Guhagar and Velneshwar was “pending” since our last Malvan-Goa Bike ride. Many events had passed by which halted our progress towards it. But finally on 27th Apr 2012 was engraved for the start of the tour.
I messaged Manas @4.30 just to check if he is awake, and he called back, “जलदी निकल सकते हैं क्या ?” And we pre-poned our start-time to 0500 hrs instead of 0530. Ride to Guhagar was kind of disappointing with Kashedi Ghat “closed” for construction. 3 days of maintenance work. It had to align with our riding date !!? We took a big de-tour through unknown roads and relatively bad roads if compared to the winding corners of Kashedi ghat
After being back on NH17, we were quick to reach Velneshwar via Chiplun-naka – Modka Agar – Velneshwar by about 1215. The road from Modka Agar to Velneshwar was horrible to say the least, 18km of ride out of which 15km was under construction with pebbles, gravel, tar – but no road and the rest with pot-hole laden hell.
Velneshwar beach, however was a paradise, similar to Ganpatipule’s decent from the top of the hill, for Velneshwar, we start climbing another of “n” hills after Palshet village, and then come down to Velneshwar. It has just about 2kms of beach, but it was breezy and reminded us straight of Agonda beach in Goa.
The next day we spent our time roaming north of Velneshwar, Gopalgadh, Dabhol power project, Guhagar beach. Due to our lazy-planning we had to cover the 18km worth of hell-road times! we could’ve checked out of Velneshwer the 2nd morning, and then stayed somewhere in Guhagar.
On our return trip, we didn’t want “no-Kashedi” experience, but also wanted turning, climbing, descending roads. Manas suggested we take a huge de-tour to Mumbai via Satara! Which would then cover the awesome Kumbharli ghat.
Our final bike route looking something like this –
|Welneshwar Guhaghar Bike Ride Apr 2012|
Things to see and visit
We both were not of the religious type, but we did visit the Velneshwar temple in the night where there wasn’t a single soul, tranquil hear the crickets, the westerly cool breeze coming from the sea and us
- Baman ghal (must see), a narrow gorge in the rocks through which the sea has cut a section almost 15feet deep and a 3 feet wide
- Guhagar beach
- .. and try taking a de-tour through Koynanagar, and visit the Kumbharli ghat !