COASTAL MAHARASHTRA ROAD TRIP IN MUMBAI TO GOA ROUTE.
How about exploring the stunning and dazzling beaches in the Konkan road trip (Coastal Maharashtra Road trip) from Mumbai to Goa?
Well, every road trip should not be about reaching some pre-fixed destinations. Instead, road trips are made of journeys through an anxious traveler’s eyes. The mind of a true traveler seeks every byte of information from the surroundings and nature on a road trip. Sometimes some road trips should be unplanned with enough emotions of zeal because our nature is always a “Treasure Island”.
So a traveler should go out without any limits of exploration, into the road for road trips that fetches them the ultimate pleasure of enlightenment. Road trips are most ideal for a passionate traveler. It is benevolent in bestowing eager tourists with surprises that a traveler expects from nature. I have always been an eager traveler. Due to my past experiences in traveling, I am always keen to do as many road trips as possible. I like to traverse the versatile geography of my country.
In that regard, I always dreamt of flying above an ocean guarded by mountains. This is where the roaring waves of the sea splash on the foothills of the mountains. The dream inspired me to do a coastal road trip from Mumbai to Goa along the Western Ghats. Because that is where the state highway of Maharashtra intersects the slanting mountains that fall into the Arabian Sea.
The journey to discover the golden coastal highway inspired me to go on an unplanned road trip in the second week of February. So I set off from Panvel in Navi Mumbai with a portrait of mountains and sea in my mind.
MUMBAI TO HARIHARESHWAR
Alibaug was the first beach that I encountered when I started my western coastal road trip from Mumbai to Goa. A famous weekend destination from the financial hub, it offers adventure sports and a muddy trail to the Alibaug fort.
The beach is crowded with a large trail of shallow sands guiding the tourists to the fort. The landscape was normal like other sea beaches except that one can walk deep into the sea to visit the fort when the water retreats from the shore.
A half an hour road trip from the famous Alibaug beach took me to this serene lonely beach which is known as Revdanda beach. We were proceeding towards the Karshid beach in the coastal road trip from Mumbai to Goa when suddenly from nowhere we reached a vast stretch of rocky shore with a magnificent clear sky enhancing the panoramic sea view.
The Western Ghats were visible by this time, surrounding on the other side with a series of mountains of yellow dry grasslands. As we proceeded with our road trip towards the south the bridges over the backwaters. It mesmerized me with the backdrop of standing and moving waters in a single frame.
Sometimes I could see a small settlement of dilapidated port and ships making an equally different vision with huge constructing machines on the beach. Since the beach was devoid of any crowd, tourists could get a wide-angle view of the three horizons meeting in its purest form.
My anxious moments of visiting a landscape of mountains and sea together came to reality when I arrived a few km after Rajapuri in Janjira beach. The brown color of the grasslands on the western ghats and the blue color of the horizon in the Arabian sea contrasted each other ideally for a picturesque moment.
The place was windy but the ambience was peaceful for a travel freak to capture the stunning views of the Janjira beach and the fort. The view of the slanting mountains intersected by the ghat road with the Arabian Sea. It mesmerized me to click my best wallpaper picture of the Konkan road trip.
The beach was reflecting hues of gold and the water looked like waves of the blue sky. The beach was Rocky with black sands that surprised me even more. MTDC Harihareshwar is well managed by the state government tourism and it is more so important due to its amazing location.
The locals told me about another clean beach in Harihareshwar but after arriving at this splendid beach I was sure enough to take my colorful memories in this black sand beach. People go to Greece to watch the black sands in Perissa but most of us are unaware of this sparkling beach of the MTDC Harihareshwar resort.
With these 5 beautiful and unique beaches I end my first part of the Konkan road trip from Mumbai to Goa and proceeded towards Ganapatipule, so stay tuned for the next blog on Konkan road trip part 2 en route Mumbai to goa.
For such travel photography like the travel images in the blog I have used the D3500 Nikon camera. Also, I have carried some useful items for traveling to the beaches on the road trip.
Harihareshwar to Ratnagiri
FERRY RIDES ALONG MUMBAI TO GOA COASTAL HIGHWAY
Welcome to the second part of the Konkan road trip. After a surreal sunrise from MTDC Harihareshwar, we took a ferry boat service from Bagmandale to Ganapatipule. Ferry rides are frequent to avail the shortest route along the coastal state highway in Maharashtra.
To Ratnagiri, the first ferry we took was from Agardanda to Dighi and the second ferry was from Bagmandale to Bankot. The ferry also takes the car on to another side of the sea for Rs 150. Ferry services are available from 9 o clock in the morning till 10 o clock at night.
