I was looking for a place to stay at Chiplun during our 10 day long monsoon road trip of the Konkan region from Bangalore in Aug 2013. Thanks to TripAdvisor, I happened to stumble upon this little gem of a place called 'Dongarmatha'. My wife and I were cautiously optimistic about this place as these days, phrases like 'eco-resort', 'environment-friendly' etc. are used as gimmicks to lure unsuspecting travellers!
All our skepticism was laid to rest once we drove up the steep road to get to the top of the hill. Abhi and Mangesh gave us a very warm welcome. This was a perfect place to stay after a beautiful drive all morning from Mahabaleshwar. The day seemed to be getting better, and we weren't complaining!
One of the first things that will strike you at Dongarmatha is the magnificent panoramic view from the cottage and the simplicity and warmth of the place. The natural light and breeze was very refreshing and seemed to stoke our hunger even more!
After a scrumptious konkan lunch with 'modaks' for dessert, we got chatting with Mangesh. His enthusiasm and passion in setting up this place was really infectious. We unfortunately couldn't get to see the sunset with the monsoon clouds hovering on the horizon. Nonetheless, it was a pleasant end to a wonderful day!
We woke up to the chirping of the large variety of bird visitors early next morning. Mangesh helped identify almost all the species. If birding is your thing, then, this place will keep you on your toes.
A quick visit to the Parashuram temple downhill and a couple of hours of trek into the surrounding forest and stream had helped build quite an appetite. We enjoyed a hearty breakfast atop the next hill (with some more beautiful views!).
We were quite enjoying the fact that we were being pampered by both Mother nature and by the staff at Dongarmatha, with food for the soul and for our hungry tummies respectively!
One of the 'must-try' things at Dongarmatha is the very refreshing herbal tea. This is Mangesh's very own recipe with a blend of local herbs and spices. I am sure that the world will hear more if this tea (named 'Vyom') in time to come.
We had to reluctantly push ourselves to take leave the next morning as we had more miles to cover. But we took with us warm memories, stimulating thoughts and made a mental note to comeback soon.
If you are looking at having a blast with loud music, party and alcohol, Dongarmatha is definitely NOT the place for you! This is where you would want to head to if you love nature, enjoy simplistic and minimalistic living and good food.
Our best wishes to Mangesh, Abhi and the entire team at Dongarmatha. Keep the faith guys and keep the good work going!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Dongarmatha, we are Promoting lifestyle that would help in conserving ecology and maintain balance. ... more less