We started from Pune at 5 am towards Ratnagiri through Umbraj. It was a nice cloudy day. There were quarrels for whose playlist we should play! We took our first stop for breakfast. Now we got those roadtrip feels when we got our bellies full!
We reached Hedvi around 12 noon. The Ganpati mandir at Hedvi is of typical kokani style. The colorful "deepmaal" and colorful "kalas" looks catchy and classy!
(Look for the pictures if you dont know what deepmaal or kalas is..)
We reached here before the estimated time so we had time to visit the Hedvi beach which was nice and not so crowded! Now our hungry stomach started screaming and we had this amazing kokan style vegetarian thali!
After the satisfying lunch started towards Ratnagiri. During this whole journey,the only issue was the extreme humidity! It was so difficult to survive without AC!
So now there was a fun thing we did here. The five of us and our blue Swift we crossed from Hedvi to Ganpatipule in a Jetti through the sea!! This transport system costs around 150 bcks and saves a lot of travel time. On that side of the sea we stopped at a random pretty beach. Passed some time here and went to search a hotel for night stay. Even after prebooking one place we decided to drop that option and look for another one due to distance issue. So we stopped at this hotel where all the terror began!
The hotel was very close to Samudra beach. We dropped our luggage and went to there by the beach. It was peacefully mesmerising and not very crowded.
Beneath the mighty waves and before that magical sunset we enjoyed like anything there! But this was immediately followed by embarassment as on reaching back to the hotel, the five of us had to clean ourselves in the garden, in front of everyone !!
After the created scene we decided to have dinner, so went to a famous restuarant, Amantran. Murg musallum is one dish I would suggest. Surmayi fry is another tasty dish one should try when in Ratnagiri!
It was too much for the day, but then Kokan and summers don't really go along. And due to unavailability of AC rooms, it was the humidity, mosquitos and five of us! Sleep had already good bye-ed us!