Friday, 27 April 2012

Trip to beautiful Malvan - Tarkarli

After Mahabaleshwar trip, my next target was to visit Konkan beach before Monsoon. We (Me and my wife-Renuka) decided to visit Malvan-Tarkarli area. As we had to attend my friend’s wedding on 26th in Sagali, we planned to move ahead and spend our long weekend in Malvan area. Malvan is around 385 – 390km away from Pune city.

About Malvan – Tarkarli
Malvan is a town in Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra. It is known as Sindhudurg Fort, Malvani cuisine (Fish curry and Solkadi), Alphonso – Mango and local food. Malvan is considered as heaven for the non-vegetarians especially seafood lovers.
Tarkarli is just 7 km from Malvan with very beautiful long coastline with white powder sand beaches, clear sea water. Tourists get attracted towards Malvan - Tarkarli because of clean, beautiful beaches, Fort, lovely nature, and very less crowd. People generally opt to go to Goa as it is hardly 100km away from Malvan. Now it is a famous spot for Snorkeling and Scuba diving.
Our main intention to visit this place is Snorkeling and scuba diving.
Sindhudurg fort in Malvan

Tarkarli Beach

Best way to reach Malvan is Pune – National Highway 4 (NH 4) – Reach to Kolhapur – from Kolhapur city either you can join Radhanagar forest road OR Gaganbawada ghat road – Vaibhavwadi (If you opt Gaganbawada ghat road) – Take a right at Phonda and join state highway 116 – Join National highway 17 at Phonda Phata (Humbrath Titha village) – Take right at Kasal - state highway 118 – Malvan.

To reach Tarkarli, take a left turn after Malvan Bus stand. The distance between Malvan and Tarkarli is 7km. Resort MTDC is considered an endpoint of Tarkarli and you can go ahead to visit Devbag by the same road which is the end point of Malvan – Tarkarli road.
           Regarding Radhanagar-Phonda ghat and Gaganbawada ghat, both routes are same in terms of distance. If you want to enjoy dense forest then prefer Radhanagar-Phonda ghat and if you want to enjoy driving then Gaganbawada is best. Road quality in Gaganbawada is too good.

We planned our visit to Malvan for 5 days i.e. on 27th April and 1st May 2012.

Day 0 (26 April 2012): Pune – Sagali – Kolhapur (Distance traveled: 300km)
                As we have to attend friend’s wedding, we left home by 5am. We were traveling with my friends. After few hours we took breakfast at hotel Virangula on NH-4. This is one of my favorite restaurants on NH-4. Don’t miss Sabudana khichadi at Virangula.

virangula restaurant
            After attending the wedding function, friends went back to Pune whereas we continued our traveling towards Kolhapur. We wish if they could have joined us for our further trip. When we entered in Kolhapur, we were welcomed by heavy rain and thunderstorm. It was difficult to drive the car at that point. As per our plan, we took a halt in Kolhapur at my Uncle’s place.

  • Car petrol: INR 4500/- (Avg INR 70/lit., Total distance cover by car 1200km)
  • Toll on NH-4 (Khed-Shivapur): INR 70/- one-way entry
  • Breakfast at Virangula: INR 150/- for both
  • Toll on NH-4 (Anewadi-Satara): INR 50/- one-way entry
  • Toll on NH-4 (Taswade): INR 58/- one way
  • Toll in Sagali: INR 12/- one way

 Day 1 (27 April 2012): Kolhapur – Malvan via Radhanagar forest (Distance traveled: 165km)
                We woke up in the early morning and went to Mahalaxmi Temple. Because of the rain the day before, the weather was very pleasant. There were fewer people in the temple and hence we managed to come back within an hour. After a nice breakfast, we actually began with our trip to Malvan. We decided to go via Radhanagar forest and while coming back to Pune we preferred Gaganbawada ghat route. Road journey was through very dense forest and hardly had we seen any vehicle on this road. Definitely, you should avoid this route after sunset.

