Then after crossing Anuskura Ghat we reached Kankavli at about 9AM and decides to have quick breakfast being Misal Paav, Shira and Kat- Wada Paav. After having breakfast and getting fresh, we continued towards our first destination through Oros and Parule and we reached our destination Devbag Sangam Beach.
We had booked our first stay a day before through Make My Trip being Sunshine Resort. To our surprise upon reaching, we were their very first booking through Make My Trip. The Host of the resort Vipin is very cooperative and kind. First he allotted us the room on the first floor on the other side of the beach but upon requesting he made quick arrangements and shifted us to ground floor on the beach side. The place is awesome and very near to Sangam beach which is the sangam of the sea and back waters. Devbag is surrounded by sea from both sides hence its beauty is at different level.
This was the beginning of Fish Mania. The host was working as cook in the Four Season, Worli but left and started his own Venture. He is an awesome cook. The fish he cooked in Konkani style was finger licking good and the climax being Solkadi was bang on. Our stomachs were full but our heart still craving for more. We decided not to search for food anywhere and tell Vipin to cook for us again. I want to tell you all that if you ever visit Devbag but staying anywhere else, please try food from Sunshine Resort hosted by Vipin. You will not be disappointed. After having our lunch we took a small nap and continued taking stroll around the beach till the sunset. The cool breeze from the sea and soft sand is mesmerizing.
Next morning we took another stroll to the beach and then also visited the Sangam point the Tsunami Island which was created naturally after 2003 Tsunami across the world. This place is also known as Seagull beach as all you can spot is Seagulls. We were lucky to witness one of the best national level open water swimming competition as it was the day of annual swimming competition which is held every year at Devbag where the swimmers have to relay for 4 rounds of the Tsunami Island. We were so awestruck by the level of intensity that we just forgot to click picture. Its very hard to swim in the open ocean and here you can see children as young as 4years old taking part in this competition. It is said some of the best memories are not captured by camera but by heart. Same with this moment. After witnessing such intense competition, we checked out from the Hotel and continued our further journey to Malvan and Sindhudurg.
We went to Malvan beach for sometime to take stroll and then continued our journey to visit Sindhudurg Fort.
The Sindhudurg fort was built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to make the Swaraj strong on the Coast Line of the Maharshtra. Which still stands to the test of time. This fort still tells the heritage and history through its rock solid structure. We were awe struck to see how this fort was built by Maharaj at that time when no modern equipments were available but even after more than 300 years, the fort is still standing strong. Maharaj had as many as more than 300 forts but most of them are ruined but this fort is one of the well kept fort.
After visiting the Sindhudurg Fort, we continued to Chiwla beach and then to Kolamb beach which are also serene. Having a very little time we spent few minutes to admire the beauty and the again continued to Sarjekot Fort. This fort was built by Chatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj as a strategic position in the Arabian Sea which now lies in very bad condition. Later on we also wanted to take ferry ride through Sarjekot but to our disappointment, cars were not allowed on the ferry. So we had to take the internal road to continue the beach search towards Talashil and Tondavali beaches. We never wanted to leave the Beachside so we continued along the coast and continued our journey towards Munage beach and Mithbav and later on we continued our adventure towards Kunkeshwar and Mithmumbari beach.It was still morning time and we were so determined to stick to the coast we continued further to Taramumbari to reach Devgad.
Devgad is one of the famous spot especially famous for its Alfonso but that's the least Devgad is also famous for the Devgad Fort but our phones were dead so we couldn't take pictures and just visited fort capturing it in our hearts. After we got back into the car we kept our phones for charging and decided to purchase Khaja, Ladoo etc.
After a small shopping schedule we continued to Padawane beach and Girye beach to reach to Mighty Vijaydurg. It is one of the oldest fort being built in the 11th century. This is one of the 3 forts having Khalbatkhana where important meetings were held by Maharaj, the other two being Raigad and Rajgad being the capital city of Swarajya.
This is a very confusing fort as the entrance of the fort cannot be seen by enemies hence the fort cannot be penetrated. There are still canon marks visible fired by the enemy only to fail to find entrance and being attacked by our brave Mavle from the other side. Vijaydurg has also witnessed to the discovery of Helium gas so this fort also fondly known as "Helium che Palnaghar".
After being exhausted exploring the mighty Vijaydurg we were hungry and wanted to have lunch and found a very good place called Hotel Mayuri. This place is awesome run by a mid-aged couple. Their speciality is "Chuli varche Jevan" means food cooked on burner made from bricks and soil and fueled by woods. The food is awesome cooked in authentic Konkani style. Best part is that rice and gravy is unlimited without which Konkani food is incomplete.
After stomach being filled fully we had to leave the place with heavy heart as we still were craving for fish. We continued our journey to Ambolgad and towards Purnagad. Ambolgad is the nearest place to Jaitapur Nuclear Project. We could not find any good place at the beach side so we decided to continue our journey as we were heading for 3rd fort of the day being Purnagad.
There not a lot know about Purnagad. Difference of opinion about who built it. Villagers says it was built by Maratha Admiral Kanhoji Angre. Some believe that it was built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The fort is in very bad condition and is under complete renovation so we could not click picture as workers were busy in their respective work from all sides. We had reached Purnagad by 5.30PM and it started getting dark. The steps towards the entry point of the fort are tricky and goes through entire village. One has to climb 200 steps to reach to its entrance.
After spending some time at the fort imagining its glorious past, we left the fort at about 7PM. It was already dark by then so we decided to get down and continue journey and halt at Bhatye beach and we called it a day after getting a good hotel on Oyo for stay at Bhatye beach.