Konkan and the Western Ghats

#1 Jun 27th, 2016, 00:06
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Hi,

We are in the planning stage of another 2 months trip.
We fly out from Mumbai and before that we intend to visit Konkan and the Ghats.

At this moment we play with the idea to spend a fortnight in that region.
Start of this leg of our itinerry is Amboli and it ends in Alibaug/Mandwa.

Our interests are a mix of village life, culture and nature. Strolling along the see is fine but no interest in beach activities.
The travel time is the first weeks of December.

I want to know if there is enough diversity in the region to keep us busy for fourteen days.
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Some places that you can consider

Sawantwadi is famous for its wooden handicrafts.
Malvan for Tarkarli and Sindhudurg fort.
Devgad for Devgad lighthouse, Kunkeshwar Temple.
Ratnagiri for Ganpatipule, Jaigad, Malgund.
Guhagar for Velneshwar, Hedvi.
Murud Janjira for Janjira Fort.
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14days from Amboli to Alibaug ... a little tough, because I think the scenery gets a bit repetitive at times and especially the quality of the coastline steadily declines as one nears Mumbai. Still, it is very possible.

-- You start off at Amboli. You can explore the forests there with local guides. Its supposed to be a bio-diversity hotspot. Gaur and Deer sightings are common. If you are anthropologically inclined, you can spend more time there too.
-- Descend the ghat to Sawantwadi. The palace and wooden toys would not take more than half a day, so by evening proceed to Vengurla by the coast. There are some pristine and unspoilt beaches either side of Vengurla - Mochemad and Kondura are my favorites. Vengurla has a small harbour where I've once seen dolphins in April. There a popular Ganesh temple at Redi which you may visit if religiously inclined.
-- A bit north of Vengurla is Malvan. Head to the island-fort for a history lesson. Spend an evening at the Chivla beach which is surprisingly beautiful despite falling under Malvan city-limits.
-- Move northwards - skip Kunkeshwar and Devgad for now - to Vijaydurg for another history lesson and some fresh red-snappers.
-- North again to Ratnagiri - skip Ganeshgule and Pawas for now. Here is the Thibaw Palace and a few other places of interest. Ganpatipule, a bit north is a major religious centre.
-- Then comes the Guhagar-Velneshwar-Hedvi belt with good n quiet beaches and minor temples. Olive Ridley Turtles have their egg-laying season around that time of the year I think. This can be seen at Velas.
-- From Velas head north-east to Raigad fort via Mahad. You may trek (2-3 hours) or use the ropeway. A major history lesson awaits with beautiful mountain vistas.
-- Again head west to Harihareshwar for some water-carved formations on the coast.
-- Murud has another major and unique island-fort. Alibag is close from here.

- Kapil
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Aarosh & Kapil

Thanks for your valuable suggestions.
I also think that two weeks along the coast is rather long.

To avoid this we will alternate our trip with a visit to some more hilly destinations.
The most famous is of course Mahabaleshwar but Chiplun looks nice too.
Can you recommend other places like this?
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Besides the above excellent suggestions, Panchgani is my favourite in that neck of the woods (less congested than Mahabaleshwar). Medha is a quaint little town. The drive from there up to Panchgani (via Bhilar) is breathtakingly beautiful. Kolhapur, Sholapur and Satara are other options.
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Satara is good. Combine it with Mahabaleshwar / Panchgani / Wai for a good 3-4 days.

You can read my trip report for Satara and Wai. Skip Kaas (flowers will not be in bloom) and Thoseghar (I don't think there would be enough water to see the waterfall).

Chiplun can be combined with Guhagar. Nothing specific in Chiplun to see except for Parshuram Temple and the Vashishti River view point on the ghat. There is a small village called Dervan on the outskirts of Chiplun.

If you include Chiplun then you could also see Raigad as mentioned in the previous post, along with Gandhar Pale caves. Then come back on the Goa highway and head towards Goa and take a left from Poladpur to reach Mahabaleshwar via Pratapgad.
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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post ... some more hilly destinations.
The most famous is of course Mahabaleshwar but Chiplun looks nice too.
Can you recommend other places like this?
Chiplun is not exactly a hill station. The Parshuram Temple has some great panoramas of the Vashishti River though. The city is a major industrial area and in my opinion is a moderately polluted city - but atleast a decade or 2 lower than Mumbai.

There's a place called Maldoli nearby on the banks of the Vashisti. It has options for a crocodile safari and is quite a laid back place.

As for hill-stations, Amboli and Mahabaleshwar are popular. Gaganbawda also qualifies as one. Rest of the ghats fall under protected forests and have no access/infrastructure from Konkan as such. Also Rameshwar Vaibhav, near Pali is supposed to be one, but as far as i know, it is more of a ghost-town these days. Dapoli is also an option, but I'm not sure what it has to offer apart from the weather.

If a night in the forest is your thing, then Phansad WLS near Roha has camping infrastructure, but dont expect any animals - at all!
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Around 5-6 years back there were a few patches of tar road in between potholes on the way to Rameshwar Vaibhav. Not sure how the road situation is now.
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If you like to photograph daily life in places that dont see too many tourists, then two weeks in this area wont feel too long. Kolhapur is good for two full days easily - much to shoot. The ride over amba ghat to ganapatipule is scenic. You will need a car and driver certainly.

Rest you have great advice from all other resident (and non resident) maharashtrians.
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Thanks again for all the feed back.

We are now thinking on something like this

3 days Amboli & Sawantwadi & Vengurla
2 days Malvan
2 days Ratnagiri & Ganpatipule
2 days Guhagar
3 days Panchgani & Mahabaleshwar
2 days Murud

Next to Mumbai

Give the short distances between the different destinations we will decide the exact route while we are travelling.
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How do you plan to travel between towns? There would be direct bus connection between the towns.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post How do you plan to travel between towns? There would be direct bus connection between the towns.
Bus or car is fine.
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In Malvan have lunch / dinner at Chaitanya at the bazaar and in Guhaghar have lunch / dinner at Annapoorna (beach road) and Prestige Deluxe (opp the bus depot). Both have staying facilities also. There are many options to stay in Guhaghar.

There used to be a early morning bus for Hedvi from Guhaghar depot. Did not ask around for availability of return bus, took a share auto to come back to Guhaghar. Also took a share auto for Velneshwar, and Anjanvel. For Veldoor we took share auto while going and return was by bus.

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