Quiet contemplative coastal spot train-ride from Mumbai

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Dear friends,

Happy to be back posting on Indiamike after quite a while - I'm one of those people living away from India, but now very happy to have the chance again after many years to spend a couple of months travelling and being in our beautiful country.

To that end, can anyone suggest a nice town (preferably coastal), within 1-4 hours by train from Mumbai, where I can spend a quiet few weeks in guesthouse accomodation? I've been to Goa before so want somewhere different. Anywhere in Gujarat that fits the bill? Are there any train routes that actually go along the coast? I see a train route that passes close to Daman (train station is Vapi).

Thanks a lot and best wishes to all.
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How about the coastal towns of Maharashtra? Guhagar (Chiplun), Ganeshgule (Ratnagiri), Tarkarli (Kudal / Kankavli) could be options.
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From a scenic beauty standpoint, I'd recommend Konkan over Gujarat and Karnataka beaches. I'm not sure if i came to completing my Konkan report but you'd get some idea of the place with what I've written. Go there before the hordes descend, especially Guhagar or even the surrounding villages (5-10 kms) from Ganapatipule are very nice. Do you like fish / seafood? It's heaven. Not so good if you're a veggie.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Not so good if you're a veggie.


Try the veg fare at places like Guhagar and Ganpatipule ... The modaks and the solkadis and cashews and mango products if you're there at the correct season
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Quiet contemplative coastal spot train-ride from Mumbai

Since Gujarat was one of original options, the beach at Madhavpur is highly rated by the locals there. And since the time frame is a couple of weeks, you can always visit few of the places nearby if change is required.
It however would require a flight to Rajkot from Mumbai initially.
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I had solkadi, Cashew and dried mango. Modaks are made to order - a minimum batch is 20 IIRC. Not so great if you're by yourself.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post dried mango.
Dried mango? You don't mean aam papad / vadi, do you?
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No, just chunks of dried mango, they were nice - but the varietal is too sweet for my liking.
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Thanks for the replies so far. What do people think of Kihim/Alibag (in January) ? I would like to be able to do a few 1-night trips to the big city while being based on the coast (i.e. leave morning of day 1, return late evening day 2), so Ratnagiri seems somewhat far.
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If you do want to zero in around Alibaug then Kihim is good. However Akshi / Nagaon / Sasawane would be much quieter than Kihim / Alibaug proper.

Should the big city be Mumbai or it could be another city / town near the coast. If the latter then Guhagar could also be an option around 50 kms from Chiplun.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post If you do want to zero in around Alibaug then Kihim is good. However Akshi / Nagaon / Sasawane would be much quieter than Kihim / Alibaug proper.

Should the big city be Mumbai or it could be another city / town near the coast. If the latter then Guhagar could also be an option around 50 kms from Chiplun.
Thanks for the suggestions Aarosh. So seems like the thing to do is to pick a spot either north or south of Alibag but not Alibag itself. I am definitely looking for quiet.

By big city I meant Mumbai specifically.

However should I avoid the Mandwa-Alibag stretch, as this may be more crowded due to ferry passengers/daytrippers? And pick somewhere south of Alibag?

Is it easy enough to find homestays without prebooking?
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I have given my recommendations of places around Alibaug which would be quiet.

If you are not traveling during a busy season getting homestays without prebooking is possible. However to be on the safer side you could book your first night and then extend it or look for other suitable places around and book it for long term.

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