If you haven’t read the first part of the trip, read it here
I had heard that, early mornings there is very good chance of spotting dolphins along this coast line. We were up early and took turns watching the sea from the verandah as we got ready… we did spot some black floating things in the sea but it was too far to be sure. Anyway, we assumed that they were indeed dolphins and Cheebu was very excited about the whole thing 🙂 Today, we had to head towards Ganpatipule which is about 80 km from Velneshwar. After a nice breakfast oh Kanda Poha and tea, we headed towards the Velneshwar temple. This is a beautiful temple more than 1000 years old situated near Velneshwar beach.
There is something about visiting a quite and beautiful temple situated by the sea in the morning. It fills your entire self with a peaceful feeling. After our leisurely darshan where we took full time to admire the colourful beauty of the temple and soak in the peace there, we set out again. The entire Konkan coast has lovely temples… some big, some small… some little known village shrines, some well known ones… but all very pretty and colourful. There was another famous temple on our route towards Ganpatipule, the Ganesh temple at Hedvi
After a quick darshan and some prasad here, we were on our way again driving through the beautful coastline. With views as stunning as these, we simply had to take breaks just to absorb all that beauty inside.
The route that we chose, required us to cross another creek, the Jaigad creek by ferry boat again. This creek was much bigger than the previous one and this time instead of staying inside the car, we went on the upper deck of the ferry boat to enjoy the lovely ride.
It was a perfect day… Blue skies, cool breeze and beautiful sights around and just the three of us together driving along such picturesque places and stumbling upon unexplored beaches like this with not a soul in sight 🙂 Bliss!
Nature’s beauties were many, but resisting our urge to stop and admire at every such location, we finally managed to reach Ganpatipule before noon. Since we had booked at the last moment, we didn’t have much choice in the type of room at the resort. We had booked the Konkani cottages which was the only accomodation that was left. When we rached there, much to our delight we discovered that it was probably the best place to stay in the resort. The Konkani cottages are located about half a km from the main resort in a little forest of coconut and cazurina trees. The part of the beach that it faced was further away from the main beach and hence totally secluded. It even had a little restaurant of its own with a view like this 🙂
We had our lunch here enjoying the cool breeze and the sounds of the waves breaking on the beach. Unfortunately, they didn’t serve the local cuisine. Nevertheless even normal food in such surroundings tasted awesome.
That is an excited Cheebu dancing in joy 🙂
After a heavy lunch we decided to rest a bit before heading out to the sea, inviting though it looked. We found a place near the kids play area where there were 3 hammocks tied close to each other. It was perfect lying down there swinging slowly under a natural umbrella of coconut trees with the sound of the sea in the background.
As per the original plan, we had booked the resort for one day and were supposed to return back the next day… but do things go as planned always? 🙂 We had fallen so much in love with this place that we decided to extend our stay by another day 🙂 We would have loved to stay there for a week, but well, you have to think practically sometimes. Sigh!
And finally after a nice cup of tea, it was time to hit the beach 🙂 The beach is one of the most beautiful beaches I have seen with its vast stretches of golden sand. See for yourself…
The rest of the evening was spent playing and walking down the beach, drinking lots of refreshing nariyal pani , watching the lovely sunset…