Would you believe me if I tell you there is a place free from hustle bustle of city life covered with beaches and coconut trees all around which is just 3hours away from Pune. No, I am not talking about Aliburg . It is Diveagar which is sparsely populated and pretty clean, tidy and peaceful. It is a small village in Raigad district which is 170 km from south of Mumbai. The locale is involved in various activities such as fishing, coconut tree farming etc. One expects to find mainly upto 2 -3-star type resort that too comfortable ones. There is only one local market in the vicinity of the village which gets closed by 8:30 in the night and the whole city tends to shut lights by 9:30.
We, were a group of 7 friends who wanted a tranquil weekend trip and what could be the better place than Diveagar.We were all dip into excitement and prepared the ingredients for barbeque and packed down the same along with our tents in a back pack just a night before the trip.
On the following day we left for our destination around 9 am in the morning with our zoom car as a companion. We decided to take tamhini ghat route so that we could enjoy the scenic view of Sahyadri hill range throughout the journey. We sang songs, played cards inside our car and took pit stops during the journey. It is rightly said “ the journey is more beautiful than the destination “. The meandering curves of tamhini ghat, waterfalls, pawana lake , floating clouds, drizzle of rain along with some local garma garam bhajiyas on the way made the journey exhilarating and worth the efforts.
Do you know what really happens when a group of troublesome travel together? There is always a loop of never-ending fuss and this is what happened with us as we covered the journey in 7 hours instead of 3 hours. We reached our destination by the evening around 4 in hope to grab the experience of water sports but unfortunately due to heavy rains the activity was put to hold for a while. Nevertheless, the enticing view of the village which had narrow streets covered with gigantic coconut trees all over and dilapidated yet simple house looked so surreal and scenic.
No matter how many times I have been to beaches but whenever I see a beach I feel the kid in me gets alive again . The canvas of sky in the evening around the beach , the horizon looks so soothing to the naked eyes and trust me it always feels like the first time ever.
The beach of Diveagar is less crowded and doesn’t have many restrictions like other beaches. Thus we drove our car with loud music near the seashore area and had the time of our own. I swear had we been to some other beaches we would have been caught by the cops.
At the night ,we planned to lay down our tent and barbeque our food near the beach at night time but luck was not in our cap .It rained so heavily thus we spent the whole night in our hotel, laid the tents in the frontyard of the hotel ,played truth dare and sang songs near the bonfire whole night .
The following day started at 11 am and it was time to leave this beautiful place and we headed for our next destination which was harihareshwar – 20kms away from diveagar surrounded by four hills and with river Savitri flowing through the town and is famous for its temple of Lord Harihareshwa.
The moment we reached nobody was on the beach. The whole beach was ours and it was more like a private beach. The beaches of harihareshwar and diveagar are flat.
However, the beach of harihareshwar is comparatively cleaner and one will find picturesque boats and wooden huts near the shore.
If you are looking for clean tidy and peaceful beach around the corner then diveagar and harihareshwar should be your destination stop . The beaches are so isolated even idea network can’t find you :p “ Pun intended”