Monday, 12 January 2015

Pune’s Bird Paradise - Bhigwan, Diksal bird watching in 2015

I visit Bhigwan at least once a year for bird watching and this year was not an exception for my activity. My travel year begin with this trip. I and Renuka decided to visit this place on 12 Jan 2015. To avoid crowd we decided to visit on weekdays. Plan was to spend 4-5 hours in Bhigwan (main location is known as Diksal village) and come back home by late afternoon.

Greater Flamingo at Bhigwan
Greater Flamingo at Bhigwan

About Bhigwan Bird sanctuary:
Bhigwan, a catchment area of Ujani Dam, is about 105 km from Pune on the Pune-Solapur highway (NH 9). An area of about 18000 hectares has been proposed as a sanctuary for migratory birds. It is an amazing place to see wet land migratory birds like Bar-Headed Goose, Greater Flamingo, Ruddy Shelduck, many spices of ducks and many more birds.

To reach at Diksal village (near Bhigwan), easy way is Pune – Hadapsar – Join Solapur highway – Drive your vehicle 100km from Pune on Highway – Do not use Bhigwan flyover – Take left at Bhigwan square on highway – Drive 3 to 3.5km – Take right for sanctuary. How to identify correct right turn is; you can spot water tank tower (yellow colored) on that T junction at left hand side of road. Otherwise ask local villagers about Diksal / “where can we see Rohit bird (Marathi name of Greater Flamingo bird)?”

You can spend half day or full day along with your camera and binocular. More than 60 bird’s species can be found in this backwater.

12th Jan 2015: Bhigwan Bird sanctuary (Total distance travel by car: 230km):
             As we had to cover around 105-110km we decided to leave Pune by 5 AM and we managed to leave on time. Soon we touched Solapur highway. Road condition of highway was excellent. Due to wide and smooth road, we were able to reach Bhigwan in less than 2 hours. We told our boatman friend to arrange some breakfast. We all were excited to see migratory birds.
             When we reached the village at around 5.30 AM, I was surprise by looking at back water. Water level was quite low as compare to last year. After some tasty breakfast we left for bird watching in his boat. Since it was an odd day, we were the only bird watchers in the catchment area. Soon we spotted a group of Flamingoes. We set our cameras and kept pin drop silence. Slowly Bharat took us close to birds. He promised me last year that if we came on an odd day he will take us close to birds. He is an expert to handle such conditions just that he doesn't want to do it on weekends due to crowd. Also birds get disturb quickly.

Sun rise at Bhigwan, Pune
Sun rise at Diksal, Bhigwan

Early morning light on Flamingo couple
Early morning light on Flamingo couple 

Love...Greater Flamingo
Love...Greater Flamingo

            Soon we were so close to birds that we were able to hear they movement as well. It was an amazing moment for me to witness flamingo hardly at 15-18 feet distance. We spend around 1.5 hours watching their activity without disturbing them. By any chance if they noticed us, they were just moving their position. A couple of times they flew away but again settled down close to our boat. I wanted to click some close up clicks so I entered in 4.5 ft. water whereas boat sailed away from me. I was in the middle of water catchment area for 45 min and got some nice clicks. I was in front of at least 3000 Greater Flamingo. What a treat to eyes.

Lots of Greater Flamingo
Lots of Greater Flamingo at Bhigwan

Greater Flamingo
Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo
Greater Flamingo

Sea gull at Bhigwan
Sea gull at Bhigwan

Sea gull close up
Sea gull close up

             After spending a lot of time with greater flamingo, we left that place to spot other birds. We went on other side of catchment area by boat. We saw huge group of Painted stork. We spend around hour and watched there morning activity, sun basking etc. Besides Flamingo, we spotted Woolly Necked Stork, Coot, ibis, bar headed gooses, Ruddy Shelduck (aka Brahmini Duck), Northern Shoveler, Garganey Duck, Comb Duck and many more.

Art of Wings, sea gull
Art of Wings, sea gull

Ready for take off - Greater Flamingo
Ready for take off - Greater Flamingo

Painted stork colony  at bhigwan
Painted stork colony  at bhigwan

Marsh Harrier with kill at Bhigwan
Marsh Harrier with kill at Bhigwan

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Ruddy Shelduck (aka Brahmini Duck)
Ruddy Shelduck (aka Brahmini Duck)

           It was quite bright now, and we slowly made our way back to village by boat. During our return journey, we saw huge group of Flamingos. After some nice click we came back. Our trail ends on a good note.
We returned to Bharat’s house and had lunch on highway and returned home by 4 PM. 

