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"See" the "Sea" at Chirala from Hyderabad

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If you read and think I am exaggerating, fabrication is just another style of Pinaki.... I go on my knees to say, I am little mad for beaches and this beach just unveiled the beauty of AP coastal line when I visited Chirala for the first time. I do carry the good memories and excitement in me b'coz it was planned overnight ( in less than 12 hours ) and did bring a name on my list that I can definitely visit more than once . 

 

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There are two ways to reach this spot.

You can either start early - take Nagarjuna Sagar Road, enjoy the sunrise , stop at Ethipothala waterfalls, click some pictures go towards Chilakaluripet and go towards Chirala.  This route is not excellent or best road to drive and enjoy end to end though the first two spots are great to start your day and lose sometimes on way to Chirala :P 

 

 

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Early Morning picture towards Nagarjuna Sagar

 

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Sunrise Picture.

 

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Ethipothala waterfalls inside the property of Haaritha. 

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Take ORR - Exit gate 11 - Take Nalgonda

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Second route and recommended.

Take ORR - Exit gate 11 - Take Nalgonda Road - Miriyalguda - Piduguralla - Narasaraopet - Chirala. Total Distance - 336 kms.  The road is pretty good and have scenic beauty. You can definately mainatain a speed of 100 -120.  There are three toll gates on the way. 

It takes 6 hours . We did start at 3.30 in the morning , had a break at Piduguralla and reached Chirala by 10.15 am. 

 

Stay

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Chirala has very limited options. I have tried my luck at two different spots. 

a) Sea Breeze Resort - Definitely a good place. Most of the travelers prefer staying here . Rooms on weekends go off soon and can be a problem if you go without booking. The resort has different varieties of rooms. Do not fall for room types. Request for information on the room location inside the resort, ventilation and facing of the room. Sea facing are only available with Deluxe room and cottages. Rest of the sea facing room are actually garden facing. 

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Swimming Pool

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b) Lotus Buddha - The management is cooperative however the property is not well maintained . I was almost in depression of spending two nights at this resort. It is just in the middle of village with fishermen and local crowd. The smell and the not so maintained locality dampen the spirit and feeling for the place. 

 

 

Food

 

You can definitely order your food at the resorts. The quality, quantity and the service support is very decent and well maintained. 

They do serve dinner on the beach at night. They charge you INR 500 for the effort. The experience is great if you go during full moon night. You see the sunset followed by the full Moon in the sky , high tide and the breeze. 

the variety of food is also quite grand at Sea breeze. You have options from fish to chicken to Biriyani .  Atleast they serve you what you see on the menucard. 

 

A lot of people told me, they do order food from outside. Local villagers are great cook and serve you hot chicken and local dishes. 

 

Beach

The beach is just opposite to the sea breeze property. My first trip was in September. The silver sand and the non sticky quality brings softness to your feet and happiness as you walk down the clean beaches. The water was so clear , it was literary blue.  The beach is stretched over almost 7 kms and also have awesome tree lines across the road. Incase you feel you want a shade while you want to be on beach - simply go and take a seat under the shade and sip coconut water in the morning or in the afternoon and leisurely drink your fav one in the evening. 

Collect broken or new designed shell, shoot around with crabs , or just lie down on the silver sand. 

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Check in - Check Out - Your check in time is 9 AM and check out is 9 PM. Breakfast is complimentary and includes Dosa, Idli, Kheer, Vada, Poori,  Omlette, Juice , Tea, Coffee. 

 

There is no local spots to drive around. Though you can visit the local saree mill for some handwork sarees or can even drive down to Narasaoraopet for Kotappakonda Temple . The Temple is on the top of a hill and has amaziong scenic beauty. The drive up to 5kms is really amazing and can be a good disconnect for sometimes. 

 

Give Chirala a try! After all, small things bring more happiness  so why you let this one go?

