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“Get to know about spice”

Sahakari Spice Farm
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US$85.00*
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A tour of the most interesting spice plants followed by lunch and an elephant ride.
Mysuru (Mysore), India
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“Get to know about spice”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

This is an guided tour of a spice plantation explaining the various spice harvesting Which is informative and interesting.. This is a good experience. They Charge a very exhorbitant entry fees of Rs, 400/- including a Buffet Lunch (which is Complusary). The Elephant ride is charged @ Rs.700/- which is also very high(optional). When it is about spice plantation. I think the
Compulsary charged Buffet lunch is very unnessary. Maximum the Entry fees could be Rs. 100
to Rs.150 without the Buffet Lunch. The Owner is making a lot of money. Its is good but really
very expensive.

Visited October 2013
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Antananarivo, Madagascar
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“Unique and well worth the visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

This attraction starts with a flower garland and a welcome drink while you can read about some of the health benefits (some quite humorous) of the spices produced here. What follows is a 15-minute tour of a small part of the plantation and a very interesting explanation of the major spices grown there, how they are prepared, and what they are used for. Some of the other visitors complain that this is "not a plantation visit" - but they mention early on that the grounds include hundreds of acres and this is just a sampler.

After the tour you can buy some of the items (no pressure!) and enjoy a delicious buffet meal.

Additionally, if you time it right, you can enjoy another very unique experience - you can feed and ride an elephant, but more interesting, you can help the mahouts wash the elephant in the creek, and the elephant will return the favor! Bring a change of clothes and someone with a camera. The "elephant bath" costs about 11 US dollars plus a small tip for the guy helping you. We arrived at about 10 and arranged for the bath to take place after lunch - I suppose they only bathe once a day so you'll want to time this right.

Finally, our tour guide was hilarious, entertaining and friendly. Some of the "facts" he shared with us are clearly nonsense, but you just have to suspend disbelief and enjoy the tour.

Visited August 2013
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Santa Clara, CA
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“Interesting & informative”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

The tour of the spice plantation was very interesting & informational. You get to see many varieties of spices growing. The guide was quite knowledgable but brusque mostly with the Indians in the group. I suppose he would have preferred a group made up only of white foreigners.
The welcome drink on arrival was delicious & lunch was quite good as well. Close to spice plantation is the elephant ride & bath which my 4 year old daughter loved. She found the spice talk a bit too long for her taste.

Visited February 2013
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New Delhi, India
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“Interesting...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

I loved seeing the actual spices growing on land. The lady who showed us around was very smart and kept the entire guests engrossed with her. I even tried hopping up a coconut tree to pluck one but could not even go 2 feet above the ground :D
I am not a sea food person but did try the goan food that is spread out for lunch. The spices, the food, the fruits all of them came from the very farm we visited. Loved the tour of the farm especially the end of the tour where the lady poured some spiced water onto our backs :)

Visited July 2013
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Louisville
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“Enjoyable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

We visited during Monsoon season in July and had a very nice experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was very informative. Haven't tried the spices we got yet, but hope to soon. Would definitely recommend

Visited July 2013
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