Nature’s House

Nature is a home for Trees
flowers—fruits and leaves
Nature is a dwelling house for arthropods
Resting and playing in the piece of land
Nature is a social unit for birds
Twinging in the fair weather and flying around
Then why not for you
Dongarmatha

special feeling of being on Top Of The World

Dongarmatha is Mangesh and Shraddha’s labour of love and we are glad that they decided to share it with the world. We just chanced upon it through Trip Advisor when we were looking for a short halt place at Chiplun enroute Goa. It turned out to be the highlight of our trip. The peace and tranquility, oneness with nature, fresh air, hospitable hosts, hot home cooked food and fun activities for kids make this place worth visiting.

Bindu Bhide

Dear Mangesh, Appreciate all your efforts, concern for nature and non commercial approch. I am looking for a slightly longer stay (single person).Purpose of this is to go away from hetic city life , relax, meditate and be a part in nature.Being a staunch naturalist ,I will be using minimum resources with minimum requirements. Kindly let me know if you could work out a package for me with tea / brealfast ,lunch and dinner (pure veg only ,any local food will be fine). Thank you. Best Regards Kiran
Kiran Joshi

Your efforts in conserving the nature and ecology is appreciated. I am looking for a peaceful vacation during May with family – 2 adults, 2 sr citizens and a child for 3-4 days. I would be driving from Pune. Can you work out a package for me? I am open for any day of the week, not necessarily a weekend outing. Thanks.
Advait Lele

Dongarmatha is Mangesh and Shraddha’s labour of love and we are glad that they decided to share it with the world. We just chanced upon it through Trip Advisor when we were looking for a short halt place at Chiplun enroute Goa. It turned out to be the highlight of our trip. The peace and tranquility, oneness with nature, fresh air, hospitable hosts, hot home cooked food and fun activities for kids make this place worth visiting.
Bindu Bhide

Dongarmatha – Nisarg mandir ….. perfect name Visited this place in mid july’13 with my wife. A heaven in other words. Surrounded by nature from all sides. This place is on the top of the hill from where we can have a beautiful view of Chiplun, Guhaghar & the Vashishthi river. The different species of colorful birds, butterflies & flowers around are a simply superb. This place is a bonus for photographers….do not forget to carry you full kit with you. The other best part of this place is the home made, delicious food. The thalipiths, the pohas for breakfast, the usals, the fresh vegetables with garam garam bhakari & ukadiche modak that were server were simply wow. And yes the tea server in bamboo cups, just loved it. There are many places to roam around. But once you reach this place, one will not fell like moving out of this place, its so beautiful. Mangesh , Abhi, Shraddha & Vyum ( Mangesh’s son – called jhampya with love ) are so friendly. They make you feel so comfortable & like a family. And a special thanks to Anant dada & Kashi for taking such good care of each and every requirement. Love you all. Keep it up and carry on with the good work The 3 days spend here were really too less a time. Did not feel like moving out of this place. But finally had to leave with a heavy heart & lots of sweet memories to carry. But the next plan is already made for September. A must visit place. Do not miss it.
Sanket Kotkar

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Why ECO-FRIENDLY?

Eco tourism is aimed at conserving the native bio-diversity, culture, trends and lifestyles at the same time entertaining the visitors in a sustainable manner. It is all about creating a right balance between human needs and natures offerings. Eco tourism also supports the local economy motivating the local community, farmers, artisans, small entrepreneurs to produce. The money transformed from cities to villages can reduce the gap between rich and poor and improve the co-relationship. Conserving the natural environment is what eco-tourism is all about. Be it a bird watching trail or adventure program in an undisturbed, unexplored region. One must not disturb the natural cycle or routine of the eco-system. Eco-tourism gives you an opportunity to self introspect, find out the individual goals in life, discovering new ways to live on mother earth. Eco-tourism is designed to reduce effects of tourism on natural environment.

What is Eco-tourism?

Eco tourism means minimizing impact on natural environment, indigenous bio-diversity, encouraging preservation of habitats for flora and fauna. Re-cycling, Re-using, water harvesting, re-growing plants are integrated in Eco-tourism. A responsible tourist always encourages use of natural products in every aspect of life. A key to sustainable ecological development is to the most natural pace and style of life in yourself.

Do’s

Minimize use of electrical energy by putting off lights, Fridge, AC, etc. when not required. # Carry backs all non-degradable litter such as empty bottles, tins, plastic bags etc. These must not litter the environment or be buried. They must be disposed in municipal dustbins only. # Observe the sanctity of holy sites, temples and local cultures. # Respect people’s privacy while taking photographs. Ask for prior permission before taking photograph. # Use cloth or reusable bags to carry your stuff. Avoid use of perfumes, deodorants which affect the ozone layer.

Don’ts

Do not take away flora and fauna in the forms of cuttings, seeds or roots. # Do not use pollutants such as detergent, in streams or springs while washing and bathing. # Do not leave cigarettes butts or make open fires in the forests. # Do not consume aerated drinks, alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicant and throw bottles in the wild. # Do not tempt the locals, especially children by offering them foodstuff or sweets. Respect local traditions. # Polythene and plastics are non biodegradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be used and littered. As a traveler, you will have an impact on the environment and culture of the place you are visiting. Here are some rules of thumb to make this impact positive!

Guide lines to travel eco-sustainably

Be informed about your travel destination before you visit. Read guidebooks to know about local languages, customs, dressing, eating patterns, etc.. Being receptive to these customs will make you an acceptable tourist & give you an enjoyable experience. Support locally owned businesses during your eco-travels to ensure maximum benefits to the local community from your sending. Avoid use of branded/multinational products which wastes lot of fuel/energy in reaching these areas.

Aware of the Environment

The awareness about nature conservation has increased the chances of Man & Nature to form the symbiosis and exist in this universe for more time. Eco-tourism helps local economy, social goodwill & various environment factors. Every human is an integral part of this ever going process & we all must learn from our mistakes to avoid any negative impact on nature
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