Kashid Beach: We set off for 133 Kms car drive to Kashid Beach in the late afternoon. Making our way through the traffic of Mumbai was a difficult task but once we crossed Panvel we and our vehicle could relax a bit [especially the person on the driver’s seat]. We travelled the expanse of Karnala Bird Sanctuary but unfortunately because of a very tight schedule [typical of Bombay dwellers] we gave a skip to the visit to Karnala Fort as well as to Karnala Bird Sanctuary.
We could get a feel of an excursion only after we have crossed Ravidanda Road. Once we crossed Kundalika River and made our headway on Ravidanda Murud road, we realized we have escaped the maddening crowds. For city dwellers of India it is bliss. Beyond, the road does become narrow but you enjoy as it curls and tresses through the small green hillocks. The setting sun made it all more beautiful. The last few kms it was a drive through the dark but the occasional roar of waves which though were not visible but their auditory made it clear that were nearby. The clear star studded sky and occasional sighting of yellow Edison brand bulbs comforted us that we have left our pacy life behind and were very close to our mother nature. We reached our destination at around 9 pm.
There may be lot many stay options at Kashid but lately the villagers have opened quite a few motels which are basically four room to eight room accommodation built on their land along the narrow road. The places are maintained by the family and the food is cooked by the family members only. We had made our stay arrangements at such a place of a guy named Satya Vijay [#9987545846, Hope he has still kept the same no.].
He welcomed us warmly and we all had home cooked delicious late night dinner under the star lit sky. The roar of the waves was now very clear as the shore was just across the road. The atmosphere was such that we ate, drank and chatted till 3 am while the children enjoyed the bonfire and the hammocks.
Next day we woke up late and immediately I was captivated with the beauty of the place. Behind our rooms were green slopes of small hills with thick growth of Casuarina genus trees while in the front was glistening blue Arabian Sea with white milky waves making synchronous visit to the shores.
We rushed to the beach. It was a wonderful site with very few visitors. We could make out a hillock on the distant left of our place. The sunny morning, the sparkling sand on the beach, the waves, everything was complimenting the splendor of the place. The place also had water scooter rides offered by the locals. We were treated to another scrumptious lunch on our return.
While returning we had a brief stop at the main beach of Kashid. This was bit crowded but had lot many options of food and enjoyment like horse rides, cart rides etc. We enjoyed the beautiful sunset here before setting off for Mumbai.