7th August was a holiday at our college, BITS Pilani Goa. We had been to almost all touristy places in Goa, and wanted to try something different this time. After renting a scooter ( for a decent Rs 300 ) from Vasco, me and my friend Rijul made way for the Tropical Spice Plantation near Ponda, Goa, a distance of nearly 26 km, if you take the ferry from Cortalim to Madkai. The ferry operates every half an hour and the port is situated near the Cortalim bridge.
The ferry took about 20 minutes to get to Madkai. From there on, we headed straight to Tropical Spice Plantation in Kerim. The ticket cost us Rs 400 per person. This included a tour of the plantation and a buffet lunch as well. Upon inquiry at the ticket counter whether elephant splash rides were still available ( a major attraction in the area ), we were disappointed to learn that all such activities had been banned by the government citing reasons of cruelty to animals. At the plantation, we were welcomed with a lemon grass tea in a beautiful setting.