There’s A Hidden Village Just Outside Mumbai

Tripoto
28th Oct 2014

From the Bridge

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Entrance

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Room View of the Spring Pool

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From the Bridge

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The Pool

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Walkways

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The Bridge Again

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Lake

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Bund Side of the Bank

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Just about 60kms outside the bustling city of Mumbai is a place as wild as the Sunderbans forest, as serene as the back-waters in Kerala yet as modern as the neigbouring city of Mumbai. Run on a proprietary understanding by a resident of Mumbai, “Hidden Village” spreads across a captivating 4 acres of forest housing that is meant to bring you a comfortable yet enlivening village-stay.

Having worked in rural tourism before, I anticipated to be offered bare necessities, and some peace and quiet. Hidden Village managed to blow me off my feet.

You enter the premises through a bamboo plantation and cross a tiny little bridge to step foot on the main property. As you walk through you’ll see a large shed and the pantry; set with about 7 large tables. This makes the common space to dine whilst you stay here. A walk further down and you will pass a massive swimming pool to your left and an entertainment shack to your right. The shack houses a foosball table, a carrom board, a table tennis board and area at the back where you could probably play cricket.

Past these minor surprises you’ll find yourself standing halfway through yet another wooden bridge, a look downward and you will see and hear the gushing and breaking of a spring. The water dances off a rocky drop into a pool that’s no more than 6’ deep at most. Raised water levels in the monsoons could account for a deeper depth. Check to be sure. The spring pool is always open for you to take a dip and the water is usually surprisingly warm in the day.

On the other side of the bridge, close enough to the audible hum of the spring water are houses that are let out to you as rooms. I lived at ‘Patil House’, which overlooked the spring. On entering my room, I stood surprised to take in what I was seeing.  A village stay had just offered me a spacious room, a queen sized bed, storage closets, an air-conditioner, a flat-screen television and a refrigerator. The rooms and toilets were acceptably clean and I thought to myself, “this is more than value for money”.  Don’t let the generous furnishing fool you; the house still manages to retain its rural demeanour.

Meals at the Hidden Village are served at particular hours and you are expected to be courteous and finish dining within such times.  All helpers at the village stay are local village inhabitants that live around the vicinity and have been opportune enough to avail of employment in their area of residence. Unlike many villagers that travel to cities for seasonal employment, the helpers at the village stay bring rural authenticity to your gastronomical, social, visual and tactual experience during your stay here. You could additionally volunteer to milk to goat or help tend to the livestock.

A brief walk over the hills and you will discover a large lake. Its surface is rippled with the breeze that blows above it. On your side of the bank is the bund that holds the lake in place, on the other side is a mangrove forest. A quiet afternoon spent at the banks with some food, beverages and music can be quite relieving. Just make sure not to litter around the place, as it has no remnants of garbage whatsoever. I also managed to spot a goat give birth to its calf.

Your meals at Hidden Village; breakfast, lunch as well as dinner are packaged as being inclusive in the room charges. The getaway is not too far from the city, and not to mention for more accessible that travelling to other states for a short holiday. You’ll be holidaying in the lap of nature and still be able to make it to work the next day should your boss need you in urgently. The place also has a jacuzzi covered in the shade of trees that comes attached with the room named 'Venus'. Fits all bills indeed! 

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I had visited Hidden village last year in Feb. The place was not bad. Very relaxing actually. The only thing I didn't like about it was the community dining. You don't have the comfort of ordering room service whenever you want. Have to wait till meal time only.
Sat 09 26 15, 02:09 · Reply (1) · Report
We have started room service, and you can order a few starters and meals to the room.
Sat 03 10 18, 06:58 · Report
Weekends are not really a good time to visit. The place gets very packed. The staff however do their best to provide good service.
Sat 09 26 15, 00:05 · Reply · Report
Very well maintained place. Only problem is the mosquitoes at night. You need to carry mosquito repellant otherwise you won't be able to sleep at night.
Fri 09 25 15, 23:52 · Reply (1) · Report
During monsoons there is an incidence of mosquitoes, but inside the rooms there is no issue, rooms are netted at windows so sleeping should not be affected by this. Besides we provide odomos and mosquito coils, and good night for this.
Sat 03 10 18, 07:01 · Report
Thanks for the post bro. Seems like a nice place to chillax. Are the roads favourable for a motorbike trip? Would like to know.
Fri 09 25 15, 14:26 · Reply (1) · Report
Yes the roads are good now.
Sat 03 10 18, 07:01 · Report
The natural surroundings of Hidden Village is quite a treat. The accommodation however wasn't up to par and the food was a major let down. Other than that the staff are very hospitable.
Fri 09 25 15, 07:21 · Reply (1) · Report
We have worked on this issue, early 2017 we have build a new kitchen and the same is manned by professional cooks. We have a variety of starters too available and room service too.
Sat 03 10 18, 07:04 · Report
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