Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Murud Beach

I had planned a trip to Murud along with my friends on 30 and 31 October, 2010. We started from Thane at around 10:30 am on Saturday, 30 October.

Route details: We crossed the Thane Toll Junction, took the Airoli bridge to hit the Thane-Belapur Road, continued to CBD Belapur, took right from below the Mumbai-Pune Expressway to hit the Uran road in order to bypass the traffic at Panvel, took the left to hit the JNPT (toll) road (NH4B), touched the Mumbai-Goa Highway (NH17), reached Vadhkal Naka and continued straight on the Alibag road, took the first major left turn (opposite HP Petrol Pump) in order to bypass Alibag, took the next immediate left turn and then a right turn to hit the main coastal road going to Revdanda via Nagaon, crossed the Revdanda-Salav Bridge, took the immediate right turn to hit the coastal Murud road, passed Kashid beach, entered Murud, took a left turn from the Maruti Mandir Naka and our (Dattakripa) hotel gate was immediately after the Naka (junction).

Thane-Murud Route ( - source: Google Maps)

Vadhkal Naka is the junction between the Alibag road and the Mumbai-Goa Highway (NH17). The straight road goes to Alibag and the left turn leads to NH17. We stopped at Vadhkal Naka for breakfast and had delicious Batata Vadas and Misal Pav at Amantran Hotel. The Revdanda-Salav bridge has helped reduce the distance between Mumbai and Murud.

Left hand side view from the Revdanda-Salav Bridge
Jetty of Vikram ISPAT Steel Plant seen from the
right hand side of the Revdanda Salav Bridge

The immediate left after the Revdanda-Salav bridge leads to Salav village and Roha. The Vikram Vinayak Temple (Birla Temple) is about 2.4 kms from the turn. The other places of interest on the way are the Kashid Beach, Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, Nandgaon Beach, Lord Ganesh Temple at Nandgaon and Palace of the Nawab of Janjira situated on the hillock just before entering Murud.

We reached Murud at around 3:00 pm since we stopped for breakfast and the road from Nagaon to Revdanda was rough. The total distance was about 150 kms. We checked in Dattakripa Hotel, had lunch, rested for some time and then walked to the Murud Beach.

The Murud beach is serene, clean and about 2 kms long. The view of the Sunset from the beach is astounding and the addition of the Kasa (Padmadurg) Sea Fort situated 11 kms from the Murud beach makes it a picturesque delight.

Sunset at Murud Beach over the Kasa Fort
Sunset at Murud Beach - a horse buggy carrying tourists
Twilight at Murud Beach

The beach is one of the safest beaches in Maharashtra. People say that one can walk a long way in to the sea from the beach. Mr. Naresh Khot, the proprietor of Dattakripa Hotel where we stayed, is a school mate of the famous Bollywood actor, Nana Patekar and was telling us that Nana used to swim to the Kasa Fort and later on get scolded by his mother!

A group of men can be seen swimming in the waters
- that is how far one can go in the beach waters

The Palace of the Nawab, built in 1885 and now occupied by the descendants of the Nawab of Janjira, can be seen on the hillock on the right hand side of the Murud beach.

Right hand side of the Murud Beach (Palace end)

On the left hand side of the Murud beach, one can see the hill separating Murud from the Janjira Fort; the Janjira Fort is located behind the hill. Though most part of the beach is safe, there does exist a danger zone marked by two poles with saffron flags at the far left of the beach.

Left hand side of the Murud Beach (Janjira Fort end)

One can indulge in a number of activities like swimming, boating, deep sea fishing, horse-riding, horse buggy-riding [Rs. 30 (US$ 0.65) per head], parasailing, etc.

A colourful Horse Buggy on Murud Beach
Parasailing Jeep on Murud Beach

The sunset happened around 7:00 pm and we were back to the Hotel at about 8:00 pm.

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