Trip to Dapoli From Hyderabad An alternative to Goa

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We crossed 30 KM via NH-48 and took SH-143 for Patan. Once we diverted from NH-48, the ghat road started. Speedometer was not crossing 25KM/hr. At 2PM we reached Chaplun via Alore.

Because it was post monsoon session , we enjoyed different shades of greens everywhere throughout the road.The ghat section was really awesome. It was very difficult for us to drive without capturing those scenic beauty and moments.

Khed to Dapoli

Road via khed was average with a mixture of bad or good stretch. We reached Dapoli at around 4PM and we were hungry. We stopped at a hotel situated near the Dapoli market had a full lunch with rice, chicken curry, fish and prawn.

At around 5:30Pm we started our last span of our journey. Dapoli to Kadre beach connecting road was not in great shape . In some areas it was just muddy. We reached kadre beach at 6PM.
Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

Kandepoha, Ghavane, Upma, Thalipeeth, Panagi, Ghatale, Dadpe pohe, Kheer, halwa, shira etc were very nice options as breakfast along with freshly prepared tea. During evening, we got few of these items along with fried aloo,different bondas (onions ,aloo, michi) etc.

No holiday completes, until we taste the local food. Dapoli was not an exception. We tried to consume as many as local Konkoni dishes during our stay.

By the way, even though, we booked an A/C room but later we realized non A/C would be better as the place was cool.

Kadre Beach

I booked Omshanti Beach resort via WhatsApp. The owner was kind enough to confirm over Whatsapp. But after reaching there we got the bad news that next two days there was no cancellation that meant no rooms for us.

The owner was very good and made an effort to search nearby hotels. Unfortunately he could not find one. We rested for sometimes and ordered tea. After the tea my brother in law went to sea. My wife and I made an effort to search a hotel. We went deep inside kadre beach.

Fortunately, we got one nice hotel. Our room was at 1st Floor facing the beach. The hotel had a kitchen also. We verbally booked the room. As this place suffered less internet connectivity and network issue, many of the hotels did not exist online. The few were on internet were charging high compared to others. Other good hotels did exist without internet.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

We went to sea to enjoy the sunset. We had very little time to enjoy the sunset.We were able to catch glimpse of the sunset sitting on the soft sand of Kadre. Definitely the soft sand,gentle breeze and gentle wave made our mood.This was the first time,we were seeing the black sand.

Initially, the black sand did not look very interesting but the panoramic vista of the sea,horizon,hill were simply superb. The calmness during evening refilled us with great energy.There were not much eating options during our visit.

But I trusted that during pick season, there would be many. We roamed around 30 minutes and came back to hotel. Om shanti beach resort had a kitchen too. We ordered konkoni thali along with Fish fry.At around 9PM they served the dinner and at 10PM went to bed for a nice sleep.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

The beauty of sea beach and visitors disappeared at 10PM. There were no lights in any of the sea beach. The night life was not as beautiful as vizag,Puri or Digha or Goa. We felt very scary post sunset to stay at beach.We called it for a day.

There was no mobile signal available in the hotel room or around the area. Only vodafone or tata docomo had some network in the sea beach. Airtel,Idea,jio had no presence here.Due to this poor network coverage,credit or debit cards did not work here. Internet provider did not invade this area due to less profit. Few of the hotels had internet facility that too in common area. Due to this we had to deal with hard cash in all hotels or guest houses.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

Next day we woke up early.We enjoyed the sea in early morning.After some walk on the sea beach, we came back for a delicious breakfast.  During morning hours, Kadre turned out to be a beautiful,serene and quite beach.There were lot of visitors on the sea beach. As per our visiting, Kadre was the second best beach. It was less crowded,offered a nice sea view. It was also having lots of hotels with different budgets. As we opted for little off season or beginning of the season,we did not get lots of food stalls around sea beach.Since we booked the sea facing room, the sound of wave kept us knocking all day long.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

The water was clean so as the beach.One more advantage was no matter which group you would be in, everybody could enjoy here. Nobody was interested in other’s area.

Sea was calm with black sand.The slope was gradual with no rock or sudden depth. The beach was safe enough and clean for swimmers. We did not go much deeper though. It was absolute clean and fun for bathing, playing and enjoying time with my family.We enjoyed the bath in Sea for 2 hours.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

Kadre beach offered water sports (speed boat pulling parachutes, parasailing, sea sofa, banana rides pencil ride, jet ski, sand biking, beach football or dolphin seeing activities during pick season). In off season it was not available.

Kadre was isolated, not much crowded on weekdays,but during weekends and long leaves, it was little  crowded. After taking bath , we walked to the rocky side of the beach which surprisingly offered a handful of fauna, black crabs, fishes trapped in small species inside the rocks waiting for high tide.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

Dapoli being a rural place of Maharastra, it was convenient to have our own vehicle. We opted our own car for near by travel. Being hungry, we were looking for local konkoni dishes. We found one nice hotel at Asud. The hotel was in dhaba style.We enjoyed the ambiance, food.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

I strongly recommend this hotel for a lunch or dinner.As a foodlover, Dapoli offered us different varieties of fish platters. One thing we noticed that they hardly took any food order (lunch/dinner/snacks) over phone. Our orders were only got confirm when we sat in the hotel and ordered. Kokan Sarbat was something, we never had taken. We liked it so much that we could not resist ourselves to order two glasses extra.

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