Kashid Beach Tourism
Kashid Beach is famous for
Great Offbeat Destination
Spend : for two couples and 1 night stay we spent approximately 7500 for the hotel. Definitely on the higher side given the hotel which was average. For the fuel roughly around 3000 bucks from Kandivali to Murud zanjira and back. It was approximately 570 km. Local rides and food we spent another 5000 bucks so the overall trip was around 15000 for 1 night and two couples all included. Drinks I had carried my own so not including the extra spend for that.
Learning: Do start early latest by 8 so you can reach by 2 and spend more time at the Kashid beach and also one of any less populated beach nearby. If you go 800m either side of Kashid beach you would have a relatively less crowded beach to relax. Try and reach murud zanjira fort no later than 1pm else you would get stuck in waiting lines and getting out. Ideal to leave the fort and start back by 3pm so you can take the hilly road and exit it well during daylight.
Detailed review below: Starting this year I took a pledge to go to offbeat locations or at-least locations less travelled, since I have been splurging a lot of money on travelling to top tourist destinations. For one, all of these top tourist destinations are very expensive on weekends (likes of Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Lavasa etc) and to a large extent for me it had become too repetitive even if they were being visited once a year.
Choice of destination with doubts in mind: So after doing a lot of look around I finalized on Kashid beach and Murud zanjira. The decision came based on the recommendation from one of my cousin as well who had visited and spoke highly of the destination. Still i wasn't too sure of what to expect, one on the road travel with regards to the quality of roads as i was driving myself and second overall experience and activities. Given that i wanted to control on the overall spend as well i wasnt too keen to spend too much on the property to stay. Usually even if the place you are visiting may not have too much to do, you can probably have a good time at a great resort and relax. But since we were going only for one night I was sure we wouldn't get much time to spend in the hotel so i did a trade-off in staying at a decent place but nothing too exorbitant.
Travel time and road condition. We were two families myself, wife, two kids and my parents-in-law who were in town for a few days. We started off from home (kandivali) around 10 am, road travel post vaashi wasn't that great with mostly two way roads and hence you cant drive too fast to cut short the travel time. Road condition was OK not too bumpy but not too pleasant as well. We reached Kashid around 4 pm so a travel time of around 6 hours with 1 hr stop for lunch and one shorter break for tea or refreshment.
We could have probably cut down an hour if we started around 7/8 as we got traffic getting out of Mumbai as well.
Day 1 stay & Kashid beach visit: We checked into the hotel first, kept the luggage and quickly went off to the main kashid beach so as to enjoy the evening time at the beach. The beach was quite crowded to my surprise with substantial waiting time for the activities to be done. Still we got the scooter ride fairly easily, but since it was lot of waiting time we decided not to wait for the other splashy rides like banana rides etc. We enjoyed rest of our evening time lazing around at the beach, nice white sand and overall the beach was quite clean. Kids definitely enjoyed the playing around in sand and sunset was of-course a great view. Since we could not get the rides in the evening we checked on what time earliest we could get it next morning and rides start as early as 8 am. So we did took rest of the rides next morning. For a lesser travelled location the cost of rides was still on the higher side with para sailing costing around rs 1000 per person and smaller rides as well in the range of 250 to 500 per person. But then probably weekend is the only time to cash in.
Day 2 Murud zanjira fort visit:
Next day morning we 3 got early at 8 and went to the kashid beach again for the rest of the rides. It was far more pleasant. Very few people on the beach, rides available right away. In just an hour time we did 3 different rides, no waiting time. So it was better off a visit and ofcourse early morning freshness was also helpful. Only trouble was getting up early on the holiday :) but it was worth it. We then were back to hotel got ready and had breakfast. While ladies and kids were getting ready, myself and dad took a stroll at the beach which right across the road from our hotel royal villa. The beach is around 1 km ahead of the main kashid beach and it was absolutely clean and with white sand & cleanliness on the beach, it was an awesome stroll at the beach. Definitely recommended to be visited if you are in kashid.
We left for Murud zanjira post that as told by the hotel guy that fort inside the sea was the other attraction. Its another 30 minutes or so from kashid. Again, we were not sure if to go for the fort or spend sometime more at the beach itself but we took the call of visiting the fort since we have come this far and have visited the beach already last evening. I must say it was the right choice, the Murud zanjira fort is really one of its kind, right in the middle of the river, and had some awesome views both while approaching it and from within inside. There is a common boat which carries around 100 people in one go to the fort which in itself is an experience. The boat conductor becomes the guide himself and goes inside to take you around the fort which takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Its definitely a must visit if you are visiting kashid beach. Some pictures attached below.
We came out of the fort at around 3:30 or so had some refreshments and left back from Murud zanjira back for home at approximately 4. We reached back home around 11. This time round the gps took us through a very different hilly route, this was all hill area with awesome road but completely empty all the way through (a little scary as there was hardly any traffic for almost 80-100 km) in hilly areas going via khapoli and it connects to the express highway near the imagica. I would prefer this route but only if you are able to cross it all in the daylight.