Radhanagari forest

          We wanted to have lunch in Malvan but because of lots of pit stops in the forest and in Phonda ghat we were not able to make it. We took our lunch on NH-17 and reached to Malvan by 3pm. There are a lot of hotels and homestay options in Malvan and Tarkarli. Tarkarli gives you real Konkani feel so we went to Tarkarli. After research and lot of enquires, we decided to stay at Annapurna Nivas. This was homestay and within our budget. Room was ok but the surrounding property was excellent. Tarkarli beach was just 2-3 min walk from our Room. We could hear the sea from our room. After resting for a while, we planned to visit the beach for swimming. Surprisingly, even at 5.30 p.m., there were hardly any visitors. The beach slope was gentle and sea water was clean enough to see the seabed. This beach is much better than any other famous beach from Konkan area. Unfortunately, we were not able to witness sunset as the weather was cloudy. After some playful and relaxing time at the beach, we headed back to the resort. We gave a call to Mr. Rupesh who arranged snorkeling and scuba diving for us. As we had purchased our own kit and were aware of snorkeling, he was ready to give us boat transportation service and useful dive site information.
              We had our Dinner in Malvan at “Atithi Bamboo” restaurant which is famous in Malvan for Fish. Renuka ordered vegetarian meal whereas I ordered Surmai fish meal (king mackerel or seer fish in English). Food was simply awesome and we decided to have dinner here for next 3 days. Malvan trip is incomplete without having dinner in “Atithi Bamboo” restaurant. We ended our day 1 with a tasty dinner.

Surmai fish thali

Vegetarian thali
  • Lunch at Royal paradise on NH-17: INR 170/- (Punjabi food + rice)
  • Surmai meal at Atithi Bamboo restaurant: INR 150/-
  • Veg meal at Atithi Bamboo restaurant: INR 70/- (with sweets)
Day 2 (28 April 2012): Malvan – Sindhudurg fort – Snorkeling – Rock garden
                  Early morning we went to the beach for a walk. Clear weather and cool morning breeze from the sea made us feel fresh. In breakfast, Gosavi aunty offered us local food. It was Konkani base rice Amboli with coconut milk. It was heavy breakfast before we proceeded to Sindhudurg fort. 

Konkani base rice Amboli with coconut milk

                We took ferry tickets to visit Sindhudurg fort. It takes hardly 10 min boat ride to reach there. We hired a guide so will get to know the history of the fort. Sindhudurg (Sindhu = sea, durg = fort) was built by the great Maratha warrior King Shivaji in 1664. Fort was built over a period of three years spread over 48 acres area. The main entrance is concealed in such a way that no one can pinpoint it from outside. This fort has the only temple of great Maratha warrior King Shivaji. The fort also has a Bhavani temple and the impressions of hands and feet of Shivaji Maharaja. Construction of fort is very solid. Guide told us all the details about the fort. We wanted to spend more time on the fort for photography but we moved ahead for snorkeling. Mr. Anavay (Rupesh’s Brother) came to pick up us from the fort and took at the snorkeling point which is nearer from the fort.

Sindhudurg sea fort

temple of great Maratha warrior King Shivaji

temple of great Maratha warrior King Shivaji

           As we have our own kit, we quickly entered the water. It was fun to see marine life for 1 hour. It was ending the season so visibility was bit poor. Best time to visit this place for snorkeling and diving is Nov and Dec month. Local people feed those fish with bread to attack so people can see them while snorkeling. We saw 4 to 5 types of fish. It was really a great experience, seeing the beauty of sea wildlife. Our scuba dive was planned on Monday but due to bad weather, we were not able to do it. We promised Rupesh to come back in the month of November just for Scuba diving. He gave us few snaps taken during snorkeling and scuba dive.

Our Snorkeling gear kit

Photographs were taken during our snorkeling.

Photographs were taken during our snorkeling.

Photographs were taken during our snorkeling.

Photographs were taken during our snorkeling.

               When we were back, we were too hungry so we went directly to restaurant name “Chaitanya”. This was an alright restaurant. Due to peak summer, we preferred to stay in our room for relaxation. In the evening around 5:30 PM we went to Rock garden in Malvan. The garden is so named because of its close proximity to the rocky shores of Arabian Sea. We spent more time on the rocky patch than in the garden. The Rock Garden is a good place for spending evenings. You can spend an entire evening just to view waves hitting on rocky patches creating huge water splash. Sunset at this point was amazing.


Sunset from Rock garden

sea wave splash
             Walking around the market we picked up some Malvani shopping items like Masala, kokam, Amba-poli, pickles etc. Once our little ‘Malvani items shopping’ trip was over we headed back to our room. Aunty gave us information about a dealer/ wholesale agent who is the owner of Mango (Alphonso) business from Malvan town. We meet him at his place. His family is in this business from last 35yrs. They greeted us with Mango and other fruits. We got to know how they run this business. They take all mango trees from town on 5 or 10 yr. lease. They take care of trees for an entire year and then collect the Mangoes in the summer to sell in Mumbai/Pune/abroad Market. We requested them as we wanted to buy Mango and purchased 4 Dozen large sizes Alphonso at INR 400 per dozen rates (That time market price in Pune was INR 700-800/-).

