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“Completely rejuvenating stay”

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Atithi Parinay Homestay
Ranked #4 of 38 Ratnagiri B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 8, 2013

We stayed at Atithi Parinay for 3 nights and the stay was completely rejuvenating. Medha and Vasudha tai are the host par excellence. The other members viz. Renne, Dipesh, Rupali, Manjiri and Asmita make your stay very pleasant. The atmosphere is very peaceful and refreshing. The morning walks, homely breakfast, drive along the sea coast from Kotavade to Ganapatipule and cool evenings were the highlights of our stay. We are certainly looking forward to our next visit to AP.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

Atithi Parinay was a pleasant surprise as one enters this cozy home full of nature, nature & nature. Where the originality of the landscape was maintained intact. Everywhere one finds abundant trees exuding pleasant aroma, flowering shrubs and shrubs bearing nascent pink colored pineapples. On top of this the stone carved vases filled with water and floating colorful flowers spread all around always draw your attention. The courtyard well prepared with uniform coat of cow dung and people working on kulith / Kulage beans takes you to the era of black & white cinema or what we had heard from our grand parents of the golden era they lived in. The natural touch imparted to dining space with unique wash basin is admirable. Never the less the quality of breakfast and dinner served by team members and leadership always kept us high with atithi devo bhav feelings. The feeling got further enhanced when we were served with raw jack fruit preparation in the dinner on request.
The big glass windows over wash basin in the wash area makes one feel in close proximity to the nature, further the design of cow dung coat on the floor and cow dung coat finish of the window surrounds are the well conceived ideas one will always remember. I see a tremendous potential in the leadership of Atithi Parinay to nurture similar innovative projects. I have made little recommendation to the leadership with regard to the beautification of the cottages so as to make them elegant and at the same time to make arrangements for guests to enjoy Aare Ware beach in totality.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

This was my first 'home stay' experience and Atithi Parinay surely brings out the 'Home' from the home-stay for you! Its been almost a week that i've returned back from my trip (9 days exactly) i still remember the sweet jackfruit smell. Equally serene is Kotawade and the vadis (villages) around :) If you are looking for a short break, want to unwind or beat the stress of workdays in a healthy way, this is the best place. Apart from a beautiful garden/farm of its own, Atithi parinay is nestled in the interiors of 'rural konkan', which gives you an option of taking a walk or a hike around to check out the mango, cashew nut or the Arecanut plantations; or visit a virgin beach hop-skip-jump away. Stay and food is as good as the people around. Warm and hospitable!
I bet it would be a wonderful and different experience to stay here during peak rainy season (if the hosts allow though) :)
One suggestion that i could make is maybe if they can put up few bicycles on rent (or a per-day charge) for the occupants. Saves fuel, saves environment and a peaceful ride!

Room Tip: Havent had a chance to stay, but i feel the tree house would make the most exciting stay!
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Yes, we re-discovered the magic of nature at Atithi Parinay, a charming homestay maintained within a family farm (owned by Medha Sahashrabudhe and her mom). Not far from the commercial town of Ratnagiri and the holy-beach town of Ganapatipule, the farm encloses mango orchards, coconut groves, vegetable gardens, etc and even a quaint brook at the bottom of the farm. Bird calls and the sound of the breeze blowing through the trees were like music to our urban noise-dazed ears while the greenery was a comfort for the eyes. At night, crickets sang lullabies. We could take short walks inside the farm or longer ones in the surrounding countryside. The place was recommended to us by Dilip Aklekar, owner of another fantastic homestay in Sawantwadi.

Security was our foremost concern - AP earns a perfect 10 on that. The place is very safe and secure. Even though mom and I were the only guests for the four days of our stay, still they would light up the entire area at night so that we never felt uncomfortable in the dark. The service staff (especially Rupali and Dipesh) were always around (but never disturbed our privacy) to help with anything. AP had also arranged for driver-guides who drove us to various nearby attractions with great care.

Highly recommended for female groups, especially single travelers.

