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“Interesting & informative”

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 September 5, 2013

The tour of the spice plantation was very interesting & informational. You get to see many varieties of spices growing. The guide was quite knowledgable but brusque mostly with the Indians in the group. I suppose he would have preferred a group made up only of white foreigners.
The welcome drink on arrival was delicious & lunch was quite good as well. Close to spice plantation is the elephant ride & bath which my 4 year old daughter loved. She found the spice talk a bit too long for her taste.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I loved seeing the actual spices growing on land. The lady who showed us around was very smart and kept the entire guests engrossed with her. I even tried hopping up a coconut tree to pluck one but could not even go 2 feet above the ground :D
I am not a sea food person but did try the goan food that is spread out for lunch. The spices, the food, the fruits all of them came from the very farm we visited. Loved the tour of the farm especially the end of the tour where the lady poured some spiced water onto our backs :)

Thank amdudeja
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We visited during Monsoon season in July and had a very nice experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was very informative. Haven't tried the spices we got yet, but hope to soon. Would definitely recommend

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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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