Blue eared Kingfisher Photography Tour

 A picturesque treasure trove nestled in Abloli. This peaceful hamlet is part of the beautiful Kokan region, around 30 kilometres from Guhagar and 45 kilometres away from Chiplun Railway Station. Distinct from other AgroTourism, Garva offers its guests scenic vistas to wake up to, stretches of panoramic vistas to explore, a variety of flora and fauna to acclimate yourself to and unmatched hospitality, catering to your every need as a traveller and an explorer. The unique sense of cool and calm that will encompass you once you enter the haven of Garva Agro Tourism just 500 metres from the main road, is unparalleled. This expansive farm is laden with tall trees of Coconut and Betel Nut, creating that perfect summer ambience necessary for a relaxing journey. Regardless, this amazing destination can be enjoyed throughout the year. Whenever you’re considering a retreat focused on AgroTourism, make sure Garva is on your list!     

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Nearest Airport
Mumbai Airport
Wildlife Sighting Index
9/10 for Blue Eared Kingfisher
Beauty of Forest Index
8/10 Beauty of Forest
Standard of Infrastructure Index
6/10 for Stay & Amenities
Bookings Open
60 Days in Advance
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Fauna of Garva Agro Tourism

The rustic cottage is located on a local farm in the middle of a large campus amidst the verdant trees of turmeric and betel nuts. The master of this pleasant location, Sachin Karekar, is a bubbly, helpful person who’s always bustling around making sure the guests are well accommodated and satisfied. The family has personally decorated the guesthouses with native aesthetics and a supreme ambience. Mr Sachin also personally escorts guests along the vibrant nature trails available around the property. Terming himself as a pioneer of Bird watching, the master of the house will tell you about the 176 species of birds found in the encircling forests as he helps your tour around. The Blue-Eared Kingfisher, one of the most well-known and vibrant birds in the Indian Subcontinent, is also readily seen perched on tree branches and river beds in the area. Despite his role as a guide being secondary, Mr Sachin has ample knowledge about the various flora, plantations, animals and especially the avifauna of the area. You can look forward to a thrilling excursion amongst the tall trees while at Garva. The dense jungle surrounding Kokan has quite a diverse variety of birdlife. Some popular ones include Indian Scops-Owl, Jungle Owlet, Brown Wood-Owl, Common Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Black-backed Dwarf-Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Bee-eaters, Rollers, Allies, Green Bee-eater, Indian Roller, Barbets and Toucans.

  • Little Cormorant
  • Indian Cormorant
  • Intermediate Egret
  • Little Egret
  • Cattle Egret
  • Indian Pond-Heron
  • pond-heron sp.
  • Black-winged Kite
  • Oriental Honey-buzzard
  • Crested Serpent-Eagle
  • Changeable Hawk-Eagle
  • White-eyed Buzzard
  • Montagu’s Harrier
  • ShikraAsian Koel
  • Banded Bay Cuckoo
  • Gray-bellied Cuckoo
  • Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo
  • Common Hawk-Cuckoo
  • hawk-cuckoo sp.
  • Common Cuckoo
  • Small Minivet
  • Orange Minivet
  • Large Cuckooshrike
  • Black-headed Cuckoo
  • Old World Orioles
  • Indian Golden Oriole
  • Black-hooded Oriole
  • Common Woodshrike
  • Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
  • Common Iora
  • Brown Wood-Owl
  • Hoopoes
  • Eurasian Hoopoe
  • Indian Gray Hornbill
  • Malabar Gray Hornbill
  • Malabar Pied-Hornbill
  • Common Kingfisher
  • Blue-eared Kingfisher
  • Black-backed Dwarf-Kingfisher
  • Stork-billed Kingfisher
  • White-throated Kingfisher
  • Pied Kingfisher
  • Green Bee-eater
  • bee-eater sp.
  • Indian Roller
  • Barbets
  • ToucansTickell’s Blue Flycatcher
  • Verditer Flycatcher
  • Indian Blue Robin
  • Malabar Whistling-Thrush
  • Ultramarine Flycatcher
  • Taiga Flycatcher
  • Red-breasted Flycatcher
  • Ficedula sp.
  • Black Redstart
  • Black Drongo
  • Indian Scops-Owl
  • Jungle Owlet
  • Drongos

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Garva Agro Tourism Overview

This expansive farm is located on the fringes of the dense forests of the Kokan region, 15 km from Hedvi. The scenic destination offers a front desk and room service. Inside this resort, there are 4 spacious, well-equipped cottages with separate rooms, balconies and porches looking out to the surrounding greenery. Amenities like wardrobes, hot and cold water facilities, scrumptious food, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, medical facilities, parking space and much more are also available. The resort is very family-friendly with trails made for everyone to enjoy. You can enjoy the birds and other fauna on your walks in the forests. The hotel is 27 km from Guhagar and 57 km from the nearest airport. The nearest airport in Hedvi is Pune International Airport. 

Things to Enjoy

There are a ton of things to do while relaxing during your stay like the indoor game setup, the wide parks to play outdoor games and last but not least, the jungle safari. Every morning a Jungle Safari is arranged for the guests where they can satiate their inner desires to explore the forests and their inhabitants. You can also polish your photography and bird watching skills during this excursion. The intimate proximity of nature, the tranquil environment and the distinct lack of pollution and noise make this trip a true wonder. During your visit, you can truly detach from the burdens of city life and enjoy a quaint and soothing vacation in the Kokan forests. Intoxicate yourself with the fresh air, birdsongs, surprising animals and much more.

To respect the family-friendly environment of Garva AgroTourism, other forms of intoxication such as alcohol are prohibited on-premises. The resort also has an in-house restaurant that offers some delicious native delicacies. The Kokan cuisine has been adapted and popularized around the world but tasting these dishes by Kokan chefs in an authentic Kokan restaurant is another ordeal entirely. You have to try the special Modak, Rice Bread, Fresh Alphonso Mango Juice along with the esteemed Kombadi Wade and a wide assortment of seafood like prawns, fish, and crabs freshly fished from the sea. Most of the dishes are served with the Kokan appetizer known as Solkadhi. Ghavan Chutney, Thalipeeth-Amboli and Onion Potato Poha are just some of the delicacies you’ll be served as soon as you wake up in the morning.

In conclusion, a trip to Garva AgroTourism is as much a physical excursion as it is an excursion of your tummy! So make sure to fill your stomach with the local treats. Once you’ve completed your stay in Garva, you can also venture to different attractions nearby. The Velneshwar and Hedvi beaches are just 17 and 15 km away from Garva AgroTourism respectively. Hedvi is famous due to a formation of rock that sits on the beach. There is a large black monolith named Bahman Gal. Its height is 35 feet. You can also visit the temple town of Ganpatipule at around 38 km from Garva AgroTourism and Jaigad fort which is close to the former. 

How to reach Garva AgroTourism

Garva AgroTourism is located around 15 km from Hedvi and is generally well connected to the nearby cities. The nearest airport to Hedvi is Pune International Airport, almost 175 km away. Once you reach Hedvi, you can take a cab or taxi till you reach Garva AgroTourism. For those wanting to experience a long drive, Kokan state buses are functional from Pune, Goa and Mumbai. You can take a taxi to reach the hotel from the bus stop. For those traversing through trains, Chiplun is the nearest railway head. You can take a train ride to Chiplun, and then cover the rest of the 45 km via a rental car, cab or a taxi. 

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