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Best Things To Do in Ponda

There are numerous best things to do in Ponda making it a much-highlighted tourist destination. Ponda is located in the heart of Goa and is known as its cultural capital. Grand and lavish temples are home to Ponda and depict the Indian cultural heritage. These artistic temples look colorful and have spectacular architectural designs that have preserved the ancient India’s historical heritage. Among the temples, the Shri Mangeshi and Shri ShantaDurga are the most famous ones. The Buddhist caves in Rivona also connect to ancient history as these were homes for Buddhist monks in the 6th and 7th century AD. A lot of temples and shrines depicting different religions are also present in Ponda. All these make it a great place to experience the Indian heritage up close.

In addition to this, Ponda is also famous for its lush green plantations and wildlife sanctuaries. Cardamom, cumin, and cinnamon plantations can be found here. These plantations were created as the Portuguese wanted to build a spice market route. Visiting them is a good chance to learn about the local ingredients and the history of Ponda. There are numerous wildlife sanctuaries in and around Ponda. These are home to some of the rare species of flora and fauna. Elephant safaris are famous here and are fun to enjoy. If you are a nature and food enthusiast, then visiting these places would be time well spend during your vacation trip to Ponda. Apart from this, one can also enjoy water sports activities due to its close proximity to the Arabian sea. For an adventure seeking activities like snorkeling, speedboat racing, Jet Ski riding etc. would be the major attractions. A stroll on the beach to enjoy the evening setting sun is one of the best things to do in Ponda. The stroll offers a mesmerizing view that one should definitely experience when in Ponda.

Ponda is the reflection of the “Real Goa” which makes it an ideal holiday destination in Goa. Few of the frequently asked questions are answered below, hope this clears out some of your basic doubts related to visiting Ponda.

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    TO BOOK, CALL ON 9784906622 !About the Activity:Get away on this day trip after getting picked up from the nearest landmark (within a radius of 1-3 KM)  from Candolim, Baga, Calangute and Panjim at around 6:00 AM in a shared vehicle.Start with the visit to the Dudhsagar ...

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    About the Activity:Embark on a fun-filled guided spice plantation trip along with friends and family for an unparalleled experience. Start this activity after getting picked up from Panji in an air conditioned vehicle at around 8:00 AM in the morning.Spice Plantation in...

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    About the Activity:Commence your tour after getting picked up from your hotel at around 9:00 AM in an air- conditioned car.Visit the spice plantation in Goa for an hour to get an insight into the medicinal and culinary properties of Indian spices. Explore various fruits,...

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    About the Activity:On this offbeat experience at Srushti's Butterfly Park in Ponda at Goa, you will be able to visit the colourful and stunning park with a wildlife artist called Yashodhan. The activity begins as you meet up at the Birdwing bistro near the park and head ...

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    About The Activity:On your exciting experience at the Butterfly Conservatory of India, walk up the On bag Forest Reserve that offers you with a beautiful collage of sights.The trip culminates on a vast plateau which magically transforms into carpets of wild flowers in...

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    About the activity: Learn Sitar from professionals in Goa and equip yourself with mastery over this Indian instrument.At the session, you will get to learn the basics of holding the Sitar, plucking the strings as well as basic theories on Sitar playing.You will be g...

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    About the Activity: Right in the heart of nature is this tranquil spice plantation retreat, offering a breath-taking time!Sprawling across an enormous 130 acres in a pristine village in Ponda, it is the perfect setting to soak in pure, unadulterated nature.The eleph...

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    About the Activity:Make your children feel special with this drawing classes in Goa and make them perfect in art.Start your classes at around 9:00 AM in the morning.Enroll and learn the basics and fundamentals of drawing and enhance your creative side.As part of this wor...

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    About the Activity:Indulge in this exciting spice plantation tour in Goa and get a chance to explore the spice farm of this region.Start your tour at around 9:00 AM in the morning after reaching the tour locality.Visit the spice plantation in Goa for an hour to get an in...

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Traveller Tales From Ponda


Chandrakin Arora

23 September 2015

I badly needed a break from All beaches in Goa and this was one pleasant activity. Spice plantation walk is damn beautiful and it is something that is new and people are not aware of. Loved the experie


Aadinath Somayaji

17 February 2016

Amazing trip- had so much fun. I was actually escorting few phirang friends of mine who wanted to see everything in Goa. I wasn't really sure about this place but damn this was good. Loved the entire e


Chandini Desai

12 December 2015

This is a place for spice lovers, A bit expensive but you can see lot of spices which are something we use daily in our food.


