We read about this place “Wildernest” in the July edition of Lonely Planet Magazine and immediately booked it. And this weekend we experienced it. Our journey started by bus from Bangalore to Belgaum, on which we could hardly sleep due to a crying and screaming baby right behind us. Morning from Belgaum we were picked up by the resort’s cab, which took 2 and a half hours to cover just 60 kms. The road, oh sorry, calling it a road is blasphemy, was one of the worst possible roads we have experienced. Hats off to Mr. Bramha, the driver, who maneuvered skillfully across this ill-trodden path to our destination, a slice from heaven.
Road to Wildernest
We were welcomed aboard by Sushma, who guided us through the next 3 days of our stay. She’s from a nearby village called Chorla, she is very agile and has good knowledge of forests and mountains. And she spoke perfect English.
The place is strategically located, have the best of 3 states – the entry is from Goa, the cottages are in Maharashtra and the jungle trails are in Karnataka. You need to keep asking always which state you are standing in right now. But the place is a bliss, one of the wettest region of North-Western India, it gets around 300 inches of of rains in the monsoon. And thus, it is the best place to enjoy monsoon. We, the city dwellers, often forget what monsoon is like and we need breaks like this to sit back and enjoy the nature’s beautiful work.
We stayed at the forest view cottage. The cottages are beautifully made of wood, with 3 walls as clear glass French windows, to enjoy the rains pouring from all sides. Due to very high humidity, the floors are always wet. There are variety of insects that you can see – from the earthworm, to snails, to millipedes, to huge spiders, to slugs, to cicada, to really jumbo forest mosquitoes, which are always eager to enter your room. This place is a plastic free zone and you can see that they have taken utmost care to eliminate the use of plastic to maximum level. The place is well maintained, clean despite of this weather, with 24 hours facilities of hot water and electricity.
The Room View
The View from a French Window!!!
The food served is of local cuisine, very healthy and yet very tasty. With the rains pouring perpetually, and clean fresh air you tend to eat more than your diet.
The Valley View from Dining Area
The first trek was to the highest point of the property. It was a short and sweet trek of about 20 minutes each way. Luckily, when we reached the highest point, the valley was cleared of mist and we witnessed the most breathtaking and magnificent view of the valley, mountains and loads of waterfalls. It seems on a clear day we can see the Arabian Sea from this point. Sorry, no pictures of this trek as were very scared for the camera to take out in pouring rains.
The second trek was a 3 kms one way trek to the river. We are falling short of words to describe this trek. We can clearly say that this was the best trek we have done till date. It was pouring all the time, without fail even for a second. The path goes through dense rain-forest and innumerable mountain streams. At a point we were trekking right in the middle of a stream, as if we were tracing it to its source. We even crossed 2 waterfalls on the way. We were always surrounded by lush greenery, be it the green algae on the trees and rocks or the brightly colored leaves of the trees. We met a lot of creatures of this rich ecosystem in their abodes, quiet mentionable out of them were crabs and leeches. Thankfully we were carrying salt so as to leave the leeches behind. The river was at it’s full glory. Climbing back to the resort was equally enjoyable.
The Waterfall We Crossed
The River at Full Glory
After the trek we ventured into the swimming pool. The pool had the advantage of the best view of the valley in the entire resort.
We took a third trek, back to the highest point. And this time we were loaded with camera . But unfortunately, the valley was completely covered in dense mist and we could not see anything (better luck next time!). Anyways, the trek was amazing, as it was pouring heavily and wind was really strong.
The Scene at the Highest Point
Path Layed Green
- The place is perfect for a relaxing monsoon vacation for couples, friends and families
- Its worth every penny that you spend
- Distance from Bangalore – ~560 Kms
- Resort gives pick-up and drop from nearby places if you stay with them for atleast 2 nights
- Website – http://www.wildernest-goa.com/
Extra Shots (some tips from the box) –
- You don’t need a vehicle once in the resort, so try to travel by air, bus, or train.
- Avoid going to Belgaum, roads are really bad from there. Instead try to go some place in Goa.
- Carry some umbrellas and raincoats or ponchos. Though they give you ponchos, but they are little dirty.
- Carry a mosquito repellent, if you detest being bitten by them (who doesn’t )
- Carry clothes that dry easily, cause of the dampness its really hard to dry clothes here.
- If possible, carry a hair dryer and a travel iron, comes in handy.
- Avoid wearing shoes, floaters are the best for this climate.
- And last but not the least, carry an attitude to enjoy and relax amidst pouring rains