Shreesh is a nature-lover, dreamer, farmer, trekker, फौजी बच्चा, ex-software-professional, unsolicited-advice-giver, henpecked husband and doting father-of-2.
We are a small group of friends who came together with a common dream to create a habitat which supports sustainable and natural living. With this dream in mind, by 2012, we acquired about 20 acres of land which was a combination of natural forest and farmland.
Maitri is located in village Chandore, taluka Mangaon of district Raigad in Maharashtra. It is off the road connecting Mangaon to Dive Agar/Harihareshwar/Shrivardhan.
Maitri is home.
Maitri feeds our body, mind, and soul.
Maitri is a katta for like minded people.
Maitri is an enabler for greater possibilities.
We respect Earth and People. We have time on our side.
We have a traditional structure, with reasonable modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. We have no TV - we have books, games and plenty beautiful outdoors :) The house has 2 non-AC bedrooms, and as common area we have a living room, small kitchen (with basic supplies for tea/coffee) and a lovely open courtyard. The house can host a group of up to 12 persons.
The farm will usually offer you opportunity to experiment with several activities ... sowing, weeding, watering, tending to the animals, eco construction, etc
The Chandore village pond is a great place for birding early in the morning. Birds sighted around our farm : state bird Yellow footed green Pigeon, Pied and Grey Hornbills, Kingfishers, Peacocks, Yellow Crowned Woodpeckers, Barbets, Bulbuls, Jungle Quail, Grey Francolin Partridges, Munias, Prinias, Golden Oriole, Serpent Eagle, Shikra, Kestrels, Owls
Enjoy a campfire at night, go for night trails, stargaze
The farm adjoins a dense forest area. Its a great place to hang out during the day, go for long trails, or even an overnight camp out for the adventurous.
There is a small archeological site at a nearby temple, dating back to 11th century. Read more details about the archaeological significance of Chandore.
Just walk around and enjoy the tranquility of the village. Try a bullock cart ride.
The nearest beach is 30kms away - both Shrivardhan and Diveagar are the same distance away.
Lots of greenery, unique accomodation, simple but tasty food and very caring Maitri Farms' team sums up our incredible experience at this place. Add to that a farm tour, some adventure activities and some very informative talk on plant life. 💛
It was indeed a Do-nothing weekend... Enjoyed a lot... Thanks for having us..
I spent one day and one night here and had a fabulous experience. This place is located in a remote but easily accessible area and is perfect to escape the stress of city life for a while. They offer a number of activities such a tour of their farm by the owner who also explains in detail their farming methods and the benefits of organic living.
From Pune, via Mulshi and Tamhini Ghat, get to Mangaon on NH17. This is 105km from Chandni Chowk in Pune.
From Mumbai, catch NH17 to Goa and Mangaon is 100km from Panvel.
Then follow Last mile directions below.
Mangaon is on Konkan Railway and has a few trains stopping here (from Mumbai as well as from Goa). Then follow Last mile directions below.
Before leaving Mangaon, give us a call ... networks may be flaky after that.
Catch the road to Diveagar / Harihareshwar and travel 16 km from Mangaon to reach Chandore village. Take a left to go towards Govele, and after 1.5km Maitri Farms will be on your right (lookout for a black metal gate).
Or catch a bus going to Diveagar / Shrivardhan (ensure it is going via Sai) and get off at Chandore ... give us a call and we will pick you up. If all else fails, after getting off at Chandore, ask the shopkeeper to call us ... or ask for directions to "Ponkshe" farm.