Bird List which we saw in Bhigwan:
Greater Flamingo, Pueple Swamphen, Common Moorhen, White-breasted Waterhen, Glossy Ibis,
Black Ibis, Oriental White Ibis, Asian Open bill Stork, Painted Stork, Woolly Necked Stork,
Common Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Black Tailed Godwit, Black Winged Stilts, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Shelduck / Brahminy Duck, Spot-billed Duck, Common Coot, Comb Duck, Garganey Duck, Pochard Duck, Bar headed Duck, Pallas Gull, Brown headed seagulls,
Black headed seagulls, River Tern, Common tern, Gull billed Tern, Grey Heron, Purple Heron,
Pond Heron, Cattle Egret, Large Egret, Eurasian Spoonbill, Little Cormorant, Common Kingfisher,
White Throated Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Wire-tailed Swallow, Common Swallow, Red Rumped Swallow, Purple Rumped Sunbird, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Green nee eater, Red Avadavat,
Spotted Munia, Black Drango, Red-Wattled Lapwing, Yellow-Wattled Lapwing, Osprey,
Western Marsh Harrier.

Below are snaps taken during my various visits to Bhigwan

Greater Flamingo portrait
Greater Flamingo portrait

3 Idiots - Painted Stork
3 Idiots - Painted Stork 

Painted Stork close up
Painted Stork close up

Bar headed goose at Bhigwan
Bar headed goose at Bhigwan 

Woolly necked stork
Woolly necked stork  

Black neck Ibis
Black neck Ibis

Greater Flamingo in flight
Greater Flamingo in flight

Basking in sun light - Painted stork
Basking in sun light - Painted stork

Ruddy Shelduck in flight
Ruddy Shelduck in flight

Flamingo

Let's Fly - Greater Flamingo

Only and only Greater Flamingo
Only and only Greater Flamingo at Bhigwan

Expenses: 
Car Petrol: INR 1500/- (Avg INR 67/Lit, Total distance cover by car was 230km)
Toll on NH-09: INR 30/- (Return toll)
Toll 2 on NH-09: INR 50/- (Return Toll)
Boat ride: INR 1000/- for boat (Normal chargers are INR 1200-1400/- per boat)
Lunch: INR 420/- per person (Masala papad + 2 vegetables + Rotis and Cold drink)

Contact number:
Bharat (Boatman from Diksal): 9766292989. 

After this trip, I had 2 more trips to Bhigwan in which I took corporate groups (from other IT company) to teach them how to identify birds, Basic photography tips and to increase awareness about nature. I am sharing some photographs from my 2-3 visits. If you want to witness beauty of migratory birds (Our guest) then what you are waiting for?

Prits at Bhigwan - Photo clicked by Wife Renuka
Prits at Bhigwan - Photo clicked by Wife Renuka

Me busy with Sea gull - DND me :)

Wildlife Photography is not an easy job...I was in 4.5 ft water alone for around hour. Thanks for wonderful click Renuka Kulkarni


I will try to upload more and more travel blogs. Thanks for reading this Travel Blog.

Pritesh Kulkarni 
Pune

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Quick trip to Kelshi beach in Konkan

We wanted to visit Konkan costal before we say goodbye to the year 2014. We along with few friends, decided to visit Kelshi beach. As our friend came with his 1.5 year old son, we restricted our location to Kelshi only. This time we went by 14 seater bus as there were 10 travelers for this trip.

We on Kelshi Beach
About Kelshi:-
              Kelshi is a small sea-side village, Famous for its Mahalaxmi Temple (350 years old temple), Sand hillocks and Yakub baba's dargah (7th Guru of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaja), built during the Peshwa era. Also Beach is very clean and hardly any tourists visit this place. You can feel typically Konkani lifestyle in Kelshi.

Our Route:-
Best way to reach Kelshi is Pune - Tahmini - Mangaon - Goregaon - Mandangad - Kelshi. Road condition after Goregaon is in horrible state.
While returning, we chose different route. It was from Kelshi - Anjarle - Harne - Dapoli - Ambet - Mandangad - Mangaon - Tahmini - Pune. Sign boards are available to guide you.

Road in Tahmini is newly constructed and in excellent condition.

