2 days memorable road trip to Kashid. I started the bike trip with my husband from Mumbai to Kashid via Rewas. Loaded the bike at Ferry Wharf commonly known as Bhaucha Dhakka near Dockyard station and the ferry took approximately 1.5 hrs to reach Rewas. Road trip has it’s own beauty, where you not only enjoy the nature, but also experience the busy but quite village lanes.
After lodging in a cottage at Kashid, we headed towards, ancient caves of Kuda village. The caves are believed to be of Buddhist origin and are approximately 40 kms away from Kashid. Even many locals are unaware of this place. The caves are away from the main town, hustle bustle of routine life, at a tranquil location. The road finally leading to the caves is half a km Kaccha road. An old gentleman, the caretaker had kept the place spic and span. There are few small tanks, which stores the rain water to be used throughout the year. There were caves on the second level as well. The wall had inscription of old scriptures. However, there is no board to elaborate about these historical caves (hopefully during next visit there may be some info).
The evening was spent at Kashid beach. This beach mesmerizes you with it’s serenity. Since it was full moon, we were fortunate to watch the moon rise. The beach and the sea was lit up in the moon light and it was truly feast to our eyes.
Next day while enroute to Mumbai; came across the sign board for Korlai fort which is approximately 6 kms away from Kashid beach. From the entrance we could see the Lighthouse and the fort. The caretaker promptly guided us about the importance and the functioning of the Lighthouse. It was indeed very insightful! Standing opposite the Lighthouse is the Korlai fort. It was built in 1521 by Portuguese. The Fort is strategically located. There are 50 odd steps, which makes the climb easy and one can reach the top in 10-15 minutes.
The view from the top is just breath taking! It captures clear blue water, beach, the village, the jetty and also the stands put up near the beach to sun dry the prawns.
On one side of the fort the water is shimmering in the bright sun, constantly hitting the shore, while the other side is comparatively calmer. The fort has old canons, a temple and a church. At the other end, if you start moving downwards, you can reach closer to the beach but this part is full of rocks. After spending few minutes here it brings a feeling to go and explore the world more rather than sitting in a cubicle.
A night halt is also possible on the fort, where you can carry your tent and food, of course after getting the necessary permissions.
Overall it was an enriching experience.