The destination: Diveagar
We had a quick lunch then we drove towards a guest house near to the coast that we had booked earlier. The guest house was managed by a super friendly elderly couple. Almost all the homes in the area are converted into guest houses and are available at really affordable prices at around 600-800 Rupees for a single night. This small village will transport you back to the summer vacations spend at your grandparent’s place. The narrow muddy lanes and thatched roofs are straight out RK Narayan’s Malgudi days. You can experience a sudden change in the air quality and you will definitely understand why this is such a great weekend getaway from Pune and Mumbai.
After settling down at the guest house we started walking towards the beach which is around 750 m away. Again the sheer untouched beauty of the village got to me and the photographer in me jumped in delight. Diveagar is not one of your crowed beaches, and that makes it even more beautiful. The local authorities provide variety of water sports like parasailing and banana rides at dirt cheap prices. We indulged ourselves to a banana ride. For someone who has not experienced it I would like to add that the series of moments that you will experience when the instructor lowers you down into the sea a few kms away from the coast is out of the world. I cannot think of anybody other than my friends to experience this moment with. Diveagar is safe for bathing and playing as compared to the nearby beaches. We saw the sun going down the horizon and with a smile on our faces we walked on the beach. We were at the beach until it was dark and fought our chillness with some kanda bhaji and tea.
For people like me who are always confused, whether they like the hills more or the sea, this place is the answer. The Konkan coast has beautiful gems hidden within it. The sea surrounded by hills in Diveagar is the exact landscape hanging in your living rooms. If you are looking for some untouched beauty, this is your place.
We returned to our rooms to clean up and then we went out to hunt for dinner. All of us hail from the coastal state of Odisha and the word coast reminds us of sea food. So very particularly we were looking for a good sea food place. After walking around a while we found the most popular hotel in the area, Rane Bandhu. Since it was one of those extended weekends, we had to wait for around 45 minutes. The wait was totally worth it, we ended up gorging on fresh surmai and prawn curry. With this ended the first day at the Konkan coast.
Shrivardhan and Harihareswar