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Crisp Writeup @Pinaki.  Was planning this Sea Breeze Resort last year in december. Its the best private property on this coastline owned by a doctor couple. But had to cancel the booking for unforeseen reasons. Chirala and suryalanka are the few beach options which we have close to hyderabad.

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Beautiful pictures!
Never been to this resort.
Most of the times it is full during weekends. 

Good writeup. 
We will plan a India-Drive meetup during winter. 

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10 hours ago, RedCruiser said:

Crisp Writeup @Pinaki.  Was planning this Sea Breeze Resort last year in december. Its the best private property on this coastline owned by a doctor couple. But had to cancel the booking for unforeseen reasons. Chirala and suryalanka are the few beach options which we have close to hyderabad.

True @RedCruiser. Last weekend, I was in Chirala again. The weather was great and infact it was very breezy.  In Sep, I did visit Suryalanka on my way back home. It was not maintained at all. The beach on the left from Haaritha resort is for public and the beach was changed to garbage spot by many of us!  Hope they maintain the place. 

 

The  Doc couple I must say is doing their best to maintain the property and the reputation. Not everything can be perfect but still I give them 100 for their attempt and service considering the place is remote and have less options for stay .

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23 minutes ago, Ranger said:

Beautiful pictures!
Never been to this resort.
Most of the times it is full during weekends. 

Good writeup. 
We will plan a India-Drive meetup during winter. 

@Ranger you made my day! If I don't have any commitment, I promise to be  on this drive at any cost. Only thing is - we need to get the booking done asap for a good crowd visiting the resort. I guess two months in advance should help. 

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1 hour ago, Pinaki said:

True @RedCruiser. Last weekend, I was in Chirala again. The weather was great and infact it was very breezy.  In Sep, I did visit Suryalanka on my way back home. It was not maintained at all. The beach on the left from Haaritha resort is for public and the beach was changed to garbage spot by many of us!  Hope they maintain the place. 

 

The  Doc couple I must say is doing their best to maintain the property and the reputation. Not everything can be perfect but still I give them 100 for their attempt and service considering the place is remote and have less options for stay .

Agreed! I always prefer to stay in Sea Breeze whenever I plan to visit Chirala Beach. Just FYI, there are few places which can be covered when you go until Chirala that I remember on top of my mind as of now which we have covered last time

 

1) Machilipatnam Beach

2) Kolleru Lake

3) Ponnur Anjaneya Temple

4) Suryalanka Beach

5) Kotappa Konda Shivalayam Temple

6) Mopidevi Sri Subramanyeswara Swamy Temple

 

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Just now, Sridhar Tandra said:

Agreed! I always prefer to stay in Sea Breeze whenever I plan to visit Chirala Beach. Just FYI, there are few places which can be covered when you go until Chirala that I remember on top of my mind as of now which we have covered last time

 

1) Machilipatnam Beach

2) Kolleru Lake

3) Ponnur Anjaneya Temple

4) Suryalanka Beach

5) Kotappa Konda Shivalayam Temple

6) Mopidevi Sri Subramanyeswara Swamy Temple

 

@Sridhar Tandra Kotappa Konda was really great! If I had no height issue, I would have trekk from new Temple at the top to the old temple at the top most. The place has some kind of mystery and adventure hidden around the hills of the old temple at the top! I wish if we have accommodation available. A night stay would not be a problem.

 

I am keen with Kolleru Lake and Machilipatnam Beach. Do they have options for stay? 

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Just now, Pinaki said:

@Sridhar Tandra Kotappa Konda was really great! If I had no height issue, I would have trekk from new Temple at the top to the old temple at the top most. The place has some kind of mystery and adventure hidden around the hills of the old temple at the top! I wish if we have accommodation available. A night stay would not be a problem.

 

I am keen with Kolleru Lake and Machilipatnam Beach. Do they have options for stay? 

