I got a hand on a map showing nearby towns, beaches and forts to visit. I rented an Avenger 220 from a shop in Alibaug of which I got to know from the localites and drove off towards Murud which was at a distance of 57 kms from Alibaug. However, the reality was the opposite of the expectation. The roads upto Murud were in bad shape and speedometer of the Avenger never went past 60 kmph. Nevertheless, I was on.
My first stoppage enroute to Murud was at Nagaon Beach, a good 3 km away from the highway, which a famous one and a lot of tourists were having a gala time there. I had omelet-pav with tea at Prachi restaurant, an open air one at the beach. Before leaving, I walked on the beach, through the waves, and and performed a Namashkar to the sea which I do at every beach.
Next, I left towards Murud on the highway and halted at Revdanda Beach. Since I was on a bike I navigated freely and went to that part of the beach which is less frequented by tourists.
I stopped my Avenger at places and had some chats with the localites. Having conversations with the localites and knowing them is one feeling I got in this trip.
I left for Kashid Beach, which was around 17 kms away on the highway. This is also a famous beach where families had come for an outing and plenty of activities were taking place here. I spent some time walking on the beach, had coconut water and left.
My next stop was Nandgaon Beach. The way I took to this beach was a bit messy but I found it the best. An isolated beach with no activities taking place. Only two gals were leaving the beach when I came, maybe they were also enjoying their gal-trip. Except for 3-4 locals, nobody was at the beach and I enjoyed a full hour walking on the beach and playing kabaddi with the waves. I found it the best of all beaches in Alibaug where you can just laze around and do anything.
Just as I was about to take the highway for Phansad Falls, I asked a localite about its location and he immediately hopped on to the backseat of my Avenger and said, "Bhaiya, chalo main btata hu." He rode pillion to me for about ten minutes of journey telling me about himself and the places going by. His name was Ketan and he was born and brought up in Nandgaon. He got down at his friends' home and told me to go to Ursoli Tep and take a left turn. When I reached there, still the Phansad falls were 6 kms away from the highway. After driving for 6 kms I was at the entrance of Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary inside which the Phansad falls were located. I enquired from the staff there about the time it would take to go and come back as I had limited time and had to reach Murud and back to Alibaug by night. I started walking towards the falls and reached at a junction where one way was going to the falls and the other to the sanctuary. There also a local family who lives in the jungle advised me to not to go to the sanctuary alone as the lion roams there freely and it was a long walk there of 6 kms. So, I took the other way to the falls on which the family was also going and they shared their experiences of living in the jungle. I trekked through the jungle to reach the falls which were at a distance of 2.5 kms from the junction and was disappointed as there was not much to see. I trekked back to the entrance as it was already 1530 and I had not reached Murud which was still 11 kms on the highway.
So, I finally reached Murud around 1600 hours, went straight to the Beach, performed Namashkar to the sea which I do at every beach, walked around and left to see the town and Janjira Fort. A ferry takes one to the Fort which is at around 1 kms from the shore. I went in the ferry but didn't go inside the fort as there was too much rush. Instead, I did something more meaningful which is difficult to tell briefly. I went back to the shore, took my bike, explored Murud for sometime and headed back to Alibaug. A 60 kms non stop journey from Murud to Alibaug took 2 hours and 20 minutes as the roads were in bad shape. I reached Alibaug at 2030, gave the bike back, had Chicken Kolhapuri again at Sagar Sawli restaurant, had kulfi, walked through the alleys of Alibaug towards my cottage and retired for the day.