Thursday, February 16, 2012

Guhagar Beach

Visited Guhagar in the month of August. No other period can be at its best than monsoon to visit Konkan. At around 310 kms from Guhagar, it wont be an ideal location for a weekend outing but 3 to 4 days can be sufficient to explore the magics of Guhagar.
Account for minimum of 7 hours journey including short breaks to reach Guhagar from Mumbai. The journey becomes more scenic once you cross Kashedi ghat. The trench of 41 kms from Chiplun to Guhagar is wonderful driving experience.
We had earlier planned to stay in Modi Villa in Guhagar but dropped it and instead preferred a home stay, Shree Pooja ,  right in front of the beach. There are single bedroom cottages, not great rooms but location was perfect. There is no restaurant attached to it but caretaker prepares food on order if order is placed well in advance.

Guhagar Beach
As Guhagar is a bit far from Mumbai, there are no weekend crowds to disturb the nature and silence.  The beach is a long stretch of white sand with absolute no interuption of garbag/rocks. In my opinion this is the cleanest beach near to Mumbai towards South. Guhagar is as such a small but very beautiful town (another reason for it being quite). There are couple of good veg restaurants on the road near to beach which serve a very delicious snacks/breakfast. Annapurna restaurant on the same road is worth visiting for the seafood lovers.

There are couple of places you can visit from Guhagar.

Hedvi is another small town 20 kms south of Guhagar which has one Ganapati temple (Sri Dasabhuj Lakshmi Ganesh) and adjucent beach. One of the attraction for going to this place is to see the gorge (known as Brahman Ghal) which is fomred by cuts in rocks. During high tide, the water comes out of the gorge like a spring. Check for the tide timings with the locals before visiting this place to enjoy it.

Velneshwar is another beach, around 18kms from Guhagar, on the same road which can be visited enroute. MTDC has a resort on this beach.

View from the lighthouse
The lighthouse and Gopalgad Fort is a must on your itinerary when you visit Guhagar. Drive around13 kms north of Guhagar to reach a small village, Anajanvel. Well placed signboards on the road would help you reach lighthouse which closes by 05.00 pm. With a small fee, you can go to the top of lighthouse. The engineer posted there would accompany you to the top and give brief information about the instrument and the functioning of lighthouse. The view from the top is breathtaking.

Gopalgad..sea facing view
Gopalgad Fort is near to the lighthouse and one can drive to the fort. The seafacing fort on the hill surrounded by lush greenery offers a really stunning view. One can spend hours enjoying the sea downhill and the greenery around. From this place you can view the survived Enron project (now renamed Ratnagiri Power Plant).

IMG_8571From Gopalgad, we drove to Dhopave jetty on the Veldur creek from where you can take a launch to go to Dabhol. If you want you can drive straight onto the launch and cross the creek !
On the return journey, we stopped at the famous Savat sada waterfall on the Mumbai-Goa highway near to Chiplun.

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