Day 1: 27nd Dec 2014, Pune – Kelshi (Total Distance traveled: 192 km):
            We started our journey at 7 AM in morning. We wanted to reach at Kelshi as soon as possible. We had our breakfast at “Quick bite” in Tahmini. Road condition in Tamhini ghat was surprisingly in excellent condition. Manasi-Abhijit joined us in Mangaon town. We chose shortest path via Goregaon.
            We reached Kelshi by 1 PM and everybody was hungry. Our stay was at Bivalkar’s house who is also poojari of Laxmi temple. Kelshi is typically kokani village and takes you to old time Konkan village. After putting bags in room, we had tasty vegetarian meal along with modak as sweet dish. We took some rest in the afternoon and got ready for beach activity by evening time. We reached the beach around 4 PM. There were hardly 9-10 tourists excluding us. Beach is not a sandy but is a bit dark brown in color. Flow of tourists is mainly in Karde, Murud or in Anjarle beach so Kelshi beach is quite lonely. You can see Yakub baba's dargah on hill from beach. We spend some time on beach playing cricket rather than entering in water for swimming. After our cricket game where our wives enjoyed more than us, we went in water. After watching beautiful sunset, we came back at Bivalkar’s house.

Kelshi Beach
Kelshi Beach

Sunset...

Sunset from Kelshi

Watching beautiful Sunset

             As Me, Himanshu and Ketaki wanted to have sea food for dinner; we went at Pawar’s home. I came here for dinner after 2 years so was aware of quality of meal. We had tasty Surmai fry and prawns curry. We wanted to have Pomfret hence we decided to visit Harne port in morning to buy Pomfret. My wife and other friends had there veg meal with Modak at Bivalkar’s house. After Dinner we went for rest in room. Our day ends with tasty sea food.

Surmai (King) fish meal

Expenses:
  • Breakfast at Quick bite: INR 800/- for 8 people
  • Stay cost at Kelshi: INR 2400/- for 2 rooms (5 people in 1 room)
  • Veg Lunch (Unlimited): INR 150/- per person + Modak at INR 10/- per pic
  • Tea: INR 10/- per glass
  • Surmai (king fish) meal: INR 200/- per person
  • Veg Dinner (Unlimited): INR 150/- per person
Day 2: 28nd Dec 2014, Kelshi – harne – Kelshi - Pune (Total Distance traveled: 192 km):
             We woke up early morning around 7 AM. After breakfast, I, Renuka, Himanshu and Ketaki went to Harne for some fish shopping whereas other went to beach for swimming. Harne port is famous for fish market which is assumed to be one of the largest suppliers of fish to Maharashtra and also Export. Fish auction carried on daily basis on the beach is must visit place. We reached at Harne by 8.30 AM. I was very excited to watch the fish auction and market. We decided to purchase fish for lunch as well as to take home. There are many shops where you have to just give them a purchased fish and then will pack in ice box. It is great place for fish lovers and after some bargaining, we purchased Prawns, king fish and Pomplet fish. You can have huge verity of fishes which are fresh and brought directly from sea. After my favorite fish shopping, we came back home at Kelshi.

Harne Beach

Harne Fish Market

Paradise for Fish lover

              After quick tea/coffee break, we all went on beach for swimming. Kelshi has a long, scenic, unexplored beach. Only we were on the beach with only the sea waves for company and it was like we were on our private beach. We spent around two hours and then returned to our rooms. We had tasty sea food at Pawar’s place. As we had visited temple and Darga in Kelshi, we took rest in the noon. 
             Mahalaxmi Temple was built during the Peshwa regime. It also houses the idols of Lord Ganpati and Lord Shiva. The temple lies beneath two huge domes. The famous Yakub Baba dargah is located at a distance of about one kilometer from the Mahalaxmi temple. Yakub baba's dargah is a great example of Hindu Muslim unity in India. He had given advice to Shivaji Maharaja during attack on Dabhol. Later on Shivaji Maharaja – The King of Hindu Empire expressed his wish to build a Dargah & awarded land measuring 653 acres. The work on the Dargah of Yakub baba was started by Shivaji Maharaja and later continued by SambhajiRaje but somehow it was never completed. Later Bajirao-I tried to take the work to its fruition. Every year people celebrate Urus on 6th December. The tradition to begin this Urus by Hindu people is practiced even today. From this place, you can see scenic Kelshi beach view and large number of coconut trees.

