Summer is here. And you hate everything – the heat, sweating, less than appetising room-temperature water, and just existing in general. However, there is one thing about the summer season that you can't help but love – mangoes! Yes, as soon as April starts and the first sweet mango of the season is tasted, all our summer woes are forgotten, albeit momentarily. Mangoes are like God’s way of apologising for making summers so unbearable.
What would you say if I told you that you could spend a weekend completely surrounded by mangoes. Interested? Then a trip to the Konkan coast in Maharashtra is on the cards. Ratnagiri, the birth land of Alphonso mangoes, is an extremely popular place to visit and see mangoes grow and ripen. Palshet, a lesser-known village in the same region is also a mango heaven.
Here, there are many government run, NGO-aided as well as private homestays and hotels that give visitors a chance to stay, and stroll through these orchards and taste the sweetness of their favourite fruit up close.