Thursday, March 8, 2012

Nagaon beach and the Shintrewadi experience

Ash and I decided to celebrate International Women's day' in advance. Just the two us spent a blissful weekend (3-4 Mar 12') at Nagoan beach, in Maharashtra. This is 7kms from Alibaug and is famous for it's serene, uncrowded and clean beaches. It is on the west coast of India, and hence we get to enjoy the calm and the loving waters of the Arabian sea. The famous song 'Sagar kinare dil yeh pukare' from the flim Sagar was shot here, so now you know ;-)

We started off from Pune at about 9, Saturday morning in our car. Nagaon is 150 kilometers from Pune and since I was driving a Logan, we managed to cover the distance in 2.5 hours.

We always stay at the Shintrewadi cottages when we are here. This place is truly a travelers delight and makes the beach experience even more memorable. It is the best getaway for a short period of 2 days and is easily accessible by Mumbai and Pune both. Please do read more about this place here. It is a very informative website, and what you see here, is what you would find there.

More about our stay:

Cottage:
We stayed at the yellow cottage(you would know if you have gone through the link details). The tariff is Rs 2500, 4 persons for a day, which is very economical. These cottages are extra special, because they open up right onto the beach.

Food:
At Shintrewadi, they serve you home made Konkani food, both veg and non veg. The 'ukadiche' (boiled rice) modak, and fish fry (surmai, prawns, pomfret) are mouth watering. You can also call them in advance, and let them know about your preferences, or special konkani(food from Konkan region) dishes which you want to taste.

The veg thali(plate) cost about Rs 100, which includes, 2 sabjis(cooked veggies), dal(lentils), tak(buttermilk), salad, unlimited chapati(indian,bread) and unlimited rice. I did ask for a piece of fish fry along with my thali, and Ash had bhajji(gram flour coated fried onions and potatoes)

The best part: They serve you tea at anytime of the day and night!

Staff:
The staff treats you like a family.
Saturday night, since it was just 2 of us(girls), they came up to us couple of times, to check if we were safe or not. Reason, perverts uncles who were also having beer in the cottage next door.

Sunday afternoon when we were at the beach, one of them came up to us, informing us about our phones constantly ringing in our rooms. Later he apologized, because he thought he was interfering a lot. Do you find such people anymore nowadays?

Sunday afternoon at lunch in the lunch area, we met with Mr and Mrs Shintre, who spoke to us for about 15 minutes. They were so sweet and nice, it was as if I was talking to my own parents. We shared a lot of things over lunch. They didn't intrude, instead we actually felt so much at home. They spoke to each and every guest having lunch.

Ambiance:
This place has 3 cottages, a villa, a farmhouse and a bungalow, all of them occupied but because it is a 3 acre plot, with so many lush green trees, it gives you a feeling of solitude and peace.

Beach time:
The entire time we were there, we were at the beach, either walking along the shore in the evening and early morning or running about in the water, swimming in the sea(only in the high tide) and yes we did carry our costumes, much to the delight of the pervert uncles, or just lying about in the water.
We sat on the jhulas(swings) and the Tyre swings and leapt back in time into our childhood!!!!
Played catch catch, and drowning drowning (Yes that is game:-P)
Eyed cute guys who played cricket all the time when we were in the sea. Who needs to know, I am married? :-))
Talked and talked and talked our hearts out. Mr Shintre did mention to us, that in our daily routine, we literally do everything but talk and LISTEN to one another. The accommodation houses NO TVS, and Mr Shintre inspite of repeated complains, prides on this fact. No TV is actually what forces people to talk, listen and hence detox!

We couldn't agree more! As I said before, if you are in Maharashtra and have a weekend which you want to spend doing nothing, but walking aimlessly along the coast, breathing in the salty sea air, and listening to the chirping of the birds, catching the ultimate beauty of mother nature -> the sunrise and sunset and getting to be yourself, this is 'THE' place. Get your bags packed in a jiffy and head along to this place this weekend guys! It the perfect short holiday!

I have the options of 'hill stations in Maharashtra' as a short holiday as well. Had been to Mahteran in Jan, and would write about that as well soon. But for now, have a look at he fotus:-)



The Yellow cottage



me on the tyre swing:-)



bonfire











the beach

Ash on the big swing

on one of our walks
me!



















