Tucked away in a remote valley of the Sahyadri, Native Place is located a few hours from Mumbai. It is in a faraway land from the city hustle, taking you back to the childhood days when you visited your grandparents or relatives in the village.

The vibe:
Mumbai getaway | Beautiful hideout 2-hour drive away - Vishakha Sodha
Mumbai getaway | Beautiful hideout 2-hour drive away - Vishakha Sodha
Mumbai getaway | Beautiful hideout 2-hour drive away - Vishakha Sodha

A huge bungalow with small, cozy rooms and colourful décor with a very pleasant vibe. Bright yellow walls, vibrant blue picnic tables, lots of plants and vines, little corners with bean bags made it a perfect abode for a getaway from the concrete.

Rooms:
Mumbai getaway | Beautiful hideout 2-hour drive away - Vishakha Sodha
Mumbai getaway | Beautiful hideout 2-hour drive away - Vishakha Sodha
Mumbai getaway | Beautiful hideout 2-hour drive away - Vishakha Sodha

The rooms had pretty curtains and wooden drawers much like the ones in our grandparent’s dwellings. We visited during crazy summers, the days where we need to shower twice a day and were so extremely worried as no rooms here had air-conditioners but we were stunned at how cool the area was because of the abundance of trees.

Hospitality:

Native Place was extremely hospitable with warm-hearted and caring people who made us feel welcomed since the moment we arrived. Astrid, the person behind The Native Place is usually around, greeting the guests personally and making them feel comfortable.

Things to do:
Mumbai getaway | Beautiful hideout 2-hour drive away - Vishakha Sodha
Mumbai getaway | Beautiful hideout 2-hour drive away - Vishakha Sodha
Mumbai getaway | Beautiful hideout 2-hour drive away - Vishakha Sodha

From hammocks to relax on, to fireflies to gaze at in the dark, Native Place had a ton of interesting hangouts. Climb a tree or chill by the lake. The place is also great for organizing events for all ages such as:
1. Corporate retreats
2. Kids camp
3. Wilderness walks, trek, rappelling, rock climbing, camping in the mountains
4. Paragliding
5. Other activities

Food:

The food here was the highlight. Ditch the fancy restaurants for some lovely, home-cooked meals. The food here was prepared with love and did not leave a chance to make us feel homesick. The people here were so kind that they did not mind cooking up snacks for us outside of the meal timings.

Overall:

Native Place had a nostalgic vibe that took us back to our best childhood memories. It lived up to its name and left no leaf unturned in making us feel at home, away from home. If you are a – take a dip in the lake and sit star gazing over a swimming pool and watching tv in the hotel room person, this place is just the spot for you.


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Still prefer a hotel over leaving the cities? Check out my blog on TAJ Santacruz.

Until next time,
Much love,
Mumbai getaway | Beautiful hideout 2-hour drive away - Vishakha Sodha

Photos: Sasha and The Native Place