How To Reach:
The best way to reach is by car or ferry.
The preferred route is either 1 or 2.
1. Mumbai -> Chirner -> Pen -> Dolvi -> Nagothane -> Roha -> Bhalagaon -> Sawali -> Agardanda -> Murud-Janjira
2. Mumbai -> Panvel -> Shirdhon -> Pen -> Dolvi -> Nagothane -> Roha -> Bhalagaon -> Sawali -> Agardanda -> Murud-Janjira
3. Mumbai -> Kalamboli -> Chichawali -> Khambewadi -> Durshet -> Pali -> Roha -> Bhalagaon -> Sawali -> Agardanda -> Murud-Janjira
Take a ferry from Gateway of India Mumbai that will take the visitors to Mandwa Pier. It is a journey of 45 minutes or an hour at the max and will reduce your travel time by a good two or three hours. In fact, travellers with their own vehicles can avail RORO Ferry (M2M) that works between Ferry Wharf (Bhaucha Dhakka) that allows to carry pets and also vehicles. Although it is costlier than other ferries it is good way transport one’s own vehicle. There are a lot of low-cost ferries available from Gateway of India like Ajanta, PNP Maritime Services Pvt. Ltd, Maldar Catamarans and so on.
Low-Cost Ferries: INR 135 – INR 250
Ro-Ro Ferry (Book here https://m2mferries.com/)
Passengers: INR 380
Pets: INR 310
Cycles: INR 110
Two-wheelers: INR 210
Four-wheelers: INR 1,020
Buses: INR 3,300
Nearest railway station on the Konkan line is Roha Railway Station. From there one can avail taxi services and reach Murud Janjira in an hour.
Well connected by roads there are a lot of buses plying between Mumbai and Murud that would take around five and a half hours to reach the destination. For a cheaper means of travel, this mode can be availed (as long as you have time in hand or else ferry is the best option).
The Beach That Blew Me Away!
Just across Khokari Tombs lies a completely secluded beach that has not even been honoured with a yellow mark on Google map that denotes the landscape as “beach” and yet, there it was in plain sight with a handful of locals who came with two children for a quick dip in the water. It is essentially a bay on a bight that is present in the harbour of the Mandad River Estuary. And that was it!! No one around – just the expanse of the beach transcending into the sea. With the sand firm under our feet, it was easy to walk around and as we did, we came across shells and also hermit crabs. For shore-walkers it would have been paradise; to be able to look at the gorgeous creatures making their way into the vastness!