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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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

 

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

Special Winter Menu @Chaayos

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Summer are already approaching in Delhi but its never too late to talk about the amazing memories of winter. I always use to crib about the severe winters in Delhi but this time I was travelling so much that I started missing the weather over here. The places I travelled had moderate climates and I use to wonder how the temperature would be in Delhi. I guess its true that when you are away from something you miss it more.

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Anyways! To cut my long story short, this winter was extra special coz of this one place which I’m in love with now.  “Chaayos”

They have these extra tempting winter special menu which will leave you coming back for more. My favourite will be the different options you get in Chai (Tea). Not only their menu but the unique interiors and captivating designs will leave you mum.  

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Would not take much time and straight forward show you the dishes I liked the most and I am so waiting for this years special menu. 

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Cuisines

CAFE , TEA

Opening hours

8 AM to 11 PM

Delivery Timings

8 AM to 10:30 PM

Address

Plot 3, M-66, First Floor, M Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi

More Info

Breakfast

Home Delivery

 No Alcohol Available

 Wifi

 

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

 

Unleashing GOA With GOA UNLIMITED

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You can’t get enough of Goa ever. And I mean EVER…. After spending two years in Goa and exploring as much places as possible, I still feel something or the other have been missed out. Goa has always been my go to place to find some peace and serendipity.

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After staying here and at present visiting this place so often I am in quest of exploring each and every corner of it and making awesome memories with my Goan friends. There is so much to know and explore about Goa that you can’t get enough of it. It is more then those crowded tourist beaches, Tito’s lane, beer and tattoos. There is always something new to discover about it. The culture, traditions, food, language from four different corners of this place and unseen and unexplored destinations. 

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You cannot get tired of exploring Goa, and when you have experts who can guide you through the most unexplored parts of Goa, you simply can’t ask for more. I am talking about “Goa Unlimited” who can be your idle travel partners in Goa. Read the full story here

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JOM JOM MALAY – A MALAYSIAN DELIGHT IN DELHI

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The Five State Menu has been a great experience in Jom Jom. 

In for some authentic Malaysian food, is the the go to place guys! Been there with two of my close friends and had a ball of a time. Beautiful Malaysian influence interior and decor.

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Loved the fact that we had to create our own Sambal. All the ingredients are provided and you have mix them up with the help of a postal and mortar.Coming back to food…. they were serving a special menu from five different states of Malaysia.

Melaka (is a state in Malaysia located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula)

Johor (Johore is located in the southern portion of Peninsular Malaysia. It is one of the most developed states of Malaysia)

Sarawak – (Located in northwest “Borneo Island”, Sarawak is bordered by the Malaysian state of “Sarah” to the northeast, “Kalimantan”, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, to the south, and the independent country of Brunei in the north.)

Kelantan (Kelantan is a rural state in the northeast of Peninsular Malaysia. Kota Bharu, the riverside capital, is home to royal palaces)

Penang (Penang is a state in northwest Malaysia comprising mainland Seberang Perai and Penang Island.)

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– Dishes I loved – 

Appetizers  –

# Kombia – This dish is from the state of “Sarawak”. It is a Spicy Malaysian lamb sliders with wonderful flavours and juiciness. This appetiser was one of my favourite.

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# Sambal Udang Dengan Bola Beras – The was from the state of “Melaka”. A Spicy sambal prawns with steamed rice balls.

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Mains –

# Laksam Kelantan – As the name suggest the dish is from the state of “Kelantan”. Its a Coconut based white laksa (Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup) with seafood, fresh herbs & house rice noodles roll with homemade chilli paste. 

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# Ayam Pansuh – Belongs to the state of “Sarawak” , its a chicken dish cooked in its own juices with bamboo shoot and herbs.

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# Otak Otak – Belongs to the state of “Johor” its a Steamed Chilli lime flavoured fish cake wrapped in banana leaf with fried onion served with sticky rice cake.

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# Laksa Penang – We can recognise from the name that it belongs to the state of Penang and Laksa meaning spicy noodle soup. So it is a seafood base curry soup with zing of Tamarind. 

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Few More Dishes served were – 

# Tauhu Bakar – Crisp silken tofu with shredded cucumber, carrots, chives topped with rojak sauce

# Sarawak Popiah Rolls – Gluten wrappers with Yam, Carrot & curried potatoes.

# Acar Melayu – Sweet spicy Malaysian pickle with nutty sesame flavour served with sticky rice. 

# Nasi Kapur Kunyit – Turmeric & lime scented steamed rice. Best served with Ayam, Kambing, Campuran Sayur

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Cuisines

Malaysian, Asian

Average Cost 

₹1,800 for two people

Opening hours

 12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 7 PM to 11:30 PM

Address

BG 04, Ansal Plaza, Andrews Ganj, Khel Gaon Marg, New Delhi

 

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