  • Car parking at Malvan jetty: INR 30/-
  • Boat (ferry) ride to Sindhudurg: INR 74/- for both (return ticket)
  • Guide at Sindhudurg: INR 100/-
  • Lunch at Chaitanya restaurant: 280/- (Veg + Amaras meal for both)
Day 3 (29 April 2012): Tarkarli – Malvan.
                I and Renu wanted to see Rapan (Traditional way of fishing in Malvan) so we woke up early morning at 4.45 a.m. and went to the beach by 5.15 a.m. Yesterday we got to know the timing by a fisherman about Rapan so we managed to reach there before time. Fishermen sail into deep sea in the midnight with huge size fishing net and spade it in such a way that it forms U shaped wall in the sea. In the early morning, they start pulling out the net with their bare hands in perfect coordination with each other. It looks graceful but I have no doubt that it must be very hard. There are at least 30-40 people pulling this Net. At the end when the complete net was pulled out of the sea, we saw too many live fishes. Nobody was in the mood to talk but when the whole Rapan process ended they gave us to answer to our all quires. We clicked a few photos and then local auction begins. It was completely fun to watch this Auction and the entire process.


fishes in Rapan

Sea snake

These are my Crabs :)

Sea snake
                We just roamed around the beach in the morning and spent 2-3 hours in water. Then we sat down on the beach for watching the sea and the waves. It was a nice morning and no work pressures, no daily routine. This was the laziest morning of the trip.

Tarkarli Beach

           We came back to the room and went for lunch in Tarkarli at hotel Tarkarli Nivas. The menu in the vegetarian Thali (Meal) was very simple but the food was tasty. We took rest in the noon on rope hammock.
           Our evening plan was to visit Devbag which is an endpoint on Malvan Tarkarli road. But due to the maintenance of the road, we were not able to go there. Runtime we decided to visit Ozar place for caves which is just 7-8km away from Malvan. After watching the cave we came to Ciwala beach which is in Malvan. The evening walk by the beach is also stressed relieving and revitalizing.



Sunset from Chivala beach

 We had dinner again at “Atithi Bamboo” restaurant. I ordered Pomplet Fish Meal (Bramidae family fish/type of Stromateidae fish) with Solkadi (a Local non-alcoholic drink made of fresh coconut milk in mangosteen/ red mango juice spiced with ginger, garlic, and coriander). It was an awesome dinner.

Pomplet fish meal
  • Lunch at Tarkarli Niwas: INR 160/- (Veg Meal for both with extra Solkadi)
  • Pomplet meal at Atithi Bamboo restaurant: INR 220/-
  • Veg meal at Atithi Bamboo restaurant: INR 70/- (with sweets)
Day 4 (30 April 2012): Tarkarli – Devbag
            We woke up at 8 and went to the beach for swimming. After spending hardly half an hour we came back for breakfast. Monday is the local Market day so we decided to visit the market. Lots of local people selling a verity of the product as well as some local products. We did some local food shopping and came back.
             We were a bit confused about our day plan. We had 2 options; Relax in the resort for an entire day or visit Kunkeshwar temple along with Vijaydurg. We decided to go with plan 2.  Visit Kunkeshwar temple was nice. Temple is built upon the seashore. Kunkeshwar is the most devoted Lord Shankar Temple in the Sindhudurg District. A local guy told us the history of the temple that a cow, instead of milking for her master, was delivering it on a stone in the jungle. Her annoyed master once followed her to that stone. Seeing the behavior of the cow, he tried to axe the stone. As the axe hit the stone, the red blood emerged out of the stone. The master understood that this was not an ordinary stone; he apologized to the stone & started worshipping it. That stone is the Shiva-Linga (The symbol of Lord Shiva). 

Seashore from Kunkeshwa

               Later we went to Devgad but strong smell of dry fish from port made my wife uncomfortable and we decided to go back to resort. We took some rest and planned to visit Devbag (Devgad and Devbag are two different places. Devbag is 7km south from Tarkarli and Devgad is 66km north of Tarkarli) where Karli creek meets the Arabian Sea. Devbag is a small fishing village based on a thin strip of land with Karli backwaters on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. Amazing view and must visit place in the evening. The location of this small beach is superb with its north and south side concealed by two hillocks and eastern side surrounded by backwater.

