Trek to Ravon Dongor
This mountain overlooks the village and has a high altitude grassland at an altitude of 800 above msl. the mountain winds are rejuvenating and the scenery too is breath taking.The possibility of sighting Gaur (Bos Gaurus) is high and the grasslands are home to many species of butterflies.
The waterfall is close to Tudav village at an approximate distance of 3-4 kms fromVerlem village. The trek is through evergreen forests of Western Ghats and trekkers have to negotiate a steep descent after Tudav village. The riparian forests along the stream and waterfall are home to many endemic species of butterflies, birds and dragonflies.
Don Naicho Vazor/Waterfall..the trek to this waterfall is unexplored and is at the confluence of two rivers. on the same route is a pikdapada waterfall, where one can watch the water cascade down the mountain. The evergreen forest is host to various animals including Hump-Nosed Pit Viper and Bamboo Pit Viper.
A must visit at the end of the day to relax and watch the sun set behind the mountains. Locate very close to the village, the site provides panoramic view of the forest clad valley. Do not miss the chance to feel the cool mountain wind blow in your face.
This is the closest waterfall to the village at an approximate distance of 2 to 3 kms. An excellent place to watch butterflies, the bamboo covered stream also holds good diversity of dragonflies and not to mention bird diversity.
One of the most beautiful waterfall around, it can be reached via Netravali as well as from the road that leads to Verlem village. The origin of waterfall is on the Ravon Dongor. The stream is a paradise for butterflies enthusiasts and the pool with its cool water provides an excellent opportunity for a dip.
One of the less explored waterfall which is approximately 5-6 km from the village Verlem the waterfall is blessed with wonderful pool where you can take a dip after an exausting descent. The forest around is a butterfly and bird lovers paradise.
The village has many temples, with Ravalnath being the main deity. There are temples of Chandreshwar - Bhoothnath, Mahishurmardini, Kalika, Shantadurga within a radius of 500 m. there is aslo a dev temple who is supposedly the protecting deity of the village. within a trek of 2 to 2.5 km lies the Sacred grove of the village, the Paika-pann or Bhui-jun. this is one of the largest sacred grove in the state and is worth a visit.
Folk Songs and Dance
Goa is blessed with the cultural diversity and folk diversity. Verlem village itself will give you chance to experiance diverse variety of folk dance and songs. Most of these forms are performed during Shigmo festival which celebrates nature and tradition. Guest can seat back and get mesmerised with the rythmic beats of the folk dance forms like Dhalo, Khel, Goph. The beats of Tabla, Tal and sounds of sticks against each other will create music which will take you in the trance of celebration.
Paddy is the main field crop in the village and primarily cultivated in the winter season. Cashew is the main cash crop and one can participate in the harvesting during the month of March - May. The distillation of the famous Feni by the local method is an intriguing process. while the first distil is called Hurrak, the Feni is the second distil. Guests can help the community in tending, harvesting and picking the fruits and ofcourse the joy of eating hand-picked fruits is beyond description.
We provide an authentic village experience . Read on for further details.
Culture, Cuisine and Communities
Walk around the village, cooking with the host, learning handicrafts, working at the farm, walk into the forest
Flora, Fauna and Folklore
Home-stay, bird watching, butterfly watching, waterfall trail, mountain treks, night trail (optional)
Cashew, Coconut and Agriculture
Paddy cultivation, cashew collection and processing, vegetable cultivation, dairy farming, fruit processing. This is a season based and the guest will be exposed to various agro-based activities based on the season that he/she is visiting. Kindly refer the Crop Calendar to choose the season to visit.
Temples & Traditions
Walk around the village, visit to temples , explore and learn about sacred grove in the vicinity of village , participation in local festivals, experiance traditional folk dance and songs.
We recommend a stay of 2-nights/3-days for a meaningful experience. Only vegetarian food will be served but you can speak to your host for non-vegetarian food at an extra cost. Outside the package trips can be organized at an extra cost and depending on availability of local resource person. The initiative is aimed at giving the “guest” an insightful experience but not at the cost of the daily life of the communities. Remember you are “guest” and not a “tourist”.
Includes: Stay, 3-meals(vegetarian), local guiding charges, child below 8 yrs.
Excludes: Travel to and fro to destination, Folk dances, folk songs, trips outside Verlem, non-vegetarian food.