Our organizers got us good deal for the sports. We went to see the Sindhudurg fort afterwards by the boats. The fort, constructed by Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has an interesting history and the most astonishing is the main entrance, 1 cannot spot it from outside. The guide explained the reasons behind it.We went back to our Campsite at around 4 PM, got freshened up and had our lunch quickly and winded up to leave from the place to Pune.we started around 7 PM.On the way we were playing the traditional Antakshari game and singing our heart out and it was so much fun. We had our dinner at 12 PM in a Kolhapur hotel. The food was awesome. The dinner time got late as we started late from Malvan and it took 2 hours to find a hotel as it was late and all hotels were closed. The food was great though.We reached at Pune at 6.30 AM in the morning as promised by the Organizers. Time to say bye to all. It felt so great to go back to normal with great experience, awesome weekend and a lot of new friends.Malvan was a perfect place to enjoy a quite weekend away from the city hustle bustle and also avoid tourist crowding. Scuba Diving is a must do activity for everybody atleast once in a lifetime.Thanks to Backpack Outdoors for such a memorable trip, would definitely want to be a part of your upcoming trips.
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Arambol (also known as Harmal) gained prominence in the 1960s. Being a non-commercialized beach, one can look forward to peace and serenity here in the lap of nature without the mayhem of uncountable tourists. There is affordable accommodation here in the little huts near the cliff side. This is also a favorite hangout place for the hippies, which makes us encounter a completely offbeat and rare culture. Being thronged by fewer tourists does not mean that this beach is in any way inferior to the commercialized ones. There are shopping opportunities provided by numerous stalls that operate around the clock and occupy the entire stretch of the beach road. All in all, Arambol provides the traveler both the serenity to soak in the extravagance of a pristine beach along with all the facilities like accommodation, food and shopping.
This is a narrow stretch of beach on the coastline of Maharashtra located 6 kilometers south of Malvan. The main attraction here is the clear waters of the beach and the beautiful sceneries. If you are lucky to visit the beach on a clear day, you will be able to sea the seabed from such a depth too. The Sindhudurg built in the 17th century and the Padmagarh are the two Sea fortresses which are also major attractions here. Apart from these, staying at the MTDC sea side cottages and tasting authentic Konkani cuisine are also a must here.
Devbag beach is undoubtedly the best beach in Karwar. Imagine long stretch of beach sprinkled with golden sand and no one around. Yes, that is Devbag beach for you. Whenever you just want to become one with nature, just come to Devbag beach and relax. It sure won’t disappoint you. Laced with Casuarina trees, the beach provides a visual treat to anyone who comes there.View of the sunset is breathtaking in winters when a small sandbank is formed in the sea and the sun goes down between the 2 islands. You just want to stay there for as long as you can, and not budge at all. Such a lovely place this is. Jungle Lodges has a resort here named Devbag Beach Resort in the Casuarina forest with a view to kill for. Surely going to stay there some day soon.
This fort is situated on a rocky island known as Kurte barely a kilometer from Malvan. This fort was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj in the 17th Century when all his trials to win the Janjira Fortress proved to be useless. The main building material was sand that too was brought down from Gujarat. The main strength of this well- preserved fort are the thousands of kilograms of iron used here. The architect under whom the construction took place was known as Hiroji Indulkar and the king also took the advice of hundreds of Portugese experts whom he had invited to his court. A number of people were put to work round the clock for three long years to build this fort. The most attractive feature of this monument is the stretch of zig- zag walls and the pillars and bastions. Inside the fort still live twenty- thirty hereditary Hindu- Muslim families and there are also a number of temples inside. The most important out of all these is the temple where you will find the painting of Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj without a moustache. This painting is unique and is not found anywhere else in the world. Nearby this fort, you will also see the Padamgad Fort which is now in ruins.
Backed by the palm trees on one side , the soft and dazzling white sand beach is the perfect choice for those who want to recline and relax in the lap of nature. The waves is not violent and is ideal for swimming and sun bathing. Some of the popular activites include biking on the beach sand, dophine watching other water sports.
Mainly known for the historical Chapora Fort, this is a popular beach which is about 10 kilometres from Mapusa. The other reason for the popularity of this beach is the fact that this is well accessible from other popular beaches such as Anjuna and Candolim too. There are opportunities for swimming, shopping and eating too but it is better not to spend the night here. This is because this beach area is a marked one for the people who are involved in drugs and there are other people who are involved in illegal activities during the night time as well.
Another precious attraction in the Malvan village itself, this is one of the cleanest beaches of all. The place is perfect to relax and relax a little more. It is very peaceful and also never too crowded and this is what makes it a perfect outing for small families and romantic couples. The sands here are uneven and there are crabs too so it is better to be extra careful before stepping into the waters of the beach. There are also a number of eating options such as stalls and shacks around and you get very fresh and tasty food here.
