Trip Start Mar 18, 2011
1Trip End Mar 21, 2011
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Madhuram Paryatan, Parule, Vengurla, Maharashtra
It is the stunning view of the picturesque surroundings which puts to rest the frayed nerves of the city-dweller when he encounters this place for the first time. On the first floor which is artfully furnished with modern facilities, there is a covered sitting area open on three sides. The pollution free cool air and the total lack of noise, other than chirping of birds makes one realize what man has sacrificed by dwelling in big cities.
Walk for about five minutes behind the house on a country road, brings you to a small stream, which is fed by rain
The sprawling two acre landscape, situated on an evergreen slope, is densely populated with tall cocoa-nut and betel palm trees, besides a veritable feast for the lovers of plants and flowers. The cocoa plant with its ripe cocoa fruits, mysterious Nutmeg plant with fruits from which we derive the spice with its medicinal properties, various types of Hibiscus (Jaswand) flowers (never thought that many existed), wood-apple trees in full bloom, pepper vines, violet Firecracker/Crossandra (Aboli) flowers, Bread-fruit trees, Sonchafa (Michelia champaca), Kavthi-chapha (Mangolia Pumila), Madhumalati (Quisqualis indica),teakwood trees, beautiful variety of local grass, and many more.
The site is being developed in to a resort which will have the genuine ambience of Konkani Wadi with all the modern facilities. The huts are being made of sloping asbestos roof, well concealed with knitted cocoanut fronds (Zavli). They are called as "Machli"s after the similar structures put up by the farmers in Konkan to stay overnight and guard their farms from the marauding wild beasts and robbers. The interiors will be well furnished for a couple or a small family. There will be hammocks and sitting places for eating and relaxing. Though there will be electric lights inside the Machlis, the outside area will be lit with special lamps, burning oil made from the local Undee tree fruit. This thick greenish oil burns slowly with almost smokeless light. Undi (Calophyllum Inophyllum Linn) oil has many medicinal properties and was used by the local residents, in earlier times, to light up torches to be used for night travel. An ounce of oil would last an entire night.