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Backwoods Camp

Motken, Tombdi Surla, Sanguem 403704 India
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Anne B wrote a review 17 Feb
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My wife and I have just spent 2 nights at Backwoods and thoroughly enjoyed it. The rooms are fine and hot water is available by the bucketful. Food is cooked on an open fire and tastes great. The birding is sensational and , with the help of Loven ,the owner and principal guide, I saw roughly a 100 species in the short time we were there. Loven is a simply fantastic birder with eyes and ears to die for !
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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JustinandSarah wrote a review Dec 2023
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We stayed at Backwoods camp for three nights at the end of November, and we really enjoyed the experience. Loven picked us up on the first day from our hotel near the coast and we were birding outside Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary by 7 AM. Loven has been birding in Goa for many years and his ear is excellent. He seems always to know what birds are around, and is great at finding them and getting you on them. In three and a half days of birding with him at Backwoods and in the surrounding area we saw 114 species, 74 of which were lifers. This is probably an undercount, as we were seeing so many new things, and maybe not being super fastidious with our list keeping. Beyond just helping us to see the birds, I really appreciated Loven’s patience with identifying the calls, so that I was able to get familiar with the more common ones. We stayed in a room in the main house at the camp. It was fairly basic, but clean and comfortable. The food was really good, and the staff friendly and helpful. We would recommend the Backwoods experience to anyone with an interest in birding - that’s the focus, and if you want birds, you won’t be disappointed.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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VanNguyen_Hanoi wrote a review Feb 2023
Hanoi, Vietnam144 contributions29 helpful votes
I had an amazing time with the Backwoods Camp looking for birds. The camp is basic but you have everything you need including freshly cooked local food, bath with a bucket of water heated by wood with a very nice and soothing smell. Loven Pereira is a local guide with close to 20 years of bird watching experience. He is attentive, caring and goes extra miles to help you out. He has different approaches to birdwatchers ao whether you are a novice like me or a professional I am certain that you will not regret coming here. Good luck with the business dear Loven. All the best.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Trupti wrote a review Feb 2020
Mumbai, India40 contributions12 helpful votes
 This was a break I was looking for and this place made it more than vacation for me. One of the greatest attractions of the Back woods Camp is the incredible diversity of birds, including endemics of the Western Ghats and migratory one like the Indian Pitta right near the camp kitchen. Rest assured, if you are a birder, you are going to be one happy camper and if you are not a birder then answer here is enjoying the wilderness as it is, thick and unpenetrable perhaps in vision, but thrumming with full of life The smaller life-forms abound here, with a multitude of species of spiders, dragonflies, damselflies, and over 15 species of butterflies and moths. The reptile and amphibian diversity here needs further documentation, but there can be no question that the area is a potential hotspot for the same. Back woods Camp greatest strengths is the incredible location. The proof is in the roaming herds of deers, curious wild boar that might surprise with their close approach, the absolutely stunning variety of birdlife which would make you question whether you should leave the camp at all for birding also nocturnal visitors including the Sri Lanka frogmouth and predators indicated by the nightly alarm calls. Combination of flash light along with bundle of luck, may help you spot the spotted feline form too. All of this within the grounds of backwoods camp. As I winded my way back.. I was full of gratitude for my enthusiastic bird mentor at the camp Loven. His passion and patience towards birding is amazing.He is one who can identify birds just by their flights and can sight those which are so well camoflauged. This fellow has contagious passion which he has passed on to his caretaker Sandeep. Thank you for making my stay safe & wonderful and as a birder for making my hands full by helping me spot more than 75 species.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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kapilk615 wrote a review Dec 2019
Mumbai, India6 contributions6 helpful votes
We had an excellent stay at Backwoods Camp. Saw a large variety of birds far beyond what we had imagined we would see. Loven is excellent in finding birds and in focussing on them in a jiffy. Would highly recommend for any birder and nature lover.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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puma_192 wrote a review Apr 2019
