This is a beach town and the best along the Konkan Coastline. This is the cleanest beach out of all and the high waves of this beach make it perfect for surfers and adventure seekers. The beach is marked with white sand and blue waters. The sea is between two hillocks which have a number of Casuarina trees on top of them. The natural beauty around makes this place a peaceful retreat for people who want to escape from their daily routine and spend some quite time to refresh and rejuvenate themselves. The Murud Janjira Fortress, Birla Temple and others are other attractions around. Surfing here during the months of June- September when monsoon is at full swing can prove to be fatal.
This fort is recognized as one of the most beautiful in the whole country and is thus visited by thousands of tourists annually. This fort is also known as the Murud- Janjira fort as the town it is located in is known as Murud. It is surrounded by water on all sides and thus many people call this fort the Island fort or the Janjira Jal- Durg. It was built in the 17th century by Malik Amber. He was an Abssinian Minister in the court of the Sultan of Ahmednagar. It is known that there were more than 500 cannons inside this fort but there are only a few left at present. The fort has circular bastions and pillars and there are a number of rock carvings, tanks and other sculptures that you can see inside. This is also rated as one of the most visited places in the Indian state of Maharshtra and is a must visit during your trip.
Getting a weekend off, in Mumbai, being a media student is like finally getting some time for myself , to have peace and to explore places in and around Mumbai.So while returning back from college in a crowded train on a friday night, my friend suggested me to visit Murud Janjira. All I knew about the place was - 'Janjira' Fort which is one of the strongest marine forts of India and the Murud beach which is famous for its proximity to Janjira off the coast of Rajapuri and is supposed to be clean and peaceful. Saturday early morning , My friend and I decided to go on a backpacking trip to Murud without any prior planning and only a little bit of research done about how to reach the place. We had to board a ST bus from Thane to Murud or take a ferry from Getway to Mandwa , then board a bus from Mandwa to Alibaug and again board a bus from Alibaug to Murud. We decided to board a ST bus , The state transport which is used by a lot many Maharastrains for daily travel, It took us Five hours to reach Murud ,travelling through the interiors of Maharashtra . The drive was beautiful and green. I knew that the next task for us was finding a hotel for ourselves . After interacting a little with the bus conductor who seemed to know everything about the place , I got to know about ' The Nest Bamboo House ' which has six cottages besides the beach. I got down at ' Maruti Naka ' a stop before the bus depot and walked upto The Nest which was only few footsteps away. The first sight of The Nest was pleasant. There were coconut trees in the centre and hammocks were tied to the branches . I could see the Beach right in front of me which made my mood pleasant. The cottage was clean and we liked it. It costed us 1800 rs per day. The Owners of the Nest cooked for the visitors. After having the delicious seafood served by the people at the Nest , we rushed to the beach which was clean and considerably empty. We found many water sports options - The banana boat ride , jet ski and paragliding . It was an amazing experience specially the cheerful sunset , the water and the unpolluted and unpopulated beach. The Janjira Fort was visible at the horizons of the sea but the ships going till there werent available . The next day we came back the same route . Thus , my peaceful Trip ended .
Korlai fort houses a modern Lighthouse which is managed by Indian Navy. This high tech lighthouse makes sure that the ships are guided properly to their destinations. Korlai light house tour will cost 30/- per head and is done by a ex service man. Korlai fort is on the back side of the lighthouse and is a good hike up some 100 stairs. View from the fort of mighty Arabian sea is mind boggling and worth a view.Note:- Areas looking like parking lots on the way are actually places where the fishermen dry their catch so please do not park vehicles on them. ALso if your car is air conditioned its advised to have windows shut as one may not like the fish smell that fills the area.Once done from Korlai fort we headed to Kashid beach. Amazing place to spend weekend. Worth the additional 40km drive. Quite, serene beach with family mostly coming there. Unlike Alibaug beaches are clean. We stayed in a hotel that was prebooked via referral and we could manage a good deal for a day stay.Dinner was without doubt Fish for non vegetarians and for few veg food was served. Post dinner all of us took to the beach enjoyed the cool breeze, saw candle balloons been flow high. Strolling down the beach relaxed all. At night it was UNO time and singing and dancing. Everyone enjoyed the sunset, drive alongside beach.Next day morning two of us who managed to get up early, headed to find another local beach nearby and strolled for some time. Saw fishermen begin thier day and enjoyed the cool sea breeze. Heard water crashing against the rocks, birds chirping off. Once everyone was done we headed to breakfast and were headed to the beach from where plan was to head for Mumbai again. Cars were returned to BKC compound and we had to only pay for additional 40kms. Zoomcar services unless you breakdown or crash the vehicle are amazing and i would recommend the same to people who don't wanna take their own vehicle.
The Thrilling water adventure is not over till you visit Janjira . Janjira is about an hour drive from diveagar .Now Jangira does not have a beach but is famous for a old fort that stands ..hold ur breath ..in the middle of the Ocean . The old Fort was made in 11th centuary and was one of the famous forts of King Shivaji . The Ride to the fort is bumpy . There is boat that takes u from the mainland to close to the fort .There is no stretch of water for anyone to land . So one transfers to a small boat that drops u to main entrance of the fort.The ride is extremely dangerous and the small boat that takes u to the fort makes u feel like a adventurer. The balance is of utmost importance cause there is a probabale case of man overboard situation. So holding on to each other is very important before u land on the fort. But the fort is Beautiful. In the middle of the ocean ..it has several breath taking views. Its huge from inside. Though mainly deserted and in overgrown , it gives u an idea of the royal forts . Spread over a area of around 22 acres its strong geographical position implies its significance in maratha history. The Trip to these four places was short and satisfying . It made me wonder why do we always have to rush to those commercialised places for our vacations . All these places , in spite of being small villages provided all that one wants from a great trip - nature , enjoyment , comfort , adventure and escape from our hectic lives. People are so friendly and supportive. There is so much culture in these small villages it was great to get in touch with rural and ingenuous side of our world. It inspires you to be simple . Signing off with my favourite picture of the place.
After spending a good couple of hours inside exploring the fort, we hit the road again towards Kashid. Our next stop was in Revdanda where we wanted to do a quick check on this old Portuguese church that we found on google map, but what we discovered there was more than that.As we took off from the main road in search of the church, we were little aware that we were actually entering the ruins of a Portuguese fort. There were houses here and there amidst dense plantations and this one particular house had a grand but partially ruined Portuguese style entrance which we initially mistook for the church. As we went further inside a narrow alley , we could hear the distinguishing sound of waves breaking nearby. We walked towards the fort wall, where we a found a breach in it that lead us into to the beach. We found ourself awestruck in that strange and isolated beach with black sand and clear water. Coming straight from Alibag beach, this one felt like an heaven and we couldn't resist ourself getting into the water. Very soon one more group of wanderers and a couple of local folks too joined us in the beach. After a while of fun in the water we headed back into the fort and there we found this tall tower painted white and partially destroyed which we assumed as the Church tower we were looking for.