Nature’s Nest Eco Resort|A Weekend Getaway

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As a traveller I often find myself in places were I feel this is the best place I visited ever and then the next trip I have another favourite. A travel bug can never have a favourite place, I guess. Its all the unique experiences and memories which stays with you as a life lesson. Living in Delhi since ages and then travelling to Goa quite often because of my work, I have always got the opportunity to live the fast life as well as the slow. Experience the city lights and cut throat game of survival and also the chilled out, easy going and beach loving Goan life. 

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Goa has been my work place & second home since 4 years and I make sure I keep exploring this place. So one fine day me and my friend decided why just beached, lets find out mountains in Goa. After discussing some hot debate came to a conclusion to visit this resort called ‘Nature’s Nest’ which offers many activities along with a eco friendly stay.  

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What an unforgettable experience it was spending time at Nature’s Nest doing various activities which left me spellbound.
The place was a serene beauty, the people were so welcoming and polite

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Nature’s Nest – An Intro

Nature’s Nest is a brain child of three friends ‘Sangam Patil’, ‘Ramesh Zarmekar’ and one more. This Place started in 2008 as a bird watching camp during season. Nature and bird lovers from all around the world would come over here to witness this beautiful phenomena. After a significant 10% to 15% of growth every year, they decided to turn in to a eco resort running 365 days a year along with multiple activities offered by them.

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Nature’s Nest is an eco resort located on the border of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. The resort is located close to Dudhsagar waterfall and the 13th century temple at Tambdi Surla. Nature’s Nest has 18 plus activities to offer. Activities include: Jeep Safari; Night Safari; Treks to Waterfall; Jungle Hiking; Dudhsagar Waterfall Trip; Spice Plantation Visit; Guided Nature Walk; Guided Night Trail; Guided Birding; Fish Spa; Spring Pool; Bonfire; Barbecue; Adventure Activities: Wall Climbing, Wall Rappelling, Zip Fly; Tambdi Surla Temple Visit; Bondla Zoo Visit to name some. 

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The cottages are Goan village house type with ethnic construction style. They have attached bath with hot water facility.Located in an organic farm, Nature’s Nest is a perfect place to experience Goa’s hinterland beauty. The stuff of this resort is the team of local youth who has been picked up and trained to provide best of experience for the guest. 

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Our Journey –

15th August, on a national holiday we also decided to get free from all our work and hectic schedule and take this trip. From my place in Goa, its a 1.5 hours drive to the resort. From Panjim, you need to drive in the Panjim – Ponda road and then Panjim – Belagavi Road. The resort is just before the famous 13th century “Tambdi Surla’ Temple. It was quite a ride. Captivating views, soulful music and me and my friend. We enjoyed every bit of the journey.

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Stay –

We checked in around 1pm. After a traditional Kokum Drink at the reception we headed towards our cottage. Our room remainded me of my granny’s house. That raw touch to it. Huge rooms with limited furnishings. Red floor and wooden furnitures. It was indeed very cozy. Wooden bed with clean sheets and a window from where you would witness squirrels and butterflies hanging around the place. Washrooms were clean and spacious. 

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‘Kunjan’ was the name of our cottage. The pathways were surrounded by huge coconut trees and many other plants. This place is home to many flura and fauna. You would experience typical Goan traditional cuisine. Right from Xacuti to Solkadi, Bhakri, seafood, kismur etc. You will be welcomed with huge buffet of Goan delicacies placed in earthen pots.

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Activites –

  • This was the most fun part and I totally enjoyed it. Not very sure of my physical strength, I was quite impressed with my performance. Right from artificial wall climbing, zip line crossing, flying fox, I did it all.

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  • One of the remarkable activity was a small trek in the evening to a plateau for a spectacular sunset. We couldn’t see it though as it was monsoon and it started drizzling when we reach there. But to our surprise the view was equally mesmerising. The hazy weather, rain drops, peacock singing in the distance and beautiful water streams on our way to the hill top was totally unforgettable experience. Guess what! even I go to check out the one of a kind carnivorous plants.
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small insects gets stuck onto the thorny plants. The plant rolls itself to hunt the insects.