36 comments:

  1. This sounded absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!! Loved the pics- you can see you are having loads of fun. It really is ideal.

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    1. Thanks so much Connie! Oh what fun we had :-)

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  2. oh i love tyre swings - standing on them & swinging :)

    drowning drowning - hahahaha - yes yes that IS a game - i can vouch for that :D

    your post made me realize i never been on a girls only trip in a really really long time - hmmm.....the last was during college

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    1. Thanks Sujatha :-)
      Once in a while the all girls trip is also a lot of fun!

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  3. Oh , you lucky lucky girl !! :D

    I daresay we all deserve something like this , once in a while <3

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    1. Thanks Akshay :-P
      Oh yes, we all need those breaks to detox!

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  4. @jenny: hey Jenny

    i liked your enthusiasm and nice pics too.:) keep posting

    @sujatha: i too like swing.:) every one will i guess, provided the fun goes in a safe manner!!.:)

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    1. Hey thanks so much for visiting and the comment Vinayak!

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  5. WOW, what a delightful way to spend the weekend. You actually narrated as how to arrange a trip if we plan to go there. And, since a beautiful song was shot there, who wouldn't like to visit it.

    Thanks for the lovely and informative post (link of the site)

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    1. Thanks Saru. So glad you made the effort to go through the linked sites. It is indeed a wonderful place!

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  6. Geez! I just turned a violent shade of green and my mouth won't stop watering!

    And I have you to blame :D

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    1. :-) Well then please head off to this place and fast! you wont regret it :-D

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  7. looks like a wonderful place for weekend getaway....well, im a delhite..so if i land up in mumbai for longish time..maybe will venture out!!!

    http://sushmita-smile.blogspot.in/

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    1. You would like it. Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Wow !! Nice post Jenny. Lovely Pics :)
    You and Ash really enjoyed it :D

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    1. Thanks chols :-) Wish you guys would have also made it!

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  9. Only girls outing..nice:) tht sounds so much fun...
    And with tht tyre swing toh I would have done all possible stunts..provided no1 is watching me(wht if I fall hehe)

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    1. hey thanks so much Khushboo :-)

      you know what, even by best friend's name is khushboo :-)) had written a pome about her on my blog last year :-)

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  10. Jenny one help pls:
    how to insert words below the pictures? i have tried but unable to do it. Where is that feature for inserting the description of a pic in blogger?

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  11. Hey sujatha.once you have uploaded the photo just click on the photo to resize and add comments

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    1. Thanks Jenny it is helpful for me also:)

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  12. Hey sujatha.once you have uploaded the photo just click on the photo to resize and add comments

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  13. This looks like a wonderful getaway. The fish fry sounds delicious - I'm anxious to read more about your blog. New follower and would love for you to check out my blog!

    xx
    leslie

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    1. Thank you Leslie! Would stop by your blog!

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  14. Beautiful post Jenny and thanks for sharing all the pictures and good information!

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  15. Nice post and quite informative and I liked pic of tyre wala jhula and Yellow cottage.

    One more thing you drive very fast 150 km in 2.5 hrs. amazing!

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    1. Thanks Mithlash:-)

      Actually, it is on the Mumbai Pune expressway, and you can easily drive at the speed of 120 Kms/hr, so I made it in 2.5 hours. On normal cases I am not allowed to go beyond 100 on any highway :-))

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  16. nice descriptive post jenny ji. pervert uncles :) lol. i can imagine the situation .
    wonder what their blog on the trip would be like :)

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    1. :-)) Thanks NM.. Thier blogs would definelty include more photos ;-)

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  17. Looks like you had a blast Jenny!:) I'm so so jealous!:) Tyre swings are so cool but I freak out every time I am on them! Don't know why!

    And I should pay a visit to this beach when I reach Maharashtra! Can't wait to graduate and enjoy my hols!! :)

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    1. It was a great weekend Jen :-)
      Hey and do let me know when you are in Maharashtra.

      Congratulations in advance on your graduation!!

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  18. Nice Photos Jenny :-) Looks like you had a great time. ANyone going to this place need not use Google to find any information. It's all there here :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Ashwini:-))
      I intended it to be that way, find all the stuff here :-)

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  19. wow only you and Ash must have been awesome.... there is nothing in life like girlfriends and sisters!

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    1. :-)))) I totally agree Pandeji. It was awesome. App kabhi India aye to wapas chalenge :-)

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