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TMI: Bike / Car Tour to Dapoli - Murud/Karde - Harnai - Anjarle on 17th and 18th March ' 2012

Hey Mates, we at Trek Mates India, are glad to invite you for a Bike / Car Tour to Dapoli - Murud/Karde - Harnai - Anjarle and the Surrounding Region on 17th and 18th March ’2012.

Some information about the area:

The places that will be visiting are:

1.  Dapoli.
2.  Murud / Karde Beach
3.  Harnai Beach
4.  Anjarle  Kadyawarcha Ganpati
5.  Fishing Village @ Harnai

6.  Suvarnadurg , Kanakdurg , Goa Fort and Fatehgad

(* Click on pic to enlarge. 
please note all the pics are taken from various sources and we do not claim any rights over them)

Dapoli is 215 km away from Mumbai. It is also called the "Mini Mahabaleshwar" (Mahabaleshwar is a hill station in Maharashtra) because of its cool climate throughout the year. Dapoli is also the city which gave birth to many historic idols including Lokmanya Tilak, Sane Guruji, Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve, Wrangler Paranjape, and Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar. It is close to the Arabian Sea (approx 8 km away) and acts as the main town (Taluka Headquarters) for several other small surrounding villages such as Anjarle, Sarang, Bhopan, Harnai, Dabhol, Navse (Bharti Ship Yard), Unhavare, Jaalgaon, Gimhavane, Asud, Vanand, Kherdi, Karde, Murud and Umberghar. Jaalgaon, a village in Dapoli, was awarded the "sant gadgebaba gram swachatta" award for cleanest village by the Maharashtra government. Dapoli is nowadays developing as a tourist destination due its climate, tourist places, beaches, and scenery.
Dapoli is separated from the Sayhadri range by the Khed taluka. Dapoli has a seaboard of 50 km which stretches from Burondi, Kelshi to Dabhol. The coastline differs little in its general characteristics from that of other parts of Kokan. It is densely covered by coconut farms. The principal rivers are Bharja in the north and Vashishthi in the south. There is also a small river called Jog which flows through Sarang, Tadil, and into the Arabian sea.
Despite being only 7 km away from the coast of Arabian sea, the town is located at an altitude of around 800 feet (240 m).
Dapoli was the first Nagar Panchayat in India.

Murud / Karde Beach

Located on the rugged Konkan coastline, Murud is a small town about 11km from Dapoli. A long, scenic stretch of a beach with swaying palms and a beautiful, ancient Durga Devi temple are its primary attractions. It is also known as Murud - Harnai. 
Murud has a lot of beach resorts amidst the coconut plantations. Delicious, fresh seafood includes the likes of Pomfret, Kingfish (Surmai) and Prawns straight from the Arabian Sea. You can also enjoy pure vegetarian, home-made Konkani cuisine at some of the houses nearby. The beach itself with its soft sand and wide expanses is well suited for walking, jogging or simply freaking out. You will probably be able to watch the white bellied sea eagle, white backed vultures and sea gulls. Olive Ridley sea turtles are also spotted here.
Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve, who established the first Indian University for women (SNDT), hailed from Murud. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1958. You can also visit the museum which is dedicated to this great man.

Harnai Beach

A very quiet beach, highly attractive for meditation, Harnai beach is renowned as the gateway romantic beach in Harnai. The inflows of the tourists are growing multitudes year by year in this unspoiled beauty of nature.

This beach is famed for its clean softy shores and safe waters for fun filled activities as well as for swimming. The palm trees lined up adds a scenic natural greenish background for the calm beach. It is really an experience spending few hours to few days in the cool ambience of beach. This is a weekend destination to many of the Mumbai and Pune populace to escape from the busy city life.           

Anjarle  Kadyawarcha Ganpati

Anjarle is a village in the Dapoli taluka, Ratnagiri district and is known for the Kadyawarcha Ganpati temple (कड्याचा गणपती) which means Ganapati on a cliff. This temple was originally constructed using wooden pillars around 1150. It was renovated between 1768 to 1780. Until the recent construction of bridge across the Anjarle creek and the building of a road up to the temple, pilgrims had to cross Anjarle creek (Jog River) in a boat, before climbing the hill using steps which pass through Anjarle village.

Fishing Village @ Harnai

Harnai port is the main fishing village. Every evening hundreds of fishing boats come back after fishing and gather to auction their catch. The fish auction is the essential trade step between fish landings and the trade. Business worth lakhs of rupees is carried out daily between 4 pm to 7 pm. Witnessing the fish auctions here is a awe inspiring experience and you could also hitch a ride in a bullock cart here!!

