As I walk down this beach, feeling the cool breeze on my face, the brown sands on my feet , i realize that why this place was chosen for the song “Sagar Kinaare Dil ye pukaare.” I cant make up my mind if the song was more beautiful or the location. The lush green trees all around, the clear blue skies merge with the blue waters makes for a perfect landscape…Its just perfect here.
Nagaon just 7 kms from Alibaug is not frequented by tourists like its counterpart. And hence, its much more cleaner, quieter and serene. Most of the cottages here have a konkani feel to it with a hammock and private access to the beach, making it a perfect place to just laze around watching the sun go down .For the adventure enthusiasts, Nagaon offers a lot of water activities like para sailing, ATV rides , banana boat rides etc. And for nature lovers like me its a place where you can just sit read a book or hold onto to your camera and just click away .
We stayed at Karpewadi which is an agrotel, a place that practises agro tourism. It has no Television and they believe that this is what makes people enjoy the vacation to the fullest. And i second that. They have a private access to the beach which gives you complete privacy with just a few hotel guests around. They also offer water sports.
For a little more crowd, you can head straight to the main Nagaon beach which looks like mini goa minus the thousands of crowd. It has all the potential to become the next “Alibaug”. With horse carts, water scooters, camel rides the beach promises to be a perfect weekend getaway that rejuvenates you. You can also take the boat ride to spot dolphins. And yes we did see not one but 3 of them.
I have been to Nagaon twice, once with friends and second time with family and still this place never ceases to surprise me . I love the fact that its not yet too touristy like the other beaches close to it. I love the fact that its not bombarded with too many hotels, resorts, eateries etc. I love the fact that its simple, clean and serene.
Another thing that wants me keep coming back here is the beautiful Sunset and Sunrise which makes you forget the world. You have to be there to believe it. A photographer’s delight, the different shades of sand and the sparkling waters makes for a picture perfect moment. There’s something about this place that makes you heart and Camera go “Click”.
True to its name, Hidden Village at atgaon 10kms-12kms ahead of Shahapur on the Mumbai-Nashik highway, is a nature lovers hamlet hidden away from the world. It’s just an hours drive from mumbai which makes it a perfect weekend getaway. The moment your car enters the gate you get a feeling of being somewhere else. So Calm, so Raw, so peaceful and serene. All you can hear is the chirping of the birds and sound of river flowing. At the entrance we saw a stone with Hidden Village carved on it , a lil further you see a little wooden bridge which leads to the entrance of this hidden treasure.
After a round of local authentic maharashtrian breakfast, we were allotted a room with an attached bathroom. We kept our bags there and within a minute stepped out to explore the place. We headed straight to the beautiful waterfall that we passed on our way to the room. The waterfall as mentioned in their website was a natural waterfall created by the resort guys With the help of the dam water that flows through their property. The water here comes in so much force that it’s impossible to stand under it for more than 5 minutes. We had a great time splashing the water, swimming and posing for photos. The place was not crowded so we had the whole waterfall for ourselves. To add to the fun, it even started raining.
At the other end of the river , we spotted a few ducks when we tried getting close to it they ran away. They have a games room with TT, carom and pool, which we never visited as we spent all our time at the waterfall. They also have a natural swimming pool in which I tried to dip my feet but had to withdraw within minutes because it was freakingly cold.
The place where the waterfall is has A small section for the guests to get their natural fish pedicure done. You can sit there and relax while the fishes nibble at your feet. However, we dint get a chance to do it because we had been there during monsoons and monsoon is not a good time to get a fish pedicure. In fact you don’t see dr.fishes at all during that time.
The rooms are cozy but basic & clean with bamboo plantations & with a hammock outside your room. There are also a variety of barn animals at the property , you get to see them while your having your breakfast. This is a place where you can do absolutely Nothing. The place actually makes you feel like your living in a village, it cuts you out from the outside world. Its a place just to unwind.