Sahakari Spice Farm
Far away from the beaches, a visit to the Sahakari Spice Farm is a lesson in Indian herbs and spices—and a pretty entertaining one at that. About half an hour from Panaji, this tropical spice plantation is scattered across 130 acres of lush vegetation, and you're greeted with a garland and a handful of cashewnuts while an Aarti is carried out to welcome you in. Moving in, you can pick and taste your way through rows of ginger, nutmeg, turmeric and cardamon in addition to fruit bearing trees like guava, papaya, pineapple and jackfruit among others. It's a great way to school kids on a wide variety of food-bearing trees and plants, and the organisers make the entire experience lots of fun by throwing in entertaining extras like elephant rides (you can even feed and wash the elephant) and folk dances.
Address : Sahakari Spice Farm Off National Highway 4A, Curti, Ponda, Goa
A walk-through into Goa's past, the Goa Chitra—an ethnographic museum—has over 4000 objects ranging from farming tools to kitchen utensils to altarpieces on display. Providing interesting glimpses of agrarian technology and Goan lifestyle, the museum is run by its founder—the artist-curator-restorer Victor-Hugo Gomes. In addition to the plethora of artefacts, the museum also showcases centuries-old music instruments, local pottery vessels, ancient carts and palanquins, and the food staples of western coast of India (vegetables, herbs, spices, sugarcane, and rice).
Address : St. John the Baptist church road, Mondo-Waddo, Benaulim, Salcete, Goa
One of the important destinations within Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary is the Dudhsagar Falls. Of the numerous waterfalls in the Western Ghats, this is one of the most impressive and is the second highest in India after the Jog Falls. The trip involves a short hike on the road and requires a minimum of fitness. The best season to see the falls is in the monsoons, soon after the rains.
This thrilling activity is the closest experience you can have to flying, and a great way to get a bird's eye view of the Goa's coastline. Parasailing can be done directly from the beach or out on the sea from a winch boat. We recommend parasailing at the Candolim and Sinquerim beaches for exceptional views of the 17th-century Fort Aguada. Thunder Wave Water Sports at Candolim beach offers winch boat parasailing.
Address : Thunder Wave Water Sports, Near Taj Village, Candolim, Goa