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Goa: Spice Plantation Tour and Traditional Local Lunch

1. Goa: Spice Plantation Tour and Traditional Local Lunch

Escape the crowds and noise of the beaches for a few hours and visit a spice plantation located in Ponda, a city in southern Goa. Discover tropical plants laden with fruits, herbs, and spices on a guided walk of the plantation before enjoying a homely meal. Try authentic Goan cuisine and taste the local drink, Feni, made from cashews. Start off with a private hotel pickup in an air-conditioned car. En route, sit back and take in the views of the paddy fields and villages, or ask your driver for suggestions about Goa and for stories about its people. Upon arrival at the spice plantation, receive a traditional welcome of a warm, soothing herbal tea. Then, set off on a short guided walk around a section of the plantation. Feel free to touch, smell, and taste the different fruits and trees. Depending on the season, you can observe cinnamon, black and green cardamom, mace, piri-piri chilies, coconuts, green pepper, and allspice. Learn more about the uses and health benefits of each spice with the plantation's staff, including tips on how you can incorporate them for your own well-being. After the tour, savor a Goan lunch spread, prepared fresh on the plantation and served in earthen pots. Lunch includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and incorporates the spices grown locally. Sample feni with your lunch, a favorite liquor among the locals produced from fresh cashew fruit and distilled in a traditional pot. Before heading back to your hotel, have the opportunity to purchase spices from the on-site shop and visit a local Hindu temple, if you want.

Goa Adventure Party Boat Trip

2. Goa Adventure Party Boat Trip

Board the boat at 10:00 AM or at 2:30 PM. Take part in various watersport activities including kayaking, snorkeling, speed-boat ride, crab catching, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, and swimming. Relax on the deck and sunbathe. Take the opportunity to see Goa's backwater islands from the perspective of the water. Keep your eye out for dolphins and other marine animals. You will return to shore at 1:00 PM or 5:30 PM respectively.

Malwan Scuba Diving and Water Sports Trip

3. Malwan Scuba Diving and Water Sports Trip

Start your full day of activities at 8:00 AM with a pick-up from your hotel. Drive to Malwan (Maharashtra) for about 2 hours until you reach the boat jetty where you will be dropped off. Listen to a theoretical training session in the boat and then a practical instruction course in the shallow water. After the training session, you will be taken for an underwater dive.  Once in the water, you will have the opportunity to see reefs, deep drop-offs, shipwrecks, walls, caverns, tunnels, and pinnacles. During the dive, the team will take videos and photos of your experience. You will also have the opportunity to take part in various watersports including jet ski, banana boat, bumper boat, speed boat or parasailing. Return to the boat and enjoy a complimentary lunch, before you are returned to your accommodation.

Goa: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Highlights Tour

4. Goa: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Highlights Tour

Visit all the landmarks of Goa on this cultural and heritage sightseeing tour. Travel comfortably from one landmark to the next with a friendly local guide in a private air-conditioned car. Trace the history of Goa from its capital city and beautiful places of worship. Start your day with an early pick-up and head towards Panjim. Appreciate the significance of the Portuguese rule in Goa through the neighborhood known as Fontainhas, Asia's oldest Latin Quarter. Walk amongst the narrow winding lanes and remember to take photos against the bright yellow, green, blue and red walls. Next, head to the former capital Old Goa, now home to World Heritage churches. Marvel at the architecture of the Se Cathedral and the Church of St. Cajetan, and pay a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Next, visit the Mangueshi Temple, which is of great significance to the Hindu community. After a full day of culture, head to a Spice Plantation located in Southern Goa. Here, you will have a chance to taste a delicious buffet lunch of Goan food preparations. Walk through the Spice Plantation and gain more information on the different herbs and spices used in India. Relax in the green surroundings and peaceful outdoors away from the crowds and noises. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

From Goa: Dudhsagar Waterfalls & Plantation Tour

5. From Goa: Dudhsagar Waterfalls & Plantation Tour

Enjoy an adventurous day away from the crowded beaches of Goa. The Dudhsagar Waterfalls can be translated into "The Sea of Milk", known for its frothy white appearance as it cascades down the Western Ghats. Located in a National Park, this area is rich in biodiversity, and the falls look spectacular after the monsoons. Set off from your hotel in a private car towards the border of Goa, which takes approximately 1.5 - 2 hours. Once you reach the Mollem National Park, embark on an adventurous 10 km Jeep ride across the river and rocky terrain to the base of the waterfall. A company representative will help co-ordinate a private jeep for you, so no need to wait in line. Spend 1 hour taking in the mesmerizing sights of the waterfall, before making your way back to the parking in the Jeep. After this, hop into your car and make your way to a local Spice Plantation in southern Goa. Enjoy a traditional Indian welcome at the spice plantation with soothing herbal tea. Awaken your senses as you take a leisurely walk around the spice plantation, observing the flora around you. Learn about the different uses of each plant in Indian nutrition, health and lifestyle, including tips for common ailments such as cold and headaches. Savor a delicious buffet-style Goan lunch. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel after an enjoyable day.

