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  • Location:Goa, India
  • Duration:Approximately 7-8 hours

Private Tour: Jungle Adventure from Goa Including Elephant Ride and Lunch

Enjoy an adventure-packed jungle adventure in Goa that includes riding an elephant! This ‘The Jungle Book’-inspired private tour takes place at the beautiful Shanti Nature Resort, created in the model of an indigenous village, surrounded by a lush wildlife sanctuary. Immerse yourself in Goa’s wildlife and local community as you pass through a tribal village aboard an oxcart (bullock cart) and delight in a thrilling, one-of-a-kind experience – riding on and swimming with elephants! Dine on traditional Indian fare for lunch with the peaceful sounds of nature surrounding you.


  • Full-day private jungle adventure at the Shanti Nature Resort in Goa
  • Enjoy a thrilling elephant ride and tour the resort aboard an oxcart
  • Walk through the jungle and the resort's spice plantation with your expert guide
  • Visit a 12th-century Hindu temple – the Mahadev Temple, Tambdi Surla
  • Feed and swim with elephants in a peaceful, crystal-clear lake
  • Dine on a delightful spread of traditional Goan fare for lunch
  • Private hotel pickup and drop-off and expert guide are included

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Jungle Adventure from Goa Including Elephant Ride and Lunch

Bathing with an Elephant

Your day begins with private pickup from your hotel in Goa and a short ride to the Shanti Nature Resort, located within the large jungle and wildlife sanctuary of Bhagwan Mahavir. Upon arrival, admire the charm of this quaint village designed to reflect aboriginal lifestyle.

With your guide, enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience as you hop onto the back of an elephant for a short ride to the heart of the resort! Here, a two-wheeled oxen-pulled cart will be waiting for you. Tour the resort on board this bullock cart and learn about the humble lifestyle of tribal people as you pass through a local village.

Return to the resort and enjoy a traditional Goan meal served on a banana leaf. After a satisfying lunch, follow your guide on a leisurely walk through the jungle. See the large assortment of flora and fauna and be enlightened by your guide’s interesting facts about herbal remedies the trees and spices provide. Reach the Mahadev Temple, Tambdi Surla, a Shiva temple of the lord Mahadeva dating back to the 12th century, making it the oldest temple in Goa. Admire the beautiful, intricate carvings inside the small building while learning about the structure’s purpose as a place of Hindu worship.

The most exciting part of the day is yet to come as you make your 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! Then, relax on the drive back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews



5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Amazing adventure, just like being in the 'Jungle Book'!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

It was great, great fun, everything good. A bit expensive for half day. Also two details untrue: (1) no swimming with the elephants just elephant shower and (2) instead of lunch and dinner it was breakfast and lunch (which is actually better because then we had a half day free back in the hotel)

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Tour was good. Elephant ride and wash were a great experience. Spice tour was good. Guides need to realize that when dealing with foreigners they need to speak slower and clearer!recommeded

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2013

I was a little disappointed in the tour. I feel that the staff was very friendly and kind to the humans, but NOT to the elephants. We were given a light breakfast and a good lunch. It also said that we would be going on an oxen cart ride that didn't happen.
The " spice plantation" was a joke!

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better November 2015

VASTLY OVERPRICED!!! I could have booked same for 20!!!!! There was no oxcart ride, they wanted to charge us for mineral water, which was supposed to be included. After much dscussion, they gave us a small bottle of warm water.

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