10-15 Nov. 2004
Reshma Raikar(Cooking/Welfare Incharge), Krishnadas Warrier(On road
Rishi K.T.(Water Incharge), Jyotish(Entertainment Incharge),
Gopal Shettiger(Fuel Incharge), Anand Choumal(Packaging Incharge).
Route: Mumbai-Banda-Nivti Kille-Devgadh-Harnai-Alibaug-Mumbai
Total Distance By Road: 1550 km
Places covered: 13 Forts, 2 Temple & 1 Sea Beach.
One of my longest pending wish become reality when we had successfully
organised Costal Trek. It was one of the plan which I had planned in
my college days to cover all costal forts by Sea route. This time we
did completed the task instead by road.
" Wedaat Marathe Vir Daudaale Saat"
The seven sardars of Bhramanti finally took the task to concur the costal
forts in whatever available ways/means. This time our traveling was
using Sumo (the horse of current age). It took seven days to gather
all information: 1. route plan, 2. optional route, 3. ration, 4. the
driver, 5. emergency local contacts in the respective district, 6. distribution
of responsibilities to the right Sardars & finally 7. the fund collection.
While in transit we had the responsibility distribution session where
each one understand his/her responsibilities. Initially most of them
were having little doubt in there mind since nobody had experienced
such type of exploration. In fact Reshma had denied her responsibility
but as per my experience about her way of communication I was pretty
confident about her acceptance. In fact Gopal bought some fuel for cooking
while joining the team. Krishna did some purchase, Rishi started his
journey with Water Gallon, Entertainment Dept Jyotish joined us with
his Digital Handy Camera, supported by Rishi with audio recording facility,
Anand was still undergoing his MBA skills which was supposed to be used
to Manage all open objects in the entire exploration.
It was one of the good suggestion given by our Trustee to travel first
to Goa and return to Mumbai while visiting those Forts. For me it was
first ever kind of experience where traveling in Maharashtra continuously
for five days. The National Highway 17 passing through the Sahyadri
and surrounded by lush green vegetation/jungle/rivers/mountains was
one of the great experience. Once on the way Reshma reminded about Konkan
which is California of India. It was true when we raveled through our
entire route specially the roads on the costal side. The Sea shore always
used to play hide and seek with mountains. Abruptly we used to get the
sea view while passing through the forested costal route. We used to
charged up due to the sea view. By god's grace we could able to manage
our night halt in the safe place. Once in the front yard of a village
house(Nivti kille), once in the Village hospital (Devgadh) and once
in the Big Temple situated in the valley nr. Harne.
Apart from few minor problems to our two members out of the lot, everything
went on smoothly. And after traveling 1300km for 4 days one of the wheel
got retired while leaving Alibag. So it took some time to fixed new
one but luckily we all were intact without any damages.
10th Nov 2004.
Mumbai-Banda, Start Time: 9:30pm. Puja with coconut breaking by Bhramanti
Trustee Shree Maruti B. Rikame. Traveled along the National Highway
17 throughout till Maharashtra -Goa Border.
11th Nov 2004.
Banda-Nivati, Reached Banda at 10:00am. took rest for next 4 hrs in
Subhedar Hotel NR Banda 3 km's away from the Village center. After Rest
and Lunch Traveled to Terekhol Fort which is near a Village Reddy. Goa
Tourism Hotel inside the fort. Sea View on the back side of the fort.
Then we moved to Nivti Kille Village for Night Halt. Took shelter in
a front yard of a villager M. Sawant. After Dinner visited Nivti Beach
and closed the first trek day by 11:00pm gossiping old stories about
my trek experiences.
12th Nov 2004.
Nivati-Devgadh, Start Time: 7:30am, After Morning Breakfast left the
Village to visit Nivti Fort. Had scenic view of Arebian Sea with Dolphin
showing there entertainment skills far away from the beach. Left Nivti
Village at 10:00am for Malwan. Reached Malwan at 11:30am Visited Sindhudurg
fort and left the place for Devgadh One of the last costal fort of Sindhudurg
district. We reached here at 5:00pm. The fort looks beautiful. All we
were praising about the fortifications. One can see the beach towards
south side of the fort. It has 5 layer's of fortifications. The fort
wall seems to be still in good condition. It looks latest construction.
After the Sunset we left this fort and moved towards Then had a night
halt in the Hospital area of Devgadh village which was almost close.
13th Nov 2004.
