Beautiful Tribal Village Kauncha
Amidst the natural beauty and bio-diversity of the Western Ghats, lies Kauncha a small tribal village. Kauncha is just 40kms away from Silvassa town of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and is gifted with large forest patches and greeneries. The village is situated amidst small green hillocks just beside the Madhuban Dam on Daman Ganga river. Kauncha is blessed with a pleasant climate year around and the water filled dam adds to the beauty of the place.
The village here is populated by the Warlis or Varlis and the Koknas. The Warlis being backward in nature are still seen donning their traditional outfits. Visiting Kauncha, tourists can see the locals wearing traditonal dhoti with a waist coat and women wearing knee length sarees, popularly known as Lugden. They live in small clay huts and depend mainly on paddy cultivation for their living. Women generally carry baskets with them filled with different vegetables or seasonal fruits.
Things to EnjoyOne should visit Kauncha during the “Kokna Tribal Dance Festival.” This festival is one of its kind, exuding the tribal essence of the entire union territory. Tourists can enjoy the traditional Kokna dance and can also take part in it, holding each other’s waist while dancing in close formation. Tarpa is a famous foot tapping dance performed here.
In Kauncha, there is a small botanical garden just near to the dam adding to the natural beauty of the place. Through this forest there is a trekking trail where tourist department volunteers give a guided trek amidst beautiful landscape and birds. The guides are well versed about the place’s history, culture and beliefs. There is a small tribal museum displaying the tribal art and daily items.
Tourists can enjoy a trip through the Cashew Processing Unit of Karchod, and get involved in different activities like raw cashew nut boiling, peeling, cutting and grading. Kauncha also homes few large mango orchards.
Different water sports activities are also available over here like jet skies, rowing boats, kayaks and canoes. Lazy boat rides are offered over the Madhuban dam water and sunsets are a must watch over here. The tourism department has kept kiosks for herbal massage and medicines for the tourists. One can enjoy a fifteen minutes herbal massage with a very nominal cost and bask in the natural glory. All these tourism services are being developed by the local tribal community “Kauncha Tourism Development Mandal” under Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration.
One can experience a home stay at Himaivan Health Resort, which has large and clean rooms with all amenities to provide.
Traditional Cuisine OfferedFood lovers can enjoy traditional cuisine along with the viewing of the tribal way of cooking these items by the local women. Nachani (finger millet) and Varai (little millet) rotis is the commonly served dish. One can enjoy rice meal along with spicy curry. These foods are accompanied with freshly made powder and chutneys of black gram, chillies and local vegetables. Small huts are being made within forest areas by the tourism people for tourists to rest and enjoy these delicacies.
How To ReachBest way to reach this place is by road on a private vehicle. The drive from Silvassa is awesome with few bad road patches. Lined with trees, the winding road along the Western Ghats provides a breath taking view. After reaching Dudhni lake, the tourism department ferry service is available, which crosses the lake and takes one to Kauncha. These ferries are huge and can carry vehicles.
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