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Places To Visit Near Mumbai – Ganpatipule Beach

It was ages since I longed for a visit to some place, nice and quiet, away from the maddening crowds of Mumbai. Then came a weekend with three consecutive holidays in tow, the third one being an Indian public holiday. Did a little bit of googling to find interesting places to visit near Mumbai.

That is when I happened to stumble upon  Ganpatipule, an idyllic coastal town with clean, serene and white sandy beaches, located in Ratnagiri district, on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, India. It is a must see destination amongst all other travel places in Maharashtra.
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Places to visit near Mumbai – Ganpatipule Beach

This spectacularly stunning beach is devoid of bugging commercialization that you get to see on the beaches of Mumbai and Goa.

In fact, Maharashtra tourism website promotes Ganpatipule as a scenic, picturesque beach and a pilgrim center, with many visiting  the temple of Swayambhu Ganesha, which is around 400 years old.  Situated midst mangroves and coconut trees, this beach with its clear waters guarantees a relaxing weekend besides being an excellent stress buster.

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Distance from Mumbai to Ganpatipule

Mumbai to Ganpatipule by road is 375kms. The average time to reach Ganpati pule from Mumbai by road is around 7-8 hours. You can also travel by rail to Ganpatipule. The nearest railway stations are Ratnagiri and Karbude. From there you can take a bus or hire private cabs to Ganpatipule. But the road trip will be a much more pleasant memory than the rail trip. You can get out of your vehicle en route, click pictures, feast on local roasted corn, converse with the local villagers – most of them are hard working, prosperous farmers.

Mumbai  To Ganpatipule – Map


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Best time to visit Ganpatipule

The best time to visit Ganpatipule beach is just after the monsoon season, from mid October to February. However, we happened to be there during the monsoons. We went there by road, driving all the way from Mumbai to Ganpatipule. The natural landscape and the beauty of the scenic Sahyadris all along, was at its very best.

Places To Vist Near Ganpatipule

Include these places of interest near Ganpatipule in your itinary.

Malgund Village

This is a beautiful place at approximately 1km from Ganpatipule and is the birthplace of the famous marathi poet, Narayan Keshavsut.  You can visit a memorial dedicated to him, here.

Bhandarpule Beach

This is a virgin beach with practically no visitors, some 3 km from Ganpatipule.  Awesomely beautiful, the ocean view from this beach takes your breath away. But the sea here can be quite dangerous. Do not swim here.

Jaigad Fort

This ancient 17th century fort is built on a cliff, 35 km from Ganpatipule. Located at the mouth of  the Sangameshwar river, this fort  was built to guard the Jaigad port. Drive your vehicle till the fort entrance and park it outside the gate.  You can walk along the ramparts of the fort, enjoying a splendid view of the sea and the port. You can actually hear the ‘Sound of Silence’ here. It is so very peaceful with lush green vegetation all around. This is a must see place for all inquisitive sight seers.

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Prachin Kokan Museum

This museum is a treasure trove of  ancient Konkan history, artifacts, culture and cuisine. Spread over 3 acres, this place offers a view of  practically everything related to Konkan – paintings, handicrafts and indigenous products. You can buy paintings, ayurvedic products and handicrafts from here, among many other things. Feast on Konkan food at Atithya- a konkan restaurant near the premises of the museum

Shopping In Ganpatipule

Shop for local savouries like ambapoli – dried mango pancakes, jackfruit pancakes and chips, kokam kadhi – a sweet sour digestive drink and much more. You can get these from the store attached to hotel Durvankur. Visitors can buy souvenirs and other  memorabilia  from the Prachin Kokan museum.

Jaigad – Tavsal Ferry Boat Service For Motorists – Ganpatipule To Mumbai

We took our car on a local ferryboat service from Jaigad harbour to Tavsal village, the other side of  the Shastri river. From Tavsal, asking the villagers for directions, we drove through some villages and finally reached the NH-17 Mumbai Goa highway. This route saves 100 km i.e. approximately 2 hours of your travel time back to Mumbai.

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car ferry boat service jaigad tavsal - ganpatipule

Ganpatipule Resorts

Advance hotel booking is a must. It is impossible to find rooms in hotels and resorts after you reach there.  Ideally, ensure that food is a part of your holiday package. A few restaurants and hotels near the bus stand and near the beach are very very crowded at meal times, so much that you may have to wait for your turn. This is unnerving if you are visiting with small kids. Personally, I found the local restaurant food too oily and spicy. Durvankur restaurant near the bus stand and Ganpatipule MTDC restaurant serve good Maharashtrian food. I loved the “Sol Kadhi” and Maharasthrian fish fry at MTDC restaurant. The MTDC resort rooms offer the best view of the beach.

Things to be noted

Avoid swimming in the sea. It can be life-threatening. The waves are strong, huge and tend to pull away the sand beneath your feet. A local guard goes around whistling and warning the beach goers to be near the sea shore, especially  when the high tide sets in.

All in all, a memorable weekend. I would love to be here again!

