The conventional ‘Goa trip’ is passe and done to death. Beaches, sun and shopping? How about thick plantations, organic agriculture, and relaxing amidst the sweet melodies of wild birds? Much better!
Enter Dudhsagar Plantations. This family-owned resort lets you be you while also giving a rejuvenating stay right in the middle of coconut, cashew and other organic plantations.
Ashok Malkarnekar and his father will ensure you have a holiday that will energise you with refreshed zeal.
“I grew up in rural Germany, and village life has always been close to my heart. For the past few years, dad and I are working on these plantations, trying to show guests the other side of Goa,” Ashok tells The Better India.
So when you book a room at the plantation, you can expect to live in the lap of lush tall trees. Forget alarm clocks because the calls of birds (not just crows and pigeons) will wake you up gently.
And although you are still in Goa, you may not feel so, thanks to the cool winds that envelope the estate.
“We have maintained a vibrant ecosystem. It’s like coming to a jungle with birds, butterflies and even mammals roaming around freely,” Ashok says.
You are free to engage in activities or just relax and enjoy the vibe of the place.
The agricultural activities are seasonal. The agricultural activities are seasonal. Early in the year, pepper is harvested. If you visit between March and May, you can get your hands dirty harvesting and processing cashews. Weeding and planting are ongoing activities, and until October, you can help to nourish the coconut trees with organic fertilisers.
Apart from this, you can go for guided walks around the spice plantations. You can also take a guided hike to the Dudhsagar waterfalls, a hike to a temple inside the jungle or go on a nature trail. The resort also has a natural pool that you can enjoy a swim in.
Depending upon the state of the rains, you can also go for a swim in the river.
You are free to take up the activities as per your wish. Mealtimes are pre-decided, but those are the only time restrictions imposed on you.
“As long as you are happy in nature and alright with a possible lizard in the room or frog in the bathroom, you will be comfortable here,” he says.
You will have an attached bathroom in the room, fan and a supply of electricity.
You will also meet other travellers. In most cases, Ashok says, strangers get talking and end up being friends at the end of the four-day trip.
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(Edited by Vinayak Hegde)