Goodbye Gujarat, onto the western coast: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 12

Left Velavadar for a two day journey to Ratnagiri in south Maharashtra. Got a flavour of Gujarat, will be back for lots more.

Stopped for some ice-cream on the way; was charged Rs. 12 against marked price of Rs. 10. Why? The additional amount were chilling charges. Is there an option for non-frozen?

Even as I was leaving, I could not help noticing the roads have cars dating back to the 1970s and even earlier – all maintained in good condition. Owners will rarely sell them for any price.

No sooner had I hit the Golden Quadrilateral (a highway system connecting the four major metros in India) after Bharuch, I was in another world.

The road leading to Mumbai was full of trucks and other traffic, with aggressive drivers, honking and swerving, many coming the wrong way, and roads works slowing me further. I should not be charged toll till conditions improve.

The landscape till Daman at least was quite disappointing: dense settlements, with ugly buildings and polluting industries. No glitter so far on the Golden Quadrilateral.

Took a night halt on coastal Daman. Is supposed to be a lesser version of Goa. It is very less. Spent only the evening here, but not taking away any impressions.

Daman gave the impression (true to its reputation) of being a get-away for Gujaratis to just drink – Gujarat is a dry state. Takes away from the charms the place could offer for travellers.

Someone in the Government needs to take the lead in developing an environment friendly, coastal highway system. What a drive it would be! The views of the seas are cut off from much of current highways.

Ajay Jain is currently on the Great Arabian Sea Drive, starting from Delhi and following the coastline all the way from Gujarat down to Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Follow all updates on:
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