchase of spice during the tour.
After that, experience a typical Goan Hindu Cuisine served
in mud pits and banana leaves. Due to those scenic landscape
and the tranquil atmosphere, these Plantations are an ideal
place for those who want to forget the busy world they have
Trekking the nature walks are most recommended. You could
stumble upon ancient groves with a deity or two.
Observe interesting organic farming techniques. Orchids,
anthuriums, mushrooms, American Corn, Red Bell peppers,
Cocum, Mango, Cashew and many more varieties of vegetables
are grown at most plantations.
Among the wellknown plantations in the state are:
Pascoal Farms: Set in the hills of the
Mandovi river is the Pascoal Spice Farm at Khandepar, rich
in the abundance and diversity of its plants.
Rustic Plantation: This is a magnificient
countryside sanctuary of nearly 100 acres of rural farmland
nestled in the valley beneath the foothills of Western Ghats,
situated in the north east part of Goa.
Savoi Plantation: Located near the village
of Savoi Verem, 10 km north of Ponda, is one of the oldest
and largest tropical spice plantations in Goa situated right
on the banks of the Mandovi River and is a treat to visit.
Abyss: Also located near Savoi Verem,
Abyss is set amidst sky-kissing mountains with picturesque
beautiful surroundings with hundreds of medicinal herbs
on the propertyy and is developed on organic farming basis.
Sahakari Spice Farms: Situated 30kms away
from Panaji, and just 2 kms away from Ponda, this ideal
tropical spice plantation is spread across 130 acres with
2 tiny rivulets flowing through it. The organic farm grows
scores of local fruits and quite a few exotic spices and
crops including Vanilla.