Friday, January 11, 2013

Murud Trip.

I finally got to spend some time with my family away from the routine of home when out of the blue we decided to take a mid-week break and head towards the sea. I know that Mumbai is an island and we are never away from the sea so to speak but a change in the air never harmed anyone. We spent 4 days in Murud, a sort of weekend getaway gem for city slickers and came back all renewed and ready for the new year.

According to Wiki: Murud is a taluka, city and a municipal council in Raigad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. There is a very beautiful beach at Murud and a lot of Hotels and Resorts along the beach to choose from. The Murud beach is very beautiful, clean and safe for swimming. Apart from the beach Murud is more famous for its proximity to Janjira off the coast of Rajapuri - The majestic sea fort which remained unconquered till the end. Murud-Janjira is the local name for a fort situated at the coastal village of Murud, in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. It is famous for being the only fort along India's western coast that remained undefeated despite Maratha, Dutch and English East India Company attacks.

That's about sums it up alright. Its a beautiful place with a lot of sun, sand and history although it seems to be getting more and more commercialised with each passing year. And the sun did absolutely nothing for the ubiquitous cold wave currently playing havoc in India. It wasn't really that bad but I did wish that I had got a few extra layers of clothing. I have been to Murud thrice before; the last time when I was about 17 years old. Needless to say that I have seen the famous Janjira fort before but this time I wanted to see the less popular Kasa fort. The Kasa fort is about 3 Kms off the coast of Murud and one requires a special permit to go there. Its worth all the effort since its almost magical to have an entire historical fort all to yourself.

And now onto some random pictures of the trip:

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