Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Accomodations: Backwoods Camp, Goa - India
This birding lodge is situated in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats hills in Goa State. Backwoods is comfortable but not for those who like full-on comfort. It is rather a place for those who want to sleep in the heart of the forest and for who nature, particularly birds, are the focus. There are six tents, six cabins and two rooms in a main building. The food, often curries, is really authentic and cooked by locals using local produce. With resident frogmouths, sunbirds, nightjars, owls, kingfishers and woodpeckers, as well as often confiding Black-faced Langurs and Bonnet Maquets, the photographic opportunities are very good, too. Stays at Backwoods are fully guided and the resident guides know where the birds are. All in all, the camp is run by birders for birders. Visit outside the wet season, from November to March.