10 Things to Do in Ponda 2020 (Starting from ₹200 Only)

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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Dudhsagar Falls and Spice Plantation | Book @ Flat 21% off Best Seller
Dudhsagar Falls and Spice Plantation | Book @ Flat 21% off

11H

North Goa

Activity Location: North GoaActivity Duration: 11 hours (6:00 AM to 5:00 PM)About the Dudhsagar Waterfall and Spice Plantation:Dudhsagar Falls (literally Sea of Milk) is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the Indian state of Goa. Dudhsagar Falls is amongst India's tallest waterfalls with a height of 310 m (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 meters (100 feet). And then learn about the cultivation of herbs, tropical fruits, and spices at a local plantation.Begin your day trip by getting picked up from the nearest landmark from Candolim, Baga, Calangute and Panjim bus stand at around 6:00 AM in a shared/ Private(min.4 pax required) transfer. Enjoy your jeep safari to Dudhsagar waterfalls and continue your experiential day with a guided spice plantation tour accompanied by Goan lunch. End your memorable day with the Old Goa Tour while returning from the Dudhsagar waterfall.The Dudhsagar Falls jeep safari package can be made even more exciting by including the visit to the evergreen and refreshing spice farm along with its delicious and authentic Goan meal and the historical Old-Goa churches.How to reach: Getaway on this day trip after getting picked up from the nearest landmark (within a radius of 1-1.5 KM) from Candolim, Baga, Calangute, Panjim bus stand and Mapusa at around 6:00 AM in a shared vehicle. These pickup points are easily accessible through Public & Private Transport.
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Spice Plantation Tour in Goa Best Seller
Spice Plantation Tour in Goa

5H

Ponda

Activity Location: Ponda, South GoaActivity Timings: From 10:00 AM to 3:00 PMPickup/Drop-off: Available at Panjim City, Calangute, Baga, Arpora, Candolim, Sinquerim, Anjuna, Saligao, PorvorimAbout the Spice Plantation Tour:If you're looking for a unique cultural experience while in the South Goa, spice plantation tour in Ponda is the perfect go to experience. This tour is all about a short walking tour along all of the spices and told us all about their history and uses.The plantation is spread over a large tract of verdant land, which offers the perfect setting for you to soak in a pure unadulterated nature. Start your tour by getting picked up by the driver in an air-conditioned vehicle and begin your guided spice plantation tour at Ponda followed by the buffet lunch (veg/non veg.).How to reach: Getaway on this day trip after getting picked up from the nearest landmark (within a radius of 1-1.5 KM)  from Candolim, Baga, Calangute, Panjim bus stand and Arpora at 10:00 AM.
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Nagesh Water World at Ponda in Goa Best Seller
Nagesh Water World at Ponda in Goa

5H

Ponda

Activity Location: Nagesh Water World, Ponda, Goa.Activity Timings: Between 10 am-5pm.About the Activity: Ponda is known as the culutral capital of Goa . Ponda is surrounded by many eco farms and temples . Ponda is rich in heritage and diversity. Nagesh Water World situated at Ponda offers an amazing offbeat activity in Goa with its ecotourism venture. The combination of nature and exciting water rides offers an unmatchable experience. Book with Thrillophilia and choose the variant of your own choice and experience this amazing water park. The park also has cottages where you can stay the night in the very bosom of the luscious greens along with dinner.Variant 1. 3 swimming pools with slidesDouble layer Waterfall5 Rain dance platformsMist danceAdventure activities (over the water body)Note: Lunch can also be added.Variant 2. Overnight Package: 24 hours from the time of entry3 swimming pools with slidesDouble layer Waterfall5 Rain dance platformsMist danceAdventure activities (over the water body)Note : There is no minimum or maximum age criteria. How to Reach: This place is situated in Ponda, Goa, which is easily accessible through Public & Private Transport.
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40 Ratings

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INR 350

Spice Plantation and Old Goa Full Day Trip
Spice Plantation and Old Goa Full Day Trip

