Guhaghar is another of the lovely beaches that the coast of Maharashtra is blessed with. We started early in the morning from Pune, it is a 7-8 hours drive, through the Western Ghats is quite visually breath-taking, with mountains, forests and the backwaters. We stopped for Lunch at Chiplun, from where it was a further 45 kms. We stayed at an Agro-farm resort located on the main road. It is a small place with only 4 rooms, though a new wing was being added and was under construction, surrounded by a farm.
The vegetation was quite varied, with Arica palms, mango trees, cashew nut trees and acres of watermelon fields which extended upto the river bank. There was an out building with a kitchen, and they provide breakfast, lunch and evening tea, but you had to venture out to the local restaurants for dinner. At one side of the resort, there was a huge water reservoir, for rain-water harvesting and helped to ensure water supplies during the summers. The beach was 2 kms from the resort and we went there in the evening and were happy to note the absence of a crowd. It was calm, quite and pristine. We had a long and pleasant walk, wading in the waters and enjoying the sun-set. A little farther away, we could see the transmitter towers etc. of Enron project.
We spend the whole of the next morning on the beach, as the weather was quite pleasant, neither too hot nor cold, it being the end of January. In the evening, we drove to a jetty farther down the beach, from where a ferry (last one at 6 p.m.) takes you across to Velneshwar Temple located on a beach which is 25 Kms from Guhagar. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, like most other temples in this region. The small beach with white sands and the peaceful temples is nice experience. Farther down on the rocky beaches of Hedvi, was a another point where one came across natures quirks. There is a particular narrow gorge in the rock wall through which the water gushes out like a fountain with every fresh wave that comes in.
We also visited the ancient Durga Devi temple with located on the upper side (Warla pat) of the Guhaghar village the next day. It is visited most during the Navaratri festival. 14 kms from Guhagar bus stand is the Anjanvel light house set atop a steep hillock. The view from the top of the light house is quite nice and good to catch a sunset from. Another temple dedicated to Shiva, Tolekeshwar Temple is located quite close to the lighthouse.
We visited the local market, on our way to dinner that evening, after the in your-face commercialism of the city malls, the small shops and limited wares was a pleasant change. After browsing, we bought a few items like a small garden trowel, a coconut scraper etc which are pretty basic and regular use items for the villagers.
It turned out to be a pleasant weekend, with the typical and home-style Maharashtrian cuisine provided at the resort and peaceful environment. We also loaded up the car with some fresh water-melons bought the farm before we left. Wish I could come back again during the mango season!