I’ve been posting short trip-updates during the weekend break, but this is the full log.
We started Saturday afternoon after lunch and after a long drive (especially around Panvel), reached the resort (grandly named Sagar Beach Resort) by about half-past eight. It had gotten pretty dark by then. Still the drive was quite good and finding the resort was easy in the end – although we were quite sure we would miss it. It was a small, but cheap and nice place. For the three nights we stayed there, we seemed to have been the only continuous guests. Everyone else seemed to just spend one night there.
The following day was beaches. First to the more organized beach to the north of Kashid. Lots of fun but the sun was really beating down on us. After a while, we retired to some shelter erected by the local merchants, and we bought some coconuts to cool us down.
We headed towards Alibag and found a restaurant along the way for lunch (brinjal one). A nap in the afternoon later, we headed to Kashid beach itself. This beach does not have the facilities of shelter and shops and is much more quite and private. Perfect to enjoy the sunset. That night we ravenously devoured the food served by the resort kitchen.
Day two had us heading to Murud and Janjira fort. It dates back to the 12th century and is now mostly in ruins. Unfortunately nature’s destructive powers have been supplemented by man’s, and there is graffiti and litter everywhere.[flickr]http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyeofsiva/4303112203/[/flickr]
The fort is built on an island and is approachable only by boats. Rickety sailboats that are filled to the gills with people. As we approached the pier, there was a shouting match on between two sets of boatsmen on who would get to carry the tourists, with some heated arguments on who had the “dibs” so to speak.
With our hearts in our mouths / up our sleeve / anywhere except the chest cavity, we entered a boat and were ferried across. The fort tour (which we had had once before) was nice, except for the heat of the morning sun. Another ride back and it felt good to be standing on solid ground once more. The return trip had its interesting moment when it appeared that too many sailboats were trying to dock at the same time and our boat was “parked” at sea while we waited for a previous boat to undock. No one on board was really happy with that for sure.
Lunch at Murud (brinal two) and then it was another nap and evening at the beach.
That night we remarked that we had brinjal twice already for lunch and the resort cooks had avoided the vegetable so far for dinner. And lo, we had brinjal three for dinner that night.
The drive back was much more fun as we saw the more beautiful parts of the route by day this time. We also stumbled on to a by-pass around Panvel that saved us an hour. All in all, a good break.
Updated with all brinjal references