1D

Ponda

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, spices, herbs, and trees.You can buy different spices and herbal oils from this spice plant and enjoy delicious lunch served on a banana leaf plate.Experience the life of an elephant in its own wild habitat. Engage in activities like elephant ride and bathing an elephant. Visit Mangeshi Temple and Old Goa Church and engage in boating and fishing thereafter. Enjoy a mouth watering lunch at the spice plantation and also delight in cruising at the Miramar beach , Dona Pola beach, Panjim in the evening.The tour will end at around 7:00 PM  with a demonstration of areca or betel nut harvesting, where the harvesters climb among the tree tops, cutting down the nuts with a machete.
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24 Ratings

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24 Ratings

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INR 1,650

Butterfly Park tour in Ponda with Wildlife artist
Butterfly Park tour in Ponda with Wildlife artist

5H

Ponda

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 out to marvel at some exotic birds in the aviary. Thereafter, you will set out to explore the butterfly park with Yashodhan, an accomplished wildlife painter. You will also be able to visit his unique rooftop garden as well as his gallery, where he will take you through the meaning of his paintings. Depart with a unique and offbeat experience, as you hold on to one of Yashodhan's paintings, a unique souvenir.Savour a simple but rustic and rural Goan lunch before heading back.This tour is a customized tour and can be availed at anytime from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM.  
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29 Ratings

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29 Ratings

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Date with Butterflies with Trekking at Rajnagar
Date with Butterflies with Trekking at Rajnagar

5H

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 the months of August and September. The place is recreated to be like a walk through a typical tropical forest, replete with streams and endemic plants. You can spot 25 species of butterfly as you walk through tropical forest.  Come and marvel at the efforts of some ordinary citizens who have conjured up this safe haven for butterflies.The Timings for this tour are between 9:30 AM to 2:30 PMPlease note that the arrival and departure will be communicated once the group is formed.
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23 Ratings

3.0

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INR 2,300

Sitar Classes in Ponda, Goa
Sitar Classes in Ponda, Goa

2H

Ponda

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 getting a lot of practical and applicable knowledge and learn with the experts.The classes are conducted in different batches based on skill levels of participants. Learning with likeminded people will be an added advantage. Activities:  Sitar Class ( Music) Difficulty Level: EasyDuration: 2 Hours
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25 Ratings

3.0

25 Ratings

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Tropical Spice Plantation Tour in Goa
Tropical Spice Plantation Tour in Goa

6H

Ponda

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 elephants on the plantation tour are an amazing experience with rides and elephant baths.Catch sight of a few of the rarest and endangered species of birds, and paddle around the lake.This tour begins at Tivai Vado, Calangute Beach Meal Types: Breakfast and Lunch Transportation Details: AC taxi or Coach Duration: Half Day Timings: 09.15 AM Everyday Activities: Sightseeing, Elephant Ride at an additional cost Difficulty Level: Easy
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26 Ratings

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Drawing Classes in Goa
Drawing Classes in Goa

2H

Ponda

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 workshop,you will be taught all about per-hand sketching, pencil shading and colouring for about two hours.Overcome your inhibitions and roadblocks by understanding and putting together that perfect drawing.Let out your creativity and create a difference with your pictures.Let art speak for you in this special tour.Conclude your session at 11:00 AM and head back home with lots of memories.
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31 Ratings

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Spice Farm Visit in Goa
Spice Farm Visit in Goa

10H

Ponda

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 insight into the medicinal and culinary properties of Indian spices. Explore various fruits, spices, herbs, and trees.Get a chance to visit to mysterious bubble Lake which is one of the famous lake here.Enjoy a delicious Goan lunch in between the tour.Also visit the 200 years old house.Conclude your tour at 7:00 PM and head back home with some complementary spices.
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31 Ratings

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Newly Added Ponda Experience
23 September 2015
Chandrakin Arora Spice Plantation Tour in Goa
Excellent
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 experience.
20 October 2015
Superb
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 feeling took me there. We were welcomed by garlands and refreshing herbal tea as well.
08 November 2015
Very Good
A pretty nice way to just relax around. Not recommended for people looking for some physical exertion.
17 February 2016
Aadinath Somayaji Spice Plantation Tour in Goa
Superb
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 experience.
12 December 2015
Superb
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.
12 December 2015
Superb
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 spice garden,
12 December 2015
Superb
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 the plantation make themselves from leaves
02 December 2015
Rajiv Bandopadhyay Spice Plantation Tour in Goa
Superb
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 beauty other than just beaches - Loved the entire experience.

People Also Ask About Ponda Things To Do

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.

  4. 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
  5. 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

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