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About the property:
Snuggled cozily amidst picturesque setting of the fabled Western Ghats landscape of Goa at a height of 700 meters above sea level in full view of the majestic Vazra Sakla, a 143 meter waterfall on one side and the tranquil Anjunem backwaters on the other is Swapnagandha, a fresh paradise that is ready to be explored and experienced by eco travelers and nature aficionados.
our objectives are simple- to create a green paradise that
offers an eco traveler a space for rejuvenation and relaxation, where the
natural, cultural and social richness is showcased and local communities are
supported in the true sense of the word”
Price: Valley View Cottage (₹7800 per couple)
Birding: The entire Swapnagandha valley and its surrounding Mahdei region is a recognized Important Bird Area. With the nesting site of the Long Billed Vulture, and the documentation of over a dozen species of Western Ghats endemics including the Nilgiri Wood pigeon, the Malabar Grey hornbill and threatened species like the Sri lanka Frogmouth in the area, Swapnagandha is a birders paradise. Nature Walk: The mildly undulating terrain and the inter crossing forest paths provide remarkable opportunities for nature walks and trails and many of these have been identified as great birding areas too. Go on a nature walk with our guides and experience nature at its very best. Besides which the joy of a slow drive into the realm of thick forests is a breathtaking experience and can be had with prior request at our reception at Swapnagandha. Relaxation: At Swapnagandha the best activity one can do is to do nothing. With ethereal view from one own cottage, a hammock under every conceivable shade and the continuous birdsong that fills the air, we suggest the best thing to do is to relax ones mind and soul and return rejuvenated home. Meditation: Meditations means being one with you, and where else can one be with one’s own self than in the lap of nature. We urge you to sit and open yourself to natures sounds and scents, to look at all things small and marvel at the life forms that abound this green paradise. The Meditation center can be used by guests and the Guest relations team would suggest other places too on request. Cultural activities: Swapnagandha supports self help groups and cultural troupes in the region which include folk dances, recital of folk songs and visits to sites of cultural interests. The staff itself has an assortment of talent that include expertise in singing of folk songs as well as playing of local musical instruments. For an impromptu performance do speak to the restaurant in charge for details. Barbeque: The barbeque evenings at Swapnagandha under the open moonlit sky are a special affair, with local veggies, fresh fish and meat barbeques being prepared to tickle all those taste buds. Enjoy a barbeque and participate in the process too along with other guests while our staff accompanies with humming local folk songs and traditional lore of region. Spice Plantation tour: Depart from Swapnagandha after a scrumptious local breakfast and follow the hinterlands trail across meandering rivers and thick mangrove forests. Catch glimpses of old Hindu Goan home and temples and let our naturalists explain to you the hidden culture and traditions of these parts of unseen Goa. Relish local cuisine for lunch at Savoi Verem spice plantation where the host will serve you local gastronomic delights with a guided walk in the plantation. This coupled with birdcalls and folk dances are an experience that needs to be cherished in a setting that is a third generation family owned spice plantation. SmokedMackeral: Goa is as much known for its mackerels, locally known as ‘Bangde’ as it is known for its traditional rock salt, that according to many have medicinal properties. We combine the two in a traditional time tested method and fire it in rice hay, thus giving it a smoked flavor that will satisfy every discerning fish consouir! But first a little bit about mackerels- the Indian mackerel (Rastrelliger kanagurta) is a fish found in coastal waters and is locally known as the true Goan’s favorite fish. The typical Goan fish curry is prepared using ‘Bangde’ and so are other traditional dishes like ‘Solatle bangde’, Reshad bangda, etc. The origins of Smoked mackerels are locally traced from the Ramponkar fishermen in Goa who would gather around an evening bonfire and use the fresh catch of the day to smoke mackerels along with a pint of beer or a peg of good old Goan hurrack. Today we invite you to join us under a moonlit sky and amidst serene settings to savor our ‘Smoked mackerels’ in the true traditional way…and say ‘Dev barre karum’ to an enjoyable evening in the wilds. Templetrips: Embark on a temple trip to some of Goa’s most ancient and revered temples in the hinterlands and be mesmerized by their old world charm as well as serene and sacred surroundings. Ajoba Temple at Keri, Sattari The reigning deity of the forest, Ajoba, is honoured by all the villagers irrespective of caste and creed, in this temple. The temple has one of Goa’s largest sacred groves and the forest in this grove is unhampered till date. This grove called Ajobachi rai has a rich variety of woody creepers, trees, birds, animals and reptiles. The other deities worshipped are Goddess Sateri and Kelmai and Purush Dev of which carved icons can be seen. This is one of the most important temples of Sattari. Shri Dattatreya Temple at Sanquelim. This is a very famous temple of Shri Dattatreya is situated at Dattawadi in Sanquelim. The reigning deity is considered avatar of Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh (Shiva). The deity idol is exquisite and at t
The treks and sightseeing are based on weather factors also the willingness and availability of the customer.
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