True that! No, there are no stay options at Kolleru or Machilipatnam Beach, May be Machilipatnam town has few places to stay! Never explored stay at Machilipatnam though as my Sister stays in Guntur. We always have a pit stop in Guntur and lay the web around it wherever we want to travel

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Hi @Pinaki,

 

First time I am getting to listen to some frank opinion on this resort. I have heard a lot good and only positives about this place which I felt was quite disappointing after my experience in there. Pretty ill maintained. Any other resorts apart from sea breeze in and around the place?

 

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Today I got a chance to visit Chirala Beach.

Drive on the coast line is fantastic.

Many isolated spots to explore.

Place is not overcrowded like suryalanka.

 

You can drive around and find many less crowded beaches.

 

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@Rangerwow you were in Chirala. Fantastic. This looks amazing. Where did you put up? Did you find any interesting spot that you want to share with us?

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3 hours ago, Pinaki said:

Where did you put up? Did you find any interesting spot that you want to share with us?

 

I stayed in Vijayawada on some work.
I just went there for two hours. 
There is a two kilometer coast line from Chirala beach to few resorts.
Did you guys do that route?
And there is so much plastic on this beach. :(

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@Rangeryes we did that route. The plastics are all over now. Last Sep and Oct, it was all clean.  The three resorts on this route are

  • Sea Breeze
  • Palm Hotel 
  • Lotus Buddha. 
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4 hours ago, Pinaki said:

The three resorts on this route are


Any information on best of the above three resorts?

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Wonderful log @Pinaki, I have been off the forum for a while and look what I have missed out on. Great going buddy. :D

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15 hours ago, Pinaki said:

@Rangeryes we did that route. The plastics are all over now. Last Sep and Oct, it was all clean.  The three resorts on this route are

  • Sea Breeze
  • Palm Hotel 
  • Lotus Buddha. 

 

I have heard Sea breeze ranks the best amognst the all the 3 good resorts available in Chirala and I hope the management realizes to keep up their standards in maintanance and provision for good amenities.

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2 hours ago, sagar said:

 

I have heard Sea breeze ranks the best amognst the all the 3 good resorts available in Chirala and I hope the management realizes to keep up their standards in maintanance and provision for good amenities.

You are right! Considering there is almost nothing around, the place is very decent. I did give a try with Lotus Buddha... I would not go back though the staff and management were pretty decent and good. 

Sea Breeze is trying its best to cope with the footfall of visitors and the littering committed by the same tourist group. I don't blame the management alone however yes there are scopes for improvement for sure.

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2 hours ago, sagar said:

Wonderful log @Pinaki, I have been off the forum for a while and look what I have missed out on. Great going buddy. :D

@sagarLooks like finally someone is back.. are we expecting overnight camp now?

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13 hours ago, Ranger said:


Any information on best of the above three resorts?

@RangerSea Breeze. I would recommend give a try in Sep/Oct once the season starts and the weather gets cooler. 

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34 minutes ago, Pinaki said:

@sagarLooks like finally someone is back.. are we expecting overnight camp now?

Oh Hell Yeah! Finally, Summer arrived and @sagar too is back!! Let's do the Koilsagar BBQ guys!! :cooler:

 

We have had reckky also done by @Sud @Ranger at Koilsagar couple of weeks back!!

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      This was the last view of Andaman from the flight! 

       

       

       
       
       
    • By Pinaki
      What if I give you a package comprise of – Hills, sea, lakes, pristine beaches, seafood, nice resort , good roads and panoramic view -  all  for a very economical pricing and you cover all of these without any rush in just three days?  Don’t turn your face away! As you keep reading this travelogue below, you can experience the beauty of the trip –so vast and versatile, no dispute –Konkan coast is one of the best road trips to do!
       
      The long weekend of 15th August was the reason enough to go and explore Konkan coast.  This is one trip I shall always cherish for its simplicity and havoc journey through hills and lakes and coastal lines. The month was the busiest for me and I was drained out by the time I was set to fly to Pune for this journey. Continuous travelling for three weeks just made me run out of energy to pack my bag and fly to Pune for Konkan coast drive. However just after half an hour drive from Pune, the magic wheels flushed out all the toxins in my thoughts – “I am Tired!” Infact – I was on the road that changed my mood and became passport to one of the most memorable trips of 2017.  
       