Goa: Pub Crawl

6. Goa: Pub Crawl

You will meet your guide near the Immaculate Conception Church before embarking on an exciting pub crawl that will show you some of the best nightlife locations that Goa has to offer. This night out in Goa promises to be a rollicking good time where you'll meet new people in an energetic, fun, and friendly atmosphere. You'll visit three local pubs over the course of 3 hours as your guide shares unique stories about the city and local party culture. You'll also get one free drink at each pub.  Your bar journey will begin at a local bar serving fresh homemade draft beer. Alternatively, you can also try a local wine while watching the calm riverfront and admiring its beauty. From there, you'll head to the next venue where you can sip different varieties of Goan feni, a locally produced spirit. It's said that a trip to Goa is incomplete without a sip of a feni drink, which has been produced for 400 years in a typical Portuguese way. The third stop is situated on the riverside in a 19th-century building. Enjoy a local wine plus traditional Goan food with an amazing view. This place has a typical Goan feel to it. The tour employs a unique style of ‘infotainment’ to ensure that participants are constantly engaged, irrespective of whether you're interested in history or not. This tour will be a unique, fun and memorable experience for everyone. You're bound to make new friends as you exchange stories with your fellow travellers from all over the world.

Goa: Backwaters and Mangrove Kayaking Experience

7. Goa: Backwaters and Mangrove Kayaking Experience

Set off on an unforgettable kayaking adventure suitable for all ages through River Sal's backwaters. Navigate the narrow waterways and follow your trained guides through deep mangroves. Paddle through lotus ponds and admire the red and white flowers, when in season, as well as other Goan flora. Enjoy a small-group experience for up to 14 people, and choose between 70-minute or 2-hour kayaking excursions. Meet your guides and other participants at the meeting point. Following a brief introduction, receive a briefing and instructions on the kayaking experience. After clarifying your questions, make yourself comfortable in the kayak, then set off over the water with two trained instructors to ensure each participant's safety. As you silently weave your way along the waterways, keep your eyes out for migratory birds. This area has more than 70 different types of birds, including kingfishers, cormorants, egrets, herons, and black-headed ibis. If you're lucky, also spot otters frolicking and feeding in the early morning and late evenings. For a part of the trip, you'll even kayak in the tall grasses. Slowly glide under the overhangs of mango, cashew, bamboo, and the overpowering mangroves, which are otherwise inaccessible. Stop in the shade of a mango grove to relax and take in the surroundings. At the end of the tour, return to the original departing point. The kayaking route follows the coastal waterways, passing fishing villages and offering a unique glimpse of the locals' way of life. Trips are dependent on tide times and usually cover a distance of 5-6 kilometers (3.1-3.7 miles). High buoyancy kayaks and life vests are provided, in accordance with international safety norms.

Panaji: Private Spice Plantation and Old Goa City Tour

8. Panaji: Private Spice Plantation and Old Goa City Tour

You will be met at the cruise port by your guide who will take you to your transportation. Your journey will take you to the city of Panaji, which is the capital of the Indian state of Goa. Your walk will take you through the Portuguese Latin Quarters of Fontainhas (or Bairro das Fontainhas, in Portuguese). Many of the traditional houses here were built in the 18th and 19th centuries, and their red tiled roofs are what attracts tourists to this area year after year. You will then proceed to the old Goa Churches, Old Goa or Velha Goa (Velha means "old" in Portuguese). The remains of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Goa contains churches affiliated to various congregations, including the Se Cathedral (the seat of the Archbishop of Goa), the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Church of S. Caetano, and notably, the Basilica of Bom Jesus which contains the relics of Saint Francis Xavier. The tour will then take a drive to the spice garden/plantation, where you will be welcomed in a traditional way before heading back to the cruise port.

Divar Island: Local Goan Village Tour with Traditional Lunch

9. Divar Island: Local Goan Village Tour with Traditional Lunch

Go on a tour of Divar Island and discover the mix of paddy fields, ancient temples, pretty churches, Indo-Portuguese houses, and winding roads that speak to the region's complex history. As you disembark the ferry, meet locals sitting with their fishing rods cast in the Mandovi River and learn about the methods they use to snare a catch.  Then follow your local guide into the village, appreciating the rainbow of colorful houses lining the streets. Learn how the Portuguese occupation of the area shaped the village for centuries to come. Check out the 16th century St. Mathias Church, the quaint Our Lady of Candelaria Chapel, and the ancient Saptakoteshwar Temple. Stop into a traditional Goan bakery to see how the local bread is baked and snag a few recipes from the chef. After touring the village, fill up on a delicious lunch in a traditional Portuguese house. At the end of the tour, head up into the island hills and stop for a magnificent view of the Old Churches of Goa and the river below before taking a ferry back to the mainland.

Goa: Guided Campal Heritage Walk

10. Goa: Guided Campal Heritage Walk

Your guide will meet you at your tour meeting point, from where you will be taken to your first attraction of the Menezes Braganza Institute. This will be followed by the Maquinez Palace Theatre, before you continue to the Entertainment Society of Goa. Santa Inez Creek will be next on your agenda, before your tour advances towards the Francisco Luis Gomes Garden, also is also known as Campal Garden. You will then have time to explore the Campal Houses and the Kala Academy Beacon, before your tour concludes. At the end of your experience, your guide will be happy to recommend further activities for you to do in Goa dependent on your interests.

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2.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

I was very pleased with all aspects of this tour. The tour guide, Cesar, was very friendly and professional, spoke excellent english, was highly knowledgeable, and was truly focused on making sure the tour met my expectations. Pickup at the hotel was punctual, the car was comfortable, the driver (Shiva) was safe and efficient. I highly recommend this tour to others. Thank you again Cesar and Shiva!

Thank you for a great tour, Joe. Very much liked it and glad to have gotten a little taste of Goa and the churches. You are a great tour guide. Hope to do a longer Goa tour with you next time we visit!

Visited places were beautiful, guide was very kind and really well informed, driver excellent, the car exceptional

Prasad was an amazing and friendly driver and the plantation itself was interesting with tasty buffet lunch.

Short but instructive visit Good lunch Slightly far from North Goa