One of the cleanest beaches that I have seen
Kashid beach is blessed with white sand and great scenery and it is also considered to be one of the cleanest beaches in Konkan region. The experience of sitting ideally at sea shore and enjoying the breeze can make one feel at peace from the tiring daily routine. Good quality Tea, kanda pakora, nariyal panni etc are available at reasonable price and there are a lot of shacks on beach side where you can relax and enjoy. Washrooms and Bath facilities are also available at minimal cost of Rs. 20 per bucket of fresh water to clean yourself. Basic water sports facilities are also available like water scooter, banana ride etc.
How to reach: We went to Kashid after visiting Murud Janjira fort, so this was a 30min drive, in the way we also had lunch a simple veg thali at a small Dhaba and that was wonderful treat. From Pune, you can take, expressway, exit at Khopoli and take Pali - Khopoli road to Roha - Murud - Kashid or else you can also take Pune - Chandani Chowk - Paud - Mulshi - Kolad - Roha - Kashid road.
My suggestion for couples travelling on this route is to avoid Mulshi - Kolad Road as this is very lonely and lacks basic facilities in route, although this is beautiful route and doesn't have any tolls, whereas you may take express way and pay Rs 146 as toll for Khopoli exit (this is safer route)
Best Time: November to March is definitely the best season else you can enjoy this beach any time if it's not raining.
1. Carry sufficient cash for entire day's expense, as there are no ATM in or around Kashid village.
2. Keep you tank full as again you won't find petrol pumps easily.
3. Do not depend on big name / famous restaurants like Kashid Beach resorts or other such resorts for food, they will charge anything for food depending on their mood and your condition for food which was not worth even Rs 100 they charged Rs 600 per person in the name of buffet and they take only cash.
4. Carry a pair of clothes for yourself to change after enjoying beach and salt water of sea, the bathing costs Rs 20 for a bucket of water
5. If leaving from Kashid by sunset, prefer taking express way to Pune or Mumbai rather than any other route.
6. There are no pubs, clubs or alcohol available nearby the beach and better to avoid such things for pleasant and peaceful experience for self and other.
Important: Beaches are to enjoy and to give pleasant memories, don't spoil them by doing stunts or getting inside the sea beyond the safe zone. Please read and follow the notice and caution sign board.
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Kashid Beach Overview
History of Kashid Beach
Kashid is a small town located in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. It is a coastal town situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Kashid is known for its majestic mountains, white sandy beaches and blue waters of the sea. Kashid Beach is tucked between two hillocks and is surrounded by Causarina groves.
It is the most beautiful and alluring beach in the Konkan region. The ancient forts and monuments located in place are evidence of its rich cultural history. Kashid Beach is a quiet and soothing place and a perfect getaway from the busy city life. Kashid was not a popular tourist destination until the 90s when tourists started to notice the beauty of the beach.
Things to Do in Kashid Beach
Located at a distance of around 21 km from Kashid Beach, Janjira Fort is among the most popular places to visit in Kashid Beach. The fort is surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Arabian Sea and can be reached by taking a boat. Built in the 15the Century AD, the fort still holds its magnificence and glory. The Revdanda Beach Fort is also one of the important Kashid Beach attractions. It is located at a distance of around 14 km from Kashid Beach. The Fort had been built by the Portuguese. Although it is now in a state of destruction, it has a historic charm along with natural beauty. It comprises fortified walls and a seven storey tower.
Situated at a distance of 12 km from Kashid Beach, the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is among the popular places to see inKashid Beach. Covering an area of 53 sq. km., it is home to numerous species of birds, reptiles, mammals, insects and more than 700 species of plants. A walk through this quiet park is a beautiful experience. Datta Mandir is one place which you should not miss while sightseeing in Kashid Beach. It is a red domed temple located on top of a hill. Tourists looking for adventurous things to do in Kashid Beach can trek up to the temple.
Food and Shopping in Kashid Beach
With a number of eateries located close to the beach, one can indulge in the local cuisine after an eventful day of Kashid Beach sightseeing. The local cuisine exhibits influence of Konkani cuisine. The place is also known for its sea food.
During the Kashid Beach tour, tourists can shop for jewellery, wooden items, handicrafts and decorative items made from sea shells. There are numerous shops near the beach that sell a wide range of items including souvenirs and artefacts.
Accommodation in Kashid Beach
There are various transport options for those who are wondering how to reach Kashid beach. Kashid Beach is located at a distance of 125 km from Mumbai and 170 km from Pune. Buses ply on a regular basis to and from Pune, Thane, Mumbai and other nearby places. One can also rent a car and drive down to the place. Located at a distance of 45 km, the closest railway station is Roha railway station.
Being a popular weekend getaway, there are numerous hotels in Kashid Beach that provide modern facilities and are located in the vicinity of Kashid Beach tourist places. Tourists can also opt for cottages and homestays that are owned by locals.