      Saturday Morning – I had a flight from Hyderabad Airport to Pune. My friend for Donkey years got his Nissan Terrano ready at the airport. We started the journey at 7 AM. He is very particular with his car! He would not let anyone touch the car . That was more like a pre independence celebration of my hands and legs before 15th August. Only things I kept myself engaged were -  mouth to speak, eyes to see the scenic beauty and mobile phone for quick GPS guidance. However this trip would not have been successful without Nikhil Patel from India Drive. His guidance was simply Fantastic.
       
      Target destination was Devbagh, Tarkarli and Malvan Beach. We had no bookings for accommodations. We decided to go to Kholapur and take our first break. However once we stepped out of Pune, we had our first halt for a short tea break just below Khandala. The saga of hills, ghat roads can be seen from this spot.

       

       
      Your mind gets unloaded with the fresh air and highway speed as you keep climbing the ghat road! The road to Kholapur from Pune is pretty decent. It’s a four lane road. You definitely enjoy the beauty on both sides, can spot small mountains, breeze and light shower of the monsoon and seasonal flowers all over. 
       
      Once we touched Kholapur, we decided to have lunch. We decided to have lunch at Dehati. This is one of the must try restaurants! The restaurant is very decent, have awesome dishes and try out the Kholapuri Thali! They serve in copper crockeries and utensils. The chaas is awesome and come in Kokkam mix and the mutton keema will activate your taste buds like a bomb! The food is so delicious, I could not imagine anything better can be offered for the lunch.  They served each item one by one. This keep your food warm and just from the oven!.  

       

      After Happy  eating, was the time for real driving! We headed towards Radhanagri Road! One has to be really insensitive to ignore the beauty of this journey! The road takes you up to the mountain with Ghats on right side, seasonal water falls at every curve, forest and wild flowers, plants and greenery, fog and mist  and farming land far away in some village as if painted by Dali of Maharashtra! . Incase you want to visit the dam /reservoir, you can take a look at the dam and do photography!

       

       

       

       

       
      Radhanagri has another beautiful feature. The quick changing weather can bring a lot of mist and fog on your way followed by canopy of trees, lush plantations, sneak peek of dears and monkeys. The beauty of the place is ornamented with seasonal waterfalls and then suddenly you realized you have reached the plateau which opens up to a super beautiful pristine lake.
       
      The lake is so huge and beautiful, you don’t mind stopping for sometimes and ideally enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings. No matter where you halt your car, you can either hear cricket, birds chirping or waterfalls! It is not recommended to go away without enjoying these scenic beauty and sound of nature. It is advised - lower down the window panes and step out of the recycled air in your car! 
       
      We halted almost at every corner and clicked pictures of the seasonal waterfalls, plants, flowers and the greenery. The kingdom of clouds float all around the ghat road and bring plenty of peace. While standing at the edge of the lake, you do spot a temple on the other side of the lake. You cannot see any mankind but you know for sure, you are not alone in this mystic world of silence and nature.

       

       


       

       
      Without further delay, we headed towards Malvan. Another must worth mentioning part of the trip was– every tea stall you stop the car, you get fresh tea brewed in front of you! They use herbs, tea leaves and masala to brew your drink! What a taste…. Sometimes it does surpass elderflower essence  So, to my surprise.
       
      This experience was very uniform throughout my journey for next three days. Kudos to all Aai who prepared tea on our way.

       
      It was towards the dusk, we reached Tarkarli beach. The beach road has plenty of houses for homestay. We decided to go and look for Maharashtra government lodge. I heard they are usually located at good spots and maintained well. It was quite big resort just on the shore. However the receptionist was more like he owns Hyatt and was rude enough on your face.
       
