Lonavala, Khandala, Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar, some popular weekend getaways from Pune, are over. So where do Puneites go for a weekend getaway? We decided to take charge and discover for ourselves – my eight friends and I – our own version of a city escape. At 170 km and under a four-hour drive, with a coastline of three kilometers Kashid sounded like our kind of place under the sun. We packed our bags and headed out early in the morning to take in as much of the never ending waves of the Arabian Sea and the glorious warmth of the sun. When we reached Kashid, the sky was clear and there was no threat of high tide and the water sports were in full swing. Apart from just lying on the sand and soaking up the sun with a chilled drink in your hand, water sports are the main attraction of this place. Kashid isn’t exactly on tourists’ ‘must-see’ lists, so rates and costs of water sports seemed surprisingly high to us. But a good bargain never hurts anyone and we do our best to get a good spot for ourselves and get a bargain on all three water sports – the personal watercraft, the banana boat and the tube for around INR 400 per person.
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Kashid is a beautiful amalgamation of some of nature’s most wonderful gifts. From rice fields, blue seas, white sand, green mountains, to flowing streams and lakes, it has it all. There are several historical and architecturally rich places in Kashid. The Murud-Janjira Fort is located on an oval-shaped rock off the coast of the Arabian Sea near the port city of Murud and is considered one of the strongest naval fortresses in India. The fort is approached by sailboats from the Rajapuri Jetty. The Nawab Palace, also known as Ahmedganj Palace, built in 1885, showcases Gothic and Mughal architectural styles. It has a beautiful mosque and tombs within its premises. But apart from the shacks on the beach selling omelette rolls, maggi, egg bhurji and the like, and the restaurant in your hotel, Kashid does not offer eating joints. Before we knew it, we were on our way back to Pune. But every minute of our time spent in Kashid was beautifully captured through our camera lens, and that is what we will always cherish.
How to reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is in Mumbai, 160 km away, and in Pune, 170 km away.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Thane, 135 km away.
By Road: Frequent bus services are available to Alibaug from Mumbai and Thane and from Pune. From Alibaug, buses to Murud stop at Kashid village.
Some good resorts to stay at are Kashid Beach Resort, Mauli Resort, Sun N Sea Beach Resort, Tropicana Resort, Prakruti Resort, Sand Piper Resort and Radisson Blu Resort & Spa – Alibaug (30 km from Kashid).