Ponda Tourism & Travel Guide

Trips and Itineraries for Ponda

Take a fragrant tour of some spice plantations Credit: Sahakari Spice Farms Experience authentic Goan flavours by touring the spice plantations around the temple town of Ponda....

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Our Tour - Dabolim to Ponda drive -> Spice Plantation Entrance -> Welcome Drink -> Spice Plantation Tour -> Lunch -> Buy Spices -> Back to Guest House On our way to Ponda A drive to Ponda is a good 45 km one side trip from Dabolim....

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Top Places To Visit in Ponda 22 Spots

Arla Bazar Keri, Ponda
After 90 minutes on the road the next day, we reached the driveway of Tropical Spice Plantation. There's a restaurant/cafe right at the entrance of the plantation which looked very green. It was covered by plants of all sizes. Pots hung from every free space available and pots rested on every table while you ate. It felt extremely refreshing to be in the midst of so many plants while eating!
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Curti, Ponda
Between 45 minutes or an hour out of Calangute, crossing the Mandovi River at Panaji (the capitol of Goa) we had a delightful visit at the Sahakari Spice Farm at Ponda. There was the aroma of vanilla orchid spice, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and many, many more spices coming from the trees and plants grown at the farm. The most exciting part of the day is yet to come as we made our way to a nearby lake to mingle with the kings of this jungle – Goan elephants! Marvel at the wonders of nature as you watch these elephants bathe in the peaceful lake. Feed them or, better yet, join them on a refreshing swim in the lake. This is one experience not to be missed!
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Weekend Getaways from Ponda  

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Known as the gateway to Karnataka, the picturesque city of Mangalore is famous for its golden beaches, revered temples and delicious coffee. This port city lies nestled between the blue waters of the Arabian Sea and the towering hills of the Western Ghats. The pristine beach of Panambur is a popular tourist destination and also plays host to the colourful kite festival of Mangalore. Adorned with ancient murals, the Kudroli Gorakhnath Temple is frequented by many devotees. The Ullal Beach of Mangalore is a great place to enjoy water sports. Easily comparable to the Marine Drive of Mumbai, the New Mangalore Port is an ideal place to relax and unwind. Mangalore is famous for its Udupi style dishes and staple seafood preparations. The Neer Dosa, Mangalorean fish curry, Cashew Upkari and Rasam are great introductions to this cuisine. Pallkhi, Gajalee, Cochin Bakery and Naivedyam are popular eateries here. There are multiple hotel options for tourists, extending from high-end resorts to budget hotels and even beach resorts. With its easygoing air and calm countenance, Mangalore is the perfect destination to relax and unwind.

About Ponda

A drive to Ponda is a good 45 km one side trip from Dabolim. We were a group of 6 people and had rented a Toyota Innova. The road to Tropical Spice plantation was a beauty with Mandovi River on one side and the colorful Goan houses and coconut trees on the other. I am a great admirer of the Goan houses. Their architecture is inspired by the Portuguese culture - tiled roof, bright and startling exterior colors, white painted arches and pillars give these houses a unique look.

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