      He was upfront - take any room you want but tomorrow we might ask you to leave if we have people coming in. Without a second thought, I ticked off the spot off my list! However I did pay a quick visit to the cottages. I was happy I decided to quit. The charges were INR 3000 plus for a bed which has two blanket and a roof made of thatch! The light settings was like we are just taking off inside the flight .
       

       

       
      It was little frustrating to find a decent resort after we left the government resort. Since August is monsoon and off season, almost all the resorts were off and were closed. However you will find people are pretty helpful sending you to other resorts for accommodation. All come his way – he who waits – we finally reached a resort which was very decent and run by a local family.
       
      The cost of the room was INR 2000 which is very clean, well maintained, slim furniture – making enough space for two people, clean washroom with geyser, air conditioner and television. It had a big window facing the sea and a big balcony with two easy chairs for you to sit and enjoy the breeze. The property is in expanding mode. It has garden, plenty of space for further development. It opens up on Tarkarli beach. Once we dumped our luggage, we went straight to the beach. The neatness was quite high and unspoiled by mankind- the footfall is less in off season. 
       
      It was quite interesting to see when fishermen return from fishing, you get van come to get the fishes directly from the boat to the van and go for trading at markets. This is indeed a  great strategy to keep the beach clean. We did spend quite a long hour on the beach, letting the sound of the waves evaporate our tiredness for good.
       

       

       

      We did order sea foods. Almost all listed in the menu card were available for order. We didn’t hesitate to order promphet, prawns and chicken for the night! The cold breeze and beautiful night was enough for us to call it a day!
       
      Day 2
       
      This day was for  exploring Devbhag beach, Malvan Beach . We started our journey with Devbagh beach. Devbagh beach is known for water sports. Once you reach the beach, it has back water on the left and sea on the right. The point where the sea and the lake meets is really beautiful. You have plenty of people conducting water sports and sea trips. We negotiated for INR 500 and got to visit Dolphin point, Tsunami Island, Meeting point of Devgarh beach and lake. I was lucky to spot few dolphins in the morning otherwise it’s not so easy to spot one.  The meeting point was very rough though for the boatman he said –“ no danger!” 

       

      Tsunami Island is said to have formed in 2004 after Tsunami. This island get vanished during high tide, usually in the evening and again get visible next day morning! The best part is the sea walk. Once you reach close to the island, you need to get off the boat and walk to the island over the sea. One might think, you would drown soon, you realize the fun only when you land on the water. The guide told us, they can do snorkeling during peak season starting from October and the island get visitors like crazy during the day. It turns into  a commercial spot during business season.

       

       

       

       
       
      After the water sports, you can take a leisure walk on the beach! Its quiet and peaceful surrounding! You can just walk and take a place of your own to enjoy the view of the waves. For Lunch we headed to atithi . It is a well-known place for Lunch and dinner. You get variety of fish and Konkani dishes. It’s been told the place is so popular that in peak season, you need to wait at least for 45 minutes to get a seat.
       
      After lunch, we had few more beaches to cover! We did cover the Rock Garden beach! The garden is very small but once you step towards the shore, you can see water blows which is a classic! The designed rocks on the edge and the natural beds of rocks are both -simply awesome and beautiful. If you want to get drenched, you can simply sit on a rock bed and enjoy the splash all over! Otherwise just enjoy the breeze and see the locals fishing using small baits for pleasure and fun!
       

       

       

       

       

       
      Take a drive further down to Malvan beach , visit the Sindhudurg fort , enjoy the sunet! We decided to take a lovely walk in our own resort beach! It was so quiet and peaceful, we went on walking for almost two hours one side and chit chat with few fisher men on the shore! Their journey for the day was over and they just were getting ready to march towards home! The sunset was beautiful, leaving a flavor for such pristine beach and tranquility in mind.
       