Devgadh-Harnai, Start Time: 7:00am, We Traveled on the road heading
towards Pawas and reached to Purnagadh which is on the same way. Spent
some time to explore and little bolderring practice. Then left to Ratnagiri
fort around 12:00 noon. On the topmost point it has a light house and
on the right(north) side a balekilla exist in the ruined condition. It
has a temple of Devi Bhagavati. The see view is terrific from the balekilla.
After the fort exploration we took lunch break and moved towards Jaygadh
fort which is at similar kind of destination like Devgadh where one
can see sea shore on the three sides of the fort.
Then moved towards Ganapati Pule towards south. Visited Ganapati Pule
Temple and then the beach. Spent some time on the beach. As per the
locals the beach is dangerous due to it deepness. one has to keep watch
on the "Low tide". Since the water drives you deep inside
at low tide. Further we left the beach and reached near Harne. We took
halt 3km before the main village. So while on search we got a good conditioned
old temple Vyaghreshwar where we decided to take our last night halt.
Our friend Anand was most happiest person by day end since he got a
chance to swim for 1 hr which he was expressing since the beginning of
the trek. But his over exertion made him sleep in the temple as soon
we entered and fixed in. Our food incharge Reshma was too active even
though everybody were tired due to long travel today. As soon we reached
the Temple she started preparing the food supported by me. Water Incharge
spent some time to hunt for potable water which could manage from the
Temple site itself. Gopal, Jyotish and Krishna too were active for the
last hand made food. This time the dinner was with some variety potato+Onion
gravy with Malwani Masala and steam rice to avoid the chile effect.
I did proposed for a coffee after dinner and everybody agreed but unfortunately
the after dinner all went for searching there mats to lie down.
14th Nov 2004.
District : Raigadh
Harnai-Alibag, Start Time: 7:30am, After the puja in the Temple, we
Traveled through the Fisherman Colony to reach Harne Fort which was
in custody for the tourist. Only way to go inside is from the Rocky
side (sea face). Though the fort is very small with less history. It
has other name called Goa Fort too. Then we moved towards the sea end
where Kanak Durg is. It has a one bastion with steps and a light house.
One can have a nice view of Suvarnadurg from the top. There is no official
boat service to land up on this fort. One has to bargain with any of
the Fisherman for the boat ride.
The boat took us to the main gate of the fort. The fort is not at all
maintained by anybody. Its dense jungle inside. We could not able to
see the Chor Darwaja where it opens on the opposite side of the main
gate. It has around 6 small wells. One of the well which is near to
the main gate has potable water which is kind of uniqueness of this fort.
After the exploration we took a circular boat ride of this fort. And
luckily we could able to see the Dolphins playing in mid of the see,
trying to jump above water as much as they can.
We moved further to Murud and reached by 3:30pm. Took a boat ride and
reached the Janjira fort within 15 min. We took a guide tour to see
the 12 imp. points on this fort. We spent 1 hr on this fort. The returned
to Alibag by 7:30pm. So we decided to take final photographs of our trek
from Alibag beach itself. And moved to Mumbai. Had to spent some time
till both of our tyre's were punctured. We were at around 2 km's away
from the main village. Then we reached Mumbai at 1:30PM next day.
15th Nov 2004.
Written By: Rajan Rikame
Dear Rajan and the costal trek TEAM,
Thanks to all of you for the great 4 days we have spent together. For
Rajan and Bhramanti it was a successfully organized Costal Trek, it may
be a change of routine for somebody or it may be some adventuress activity
for someone ....But for me.... no words to explain the joy and satisfaction
I enjoyed during all these days. And of course all credit goes to Rajan
and all Bhramanti team. During all the time I never felt that we are
7 different people enjoying some trek... rather we all were part of
all the moments together...part of the nature, forts,sea,sun, nights
and, and the shooting star........ Yes !!! the most wonderful moment
of the trek.....deep silence of the dark night.... and more deeper the
silence of the waves....all of us were lying at the Nivti beach....though
everybody was watching the stars....I know everybody had crossed the
barriers of human being...they had crossed the earth and were floating
between the layers of earth and the stars... beyond time...beyond everything
which reminds us of being human being.....and suddenly a star started
coming to us... with its full force...with all his energy...as if he
was waiting for this moment....very desperate to meet us........ohh...I
still remember that moment as if now at this moment also it will come
and lay on my palms...and suddenly it disappeared.....before you could
actually feel the moment...it had merged it with the other similar incomplete
moment...and left us to wait for the next....oops language stops here...