Trip to Dapoli From Hyderabad An alternative to Goa

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We hardly found any one there. There were accommodation available by provided by locals.Non veg was strictly not available as almost everybody were Brahmin. Coming back to temple, the temple was small and beautiful.

A oil lamp was there to illuminate Lord Vishnu. The experience to see Lord Vishnu was great. The gomukh was fascinating with fresh and cold water.The pure water coming out of the bulls was really cold. We were not sure if that was safe to drink. As the backside of the temple was completely locked and nobody was around, we could not know the source of this holy water.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

Later the villages confirmed that holy water was consumable.It was little lonely , we could hardly got anybody in the route. Also there were no shops in the route.We carried snacks and water bottles along with us. As it was post monsoon season, nature offered the best view of everything.

The round trip was completed by 3 hours as we took multiple breaks during our journey. There was not a single dustbin throughout the journey as a result people threw pet bottles,glass bottles in few places which were the only eye sore.As we had to do lot of climbing or sort of trekking, I would not recommend any heart patient,pregnant women or differently able person to venture this.

This place offered lots of photography spots. if you were religious,spiritual or atheist, this was a great and must visit place in Dapoli. The whole journey was much better than the destination. The trail was amazing with all sorts of trees and bunch of horn bills.By the way , this area was famous for Alphonso mango,locally known as Hapus Aam.

Unhavare Natural Hot Spring:

It was charm to drive 2 hours drive from Kadre with the road which was not in great shape.We had to drive very carefully.We had lost roads and direction many times.In the entire road we did not get anybody who could suggest us the correct road.

We were fully dependent on GPS which misguided us many times.  It was around 40 KM. We did not figure out if we traveled  in wrong season. It was dirty. It was no comparison with the hot spring of Brakeswar of west bengal or mud volcano of Andaman.

They were far far better than this. A thin water was coming out of mother nature. Not sure if it was hot or not. It was so dirty we did not encouraged to touch it. However,while coming back , the darkness gave us a beautiful night drive in off road condition.

Savane Beach:

It was a clean beach with full of coconut trees.When we reached there, there was no tourists venturing the area. It was a scenic beach with unlimited quietness. There were no tea stalls available.

The air was very fresh and refreshing. Off course the beach and nature offered private moments but loneliness was killing us. There was no water spots. The Sunset was far better than other beach. We clicked some photos and left the place.

We were only three but wished next time we would come back with lots of friends. Also wished that we would be doing a Bonn fire.

Agricultural university:

The Maharastra Govt established this agriculture university on 1972.It was named Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth.Later it was named as Dr Bala Saheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth.The area was as usual very green.

As we visited during holidays,it was closed. I was sure that the university provided lots of crops to the farmers of the country.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

Harnai Port/Harnai Beach/Suvarnadurga/Kanakdurga/Fish Market:

It was situated around 20 KM away from Kadre beach.It was the oldest port in this area.Uncounted numbers of boats were leaving or coming. There were all fishing boat in the area. Being a market place it was crowded. We did not spend time here.

If sea beaches were main attraction to go to Dapoli,It offered us few mores!!!.  It was consisted three forts.We could cover only two. They were as below:

  1. Suvarnadurga- Sea fort
  2. Kanakdurga– Land fort
Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

It was shore fortress encompassed with great Arabian sea on all sides and was spread over regions of eight sections and had separated the outer world with high wall(divider). The valley was one of the naval base of Maratha for was boat building capacity. It could be easily identified by it’s dark stoned dividers.

We were told that it was built in Adil shah rule and later captured by Maharaja Chatrapati Sivaji. The locals told that there was route(tunnel) between the forts.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

The road was not available when we visited.The literal meaning of Suvarnadurga was ‘golden fort’ as it was symbolized as a pride or the “feather in the golden cap of Marathas”.There was almost nothing left in the fort. There was a big lighthouse(almost ruined when we visited).

It was a gazing place for local cows.There was no ferry service available to go to the sea fort. We needed to book a local fisherman to carry us. As there was no tourists available to go to sea fort. Also they did not offer us life jackets.

We cancelled that plan. However there was a fish market available. Harnai was very famous for fish auction.Seeing the volume of fish auction,we were sure it was the major exporter of fish in Maharastra and neighboring states.

Being fish lovers,we were thrilled to see the varieties of fish at cheaper price. If we had booked a home stay, we would have ventured the market.However,Harnai  beach was very popular. It was flat bed beach again with gradual slope with gentle wave.

PanhaleKaji Cave:

It was really hidden wonder in Dapoli. It was around 30 KM away from Dapoli. The cave were built during Buddhist period 3rd century AD and discovered only in 1970.There were 29 caves available.The caves were made by cutting the rock.

The area was small and was not very popular.Coming back to cave, the caves were having two rooms. They were not maintained. They were damp,quite. Bats , birds, pigpens made  it their home.It was stinking badly. We could identify the models of Ganesh,Sawaswati and scene from Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

The caretaker was kind enough to take us to different caves like the buddhists cave, the hindu’s cave,the jain’s cave. Unfortunately, he was not having much knowledge about the cave. Coming back to road condition, the parts of the road was muddy,narrow.

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