Khoj-aao! is a social enterprise dedicated to discovering the wonders of the outdoors. As seasoned adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and passionate beings, we promote the exploration of backyard biodiversity through thoughtfully curated outdoor experiences. Our aim is to learn more about our environment so we can all thrive sustainably and appreciate its interconnectedness.
Khoj-aao! Adventures curates offbeat, unique experiences for nature lovers and adventurers. We carefully curate half-day, full-day, overnight and multi-day experiences across Goa and the A&N Islands that are eco-responsible, engage local communities and global conservation efforts. From bird-watching in Goa and exploring local villages to sunset hikes and overnight camping trips under the stars, come explore the greener, local side of this beautiful state.
Our guides are fun, professional, knowledgeable and Wilderness First Aid certified. We provide local, fresh & healthy refreshments and high-quality adventure equipment on all of our experiences. Khoj-aao! Experiences are 100% SAFE – Super Adventurous, Fun and Educational– and, are great for students, schools, corporate groups, travellers, families and young learners.
Literally, 'khoj' comes from the Hindi word meaning 'to look for' and 'aao' translates as 'to come'. Together, 'khojaao' means 'to get lost' or 'wander' and all of this is what we do.
Khoj-aao! in the wonders of the natural world – you'll be glad you did.
what we do
Offbeat Nature Adventures
Enjoy half-day, full-day or multi-day adventures – backyard nature trails, hikes to spectacular sunset viewpoints, and visit pristine forest areas for stargazing, bird-watching, and overnight camping in Goa.
We curate trekking, overnight camping and guided nature trails through the hinterland of Goa – away from the crowds and finding peace in nature.
Curated Offbeat Itineraries
Planning a trip to Goa or the Andaman & Nicobar Islands? Send us a message!
From offbeat accommodation to local restaurants, we can help plan a memorable, green and nature-filled experience for solo travelers, small groups and families. Reach out to us for your next trip to Goa for local tips, awesome viewpoints and amazing adventures!
Student Educational Programs
We design experiential, interdisciplinary educational programs bringing to life classroom curricula.
Our half-day, full-day and multi-day programs include: backyard biodiversity, sustainability and conservation, river ecology, wildlife research techniques and forest studies. Our team of facilitators are highly-trained, professional and childsafe.
Young Explorer Kits
Our young explorer kits are ideal for hands-on nature exploration all around— in the backyard and in the wild, solo or in a group these high-quality learning tools are great for explorers of all ages.
Kits can be customised to include an eco-friendly reusable steel water bottle, compass or pair of binoculars.
Interactive Wildlife Workshops
Our curated workshops provide opportunities for learning by exploring ecological diversity and environmental sustainability.
Topics include: Snake Awareness, Butterflies, Spiders, Trees, Birds of Goa, Wilderness Survival and Backyard Biodiversity and are suitable for families, travellers and young learners, alike.
Corporate Team Sessions
Through dynamic activities and outdoor adventure experiences, we facilitate experiential team-building sessions on: problem-solving techniques, developing interpersonal relationships, self reflection and improving communication.
Experience Goa’s diverse wildlife and rich culture while learning, exploring and growing as a team.
Adventures in 2021
Now with COVID-19 precautions in place
Backyard Nature Trails
Locations across Bardez, North Goa
About the walk
Explore the backyard biodiversity across Goa. Go for a walk and enjoy a nature picnic with all the colours, smells and sounds of the landscape. Use discovery tools to observe and learn more about the rich bird, butterfly and plant life all around.
Nature walks are ~2 hours.
Morning (7:30-9:30am) or afternoon (4-6 pm).
Cost is ₹1000/- for 13+ / ₹500/- kids under 12. Group size 2-8. Experience includes: Wilderness First Aid certified guide, high-quality binoculars and exploration tools. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and neutral coloured clothing. Bring along a small daypack with at least 1L of drinking water, sun/rain/bug protection, and your sense of adventure!
A Day in the Forest
Sanguem, Surla, Goa
About the Experience
Venture into the hinterland of Goa, exploring the local villages and dense reserve forest areas. Trek into the forest and wade across networks of streams – a relaxing, quiet & green paradise. Relish a picnic lunch prepared by a family from the local community. Explore one of Goa’s most offbeat forests in a responsible, local and offbeat way.
Time: 7am to 7pm / Group size 4-7.
Meet in BMWLS. Enjoy an hour-long walk in the forest, exploring creatures along the local paths through the many shades of green. Reach a spot to hang out and relax in a hammock! Includes: Wilderness First Aid certified guides, homemade vegetarian picnic lunch (by a local village family), high-quality adventure equipment and detailed packing / attire list. Cost is ₹2500/- per adult.