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  • Another activity which blew my mind was the night trail in the jungle in absolute pitch dark to see the Bioluminescent fungi plant. At a particular point we were asked to switch off our cell phone torch and guess what…. We were surrounded by plants which were glowing from top to bottom. It was exactly like radium. These kind of phenomenon occurs in extreme humid and moist conditions. Wish I had a night vision camera 😦
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  • Next morning we we all set for the trek to the ‘Talde Waterfall’. We had to cover a 10 mnts drive and then a 45 mnts trek to the waterfall. Admist of heavy monsoon rain through the jungle we made it to the waterfall. Straight walks to stiff mountain climbing, we had to cross it all. There was also a point where we had to cross a narrow wooden block over a big drain which seperates forest reserve area and Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary.

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It was scary to cross it as you cannot even put your both legs together as it is that narrow. But it was all worth it after we saw the beautiful waterfall. Can you guys imagine how it might feel doing all this in real.

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I am not sure whether my words will do justice to the actual experience I had there.
I was in a happy zone thinking living in Goa itself is so peaceful & calm. But this place changed my definition of peace. My first impression was Woow! and then got little scared as we are not use to living in complete silence & darkness away from everything called urban.
It was a raw beauty. All this left me thinking about the life we are living today in the city happy doing activities like net surfing & weekend parties… and off course the list goes on.

–  Things To Remember  –

  • Its a lot of walk over there so carry comfortable and proper grip footwear.
  • Carry trekking or jogging shoes.
  • Full length pants or joggers for the trek and night walk as to protect yourself from snakes / insects crawling onto you.
  • Carrying a Insect Repellent is must, if your not a person who tolerates insect or mosquito bites.
  • Appropriate clothing for activities like Zip Line Crossing / Flying Fox etc.
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Habanero | A Mexican Delight in Goa

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Yet another hunt for an exquisite eatery in Goa and this time I hooped into Habanero Goa’s first Tex-Mex restaurant. This place offers all three classic, Mexican food, Tex-mex creation and Taxas Influenced American dishes.

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Habanero is a dream project of a couple Griffith David, a native Indian and Elizabeth Bowden David, a US citizen. Spending several years in the southwest of U.S. they have naturally inherited the fun culture and the flavours of the Mexican boarder cuisine. Now, residing in Bangalore from past 6 years, they are well versed with the high energy, fun culture and authentic tastes travellers and residents are looking for.

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Habanero Goa is the successful franchise led by the dynamic brother sister duo, Pooja & Rohan Ghotage. Over the years Taxan and Mexican cuisines have evolved & commingled into what now called Tex-Mex. At Habanero you get the perfect blend of this cuisine. Right from Nachoes, burritos, quesadillas and burgers. Classic drinks like margaritas and sangria go perfectly with this cuisines. They also have a in-house micro brewery from where you can select your own pitcher or small samplers of IPA etc. Live music, dance floor and live sports, all this you can get under the same roof. A family get together or chilling out friends, Habanero is the perfect place. This restaurant has won many coveted awards including ‘Restaurant India 2017’ and ‘The Goan Foodie Awards’

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Few of our favourites were –
*Summer Time Cooler

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*Sesame Lime Shrimp Tostada

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*Grilled Chicken Skewers

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Address

The Milky Way Road, Khobra Vaddo, Baga, Goa

Phone number

022 30151192

Table reservation required

Cuisines

Mexican | American

Average Cost 

₹1,800 for two people (approx.) with alcohol 

Opening hours

 Today  12Noon to 12Midnight

More Info

 

Full Bar Available                        Live Sports Screening

 

Wifi                                                 Dance Floor

 

Live Entertainment                     Serves Cocktails

 

Live Music.                                    Valet Parking Available

 

Table reservation required       Kid Friendly

 

Smoking Area

Habanero Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Artjuna Garden Cafe @Anjuna, Goa

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Anjuna is laid back coastal village on the Arabian in Goa. Anjuna Beach, a sandy cove dotted with palms and black rocks, was a well-known destination among hippies in the 1960s. Today it’s known for its electronic music trance parties & many cafes with sumptuous food.

