Visit these spice plantations to spice up your Goa visit

Evelyn Siqueira

SUN & SAND

Goa’s beaches are renowned for their beauty and relaxed atmosphere, and are a favourite destination to unwind and soak up the sun.

Betul beach | Goa | Photo: Rohan Fernandes

LOOKING BEYOND BEACHES

For those looking to de-stress in the lap of nature, Goa offers so much more than beaches. And, this includes mangroves, bird sanctuaries and villages to name a few.

Goa | mangrove

SPICE OF LIFE

Not many people are aware that Goa also boasts of quite a few spice plantations, which are great places to immerse oneself in the serenity of nature while also soaking up the local culture.

spice plantations | Goa

WHAT’S TO LOVE

While these massive spice plantations are brimming with an assortment of plants, and offer a space of tranquility, they also provide valuable insights into the land’s agricultural heritage and culinary traditions. Some of Goa’s best spice farms are…

Goa | Nandanvan | Spice farm | Photo: Nandini Das Gupta

1. SAVOI PLANTATION

This is a 200-year-old plantation, run by the Shetye family, and is located in the village of Savoi, which is a 50 minute drive from Panjim. A tour of the 19 ha property, containing spices, betel nuts and fruits, is followed by a typical Saraswat meal, cooked by the family.

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2. SAHAKARI SPICE FARM

Sahakari Spice Farm is nestled in the lush environs of Curti. Birds, exotic spices, fruit trees and medicinal herbs are aplenty at this 46 ha farm. Visitors get to relish a sumptuous traditional Goan lunch after a farm tour.

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3. TROPICAL SPICE PLANTATION

With a butterfly garden, several species of birds and miles and miles of beetle nut plantations, Tropical Spice Plantation is located in Keri village, 6 km from Ponda. Visitors get a traditional welcome with aarti, kumkum and a garland of flowers, and are later served a traditional meal on a banana leaf.

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4. PASCOAL SPICE FARM

This 50 acre farm is in Khandepar, 39 km Panjim. Besides spices, over 2,500 species of plants, including medicinal herbs can be found in the farm, which also houses one of the biggest plant nurseries in Goa. A guided tour of the property ends in a traditional Goan lunch.

spice plantations | Goa

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