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Goa: Off The Grid This Time

''An opportunity to explore more of Goa than just beaches, sunsets and good dining''

WHEN : Nov 21 – Nov 25, 2014 (4 Nights / 5Days)

WHY TAKE UP THIS : There's more to Goa than beaches, sunsets and parties. Stay in the least populated and undisturbed evergreen forests, just a little bit mysterious and surrounded by real wilderness. Sit by the fresh flowing streams and enjoy incredible views. Visit an old Portuguese mansion, traditional lunch by the river and much more. Want some action? There's kayaking too! Come explore the other side of Goa!
Row into the untouched backwaters of northern Goa, maneuvering your way through mangroves, fighting the current of the river, hearing peacock cries and spotting eagles on barren trees – all while getting drenched in the rain. It’s an experience you are always going to remember.

HIGHLIGHTS : Camping in evergreen forests
> Kayaking in backwaters
> Pottery class
> Traditional lunch by the river

COST INVOLVED : The per person cost is Rs 21,000 but a discount of Rs 2,000 is being offered. The price after discount would be Rs 19,000 per person (on twin sharing basis).

Included:
Pottery workshop
Yoga sessions
Kayaking
Meals as mentioned above

Not included :
Casino entry
Airfare

ITENIRARY : DAY 1

Arrival at Goa Airport. We drive to POPPALWADI, GOA (two and a half hours from the airport). Located 600m above sea level on the Goa Karnataka border, we check in a unique homestay in the Western Ghats run by white-water specialist John Pollard and his wife Sylvia Kerkar, a pottery artist. A little bit mysterious, you are unlikely to find another place like this. Surrounded by streams, natural grassy peaks, forested valleys and gorgeous waterfalls, the homestay guarantees surreal detachment from the outside world.
Eco-friendly, small, organic, rustic and ultra-low impact, the camp has adapted well to its remote environment. Stay in teepee tents with attached bathrooms or airy rooftop rooms with sit-outs. In the absence of nearby shops, the camp grows as much food as they can. After a lavish spread retire into your tent/cottage or witness the star-spangled sky.

DAY 2

Start your day with a powerful yoga session followed by a healthy breakfast. Into the Wild : Explore the natural wonders around. Don’t forget to carry your cameras as you will witness some spectacular views, great photo ops we say. Birding enthusiasts can observe the beautiful feathered creatures, document what you see and enjoy with fellow birders.
Get Creative :
The owner, Sylvia Kerkar, also a pottery artist offers a basic pottery workshop. At her workshop, muddy hands soothe your soul. Try your hand at making and decorating your own pots. Some more soul searching...
Evening at leisure.
Bonfire, dinner and a night full of fun.

DAY 3

Early morning walk into the wilderness, explore the mossy trails that weave through peaceful woods. After breakfast, we leave for Panjim. Check into the resort (rest for a while and gear up to explore the beach beauties, soft golden sand, craggy coves, herb-scented slopes, visit bars, cafes, gastro pubs and restaurants, both the spanking new and the classics and take in a bit of Goan history.
For a glimpse of the grandees : Take a peek into the gorgeously detailed Palácio do Deão . A plataial house, sitting by the Kushavati River in the town of Quepem, is far from the tourist laden Goa. Built in 1787, owned and restored by Ruben and Celia Vasco da Gama, the house retains much of its former grandeur, with magnificent collections of antique furniture and porcelain. e mansion is built in an unusual style of architecture and has an interesting blend of Hindu and Portuguese cultures. Sample a taste of the grandee way of life with a full Indo-Portuguese meal prepared by Celia and served in a dining hall with ornate seating, overlooking the river.
Blissful beach yoga : Enjoy the sounds of the sea and the warmth of the sun while practicing yoga. Think rotisserie chicken, shawarma, Thai green curry, pepper steak sandwiches, thin crust Sicilian pizza and dim-sum and what usually comes to mind is a food court in Singapore or a street in lower Manhattan. Surprisingly you don’t need to travel that far to taste all this and more—they are served piping hot and fresh right here in the Goa flea markets. We will visit Goa’s spruced up beach shacks and flea markets.

DAY 4

Breakfast
Embark upon a KAYAKING expedition into the beautiful rivers, backwaters, mangroves and along the coast of Goa. Immerse yourself in the serenity of Goa’s water life, starting paddling at sunrise, going through mangroves and then upriver to visit and pass through various fishing villages. Witness Goa’s abundant bird life up close!
Lunch and Beach/market visit.
Blissful beach yoga : Enjoy the sounds of the sea and the warmth of the sun while practicing yoga. Gamble the night away on a casino cruise : Spend the night playing roulette, drinking beer and listening to live music.

DAY 5

Breakfast
Check out and leave for airport

CONTACTS : To know more write to: travel@urbanmonk.com
Or call: 9873137137/ 9818635389/011-41016504


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