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!
If you wish to have an Indian lunch as far as the peppercorn grows, then I would recommend Sahakari Spicefarm in Goa, India.
Sahakari Spicefarm is located in Ponda in South-Goa and it is very suitable a sight for a traveller, who wants to get to know Indian nature and Indian plants and spices. Though it is a little bit difficult to reach, and easiest by a taxi. –
The Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant was located in the middle of the forest, nearby the entrance of the Spicefarm.
Back in 2014 the lunch in Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant consisted of rice, lentil sauce and chickpea dal, and the roti was replaced by the traditional Goan pao-bread, baked with wheat and yeast. After the lunch there was also this red ayurvedic types of drink, usually served with Indian thali, and consumed after eating. It is supposed to ease the digestion.
Food in the Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant was tasting fine. There were a few fans in the restaurant cooling the customers during the hot tropical days of February. Overall I would give four stars out of five for this restaurant, since the surroundings were so tropically charming.
Today’s short video comes from Benaulim Beach, which is rather peaceful and child friendly beach in South Goa, India. Video here was shot before the tourist season has really started, and you can still see them shacks being built.
Benaulim Beach is one of them most attractive beaches in South Goa, India, when it comes to being a tourist.
It is a beautiful and rather peaceful beach, child friendly, and mostly not too crowded. Located in-between Colva and Varca Beaches, there’s two main entrances to Benaulim Beach – one is through the restaurant and shop area and the other one is through the fishermen’s workplace where they dry their fish by the roadside. The latter one is more peaceful place with less beach shacks during holiday season.
This short video from Benaulim Beach was shot during sunset time in Hard Roque beach shack. Quality beach shacks in Goa are safe places to eat and dine. Many of them even have running water nowadays.
After watching this short video from Benaulim Beach, you will get to see more videos about Benaulim Beach, Goa, made by other people than me, so enjoy your adventure!
Cabo de Rama Fort is one of the best sights in South Goa, India. Way up on the hill takes a little bit effort but is worth every penny of your time.
This video of Cabo de Rama Fort was originally shot in the year 2006 and back in those days backpackers from Europe had to shoot 360-degree videos manually, or should I say organically – Well, whatever the case – see it for yourself and press the play button.
After watching this short video, you will get to see other videos from Cabo de Rama and the topics related. If you are interested in seeing lots of other videos I’ve shot into my Goa travel sketchbook, you can find them from the Real Goa Short Cut -video collection I’ve made in YouTube. Those videos will be authentic scenes with authentic sounds from Goa, India. You will really get the feeling. Remember to follow Indivue in YouTube as well!
This week, let me introduce to you an Indivue digital painting inspired by the city of Margao in Goa, India.
Margao is the capital of South Goa, and in case you are plannin to travel there yourself, you might want to take a look at Indivue travel experiences from South Goa and see all the Goan beachesas well.
Raj Baga Beach is a beautiful, rather small silent beach located in South-Goa, in-between Patnem Beach and Talpona Beach. When I visited there, I didn’t see any other tourists, just a few fishermen’s huts.
One fisherman there came by and offered me a boat ride along the nearby Talpona river, but otherwise there was no activity for tourists, except a golf course, which was arranged by the five star resort The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort, located on this beach, having hurdles around it. This resort seemed very suitable for a person longing for peace and quietness, and having a big bank account.
Accommodation cheaper than five stars I don’t recall seeing in Raj Baga Beach, but you will find it on the other Goan beaches, which I’ve written about in the linked article.
Raj Baga Beach on pieni, kaunis ja hiljainen ranta Etelä-Goassa, jolla sijaitsee paljon kalastajien hutteja sekä yksi viiden tähden hotelli.