Road trip to explore pristine Konkan beaches of Maharashtra
On an impromptu road trip from Pune to some of the most beautiful, serene and untouched Konkan beaches in Maharashtra, in my darling Hyundai i10, I made some crazy wishes that were made to come true.
The coastal stretch of Maharashtra is exceptionally beautiful and the stretch that I explored had some untouched beaches like Dapoli beach, Anjarle beach, Karde beach, Kelshi beach.
A dear friend in Mumbai called me up and said that he’s coming to meet me in Pune, and he wanted to experience a short travel in my style.
When I worked in Pune, I would wait for the weekends to head out to some new places to explore, without any expectations, and return with wonderful experiences. I love impromptu road trips as they have always been the best experiences for me. My car is ever ready for road trips, with the boot stuffed with tent, sleeping bag, bed covers, cushions, maggi, a pan and a couple of bowls.
My friend had no idea about what was coming his way. He had strict instructions from me, not to question me about anything, give some rest to his brains and just feel life to the fullest.
It was October, the rains in the previous months had left its traces on the Sahyadri Mountains by making them lush-green and leaving few water streams running through them. While we drove through the western ghats of Mahabaleshwar, we picked up strawberries & mulberries.
It was a beautiful 8 hour drive from Pune to Dapoli, we made it to Dapoli just before the sunset. We checked with a resort owner if we could pitch a tent in their ground. He agreed to it, and offered us food in their restaurant.
It was a beautiful full moon night. We collected wood from the forests near the beach and lit up a bonfire on the beach. The sound of the snow-white crashing waves filled the air with a music that was so pure and sublime!
Everything was just so beautiful that we spent the entire night on the beach and never returned to the tent, as we had something very interesting planned for the early morning.
I saw the moon fading away by the effect of the sun as it gradually rose out of the horizon.
7.30 in the morning, we went on a boat ride to spot dolphins. It was my first experience with spotting so many playful dolphins! I felt like a kid when I saw these dolphins jumping out of the ocean.
We had a sumptuous breakfast at the resort, and headed out to explore the unexplored beaches on this coast. We drove to a completely secluded Anjarle beach.
The walk on the shore and the waves crashing with my legs, gave me a wonderful time to enjoy my solitude that I keep yearning for. There was a small open-hut with only a thatched roof on the beach. It was so inviting to take some rest after the entire night on the beach. I pulled out the cushoins and bed covers from my car and made my space to rest there. The ocean breeze kept brushing my skin, the sound of the waves played a lullaby for me and the roof protected me from the sunlight. This quick power nap charged me up for the day. I woke up to the sound of a few kids from near-by village playing next to me. My friend was still playing with the waves like a kid who was left alone to enjoy the world as his playground.
My quest to explore wasn’t fulfilled and i wanted to explore the inner regions on the coast. We drove to the lands where the roads didn't exist and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw thousands of seagulls flocked together near a shore. I stood there for few minutes before I realised I wasn’t dreaming.
We drove further and reached a village where people were busy with their daily chores of picking firewood, women washing clothes at some water source in the open and kids playing in the mud. I parked my car here and walked through the woods to enter to a pristine stretch of beach. It felt like no outsider had ever come to this beach. I tried to enquire the name of the village and the beach and I’ll keep it a secret :)
There are moments in my life when I witness something so beautiful that it leaves me calm for hours. This was one such moment. My friend and I sat silently on the sand of the beach, whispering nothings to the ocean, without realising the time. It was 4pm already and we suddenly realised we are hungry in the middle of nowhere! There was no hope of getting any food from the surroundings. This is when my preparation came to rescue. While my friend helped me make a fire place with stones and wood, I collected drinking water, maggi, pan and lighter (thanks to my smoker friends who forget their lighters in my car). Cooking maggi in the woods, with self-made fireplace was such an interesting experience for me.
Undoubtedly, it was the best Maggi I've ever had.
I just couldn't resist myself from taking a walk in these tranquil woods near the beach. It was difficult to bid adieu to this beach, but there was a Monday morning waiting for me!
With heavy hearts, we started driving back to Pune after the sunset and drove the entire night to reach Pune.
My friend kept thanking me all the while for giving him this wonderful experience before his tough days at work. I kept thanking him for being a wonderful travel partner! He never questioned any idea of mine and supported me completely to make my crazy wishes come true.
Namaste! I'm Medhavi Davda.
I travel to Evolve..
In Nature, I confide..
I find my calling in the Himalayas..
In the Oceans, I meditate..
A High-Altitude Trekker & PADI certified SCUBA Diver, I love exploring the heights and depths of the planet with my regular doses of mountains and oceans.
Discovering myself & life through nature, adventures, travels, sports and dance has been an addiction since my existence!
Quite fond of the natural & cultural diversity of India, I've travelled extensively in my own country before exploring international destinations.
I had left my 9+ yrs of career in Software Industry in a quest to make a living out of my passions. I packed my basics in my car (gave away the rest) and lived in different parts of Himachal Pradesh for 16 months. This invaluable time taught me to experience life from a broader perspective.
I'm currently living in Mumbai to work with an Adventure Travel company as a product manager for Scuba Diving. I continue living a minimalistic life.
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