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Old 30th December 2016, 18:00   #16
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Some shots of the beautifully landscaped garden surrounding the temple.

The pathway leading to the main entrance
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The bigger pond on the north side of temple with freshly planted coconut trees

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Another view of the young coconut tress alongside the pathway

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The fish pond in front of the temple

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Reflection of the entrance arch in the fish pond

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North side view of the temple

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The beautiful Ganesh idol, looks like made of "panchadhatu"(alloy of five metals)

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The beautifully decorated wooden canopy - Don't miss the ashtavinayak at the top

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The symmetric design of the wooden ceiling of sanctum-sanctorum

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A hue of blue, green and maroon

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There were a variety of flowers in the garden in all hues and colors. My heartfelt gratitude to all those gardeners who were toiling day and night to maintain this beautiful temple and the garden. A perfect opportunity for a photo shoot. Here are the ones, which I liked the most.

Roses are white here
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Yellow looks so charming

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This orange Kardal (Canna) flower offering prayers to Lord Ganesha

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Two shades of purple

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Look at the delicate design of this indigo flower

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Lavender Twins

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This pink beauty needed by hands support to hold its head high

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This red one stands out so boldly

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Ever wondered how can one petal have two colors, here is the proof

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A purple spot enhancing the beauty of this white flower

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After spending half an hour, we bid adieu to this beautiful place called Jai Vinayak temple and headed to Ganapati Pule, our next destination. On our way we crossed Malgund beach, Bhandarwada creek etc. Some pictures taken enroute.

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It was hardly 14.5 kms away and we reached there at 11:20 am. However due to lack of proper signboards/ markings we parked our car in a open plot and started walking to the temple from the exit side. It took up 10 minutes to reach the main entrance. As expected there was a lot of rush and we had to stand in queue. When our turn was just about to come, then clock struck 12:00 pm and it was time for noon aarti. So we had to wait 15 more minutes in the queue till the aarti got over. Took the darshan of this "swayambhu" ganesh, spent some time meditating in the sabhamandap. Since the ganesh temple is located in hill-lock the "pradakshina marg" or circumambulation path is a detour round the hill and is a kilometer long. Since the afternoon sun was blazing on our head, we did not dare to take the path and have reserved that for next visit. Also many tourists were venturing on the sea, but we were happy to see it from a distance itself. Some pics clicked around the temple.

The main temple. Look how close it is to the hillock
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The queue pathway leading to the temple is covered to protect the pilgrims from sun and rain
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Pilgrims become tourists once they step on the Ganapati Pule beach
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Here you can see the rush of tourists and pilgrims alike
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"Konkan Saras" festival in full swing in front of the temple complex
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One of the huge Banyan trees there are many such trees in Pule
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We had our lunch in one of the hotels called Joshi Bandhu. The food was very spicy, but having Kokam curry on top of that was such a relief. I had to walk almost half a km to get my parked car. I asked a passerby about the road to Ratnagiri and he pointed me to a road going downhill. On going down the slope I realized that it was not a paved road and some rough patch leading to an open ground where lot of tourists buses were parked. On asking another person, we realized that the diversion to Ratnagiri was a bit ahead. From here on the dream run of my TUV on the Arrey-Warrey road started.

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Can you imagine what lies at the end of this patch of the road, at least I could not
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Slowly the sea started emerging

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And then after looking at this I was spellbound

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Even my TUV was speechless and it stood still

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This was the vast expanse of the Warrey beach

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A perfect inverted "S" leading downhill towards the Warrey beach

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My TUV still still wondering if this is what is called heaven on earth

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The signboard showing the Warrey beach

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A small temple across the Warrey beach

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View of the Warrey beach from other side

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As the Warrey beach ends the road climbs up with a sweeping left curve and then a straight patch starts. At the end of this straight patch there is a left bend. This spot is bang at the centre of both the beaches. Standing here you can get a magnificent view of the the twin beaches. Knowing the strategic location of this spot and potential pit stop for tourists traveling on the road, it is occupied by a number of coconut and nimbu-paani sellers. And these folks were so very right. I could not resist myself to get a sip while watching both the beaches.

TUV takes a pit stop by the coconut water vendors
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From this point the Arrey beach is clearly visible

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Turning back 180 degrees on the same spot Warrey beach is clearly visible

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Not sure which river is this that meets the Arabian sea before the start of Arrey beach

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Signboard indicating Arrey Beach

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Fishing boats parked in the creek

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The long bridge as we were approaching Ratnagiri

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From Sakhartar we entered into Ratnagiri. As informed by a local person we kept going straight crossing two signals. Then we entered the main market. From here we again asked for directions to Pawas. We crossed the birthplace of Lokmanya Tilak as we started on the road to Pawas. Pawas is around 20 km from Ratnagiri and we reached there around 4:00 pm. We took Darshan of Samadhi, saw his birthplace room and the Math surroundings. Pictures were not allowed inside the Samadhi Temple, hence had to capture the temple from outside only.

The main entrance to the Math
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The Samadhi temple shikhar

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The beautiful lotus flower inside the pond
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After spending an hour in the Math, we started our return journey through the same road that we had taken to reach Pawas. I wanted to cover as much distance as possible during daylight itself. However by the time we reached Arrey-Warrey beach, the sun was almost setting over the Arabian sea. We took this opportunity for another photo shoot even if that meant we would be late to catch up the return jetty from Jaigad.

