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Goa: Spice Plantation Tour and Traditional Local Lunch

1. Goa: Spice Plantation Tour and Traditional Local Lunch

Escape the crowds and noise of the beaches for a few hours and visit a spice plantation located in Ponda, a city in southern Goa. Discover tropical plants laden with fruits, herbs, and spices on a guided walk of the plantation before enjoying a homely meal. Try authentic Goan cuisine and taste the local drink, Feni, made from cashews. Start off with a private hotel pickup in an air-conditioned car. En route, sit back and take in the views of the paddy fields and villages, or ask your driver for suggestions about Goa and for stories about its people. Upon arrival at the spice plantation, receive a traditional welcome of a warm, soothing herbal tea. Then, set off on a short guided walk around a section of the plantation. Feel free to touch, smell, and taste the different fruits and trees. Depending on the season, you can observe cinnamon, black and green cardamom, mace, piri-piri chilies, coconuts, green pepper, and allspice. Learn more about the uses and health benefits of each spice with the plantation's staff, including tips on how you can incorporate them for your own well-being. After the tour, savor a Goan lunch spread, prepared fresh on the plantation and served in earthen pots. Lunch includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and incorporates the spices grown locally. Sample feni with your lunch, a favorite liquor among the locals produced from fresh cashew fruit and distilled in a traditional pot. Before heading back to your hotel, have the opportunity to purchase spices from the on-site shop and visit a local Hindu temple, if you want.

Goa Adventure Party Boat Trip

2. Goa Adventure Party Boat Trip

Board the boat at 10:00 AM or at 2:30 PM. Take part in various watersport activities including kayaking, snorkeling, speed-boat ride, crab catching, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, and swimming. Relax on the deck and sunbathe. Take the opportunity to see Goa's backwater islands from the perspective of the water. Keep your eye out for dolphins and other marine animals. You will return to shore at 1:00 PM or 5:30 PM respectively.

Malwan Scuba Diving and Water Sports Trip

3. Malwan Scuba Diving and Water Sports Trip

Start your full day of activities at 8:00 AM with a pick-up from your hotel. Drive to Malwan (Maharashtra) for about 2 hours until you reach the boat jetty where you will be dropped off. Listen to a theoretical training session in the boat and then a practical instruction course in the shallow water. After the training session, you will be taken for an underwater dive.  Once in the water, you will have the opportunity to see reefs, deep drop-offs, shipwrecks, walls, caverns, tunnels, and pinnacles. During the dive, the team will take videos and photos of your experience. You will also have the opportunity to take part in various watersports including jet ski, banana boat, bumper boat, speed boat or parasailing. Return to the boat and enjoy a complimentary lunch, before you are returned to your accommodation.

From Goa: Dudhsagar Waterfalls & Plantation Tour

4. From Goa: Dudhsagar Waterfalls & Plantation Tour

Enjoy an adventurous day away from the crowded beaches of Goa. The Dudhsagar Waterfalls can be translated into "The Sea of Milk", known for its frothy white appearance as it cascades down the Western Ghats. Located in a National Park, this area is rich in biodiversity, and the falls look spectacular after the monsoons. Set off from your hotel in a private car towards the border of Goa, which takes approximately 1.5 - 2 hours. Once you reach the Mollem National Park, embark on an adventurous 10 km Jeep ride across the river and rocky terrain to the base of the waterfall. A company representative will help co-ordinate a private jeep for you, so no need to wait in line. Spend 1 hour taking in the mesmerizing sights of the waterfall, before making your way back to the parking in the Jeep. After this, hop into your car and make your way to a local Spice Plantation in southern Goa. Enjoy a traditional Indian welcome at the spice plantation with soothing herbal tea. Awaken your senses as you take a leisurely walk around the spice plantation, observing the flora around you. Learn about the different uses of each plant in Indian nutrition, health and lifestyle, including tips for common ailments such as cold and headaches. Savor a delicious buffet-style Goan lunch. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel after an enjoyable day.

From Bangalore: Taj Mahal Tour with Round-Trip Flights

5. From Bangalore: Taj Mahal Tour with Round-Trip Flights

The day begins with early morning pickup at 5am from your hotel in Bangalore and heads to the airport for your flight to New Delhi which takes off at 7am. Enjoy a tasty breakfast on the flight and look out the window to admire views of the world below. Arrive in New Delhi where your driver is waiting to pick you up, then travel along the Speed Expressway directly to Agra. Meet your friendly guide in Agra and stop by a local restaurant for a hearty lunch to set you up for a day of exploring. After lunch, drive to India’s most famous and iconic landmark, the beautiful Taj Mahal. Upon arrival, immediately feel immersed in the peaceful atmosphere that emanates from the building. As you follow your guide around the Taj Mahal and learn about this UNESCO World Heritage Listed site, admire the building’s impeccable architecture, of which every corner, wall, and detail is beyond imagination. After an unforgettable tour of the Taj Mahal, hop in the car for the drive back to Delhi Airport. Board your flight to Bangalore at around 10pm and enjoy dinner on the plane. Upon arrival in Bangalore, your driver will be waiting in the arrivals lounge to drop you back to your hotel after a busy but worthwhile day.

