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.
Goa is a tiny state in India and a legend tells that the first European to find it was a Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. A few hundred years later Goa was found by the Western hippies. Nowadays North Goa is the happening place for all kinds of tourists, with lots of entertainment and shops, and all the positive and negative side-effects of tourism.
Read and see more about North Goa from the links below –
Central Goa does not officially exist. There is just North and South Goa, in-between which the Central Goa is located. Areas like Panaji, the capital of Goa, the Dabolim airport, the harbor city of Vasco da Gama and the area of Old Goa belong to Central Goa. Few beaches are also there, like Bogmalo Beach, Miramar Beach, Dona Paula Beach and Japanese Garden Beach.
Read more about these places in Central Goa from the links below.
South Goa has less program for tourists than North Goa. Being less crowded and more in touch with nature, it is a treasure for peaceful holidays. Many beautiful beaches and beautiful nature can be found from South Goa, like Arossim Beach, Agonda Beach, Sunset Beach, Majorda Beach, Cola Beach and Galgibaga Beach, just to name a few. Read and see more from the links below –
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.
Had I known for sure back in 2005, that someday these Bollywood movies from Goa will be as easily available with subtitles as they are now through internet, Apple Music and iTunes, I might have stressed a bit less –
I might have taken a bit less photos and videos and been less sad about by my miserable camera with so less pixels back in the mid 2000’s. Also I might have envied less about them film makers and other photoprofessionals with their expensive cameras producing their beautiful big images and movies from those inspiring surroundings.
Also, I might not have carried my camera everywhere in that Goan heat just because people really needed to know about this amazing travel destination and the beautiful nature of Goa, India. I might have been more relaxed, had I known that there will be Facebook and YouTube and Google+ and Instagram and that people will eventually get to know about everything, slowly but surely.
But on the other hand, of all these movies shot in Goa, it is Woh Lamhe and Finding Fanny which are expressing the atmosphere of Goa the best way, in my opinion. For some reason it is exactly those movies which are not available in iTunes for people to see. Luckily there is Dilwale, among others, which has also nice scenes from Goa.
And yet – there’s still so many stories and scenes left in Goa to make a film about, or a photograph or a painting, for those who dare and care –
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Though I’m such a great fan of Hindi cinema, I need to tell you, that there are also some good movies made in West, which were shot in India.
Those movies, which were shot in India totally or partially, were not all made in Hollywood. Here’s a list of them good Western movies, and many of them have starred review by Indivue.
GOOD WESTERN MOVIES SHOT IN INDIA
Slumdog Millionaire (2008), *****
One of the best movies is of course the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008) directed by Danny Boyle and starring Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, with also Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan, familiar from Bollywood films.
Another beautiful masterpiece starring Dev Patel was the movie The man who knew infinity (2015) by Matthew Brown. The movie tells the story of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramajunan from the state of Tamil Nadu in India.
Judi Dench was also recently starring the British movie Victoria & Abdul. This movie is said to be telling the real story of the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her Indian Muslim servant Munshi. The film was visually attractive and got for stars out of five from Indivue.
The whole movie soundtrack can be found from Apple Music -service:
Life of Pi (2012), *****
The American movie Life of Pi was a five star film telling the story of an Indian man Pi, who survives a huge storm in the sea but loses his family in that. Very touching five star drama directed by Ang Lee and with Bollywood stars like Tabu, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain in the main roles. This movie had many beautiful and visually impressive scenes from Puducherry, India.
Lion is an Australian movie and it shot beautifully. It is starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman among brilliant child actors. The movie, based on a true story, is guaranteed to make you cry. Very much recommendable though.
Eat, Pray, Love was a light American drama starring Julia Roberts, and part of the film was shot in India. Though it was not the best of Julia Roberts’ movies, Eat, Pray, Love was worth seeing at least in a movie theatre. It got three stars out of five from Indivue.
and listen the original movie soundtrack in Apple Music -service
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014), *** ½
The movie Hundred-Foot Journey, directed by Lasse Hallström, has got stars like Helen Mirren and Om Puri. It tells a visually nice story about an Indian cook starting a restaurant in Paris, and the difficulties he will face.
The movie The Namesake is a beautiful and stylish Indian-American movie directed by Mira Nair and based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri. The film has got stars like Irrfan Khan and Tabu, whom are well known from Bollywood films.
Mira Nair has made also several other good movies. Other good movies from Nair are Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1997) and Monsoon Wedding (2001). Monsoon wedding can also be found from iTunes, at least in America: *Monsoon Wedding – Mira Nair
Viceroy’s House (2017), ****
The movie called Viceroy’s House is a recent impressive historical drama. It tells about how British India was divided, back in 1947. The film is directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bride and Prejudice). The music is by A.R.Rahman. Gillian Anderson (X-files) portrays credibly the Viceroy’s wife in this film.
Most of the movies mentioned here, can be easily found from iTunes, at least in America. Their trailers can also be mostly found from the links provided. (Apple, Apple Music and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.)