Mahalaxmi Temple

Yakub baba Darga
Yakub baba Darga

Kelshi beach view from Darga

             By 4 pm, we started with our return journey to Pune via Dapoli. In Anjarle there is Kadyavaracha Ganapati (कड्यावरचा गणपती) temple. As I had sea food lunch, I skipped temple visit but others went inside. I have been to this temple earlier. It’s Very clean and beautiful Ganesh temple. Load Ganapati idol from this temple is very old. There is small manmade lake in front of temple and you can see large number of turtles in the lake. Overall atmosphere in the temple was very pleasant. We saw thousands of Sea gulls on Anjarle beach. When I was busy in clicking these beautiful migratory birds, all of sudden small girl came on beach and ran towards birds so they flew away. Her parents were enjoying this act and I was highly disappointed by it. 
            We took small break between Anjarle and Harne for Sunset. There is a point from where you can see entire village name Pajpandhari which is located very close to sea. Typically Konkani village located very close to sea, Suvarnadurg fort and Anjarle beach on right side – it gives you breathtaking view. This is our favorite point on this route. We choose Tahmini ghat for return journey and we cross Tamhini by 10 PM as there was enough traffic in ghat section. We reached home by 1 AM mid-night safely.

Mobile Photography Trick w/o using software tool... Me at Kelshi Beach
Expense:
  • Breakfast: INR 20/- per person
  • Tea: INR 10/- per person
  • Bus entry fee at Harne port: INR 50/-
  • Fish as per size and season availability
  • Pomplet fish meal making chargers: INR 100/- per plate
  • Veg unlimited lunch: INR 150/- + Modak at INR 10/- per pic
  • Vada pav at Mangaon: INR 15/-
  • Bus Rent for 2 days-600km: INR 8400/- (As it was my office bus with same driver, he didn’t charge me for night halt else halt chargers are between INR 200 to 400/- per night)
I will try to upload more and more travel blogs. Thanks for reading this Travel Blog.

Pritesh Kulkarni
Pune

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Trip to Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary and Revdanda

After trip to Blackbuck national park Velavadar, I wanted to visit one more wildlife sanctuary. Due to lack of leaves, I decided to visit to Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary on weekend with office colleagues. As Revdanda and Korlia Fort were in my wish list, we decided to visit that location as well.

Travelers for this trip me, Harsha, Rohan and Darshan

Indian Valture
Indian Valture

About Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary and Revdanda:
            Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary in Raigad district, Maharashtra. It is spread across area of 52 Sq. km. Although it is mainly a bird sanctuary; a few spices of mammals like giant squirrel, Indian fox, Bonnet macaque, Indian Civet, Langur, Sambar, wild cat, deer and leopard can also be spotted. However it is very difficult to do so. This Sanctuary was formed in year 1986.

Revdanda is a small village towards the south of Alibag. This place is famous for untouched beautiful beach along with a Portuguese fort known as Revdanda beach Fort.

To reach Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, the route is Pune – Join mulshi road from Chandani chowk – Tamhini ghat – Kolad (Do not take left turn of Nijampur MIDC area) – At kolad, join highway and take left for Roha – After Roha, drive till Talekhar village – At Talekhar village, look for sign board of Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary on your left.
Another route is Pune – Join Bangalore-Mumbai National highway – Drive towards Mumbai via express way – Cross khandala – Take khopoli exit – Pen – Alibag (No need to enter in the city) – Take left turn for Naogaon/Revdanda – Cross bridge on creek after Revdanda – Take left after bridge- Drive for around 7-8km and look for sign board of Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary on your right.

Day 1: 20th Dec 2014: Trip to Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary:
          We woke up by 5.30 AM and left home at 6:30 AM. We chose the route via Tahmini – Kolad. A freezing cold weather welcomed us in Tamhini Ghat. We took a pit stop for breakfast at Hotel Quick Bite. It was a pleasant journey till Talekhar village. It was 10.30 am in the clock and we were ahead of our plan. We decided to visit Korlia Fort in the town of Korlia. This fort was built in 1521 by the Portuguese with the permission of Burhan Nizam.

Korlia Fort

Steps for fort behind Light house

            Korlia was initially known as the “Rock of Chaul”. In 1594, there was a chaotic situation after Burhan Nizam died. The Portuguese tried to take advantage of this by building fortification. But Hussein Nizam perceived the danger and decided to fortify this mountain himself. The Portuguese opposed this and they signed a treaty. It was decided that inseam would not build a fort and the Portuguese would not pose him any threat on the seas. Second Burhan Nizam succeeded in building a fort there. Sardar Fattekhan cannoned the walls of Revdanda fort soon. The Portuguese were short of soldiers, and ordered more army. They then attacked the fort by invading the base village. They won the fight and captured Korlai fort. In 1684, Sambhaji Maharaj made an unsuccessful attempt to capture the fort. In 1739, Chimaji appa (From Maratha emperor) made a strong attack on the fort and captured it.