Goa: Backwaters and Mangrove Kayaking Experience

6. Goa: Backwaters and Mangrove Kayaking Experience

Set off on an unforgettable kayaking adventure suitable for all ages through River Sal's backwaters. Navigate the narrow waterways and follow your trained guides through deep mangroves. Paddle through lotus ponds and admire the red and white flowers, when in season, as well as other Goan flora. Enjoy a small-group experience for up to 14 people, and choose between 70-minute or 2-hour kayaking excursions. Meet your guides and other participants at the meeting point. Following a brief introduction, receive a briefing and instructions on the kayaking experience. After clarifying your questions, make yourself comfortable in the kayak, then set off over the water with two trained instructors to ensure each participant's safety. As you silently weave your way along the waterways, keep your eyes out for migratory birds. This area has more than 70 different types of birds, including kingfishers, cormorants, egrets, herons, and black-headed ibis. If you're lucky, also spot otters frolicking and feeding in the early morning and late evenings. For a part of the trip, you'll even kayak in the tall grasses. Slowly glide under the overhangs of mango, cashew, bamboo, and the overpowering mangroves, which are otherwise inaccessible. Stop in the shade of a mango grove to relax and take in the surroundings. At the end of the tour, return to the original departing point. The kayaking route follows the coastal waterways, passing fishing villages and offering a unique glimpse of the locals' way of life. Trips are dependent on tide times and usually cover a distance of 5-6 kilometers (3.1-3.7 miles). High buoyancy kayaks and life vests are provided, in accordance with international safety norms.

Divar Island: Local Goan Village Tour with Traditional Lunch

7. Divar Island: Local Goan Village Tour with Traditional Lunch

Go on a tour of Divar Island and discover the mix of paddy fields, ancient temples, pretty churches, Indo-Portuguese houses, and winding roads that speak to the region's complex history. As you disembark the ferry, meet locals sitting with their fishing rods cast in the Mandovi River and learn about the methods they use to snare a catch.  Then follow your local guide into the village, appreciating the rainbow of colorful houses lining the streets. Learn how the Portuguese occupation of the area shaped the village for centuries to come. Check out the 16th century St. Mathias Church, the quaint Our Lady of Candelaria Chapel, and the ancient Saptakoteshwar Temple. Stop into a traditional Goan bakery to see how the local bread is baked and snag a few recipes from the chef. After touring the village, fill up on a delicious lunch in a traditional Portuguese house. At the end of the tour, head up into the island hills and stop for a magnificent view of the Old Churches of Goa and the river below before taking a ferry back to the mainland.

Goa: Cultural Fontainhas Walk

8. Goa: Cultural Fontainhas Walk

Your guide will meet you at your tour meeting point, from where you will be taken to your first attraction of the Panjim Church. Following that, head to the stepped street of the Altinho Hill and the Archbishop's Palace. You'll then see one of the oldest High Courts of India, before encountering the Goa's Chief Minister's Official Residence. You'll then walk through Portuguese-influenced lanes and centuries-old buildings and cafes, before encountering the Chapel of St. Sebastian in the Fontainhas neighborhood. Following that, take in a modest art gallery consisting of both Scandinavian art and original works by locals. You'll finally visit the Hindu neighborhood in Fontainhas, before encountering Lord Hanuman, situated on top of the Altinho hillock. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide will be happy to recommend further places in Goa for you to visit depending on your interests.

Goa: Heritage Trail of Portuguese Mansions & Museum

9. Goa: Heritage Trail of Portuguese Mansions & Museum

Experience the mix of Portuguese and Goan heritage on this private sightseeing tour. Marvel at the historic Figueiredo Mansion, the Menezes Braganza House, and the Palácio do Deão. Benefit from a local guide and transfers in a private air-conditioned car, and choose a delicious optional lunch at either Palácio do Deão or at The Figueiredo Mansion. First, arrive at The Figueiredo Mansion which was built in the 1590s by Jesuit priests for an influential Goan family that had converted faith. A part of the house has been converted into a museum, to showcase the family's priced belongings. Meet the friendly owner, who is passionate about her family roots and can often be seen giving a personalized tour of her home. Next, visit the Menezes Braganza House, with furniture and artifacts dating back to the 17th century. A large library and a collection of family portraits make this home an art-lover's delight.  After that, head over to the Palácio do Deão. Located in the tranquil area close to the Kushavati River, this house has an unusual blend of Hindu and Portuguese architecture. Spread over 11,000 square feet, this palatial home is famous for its well-maintained gardens. Finally, round off this heritage tour by paying a visit to the Goa Chitra Museum. See a curated collection of over 4000 exhibits that bring together the Hindu and Catholic influences on Goan communities. The Museum itself has been built using recycled materials from traditional houses that were demolished in the area. Examine the different implements used by the agrarian communities through the ages and learn about the museum's work in preserving Goan art and culture.  At the end of the trip, you can visit the city of Margao on your way back to the hotel.

Bangalore: Basavanagudi Walking Tour with Bull Temple

10. Bangalore: Basavanagudi Walking Tour with Bull Temple

On this private walking tour, explore the rich history and culture of Bangalore’s Basavanagudi neighborhood. After meeting your guide at Vidyarthi Bhavan, one of the best local restaurants in the area, enjoy some coffee, snacks, or breakfast. Afterwards, head into the Gandhi Bazaar to explore a variety of shops, stalls, and local purveyors selling bountiful arrays of produce and fresh flowers. Next, you’ll head to the Bull Temple, a 16th-century Hindu temple featuring a monolithic statue of a bull and an elaborate collection of statues studding the pyramidal temple. Afterwards, you’ll head to the 10th-century Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple, located within a cave, to uncover the mysteries held within.  You’ll end your tour by walking through the oldest section of the neighborhood, glimpsing structures dating back 100 years and meeting locals who define the neighborhood’s culture.

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Thank you for a great tour, Joe. Very much liked it and glad to have gotten a little taste of Goa and the churches. You are a great tour guide. Hope to do a longer Goa tour with you next time we visit!

Such a nice walk down history that was very nicely explained by our guide. He was friendly and knowledgeable, which really enhanced the experience.

It's was very nice experience, the tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable, he recommended us very places to go and and fun!

Prasad was an amazing and friendly driver and the plantation itself was interesting with tasty buffet lunch.

Short but instructive visit Good lunch Slightly far from North Goa