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“Spice up your life!”

Sahakari Spice Farm
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Full-Day Goa Shore Excursion Including Lunch at Spice Plantation
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Ponda
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A tour of the most interesting spice plants followed by lunch and an elephant ride.
Reviewed August 22, 2013

The spice farm was very welcoming and one of the few attractions open during the rainy season.

Upon arrival we were given flower garlands and lemongrass tea, as well as a few laminated pages detailing the spices and their suggested medicinal uses. A guide then took us around a small area of the spice farm, showing us the spices, the plants, the uses and even letting us try a few. The guide spoke good english and was friendly. After the tour we had a buffet lunch including warm curries (included) and some drinks (have to purchase) which was tasty. In the canteen area there was a shop to buy the spices, which were incredibly cheap (compared to UK prices). Additionally a small bag of spices is included in the entry price and tour price.

Afterwards we visited the nearby elephant ride tent. Whilst it is fantastic to see these amazing creatures it was hard not to feel bad about the conditions there were kept in, they were tied up and stood on a concrete paddock. The ride cost 700 rupees per ride and was about 5 minutes long up and down a dirt track. The seat was not particularly comfortable and seemed to just be a plastic sheet laid over some ropes on the elephants back (uncomfortable for the elephant too i would imagine), the driver steered by kicking the elephant behind the ears with his heels, he kicked it hard and shouted to get it to trumpet for each customer. At the end of the ride the driver demanded a tip (in addition to the money already paid). To do anything else with the elephants (wash, feed etc) would be more money. I would not mind paying such a high price had the elephants been treated better but the animal welfare was poor.

So in summary - Spice farm is interesting and worth a visit but avoid the elephant ride at least until they treat them better (the elephant rides seem to be run by people separate from the spice farm)

2  Thank Sam F
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Visited the spice farm during monsoon and had a lovely experience. after initial welcome drink of herbal tea, the guide took us through the plantation. he explained different varieties of spice plants and was quite informative. although his communication in english was odd..quite jerky and had to follow closely to understand. plantation is quite nice and the elephants were a pleasant surprise. The tour was followed by home made feni and delicious meal. Overall a must have experience.

Thank a_chetan
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Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

It was nice! When we entered we were greeted by some ladies who put garlands on us and there after we proceeded to the spice plantation no doubt about it that there was a lot of spices to be seen and our tour guide explained to us about each and every one of them properly but the distance to walk is a lot definitely not meant for the elderly .the food here is tipically Goan and is delicious especially for the prawns!

Thank Dayne F
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

They have a traditional Indian welcome and in the beginning what was served to us was the lemon grass-cardamom-ginger tea, later it was a gu7ided tour on about half an hour to show how these spices are grown ,........the place needs to be spruced up and cleaned it looks more like a jungle than an organized farm(may be since we went in the rain s) After the visit everyone is given a light bath with Ayurvedic herbal water. the water is poured from a coconut shell ladle at a point on the spine on the neck. it really relaxes you along with selling a chill & shiver down your spine.lunch has both options of vegetarian and non vegetarian buffet. the food was very good.
the elephant ride is more of a hype and a craze for children, the prices needs to be reworked (very expensive for a 5 mins ride), elephant bath is avoidable.

overall good experience.

Thank murtazamt
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

They have a traditional Indian welcome and in the beginning what was served to us was the lemon grass-cardamom-ginger tea with some cashew nuts. After that a guided tour of about 45 minutes in the spice garden.
The area which they they take around the visitors and tourists is about 5 acres. the rest of the spices are grown in the 25 acres and the visitors are not allowed in this area.
In the garden visitors can have an elephant ride by paying for this but we didn't. After the visit everyone is given a light bath with Ayurvedic herbal water. the water is poured from a coconut shell ladle at a point on the spine on the neck. it really relaxes you along with selling a chill & shiver down your spine. me getting the chills below.
They serve small quantities of cashew feni (alcoholic) and you are supposed to have this before you have your lunch.
The lunch has both options of vegetarian and non vegetarian buffet. the food was very good.

4  Thank Rajbrijesh
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