‘The Musafir Stories is an audio podcast that documents Indian travel tales.’ The site is owned and managed by the lovely, talented couple Saif Omar and Faiza Khan. When they approached me for a podcast interview to share my travel stories I was overly glad to do so. I chose Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, as my destination to talk about.
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.
Ratnagiri was giving me more than what I had expected. The captivating green vistas and the relaxing stay at the secluded, tranquil beach of Karde (Read my Karde experience) had set the mood. Now I was eager to fulfil my wish of plucking my favourite fruit, on our return journey.
I was pondering about my first visit to a small town of Ratnagiri – Karde, in Dapoli. The district stretched longitudinally along the coast of Arabian Sea is a land of gems. Nature has bestowed its countless riches on this coastal hill district. Hills, sea shores, creeks, rivers, hot water spring, forests, waterfalls – all natural resources are present in abundance. The soil is rich with plants and trees loaded with fruits.