The Rock garden is located between Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake. It is filled with man-made interlinked waterfalls and numerous different models that have been made of waste and scraps and different sorts of squanders like glasses, bangles, jugs, tiles, clay pots, sinks, electrical waste, etc which are displayed on walled paths. The beautiful nursery is visited by more than 5,000 individuals every day, with more than 12 million guests since its inception. Nek Chand was offered a salary, a title Sub-Divisional Engineer, Rock Garden, and 50 workers so that he could focus full-time on his work. It showed up on an Indian stamp in 1983. The Rock Garden is still made out of reused materials. At the point when Chand left the nation on an lecture visit in 1996, the city pulled back its subsidizing, and vandals assaulted the recreation center. The Rock Garden Society took control over the organization and upkeep of this interesting visionary environment.
Amboli Water Falls
Day 2:We all went for a short a walk at the beach in the morning and after getting fresh in the morning we started heading back to Amboli falls in the morning via sawantwadi. We reached Amboli Ghat in an hour and the view which we missed in the night left us mesmerized. We could see the clouds moving around the ghats which was covered by greenery. The blissful experience made it worth returning via the same route.After driving an hour or so we reached amboli falls at around 11 AM and it was pretty late and hence there was a bit of crowd at the falls. The men in khaki were there to control the crowd and the traffic. After a continuous drive of 2 days, we could not control ourselves from getting drenched in the cold water of the waterfall.We enjoyed in the waterfall for some time , and then had hot tea and maggi to satisfy our hunger. The waterfall was pretty crowded as it is reachable for people staying in north Karnataka, north Goa , Kolhapur , Konkan Region of Maharashtra.We started heading towards our home post having food in Amboli Falls. However, since we had to go through Kolhapur, we decided to have a visit to Rankala Lake situated in Kolhapur City. We had our dinner at Kolhapur city by having the famous ‘Tambda’ and ‘Pandhra’ Rassa. The food was very good and it did meet our expectations.And that was the last stop of the trip, we had full stretch drive to Mumbai post dinner and reached our respective homes late in the night.
This is an artificial lake which was built in the year 1560 by a ruler of the Vijayangar Dynasty. The lake is also a tourist hotspot there are a number of tents on the banks of this lake. This lake is popular for activities such as snorkelling and also sailing. Tourists find immense peace and tranquility amidst the serenity of this place. A visit to the Dhamapur Lake is one of the prime reasons for a visit to Malvan.
Maachli Cottages house remain, located in beautiful community Parule, on Konkan Coast and in Sindhudurg region of Maharashtra, offers notion of paying time in nature. The Maachli Cottages are conceptualized as Maachli which will be Malvani expression for huts produced on heights to guard the crop. While enjoying rich greenery at Maachli, beach lovers may also visit numerous shores as Maachli house remain'is situated at around 15 minutes travel from number of perfect beaches.
On the final day of the journey we went to Kunkeshwar temple. Kunkeshwar is a small village in Maharashtra. This temple is again of Lord Shiva. Kunkeshwar is built along the bank of Arabian Sea. According to the legend, a sailor travelling in the sea for a trade came near the beach of kunkeshwar. Suddenly, havoc started and the ship seemed to sink. He saw a lamp on that beach and prayed for the havoc to stop and he will build a temple in return. His prayers were answered, his ship came to shore without any problem. The shiva linga was already there, he built the temple around it. This temple is different from other shiva temples; it has alluring architecture similar to South Indian style of temple architecture.
The next day we went to the Chorla Falls. The biggest waterfall of the area and the one that was visible form my hotel room. The trek route begins from the Wildernest campsite and takes you through a mind-blowing mix of floral diversity. This is somewhat a difficult trek for and a long one too. We trespass the undisturbed realms of the natural kingdom and definitely mesmerized by the shear expanse and beauty of the waterfalls. The mist that drenches you and the sound of water falling from over a 150 ft make you rooted to the spot for time infinite. Accompanied by the drizzle that honored us with its presence the ambience was magical. I am phobic of trekking since my childhood. I had a terrible time once climbing a hill near Aurangabad, and was hanging on a rock for long time before I was pulled up by the local there. So I was a little apprehensive about this trek, though I didn’t speak up my fears. But once we reached the waterfall all the efforts are more than justified. This is definitely a place I want to visit again.
Mumbai Goa Highway
The day one started with our journey in the morning of 24th March, Thursday – Dhulivandan day. When people were playing with colors, we were enjoying the colors of nature. We started with NH3 and them came on NH66 till Chiplun and then all the way to Guhagar beach. Since it was a long weekend and road is narrow, we were stucked in the traffic near Vadkhal naka. After that it was all fun.
Om Beach Resort
Located right on top of a hill adjacent to the Om Beach, this is a beautiful holiday resort and the personal favorite of a lot of people who have been here. The experience here is more of a home away from home. These are one storey cottage like houses with big A/C rooms and very standard amenities. The food served is tasty and cheap too. All over if you want to stay in a very nice place within a limited budget, this is the best for you.
Amboli Ghat Waterfall
Amboli Ghat Waterfall is close by Kegad in Maharashtra. Amboli is a hill station in south Maharashtra that is based on the Sahayadri Mountains of Western India. At an elevation of 690 yards it is the last mountain station ahead of the coastal highlands of Goa and a comparatively unexplored one. Amboli gets the highest rainfall in Maharashtra and remains pleasant all over the year. The best season to go to Amboli is during the monsoon between June and Aug wherever you will find heavy rains. All through non-monsoon conditions, town wears a deserted look and brings life with a lazy approach.