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Artjuna Garden Cafe is yet another hidden gem in Anjuna, Goa and is all about delicious food from fresh produce, art & craft, boho fashion clothing and bohemian accessories.
Its a brainchild of Moshe & his wife Anastasia who wanted to have a unique space for their handmade leather bags, belts, pouches and jewellery designs. Its been 10 years since then. They are truly inspired by the spirit of India and plan to keep creating beautiful crafts and soul satisfying cuisines.

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Established in a old Portuguese house & has a very cool and calm vibe which will leave you spending hours in the cafe admiring the lip smacking food & beauty of the cafe.
ARTJUNA specialises in Healthy Food, Mediterranean, Lebanese and Israeli Cuisine.
These guys very watchful about their quality of food provided at the cafe.
Only fresh garden produces, seasonal fruits and vegetables, imported herbs are used to prepare any dish.
Top quality products like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, imported Tahini and wild honey is used to provide best of quality.
Vegans! If you looking for a cafe in Goa, you should visit Artjuna

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Lets talk about what we ate –

# BABA GANOUSH – A creamy flame roasted eggplant dish, blended with best quality Tahini. Seasoned with lemon juice, chopped parsley & extra virgin olive oil. It is served with Pita bread. I liked the creaminess of Baba Ganoush as it was very subtle and flavourful.

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# MAZZET PLATE – Selection of Mediterranean flavours, including Greek Kalamata olives, Feta cheese, smooth Tahini, Olive Pate and mixed pickled vegetables. Served with Pita bread. I loved the platter and it was on point with flavours.

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# WATERMELON SALAD WITH FETA – A simple diced watermelon with homemade feta cheese, garnished with basil. One of the best Feta Cheese I have ever tasted.

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# Chocolate Fondant Cake with Vanilla Icecream – After all I ate in the cafe I gave up on ending my day with some dessert. After a while I just scrolled up to the section they kept the dessert and guess what guys!! I could stop myself from eating a little extra. I said to myself, Nicole! you are not having your dinner today, Just have your dessert. But fortunately I am proud of decision to drop dinner & choose my chocolate cake with ice cream. It was indeed a very happy ending 🙂

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Address

Monteiro Vaddo, Near AnjunaFlea Market, Anjuna, Goa

Opening hours

· Open now

Today  7:30AM to 9:30PM
See more

022 30150811

Cuisines

Healthy Food, Mediterranean, Cafe, Israeli
&
Labanese

Average Cost 

₹800 for two people (approx.)

Exclusive of applicable taxes and charges, if any
Cash and Cards accepted

Opening hours· 

Season Time – 7:30am to 9:30pm
Off Season 7:30am to 7:30pm

Artjuna Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Launch Party @The Drunken Botanist

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What a launch party it was…. Right from food  to ambiance..
Music to decor. Everything was on point.
Everybody was so hospitable. Special thanks to Chef for taking such good care of us.
And after watching all the crazy videos of Mr. Drunken Botanist, we finally got to meet this young talent.
Yet another party place to be in Cyber Hub.. but guess what….
IT HAS STOLEN THE SPOTLIGHT
These guys knows the formula very well.

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Highlights were the cocktails
Salmon Pizza & Lichi Basil cocktail was too good
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BUT my favourite is the Pork Belly dish among all. It was one dish, I’m still carrying the flavour in my taste buds.
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And last not the least.. the dessert was superb
It was the perfect Happy Ending of the “Drunken Botanist” story.

Great job guys.

 

The Drunken Botanist Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Laila’s Cafe @Goa. One Stop Shop For Food & Fashion.

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A Sunday well spend with friends and special Eid Menu at Laila’s Cafe. It’s never too late to celebrate any festival so we did the same.

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The cafe will provide you taste of both good food & fashion. She has a boutique in the cafe where you can find beach wear and casual clothing. Love the hippie vibes and the Boho designs. Indulge in shopping and good food under one roof.

