Whether it’s an organic farm or an eco-friendly resort set in a jungle, there are plenty of places not too far from Mumbai where you can commune with nature. These are our favourites:
Dabhosa Waterfall Resort:
Dabhosa is among the only perennial waterfalls in Maharashtra – unlike other waterfalls in the Sahyadris, this one doesn’t dry up in the summer. But the best time to enjoy it is undoubtedly in the monsoon.
The 10-room Dabhosa Waterfall Resort is located at the rim of the crater from which the waterfall cascades 300 feet down. According to its proprietor, Chinmay Divekar, the resort follows a policy of “optimum comfort for guests with minimum impact on the environment”.
You can also try adventure activities like kayaking, biking, valley crossing and rappelling.
Visit www.naturetrails.in for details.
Karpe’s Wadi calls itself an agrotel. True to its description, it is more a farm – don’t be surprised to find cows and geese – with living arrangements than a plush resort.
“The idea is to stay on a farm and enjoy simple, home-cooked food,” says Shekhar Karpe, the proprietor. The tiny farm, which is located close to Alibaug, but far from the crowds that throng it, opens out on to the beach.
Apart from coconut and betel nut trees, you will also find fruit trees and medicinal plants on the farm. According to Karpe, the farm follows a strict eco-friendly policy that includes minimal use of plastic cups, energy efficient lamps and organic farming methods.
Visit www.karpewadi.com for details.
His brand-new resort is set in an Alphonso mango orchard that overlooks the sea. It is located close to the historic coastal city of Murud.
The 10 air-conditioned cottages are surrounded by chikoo, cashew nut, guava, papaya and tamarind trees. There is also a small vegetable garden.
“The area around the resort makes for wonderful treks because it has plenty of greenery and plays host to many species of birds,” says Anu Singh, owner of Mahua Resorts.
Visit www.mahua resort.com; write to email@example.com .
Wildernest is located close to the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa. The eco resort is situated on land that was once being eyed by the mining lobby for its rich laterite deposits.
The 25-cottage resort is a completely plastic-free zone. All its employees have been recruited from the local villages. Although there’s plenty to occupy you within the resort that is spread out over 450-acres, you can also go on nature trails and treks in the surrounding forest region.
Visit www.wildernest.com for details.