Top 13 Things To Do In Ponda, Goa: Experience The Verdure & Green Towns

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Planning to spend your approaching vacation on the beaches of Goa? The idea definitely sounds amazing but let us carry out some basic research on the places you should visit. Surrounded by the lush green environment and vibes, as well as the ancient temples, Ponda is situated in the backwoods of Goa, India. This is a unique place in the region and is known to be the industrial capital of Goa. Let us go through some of the best things to do in Ponda, which will certainly help you plan your trip well.

1. Savoi Plantation

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This plantation is about 200 years old and is spread in an area of about 100 acres (40 hectares). This plantation is known to be one of the oldest tropical plantations with intercropped spices, which include those like coconuts, pineapples, betel nuts, etc. You can visit this place during the daytime from 9 am to 4:30 pm and can purchase local spices at reasonable prices. This is a beautiful scenic place which will be loved by people possessing agricultural interests.

Savoi Plantation

Address: 50, Savoi, Marcel Ponda Road, Ponda, Goa, 403401

Website: Savoi Plantation

2. Sahakari Spices Farm

Spice garden, Goa
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This farm is another masterpiece of all the nature and farming lovers out there. As you experience the various activities of this farm, you will discover the various aspects of Mother Nature. Noon is the best time to visit this farm.

Sahakari Spices Farm

Address: Ponda Belgaum Highway, Curti, Ponda, Goa 403001

Website: Sahakari Spices Farm

3. Tropical Spice Plantation

Arecanuts
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Spice plantation visits are not usually included when you are on a Goa vacation, but this is definitely a must-visit. The greenery and the water body of this plantation are something quite worthy of your time. The guests are welcomed traditionally over here, which is a unique thing about this place. It is a great learning experience. The guides here are knowledgeable and spread the work with the utmost good faith. So taking a guide along with you is advisable.

Tropical Spice Plantation

Address: H. No. A-14, Arla Bazar Keri, Ponda, Goa 403401

Website: Tropical Spice Plantation

4. Butterfly Conservatory

Emerald Swallowtail - Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory-2
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This is one conservatory located in Goa which is working to protect and preserve the different species of butterflies. This place has a lush green view and is a must-visit for people who like the places that involve a lot of educational information and research. You can see and learn a lot about the different species of butterflies here, so it will be an educational and entertaining visit. Furthermore, it is absolutely free to visit the Butterfly Conservatory.

Butterfly Conservatory

Address: Pisgal, Priol, Ponda, Goa 403401

Website: Butterfly Conservatory

5. Pascoal Spice Farm

Spice garden
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The Pascoal Spice Farm is an enchanting place for people who are looking forward to experiencing the benefits as well as the secrets of nature. The location of this place is well defined and is covered with greenery all around. Any person who visits this place is sure to carry a bag full of memories with him or her when leaving.

Pascoal Spice Farm

Address: Khandepar Belgaum Road, Opposite Nestle, Khandepar, Ponda, Goa 403401

Website: Pascoal Spice Farm

6. Shri Mahalaxmi Temple

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The most magnificent feature of this temple is that it was built with a modern structure and design. It also has a beautifully decorated arch which also includes the amazingly carved elephant front, which looks so marvelous.

Shri Mahalaxmi Temple

Address: Mahalaxmi Residency, Ponda - Margao Hwy, Tiska, Yashwant Nagar, Bando da, Goa 403401

Website: Shri Mahalaxmi Temple

7. Shri Ramnath Temple

Ramnathi Temple at Goa 10-27-2008 6-19-24 PM
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The Maha-Shivratri Festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm here for a period of 6 days, which should surely not be missed by any person. This temple is believed to have a connection with the time when Lord Rama killed Ravana. This place is always full of devotees and you can visit this temple at any time of the day from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm.

Shri Ramnath Temple

Address: Shree Ramnath Devasthan, Ramnathim, Ponda, Goa- 403401

Website: Shri Ramnath Temple

8. Shri Nagesh Temple

Image of Shri Nagesh Temple
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This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a wooden gallery on both of the sides, which is beautifully carved and depicts the various epic stories which are quite a sight to look for. Devotees visit this temple in large numbers during the daytime. This temple opens at 7:30 am.

Shri Nagesh Temple

Address: Bandiwade – Ponda, Goa

Website: Shri Nagesh Temple

9. Shri Manguesh Temple

Shri Mangeshi Temple, Goa
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One of the finest features of this temple is the presence of the water tank, which is believed to be one of the oldest tanks. This temple’s architecture is influenced by both Christian and Muslim styles. This temple has a very unique but elegant structure. At the right side of the temple, you can see the giant chariots that are used to parade the deities around during the temple’s festival. You won’t be charged any fee to visit this place.

Shri Manguesh Temple

Address: Goa Mangueshi, Goa 403404

Website: Shri Manguesh Temple

10. Shri Lakshminarasimha Temple

Sanctum --Shri Laxmi Narasimha Temple Veling Goa.

Posted by Ramesh Nayak on Sunday, 18 May 2014

This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. One of the most interesting features of this temple is that it has a freshwater spring along with a water tank. You can even go and dip in this holy water.

Shri Lakshminarasimha Temple

Address: Pharmacy College Road, National Highway 4A, Donshiwado, Ponda, Goa 403404

Website: Shri Lakshminarasimha Temple

11. Caves of Khandepar

Posted by GOA 365 DAYS on Wednesday, 23 April 2014

These caves are near the Khandepar River in Goa and hence derived their name from there. These are a group of caves which stand freely along with the rocks. The Caves of Khandepar are one of the major tourist attractions of Goa.

Caves of Khandepar

Address: 5B / UG4 - Models Status, Dona Paula, Goa - 403004

Website: Caves of Khandepar

12. Shri Shantadurga Temple

Shantadurga temple
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As the name suggests, this temple is dedicated to Shri Jagdamba Devi, who came to establish peace between Shri Vishnu and Shri Shiva. This ancient temple has a spectacular history and is well worth exploring.

Shri Shantadurga Temple

Address: Nerul Rd, Near Chamundeshwari Petrol Pump, Verem, Bardez, Goa, 403114

Website: Shri Shantadurga Temple

Enjoy the greenery and history during your vacation at Ponda, Goa

Plan your Goa trip now and visit Ponda this summer. It is the perfect place to enjoy an awesome vacation, but don’t forget to visit all these places while you’re there.

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Nikhil NG is a writer, brand strategic consultant, traveler and the founder of SuccessRider.com. His writing inspires people to travel on a budget. Plus, he helps hospitality dealers achieve...Read more

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