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Old 20th July 2016, 22:03   #16
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Day 12

Summary of the day
  • Start time – 5:30 am at Bangalore
  • Places visited – Mahalakshmi Temple, Kolhapur
  • Time of arrival at the destination – 3:00 pm at Kolhapur
  • Total Distance travelled during the day – 650 km


Quite excited finding another river on the way and with a bit of off-roading, taking a dip in the river at 10:00 am.

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Off-roading from the highway to the nearby river - early morning enroute from Bangalore to Kolhapur



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Again with the 2nd time bath of the day, feeling refreshed to have such a welcome break during a long journey.


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Feeling blissful in the crystal clear waters

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The huge wings being transported – seems to be quite common to sight such long trucks on these highways

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Vidhana Soudha — in Belgaum City, Karnataka.

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We wanted to reach Kolhapur as early as possible and in this process, had to skip our lunch. In a way it was good as we tried the local delicacy “vada pao” for our lunch after reaching Kolhapur. Although we were quite excited to try out the local delicacies, you will notice in the picture the size of vada to be quite huge. Enquiring from the shop, we were told that this was a famous shop for vada pao in Kolhapur – their eateries were featured in a program in NDTV Good times.


Mega Size, spicy & Crispy vadas. Had vada pao for lunch. We were told this joint was featured in NDTV good times.

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Being heavy rush between Christmas and New Year, we had already called the hotel & informed them about our arrival. We normally don’t do any advance bookings but didn’t want to take a chance similar to the hardship we faced in locating a hotel at Dwarka during our visit few years ago between the season Christmas holidays period, travelling with sister’s family and just managed to find a hotel (paid extra which was not worth). We checked in the hotel at 4:00 pm after having Vada Pao on the way and took rest for an hour or so and then freshened up to visit the famous Mahalakshmi Temple at Kolhapur.

It took a while at the parking lot, as there were few vehicles coming out.

Apologies that the photos taken at the temple have not come and its a bit dark as it was dusk time when we were at the temple.

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After having darshan of Mahalakshmi temple, we came back to have our dinner at Dehaati Restaurant wherein we had authentic Kolhapuri veg thali.

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Day 13
Summary of the day
  • Start time – 7:00 am at Kolhapur
  • Places visited – Ganapatipule temple & beach
  • Time of arrival at the destination – 10:30 am at Ganapatipule
  • Total Distance travelled during the day – 163 km


Mingling in the villages of Maharashtra


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This day was a relaxing day as part of this trip as we wanted to spend time exploring the beaches of Ganapatipule. I have read about this place years ago in outlook magazine about the serene beaches. We found this to be a small place like a village, close knit and most of the people knowing each other.

The Ganapati Temple at Ganapatipule is known to be a Swayambhu, which means a self-originated idol.



Travelling by road to this place was an experience by itself with wonderful scenic views.

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The Ganapati temple is on the sea shore and we went to the sea after having darshan of Ganapati.

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Yours truly - This is my state, holding all items while my wifey is enjoying the sea waves!

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One of our unique experience of this place was the availability of products made from Ratnagiri mangoes (burfi, juice, syrup). We not only binged on the products but also bought few for home. Mango milk shake with Ratnagiri base was a delicacy. Point to be noted that Ganapatipule is near Ratnagiri – the famous place for mangoes. We also tasted Kokam Sharbat for the first time.

In the evening we went to another beach at Ganapatipule which was pristine beauty, felt one with nature, peaceful and meditative. We enjoyed there for couple of hours till it became dark. We didn’t find many people on the beach and it was almost deserted during the evening.

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The hotel person offered his scooter and told us to take it for the ride to the beach instead of taking our car. It was a cool breeze in the evening on the sea shore and riding on the scooter added to it. My wifey drove one way and enjoyed driving scooter after couple of decades. It just took 10 min to reach the beach from our hotel.

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Day 14


Summary of the day
  • Start time – 6:30 am Ganapatipule
  • Places visited – Parshuram Mandir, Kelane
  • Time of arrival at the destination – 6:00 pm at Kadodara, Near Surat
  • Total Distance travelled during the day – 637 km


We reached Parshuram Mandir, Kelane at around 9:00am. Having darshan, we proceeded further on our drive.

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Steps to leading to Parshuram Mandir, Maharashtra.

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We had initially thought of staying near Mumbai for the day but due to lack of confirmation, we proceeded further and with enthusiasm to reach home at Delhi.



Glimpse of Mumbai enroute Highway while travelling to Delhi — in Mumbai.

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Day 15

The day was primarily spent driving back to Delhi on the highways starting from our hotel near Surat at 7:00 am. It was a real long drive. I was ok to pull on quite late. Though my wifey dozed off during the night, I was still awake to drive further. We take a bit of caution and avoid night driving and cover the distance during the day time as much as possible. If we feel sleepy or tired to drive further, we normally take a break and stay at the nearest hotel on the highway. My father & wifey are very particular about this & to take breaks as much as possible.