Bagmandale ferry station provides a scenic landscape with a mangrove forest in the backwaters of the Arabian sea. That attracts a tourist for capturing numerous memories until the ferry arrives to board the passengers.
I was surprised to see such a decent waiting hall in Agardande ferry station. That proves the efforts put down by the government for public welfare. Avail of the two ferry rides before Bankot to enjoy a new adventure in the coastal highway drive to Goa.
The ferry ride will show you the different geography of the Konkan along with the meandering roads in the Western Ghats.
It is said that Ganapatipule beach resembles that of a crystal clear long stretches of beaches like those in the Maldives.
Well, I haven’t been to the Maldives yet but I am sure enough that this beach is one of the cleanest beaches in Maharashtra with pastel colors of the sea. Undoubtedly the coastal road trip from Mumbai to Goa was fetching me numerous coastal landscapes.
AARE WARE BEACH
As I drove down the highway I saw a signboard mentioning Aare Ware beach road. Prior to my trip, I have heard a lot about this beach. I heard of it nestling in the foothills of the Western Ghats situated just on the Ganapatipule and Ratnagiri highway. In a few minutes, I reached down to the plains of the seashore and arrived at the beach.
The beach was less populated with white sands glowing due to the last rays of the sunlight. I did not waste any time in capturing the beautiful sunset over the sea. The landscape was new to me as I had never seen a beach at the foothill of a mountain. The Western Ghats and the sea were merging together in the same place. The beach gave me numerous moments of photography as I tried to sketch the kaleidoscopic moments with my shutter and lens.
Our second day of Konkan journey in our coastal road trip from Mumbai to Goa concluded with a sunset hue in Ratnasagar beach resort. The spectrum of clouds lingered in the sky creating rolling waves of hues in the vast sky. The distant hill was dark and looked like a giant whale with numerous neon lights of the city.
The resort offers excellent cottages on the Bhatye beach with free breakfast for Rs. 3500. With respect to the location, I would say that it is quite cheap in Ratnagiri, the mango town of India. I didn’t prebook any accommodation on my Konkan trip except that in Goa. For Harihareshwar, MTDC provided me with an excellent black beach. While Ratnasagar proved to be equally mesmerizing with a vast private clean beach.
After my eyes caught the spectrum in the sky, I rushed out to this lonely beach with my camera and discovered this marvelous property on the beach. One can locate this property on the main highway towards Goa from Ratnagiri. The property is covered with plenty of coconut trees and well-decorated gardens of flowers.
In this entire trip, I have used NIKON DSLR D3500 camera for clicking the pictures. I have also used the following items to keep myself comfortable on the beaches and road trips across in the trip from the summers of India.
Sea forts of Maharashtra along Ratnagiri to Goa
In this travel blog on sea forts in Maharashtra, I will explain in detail the road trip from Ratnagiri to Goa by car. The forts that I will cover are the two most famous forts of sea forts of Maharashtra which are the Vijaydurg and Sindhudurg fort. So let’s start the journey.
Road trips have always enchanted me with new destinations and the geography of our incredible country. The versatile scenery with different forms of landforms always keeps me anxious to continue further. So I always strive to explore my beautiful country and this time it was to find the best sea fort in Maharashtra. After amarvelous road trip to Ratnagiri, I was eager now to set off in discovering the history associated with the Konkan road trip. I wanted to visit the forts along the pictorial beaches.
It was only after a few km drive from our resort. Suddenly my eyes caught a glimpse of Casuarina forest and eucalyptus trees on a lonely beach. Immediately I stopped the car and rushed with my camera towards this unknown beach.
Waves were splashing on the seashore which was filled with shrubs of mangrove leaves all along the beach. On the two longitudinal ends of the beach, hills were standing high creating a rocky periphery on the shore. To my surprise what I could see was a vast space of empty sand drenched by the crystal clear blue colors of the Arabian sea. It was fenced by a forest and two hills on its other sides.
As a traveler, I was overjoyed to see myself as the only tourist in the vast stretch of this scenic beach. The beach had every geographical feature of my entire trip to that date.
Yellow clean sands, mangrove shrubs, forest, and hills painted the shore as the waves were being dispersed due to cosmological effects from the clear blue sky, onto the shore. But I had to leave this beautiful spot to visit the sea forts in Maharashtra.
It is the oldest sea fort in Maharashtra in Sindhudurg, constructed by Raja Bhoje 2, which was later extended by Shivaji. This is the only sea fort in Maharashtra other than Torna where Shivaji hoisted the saffron flag. This sea fort in Maharashtra got its name after Shivaji won it from Adil Shah in the Hindu Solar month called “Vijay“(Victory).