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Laila Fathima is a sweetheart. Loves to cook and you will have a lovely time spending at her cafe. She often visited GOA for holidays and fell in love with the place like many of us. Her love for Goa was strong enough to make her leave the corporate career and she finally followed her passion and stared her cafe in GOA. In the beginning she started only home deliveries of Biriyanis and few Hyderabadi specialities. I met her then and now it’s so inspiring to see her in her own cafe.

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She cooks her heart out everyday and serves flavourful dishes. Everyday is a different menu and they serve only lunch.

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It is in the Anjuna Vagator road.

What we ate –

* Mutton Haleem – I tried it for the first time. It has a porridge consistency with mutton and cereals cooked together and then mashed. It’s a healthy & filling dish. Muslims prefer to include in their food menu while fasting to keep them going for the day.

* Mutton Biryani – Biryani was simple yet flavourful.

* Baghaare Baingan – This Hyderabadi dish stole my heart. Peanuts, coconut and different spices cooked to make a thick gravy and brinjal is cooked in that. I loved it. Very spicy and had a unique taste.

* Shahi Paneer – 👍🏼👌🏼

* Chole Masala – 👍🏼👌🏼

* Lachha Paratha – 👍🏼👌🏼

* BangolorianGhee Rice – 👍🏼👌🏼

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Laila's Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kyra Skin Lounge

 

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Kyra Skin & Hair Lounge takes pride in introducing themselves as Beauty and Wellness Studio where you would find beauty and wellness solutions.
They are one of the pioneers in best of the Advanced Beauty Treatments. Kyra proudly shares that they provide complete beauty and wellness solutions including

  • Hair Reduction.
  • Diode N D Yag
  • Alexsandride treatments like – E-Matrix, Ultheera for skin.
  • Hydra Facial.
  • Gentle Yag,
  • Laser Rejuvenation.
  • AHA Peel.
  • Dermalogica.
  • Camera.    And lots more…..

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They have expansion plan to launch 5 state-of-art centres in next 3 years.  They strive to bring about a positive transformation in your life by offering only first-rate treatments in asthetic dermatology and cosmetology for skin and hair. Kyra, is the only laser centre that provides result orianted program in hair reduction. 

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A ‘ BEAUTY DAY OUT ‘ with some gorgeous ladies at “Kyra Skin Lounge” Green Park. Mocktails, snacks & gossips.. it was truly a Girls Beauty Day Out. I felt like a diva
And it was such a pleasure meeting this preety lady Anita Arya. She was full of life. She knows her job and suggested all of us the perfect treatment suitable for each hair & skin type.

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I had so much fun pampering myself all day. Met the expert itself ‘Anita Arya’ Founder of Kyra and learned more about the brand. She suggested me the
Serie Expert Power Mix Hair Spa perfectly suitable for my oily scalp and dry ends.

P.S. – CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM FEED FOR SOME AMAZING SUMMER HAIR CARE TIPS FROM THE EXPERT HERSELF
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SWAD ‘Desh Videsh Ka’

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Yet another day in Delhi exploring yet another new restaurant to explore.
Desi food with a swag.
Nehru Place is another hub for food lovers and the place is definitely in the recommendation list. Simple and cozy place. Creative interiors with modern styling.

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It definitely had a lot of swad and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
Cuisines from different parts of India and abroad under one roof.

 

The Food Talk

Few favourites were –
* Amritsari Chole Bhature – Excellent
* Dahi Bhalla – Excellent
* Tibetan Momos – Average
* Teekha Paneer Tikka – Average (Too much teekha is not my thing)
* Idli Sambar – Excellent
* Indo Italian Dosa – Average
* Ram Ladoo Chaat – Excellent

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**Main**
* Hakka Noodles with Manchurian Balls – Excellent
* Thai Green Curry with Rice – Excellent
* Pindi Chole – Excellent
* Lachha Paratha – Excellent

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**Desserts*
* Gulabi Phirni – Excellent
* Moong Dal Halwa – Excellent
* Matka Kulfi – Excellent

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SWAD - Desh Videsh Ka Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

 

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