Maachli Farmstay is nestled amongst the plantations and river in a serene town in Goa. Far from the hustle and noise of the parties. A Goa that is different from our imagination.
Parule, Vengurla, Maharashtra, India.
We visited Maachli in August 2019 for 3D2N. The place is best to visit at any time of the year. It has different things to offer during different seasons.
Maachli is featured on Lonely Planet, Outlook Traveller, CN Traveller, Tripoto, Travel Triangle, etc. If you still want reasons to visit Maachli, read below.
In olden days, farmer’s houses were called Maachli. These cottages are built keeping those in mind along with a modern twist of architecture in it.
Maachli’s holiday concept includes hidden getaway, micro climate (always pleasant because the cottages are situated in the plantations!), slow holidays and unwinding with the nature.
I cannot stress enough on how important this is with the current situation of our planet. Can you believe, the Samant Family has not cut a single tree while constructing these 6 cottages?! It is a commendable job and a fine work of architecture!
Water from a nearby stream is used for all the activities in the property.
Use of plastic and cement is extremely minimum. The bridge, utensils, soap container etc are name od bamboo shoots, coconut, wood etc.
The only sound you will get is of the birds and cricket chirping, winds playing music with the leaves. Parking and roads are almost a kilometer away from the property, ensuring no smoke and air pollution!
The Pottery community now in the village has only one active potter left. The same potter has started getting enough earning through pottery classes.
80% of the staff is women. They have generated employment opportunities for the locals.
Maachli has made a difference in the micro economy of the village. There is a remarkable growth in the daily requirement of grocery, vegetables, fruits and fish and there is a healthy competition among the local suppliers to supply the best.
Things to do in/around Maachli
Please note for these costs to be valid, at least two people are required.
After breakfast, we started our day with the Plantation Tour. We saw a plethora of flora and fauna. Teak trees, Beetle Nut trees, Alphanso trees, Teak tree flowers, many medicinal herbs, Kadam tree – said to be Lord Krishna’s favorite tree below which he used to play his flute and many other plants and trees along with a mini trek.
(INR 200 per person)
Hike towards Bhogwe beach
Yes, you read it right. We hiked between and on two mountains to reach the Bhogwe beach! A serene unexplored and there were almost 10 people on that beach!
Ideally, a hike takes an hour. Considering our speed and halts for photos, we took two hours (almost 6kms).
We saw the different landscape and vegetation – ranging from grasslands, volcanic lands, dense jungle and crossed a river stream in between! This was the highlight of my trip!
(INR 200 per person)
Atop Killeniwati Beach
We left in an auto to see the brach from a mountain top! There was a small fort on the top said to be Shivaji Maharaja’s.
(INR 200 per person – this cost is of an auto ride and him waiting for you for an hour or two at the beach)
We descended from the top, took stairs to the Killeniwati beach. This beach was even less populated compared to Bhogle beach! There was literally no one for an hour till the time we got the company of some fishermen who left to catch some food for themselves and others.
A river flows by right outside the cottages. You can get a free pedicure done right there in those clear waters where you can see the fishes running towards your dead skins.
(INR – some best things with nature come without any cost, we, in turn, have to ensure to not ruin/pollute them)
You can learn pottery here from an original a traditional potter. We could not experience this since the potter was sick. This experience also depends on the climate – it is dicey in monsoon.
(INR 300 per person)
Boat Ride and Mangrove Walk
Boat ride in backwaters of a place called Korjai (~INR 1000)
Mangrove walk on Karli backwaters in Korjai which is 7kms from Maachli.
Maachli serves traditional malvani / Konkani food. They have amazing options for vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.
Everything is organically grown and sourced. We could feel the food’s freshness while consuming it!
They have a fixed menu and no al a carte. We have had amazing surprises during all our meals. We have had the chance to eat usal, breadfruit fitters, karela and jaggery vegetable, mustard leaves vegetable, ghavan, vali vegetable, roti, rice, solkadhi, sweets, etc!
What to pack?
Ensure you carry sufficient mosquito repellent since you will be staying amidst a jungle. We smartly forgot ours. Maachli provides mosquito repellent incense sticks which were sufficient for a day when we were relaxing in our cottage. We purchased some tubes before leaving for the activities around.
Water bottles – Ensure you carry refillable bottles to avoid plastic pollution
Sunscreen, umbrella, hat and sunglasses for a trek. I would suggest wearing flipflops, if you will be comfortable for the trek since you will be crossing a river stream and then relaxing on – beach. Now that I think of the terrain, flipflops too would have been comfortable – our host Mr. Prathamesh was wearing the same.
Beach hat and an extra pair of clothes when you visit Killeniwati Beach.
Maachli provides basic soap and towels. Remember to carry other toiletries.
How to reach Maachli?
By air- Goa airport is The nearest airport which is 120 km from Maachli
By road- Buses to Kudal run frequently. You can check the options on Goibibo / Redbus.
By train – There are various trains available from Mumbai and other places too. We too Jan Shatabdi while reaching and Konkan Kanya while leaving. The nearest railway stop is Kudal. Kudal and Malvan are 20km from Maachli. We booked our tickets on irctc.com
Rates, FAQs and Contact details
- You can check the rates here
- You can call them directly – Prathamesh Samant (Mobile) +91 9637333284 (Whatsapp)+918605556937 / Pravin Samant (Mobile) +91 9423879865 (Whatsapp)+91 9405925260
- firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
- You can read other FAQs about Maachli Eco Stay here
I would like to thank Samant Family for hosting me and Aishwaryaa. The hospitality and warmth offered by the team was extremely commendable and unforgettable.
This is a sponsored post but the opinions are completely mine.
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