The original name of this sea fort in Maharashtra was Gheria. In the pre-Independence era, the fort was known as the “Eastern Gibraltar” since this sea fort in Maharashtra was unconquerable. The large enemy vessels couldn’t enter the shallow water of the creek while Maratha ships would be anchored there, always ready for the onslaught.
According to some data, there also lies an underwater tunnel in this fort in Maharashtra. If proven, this tunnel can also serve as an important part of the tourist and historical significance. Though most of the structures inside this sea fort in Maharashtra are in ruins now. The remains still serve as classic examples of the Maratha culture.
During the British rule, it was also believed that English astronomer Normal Lockyer observed helium for the first time on the surface of the sun from the observatory which was set up in the fort. Thus, every year on 18th August, since 2009 the world helium day is celebrated in this fort in Maharashtra. The famous fort in Maharashtra is now under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India. They have undertaken the restoration work.
Malvan boasts of some picturesque clean beaches, offering kaleidoscopic sunsets to the tourists. Chivla beach is one such pristine clean beach, which is a must-visit to experience a romantic stroll by the seaside. It took me 2.5 hours to reach Malvan from the Vijaydurg fort. On the way the Konkan coast kept me engaged with numerous beaches over the backwaters of the Arabian sea. There are also plenty of plantations in the countryside. When the road was not along the seashore, it was intersecting huge plantations of mango and coconut trees.
After arriving in Malvan we decided to have our lunch since the coastal town is famous for seafood in the Konkan. I took the help of one of the locals from the area and he advised me to visit Chivala beach. It was already late afternoon and since I wanted to spend more time visiting Sindhudurg fort, I decided to appease myself with only one beach in Malvan.
Like all the Konkan beaches it offers some breathtaking view of the weekend coastal landscape with absolutely clean sand by the seashore. The beach had huge lines of coconut plantations on its right side. The right side of the beach was rocky. The left side had vast stretches of clean unpolluted sands that enhances romantic walk by the seashore.
Tourists can also try out scuba diving activities here, which are organized mainly by the local fishermen. In the era of trawlers and motorboats, people can still see numerous fishermen boats on this beach. With the help of these boats, fishermen catch fish manually in the early morning or evening. The fishermen still follow traditional methods in catching fish manually through fishnets in this beach. The huge contour of coconut trees, the pristine yellow sands, and the delectable Malvani seafood was relevant enough to give me the jovial feeling of my presence in the Konkan coast.
Sindhudurg fort is a place where we can easily find seagulls. When I was planning my golden coastal route in Konkan, I was ever so anxious to visit the Sindhudurg Fort. Sindhudurg Fort is another sea fort in Maharashtra and it is situated in Malvan. Sindhudurg Fort was built by the great Maratha warrior Shivaji in the 17th century on an island away from the Malvan shore. Tourists need to avail of a motorboat ride for 10 minutes in order to reach the island. Sindhudurg Fort is also regarded as a famous fort in Maharashtra.
It has a significant place in the history of the Maratha warriors. It was built to stop the advancement of the foreign forces and the Siddhis of Janjira. This sea fort in Maharashtra is now a protected monument where some inhabitants still live. This fort can also be called the best fort from Mumbai to Goa. I hope that this article enlightens tourists about the best fort from Mumbai to Goa.
Last but not least before the sunset and entering the vibrant city of Goa, I went to Tarkarli beach. It was my last pit stop on this coastal route. Tarkarli beach like any other Konkan beach is well guarded by a picturesque wall of casuarina and coconut trees along the length of the beach. The locals here charge Rs 50 for parking cars near the beach. The sand is clean and yellow and the beach is very less crowded.
Perhaps Tarkarli offers a secluded vacation in the MTDC resort on the beach. As we move towards Goa the beaches become crowded with numerous shacks and resorts. The sunset on this beach has relevantly concluded the golden coastal trip with the golden hues of the magical refractions in the sky.
Similar to the many Konkan beaches a lonely standing wooden fishermen boat can be seen on this beach waiting for the high tides to sail it away. Capturing numerous photos of this scenic beach I commenced my journey with a fresh jovial feeling to spend my valentine’s vacation in Goa. These are the few famous forts in Maharashtra that you can surely visit while traveling here.
For visiting the forts and the beaches I have used some cool shirts and sunglasses and different other items on the whole trip. I stayed in Ratnasagar beach resort near Ratnagiri which is a beautiful resort on the beaches of Ratnagiri. The resort has beautiful cottages on the beach and a well-managed restaurant. the food is really delectable. For booking in the hotel the link is given below. Also, find the links for the products I have used.
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