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Take a fragrant tour of some spice plantations Credit: Sahakari Spice Farms Experience authentic Goan flavours by touring the spice plantations around the temple town of Ponda....
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Sahakari Spice Farm
Between 45 minutes or an hour out of Calangute, crossing the Mandovi River at Panaji (the capitol of Goa) we had a delightful visit at the Sahakari Spice Farm at Ponda. There was the aroma of vanilla orchid spice, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and many, many more spices coming from the trees and plants grown at the farm. The most exciting part of the day is yet to come as we made our way to a nearby lake to mingle with the kings of this jungle – Goan elephants! Marvel at the wonders of nature as you watch these elephants bathe in the peaceful lake. Feed them or, better yet, join them on a refreshing swim in the lake. This is one experience not to be missed!
A drive to Ponda is a good 45 km one side trip from Dabolim. We were a group of 6 people and had rented a Toyota Innova. The road to Tropical Spice plantation was a beauty with Mandovi River on one side and the colorful Goan houses and coconut trees on the other. I am a great admirer of the Goan houses. Their architecture is inspired by the Portuguese culture - tiled roof, bright and startling exterior colors, white painted arches and pillars give these houses a unique look.