For people who haven't explored the awe-inspiring beauty of Maharashtra, it's difficult to believe how pretty it is when they actually come across offbeat places. And it is even more difficult to imagine the existence of resorts that strive to promote local growth through tourism. We got to know about Dongarmatha in Chiplun, and this resort is as unique as its name.
Dongarmatha, as the name suggests, is a resort that's perched on top of the hill. Located in the Ratnagiri district of the State, this eco-resort aims to bring tourists closer to nature, and provide them with amenities that promote sustainable living. When you opt to stay here, know that you will be contributing to the monetary growth of the locals in the distict in more ways than one.
The resort has tried to conserve natural resources by adopting renewable construction materials such as bamboo. Spread across five acres of land, Dongarmatha has eco-friendly semi deluxe rooms for a capacity of three people. Each room has bamboo roofs and cow-dung flooring that inculcates naturopathy. They have attached verandahs that offer stunning views of the Vashishtha river, and the breathtaking valleys. A hammock can be arranged for you on request too.
And in case you thought this is about it, you've gotta read on. Dongarmatha helps you learn new skills like terracotta miniature pottery and pottery painting. Apart from this, the owners love taking their guests on a nature trail that allows you to witness the deciduous forest amidst which the resort is located. With more than 500 unconventional trees and birds, this trail is a delight for everyone who loves spending time with nature and spotting beautiful birds.
The two-hour long walk is quite informative, with the owners making you aware of the flora and fauna, and the vast ecosystem that we often tend to ignore (courtesy-our robotic life in the cities.)
So if you want some time off for yourself, or want to enhance the bond with your fam and friends, or simply learn the art of sustainable living, heading to Dongarmatha eco resort will be one of the best decisions, we'd say.
Shell Out: INR 5,400 per couple includes a scrumptious local breakfast with tea or coffee, an evening snack, and a dinner that's complimentary.
Note: Please confirm your bookings beforehand in light of the Covid-19 Pandemic