Nearly every weekend of my seven years of "studying" in Pune was spent daydreaming about lying aimlessly in a secluded shack in Goa instead, where I could drink while watching the sun go down. Sigh, it was hardly ever the case. The irony of life is when you are a student, you are always short on money, but have ample time to kill; and when you start working you are seldom short of money, but are always short of time. In most cases, we are expected to make a compromise. But what I'm telling you today is you need not make one if you're living in Mumbai, for I've just found a perfect place in Ganpatipule, which fits in flawlessly with both parameters of time and money. Time, because it is just an overnight journey from Mumbai and Pune, and money because it costs only around Rs. 500 per head per night.
Let me tell you more about it below.
Where is it?
Ganpatipule is a tiny town located on Maharashtra's famed Konkan Coast. Also the fact that it falls in the well-developed Ratnagiri district is an assurance that it will be easily accessible by all kinds of transport and despite the property being located in seclusion, you won't really be away from civilisation.
Located approximately 375km south of Mumbai, Ganpatipule is a sleeper town with only about 100 houses, but a spectacular beach-line.
Why should I visit it?
The property's name is Premium Beachfront Villa and can be booked via both Airbnb and Booking.com. It is conveniently located merely 50m from the Malgund Beach, which is breathtaking and, I dare say, better than most beaches in Goa. The villa is well stacked with modern amenities with independent rooms, even boasting of a sheltered sit-out verandah to enjoy a game of carrom while sipping on your evening cuppa and watching the sun drown into the sea. Sounds like bliss, no? It sure is.