Leicester, United Kingdom6 contributions9 helpful votes
We spent 5 nights at Backwoods Camp in early February 2019 as part of a 6 week trip to North and South Goa. It is difficult to do this excellent place justice in this review and we can only thoroughly recommend that people go and experience it for themselves. If you are interested in birdwatching, nature, wildlife and spending quality time in the amazing jungle setting, you won’t be disappointed! We stayed in a room in the main building which was great. We cannot fault the hospitality of Sandeep who looked after us so well, always with a smile and time to talk, and the daily provision each evening of the bucket of hot water for showering was always very welcome! The food was delicious and plentiful, cooked outside by 2 lovely local girls who always were friendly and helpful, although sadly we cannot remember their names. As for Loven the main bird guide - well, what can we say? We learnt he has been at the camp for around 20 years since it opened and he has lost none of his passion and enthusiasm for sharing his expert knowledge with birders. We were taken on 3 guided birdwatching walks each day and learnt so much from Loven and saw a huge array of different species in a variety of habitats. He really is a tremendous guide and is friendly, patient and trustworthy with a great sense of humour! The whole Backwoods experience was a something that we’ll always treasure and we are so grateful to have discovered this very special place. We had only one criticism - that is, we had to leave! We would however, not hesitate in returning. ,
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Simon J wrote a review Mar 2019
London, United Kingdom32 contributions19 helpful votes
Recently returned from 3 weeks in India and one of our highlights was our short stay at Backwoods. Fairly basic amenities, but very clean and efficient. Pramod took us birding on all our trips and although he wasn't able to find us an Indian Pitta, we saw a good deal of other birds including a pair of Frogmouths. Full marks to the kitchen staff too for the lovely food. Sandheep who served us so nicely was also a keen bird enthusiast and 'guardian' of the resident Frogmouths. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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sue c wrote a review Feb 2019
East Horsley, United Kingdom19 contributions24 helpful votes
We’ve never been but birding before so it was a whole new experience. No internet or phone signal, just surrounded by nature. I was totally out with f my depth especially as the other guests were experienced bird watchers, but I needn’t have worries, Lovem took us out and opened our eyes to a whole new whole. I found myself living in the here and now, not even considering tomorrow, the birds were stunning and so fun when you spotted something special. We loved our time there and especially Lovem and Sandeep, thank you so much for opening our eyes to a whole new experience. I’m now really enjoying the birds in our garden!
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AFB wrote a review Feb 2019
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How can I possible describe the 3 days that I have just enjoyed at Backwoods Camp? The place is fantastic, superb, amazing but even those words hardly do it justice. I went there to do a little bird watching, not only were my bird watching needs thoroughly met, Loven possibly the best guide I have ever came across, but the place itself was situated in a most wonderful tranquil place. I so much enjoyed being at Backwoods Camp itself, the different mammals that visited the camp, the different birds that visited the camp. The guided walks were fantastic, Loven bird knowledge and patient in showing them was truly outstanding. My only negative was that I had to leave. Birder or non birder, simply go!
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Jan A wrote a review Apr 2018
Edinburgh, United Kingdom46 contributions2 helpful votes
We’ve just had a brilliant time at Backwoods Camp. From the minute Loven picked us up from our hotel in Panjim, we were struck by how friendly and relaxed everyone at the camp is. Loven is incredibly knowledgable - what he doesn’t know about birds isn’t worth knowing - and how he finds them hidden from any other human eye is beyond belief! We saw 74 types of birds - and we were there in low season - and seeing them through the telescope and binoculars is just such a thrill. If you’re interested in birds and like to spot, or you’ve never looked for a bird in your life but are keen and interested, you must go: Backwoods is a delightful experience and one we won’t forget. The food is also fantastic. Thanks for an amazing time, Loven, and to your colleagues too. We hope to be back!
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Which popular attractions are close to Backwoods Camp?
Nearby attractions include Tambadi Surla Mahadev Temple (2.0 km) and Mahadeva Temple (2.0 km).
What food & drink options are available at Backwoods Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Backwoods Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.