Finally the water is blue! Yes, the Arabian Sea I had seen so far was brown coloured. In Ratnagiri, I saw the postcard perfect hues of blue and green. Life is good!
My first stop was Ganpatipule – a small coastal town popular with pilgrims for its Ganesha (Elephant God) Temple. It also has an interesting museum called Prachin Konkan. More on it later.
And I could get a sense of the bio-diversity this region is known for – I spotted a Hornbill and some other exotic birds. And could hear many more.
Then came the best part – driving from Ganpatipule to Ratnagiri and beyond – along the sea and the backwaters for really the first time on this trip. With some pretty villages on the way.
The coast is lined with clean, virgin beaches – you can be there for days and no one will bother you. That’s a big thing in a densely populated region like India.
Let the images speak for themselves. Enjoy – and plan your own trip.
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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