A visit to India wouldn’t be complete without visiting a spice plantation now would it?
Sahakari Spice Farm was on the way back from Bondla so we thought “what the hell” and called in. We were greeted with a necklace of flowers and a traditional tilak dab on the forehead, then raced straight off to join a tour that had just started. The tour guide took us around the farm and introduced us to all sorts of spices and their medicinal and culinary uses.
We also saw pineapple bushes, cashew fruits, loads of nutmeg drying in the sun (including on building roofs) and an unexpected elephant. Being bigger than us, we let him go along his way first before continuing on to our rendezvous with some potent cashew feni and a yummy Goan vego lunch served in coconut bowls and banana leaves.
We were even given a little packet of spices (commercially packaged) that passed Australian Customs!
This turned out to be a better experience than Bondla so if you find yourself in Goa and have to choose between the two, go the spice farm!