We stayed in one of the cottages. There are a couple of tents and a tree house too (you have to ascend a narrow ladder to reach it). Cottages and tents reasonably roomy; the single-room tree house slightly tight. Toilets/bathrooms well-fitted. We found everything very well maintained and clean.

AP serves only vegetarian food, which may put off non-vegetarian eaters, but the variety of dishes and tasty cooking did not allow me to rue the lack of meat/fish dishes. Was really touched by their concern and kindness when I informed that my mother needed a different diet on a particular day related to some religious ritual. Every meal hour is overseen personally by Medha or her mom.

Note: Being a farm land, the place is rather undulated, which may be a problem for people with walking difficulties. Also not suitable for wheelchairs. Not recommended for people who prefer room service and television in rooms, or like touristy locations with shops, attractions and easy access to local transport.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Our experience began on the train. Our host medha was tracking our train & called us to let us know the arrival time . We were welcomed by vasudhatai & smiling staff with a refreshing kokum sherbet. We then went to our rooms & foundthem to beclean ecofriendly &tastefully decorated . The veg food at atithiparinay is delicious , homemade & served with a smile.
Medha & her mum helped us chart out our sight seeing trip ,recommended very good places for our lunch.
All in all we came back feeling as good as new ready to face city life
Would love to go back at the slightest opportunity

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

My wife and I had the good fortune of staying two nights at Atithi Parinay in January. A.P. is located outside Ratnagiri in a beautiful setting and is surrounded by nature. Coming from Mumbai, A.P. provided the perfect contrast to the urban setting of that city. For those traveling by public transportation, A.P. is easily reached by train and a short 3-wheeler ride from Ratnagiri. Medha, the founder and co-owner, is a top-notch host. She arranged a driver and itinerary for us based on what we wanted to see. There are beautiful beaches and interesting architecture within a short drive. Aside from Medha's hospitality, one of our favorite things about A.P. was the food. We had breakfast and supper at A.P., and each meal was home-cooked by a nearby resident. The food was absolutely delicious, fresh, and varied. We stayed in the tree house, a choice we didn't regret. With the windows open, it's practically like sleeping outside in the middle of nature. In short, I give my highest recommendation of Atithi Parinay. If you are looking for a relaxing, rejuvenating, and beautiful stay in rural India, you can't go wrong by chosing this place.

Room Tip: The tree house is great for couples and has great views of the surrounding property.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

We visited Atithi Parinay in February 2013. Its a wonderful place in natural environs with the cottages being well furnished. All the amenities for a clean and comfortable stay are provided in the rooms. The only sounds we can hear through out the day is the music of birds chirping. It was amazing. Excellent service, clean rooms and smiling faces all around. Tasty and lovely healthy Indian Vegetarian meals made to our choice. Medha(Owner) was a great hostess. She took us Bird watching and we had a great chance to see unusual birds.

