Goa – Forest to Coast
Quintessential seaside villages, verdant hillsides, innumerable waterfalls and pristine beaches is what the real Goa is all about! Stay clear of crowds that swarm the usual beaches, clubs and sight-seeing spots. Spend a couple of days in a tribal village in the western ghats and a day with a at a village near one of the lesser known beaches. Trek through dense tropical evergreen and semi-evergreen jungles to visit unexplored waterfalls, feast on local cuisine and last but not the least – do 'socegado' like only Goans do!
While this trip is do-able all through the year, the monsoons and the months just after the monsoons are the best time as you get to see greener-than-green forests, and waterfalls in their full glory.
Netravali wildlife sanctuary, located in Sanguem taluka in South Goa, is spread in an area of 211 sq km. It is connected to Madei wildlife sanctuary and Karnataka's Dandeli tiger reserve. The wildlife sanctuary has a good mammal and bird population. In addition it has almost 100 species of butterflies, some of which are endemic to the region.
Netravali is home to the Velip tribe. Velips were originally forest dwellers but have now settled in villages. They still revere forests and depend on them for food, fodder and fuel. A Velip family will host you for two nights during the stay in Netravali. You will get to trek to Ravan Dongor, one of the peaks from which you get a good view of the villages and the forest. You will also go on short-hikes (2 hours to 5 hours) to some of the majestic, unexplored waterfalls in the vicinity. Learn about the diverse flora and fauna from our guides who will accompany you on these excursions.
You will spend the last night in a resort in Benaulim - a relatively non-touristy, pristine beach in south Goa. While you can spend a relaxed day at the beach you can also learn about the history of Goa, its marine life, inter-tidal zones and so on from our naturalist guide.
|Season||All year. But best season is September through March|
|Duration||Trip Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Trek Duration: 3 days
|Max Elevation||800 m (Ravan Dongor)|
|Exclusions||Lunch and dinner on Day 3|
|Day 1||Dabolim airport / Margao railway station||Netravali wildlife sanctuary||The scenic drive to the tribal village in Netravali should take about 2 hours. Enjoy views of paddy fields, cashew orchards and verdant hills.|
|Day 1||Netravali wildlife sanctuary||Trek to Ravan Dongar to catch great views of the entire sanctuary. On a clear day one can see the Arabian sea from there. Accommodation in a village homestay|
|Day 2||Netravali wildlife sanctuary||Trek to various waterfalls in the vicinity such as Sonal, Mainapi and Pokunna, and a sunset point near the village. Stay the night in the same village homestay|
|Day 3||Netravali wildlife sanctuary||Benaulim||After breakfast, visit Saulalim dam and a lesser-known temple near Bubble lake (Budbudyachi tali). Then set off on a 2 hour drive to Benaulim and check into a comfortable resort. Sample local cuisine, spend a relaxed day at the beach. Towards evening go on a guided 2-hour beach walk to learn about local history, culture, marine life and so on.|
|Day 4||Benaulim||Dabolim airport / Margao railway station||After breakfast, get dropped off at the airport or the station to head back to your respective places|