Recently myself and my friend decided to make a road-trip along the coastline of Maharashtra, to explore its beaches and the rich konkan culture. The konkan coast which roughly starts from Alibag, is said to extend all the way south until Goa. The plan was set, on day one we ride until Kashid, rest there for the night and the next day visit Murud-Janjira Fort and then ride all the way back to Mumbai.
So on one fine Saturday morning we started our road trip on his motorbike. Though my idea was to take a ferry directly to Alibag from Mumbai port, which we later found was not a good option actually, good that we took the Panvel highway that runs through Karnala Bird Sanctuary and Pen (a small town nearby Mumbai) as per my friend's suggestion. We stopped by in a highway motel few kilometers ahead of Karnala Bird Sanctuary for a quick breakfast. I was surprised to find Sai Krupa Dhaba nearby there, which servers delicious mutton sukka fry and baakry rotis made from jowar which is a local delicacy . Earlier a few months back I was there with my colleagues for a late night weekend dinner, but had no idea where it was located exactly as I was new to Mumbai then. As we drove through Karnala Bird Sanctuary, we were expecting to see some rare and endangered birds, but all we saw there was hardly a few monkeys. No wonder it was still a dry season and maybe the birds might have migrated else where. The Karnala fort in the middle of the sanctuary with its pointed pinnacle would have been a good climb, but unfortunately it was a hot summer day and not very ideal time or situation for a trek.