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“Terrible would be an under-statement”

Tropical Spice Plantation
Ranked #2 of 22 things to do in Ponda
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

Honestly, this was the crappiest place we had had the misfortune of visiting in Goa. It is simply waste of time, money and energy. There is nothing that you can "learn" from a small and horrible tour of spice plantations. Apart from it, the food that they serve is undoubtedly the worst you can find anywhere in the world.

Trust me, with the sun-soaring up at 40 degree Celsius, this place has no air-conditioning and has nothing to offer. It makes your trip worse when you have burnt yourself up in Dudhsagar Falls and end up at this location for worst excuse for lunch.

The food served here includes tea before lunch, probably to kill your appetite. And this could be a blessing in disguise as the food served is inedible. Menu consists of boiled rice, fried rice, lentils, chick-peas, chicken gravy and buns for bread. Surprisingly, the fish that was supposed to be there, never reached the table.

Please avoid at all costs. Instead head straight to a beach and relax.

Thank Dev1213
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

Seriously waste of time and money. Its private land in a remote area. we visited there in march. we were two couples and taken by our taxi driver (He was a nice guy, but may be fallen for the commission) 400 per adult including food. and the funny part, the food included two non-veg items - one was Normal CHICKEN CURRY and other was DRY PRAWN CURRY !!!!!. rest was daal fry and all . Come'n WHO WANTS TO VISIT GOA TO EAT THE NORMAL VEG FOOD !!! and hailing from Kerala - the land of spices - we felt like visiting a room size plantation which was made just for tourists !! This was the only place, we felt that waste of time in Goa

Thank mathews j
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

The spice farm was part of our Old Goa and temples tour done by taxi (₹2500 from Mandrem).
On arrival, we were welcome by our guide. (Young women, unfortunately I don't remember her name). Each guest is welcome in a traditional way by offering Aarti, Kumkum, and a garland of flowers. After glass of delicious herbal tea, we were taken for a tour around plantation. Our guide was very knowledgeable, not only showed us plants but also explained how they are used for cooking and in the medicine. We saw also many birds and butterflies.
At the end, there was a lunch served on plates made of banana leaves.
Gift shop with local products is located next to the cafeteria.
Bath with Elephant or ride are no longer available, as it was banned last year by the government. However, some of the tour operators still advertising as a local attraction.
Entry ticket ₹400 covers welcome tea, 40min. guided tour and a lunch.

1  Thank 203pawelb
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by a wonderful and interesting tour of the spice plantation. Our group was small and made it a great learning experience and our guide was very knowledgeable while being warm, friendly and invites questions and comments. The tour includes lunch and we found the buffet good and plentiful.
The major positive aspect of this tour is the absence of the hard sell of spices which we've experienced on spice tours in other places on our travels.

Thank Luanne M
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

This is totally waste of time and money. Very bad food. This is private land. Who needs these information in Goa? Taxi driver took us because of commission.

Thank Robbie1525
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