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“Excellent daytrip”

Goa Tourism Backwater Thrills Day Tours
Reviewed 8 April 2013

I had a friend visiting from Europe so put together several sightseeing trips and the backwater thrills was one of them. It was a fantastic day with a two hour (approx) slow sail up the estuary towards Ponda. The guide pointed out the various important landmarks along the way as we floated along. It is a different view of Goa - a point of view that one would not normally see.

The boat stopped at a small pier where 4-wheel drive vehicles were waiting to take us to the spice plantation for a tour and a spot of lunch. The spice plantation visit was interesting. We were shown the various plants and trees indigenous to the region. The tour culminated with a man demonstrating how the tall beetlenut trees are climbed... jumping from tree to tree, much like monkeys do. A COLD glass of water was waiting for us at the end of the tour... but not to drink! It was poured down our backs (supposedly to cool us off) hahahaha

We then were treated to a cold drink and a buffet with vegetarian and non-veg dishes on offer. After the tasty meal we were free for a bit to explore, take photographs and buy spices from the little stall on site. My friend took a picture next to one of the elephants as a souvenir and I found a Kingfisher by the stream which I managed to photograph.

The journey back was riotous, with party games planned. Unfortunately taking part was compulsory so one couldn't just sit back and relax or have a siesta in the cool breeze. The other thing I did not like was that the winner had to serve a forfeit in order to get his/her prize. Singing impromptu in front of strangers is not my idea of fun. If you've won then they should give you the prize without having to penalize you for it!

Except for this one negative I found the whole experience to be very enjoyable. We met a few people who we had met on other tours during the course of the week, so it was like a bunch of friends meeting up. All in all a good experience.

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Reviewed 6 March 2013

if you holiday in goa and want to visit some interesting places dont go to the tour agents !!!!!
instead find a RESIDENCY hotel ..run by the tourist board (eg Calangute Residency ..through archway at end of main Calangute beach rd)...the reception areas in these Residencies double up as ticket desks for goa tourism trips at a FRACTION of the price of commercial businesses like Johns tours etc....recently we went on their sat night dinner cruise (only westerners on boat)...excellent value ...fun night out ....however the BEST tour by far is the SOUTH GOA WHOLE DAY TOUR ...at an unbelievable 200 rupees each ....a whole day visiting many places of interest on a coach for not much more than £2!!!!!!....how do they do it ?????
not to be missed.....you will be amazed!!!!

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