Hey guys.. we were all desperately looking for respite from this hectic life. An escape to the beachside sounded like a perfect solution. The initiative by our staff members coupled with our enthusiasm made it possible for us to arrange a trip to Atharva Residency Malgund in a very short time. After a lot of excitement over the packing and preparation, the D day finally arrived.
As per the plan, we 4 members left for Malgund on the 31st of January 2014 around 7am. En route we halted at Koynanagar to visit the Koyna dam. The boat ride in the backwaters of Koyna was a truly mesmerizing experience for us. The scenic beauty of Koyna enthralled us.
After traveling for another couple of hours, a visit to Dervan took us back to the days of Shivaji Maharaj.The life-size statues and sculptures at the museum depicted stories from the life of Shivaji Maharaj. After a hectic day, we reached Malgund at 8pm.
Malgund is a small town located at a distance of about 2 km. from Ganpatipule.This scenic town set amidst the backdrop of mountains and beaches is known for the birthplace of the famous Marathi poet Keshavsoot. Accomodation at Malgund was arranged at Atharva Residency Malgund Ganpatipule which had five spacious bungalows. We spent the night celebrating a friend’s birthday.
Day 2 at Malgund was indeed memorable. We spent the entire morning on the beach playing football, cricket and throwball on the malgund beach. We organized morning breakfast/tea at the beach itself from Atharva Residency.
We visited the famous Ganesh temple at Ganpatipule that afternoon. After taking a break for lunch, we then went to the mango pulp factory where we were given information about processing of mangoes. We had planned to visit people affected by Phiyan and had collected grains, clothes, toys and other articles for them.
A visit to these victims was next on our agenda for the day. We paid a visit to their homes and offered our help and support. Later in the evening we went to the Arevare beach to watch the sunset. The view on our way to the beach was breathtaking. The day ended with a delectable dinner followed by a campfire at Atharva Residency.
Day 3-The day we had all dreaded had finally arrived. With a heavy heart, we left Malgund. On the way back home, we visited Ratnagiri and Kolhapur. A stopover at Kolhapur included a visit to the Kent Club where the Snow World was one of the major attractions. We indeed had a great time there. It was time to head back to Pune. After an enjoyable time with our batch mates in Konkan, we finally reached Pune around 11pm with happy memories of our trip.
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Ganapatipule is 32 km from Nivali, a small village on Mumbai Goa Road (NH 17). From Nivali, one has to take right turn for Ganapatipule. Nivali to Ratnagiri is around 20 km. Nivali to Hatkhamba is around 4 km. From Hatkhamba one has to take right turn for Ratnagiri, which is 16 km from here. Sangameshwar is about 25 km from Nivali and from Chiplun, it is 45 km.
There is no railway station at Ganapatipule. The nearest Railway stations are at Ratnagiri and Bhoke. All the express, passenger trains stops at Ratnagiri, being a city. Bhoke is a small village and only passenger trains will stop.
There are frequent Buses from MSRTC Bus Station Ratnagiri to Ganapatipule via Ratnagiri Railway Station, Nevade Road & MSRTC Bus Station (Ratnagiri) to Ganapatipule via Ratnagiri Railway Station, Nevade Road, Malgund.