For most Mumbaikars, Goa is the most favoured getaway on a weekend. While I cannot argue that there's anything else like a trip to Goa, but Maharashtra has a 840km long coastline stretching along the Arabian Sea, which deserves some attention as well.
A great place away from the crowds and commercialisation of Mumbai is Guhagar, a city known for its virgin beach, betel nuts, coconuts, coir items, Hapus Alphonso mangoes and the quintessential Konkani cuisine.
Guhagar briefly appeared on the tourist radar two decades ago when the controversial Enron power plant being constructed here, discourteously made it part of the headlines.
Much has been written about the sheer diversity of Maharashtra, but few ever really venture far enough to understand the full extent of it. And Guhagar, the hidden gem in Ratnagiri, has remained serene and untouched by commercialisation.
So yes, there are definitely no five-star suites or five-course meals to be found here. But, what you can expect are stunning beaches, colourful houses and helpful locals. Still need more reasons to visit? Then here are some to tell you why Guhagar is a true seascape.