Devbagh - A Mesmerizing Retreat
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India is a mystic land full of so many unexplored holiday destinations. So when we planned our honeymoon we decided to hide ourselves away in this quiet nook called Devbagh in India.
They say the noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote his first successful play inspired by this hidden recluse in Karwar,called Devbagh. This is where the Kali River merges into the ocean and the white sandy beaches of Karwar remain untouched and beautiful.
This resort is the only habitation that exists on the island of Devbagh and the shuttle ferry service is its only link to mainland. We took off by air to Goa in first week of January,so when Canada was covered in snow, we were letting our hair open to the fresh sea breeze and tanning ourselves in the beach sun. It takes two hours by car to reach the Karwar jetty. Car rental was easy at the Goa airport as Devbagh is getting to be a popular destination. Goa was quite uninviting with jam packed beaches and no hotel rooms available, so we were relieved to get away from the hustle bustle of tourists to our peaceful cottage facing the beach.
The Jungle resort has individual cottages for each guest, giving us the perfect privacy to enjoy a book in the hammock, or wine on our patio. Evenings are the time when everyone comes together for a campfire, with a barbeque and a vast spread buffet. Since we were on this isolated island, all meals were included in our stay, and their seafood delicacies were mouth watering.
The staff plans an itinerary for your stay, which includes a jungle trail with a guide who introduces you to the flora and fauna. Then they take you on a boat ride to sight dolphins. We did not see too much of the dolphins, maybe they were on a siesta, but they gave us a tour of the neighboring islands.
You can always break away from the schedule and mark your own secluded corner on the island and no one will disturb you.Its a time to bond with your loved ones. You can spend the day scuba diving, para sailing or take banana boat rides. Water sports and just floating in the cool sea waters gives you enough appetite to dig into their sumptuous meals.
They also have a rejenuvating spa with a menu of relaxing massages and aromatherapy to take away your stress. Enjoy sipping fresh coconut water and put your feet up on the beach chairs.
Photographers and artists will find this a paradise with numerous shades of nature. You can walk on the beach collecting shells and memories for your scrapbook.
When it was time to leave I felt sad to wave my cottage goodbye. But I made my husband promise to bring me back on our 25th wedding anniversary to relive each beautiful moment. Devbagh is just a small niche in our incredible India, but it sent me home refreshed and re-energized, ready to get back to the routine of work and home. So if you are heading to India this december, its the perfect time of the year to add this quaint and serene destination to your itinerary.