Pascoal Spice Village, an Organic Spice Farm, is situated at the foot of the Western Ghats, on the banks of river Khandepar, and is about an hours drive from the capital city of Panaji. It is 7 K.ms from the temple town of Ponda. This 50 Acre farm has almost all the tropical spices and fruits along with about 2500 species of garden plants and flowers. The shacks have a total sitting capacity of 400 people. Spice village was awarded as The Best Farm Award in the year 1992, by the Government of Goa. Another significant milestone was our achievement of The Second Best Farm In India Award in the year 1998. In the year 1993, we were officially declared as a Tourist Destination, by the Department of Tourism.
Every Visitor to Spice village gets a traditional welcome with a garland and a tikka on the forehead. They are then led into the sitting area where they are served a welcome drink (i.e. Lemon grass tea along with some biscuits). Guests are then briefed about the plantation, post which the Spice Tour begins. Each tour is led by a well trained guide, the approximate duration begins 45 mins. During the tour the guide explains the various spices and their medicinal uses.
The guests then proceed to the sitting area. A local Hindu village lunch is served.
Every guest is given a memento which is a small packet of spices at the end of the tour. They can visit the Organic spice Shop where one can buy fresh organic spices, Essential oils, Ayurvedic medicines, Handicrafts etc.
BIRDS AND WILD LIFE
About 65 types of different birds have been spotted in this area. Most common among them is the King Fisher, Malabar Pied Horn bill, Paradise Fly Catcher, Common Langoor, Indian Giant Squirrel etc. The farm also houses a pair of Emu birds which belong to the Ostrich family from Australia.
Spice Village also hosts its own nursery, having a variety of exotic plants, fruits, spices etc. The nursery has about 50 varieties of Heliconia, Alocasia, Hibiscus, Orchids, Pitcher plants, Ornamental bananas, Cactus etc.
Guests can visit the nursery and if interested can also buy plants