Beach Hopping in Maharashtra

The one thing Maharashtra must be thankful for is the Arabian Sea. Western Maharashtra is blessed with a wonderful coastline stretching 720km and dotted with beaches, both popular and pristine. There is a beach in Maharashtra for whatever your reasons – adventure sports, powdery white sands, virgin, secluded and/or a sea fort. Earlier this year, when Republic Day coincided on a Monday, I capitalized on the long weekend to cover some of the beaches on…

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A Dash of Luxury in Panchgani

In 2009, when I visited Panchgani for the first time, I was certain that this is a perfect weekend getaway in Maharashtra, away from the chaos of work-life monotony. Panchgani throws a nice colonial vibe and offers breathtaking views of the Sahyadri mountain ranges. Back then, I stayed in a ‘No frills’ B&B near the main market area in Panchgani. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Panchgani again. This time to check out a villa…

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Rafting the Kundalika – My Tryst with Adventure in Kolad

Kolad River rafting-Kundalika River

I’ve been discovering places one weekend at a time. But slowly my wanderlust was wearing off from exploring food, forts and treks around Mumbai. I now wanted a new adventure! I happened to read about river rafting in Kolad, a small village in Maharashtra with a population of thirteen thousand. Kolad is home to the Kundalika River, an important source of water not only for the villagers but also hydroelectric plants around the region and the Maharashtra…

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Sula Vineyards Tour – Day Trip from Mumbai

I’ve been planning a trip to Sula Vineyards since time immemorial. Sula Vineyards is quite versatile a location – Perfect for wine lovers, great for offbeat travel and apt as a weekend getaway. You must know, Nashik is the wine capital of India and Sula Vineyards has had an important role in contributing to that title. They are the pioneers in Indian wine making, selling and distributing. And they’ve made wine tourism an in-thing in…

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Can Matheran Be Covered In A Day?

I was always skeptical of planning a day trip to Matheran. At the back of my mind ran questions like….. Is it doable? Will it be hectic? How long would it take to reach? What about toy train timings? Do toy trains run during monsoons? How much would I have to trek if I chose to not take the toy train? How much time do I give myself to sight-see if I return on the…

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Karla Caves, Lonavala – Architecture and Blind Faith Sightings

I have visited Lonavla a couple of times before, and hence, had already seen popular tourist spots like Bhushi Dam and Tigers Point. In the quest to explore something new, this trip covered the Karla Caves. Karla Caves Lonavala Background: Karla Caves are rock-cut monuments from the Buddhist era dating two thousand years old. Location of the caves may have been of strategic importance since it was a major trade route during that era connecting…

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Celebrity Wax Museum, Lonavala: A Poor Man’s Madame Tussauds

Karla Caves and Celebrity Wax Museum have ranked high on my list of must see places in Lonavla. The latter had more of my attention since it was our very own Indian Madame Tussauds. A wax museum in India and so close to Mumbai had me eyeing this location for a really long time. We started at 7:30 am from Mumbai and reached Lonavala by 9:30 am. Before we visited the wax museum, we chose to…

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