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“What a great camping adventure! Under the stars and by an open fire, how camping should be. Bipin and Pooja worked hard to make it an effortless and thoroughly enjoyable experience, from the delicious food cooked on the fire to the morning nature walk. Thanks guys!”

– Jacqui + family

Overnight Camping

December 2018

Overnight Camping

Camping is one of our favourite communal experiences– a chance to share with others, cook on the fire, sing songs, tell stories and to just ‘be’ in nature surrounded by wildlife, curiosity and adventure. Our campsite is safe, simple, natural, and comfortable. A short walk up a hill and onto a hillock, the campsite is surrounded by beautiful cashew plantation, and is full of amazing biodiversity including an abundance of birdlife and sounds!

There’s a lot to experience around the campsite in the evening, night and morning. At the heart of the campsite, we have a communal campfire space where we build an evening fire to stay warm and prepare our dinner. Everyone can choose a spot to pitch a tent and enjoy the night in the great outdoors. There are toilet and shower facilities at the campsite, to make your experience in the outdoors more comfortable.

In the morning, we take a short nature walk to a beautiful viewpoint, down to a small stream and back via the village– it’s a lovely area to explore.  After a delicious local breakfast provided by our community partners, we say our farewells and head back home, refreshed and recharged!

Our campsite is a great immersive exploratory environment for small groups, students, families, those new to camping and age-old nature lovers. It’s a great experience for a retreat or offbeat celebration. The campsite is a place for exploration, discovery and peaceful existence with nature. Guests are requested to limit the use of technology to emergencies only. As the site has no mobile reception, it’s the perfect excuse to remain off the grid during the camping experience. In the outdoors, it’s a great experience to listen and observe the sounds of nature. We ask that campers respect the quiet surroundings, too.

Our experiences are 100% SAFE: Slow, Adventurous, Fun and Educational. Every experience is led by a professional Wilderness First Aid certified nature guide. COVID-19 precautions are in place to ensure walks are safe and comfortable for all. As a responsible tourism operator, we take things slowly and with care.

Wake up to beautiful views of the Western Ghats.

Season

November thru March

Location

Near Valpoi

Group Size

Private groups of 6+ with advance booking or, join an open group (limited to 8 campers).

Days

Throughout the week (as per availability)

Timing

Day 1 meet at 4:00 pm, Day 2 depart at 11 am

Trail Type

Evening birdwatching walk around campsite / morning walk up a hillock, to a small stream returning via the village

Inclusions

Overnight camping experience, Camping equipment (tents, mats, sleeping bag), meals (evening snack, dinner, morning tea/coffee, breakfast), extra drinking water, Wilderness First Aid certified nature guide (w/medical kit), high-quality adventure equipment (binoculars, field guides, magnifying glasses!), birdwatching walk, morning walk exploring village area, and detailed packing and attire recommendations.

Cost

₹3500/- per adult and kids 13+ / ₹3000/- per child ages 5-12. Kids under 5 are free. Group pricing available for 6+ campers.

Learn to set-up a tent!

Gather round the campfire at night for food, stories and fun.

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Scenic views all around the campsite.

Flow

4:00 pm: Meet and greet. Parking available. Carry supplies up to campsite (~10 minute walk).

4:45 pm: Briefing & orientation

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Tent set-up and snack time!

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Evening birding walk around campsite, sunset and fire set-up

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Fire-cooked 3-course dinner.

8:30 pm – 10:00 pm: Hang out by the campfire, stargaze and chill. If the group is up for it, we can go on a short night trail, too!

10:00 pm – 7:00 am: Sleep!

7:00 am – 7:30 am: Wake up and freshen up.

7:30 am – 9:00 am: Tea/coffee, pack-up tent and enjoy the morning air.

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Nature trail to a small stream.

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Breakfast at local village house.

11:00 am: Goodbyes and departure.

Timings are a bit flexible on a nature adventure– like a river, let’s go with the flow!

FAQs

What should I bring?

Check out the packing list we’ve created. Remember, less is more! All you really need are the basics, and your sense of adventure!

Are there bugs?

We’ll be in the forest, of course there are bugs, and lots of other wildlife, too. Camping is a chance to visit the home of all the forest dwellers so we need to respect all the creatures around! To minimise your interaction (and bites!) from insects, please follow our attire and packing recommendations.

What do we do around the campfire?

Sitting around the campfire is a great way to relax, spend a peaceful evening, gaze up at the moon and stars and chill. We have coolers to help keep beverages cold and also are more than happy to make warm tea concoction. It’s also a fun opportunity to interact with like-minded people in a different atmosphere. Bring a joke, scary story or riddle! If you play an acoustic instrument or like to sing, feel free to invite the group into a small jam session.

What if I hear an animal sound?

Listen closely! Trying to guess what an animal it could be! If you have a recording device, record it! There are small animals that live in and around like porcupines, boar, deer, hare, etc. and often they are nocturnal. If you hear a noise while in your tent, try not to panic! You can switch on your torch to let the animal know someone is there. They will be more scared of you than you are of it, trust us!

What if I have to go to the toilet?

Well, we’ll be out for almost 24 hours, so we do hope you have to use the toilet! There are toilet and shower facilities at the campsite to make your time in the outdoors a little more comfortable. 

I brought lots of snacks, where should I keep them?

Well, as we will be in the wild, it is better to keep food and crumbs to a minimum to not attract unwanted creatures. If you have any food items, we recommend putting them in an airtight container, or, we can help store them overnight so you don’t have to leave anything open in your tent. 

I want to come but no one else I know does. What do I do?

Come join us! If there’s only one of you, then there’s more room in your tent 🙂 Camping is a communal activity — from chores around the campsite to exploring the area around, it’s a great place to spend some solo time or meet new friends.