The charm of Goa is very much based on its beautiful nature.
Unfortunately roaming around in Indian forests is not safe for a blogging photographer, but luckily they have developed a solution in India for that, which is those tourist friendly spice plantations. In Goa there are several spice plantations, and I went to visit Sahakari Spice Farm in South Goa four years back –
Sahakari Spice Farm is located in Ponda in South of Goa, far from the traditional Goan tourist attractions. You can get there the best and safest by an A/C-taxi, although it is a very expensive way to travel in Goa.
In Sahakari Spice Farm you can see growing, among others, green nature, flowers, pineapples, cashew nuts, pepper corns and other spices , coconuts and bananas in a tree – you can see those in this video attached as well. Bananas and pineapples growing are indeed a very exotic thing to see for a North European traveler, believe it or not. In addition you might also get to see an elephant and buy organic spices for yourself!
If you are wondering what on earth they are pouring with a ladle to a small childs neck in this video, I must reveal that it is water, which cools you nicely when it runs down your back, as the weather in Goa is otherwise tropically sweaty and hot even in February.
Coconut palms do grow everywhere in Goa, but in spice plantation you can see them without hotels and houses.
Elephants are another luxury you don’t get to see every time you visit India.
Here in this video you can see an elephant taking a do-it-yourself-shower in Sahakari Spice Farm!
The roads in Sahakari Spice farm were well maintained in 2014. They had even made good stairs in the jungle!
Check also the story about the restaurant in Sahakari Spice Farm
You can read this article in Finnish at Sahakarin mausteviljelmä Goassa.