Maharashtra and its coastal belt, is indeed beautiful and quite attractive. My blog for Dapoli is incomplete without the mention of beaches. The more secluded it is the better, I feel. With the same intention, we stayed in Harnai, typical village, with one market having few eateries and stalls. The joy of staying with limited options is altogether different.
We stayed right opposite the beach, which was very quiet, had positive vibes, where we would go and sit at midnight, hear the waves and just feel relaxed.
The beach is decently clean, but you can see a lot of plastic etc collected during the low tide zone, making it a not so good sight to walk down.
The Harnai beach port, had a few sellers being the Holi time, the fish were definitely fresh, but not very economical as you would otherwise expect. The king Fish I am holding, after bargaining by a local friend was purchased for 1,600 bucks, here you can get your food made by paying for kg cost ranging from 200-300 and enjoy some local Ghar ka Khaana.
For the last day, we selected Murud Beach, the more commercial beach with hotels and resorts covering the shore, we were staying in row house kind guest house, about 3 mins away from the beach.
The beach had more people, with water sports option available, so in one trip I get the best of both, virgin beach as well as commercial beach, though honestly I liked the Harnai one more, being a person who likes less crowded places.
Another highlight for me, was the Harnai – Anjarla bypass road, the wind here would want you to just stay for hours together, and the view of the city from the top is just beautiful. The patch is perfect to enjoy some me time.
Overall, a place close to my heart, where the locals are very friendly, warm and helpful, experiences like this makes you want to go back again and again.
Part 1 of Dapoli, talks about all the spiritual places to explore, you can read them here
If you have already been to Dapoli, do let us know your favorite and will definitely explore that next time. Until next time, keep travelling and keep eating!
Picture Courtesy: SDC Photography