Trip to Dapoli From Hyderabad An alternative to Goa

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It looked very risky to me.  There was an alcohol shop here,all brands were available. The hotels offered us more or less same menus for lunch and dinner.

They offered us Modak,aloo bhaji,solkadi(common in all most all meals),Kuleeth pitale,bhakri,Kaju masala,paneer masala,black pees curry,usal,papad,pickel along with varieties of non veg options-Pomphret, surmai, bangda, bombil, prawn, oysters,crabs,chicken,egg,mutton.For non veg ,we had both the options fry and gravy.

The beach offered a gentle wave, slow slope , no boulders.By the way the beach was clean so as the water. Few enthusiastic people explored the sea during sunset.

Once we reached Ladghar,we did not stop at the beach. We went ahead along with the road. After 2/3 KMs of drive, mother nature offered us a small narrow stream. The stream was coming from uphill.Sunset from that clean and pristine stream made our day successful.

Kelshi Beach:

We drove till the sea line. We finally reached Keshi, a small village best known for Mahalakshmi temple, Yakub baba’s dargah and sand hillocks.Yakub baba’s dargah was built in the peswar era. It was told to us that Maharaja Sivaji visited Yakub baba and sought his blessings.

Also the hindu king awarded 653 avers of land to construct the Dargah. Since then it was a famous place for both the community.The history of keshi village from 1300 B.C. was maintained.The connecting road was via the Kelshi village as a result we got few congestion through the journey.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

Kelshi village showed us the real village life. Apart from few locals, we did not see any other tourists. The beach was very nice with yellow sand.We found few snack stalls around the beach.  There was no good hotels around but we had seen few home stays owned by locals.The local shopkeeper gave us little nice information about the Kelsi naming.

It was originally called as Kadaligram then it was changed to Kadali to Kaelshi to Kelshi.Books of Mahalakshmi temple still had the original name as Kadaligram as a reference to this place.It was the chief seaport during the year of 1600.

As the Geyar community settled were for business, it was referred as Geyarwade. Second area to visit was Sand dune called walucha dongar.(A result of a Tsunami during 15th century).When we visited here, we did not see much exists.

Dabhol Beach,Dhabol Creek,Dhabol port:

It was suggested by the second hotel owner in Kadre. It was truly an untouched gem. Dhahol beach offered us three different things,Dhabol beach, Dhabol Creek,Dhabol port. The ferry ride around Dhabol creek added more excitement.

Dhabol port was not for us rather it was for fishermen.We visited underground temple of Goddess Chandika. It was told that the idol was formed naturally. As the temple was in cave, we did not go inside. Dhabol was again not much crowded.

Tamastirtha Beach:

Once we visited Ladghar beach, we were talking to locals and we came to know about this beach.It was just 2/3 KM away from Ladghar Beach. Overall, it was a red pebble beach with little unclean but non touristy beach.

It was mostly for fishermen.The red pebble beach was good for stone collector(Sea memories). Red pebbles were very good for photography.There were few sea creature crawling here.There were few migratory birds around.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

The clean water, red pebbles, minerals were flowing into sea at the junction created an unique copper hue. May be that was the reason why it was called Tamastirtha . As it was for fishermen naturally, it was not little muddy,dirty.

The outfits of locals were not pleasure to eyes. Since it was muddy and dirty, we did not take bath here. Dipping was little dangerous for skin.There were few tea stalls available here.However, we did not find very interesting here, we decided to leave.

I believed that seeing Tamastirtha Beach from hills and taking photo from there would be great.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

On Dapoli on SH-4 and coastal Highway crossing, there  was a hotel called Nisarg offers beautiful food.The seating was seaview. We tested lunch here.

The taste was great with less spicy. After such a beautiful food, we drove along SH-4 to Anjarle beach and Savane beach. They were mainly for locals. We had seen lots of fishing boats,preparing to leave at night.

These beaches were rocky not best for swimmers. These beaches were having occasional tourists venturing the sea beach. As we were not in a gang, we did not enjoy much. We clicked photos and left there.

Try to take main road while commuting from one beach to other as beach connecting roads were broken,narrow and full of traffic and visitors.

There were many atms available in Dapoli market. But if you happened to be near karde,Murud or Ladghar beaches, in Asud there were in operational BOI ATM.

Anjarle Beach:

The whitish sand when reflected sunlight during sunset, we felt lots of diamonds were shining. off course the green cover with various trees created an unique karishma along with deep blue sea.

Shriwardhan Beach:

While driving through the coastal line with our car,we found this beach. Actually it was never in our visiting list. One local friendly person helped and guided us to this beach. It was lonely beach with brown sand ,clean and pristine water.It was truly a virgin beach as nobody,except us ventured the beach.There were no snack stalls nearby.We did some photo clicking and proceed to Padale Beach.

Padale Beach:

It was again not so touristy. Few people were venturing the sea when we arrived here. No water sports were available.No much snack stalls were available. The sea offered us a huge sea beach to explore.The sunset was really nice.

Chirping birds,endless gentle wave, very few tourists made the sunset as beautiful as we watched in chiriyatapu in Andaman.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

There were two routes to Pune. One from Tamhini ghat, another via Varandha ghat. We choosed the second one that was via Varandha ghat. The reason was even through the ghat road was more but the traffic was relatively less.

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