Summary of the day
  • Start time – 7:00 am at Kadodara, Near Surat
  • Places visited – no specific places.
  • Time of arrival at the destination – 2:00 am at Delhi
  • Total Distance travelled during the day – 1178 km
  • Total distance covered in this trip of 15 days – 6,600 Km



Having masti after breakfast

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NH Highway

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We were happy with the thought of driving from Delhi to Bangalore finally materalised and we could make it to Kolhapur & Ganapatipule which were long pending destinations since 2006.


The highlight of the entire trip was the drive along the Konkan Goa highway although one must administer extreme caution while driving along with coastline. The beauty beckons you to visit there again.


We thank the 9 planets “Navagrahas” whose blessings enabled us to complete this entire circuit.
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A very crisp & detailed travelogue. Visiting this kind of places with ones elders has its own charm. Just reminds me of my travel with my parents & grandparents to these kind of sacret places.
Just enjoyed going through it.
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Excellent travelogue and nice pics to complement it... Very thoughtful in choosing all these spots….And hats off to your parents for the enthusiasm they have shown in such lengthy road trips. Did you experience any travel fatigue ? What’s the outlook in the family after such long trips ?
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A very crisp recount of a fantastic journey. To me even thinking about such a trip is daunting, let aside the logistics. Hats-off to your folks who joined you on the trip.

I believe it would not have been as easy as your travelogue makes it all seem, to pull off something like this without a lot of planning and being flexible.

Thank you so much for such a good read.

Question: At Pandharpur, is it not the Bhima river?

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There is a common saying that Shingnapur is also known for the fact that houses in the village do not have doors but only door frames and that there are no thefts in the village....

We have noticed lots of changes in the place as compared to our earlier visit to this temple few years ago....
There have been a lot of changes in the last 3-4 years. The whole procedure of bathing before entry etc. is now deemed not necessary, though I saw some pious people still do it the last time I was there (Nov 2015). It was the day something unacceptable to local traditions was done by someone related to a public personality and all hell broke loose. It happened 10 mins after we came out of the temple premises and on the way back to Shirdi we saw locals (men, women, children) blocking the highway armed with all their agricultural implements. Our convoy was let through after some cajoling.

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The highlight of the entire trip was the drive along the Konkan Goa highway although one must administer extreme caution while driving along with coastline. The beauty beckons you to visit there again.
Most locals will admit that this route is as dangerous as it is scenic. It regularly features in the list of roads with highest causalities in the country.
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If not for Team-BHP and it's wonderful community, we wouldn't have heard about such beautiful places in India. My compliments to you for such an arduous journey with smile all along. I am particularly intrigued by the last day of 19hours of driving that too after being on road for half a month. Pretty courageous of you and your folks. The roads of Madhya Pradesh are a big let down. Even Maharashtra also has its own share of shame for roads.
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Excellent travelogue and nice pics to complement it... Very thoughtful in choosing all these spots….And hats off to your parents for the enthusiasm they have shown in such lengthy road trips. Did you experience any travel fatigue ? What’s the outlook in the family after such long trips ?

Thanks STraiTDriVE

its been quite encouraging to receive Kudos from fellow team-bhpians.

we have been now travelling and planning for long drives for a over a decade. so its more of excitement to visit and see new places rather then the fatigue factor. Frankly during our first trip, long distances were an apprehension which made us make meticulous travel plans in order not to faulter anywhere and then eventually got used to such long drives. But yes, its a welcome break to get away from monotonous life. Long drives makes us live in the moment and keeps unnecessary thoughts at bay.

Outlook of family really changes after such long trips. The togetherness is the first and foremost thing. we have all the time for us, chit chatting and listening to music and we dont get to spend so much time together in our busy lives. the visit to various pilgrimage places are always a life-long dreams. Parents have always felt very fulfilled in such trips. After 50+years we were also able to take them to their birth places and they were able to share their childhood memories and anecdotes.
So yes, lots to talk about !! and its worth it.

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Question: At Pandharpur, is it not the Bhima river?
Thanks subuiyer.

Its the Bhima river which is known as Chandrabhaga when it enters Pandharpur. It is due to the fact that the river takes the shape of the moon at Pandharpur and hence the name.

There are lots of Abhanga which gives reference to both the names
e.g. Bhima thira...., Chandrabhage Snane....
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The highlight of the entire trip was the drive along the Konkan Goa highway although one must administer extreme caution while driving along with coastline.
Vittal:

Great travelogue and great pictures too. i don't know what happens but when we are at the end of the trip, then we start to push the envelope. It happens with me every time and i believe we must guard against this syndrome.

I am curious as to why you say the above? ( the coastline drive)

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