Sahakari Farm to a welcome of fresh tender coconut water or lemon grass tea and
some snacks. A guide will take you around the 130-acre spice farm, where
cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, herbs, fruits, arecanut, betel and
medicinal plants grow. Lots of butterflies and many species of birds are found
here. You will also see crossbred cows, a cashew processing factory and a feni
distillation unit. All this over, gorge on the buffet lunch of pao (local
bread), rice, prawn or fish curry, chicken xacuti, other vegetable bhajis, a
delicious veg kurma made with whole spices from the plantation, fried fish,
fried rice or pulao, fried potato, salad, pickle and papad. Wind up your meal
with desert and fresh fruit. You'll get cashew feni too, before lunch. A big
attraction at Sahakari is its elephants who take you for rides and let you bathe
NH4A, Curti, 3.5 km from the Shantadurga Temple at Kavlem and 1.5 km from Ponda.
Pascoal Spice Village too, vanilla, pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, chillies,
nutmeg, turmeric, ginger and fruits are cultivated. There is a large plant
nursery with several bonsai here. There are also a great many birds here, and a
rivulet that flows through the farm. Enjoy a spot of boating or just sit by the
river and feed the fish.
got hungry try the chicken cafreal, the prawn curry, crispy vegetables and fried
kingfish, all washed down with cashew feni or beer.
Off NH4A, Khadepar.
Plantation has a very rustic decor. Take a guided tour of the cinnamon, cloves,
cardamom, turmeric, ginger, basil, nutmeg and pepper plantations and the cashew
distillation unit. Return to a buffet of Goan Saraswat cuisine at Savoi
Plantation's Sadafuli Restaurant. Starters like fried mussels bring on a buffet
lunch of bread, rice, prawn and vegetable curries, chicken xacuti, fried fish,
stuffed crabs, kismur, pickle, sol kadi, yoghurt and fresh fruit. One can also
stay in the farmhouse here.
Savoi Verem is off NH4A, 13 km down NH4A from Old Goa, Turn left at Banastarim to Marcela, from where the farm is 6 km away.
Spice Plantation also has cashew and areca plantations, apart from spices and
medicinal plants like aloe vera and neem. After a guided tour, go boating on the
lake if you're here between October and April. Here too you can relish authentic
Goan cuisine. Lemon grass tea, beer and feni are on offer to wash down the fish
and chicken curries. But the speciality of the chef here is mixed veg kurma.