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All reviews wood fire castle rock beautiful drive nearby waterfall makes this place hot water camp fire a wonderful stay the main house the river trekking options great opportunity fellow guests two nights city slickers nibbling fish john
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Reviewed March 9, 2019 via mobile

Off the grid provides a great opportunity to be without internet and phone signal and enjoy guided treks, search for tigers, great food and the hospitality afforded by John.
We were there in March ‘19 and I’d recommend using the train from Margoa to Castlerock as the direct route ‘In’ is closed for major road works - but John or Sylvia can update you on this.

Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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johngoarafting, Owner at Off The Grid, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2019

Thank you very much for your review. we are pleased you enjoyed your stay....you really got into the spirit of a digital detox.
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

We had four wonderful days here looked after hand and foot by the wonderful Kolhi and staff. They could not do enough for us. You just had to raise your eyes from your book (sitting under the flowering trees and surrounded by birdsong) for Kolhi to be offering you tea, or hot water for your “bucket bath”. Incidentally life is off the grid for the staff too so all the excellent cooking and washing and heating of water is done on wood fires. They deserve five stars for their hard work from 6 am to 10 pm. And then they also took us on treks either up into the hills or to the village with its padi fields. You cannot trek alone for safety reasons but we were lucky enough to have the warmest of fellow guests, all peace and wildlife lovers. Incidentally if you are keen on birds and wildlife it may be worth asking not to have the dogs, Skippy and Raja, with you. They are assiduous guards and protect you faitfully from anything that lives in the forest!
Our room in the main house was light and spacious with excellent views over the forest and a sunny sitout though we always sat down in the grounds with the others. Lunch was served down by the river, and early tea, breakfast and dinner under the trees by the house. The food was all good and plentiful ghost stories around the campfire at night were a treat.
And of course there is the very special icy cold forest pool with its waterfall and nibbling fish. It is the loveliest of places to swim for good swimmers as it is deep and rocky but fantastic!
On the last night a change of clientele meant that an impromptu party was held with amplified music, smoking, drunken shouting and flashing lights. So it may not be as off the grid as all that!

Room tip: We The upper rooms have wonderful views but you do share a bathroom
Date of stay: December 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank E A M
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johngoarafting, Owner at Off The Grid, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2019

Hi. Sorry for the late response....just getting the hang of this TripAdvisor thing. Anyway. You surely had a great time and yes Kohli and crew looked after you very well. The place is theirs as they are also share holders in this business, just in case you were not aware so they go the extra mile to encourage the success of this small business. As a result, they have been with us for very many years and when we cannot be there everybody is in good hands.
Yes we are sorry about that night. It was New Years Eve and we have never had a party before. It was not really loud music though but in a quiet place, it did sound. In hindsight, it should have been taken away down by the stream so as to not disturb your peace. But it was still an Off The Grid Party since only a battery charged speaker was used. Actually nobody got drunk but the boys do smoke cigarettes and we cant stop that. There was nothing else though. It was quite harmless. Everyone was well behaved and the staff let there hair down and danced a bit. I can assure you it was all very dignified. However I apologise since i know you and Jim loved the peace and i did promise you there would be no noise even though it was New years Eve but as you said it was a completely impromptu bit of revelry.
Hope it will not stop you returning.
Best.
john

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Reviewed December 28, 2018

It has been sometime since we could escape the daily grind and the first place that popped in my head was OTG about which I had read in some travel piece quite sometime back.

Without a second thought we put the travel plans in place and so it started with a flight to Goa from Mumbai - reached Goa around 12.30 in the afternoon. Couple of days prior to departure, we had requested for transport arrangement from the airport to the property which was duly arranged. We had to switch vehicle near the Goa Karnataka border (Wild mushroom Restaurant) due to the taxi permit. The second leg of the road was slightly patchy near to the property. The ghat travel was bit of a strain. Else 2 hours or so post landing we were in the property - silence except for the bird sound, water flowing around, guard dog barking and such other.

