A rich biodiversity hotspot – Chorla Ghat is surrounded by the three states of Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka. About 60km from Panjim in Goa, this tropical forest of the Sahyadri Ranges is home to a lot of rare and endangered wildlife species such as the wolf snake.
It’s an eco-tourism destination; a state-of-the-art Natural Conservation Centre here monitors and preserves the bio-diversity of this region. The most special highlight of Chorla Ghat is the forest that glows at night. It’s nothing short of surreal, and the reason why this forest glows all night long is the bio-luminescent fungus called the Mycena Genus Fungi.
This fungus is basically scattered all over the Western Ghats from the months of June to October causing the magnificent phenomenon. While hiking is a great experience in itself at the Western Ghats, going around this time makes it all the more appealing.
Chorla Ghat is a delight for ecologists and biologists as well; the rainforests are home to a huge variety of avifauna. The commonly sighted ones are: Malabar whistling thrush, Malabar grey hornbill, Indian pitta, Nilgiri wood pigeon, Loten’s sunbird, crimson backed sunbird, white cheeked barbet and the Nilgiri flycatcher.
Other attractions here are the many waterfalls, but if you have to pick one, visit the gorgeous Twin Vajra Waterfalls. For the adventurers and trekkers, a stint up the Lasni Temb Peak is highly recommended.
For those who wish to stay amidst lush nature, consider stopping by at the Wildernest Resort. There’s absolutely nothing in 20km of radius except the thick rainforests. Special provisions are made for guests for nature walks, treks, bird-watching, butterfly-watching, ethnic cuisine and a luxurious stay in the lap of nature.
The best way to reach here is by road; the drive to Chorla Ghat is perhaps the most scenic in all of Western Ghat.