This overnight trek is an unique experience where one gets to spend a night in one of the remote villages of Goa, breathe in the fresh, be aware of the thriving minuscule around, treat ones eyes to the sights and sounds of the forest.
An early morning drive to the south east of Goa to Netravali Village about 40 km from Margao, leads us to our base of the trek. Netravali is the largest and the most recently declared Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa and is the nature enthusiasts’ heaven.
We begin this three and half hour trek through nature in its purest, reaching us to the hidden Maynapi waterfalls. Here we relax and have our packed lunch. Later a trek for another two hours to village called Saiginim, to experience a life in the remote and halt for some small refreshment.
The last leg of the trek of a couple of hours take us to Verlem village, our shelter for tonight. Located around 570 m above mean sea level, Verlem is a hotspot of biodiversity and a delight for wildlife enthusiasts and birders. Verlem village has recently earned its name as a model for eco tourism. Lately after they reaped the first crop of luscious strawberry plantation, the first-ever in Goa, villagers of Verlem in Netravali wildlife sanctuary have also geared themselves up to host tourists in their humble homes as a part of community-based ecotourism project.
Sleep a well earned peaceful sleep after a enjoying a tasty traditional dinner.
Next morning after breakfast at the village, we trek for around 3 and half hours to another hidden waterfall called the Savari. Next a trek for an hour reaches us to our base, Netravali village.
From here we drive to the Tanshikar Spice farm. This huge farm in the lap of the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary practice a conventional method of plantation called the Kulagar. This traditional process of plantation does not support need to use any kind of chemical fertilizers at all. Enjoy a tasty traditional lunch at the farm.
Visit the Budbudiyachi Tali or the Bubble pond which is an unique wonder of nature. Last but not the least do not miss a visit to Usgalimal, an amazing sight of one of the most ancient art forms created by the human race. Here lie more than a hundred petroglyphs dating back to as much as 20,000 to 30,000 years gone by.