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Bean Bag Chairs And Bean Seats – DIY Furniture

Bean bag chairs and seats are simple DIY furniture that you can design yourself. These are affordable pieces of furniture that cost you below Rs.5000. Ideal for students and people living in studio apartments and rented accommodations and for those who are on a shoe string budget. Check out how to use bean bags in multipurpose ways.

How To Make A Bean Bag – Seat

Buy Rexin sheets of your favorite color. Get them stitched from a cushion or mattress maker in the form of seats as shown in the picture. Dimensions of bean bags are 2′ x 2′ x 6″ .  Make 4 or 6 such seats.

how to make a bean bag

Attach a zipper for each bean bag. Stitch small rexine fixers with velcro on the zipper side of the seats.

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Leave the bean bag – seats as is or stitch fabric covers for these bean bags for a long shelf life. Make sure that these fabric covers are open from the zipper side of each bean seat. Do not fix buttons or zippers to close these covers.

Bean Bags – Multipurpose functionality

Seats For Two

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Place the bean bags one on top of the other in two stacks. Now you have seats for two. Place a center table in between. Enjoy a game of cards or a cup of coffee with your friend or partner.

Bean Bag Chairs

bean bag chairs

bean bag chairs

Attach two seats with velcro fixers to form a sort of hinge. Place them as shown below to form bean bag chairs.

bean bag chairs

Bean Bag Bed

Attach 4 bean bags with velcro fixers to form a single line. Cover this with a bed sheet. You have a single bed.

For a double bed, arrange the bean bag seats as shown below. Throw in some colorful cushions and you can call friends overnight or even handle unexpected guests.

bean bag bed

Maintenance Of Bean Bag Seats

Maintenance of bean bag chairs and seats is pretty simple. Wash the fabric covers once in a while. If the seats start flattening, it is time to refill the seats with fresh styrofoam beans. You get a medium sized bag of thermocol for Rs.200- Rs.250, which is not much.

Benefits

Bean bags are multipurpose furniture. You can prop them up against a wall as a chair or even use them as seats, daybeds or beds at night. These save space and won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Bean bags are excellent stress busters too. You can comfortably lie on them, watch your favorite TV show or read a book, entertain friends and so on.

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Online Grocery Shopping – Bigbasket.com Review

Happened to go in for online grocery shopping the other day – I was running short on time for visiting a supermarket and buying stuff. So I decided to buy groceries online at BigBasket.com. I had a wonderful experience. Of course, there are a couple of points that I would like to share with the management. But that is another thing.

online grocery shopping - bigbasket.com

Last few years have seen a sudden upward spurt in online shopping with people buying almost everything from apparel, electronic goods, books, cosmetics online. Not many have resorted to shopping online for groceries. People are still skeptical about the quality of perishable food items like milk, meat, fresh fruits etc. and the time of delivery – it should be done when people return home from work as is the case in Mumbai and other metro cities.

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Online Grocery Shopping At BigBasket.com.

What is BigBasket.com?

BigBasket.com, an initiative of Innovative Retail Concepts Private Limited is a popular online food and grocery store in India. It has a team of experienced professionals from the retail industry, on board. You can shop from an online catalog of several branded products – farm fresh fruits and vegetables to organic products, beverages, spices, pulses, food grains, personal care products, meats and more.

What I liked about online grocery shopping at BigBasket.com

No more parking woes at supermarkets. No long queues at the billing counter. The website interface is very simple and easy to use. The quality of products is good. The best part is they offer four delivery slots as in  7am – 9.30 am, 10 am – 12.30 pm, 4.30 pm – 7 pm and 7.30 pm – 10 pm. You can choose the one best suited to your convenience. Door step delivery is done the very next day of placing an order. They have a cash on delivery option – you can check the products before paying for them. They accept food coupons for food products. You can also pay online using debit/credit cards. Currently they offer services in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Go green with BigBasket.com

These guys are doing their best to save the environment. No plastic bags. They deliver groceries in crates which they take back after delivery. Even the fruit and vegetable trays are taken back and reused. Also, BigBasket.com bring products directly from the wholesaler to your doorstep. They do not store products at storage facilities as is the case of supermarkets. This saves a lot of energy that would have been wasted in lighting and air conditioning , refrigerators and freezers.

A few suggestions though

They deliver groceries in crates. The more number of products you order, the number of crates is higher. This means double trouble for the delivery boy as well as for the elevators. In some housing complexes, elevators are small. In others, housing societies do not permit carrying so many crates in the elevators to higher floors. I wish they would consider using cloth bags instead, for delivery.

Some products like whole grains and pulses are available in standard pack sizes of 500 gm, 1 kg, 5 kg etc. I faced a problem – ours is a family of three – we require only 3 kg of wheat every month. There was no 1 kg pack size option for that particular brand of wheat. So I had to buy 5 kg instead of 3 kg.

Other than these two points, my entire online shopping experience at BigBasket.com was a breeze. The staff is cordial. The delivery guy personally checked if all the items were delivered correctly. As soon as you place an order, you get confirmation via sms, email and phone call. You also have an option of locating your address on google maps. They save this information for later use.

Will stick to BigBasket.com for online grocery shopping every time.

 

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