Distance: Mumbai – Kashid 130 km (Approx.)
Mumbai – Murud Janjira 150 Km (Approx.)
How to get there: The most convenient way to reach Murud Janjira would be by road. Besides state buses, there are many pvt. hire cabs/tourist vehicles that will make the trip for a fixed fee. Alternatively, try doing the road trip by yourself or carpool with friends. Check out Route.
Review: Road trips along the Konkan Coast are particularly enjoyable, largely because of a long picturesque coastline, which starts from Alibag and runs all the way to Goa. En-route, you’d find hidden coves, nondescript villages, popular beaches, and desolate getaways. The trick is to beat the crowds – whenever and wherever possible. The route to Kashid passes by Alibag, Nagaon and Korlai. Depending on your schedule, you could make a stop at these beaches, before heading further.
Kashid is popular for its golden beach (unfortunately littering is common), thick Suru tree cover and water sports. The shacks which line the beach are ideal to spend a lazy afternoon or indulge in the local gastronomy. This beach is frequented by families and picnic groups. Beach volleyball and cricket are a common sight along the beach shores. You could also visit Revdanda Beach (8 km) or Phansad Bird Sanctuary (19km).
Murud Janjira lies a few kilometres further. While Murud beach attracts hordes of picnickers, its 350-year-old formidable fort has its fair share of curious visitors as well. Built by Siddhi Johar, Janjira Fort remained un-conquered (ajinkya), despite successive attack attempts from diverse invaders. The Portuguese, British and even local guerilla-warfare-expert and King, Shivaji, failed to penetrate its formidable 90 ft. walls. A boat trip to the fort is accompanied by folklore and tall tales of the Siddhis, who first came as traders from Africa. It might be hard to separate fact from fiction, but it makes the rocky journey (without life vests) worthwhile. Inside, the fort is divided into a number of sections. Canons, wall engravings, and desolate ruins of a past glory, is what you’d see today. It won’t take much, to imagine, how fascinating the fort must have been in the past. Try coming early, to avoid crowds. Although, Ahmedganj Palace is closed for visitors, you can take your best pic from its towering gates.
Spoiler: Try choosing off-season weekdays to visit these beaches, that’s if you want to beat the crowds. Being popular and conveniently located from Mumbai/Pune and en-route Goa; most resorts will be packed.