Ekaaksh Tagore

12 December 2015

What started off as something different to do in Goa, ended up being a great affair......, the food is very neat,would give 4 star to the lady who took some effort to explain a thing or two about the s


Vinay Dubashi

12 December 2015

Great tour guide; interesting information , lovely scenery and opportunity to see, shower with and ride elephants You can buy spices very cheaply Lunch was basic but plentiful and served on plates that


Rajiv Bandopadhyay

02 December 2015

Very unique experience and this trip is best suited if you are spending a week or so in Goa coz then you want a break from the normal beach routine. Amazing experience. Goa has such great amount of bea...


Divjot Khanna

20 October 2015

i have always loved plant and trees , and our trip to Goa became more interesting after visiting this wonderful place. i was recommended a taxi driver about the spice plantation and so an enchanting fe...


Anjushri Sharma

08 November 2015

A pretty nice way to just relax around. Not recommended for people looking for some physical exertion.

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Ponda

  • Q. What are the activities that we can do in Ponda?

    Ponda is a Goan city which is known for its famous temples and cultural heritage. Being in Goa the most happening vacation destinations in India, it has a lot in store for people vacationing here. It packs wildlife sanctuaries, mesmerizing waterfalls, and spice plantations. Nature enthusiasts and trekkers have a gala time visiting Ponda. Few popular places that you must visit in your trip are:

    •       Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
    •       Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
    •       Dudhsagar falls
    •       Butterfly Conservatory of Goa
    •       Shrusti Butterfly Park at Rajnagar
    •       Tropical Spice Plantations
    •       Shri Mahalasa Temple
    •       Shri Naguesh Temple
    •       Mahalaxmi Temple
    •       Safa Mosque
    •       Rivona Buddhist Caves
    •       Goa Fish Museum

  • Q. Which are some famous spice plantations in Ponda that we can visit?

    There are quite a few spice plantations in Ponda. Visiting them can be a great learning experience and one gets to experience the culture, food, and history of the place. Few of these plantations are along the sunny coastline and make for a good adventure activity when visiting Ponda. These spices plantations were made as the Portuguese wanted to create a spice trading market and route. Few spice plantations to visit in Ponda are:

    •       Tropical Spice Plantation – the biggest plantation in Goa.
    •       Sahakari Spice farm.
    •       Savoi Plantation.
    •       Tanshikar Working Organic Spice Farm.
    •       Sahyadri Spice Farm
    •       Dudhsagar Plantation and Farmstay.
    •       Pascoal Spice Village

  • Q. What are the timings of Butterfly Park in Ponda and are there any charges?

    The Butterfly Conservatory of India, also known as Mystic Meadows is a butterfly sanctuary spread across 5km towards North of Ponda in Rajnagar. This conservatory houses about 100 species of butterflies and many of them are even rare species. The park is beautifully maintained by Dr. Jyoti Heblekar and Prasad. While taking a stroll in this sanctuary one can see a large number of butterflies. For nature lovers, this is a must visit place. The park opens from morning 9:00 am to evening 4:00 pm and the entry fees is INR 150 per person. Do visit this butterfly park on your vacation trip to Goa.

  • Q. Which are best beaches near Ponda for water sports?

    Due to its close proximity to the sea, Ponda has access to a lot of beautiful beaches in Goa. At most of these beaches, one can enjoy the thrill of water sports. Activities like kayaking, banana ride, sailing, Jet Ski rides, parasailing, bumper ride, and speedboat riding can be done at the beaches. Make sure you carry your swimwear, extra clothes, towels, sunglasses, and sunscreen when you plan to do these water sports activities at the beach. Few beaches where you can do these activities are:

    •       Baga Beach
    •       Calangute Beach
    •       Sinquerim Beach
    •       Anjuna Beach
    •       Mobor Beach
    •       Colva Beach
    •       Majorda Beach

  • Q. Which are some good places for sightseeing in Ponda?

    Ponda, the cultural capital of Goa accounts for one of the best vacation destinations in India. It has numerous temples, aromatic spice plantations, and scenic greenery all around it for one to enjoy and explore. Either you are traveling with friends or family, Ponda has a lot to offer. From trekking to sightseeing to food, this place won’t disappoint you while your visit here. Below are few places that one can enjoy visiting in Ponda:

    •       Butterfly Conservatory of Goa
    •       Shivaji Fort
    •       Old Borim Bridge
    •       Tropical Spice Plantation
    •       Safa Masjid
    •       Shanta Durga Temple
    •       St. Roque Chapel
    •       Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
    •       Dudhsagar falls
    •       Rivona Buddhist Caves
    •       Shri Mahalasa Temple
    •       Shri Naguesh Temple