Devbagh beach

Devbag beach where Karli creek meets the Arabian Sea

At Devbagh beach

                    After spending 20-30 min on a small beach, we decided to go to our next destination, the Tsunami Island beach. This island has emerged in 2004 after Tsunami waves hit the coast. A local fisherman told us that prior to 2004, this place used to be underwater at least by 3-4 feet even during the low tide. After the tsunami wave hit the coast, it has turned into an island during low tide but gets submerged by 2-3 feet during high tide. This island is very small and you can see it during low tide. Water sports are arranged on this island and even during high tide, you can go there.

Tsunami Island during high tide
           To reach to the tsunami island you have to hire a boat which cost you INR 500/- per boat. No one was there to share the cost so we said no to them. Local fisherman (young boy) approached towards us and he was ready to take us there in his own small size fiber boat (local name Dinghy) in just INR 200/-. The experience was thrilling and we entirely enjoyed this journey. Due to sea waves, the boat started rocking from side to side. Both fishermen managed to keep the boat steady. We spend 30 min on the beach and did Bumper ride. We were confident and comfortable during our return journey from tsunami island to Devbag beach. I liked the overall experience and gave him INR 70/- extra for making our last evening special. With the Devbag and tsunami island, our trip to Malvan-Tarkarli comes to an end.

Bumper ride
         I don’t want to go home without having fish in dinner on last night so we headed to “Atithi bamboo” and had Surmai fry and Savandala fish meal (Local name). This was my last full fish meal at the restaurant as we were going to head back to Pune the next morning.

Savandala fish meal
  • Car parking at Kunkeshwar temple: INR 20/-
  • Lunch at Devgad: INR 90/- (for both at small local hotel)
  • Boat ride(Dinghy) to Tsunami island: INR 270/- return fair for both
  • Bumper ride at tsunami island: INR 400/- for both
  • Dinner at Atithi Bamboo restaurant: INR 212/- (Savandala fish meal + Veg meal)
Day 5 (1 May 2012): Malvan – Pune via Gaganbawada ghat (Distance traveled: 395km)
              We got up early and went to the beach for a while where we saw local fishing activity. We had our breakfast and left Malvan by 10 a.m. We followed the same route but instead of Radhanagari, we came via Gaganbawada ghat and reached home by 8 p.m. It was truly a stress-relieving trip.

Stingray fish

We, the traveler
  • Home-Stay at Annapurna Nivas for 4 nights: INR 2800/-
  • Breakfast at Annapurna Nivas for 4 days: INR 160/- for both.
  • Lunch at NH-4: 180/- (Punjabi food and rice for both)
  • Toll on NH-4 (Kini): INR 58/- one-way entry
  • Toll on NH-4 (Taswade): INR 58/- one way
  • Toll on NH-4 (Anewadi-Satara): INR 50/- one-way entry
  • Toll on NH-4 (Khed-Shivapur): INR 70/- one-way entry
 Contact numbers for your reference:
  1. Annapurna Nivas for Homestay: Vandana Gosavi – 02365-253537, 9404442990.
  2. For snorkeling and scuba diving: Rupesh – 9766420038, Anavay – 9823857576.
  3. For local boat (Dinghy) Ride in Devbag: Dhananjay – 9420336845.
  4. Mango-Alphonso dealer from Malvan: Chandrakant Salunke – 02365-252516. 
  5. Atithi Bamboo restaurant: Sanjay Gavade – 9423304327.
Visit Places which we miss due to lack of Time:
  1. Tondavali Beach (16-18km from Malvan)
  2. Day visit Vengurla town for temples and beautiful beaches nearby Vengurla.
  3. Burnt island visit from Vengurla or from Tarkarli.
  4. Dolphin ride from Tarkarli. (best time for ride is November to January else you should be lucky enough to spot at sea)
 I will try to upload more and more travel blogs. Thanks for reading this Travel Blog.
 Pritesh Kulkarni

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Mahabaleshwar Weekend Trip: Land of strawberry

                  After some costal line trips, we planned to visit a hill station. Mahabaleshwar is a perfect place in the lap of the majestic ranges of the Western Ghats. You can visit Mahabaleshwar in a day or over a weekend.

