Beyond Beaches, Goa’s Green Stays
By Jessica Albuquerque
When people think about Goa, the first thing that comes to mind are its beautiful beaches, but Goa is far more than just that. Goa is home to a variety of beautiful animals and birds in its sprawling expanse of green fields and mountains. It’s time to go off the beaten track and explore the rural life in Goa.
Here are a few resorts that are located close to nature, and even more beautiful in the monsoon:
This beautiful resort is hidden in the green picturesque Western Ghats. They offer their visitors personalised birding, wilderness and adventure activities. They are focused on sustainable nature tourism and engage in activities like birdwatching, tree plantations and environmental / wildlife education. If you’re a nature freak and want to support sustainable tourism, this is where you will want to stay.
Looking for a working farm experience? Check out Mangaal Farmstay in the Netravalli area of south Goa. Situated in the forest of Mangaal, which is inhabited by the Vellip tribe, this farmstay provides a glimpse into the rural life and natural surroundings of Goa. All the food served is directly grown on the farm and they even provide Dairy and gluten free food upon request. It’s the best place to go if you’re to disconnect from the outside world because there is no cellular network here but there is wifi. You can also eat at a tribal home and volunteer at the local school. To cool off, there is a waterfall and swimming pool on the property.
Located in the Chorla Ghats, this eco resort shows you the untouched beauty of Goa. From trekking the green hills and visiting the waterfalls to eating their healthy ethnic cuisine, taking a swim in their infinity pool or having a drink at their garden bar, this resort offers it all.
4. La Mangrove
Stay in cute teepees that overlook the beautiful river and mangroves of Galgibag at the Southern tip of Goa at La Mangrove. This picturesque and peaceful setting make La Mangrove the perfect place to relax. You can enjoy the green fields and jungles and if you want something livelier you can always take a drive to Palolem beach to visit the bars and restaurants not too far away. This luxury eco retreat is the perfect place if you’re looking for something fancy and yet close to nature.
5. Viva Chorao
The beautiful Island of Chorao is a hidden gem of Goa. The chirping birds, fresh air and mangroves makes it a splendid place to stay. Viva Chorao offers picnicking, trekking, fishing, cycling, photography as well as a visit to the bird sanctuary. They can also arrange a learning experience of traditional occupations like baking and cane craft, as well as folk dances. Check out this place if you want a fun adventurous experience in the island of Chorao.