Setting sun as seen from the window of my TUV
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The TUV stands witness to the setting sun

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This lone bird wanted me to capture it in my frame

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Time to move on

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We crossed Ganapati Pule and finally reached Jaigad around 07:30 pm. I had to queue up behind other cars waiting for the jetty. Ours was 11th number. The jetty arrived in about 20 minutes, but then it could accommodate only the first 9 cars in the queue (there was one tempo traveler as well). We missed this jetty by just two numbers. Had to wait for another one hour for the same jetty to go to Tawsal and return back. There was only one jetty doing the rounds, so we had no option but to wait for the same jetty to come back to pick us up. Around 08:30 pm it did come back and TUV was finally onboarded.

TUV being second in queue finds its space while other cars are being onboarded
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TUV shares the deck with its elder sibling, a Scorpio
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At 08:45 pm we reached the Tawsal port. The TUV was offboarded and we began our return journey, through Hedavi, Velneshwar to Guhagar. Since we were trailing a Qualis on a slope, I picked up speed and overtook that car. I kept going straight. I was a MTDC board pointing left at one "T" junction, which I chose to ignore (a big mistake, which I realized only later). We kep going straight and the milestones were reading as "Abloli" and "Sawarde" instead of Hedavi or Velneshwar. Also this road appeared to be very good and straight instead of the rough and twisties road that we had crossed in the morning to reach Tawsal. I got a hint that something was wrong and I was not able to comprehend, why I was going towards Abloli. Others in the car also became restless. It was pitch dark outside, not a single soul on the road. Almost next to terrifying experience. Meanwhile I saw one bike parked on the road with indicator blinking. On nearing the bike I saw a young man speaking on his mobile. I took my left window glass down, switched on the cabin light so that he could see my face and asked him if the road that we are traveling reaches to Hedavi. The first thing he asked us was that if we had come by the Jetty. On hearing the affirmation from us, he made us realize the mistake that we had done. We had come almost 9 kms ahead of the left diversion to Hedavi/Velneshwar. Actually the MTDC signboard that I had ignored earlier was pointing to the MTDC resort at Velneshwar, what a shame on me. I thanked that gentleman, he was like an angel waiting to guide me in the darkness of despair. I took a U turn and came back 9 kms till the MTDC signboard. Under the big MTDC lettering, is was written "Velneshwar" in microscopic font. Wonder who designed that board

Lesson learned: Never venture out on unknown roads of Konkan in the night, otherwise you will keep on going round and round. If it is unavoidable, then ensure that you stop at each intersection and make an informed decision. Guess GPS/ SAT NAV should have helped here. Finally we were on our way to Hedavi and we reached Guhagar exactly at 10:00 pm

To cover the distance of under 90 km from Pawas to Guhagar, it took us 5 hours (around 1:30 hours waiting for the jetty). I knew it would be pretty late and all the hotels in Guhagar will be shut down by 09:30 pm, I had called up my landlord and request him to make some dinner arrangement, simple moong-dal khichadi. He oblidged and served us hot khichadi when we settle in our room.

It was an experience of a life time. Thanking god for making us reach home safely we went to bed at 11:00 pm. Thus came to an end the adventurous day#3 of our trip. Below are the trip log details:

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Day#4
We got up in the morning a bit relaxed after the previous nights adventure. After having some tea, went to the local diety of Lord Shiva of Vyadeshwar temple and then for a final stroll on Guhagar beach.

Some random shots of the temple
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And then a few on the beach
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Finally we left out footprints on the sands of Guhagar beach
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Came back to our room, had Poha for breakfast and chai. Packed our bags, settled our bill with the landlord, online transfer to his account. After thanking the landlord for his hospitality and his guidance to plan our trip, we left Guhagar at 10:40 am. In an hours time we reached Chiplun. Did a tankful of my TUV and continued further journey.

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After climbing up Kumbharli ghat and crossing Koyna dam we took a lunch break at Hotel Devrai. Some snaps taken at the hotel.

Hotel Devrai - Our lunch pitstop
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Located on the banks of Koyna river

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TUV parked besides the strawberry plantation
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Can you spot the red strawberry at the centre of the picture?

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The rows of strawberry plants

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The flowering banana tree
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Red shoeflower standing tall
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A closer look at the shoeflower
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After having a good lunch we left the hotel at 02:20 pm. Covered a distance of 203 km non-stop (barring the forced stoppage at the two toll booths). Could maintain steady speeds of 90-100 kmph, barring the diversions (which are plenty). Reached home by 05:45 pm

Thus ended the eventful 4 day trip. The 4th day trip log is as mentioned below.
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A very well written travelouge. Your pics perfectly compliment your wiritng style. One question, why didnt you use Google Maps when you got lost / were in doubt?
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A very well written travelouge. Your pics perfectly compliment your wiritng style. One question, why didnt you use Google Maps when you got lost / were in doubt?
Thank you PraNeel for your compliments. Actually I didn't realize that I was lost until 5-6 kms down that route. Moreover getting network in remote areas of Konkan is very difficult, but I agree Google maps would have come in handy and I would have given it a try had I not met the angel guide
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Moreover getting network in remote areas of Konkan is very difficult.
For areas with patchy network connectivity, please download the maps of that area using offline feature of Google Maps.
You can also install and download Sygic Maps which are free for whole of India. Offline maps in such situations can be really handy.

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Actually I didn't realize that I was lost until 5-6 kms down that route.
Please keep the navigtion on when in non-familiar areas. As soon as you take a detour, the GPS lady will start reminding you.

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AutoIndian, really detailed and well written travelogue. Wondering how you manage to keep track of the daily details like odo reading, avg speed etc. This level of detail will surely help future travelers plan their trips better
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AutoIndian, excellent photos, far from the maddening crowds! The entire nation would have been like this had our population been limited to 20 to 30 crores.

BTW, in Kerala and in Goa, they call the vessel that ferries cars a Junkar and a Jetty is a place on shore where one can catch a boat. A junkar-boarding point is a Ferry.
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