Entrance of Korlia Fort

              You can visit this place to see Lighthouse and Fort. By paying nominal fee, lighthouse engineer explains the functionality of lighthouse, Radar system and how the entire system communicates with the ships and the control room which is in Mumbai. After a quick visit to the lighthouse, we went on fort. Proper stone steps are laid till the top. It takes hardly 15-20 mins to reach on the top. The fort is mainly divided into 6 parts. Top most point is known as Balle killa and there is an old church. If you entered in from the steps on the lighthouse side, then you are in the 5th section. On your left i.e. towards West side, you can see the storehouse for ammunition and place to park ships at that time. Start your trail till Church and then come back to visit last section which is on the western side.

storehouse for ammunition and place to park ships

Shiv Temple

               Entrance door to different section of fort are quite interesting whereas there are 5 bastions on the fort. You can see old cannons placed in bastion facing Revdanda fort. There is small temple of lord Mahadev on fort and church. View of the sea from fort is breathtaking and this is the best place to witness the sun on horizon spreading orange-red color all over the sky.

korlia Beach 

Light House

              After a quick visit to the fort, we came down from western side of fort and left this beautiful, untouched fort. Our journey began and soon we reached to Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary. We had already booked a tent for 4 people. This location is within sanctuary with 4 tents and 1 dormitory. Group of ladies from nearby village serve tasty veg and non-veg meals. Tents have capacity of 12 people. It was 2 PM in the clock and we had our tasty meal. We took a walk inside the forest for around 1 km and then came back for rest. We didn’t see any bird activity as such.

Phansad Forest Map
Phansad Forest Map

Tent at Phansad Forest
Tent at Phansad Forest

            We decided to explore the forest area next day morning. To save time, we booked a bullock cart to drop us at Chikhan Gaan area. There are few points where water is available in ponds through water springs. In local language such place is known as Gaan (गाण). Different points in the forest are Dharna chi Gaan, Sabas Gaan, Phansad Gaan and Chikhal Gaan. Among these Chikhan Gaan is famous point to spot forest birds. This forest consists of more than 160 spices of birds and 17 spices of mammals.

Information board
By 4 PM, We left the Sanctuary and went to our next destination, Kashid beach. Our intention to visit this place was to see the sunset. Due to weekend, the beach was crowded and people from Pune and Mumbai were enjoying watersports. We had a walk towards south of the beach where there were hardly any tourist. Kashid Beach was very clean, white sandy curvy beach. We spent some time on the beach and then witnessed the beautiful sunset. Watching the sun sinking into the sea at the horizon spreading a red tint all over the sky…. my favorite activity on the beach. After sun set we had some snacks on the beach. There were too many food stalls to offer lots of tasty snacks items.

Crowded Kashid beach on weekends

Beach Games

Sunset at Kashid beach

Time to sail back...Sunset at Kashid 

               We left Kashid beach by 7 PM. We had small halt in Nandgaon village to buy water and fish for meal. There are no shops available near Phansad Sanctuary. We ordered veg meal and king fish meal for night. It was very good experience to stay in a tent and close to forest area.

Menu card at Phansad Forest
Menu card at Phansad Forest

Expenses:
  • Car Petrol: INR 2500/- (approx. 35 Lit at average INR 69/lit)
  • Breakfast: INR 310/- for 4 people at Quick bite
  • Car parking at Light house: INR 20/-
  • Entry fee at light house: INR 10/- per person
  • Camera fee at lighthouse: INR 20/- per camera
  • Coconut water at Fort: INR 30/- per coconut
  • Phansad forest entry fee: INR 30/- per person and INR 15/- for child
  • Phansad forest Camera fee: INR 100/- per camera
  • Car Parking chargers: INR 100/-
  • Snacks at Kashid beach: INR 110/- (Maggi-INR20/-, Burji: INR 30/-, Tea-INR 10/-)
  • Small size King fish: INR 80/-
  • Sea food preparation: INR 80/-
  • Veg meal: INR 100/- per person
  • Extra Bed for tent: INR 30/- per person

Day 2: 21st Dec 2014: Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary – Revdanda - Pune:
             We woke by 5.15 AM and were ready for morning trail. The bullock cart came to pick us at 6 AM sharp and we went in the forest. It was pitch dark outside and the ride was a thrilling experience. We decided to visit Chikhal Gaan area to spot birds. This place is also a home of giant squirrel. It is 6km from the tent location. After 45 min of the bullock cart ride, we reached at the spot. We spent around 2 hours in forest exploring birds. Unfortunately we were unable to capture birds in camera but saw birds like Minivet, oriole, Asian paradise, ashy drongo, Rufose Woodpecker, Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker and many more other birds. We were hearing only the chirping but the overall experience was amazing.