About Mahabaleshwar:
                      Mahabaleshwar was the summer capital of the Governor of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency during the colonial era. It is easily accessible from Pune (120km) and from Mumbai (285km). It is one of the most popular weekend destinations.  It is also important religious site as it is the base of five rivers (Krishna, Koyana, Venna, Savitri and Gayatri River) and famous Mahabaleshwar temple.
                      Tourist gets attracted towards Mahabaleshwar because of breathtaking valley view, nature, adventurous sports etc. This place is also known for its honey and strawberries production.  Another popular hill station, Panchgani, is just 20km before Mahabaleshwar. Mostly, the tourists visit both places together.
                      Pune to Mahabaleshwar is a 2 to 3 hours’ drive. Best way to reach Mahabaleshwar is Pune – National highway 4 – After 75 km journey on NH4 Take right at Surul – Wai – Panchgani – Mahabaleshwar. There are many signboards which guide you to Mahabaleshwar and at all tourist points.
                     We (Me and my wife Renuka) planned our visit for 2 days i.e. on 31st March and 1st April 2012.

 Day 1 (31st March 2012): Pune -> NH-4 -> Menavali Ghat, Wai -> few points/spots -> Mahabaleshwar.
                      Our journey began the early morning at 6.30. We took a pit stop for fuel on NH-4 and then moved ahead for Wai. The highway is in a good condition – it’s smooth and wide. That helped us to touch 100km/hr. speed easily. Driving on a highway in the early morning was a good start of our trip. We decided to have a look of Menavali Ghat and the temple which is famous for many films like Swades, Dabang, Gangajal and many more. This place is not clean and is not maintained by local people.

Swades's Ramcharan mandir (Manavali ghat,Wai)

                 It was 8.30 am and we were too hungry so we took our 2nd pit stop at Mapro garden. It is very popular halt for tourist for breakfast/brunch and some Mapro product shopping. It is located just 6 km ahead of Panchgani. The ambiance of Mapro garden is very beautiful and you get yummy food. Classic grilled sandwich and Fresh Strawberry Cream with Ice cream are my favorite dish for breakfast. You can also visit the chocolate factory or buy Mapro products.

Classic grilled sandwich

Fresh Strawberry Cream with Ice cream

Parsi Point, Panchgani
  • Car petrol for trip: INR 1000/- (approx. 14.5 Liters)
  • Toll at NH-4: INR 65/-(single way)
  • Mapro’s classic grilled sandwich: INR 129/-
  • Mapro’s Fresh Strawberry Cream with Ice cream: INR 150/-
                      While Proceeding to Mahabaleshwar, we took a right turn to visit Kate’s point and Needle-hole point. It offers you a view of Krishna valley and dam. I like the view of needle hole which is a natural hole in the mountain. After spending some time with nature we went in Panchaganga temple in old Mahabaleshwar. There are plenty signboards which will guide you perfectly. As per the Hindu mythology,  five holy rivers Krishna, Venna, Koyana, Savitri & Gayatri show their token appearance here (Panchaganga temple) in five springs flowing closely. It was a little bit difficult for me to believe in such a god gifted place. There are other temples like Shiv Mandir and a very old stone temple named Krishna Devi Mandir. Arthur point is hardly 6km from here but we skipped and plan to visit it tomorrow morning.

Road to Needle-Hole point

Needle-Hole Point

                    It was 1.30 pm and the weather is a bit hot so we proceed towards main Mahabaleshwar. Road condition from old Mahabaleshwar to main Mahabaleshwar is very bad. Somehow we manage to reach there in an hour. After some hotel survey, we booked a room in the sunrise hotel which is located on the market. Hotel was newly built and on our bargaining power, he gave us a room at low price. This is our low budget trip so we opt for Non-A/C room.

  • Mahabaleshwar pollution tax: INR 30/- (For Car)
  • Mahabaleshwar Entry tax: INR 20/- per person (valid for 7 days)
  • Hotel Non-A/C room: INR 800/- per night
  • Car parking: INR 10 to 20/- (You have to pay everywhere)
                     After taking rest for a while, we planned to visit Venna Lake in the evening. I didn’t like this place as it is too much crowded with tourists, roadside food stalls, and horse riders. Boating in the lake is main attraction but I feel it’s too costly as it costs you around INR 340/- to INR 440/- for 1 hour. There are too many fun fair game stalls where we enjoyed a lot and won few goodies. After sunset weather turned cold. Now we get a feeling that we are at a hill station. After visiting lake we came back to the hotel for a while. Mahabaleshwar main market was waiting for us so we entered there. The market becomes lively in the night. There are too many shops and fun fair game stalls where you can enjoy a lot. You can buy Cane hats, chappal, Candles made by blind people, Madhusagar honey, fresh strawberry, and Jam or syrups product. I like MALVIS product and their shop on the main market. It is very innovative idea to display their product in the shop.