      Day Three
       
      Next day we wanted to start early and cover few beaches on our way! The locals informed us that Vengurla can be a nice spot for a trip and also thelight house. As we started around 8 am in the morning, to our surprise it was another beautiful road journey through forest, villages, ghats and waterfalls! The fresh air and the clouds over the sky was perfect to feel the cool breeze and smell of the earth! It takes you back from where we all come from! The surprise waterfalls and sudden ghats only leaves you packed with energy for the rest of the journey!
       
      Vengurla Light house was just a surprise for us. It has two ways . Road 1 – By walking and Road 2  - taking the vehicle directly to the light house on the top of the mountain. It was a wise thing to take the car all the way up to the lighthouse! The moment you start going up in the mountain, you start seeing a different topography! The road is lush with green plants and flowers, sneak peak of beach on the left, direction to more than five beaches on the right!  As we approached towards the light house gate, we stared spotting peacocks, grazing goats and butterflies!
       

       

       

       

       
      It was just a mystery that such a hidden treasure was hiding on the top of the mountain. At times you are not fortunate to get everything! Light house gates were chained and closed. We tried ringing the number found on the gate  for checking if someone responds. It went unanswered as well. However when He takes a thing away, He gives you back something better! After getting disappointed, we just decided to walk and follow the butterflies for some photography!
       
      Little did we know we were marching towards a zone from where you can have the entire view of the Vengurla beach , crazy waves on the rocky side of the shore, azure blue sky lined below with sky blue water of the ocean! . We didn’t bother to repent on driving up to a closed light house! We did silently sit on the edge and enjoy the heaven for at least 30 minutes. On our way to Sawantwadi, we did spend sometimes in three more beaches! Its interesting one stretch can have so many beaches hidden on the way! All of them are lovely and can be accessed easily!
       
      Though most of the beaches are secluded and have very less footfalls, use your discretion before going and the time of the day you are going to these beaches. We have spotted few people though, still a recommendation for your own safety. The beauty of the beaches are awesome. You have clean sand all over!
       

       

       

       

       

       
      As we keep driving towards Sawantwadi, we continued exploring the nature and its beauty! Some places are just stretched with palm trees, some stretch are full with coconut trees, some have lakes and some have mountains around both sides of the road. For lunch we halted at Sawantwadi. The restaurant is one of the most traditional dhaba with Konkani, Marathi dishes!
       
      I promise you won’t be disappointed in trying either fish or chicken or mutton! Just have patience… because almost every other car stops and crowd have lunch and move out. As we bid bye bye to the city, we were entering the zone of waterfalls! The monsoon and the weather just made Sawantwadi ghat so so beautiful. With every turn and curve, you see you are just one turn closer to the waterfalls and away from the sea level.
       


       

       

       

       

       
      Sawantwadi is no more the charming place it used to be before! Wherever there is mankind, there is destruction of nature! All I could hear, noise, scream and honking. Instead of fresh air, it was smell of cooked food, snacks and crackers. Instead of flowers and greenery, we can see plastic bottles and leftovers around!
       
      There was no point of seeing this damage and we drove further almost three kilometers ahead for our next stop. In a minute we were free from the nuisance and just parked our car next to a place where it was just covered with floating clouds!
       

       


       

       

       
      Right after Sawantwadi ghat, we left towards Pune. It was an extraordinary feeling when you see beauty of nature in so many different flavours! Just at the turn towards kholapur highway and not even 2 kms, we found  a spot that will jaw drop you! This was again a lake with beauty unparalleled...
       
      The place is known as Ajra. 
       

       

       

       
      You can simply park your car down and climb up a small mountain like structure and enjoy the nature and breeze for free! How beautiful life is when its simple and free. 
       
      Only thing left in this journey was to go back to Pune! The holidays were over, the dates went to the books of history, phone was untouched almost two days except for photographs!  As we started driving towards Satara, sipped fresh brew tea at stalls, enjoyed the sunset and evening breeze, only thing was on mind ..... In September .. I have my next destination on card... so lets get ready again!!!
       

       

       

       

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