We were shown our room which turned out to be large, spacious with comfortable beds, and a good veranda to walk around with ample sunshine to laze. We were truly switched off - lost all contact with the world as there was no mobile signal and so began our two nights stay. Do note that the whole place is solar powered and so has lot of emphasis in using energy efficiently.

Walked about and got a feel. Planned the next day with the local team - it was to be a trek beginning between 7 -7.30 am - this one we did in an hour but was challenging and so city slickers have to be really prepared for it both in terms of what is worn under the feet - sport shoes appears to be safe and also top clothing for a slight chill atleast half the way up, return and have breakfast - which was really good and a perfect match for the hunger, then relax and went to the nearby waterfall - with good guides. Kim helped my teenage son to swim to the farthest and as a volunteer from the Wales we got an insight into his family linkages to India and how he loves the place. Lunch was a nutritious spread followed with a small nap when my son and wife caught with a relaxed walk around and spent time sitting near a brook on well placed comfortable bamboo chairs which do give the appearance of giving away but are sturdy. We played some badminton later in the evening, engaged with other lodgers followed by good dinner - not to miss mentioning the thin crusted pizzas which were truly yummy. Sound sleep and the next day was another trek of about 2 hours to a nearby village named Aveda - which has 13 or so houses and lot of farm activity. We had to cross a small bridge made of sturdy tree branches which we had never done in all our life. We got a good view of a giant squirrel and some horn bills. This trek was less challenging as it was largely on even surface. Back to the lodge and after breakfast we left by car for Goa.

Don't miss the aromatic local coffee brewed in the local way - called filter coffee. I felt travelling to the resort from Bengaluru or come up by train upto CastleRock station and then travel by road (10km) to the resort would probably be better than approaching from Goa. I was also told that trains are available from Castle Rock station to Goa but most of the times they are delayed and so it appears that going to Goa can only be by road unless one is willing to the take the train delays in their stride.

So off to OTG if you want to switch off and sink your head in some books or look upto the sun and enjoy the breeze in your face or just laze doing nothing.

Date of stay: December 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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johngoarafting, Owner at Off The Grid, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2019

So very happy you enjoyed your stay.......i know what you mean about that coffee.....it smells great in the morning.

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Reviewed December 4, 2018

We spent a restorative 2 nights hear which was not long enough!
The walks were spectacular up the hills and to the local unspoit village.
We were looked after fabulously with everything cooked on the fire - including the hot water.
The sounds of the river and birds lulled us to sleep and woke us in the morning. Everything was tranquil, unhurried and close to nature. So good for the soul!
Take midge repellant!

Room tip: Glad we chose the room above the house rather than the hut close to the river - airier, dryer and fewer midges
Date of stay: November 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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johngoarafting, Owner at Off The Grid, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2019

Alison......if 2 nights was not enough then just come back......real soon.
best.
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Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

After a long flight from London I was picked up at Goa airport by a car arranged by John and Sylvia and began the beautiful drive to Castle Rock. All travel weariness disappeared immediately upon arrival at Off the Grid... Warm greetings and my first delicious cup of masala chai... It felt like coming back to somewhere I had been before.

Sleep came very easily - my bed in the tipi tent was very comfy and hearing the stream nearby was the perfect lullaby! To wake up in the morning to the sounds of the birds was a pleasure, and I realised quickly that this was a preferable alarm clock to the one on my phone! The next couple of days was spent trekking in the incomparably beautiful Western Ghats, trying my hand at Sylvia’s pottery wheel, swimming in the picture perfect waterfall just near the house and chatting to fellow guests around the camp fire (for me as a solo traveler just beginning my Indian adventure this was a real highlight). Meals were delicious and generous, and the communal atmosphere at these times was at its strongest!

Sylvia and John have created an incredibly special home in his beautiful jungle oasis, and then kindly opened their doors to the world... I feel very fortunate indeed to have been welcomed in. A unique experience, and one that I would highly recommend.

Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Traveled solo
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johngoarafting, Owner at Off The Grid, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2019

Jessica....we also feel fortunate............that we really get such lovely guests like you. Our property just seems to throw up the right people for us to host.
Hope to see you again soon.
best.
john

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