Room Tip: The Tree house might be difficult for older people and people with children. Cottages are bigger.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Kolagewadi | Near Mahalakshmi Mandir, Ratnagiri 415617, India
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Location: India > Maharashtra > Ratnagiri District > Ratnagiri
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Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Ratnagiri
Price Range: $37 - $42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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Welcome to Atithi Parinay, a home away from home... Tucked away at the heart of the Konkan belt... Located just 15 kms from Ratnagiri and Ganpatipule, Atithi Parinay is a place where you and your family can relax and unwind. We provide you with an ethnic and traditional stay, accompanied by traditionally cooked food. A simple and humble place to live near nature. Go out and explore the untouched beaches of Kotawade or just sit and relax by the river adjoining the property. "Aare & Ware beach is 5 kms from property." We provide our guests with a wholesome experience of living amongst nature and feasting on healthy food. Leave the city behind and come stay in a place spread over 2 acres of lush green land set amidst mango, coconut and banana plantations. We promise to make your stay a memorable one. You come to this place as a guest and leave as our family. Every place and person has a story to tell, come make Atithi Parinay a part of your story. History of our Family and The house Originally called Ganpules, they were once employed as warriors and advisors with the Peshwas, who gifted them a village. They came and settled in Kotawde, but another family laid claim to the land. The Ganpules put forth a proposition that one representative from both sides would burrow in a hole; whoever could last longer would be the true owner. The wily Ganpules stocked up their hole with provisions, outlasted the opponent and got their land back. The Peshwas granted them the title ‘sa-hastra-buddhi’ or someone who had knowledge of both weapons and brains. About Host Atithi Parinay Homestay is Started by Ms. Medha & Vasudha Sahasrabudhe; the Mother - Daughter duo in January 2010. Medha Sahasrabudhe, co-owner and founder of Atithi Parinay, is an interior designer by profession. Starting Atithi Parinay was a mere coincidence. A figment of thought shared between two friends 7 years ago, which turned into a homestay after dedicated years of hard work. Medha’s vision for Atithi Parinay was to create a place where people could experience life in a farm, just as she had during her childhood. She used to spend her holidays in these farmlands, and eventually shifted to Kotawade to bring Atithi Parinay to reality. It is a perfect blend of a rural lifestyle and a peaceful getaway. She educated herself in the field of “Ecology and Environment” from the Ecological Society, Pune, to help cater to the vision. Atithi Parinay has been crafted keeping in mind the sanctity of the environment hence it has eco-friendly living and organic farming at its core. Medha has turned it into a multi-purpose venture, an eco-friendly and ecological hub, a great getaway home and also a source of income for the local farmers. Medha’s enthusiasm and dedication has made Atithi Parinay what it is today. Vasudha Sahasrabudhe is a home maker and the backbone of Atithi Parinay. She is the inspiration and support that has shaped it. With love and dedication, she has made Atithi Parinay warm and beautiful over the years. Her pleasant personality and welcoming attitude makes all of our guests feel at home in an instance. She makes Atithi Parinay the ‘home’ it promises to be. Being a host comes naturally to her, and now, at the age of 61 , she is still helping to make Atithi Parinay an unforgettable experience for all. As medha says, earlier she was her father's back-bone, now she is hers. Atithi Parinay is our ancestral home. It was built as a family house and was used only by family members, until we opened it to our guests in January 2010. We have a dedicated team running the homestay : preparing meals, providing local, logistical assistance, maintaining the farmlands etc. Atithi Parinay was built on Indian values and culture. Little things like removing your footwear as you enter the house or sitting down for meal together etc, like rules of any Indian home, are also followed here. The food is typically of the Kokansatha Bramhan community. Our doors are open to all visitors who would like to share and immerse themselves in the history and tranquility of the house. We also do have a ‘ Vithal’ temple in our premises, built in the 1940’s, which has an interesting story to tell about itself and various other stories waiting to be explored ! Facilities Car Parking : 8 Cars Doctor on Call Laundry Available Running Hot Water : 24 hrs Newspaper language : Regional Board Game & Small Library Pickup & Drop from Railway Station And Bus Stop at extra cost Network accessible : Vodafone, Idea, BSNL, Airtel Inverted / Generator backups; last for 5-6 hours only. There is no TV facility on the Atithi Parinay property. pets Allowed Food / Hygiene Pure Veg Meals - Unlimited Thali System Breakfast : 8.30 am to 9.30 am Lunch : 1.15 pm to 2.15 pm Dinner : 8.00 pm Tea : 8.30 am to 6 pm Please note : there is no room service in Atithi Parinay Towels or bed sheets will be replaced after every new guest. Smoking & Consumption of Alcohol is strictly not allowed in the rooms or premises A typical day Upon arrival , our guests are greeted with cool refreshing glass of homemade ‘Sharbat’ (Juice). Once you settle in, your day typically begins with some yoga and meditation with the rising sun. If you aren’t an early riser, you could just wake up , take a walk dream the stream or a stroll in the farm and then gather for breakfast at around 8:30 am. How you want to spend you daytime is upto you, There is ample space for outdoor activities and games. You could go swim in the river, relax yourself on the hammocks, get a fish pedicure, play board games and puzzles or just find a cozy corner and finish the book that you brought along. Lunch gets served at 1 pm in the dining area, where all guest’s sit down together for the meal. ... more   less 
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