Walking through the beautiful and green botanical garden is a very peaceful and pleasant feeling.
You may wonder, what Garça branca the name suggests? Well the ancestral name of this house was ‘Bokem’ which means white heron in Konkani, which the owner Mr. Carlos Mascarenhas translated it into Portuguese. That’s how ‘Garça Branca’ got its name
Garça Branca is known for the botanical gardens. It also serves as a picnic spot for friends and family. Located on the hills of Loutolim, this place is very refreshing and beautiful.
Speaking of the botanical garden, from a top view it looks like a garden of paradise. The variety of the medicinal plants and the fruit bearing trees is very well maintained.
Once you enter the Botanical garden a row of beetle trees greet you. A 200 year old Banyan tree trimmed properly is a beautiful image, at the bottom of the tree there is a huge statue of laughing Buddha situated.
Also, on top of a cliff, there is a statue of Jesus Christ and water flows smoothly; this is a beautiful creation to be seen.There are many other activities for kids and in the botanical garden there is a fountain for birds and butterfly, a very well artistry statues of women fetching water near the well is showcased.
The mostly important thing is the small tributary of the River Zuari at the end point of the Garden. Over there one can also test their fishing skills. The place is very refreshing and very cool. Just sitting on the couch and admiring nature gives you tranquillity.
The Garça Branca is a house belongs to the Mascarenhas family which is 200 years old. Mr. Carlos Mascarenhas is the owner of this plant paradise. He recalls after the death of his mother, he came from Canada for good and renovated the house which now provides guest rooms.
Soon after that the tourist visited this place. The backyard of the house was very forestry. One of the tourists suggested reviving the area to a botanical garden. This is story behind the beautiful botanical garden. This initiative by Mr. Mascarenhas is to encourage tourism in Goa. The various plant names and uses for various medical purposes provide important knowledge to everyone.
“We enjoyed recreating the botanical plants and we also got good response not only from the tourist but also from Goans” says Mr. Maschrenas .Many schools visit the botanical gardens to gain knowledge related to plants. And these classes are conducted by the owner itself.
A visit to Garça Branca with friends and family is a worthwhile experience.