Way to Chikhan Gaan
Way to Chikhan Gaan

Forest routes

Mnivet Bird at Phansad forest
Mnivet Bird at Phansad forest

Goldenback Woodpecker
Goldenback Woodpecker

             When we left Chikhal Gaan, we saw some activity on a tree and when we saw carefully, it saw pair of giant squirrel. Due to dense forest, we were unable to click pictures. We preferred walking 6 km during our return journey. After walk for a km, we arrive at Vulture restro point/ Vulture restaurant point. This is small plateau where you can spot Indian Vulture. Generally forest department collect dead cattle (After examination from veterinary doctor) from nearby village and keep here as food for Indian Vulture. We saw 5-6 Indian Vultures on a tree. Spending some time at Vulture restro point we began with our return trail.

Indian Vulture
Indian Vulture

Watchtower at Phansad
Watchtower at Phansad
              We came to our tent by 1 PM and packed our luggage. We decided to have lunch on the way to Pune along with Revdanda fort. Our Next destination was Revdanda. After crossing the bridge on river kundlika, we entered in Revdanda village. It is a small village famous for Beach and Revdanda beach fort. We placed an order for sea food and veg meal at Mr Kadam’s house which is close to Revdanda fort.

Revdanda Fort was built in year 1528 by Portuguese whereas prior to that, they built a factory in year 1516. Later they built wall for the factory and then construction of fort. In July 1683, the Marathas attempted an attack on Revdanda. The Marathas besieged the fort, but had to withdraw when the Portuguese attacked Fonda. In 1806, the British took over the charge of Revdanda. Angres family conquered the fort in 1817 but the British got the fort back in 1818.
              This beautiful beach fort consist of strong fortification walls holding sea waves, Bastions, Cannon and 7 floored watch tower (Mainly known as Saatkhani i.e. 7 story tower). The circumference of the fort is around 5 km. The fortification wall surrounds the entire village. Most of land inside fort is private property of villagers hence it became difficult to explore entire fort. Near the watch tower, you can see 4-5 cannons. On right side of tower, you can see the grave of Portuguese queen. It has a symbol of Portuguese emperor which can be seen easily. After exploring fort area, we went on the beach.

Revdanda Beach fort
Revdanda Beach fort

Saathkhani watch tower
Saathkhani watch tower

Revdanda beach
Revdanda beach

Birds on Revdanda beach
Birds on Revdanda beach

Greater Flamingo at Revdanda
Greater Flamingo at Revdanda

            We spent more than hour on the beach. This beach is also famous of migratory birds like Sea gulls and Greater Flamingos. After beach visit, we had tasty lunch at Kadam’s house. It was 4 PM in clock and we began with our return journey. For return journey, we preferred Khopoli – Expressway road and reached Pune safely by 9.30 PM.

Seagulls at beach
Seagulls at beach

Expense:
  • Bullock cart ride for 12km (6km till Chikhal Gaan and 6km return) : INR 500/-
  • Breakfast: INR 25/- per person and coffee: INR 15/-
  • Tent chargers: INR 500/- for tent per night
  • Lunch at Revdanda: INR 200/- for King fish meal and INR 120/- for veg meal
  • Toll at Alibag MIDC: INR 20/- One way
  • Toll at Express way: INR 146/- One way

Contact details:
  • Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary Mumbai office: 022-25402522.
  • Nilam – Forest officer at Phansad: 9221996284. (It may happen that posting of Nilam will change after few years so contact Mumbai office)
  • Mahila Bachat Gat for meal: 9225566024.
  • Madhukar Naik, Bullock cart owner: 9273682692.
  • Kadam family at Revdanda for meal arrangement: 9209218382.

Other Travel blog on Konkan:

Thanks for reading this Travel Blog. Happy traveling.

Pritesh Kulkarni
Pune