In addition to its world-renowned secluded beaches, Goa also boasts abundant wildlife and spice plantations, both of which you will experience on this full-day private tour. After hotel pickup by private, air-conditioned vehicle, head to the port in Cortalim, where you’ll board a ferry with your guide and an expert lifeguard for a 3-hour (approx.) crocodile-spotting cruise along the Cumbarjua Canal, one of the only places in the state of Goa where crocodiles live abundantly and in harmony with local fishing villages – you may even see young children safely swimming right alongside them!
Along the way, listen to your guide’s interesting commentary about this area’s crocodile history. Make sure you have your camera out and ready for when your guide points out the crocodiles hiding behind trees or idly basking in the muddy estuary! Complimentary drinks and fresh local fruits are served on board for you to enjoy.
Afterward, re-board your private vehicle and head approximately 30 minutes to the Sahakari Spice Plantation in the city of Ponda. With your guide, take a 45-minute tour of the plantation and learn about the process of farming various types of spices, as well as their uses in both traditional Goan cuisine and medicine. See how locals farm betel leaves by climbing up betel trees and learn how cashew fenny, a Goan liquor, is distilled.
Next, explore the outskirts of the spice plantation in a fun and unique way – on an elephant! Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of riding an elephant outfitted with cushions and an ornamental covering for a comfortable 15-20 minute ride. Then, help bathe one! Delight in the excitement of this experience as these lovable creatures roll over to let you scrub their back, legs and even behind their ears!
After your tour of the spice plantation, get a taste of how the spices are used in traditional Goan cuisine as you dine on a large buffet spread of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Try fried kingfish, chicken sagoti (curry), prawn curry and more. Then, sit back and relax on the comfortable drive back to your hotel.