Friday, April 10, 2009
Beaches and fort near Mumbai - Murud – Janjira
Murud is located in the Raigarh district of western Maharashtra nestled in the mountain on Arabian sea. Taking the bus from Murud, if you travel 5 km towards south, you will reach coastal town of Janjira. Shaded by fir-coconut-betel, the sea beach of Janjira is really awesome. There are also diversities in its houses and buildings. They all are made of wood and beautifully decorated with colorful paintings.
Places in and around Murud & Janjira
Janjira is famous for its unconquerable water-fort built in 1515 on an island of 22 acre on the Arabian Sea by Sidhis from Abisirda. Shivaji invaded this water-fort surrounded by 15 meter high wall in 1659. His son Shambhuji made a tunnel in the water of the sea, even then he failed to capture the fort. Apart from a 5 storey palace there are also armory, mosque and two lakes in the fort.
Bhagawan Dattatreya Temple
At the end of the city (2 km south), take the ferry boat to go across. Then 1 km to the south of the city climb 250 steps to reach Bhagawan Dattatreya Temple on top of the mound. The deities in the temple are Brahma, Visnu and Maheswar. In the artistic, well decorated sculptured temple Dattatreya's or Gajanan Maharaja's paintings can be seen.
Fort of Shambhaji, Nawab Palace
Close to it is the fort of Shambhaji. A museum was set up in 1991 in Nawab Palace about 2 km to the north of Murud. The wealth of the palace is in its Durbar Hall. Ceiling and stuffed animals are unique. Beautifully designed and sculptured Nawab Palace can be visited, subject to permission available from the authorities.
Beaches Kashid, Alibag, Kihim. Nagaon, Aksi
Go 15 km to the north and visit calm, quiet and beautiful beaches of Kashid, Alibag, Kihim. Nagaon, Aksi one by one. Kihim is 16 km from Murud and 85 km from Panvel. The distance of Mumbai via Pen-Alibag is 120 km. Rewas is 6 km from Kihim. Except monsoon season, daily ferry launch services are available on Mumbai-Rewas-Mumbai route. Calm and serene Kihim beach shaded by green amidst lovely natural beauty. Birds and butterflies, variety of wild flowers add to the beauty of this beach.
How to reach Murud - Janjira
Murud-Janjira is only 165 km from Mumbai.Two ASIAD buses daily ply to Murud from Mumbai Central via Alibag in 5 hours. In view of the scarcity of direct bus services one may reach Alibag at a distance of 120 km from Mumbai by bus via Karnala. From Karnala more buses are available for Murud , which is about 45 km from here. Direct bus services from Kalyan to Murud are also available. Buses from Pune also arrive at Murud via Alibag. FromMumbai CST by Margaon Express or, from Dadar by Ratnagiri Passanger one can reach Panvel and from there to reach Murud-Janjira by bus. However, it is convenient to travel by Catamaran Launch service from Mumbai Gateway of India to Alibag and then by bus to Murud at a distance of 45 km. Alternatively you may take Mumbai-Rewas ferry service from Ferry Wharf (Baucha Dhakka) and then reach Kashid (55 km) by bus in one and half hour
Where to stay at Murud:
#Hotel Swayamsiddhu, Hotel Kinara. Hotel Ruchit of moderate tariff range.
#Shoreline Resort is also nice place to stay.
#MTDC - Murud Harnai Beach Resort, Dist-Rainngiri Ph: (02358) 234828
#MTDC's Murud Janjira. Dist-Raigad, Ph: (021447) 24078
#Close to Alibag on 3 km long silvery beach of Kashid - Kashid Beach Resort, Mumbai Booking ; Beacon, 22 Rustom Sidhwa Marg, Fort, Mumbai Ph (022) 22625406.
Stay at Alibag / Kihim:
#At Alibag: Alibag Big Splash.
#At Kihim too is MTDC's Kihim Beach Resort on private lease, Dist-Raigad Ph:24926625.During monsoon it remains close.