Find out About India's Own Bali - A Stunning Coastal Road Trip!

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Harihareshwar Beach

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Day 1

No, this ain't BALI

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Day 2

Guhaghar is known for its offbeat beaches and Alphonso mangoes. Pictures below will surely give you an idea as to how prolific is this location.

Guha

Photo of Guhagar, Maharashtra, India by Pankaj Chavan

This feeling can't be experienced in a Hotel room

Photo of Guhagar, Maharashtra, India by Pankaj Chavan
Day 3

Next day I began my day by visiting Ganpatipule. It is a small village on the Konkan coast with a series of beaches and vantage points offering some stunning views of the sea. The Swayambhu Ganpati Temple, on the Ganapatipule beach itself is the primary attraction in Ganapatipule that draws thousands of pilgrims every year to this village.

Ganpati

Photo of Ganpati Pule, Maharashtra, India by Pankaj Chavan

Offbeat beaches near Ganpatipule

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This is a very small village to south of Ratnagiri city, about an hour away. A small road goes to this village from the main state highway, it doesn’t even look like a road. Trudge through the first kilometre and after that the road just gets beautiful. You will realise that you are riding on the mountains and down the cliff at the ocean bed which goes beyond the horizon.

A completely awe-inspiring moment.

And here it is, Kasheli Beach

Photo of Shri Kanakaditya Temple, Kasheli, Maharashtra, India by Pankaj Chavan

Totally worth the ride

Photo of Shri Kanakaditya Temple, Kasheli, Maharashtra, India by Pankaj Chavan
Day 4

Next morning it was time to head back to Mumbai, and I decided to take the Mumbai-Bangalore freeway from Karad, thus completing the circuit road to Mumbai.

The best freeway of Maharashtra

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It was a Labor Day long weekend. Temperatures had already hit 40 degrees but I was not able to gulp in the thought of lying on my bed watching Netflix on a long weekend. So I decided to explore Konkan Maharashtra on the king of the road with my squad.

After applying a lot of sunscreen, I started my journey at 10 am on Saturday. The body was getting acclimatised to the heat by the minute. As soon as I crossed Mumbai, the trees around the corners began making my ride pleasant.

Peaceful road of Konkan Maharashtra

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I took a short lunch break near Alibaug. You can have the best seafood in and around this area. The roads here make up the freeway and the curvy ghat. The narrow drive away through villages make the ride very pleasing. After a six hour long ride, I finally reached my first destination.

This is place is nearly 215 km away from Mumbai. It is famous for its rocky sea shore and the holy shrine of Lord Shiva. You can walk around for miles on these rocks and the sound of water hitting the rocks will just take away your exhaustion. I sat on the rocks for hours doing nothing but admiring the stunning view.

After that long ride

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Reading a novel in such a peaceful place brings with it a different kind of happiness. I always carry my kindle wherever I travel. The beach was so silent that the only noise you hear is of hustling water. It was a perfect movie setup kinda scenario.

No better place than this one

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Next morning, after going to Harihareshwar temple, I headed out for my next destination. Again, it was nearly a five hour drive for the day. But as you start getting on to the small roads of Konkan, the road trip gets exciting mile by mile.

Konkan State Highway

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Better than freeway

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Such are the roads here, ideal for the road trip, isn’t it? Within few hours I was nearing my next stop.

Spending an evening here is nothing short of a fairy tale. Splendid beaches away from the noisy world and a picturesque sunset to end the day, what else will one need after a tiring ride? Sit back and relax, observing the beauty of our mother earth.

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Making the most of the moment

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There are many stay options near the beach that are not very expensive either. You don’t need to pre-book anything. Enjoy the local food on the streets of Guhaghar and the food will just blow your mind.

The 20 km road from Ganpatipule to Ratnagiri is a sheer beauty. It is a complete coastal road with sea on one side complemented by the mountains on the other. You will literally stop at every corner to appreciate the charm of such mesmerising views.

Coastal Road from Ganpatipule to Ratnagiri

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Perfect pitstop

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The next destination was two hours away from this beautiful town. There were many dhabas on the way to fill your empty stomach with some refreshing Konkani seafood. It no more felt like a summer season as the views all over were satisfying my soul.

But the best was yet to come.

The place has its own private beach. People hardly know about this place and since it is near to a small village, far away from the maddening crowd, it will bring with it another level of peace and tranquillity. There are stairs below the cliff that will take you to beach. There is a vantage point available from where you can click some beautiful pictures.

Yes, the private beach !

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Best sunset of the trip

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This was apparently the last sunset of this trip. After spending wonderful time on the beach, I headed towards Ratnagiri again for night-stay. You won’t find any hotels near this area, so Ratnagiri is the only option you have.

Perfect road trip

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This freeway is one of the best in Maharashtra. Within eight hours, I was in Mumbai.

Such was the experience from Konkan road trip. I hope you enjoyed reading it. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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