We woke up early. It was cold, so we decided to head to the restaurant to have some tea. Since breakfast was also ready, we had some breakfast of idlis and poha along with hot tea. While it was cold sitting there, the rays of the sun were already on the sea and beach and it looked inviting
We made sand castles, dug out wells till the water came from it
It was total bliss… the blue skies, the sea and having the entire beach to ourselves (It was monday… remember we had extended our trip by a day 🙂 so there were very few people left in the resort).
I love watching the sea… the way the waves lash against the beach
When it became too hot to sit on the beach, we headed towards the sea and spent a good hour playing in the water. When we had played to our hearts content, we went back to our room for a proper bath 🙂 After that we decided to visit the temple that Ganpatipule is famous for. It was Makar Sankranti day and it was slightly crowded, but we had a nice and peaceful darshan and came out
Darshan in any Ganesh temple is incomplete without visiting Ganeshji’s Mooshak 🙂 People often whisper their wishes into the ears of Ganseshji’s faithful Mooshak who in turn conveys their wishes to Ganesha… and trust me this is a much more effective way of getting your wishes granted 🙂 So we waited our turn to whisper our wishes into Mooshak’s ears before coming out of the temple. And when we had moved away, Cheebu said she wanted to go back… she had something more to say to the Mooshak 🙄 Anyway, we went back and she again whispered into the Mooshak’s ears 🙂 and would not tell us what she had told him, inspite of us asking her several times 🙂 But Mumma-Papa knew 😉 (She had been asking us for a Hoopla ring for sometime 🙂 and we got it for her in a few days)
We have a tradition of eating khichdi on Makar Sankranti day and I was feeling sad that we would not be able to do it this year as we were on a holiday… but we got lucky as the temple serves a prasad of Khichdi to the devotees 🙂 I couldn’t have been happier 🙂 and between the 3 of us, we relished a plateful of yummy khichdi 🙂 After the darshan, we explored the market near the temple and had lunch. After lunch we went to the main part of the beach… you know the crowded one 🙂 and had some refreshing nariyal pani. There were some water sports here but we didn’t want to go one by one as Cheebu could not go, so we didn’t try anything.
We then decided to explore more of the area and visited the Prachin Konkan Museum. This open air museum displays lifesize models depicting life in olden times in Konkan. There was a guided tour around and we found it quite interesting.
The museum was at a nice location with lots of greenery around. We went up a machan that gave a nice view of the place
And finally had some fun at the souvenir shop there 🙂
Apart from this 🙂 the souvenir shop had some interesting articles on display. There were lots of wooden handicraft items which to me looked similar to the wooden handicrafts from Varanasi. However, we learnt that Sawantwadi, a place closeby is also famous for wooden handicrafts. There was also an interesting shell museum here.
After visiting the museum, we just drove along the coast line. A few km of drive along the coast brought us to the Bhandarpule beach. A beautiful beach again, but we contented ourselves from admiring it from a distance and didn’t venture into the waters.