Cocooned in the lap of nature at Talvade, about 12 kilometers from the bustling town of Sawantwadi is the eco-friendly homestay. The Sawantwadi railway station is only 7 kilometers from the home of Dilip Aklekar and his wife Soni. It is part of a 16-acre farm that grows coconut, mango, banana, pineapple and cashew. The 2 rooms on offer at this homestay are spacious, immaculate and spotlessly clean. On entering this homestay, one will notice the beautifully sculpted idols of the Elephant-God Ganesha bestowing its blessings from every nook and corner of the house. Needless to say, the hosts are ardent devotees of Lord Ganesha.
Dilip Aklekar is a widely-traveled man. He once used to own a textile mill in Coimbatore. His work took him to several countries in Europe. Dilip has been following green practices at homestay- be it organic farming, vermi-composting or the bio-gas plant that he has set up here. There are plenty of options for a guest to do in and around this farm stay. One could watch the field being ploughed by an ox, go bird watching, take a bullock cart ride, or go cycling in the countryside. Besides, Dwarka also houses a dairy farm. There are 20 cows of different varieties, out here. If a guest is interested, Dilip Aklekar would be glad to allow him or her to participate in milking a cow. Vengurla; a small town that has a thriving cashew and fishing industry happens to be only 13 kilometers from Dwarka.
The main draw of Vengurla is the pristine beach of Sagareshwar. The crystal blue waters here are clear and inviting. It is safe to go swimming here. While in Vengurla one could pay a visit to the Vengurla Fruit Research Centre where new experiments are being carried out on fruits like mango and cashew. This homestay is more than your run-of-the-mill holiday. As anyone who has been here will tell you- itâs truly an out-of-this-world experience.
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