Veena Lake

                   After spending 2 to 2.30 hours in the market we took dinner in Ruchi vegetarian hotel. Food was delicious and at the end, we had amazing cream ice cream with strawberry at Bagicha corner at ice cream parlor.

cream ice cream with strawberry at Bagicha corner

  • Venna lake car parking: INR 20/-
  • Different Jam or syrups: Range INR 100 to 200/-
  • Dinner at Ruchi restaurant: INR 210/- for 2 people (Masala papad, Punjabi  veg. & Roti etc)
  • Strawberry ice cream with strawberry: INR 90/-
 Day 2 (1st April 2012): Mahabaleshwar -> Arthur seat pt. -> Pachgani -> Pune.
                     After yesterday’s action-packed day, we decided to relax on Sunday and just roam around and explore nearby area. We had breakfast in the hotel and checked out from the room by 9.30 am. In Mahabaleshwar check in timing is 11 am whereas check out timing is between 9 am to 10 am. The weather was very cool so we went to Venna Lake again. The environment at Lake was completely different than yesterday evening. No crowd, no chaos, so we had a small walk around the lake which made us feel fresh.
                   As we missed Arthur seat point yesterday so we went to see Arthur seat point. It is the queen of all points and just 12km from the main market. Arthur's Point, named after Arthur Malet who was the first to come here and build a house for him. Some compare the stratification of rocks on the southern side to the world famous stratification of rocks of the Grand Canyon of Colorado, USA. It offers you a breathtaking view of Konkan and Deccan territories. To see the beauty of this place, you have to visit this post monsoon. On the way to Arthur point, there are around 8 to 10 different points. Each point has its own history but it gives you same valley view with little bit different angle.

Arthur Seat Point

                        Elphiston point is just a few km from Arthur seat point which gives you a view of Koyana valley on left and Savitri on the right. You can see Pratapgad fort from this point. 

Elphiston Point

                       After Mahabaleshwar sightseeing, we started our return journey. While driving to Panchgani, we saw many strawberry farms and it was very difficult to move ahead without entering into them. With the permission, we went to a farm which is 1.5km away from the main road in the small village. Farm owner Yashwant explained us about strawberry farming in details. We were so engrossed in enjoying the strawberries that we forgot to take photos. We purchased 3.5kgs of strawberry from him. He invited us for lunch at his home but we promised to be back after monsoon for camping in his small village.

 Again we took a lunch break in Mapro garden and had some mini sandwiches. We were not feeling hungry because of the lots of strawberries we had on the farm. An advice for everyone is - do not purchase strawberries from the stall which are outside Mapro garden. They charge you anything. Your status or sometimes car type also plays an important role in the costs. It costs around INR 90 to 100/- per kg on weekends and INR 65 to 75/- on weekdays. We purchased at INR 55/- per kg from the farmer.

  • Venna Lake parking: INR 20/-
  • Mapro mini Sandwich: INR 69/-
  • Mapro hot coffee: INR 20/-
  • Strawberry: INR 192/- (3.5 kg)
  • Pachgani pollution tax: INR 50/- (For Car)
  • Pachgani Entry tax: INR 20/- per person (valid for 7 days)
  • Tableland car parking: INR 10/-
  • Toll on NH-4: INR 70/- (single way)

                       After Mapro, our last destination before proceeding home was Table Land point at Panchgani. It is 2nd longest mountain plateau in Asia. Horse riding is the main attraction here but due to an accident (1 girl was killed as horse carriage falls off from table land) in May 2012, horse carts and riding is banned by the government. By 5.30 pm we were about to leave for Pune when dramatically weather turned cloudy. It was a perfect evening to end our weekend trip so we waited until Sunset.

Sunset at Table Land, Panchgani

Sunset at Table Land, Panchgani

                       With memorable evening moments, we left Panchgani and reached home safely by via same NH-4 route by 9 pm.

Pritesh Kulkarni