Tuesday, 14 April 2009
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Conversely an optimist might say - dream bigger, soar higher and rest-a-while to enjoy the view from the top :)
While at it, let me add that Korlai (located between Alibaug and Murud) has one of the most scenic beaches (though rocky in parts)...what's more, there is a large fort atop the mountain next to it. A gravel road leads to the top of a hillock (behind which is the mountain) where the light house is located and from where steps take you to the fort.
A fisherman trying to dock his boat at the Rajpuri port. Just sitting at the dock and watching the locals go about their chores is a great experience...telling us the simplicity of life beyond the financial world. This is also the place from where on can hire a sail boat to the Janjira fort (covered in my earlier posts).
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
At the Gol Gumbaj
At the entrance
Ruins of a once bustling settlement
Guns of Never-on: I decide to take my own shot at an approaching boat. There are almost 120 odd canons inside the fort today, the silence of which eerily conveys the battles they have once fought.
Sweet water lake amidst sea water
Haunted Palace?: The guide nonchalantly mentions that earlier, when the Government permitted, quite a few horror films were shot over here!
Imposing walls of the fort
Sail boats that take visitors to the fort
Boatman aims his own canon at the impregnable fort
ajinkya) even by the likes of Shivaji Maharaj, the British and the Portuguese. One can read a good detailed account here http://www.murudjanjira.com/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murud_Janjira
Journey to the fort begins from the old Rajpuri port (about 4 Km from Murud) in sail boats. For an extra fee, the boatman also doubles up as a guide. Even as one approaches the fort, its imposing walls tell the story of invincibility & quality of engineering. One can spot several canons thrusting out of the windows giving the appearance of being on their radar. It is said that it is difficult to make out the entrance of the fort from a distance (especially during high tides) and that a secret tunnel exists 60 feet below the fort that links the Rajpuri village. The fort is a must see site in Maharashtra.
We shall take a look at the interiors of the fort in the next post.
Monday, 6 April 2009
Rang De Basanti
An aqua Superman!, this man appears to have propelled himself to hit the moon.
Bathed in gold
Love is in the air
Beach in the evening
Kashid beach is about 30 minutes drive from Murud - Janjira. This beach is a must visit for those travelling to Murud-Janjira. It has clean white sands, blue waters, shacks that serve you hot snacks & cool beverages and a few revellers. As I have been noting throughout this blog, a beach lends itself for a variety of activities, some of which are again pictured here. Beaches are great places to be since one seldom comes across an unhappy face.
Pictures have been arranged (top to down) as per time of day, reflected in the changing colours of the lake.Known for its tranquil, azure blue waters, Sutarwadi lake is located about 12 kms from Kolad. Its a place to spend a leisurely evening. Catch the flocking birds, indulge in some angling, pebble throwing or just laze around on a hammock. Its truly a Wodehousian experience.
He was waiting for me to go, cause he didn't want to be captured naked on camera. Irritation on his face is apparent.
The bridge on the river Kundalika
Fishermen proudly showing their catch
Various pictures of the river Kundalika along its course. Kolad is a sleepy town near Roha, off Mumbai-Goa highway. Kundalika is a perennial river and lends itself for many adventurous activities including rafting (level 3 / 4 - don't you be fooled by the tranquil pictures above). There are couple of adventure camps over here and weekends (during and immediately post monsoons) are the best time to indulge in some gut-wrenching revelry.
This was shot at the Revdanda fort. Perhaps a reflection of the shocking apathy of the Government! During my numerous tours in Maharashtra I have discovered that the Government has paid scant attention to tourism - an industry which has the ability to provide jobs to thousands of people, bring in revenues and improve the profile of the state domestically and internationally. At various places we have found lack of signages on roads, people living inside monuments, gravel roads leading upto monuments, lack of basic amenities at tourist places (hotels, guides, restaurants), betel plants running over forts, broken structures, no history write-ups (sometimes even the locals were ignorant), et al! If one were to leave aside snow and desert, Maharashtra has everything else...but is unfortunately not on the tourist map!
Lush green fields in this village near Kolad (off Mumbai - Goa highway) are a treat for the eyes. Nature dancing naked in all its glory!
A drive from Alibaug to Murud-Janjira is all along the scenic Konkan coast - littered with tiny fishermen colonies, ruins of Portuguese forts, clean white beaches and mountains. Some of the important villages on the way are Akshi (known for Someshwar temple), Revdanda (which has a fort), Therunda, and Korlai (which has a fort atop a mountain).
Pictured above is an early morning shot of the Alibaug beach against the backdrop of Kolaba fort. Fishermen are seen carrying their nets. One can walk up to the fort wading knee deep waters during low tides or hire a horse cart. Alibaug, 2.5 hr drive from Mumbai, can also be reached by taking a ferry from the Gateway of India upto Mandwa and local transport thereafter. Alibaug is also known for being the birth place of Kanhoji Angre (covered in an earlier post).