Whether it’s a gentle pitter-patter or an endless deluge, the rains are all anyone can think of right now. You may have tweeted about everything from the #smellofrain to your #monsoonmood. But why relegate it to just a hashtag? If you really want to chase the clouds, leave behind the city where the rains turn the roads into rapids, and your life into never-ending traffic jams. The real adventure awaits you along the west coast.
> Opt for a good view.
> Make sure there are mosquito nets/insect repellents.
> Easy accessibility to local transport and attractions.
Two words: fish thali. If you’re going down the Konkan coast, it would be criminal to not sample it at every stop. Skip the tourist traps near places of attraction and stop at the homely joints in the villages.
Get the freshest of fish fried to perfection, curry, steamed rice, salad and a serving of sol kadi to wash it all down.
When you are thirsty, find roadside vendors selling fresh kokum juice. It’s refreshing and with the right amount of tang.
No matter what time of day it is, even if meals aren’t available, misal pav is something you will always find. Every village has its own variation of the Maharashtrian dish, with some of them even setting your tongue on fire.
The coastal road from Alibaug to Revdanda Beach (MH State Highway 91) is filled with potholes, but it gets easier on the Revdanda-Murud stretch.
The stretch from Murud Fort to Agardanda is quite a pleasant drive.
If you don’t get a ferry from the Agardanda Ferry Point to Rohini (which saves you 20km), you have to negotiate around 40km of dreadful, nondescript roads to Mhasala.
Mhasala onward, the MH SH 99 is bearable to drive on until Harihareshwar.
The road through Kelshi until Murdi (en route to Harnai) is the worst stretch. The SH 4 is bumpy and tedious. Murdi onward, it’s an amazing drive, all the way to Dapoli.
The best stretch starts at Ganapatipule. The MH SH 4 is in an amazing condition, adding to the fun of driving along stunning beaches all the way to Ratnagiri.
From Ratnagiri, all the way to Goa, the MH SH 4 is in great shape, save for rare bad patches.