In our first segment, we talked about the spicy journey in Kerala. Moving towards the land of golden beaches, Goa is filled with many spice plantations. The three main spice plantations, Sahakari Spice farm, Abyss spice farm and Savoi spice farm lie in proximity to the busy, inland town of Ponda. Sahakari Spice Farm, which is situated within the blossoming green surrounding at Curti, attracts number of tourists throughout the year to see its rich cultural heritage and wonderfully designed places of worship.
The farms provides an in-depth knowledge and guidance about the spices and enlighten about the ways to cure various diseases. Sahakari Spice Farm spread over an area of 130 acres, out of which 60 acres of area is solely used for cultivation of spices, fruits, medicinal trees and herbs.
It is known for growing different types of spices in a very systematic and scientific manner. To list down few among them, there are, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Pepper, Cloves, Chilli, Curry leaves, Turmeric and Ginger.
The Abyss Spice Farm is known for the medicinal herbs which are grown in a very large scale in this area. While exploring the fields and the farms there, one can notice men climbing on tall swaying trees to pluck betel nut fruits from the heights. Few of the major spices grown in here are Black pepper, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cloves, Chillies, Coriander, Cashew, Betel nut palm.
Moving on to the Savoi Spice Plantation in north Goa, it is a 200-year old plantation spread over the area of 100 acres. Being at this plantation one can completely cherish the nature at its best amidst pure organic and natural environment. While exploring the spices on the land of Savoi Spice Plantation, the second best thing that one can cherish would be getting the view of ‘n’ number of bird species, which fly to the pond situated there.
A walk down the shady path of the Savoi Spice Plantation, along with an expert helps to explore the spicy world in a better way. Spices like Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Clove, Nutmeg, etc, are grown in a natural environment here. To add to the walking experience, there are other tropical fruits as well which are grown there such as mango, jackfruit, cashew, papaya, chikoo and medicinal herbs, shrubs and trees.
At few places, a detailed demonstration of traditional beetle nut plucking is also noticed. Herein, the person involved will swing from tree to tree like a ‘Tarzan’. Also you can even witness the tradition method of preparing different useful and decorative materials out of the coconut, besides other materials.
Away from the breeze at the coast, inland Goa can feel hot and humid, so taking plenty of drinking water and wearing light clothing is recommended.
A small notebook might help you remember some of the details of the tour, and do not forget to carry your camera with you.
Text by Supriya Aggarwal
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