Must be wondering what so fishy about Harnai? Harnai is the beach famous for its fish market. Every afternoon after 4 starts the auction. The fresh catches are laid by the muddy beach. Thousands of customers some for wholesale while other for personal consumption, gather here to grab the best deal. Situated in a scenic location Harnai is a natural harbour with a number of forts and a lighthouse. My fishy tale is not just about the fish market. It’s a lot more than that.
We were travelling to our next destination of Ratnagiri town in Ratnagiri district. Leaving Ganpatipule (Read my experience in Ganapatipule.) behind, we moved on through mangrove creeks and backwater channels. Some newly painted boat while others old with parts dislodged were laid in front of some courtyard. Fishing nets spread on the floor and some dumped here and there. The props ample enough to portray some fishing village – The true feel of Konkan coast.
Ganapatipule – another small town by the sea in Konkan. Its name linked with a story or rather a folklore that Lord Ganapati moved from a place called Gule to this Pule to make it Ganapatipule. The famous, ancient temple of Ganapati is also located by the long beach. Wherever you go in Ganapatipule the beach goes by your side.
After our beach stay at Harihareshwar, (Read my experience in Harihareshwar.) the unknown serpentine road took turns through various places. Again some through the locality while others through the hills and then the highways. We were heading towards Guhagar. So geographically we were travelling from the district of Raigad to Ratnagiri.
Harihareshwar has been on my list for a long long time. Even being so near I could not make it after multiple attempts. Now when the opportunity arrived, I grabbed it straight and went off for a road trip to cover as many places as I can. My intention was driving through the road by the shore from Raigad district to Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. Thus I made it to Harihareshwar.
“Jungle jungle baat chali hai pata chala hai” the song that became synonymous to Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. It was a childhood favourite for most of us. Now, why am I talking about Jungle Book? Just because it is Pench – the forest of Mowgli’s adventures. In quest of meeting Kipling’s Shere Khan, Bagheera Baloo and others we ventured to Pench National Park.
The small island of Ross in close proximity to Port Blair is mingled with stories and ruins of past along with the beauty of nature. Once the administrative headquarters of the group of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, it held the position of prime importance with rich and luxurious structures equipped with all amenities, far off from the mainland. After the realm of such opulence, the rich glory gradually came to an end with the earthquake and subsequent seizure by the Japanese.