REEMA LOKESH – Mumbai
Cashing in on the monsoon season, Goa Tourism is promoting safari tours, spice plantations, white-water rafting, trekking and mountaineering and experiencing tradtional Goan festivals. Nikhil Desai, director, Goa Tourism said, apart from waterfalls and beaches, Goa has much more to offer. “Goa also has world class spa resorts and day spas offering variety of Ayurvedic treatments which have their maximum benefits during the monsoon season. Goa Tourism has also introduced white water rafting during monsoons over the river Mhadei. Some of the activities include: Angling, Kayaking, Back Water tours organised by GTDC,” he informed.
For the safari tours, the tourism board is promoting places such as Bhagwan Mahavir National Park, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, among others. The spice plantation guided tours cover places such as tropical spice plantation in Ponda, Savoi, Pascoal Spice Village near Khandepar and Sahakar Spice Farm on the Ponda-Belgaum road.