The Girl Gang Strikes! (Day 2)
Hey guys! Thank you for all the love and comments on the previous post..this is a continuation post from my last one so, do read my 1st post on Ganpatipule, before reading this one (i promise this is not a marketing strategy..it will just make more sense to you if you do read the previous post ☺)
A New Day Awaits!
A lot of plans were made the previous night...we witnessed the most magical sunset at Ganpatipule yesterday and were so charged by the view that we girls rushed back to our hotel to make more plans for the next. Yes, way way too many plans...One thing i've learnt and re learnt in the past (and i still keep doing it over and over again ...sigh! some people never learn) is never make plans when you are drunk!! Like NEVER! and never make plans when you are not drunk but super excited !! :-p because they never pan out. Anyway, we planned to go catch the sunrise the next day..early morning 6:00 am at the beach...never happened..we slept through sunrise and we slept like a log! No regrets though, was the best sleep ever! It is ok to break schedules on a vacation sometimes, it is ok to sleep in, it is ok to laze around a bit, you are on a vacation after all. So, all you selfie crazy, photo obsessed people (hey! im not judging) just chill people and sleep in once a while, you can catch that sunrise tomorrow ☺.
Early morning cukkadoo coo
Some Divine Blessings!
So after all our lazy morning rituals, we decided to explore the local area a bit. When i googled ganpatipule, i didnt go beyond the beach, i mean, i just saw the beautifu beach pictures online and its like my brain froze on it . So, after a brief chat with our resort front desk, we mapped our day. First, we decided to head to the famous Ganpati temple which was about 5 minutes away from our resort. You can either hire a private vehicle or catch a rickshaw to the temple. A little history about the temple, considered to be a svayambhu (self originated), this temple is a popular destination and frequented by both tourists and pilgrims alike. This 400 year old idol is supposed to have come up on its own from the soil and faces west. The belief is that the deity guards the western ghats unlike idols in other temples that usually face the east. We were lucky in a sense because the temple was not crowded when we visited and had a wonderful leisurely darshan.
Around the temple
Inside the temple premises
The Beach Again!
After a pious start to our day, we were wondering what to do next when we noticed that the temple was right at the beach shore. It was a hot hot morning but who can resist the beach right? I would suggest that unless you want to try out the water sport activities on the beach, and this one had plenty of choices, you should avoid the beach during mid day. It is hot and unless you wish to have a tan or a sun stroke, it won't be a wise choice. For all the adventure junkies, there is jet ski, para gliding, banana ride, scuba diving etc all starting from Rs.600/-. For the tag alongs, like me, you can either have a coconut water drink and cool yourself in their shacks or invite all the vitamin D and pray that you don't faint in that heat. I had to have as many as 5 coconut water, just so that the guy would let me use his shack 🙄 And when he started rolling his eyes after my 5th, i decided to call in the troupe who were still playing in the water, and head out!
Water sports at the beach
Digging my heels
Grinning and baring the heat!
Time for Some Authentic Malvan food!!
Being in konkan side of Mahrashtra and not trying out the yummy Malvan delicacies is a sin. We wanted to try something local and authentic, so we headed out to a dhaba recommended to us by a local guide. The best part about eating in a dhabba is a) the rural feel b) the delicious flavors c) the home made authenticity of the cusine ... We tried out their veg thali and a fish curry with roti which was scrumptious and oh ! do not miss out on the sol kadi! With all that heat, damn i had two!
Another temple! This is Getting all spiritual, i say...
After that amazing finger licking lunch, we were ready to explore again...However our next stop was the famous lighthouse and Jaigad Fort and we wanted to explore both these places at around sunset ...so we took a break till 3 pm and by 3:30, we hopped on to a rickshaw towards the lighthouse. The lighthouse and the fort, are quite a distance away from the temple town, so if you want to catch the sunset at the fort, make sure you plan your travel accordingly. We had to drive around for an hour atleast before we reached the lighthouse. The drive is beautiful and gives you a glimpse of all the beaches of ganpatipule. You will be tempted to stop at each one for a picture because it is that scenic. We finally reached the lighthouse after a beautiful drive but unfortunately it was closed for maintenance, so we couldnt get in 😔...Our heart sank when we saw the closed gates . Our rickshaw guide sensed the prevailing mood and suggested a temple that he said was worth the visit. We had lot of time to kill so we thought, why the heck not! And boy were we surprised! :-) This shiv temple is perched on the edge of the hill. It had a desolate ancient look, im guessing its not frequented by many. However, it was rustic and very beautiful in a yesteryear kind of a way. The temple premises is covered by trees and if you climb down a few stairs, you are welcomed by this amazing view of the blue sea . Its quiet and peaceful, just how a temple should be.
Jaigad Fort is a beautiful ancient stuctural beauty. Built in the 16th century,it is not maintained and looks a bit run down and desolate but that is the beauty and charm of this fort,i guess. It has a wonderful view of the sea on one side and a smoke pumping factory on the other. Such a stark contrast where you see the natures abundant beauty on one end and pollution emanating machine on the other. The only thing that stands in between the two is this beautiful fort. As i read up on its history, this fort has seen some wars fought and ironically today even if it lies unkempt and isolated, it still fights a different war in a sense. A war between nature and modernization. ...
We wanted to stay back for the sunset but frankly, we were a bit worried about our safety. Not that we had any reason to fear,but because the fort is cut off from civilization and we were the only ones in that massive structure, we decided to head back to the beach instead and catch our last sunset before we leave ganpatipule tomorrow. On our ride back to the beach, we soaked in the sights,as much as we could, i think it was the realization of a beautiful journey ending that made us a bit unsettled, melancholic. Saying goodbye is always hard..We started our trip with the beach and that's where we wanted it to end...that beautiful sunset,that beautiful sea and that view ... oh! what a perfect end to this story .
Its Goodbye but not forever...
At the beach
We reached just on time, and thank god for that! We rushed to the beach for that last dip in the water, the last pictures, the last selfies, and then we just dumped our cameras in a place and ran to the water. As the sun set, we were still playing and giggling and bathing in the orange hues of the sunset. We were saying goodbye but this is not goodbye forever....