Overview

Recommended for Age Group 10 - 16 years.

Most people associate Goa with beaches, but there lies an unexplored sphere of biodiversity at the heart of Goa as well. The Western Ghats are home to a variety of birds and animals conserved in many Goan sanctuaries. The pockets of greenery, interspersed with elements of local culture make Goa a fascinating place to visit for your introduction to nature.

With divergent habitats, varying altitudes, and variety in the type of soil, Goa is home to a diversity of forests, from mangrove trees crowding muddy river banks, to open scrub jungle and sub-tropical hill forests. Among this magnificent flora, a plethora of different species of wildlife can be found, including Indian Gaur, Indian Giant Squirrels, Slender Loris, Leopards, and Sloth Bears. Plus, with over 400 species of birdlife to find, there’s certainly something for every wildlife lover in Goa. From the incredibly elusive Frogmouths to the rather colourful Kingfishers, there’s a lot to be discovered in Goa in the way of birdlife, so be sure to pack your binoculars and camera equipment to observe and get some great shots of these wonderful birds.

Our new Young Rangers Program focuses on combining experimental learning with fun, as we encourage students to explore, learn, and conserve. Come, explore a whole new Goa with us this summer!

Book 120 days prior to the departure date and avail Early Bird Discount of upto Rs. 3,000.

Additionally, avail Group Discount of Rs.1,000 per student for a group of 8 students or more.

6 Nights 7 Days Available on request
Highlights
  • A “Students’ Special” departure
  • Pune to Pune escorted trip
  • Explore the trees, forest trails and the various tales they have to tell!
  • Learn about the world around you
  • Interpret mammal and bird alarm calls
  • Hands - on experience through nature - oriented activities
  • Learn what the tracks and signs in the forest mean
  • View wildlife documentaries and slideshows to get in-depth insights about the forests
  • Enjoy a relaxing dip in a natural spring pool
  • Learn more about the flora and fauna through fun, nature-based games
  • Introduction and hands-on experience of stargazing
  • Explore the regional birdlife through nature trails
  • Visit to Spice plantation and Butterfly Garden
  • Practical lessons in pottery-making, weaving bamboo baskets,  making coconut mats, etc.
  • Safaris to explore the natural wildlife of Bondla
  • Knowledge-sharing sessions to discuss the regional flora and fauna
  • A Cook-Your-Own-Food experience at the resort followed by barbeque
  • Visit to Old Goa Church near Panjim
  • Authentic Goan Boat Cruise on river Mandovi
  • Fun quiz at the end of the programme on all the places visited
  • Travel Insurance for every participant
Itinerary

Day 1 : Pune - Londa
Assemble at the Pune railway station. Board the train at 2310 hours. Overnight train travel.

Day 2 : Londa - Goa
Have breakfast onboard. Arrive at Londa Railway station at 0840 hrs and proceed to Goa by private vehicles. Check in to the resort by lunch. Post lunch, an introduction session followed by a slideshow about wildlife & forests of Goa. Visit to the 13th century temple at Tambdi Surla. A nature walk along a stream gives you your first introduction to the endemic flora and fauna.
Post evening tea, screening of a wildlife documentary followed by a knowledge-sharing session. Overnight stay at Goa.
(Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea & Dinner)

Day 3 : Bondla wildlife sanctuary - Session on astronomy & star gazing
Post breakfast, head out on a morning trail to Bondla wildlife sanctuary, followed by visit to the zoo. Explore the spice plantation & butterfly garden on a guided tour and return to the resort for lunch. Post lunch, free time for a dip in the spring pool followed by nature-based games at the resort. Evening session on astronomy and stargazing. Overnight stay at Goa.
(Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea & Dinner)

Day 4 : Learning program at resort - Jungle Safari
Early morning nature trail to the nearby areas, to explore the local birdlife. Post breakfast,  sessions on wildlife Camera Trapping. Hands-on experience in local arts and crafts like pottery making, bamboo baskets making, coconut mats, bird boxes etc. Post lunch, explore parts of forest on evening safari. Post safari, a knowledge-sharing session with the group in the evening to know more about the wildlife seen so far and a discussion on various aspects related to wildlife conservation and protection. Post evening snacks, we have a cook-your-own dinner session at the resort followed by a barbecue. Overnight stay at Goa.
(Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea & Dinner)

Day 5 : Bird recording session - Boat Cruise in River Mandovi
Early morning wake-up call followed by a bird-recording session. Post lunch, transfer to Panjim, and visit the Old Goa Church enroute. Time to experience the typical Goan culture on a Boat Cruise in River Mandovi! Have dinner in Panjim. Overnight stay at Goa.
(Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea & Dinner)

Day 6 : Camp Closing Ceremony -  Londa - Pune
Wake up-call followed by breakfast. Enjoy camp closing ceremony and have lunch. Post lunch, proceed to Londa by private vehicles. Board the train at 1730 hours. Dinner onboard. Overnight train journey.
(Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 7 : Pune
Reach Pune railway station early morning at 0250 hours.

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • SL non AC railway fare from Pune to Londa and Londa to Pune.
  • Accommodation at Goa in non AC Eco Cottages on quadruple sharing basis.
  • All meals starting from breakfast on day 2 to dinner on day 6.
  • Charges for local transport in Goa.
  • Charges for all the activities mentioned in itinerary.
  • Entry fees - wherever applicable.
  • Travel Insurance for every participant.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Mineral water bottle / cold drinks during journey or at the campsite.
  • Personal expenditure of any kind. (Porterage, Telephone, Laundry, room service etc.).
  • Medical Expenses if any / if incurred.
  • Expenses that are incurred due to reasons beyond the control of the organizers.
  • Any other charges not mentioned in “Charges Include”.
  • Goods and Services Tax as applicable.
Offers
Use any one code to avail this offer
- Save Rs 3000 for camps by Train
- Group of 8 or more & Save Rs 1000