Trip to Dapoli From Hyderabad An alternative to Goa

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It was around 1.5 hours drive from Ladghar beach. The scenario around cave were beautiful having tall grass,lash green surrounding. There were two small snack shops near by. We did not opt for tea here. I could not only say that it was a neglected golden heritage of India. The road was lonely. We got hardly get anybody through the last 2 hours or 20 KM drive.

Murud Beach:

It was a delicate sand , extended beach with lots of palm and coconut trees.It was sheltered and clean beach.Murud was also famous for Bharat Ratna Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Kadre.Murud beach offered us lots of restaurant that were serving veg and non veg food items.

The freshly prepared fish items were delicious.Murud beach was same like Kadre beach with flat bed sea,gradual slope. It was very safe to swim for hours. Few water sports were also available.Distance between Kadre and Murud  was almost 5KMs. They shared the same coastal line. We could take a morning walk to cover both beaches.

Parshuram Bhumi:

This place was in our plan. It was a mythological place , having monument of Lord Parashuram. It was told that Lord Parashuram created konkan. Konkan was formed when Lord Parashuram fought with the sea which being defeated , moved 50KM away to reveal the land.

The road was in great shape with lots of flora and the big trees.However it was a private property. It was a mountain view with dense forest around.We statue was almost 40 ft.It was 21 feet copper finished statue.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

The architecture was very nice.It was a different and unique experience.The structure was made of fiber glass. A collection of Sanskrit shlokas on Shri Parashuram,on the walls around could be worth seen.

The earth like dome was actually a meditation hall. We could hear the echo of own voice.The panoramic view of majestic arabic sea,harnai port in the background and the high tides lashing the coast in forefront made our visit worth.

When we visited the place, there was nobody.So far I remember,there was a single snack shop outside.The quality of the food , specially tea, was tasty.There were three bungalows adjacent to this place. Bird watching could have been a good option.Due to time crunch,we had to proceed further.

Keshav Kavra Photo Gallery:

It was not too big but worth watching some rarest and historic photographs of Dr Dhando Keshav Kavre. Government was trying level best to maintain this area. But we felt the effort was not much.

Kolthare Temple:

The shop keeper of Parshuram Bhumi advised us to travel this. But as the GPS could not determine the route, we lost our route in between. Since we could not determine the path ,we dropped the plan.

Durga devi Temple:

It was a nice temple with rural and ancient interiors. It was having a big hall for pilgrims. The area was clean and few shop keepers were selling  puja items.

Chikhali:

The ancestral house of Lokmanya tilak was near Pankali Kaji Caves. It was told his marriage ceremony took place here. When we visited, there was a memorial and school. Being holiday the school was closed.

Kolthare Beach:

Kolthare beach was one of the virgin beaches available in Dapoli. It was 20 KM away from Dapoli market.Expect locals,hardly anybody knew about this beach.There were two routes towards kolthare beach. We had taken the adventures route…the ghat one.

It was narrow but very nice It was truly untouched scenic beauty. There was no network,no live GPS. We had downloaded the offline map.We had to follow that and ask lots of locals for this beach. The drawings,footprints we made during the last day when tried to visit Kolthare temple,were still available next day.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

The beach was having many rock/stones. We had to be very careful as they might hurt easily. Since it was not commercialized ,We did not see any tourists here.There was no stalls near by. There was no water sports facility.Overall, the beach was lonely, the sand was silver gray,most picturesque beach covered by three sides.

But it was clean and clear beach.However we have seen two three options to stay. Hotel Garawa- The location was great but the quality of the food was just ok. We have also seen one nice home stay called Siddi Resort.

We have not taken food here.Afternoon season my bother in law went crazy about fishing by hands. He  almost caught few with bare hands. There were many nurseries around Dapoli . We could buy fruit plants,aromatic plants,money plants,flowers etc at a nominal cost.

Ladghar Beach:

Ladghar Beach was the best beach in Dapoli in terms of activities,number of hotels,beach activities(jet ski,Para sailing  via SUV,Quad biking and camel ride). It was three KM away from Kadre Beach.If you would like to go with family,Ladghar would be the best choice.

Clean beach with lots of  small black and red stones made us seat for hours. Lots of activities were there through out the day. Morning , they went to see the dolphin.we missed it though. During noon,lots of hotels offered us great food. Afternoon offered visitors a beautiful sunset.

The beach was having lots of stalls. It was not blueish water rather it was having reddish brown water.All-through, it was not completely sandy beach, rather a mixture of reddish mud,stones and black sand.There were lots of hotels , home stays available here.During all seasons, all water sports along with dolphin watching.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

The place became even more beautiful during sunset(golden hue, sun reflecting on the reddish water enhances the color of the sand and of course the water). We tested the local coconut water and soft coconut.However, one thing we noticed that that the locals and tourists threw away bottles,tetra packs,glass bottles and wastage to the sea beach.Local municipal corporation or villagers committee should take proper steps to make it clean.

All hotels provided simply good food.It was a worth visit specially for sea food lovers.Nearly all properties were on the beach with just the road was separating them. We did not notice life guard. One thing , we expected that was fancy restaurants or food joints which we did not get.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

Ladghar beach was almost like private beach.A simple morning walk along with the sea beach was very joyful with gentle wave,lash green and water birds and crabs, fish.Even though the sand was soft,few enthusiastic drivers took their car to sea.

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