How often do you travel for yourself? It is rightly said, traveling is for the soul what food is for the body. I was unsure if I really wanted to jump on this journey to Malvan with my husband and his friends until the journey started. This trip was more than just an experience, at one point I felt like I have opened a Pandora box; chaos, disappointments, clashes but eventually some beautiful experiences and memories too.
Starting our journey from Mumbai in the later evening around 10 pm, we reached Karad around early morning at 6 am. It was a very mesmerizing sight for me as I have never had the experience of visiting my own native place.
Golden rays of morning sun filled the fields on either side of the road and not very often you get to see peahens in an open area, not in Mumbai at least. Initially, we did not believe our eyes and thought it would be turkey but yes it was peahens.
We continued our journey through Rajapur ghats, that was a very risky route though but the view was worth it. I would not recommend an amateur driver this route. We halted at Jamsanda katta and local cuisine misal Pav, I bet you will never find such taste any of Mumbai’s hotels. When you are visiting Malvan, always keep your calendar open for non-vegetarian foods, because you will find all kinds of mouth-watering variety, which you would not like to miss. On reaching our hotel room at Chivla, we had enough time to take an afternoon nap and head out to the beach in the evening. After a short nap, we all dressed for an evening walk at the beach.
Coastal beaches are beautiful and clean too. On reaching the beach, it looked like molten gold in the setting sun. In case you are a water baby, I highly recommend you Malvan, you will find a sense of peaceful mind which I was personally looking for myself. I would also suggest being careful not to venture out after dark.
Having heard stories about black magic and other superstitious stories. On entering the village, we saw a food nicely served on a plate next to a naked doll, under a peepal tree near a pond, that gave me a chill for a second. People usually shut down everything by 7:30 pm. I didn’t feel unsafe but walking on a deserted road doesn’t give you good feelings, at least not for a person like me. The best part was awaiting when we reached our hotel rooms, the Shudh Shakahari Malvani Jevan. As I had already mentioned that please keep your calendar open when visiting Malvan, you would not really like to miss on Fry fish, Fish curry, spicy Chicken curry, Rice Bakri, Kombdi wade, refreshing Sol Kadi and all-time favorite Kharwas.
The day that ends with delicious food, I would say it all went well and I found my love, love for beaches and food, the undying one. Following day, we ventured to Vijaydurg, which would follow in my next topic.