First posted on February 2008.
Love the outdoors and don’t mind a holiday with an adventurous twist? Then head to the Hermitage Guest House.
Just getting to the farmhouse, located in the Western Ghats in Belagavi district of Karnataka, is an adventure by itself! The village is in the forest range of Londa at the border of Goa and Karnataka.
David knows the area like the back of his hand and will happily educate you on the plants, trees, birds and other inhabitants of the forest. Don’t be surprised if he recounts an adventure about coming face to face with a bear!
There is plenty of walking and trekking, depending on your levels of fitness. We have bikes for hire if this is what you prefer. Cool of with a swim in the late afternoon, and come back to a relaxing drink at sundown with a jolly good dinner to follow!Bird watch throughout the year, wake up to the call of the jungle fowl, and nod off at night to the hoot of an owl. Katrina will identify all our spiders, beetles and ants for you and accompany you on a nature walk.
Get an insight into rural India, as it really is, meet with the local community with a visit to the village. There are no ‘staged’ tribal dances at the Hermitage, or the mandatory backbreaking bullacart rides of the tourist trail.
Your hosts David and Morvarid are middle aged but still young at heart! Katrina has completed her Ph.D in conservation biology and is now busy researching Indian River otters.
It has a little sit-out where you can blissfully gaze into the forest and the mountains beyond.
There is a lot to see if you’re adventurous and curious. Deep inside the Londa range there are 200 bats inside a laterite cave. If you want to skip the batty experience, ask David to take you trekking or on a jeep excursion.
There are several scenic spots where you can sit and relax.
The Kadaba: Built in the traditional style of the area, the Kadaba is a typical village home. Based on a raised foundation of rammed earth, the Kadaba is built of bamboo, wood and mud plaster. Modern western style bathroom, open to the sky, built with bamboo and thatch. Cold running water supplied on tap, hot water available from a ‘Bhum’ located close by in the recreation area. Not electrified (Two young children can also be accommodated in this cottage.)
The Gota: Is a rural cottage, with cool soothing interiors. The floors are locally made red clay tiles, and the roof is distinctive, because of the old recycled, hand made village tiles. There is a modern western style bathroom attached, with running hot and cold water. The Gota is electrified. (Two young children can also be accommodated in this cottage.)
Prices start from 2500 per person with meals.
Other activities also chargeable separately.
The Hermitage Farms, Post Box 23, Nersa Village, Khanapur Taluka, Belgaum District, Karnataka, India 591302
Phone: +91-9341692211, +91-92426-23020, +91 9341998610