Young Explorer Club
6 ecosystems in Bardez
About the club
Young explorers (ages 5-12) will have the opportunity to explore different ecosystems using high-quality tools & equipment, participate in interactive nature-related activities and games and discover more about Goa's beautiful biodiversity in an environmentally responsible way.
Sessions are custom-designed for 6-10 young explorers and are weekly / bi-monthly in the mornings / evenings. 2 hours sessions include walk, activity and picnic! Parents are welcome to join to explore and share!
Topics include: Leave No Trace, exploring with binoculars and magnifying glasses, observing using our senses, discovering nearby rivers, listening to the sounds on a silent walk and participating in interactive art + nature activities.
About the Experience
Spend a night in the great outdoors–– off-the-grid and amidst nature. The campsite, with an eco-compost toilet, is unpowered, simple and safe. Enjoy a fire-cooked meal, stargazing/ moon-gazing and a morning dip in the river. Great for new and experienced campers!
Day 1: Leave by 3pm towards Bhagwan Mahaveer WLS / Day 2: Return by 12pm. Experience includes: Wilderness First Aid Certified nature guide, high-quality equipment (tent, sleeping bags, etc), vegetarian meals (dinner cooked over the fire and breakfast made by a local family), and an overnight camping adventure! Open now through April.
Village Bicycle Rides
Across North Goa
About the Experience
Through quaint bylanes, picturesque villages lined with beautiful Portuguese influenced architecture, explore the offbeat villages on a bicycle ride! Along the way, observe village life, beautiful fields and river areas. Enjoy the views while learning about Goa’s rich cultural heritage.
Ride duration: ~2-3 hours. Customisable based on rider experience, interest and season. Bicycle routes across North Goa. Experience includes: Wilderness First Aid certified nature guides with medical kit, geared bicycle with helmet, high-quality adventure equipment, light refreshment and attire and packing recommendations!
River Boat Rides
Across North Goa
About the Experience
From a local jetty, enjoy a fun, relaxing boat ride along the mangrove-lined waterways of Goa’s main rivers. Spot birds along the way (and, maybe even a crocodile!), explore tidal islets, learn about mangrove ecosystems, and watch the colourful setting sun over the Arabian Sea.
Experience includes: Boat ride with a local Captain, Wilderness First Aid certified professional guides (w/medical kit), high-quality binoculars (for adults and kids, too!), on-board picnic (fresh, homemade and local snacks, and cool refreshment), packing / attire recommendations, and, a river adventure!
a closer look
A big thank you to Gaurav Agavekar, Pronoy Baidya, Nupur D'Souza, Aine Edwards, Terrance John Rufus Hadlington, Samuel John, and Gunhild Soras for sharing their beautiful photos.
Meet the Founders
Our International team is highly-trained, professional and passionate about nature.
We partner with collaborators from diverse backgrounds that are knowledgeable, reliable and vetted.
An avid birder and seasoned adventurer, Bipin has spent more than 20 years discovering offbeat, untouched places and routes across Goa. He loves being outdoors, cooking atop an open fire and observing creatures in their natural habitat. Bipin is passionate about slow travel, conscientious living and working with local communities. Bipin completed his Wilderness First Aid certification in August 2018 and speaks Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and English.
As a professional SCUBA diver and trained experiential facilitator, Pooja has been working in outdoor education for more than 8 years. She loves exploring and traveling across the world – from the Americas, across Asia and Africa, she made India her home more than a decade ago. She’s passionate about waste management, loves table tennis and swimming in rivers. Pooja completed her Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification in September 2017 and speaks Spanish, Hindi and English.
Pooja [and her team] are lovely. They are engaging, knowledgeable and attentive. We felt like we were in very safe hands and they made our experience relaxing and enjoyable. I’d highly recommend Khoj-aao! to take you on an outdoor adventure you’ll never forget.”
Carlos Saba, co-founder of The Happy Startup School, on a Khoj-aao! sunset hike
I really enjoyed myself on the nature walk near a river, where I saw many birds including a Kingfisher and Parrot. We also saw a rooster, a really big one!
We also hiked up a mountain and saw many colourful butterflies. I would love to go for another nature with Khoj-aao! They made the walk fun and interesting.
Jay Masthoff, student (age 8) at a Khoj-aao! Birds of Goa workshop
What a great camping adventure! Under the stars and by an open fire, how camping should be. Bipin and Pooja worked hard to make it an effortless and thoroughly enjoyable experience, from the delicious food cooked on the fire to the morning nature walk. Thanks guys!
Jacqui Stanton, nature enthusiast, on a Khoj-aao! overnight camping adventure
get in touch!
North Goa, Bardez, Goa 403507
8080930669 I 9823063131 I 7588657633