Road trip to Velneshwar & Ganpatipule – Part 2

If you haven’t read the first part of the trip, read it Β here

Day 2

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 πŸ™‚ 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.

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DSC04892There 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

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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.

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The route that we chose, required us to cross another creek, the Jaigad creek by ferry boat again. Β 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.

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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 πŸ™‚ Bliss!

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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 πŸ™‚DSC04958

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 localΒ cuisine. Nevertheless even normal food in such surroundings tasted awesome.

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That is an excited Cheebu dancing in joy πŸ™‚

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After aΒ heavyΒ lunch we decided to rest a bit before heading out to the sea, inviting though it looked. Β 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.DSC04961

Cheebu alternated between playing in the swings and the slides and resting πŸ™‚ … and collecting coconuts of all sizes πŸ™‚DSC04965

As per the original plan, we had booked the resort for one day and were supposed to return back Β the next day… but do things go as planned always? πŸ™‚ We had fallen so much in love with this place that we decided to extend our stay by another day πŸ™‚ WeΒ wouldΒ have loved to stay there for a week, but well, you have to think practically sometimes. Sigh!

After some rest, we decided to explore the resort. We discovered that the resort was bounded by a quite backwater on one side.
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DSC04971We spent some time there feeding the little fishes biscuit crumbs and spotting tiny little crabs.

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And finally after a nice cup of tea, it was time to hit the beach πŸ™‚ The beach is one of the most beautiful beaches I have seen with its vast stretches of golden sand. See for yourself…

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The rest of the evening was spent playing and walking down the beach, drinking lots of refreshing nariyal pani , watching the lovely sunset…

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And then the tiny moon, that was visible as the sun went down.DSC04993

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36 thoughts on “Road trip to Velneshwar & Ganpatipule – Part 2

  1. Only one word I will say πŸ™‚ “”ADOPT ME “”. I am seriously noting your places and I wonder how and where you will know all this places πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  2. Loved all the pics!!! The best is where Cheebu is riding her papa πŸ™‚
    You made this so attractive, this place surely goes in my list of places to be traveled πŸ™‚
    And you are right, there is something about visiting a calm temple by the sea. Try visiting Somnath for similar experience.

    • Thanks ZM πŸ™‚
      That pic is one of my favorites too πŸ™‚
      This place was on my list for a long time… I am sure you’ll love it too πŸ™‚ Do plan a trip πŸ™‚
      I would love to visit Somnath… Someday hopefully πŸ™‚

  3. Superb pics!!! I’m a big fan of the konkan coast myself – hope to visit more of it this year…and hope the place stays as pristine as this for as long as possible!

    • Thanks Jas πŸ™‚ We stayed at the Konkani cottages at MTDC resort… It has the best location. But since it is a little away from the main resort having your own vehicle is useful.

  4. The first pic…a unique architecture na πŸ™‚

    I loved the hammocks πŸ˜€

    Such a serene looking beach..love it..

    Not heard of these areas earlier, now thanks to you I can impress people with these awesome must-see places πŸ˜‰

  5. Serene and picturesque!!
    Glad you enjoyed your trip.. and spontaneously extending it is so much fun..

    Loved the pic of the coconut trees and the one of them on the hammock the best πŸ™‚

  6. Wow! Loved all of the pics!

    The beach looks so neat, beautiful and, best of all, there are no crowds! Would love to visit Ganpatipule some day. Have heard a lot about it. πŸ™‚

    You are right – there is something about visiting small temples beside the sea. We visited one at Diu, and I couldn’t bring myself to get out of it. πŸ™‚

    I have been craving for a beach vacation for ages now. Somehow, it is just not working out. 😦 Beach vacations are jinxed for me these days, I guess. 😦 And, it is already summer… I can’t go to a beach now even if I can. Gah!

    The temple you have mentioned in your post looks very similar to the ones we saw in Goa. Konkan influence, maybe?

    • Thanks TGND πŸ™‚
      We too love places that are not crowded πŸ™‚ Do plan a trip to Ganpatipule sometime.. I am sure you will love it πŸ™‚
      Yes, you are right summers are not the best time for beaches… maybe you can plan a beach vacation after a few months πŸ™‚
      I am also craving for a vacation of any kind now… but there is no hope of it in the next few months at least 😦
      Yes, I too noticed that the temples in Konkan are similar to the ones in Goa πŸ™‚

    • Yes, you can sit inside your car too while it is being ferried across like we sat the previous day eating ice cream in the ac comfort of the car πŸ™‚ as it was very hot.
      You can also go on the deck to enjoy the views which we did on this particular day πŸ™‚

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