During the stay at Olaulim
Backyards, for those who want more than just plain pastimes of reading
or the lure of an afternoon siesta, we suggest a few outdoor activities
that might take the edge off the leisure quotient.
The manos, the water body in front of our property, offers a splendid
chance to try out the in-house inventory of canoes/kayaks and a
rowing boat and their use is not just limited to those with experience.
For the relatively more adventurous, the water body leads on to
the Mandovi river and you have the opportunity to visit the famous
Chorao Bird Sanctuary enroute or the neighbouring village of Aldona.
The interesting aspect of these backwaters is their resident bird
species and mangrove forest
The winding roads in the neighbourhood, leading to the village and
beyond, are considerably quiet due to negligible traffic and very
conducive to exploratory cycling. Not only do you get a dose of
aerobic exercise, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to watch
life go by in a typical Goan village.
The local river fish is definitely worth writing home about, in
terms of taste. We could arrange a chance to fish with the local
enthusiasts, using either a line or fishing net. Don’t’
forget to bring in your catch so that we can prepare it for you
a'la Goan style.
Have a pair of binoculars and you could turn birdwatcher considering
the sheer number of avian species that flock the area. You name
it - Golden Oreole, Lapwing, Drungoo, several species of Sunbird,
Kingfisher and the amazing Hornbill. The water birds that visit
the water body up front include Cormorants, Egrets, Ducks and Storks.
You can walk along the interesting small roads around the village
and see the beautiful houses enroute or you can venture out to the
nature around on narrow paths. There’s a big hill close by
from where you get a beautiful view and, especially during the monsoon,
see flocks of peacocks dancing