Road trip to Velneshwar & Ganpatipule – Part 1

As I mentioned in an earlier post that this was a suddenly planned trip. We started planning about it on Thursday, plans were finalized by evening and bookings were done on Friday :). Back from work on Friday, we got busy with the packing. As usual most of the packing for the road trip is food. We take so much food as if the places we are going to will have no places to eat at all 😛 So we packed lots of fruits, dry fruits, popcorn, biscuits, namkeens, Khakra,  slice cakes, bread, buns, jam, ketchup… for eating and lots of chhaas (buttermilk) and water (we like to carry as much drinking water as possible during road trips) for drinking.

Day 1

Hubby and me got up really early. I made 2 batches of idli and packed it with the chutney made by hubby the previous night. We loaded the car and were finally ready to leave by 6:30 am. Our first destination was Velneshwar and we had to cover about 275 kms on the first day. Hubby had chalked out a route for the journey. We usually prefer driving through the quieter and less crowded  state highways that pass through the local villages rather than the crowded national highway even though the journey by the latter maybe faster. There is so much more to see and appreciate that way as you pass through secluded villages, lush green fields, hills, forests…

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and sometimes ours is the lone car on the road with not a soul for miles around.

We took lots of breaks in between and finally reached Dabhol at around 1:00 pm. What followed was the most interesting part of the journey… we had to cross the Dabhol-Dopave Jetty via the ferry boat … yes the car too 🙂

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Apparently, these guys even cross huge buses to the other side

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And I must mention here about the most awesome icecream we had here while enjoying the ferry ride sitting inside our car 🙂

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After this adventure we continued our journey towards Velneshwar. We passed the beach town of Guhagar, that has a lovely beach on the way but decided to come back to it later as we were eager to reach the resort first and freshen up. We finally reached the MTDC resort by 3:00 pm. We prefer to stay at MTDC beacuse it is always at the best possible location in the region. This one was no different… it was built on a hill overlooking the sea

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We freshened up, rested briefly, explored the resort, did some photo sessions and finally drove to the beach. The rest of the evening was spent at the beach… I’ll let the pictures do the talking 🙂

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It was a nice clean beach with fishermen’s village at one end of it

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Cheebu had  a great time collecting sea shells… some of them even had live creatures inside….

DSC04792We also saw some starfish

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Splashing in the waves… and just walking down the beach…

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DSC04778Playing in the sand…

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🙂

DSC04837Watching the sunset…

DSC04818As the sun set, there was a sudden chill in the air and we saw a lone fisherman trying his luck with the last catch of the day

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We had some awesome chai at a beachside stall and then went back to the resort. As soon as we reached the resort, Cheebu went to the washroom… and then I heard her squealing as soon as she flushed… “Froggie, froggie…Mumma, there is a froggie here” 🙂 Apparently, there was one and though hubby tried his best to get it out, it went into hiding somewhere there and stayed there for the rest of our stay 🙂 That was another adventure for the day 🙂

We had a lovely dinner of authentic Maharashtrian thali at the resort that had 4 pieces of little gulab jamuns  on each thali 🙂 The food was awesome and after the dinner we went to bed early happy with the day and looking forward to more adventures the next day 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Road trip to Velneshwar & Ganpatipule – Part 1

  1. Have you decided to torture me with more and more beach stories?!
    Loved all the pics…
    The location of resort is really great….Thanks for the tip…
    Wow 4 gulab jamun!!!!

  2. Lovely pics, and a beautiful post. 🙂 I have been dying to go on a beach vacation before it is summer; somehow, it has just not been happening. 😦

    Loved the pic of the silvery water and the lone man. 🙂

    Wow, you saw starfish?! I’ve never seen one in my life!

  3. So much food 😛

    If I were with you, nothing would have been left from the food ka jhola after an hour 😀 😀

    Great captures LS…the sea, the sun and the man. Simply WOW 🙂

  4. Waw what beautiful day LS, that Ferry is so impressive, Cheebu looks so so cute 🙂 I loved her sand castle.

    Sunset is so beautiful, reminds me of my recent beach visit http://weourlife.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/day10travel-florida-miami-beach/ and http://weourlife.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/day17travel-florida-everglades-national-parkfort-lauderdale/

    I love beaches irrespective of the day and time, those fisherman work day and night isn’t it?

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