Harnai port should be one of the essential part of any Dapoli vacation not just for the auctions. You could vist the Kanakdurg fort with a lighthouse offering splendid views of the ocean Suvarnadurg fort and the fishing village. You can also visit the historic Suvarnadurg fort from here and enjoy a boat ride too!

Suvarnadurg , Kanakdurg , Goa Fort and Fatehgad

Suvarnadurg Fort, also known as Harnai Bunder, lies off the beautiful Harnai coast. It is a small sea port built by great emperor Shivaji to effectively counter the attacks by Sindhis. Of late the fort had been converted to a ship building port in Maharashtra.

The Fort was exceptional in its appearance; most of the parts are in ruins. It brings the remembrance of the construction abilities of Maratha architects. It is a fort visited by many tourists, especially those who are fond of architecture, history and archeology.

The itinerary for the event will be as Follows

Day 1, 17th March:

Meeting point: McD at Kalamboli  (the one situated just before the starting of the expressway.) at 6.00 am 

Start riding by 6.30 am
Breakfast at Wadkhal naka
Reach Dapoli by 11.30am
Explore Dapoli 
Lunch @ Dapoli
Then Drive to Murud / Karde and Harnai Beach 
Visit Fishing Village @ Harnai in the Evening
View Sunset from Murud  Beach.
Stay at Murud or Harnai at some villager's house.

Day 2, 18th  March:

Wake up at 6am

Visit to The Beautiful Harnai Harbour as seen from the Lighthouse.
Explore Suvarnadurg , Kanakdurg , Goa Fort and Fatehgad
Visit Anjarle  Kadyawarcha Ganpati
Post Lunch 
Drive back to Mumbai
Reach Panvel by 8pm.

Route Direction : Route : Mumbai - Goa road NH17 - Mahad - Khed Junction to daploi and then left to murud / karde or straight to Harnai Anjarale . It may take you around 4 hours .

Total Bike Ride would be 550 KM Approx

The Expenses

The whole tour is on TTMM basis. Which means the expense will be shared equally among the members as well as the leaders and coordinators.
Trek Mates India will be charging Rs.300 per head as expertise charges.
The approximate expense for the event will be Rs 1500/- for bike riders, or 2000/- for 4 wheel tourists.
Stay @ Murud would be Dormitory or 4 Person Sharing the Room.

Petrol and Maintenance cost should be settled by the bike owner and the person accompanying him.
In case, of a single rider, the petrol and maintenance charges has to be paid by him alone. 

(Trek Mates will provide info about a willing participant who can accompany you, and share the expenses. this depends on availability of such willing participants.)

Payment Details:One needs to deposit INR  1000/- advance into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration. 

Bank Details  
Bank Name : ICICI Bank
Account ID : 123801501755
Account Type : Savings Bank Account
Account name : 
Branch : 
IFSC code :

(Once payment is done , please send an email to manoj1920@gmail.com / trekmates@gmail.com with Transaction ID , Participant Name , Email ID , Cell Number and Bike Details (Model and Number) )

Things To Be carried:
Identity proof (Must),
Bike’s Legal Papers, Helmet (Must)
A bottle of water (Atleast 2 Ltrs),
TORCH with extra batteries (compulsory).
Towel, Beach Wear , a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes,
2-3 papers, Bedding (can be used if Required)
Cap, etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional),
Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks

For more details and Registration, Please contact on the nos. given below:

Mumbai Coordinators:
Manoj Kalwar: 9819021806 / 9870775633
Vikram Singh: 9987761562
Nilesh Patil  :  8655588508

Pune Coordinator: 
Adhar: 9975641375 

Registrations are done only by phone calls and will be confirmed only after the receipt of advance. Only 30 Seats
Registrations will be on First come First served basis. 

(scraps, reply to this thread won’t be considered as confirmation)
If calls not attended , then please send an sms with message Dapoli Bike tour Enquiry, we will call you back once we are free.

Limited seats, entry on first come first served basis.
Mail us at trekmates@gmail.com / manoj1920@gmail.com  for any query

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Few rules we would like our participants to follow: 
We follow a strict policy of "no trace" trekking, "Take nothing but memories and photographs, leave nothing but footprints".
Do Not Litter: Participants are requested to carry the waste back to the city and dispose it off in dustbins.
No Smoking, tobacco and alcohol: Smoking cigarette, chewing tobacco or related products and consuming alcohol is strictly prohibited on the trek. Anyone found in possession of the same or consuming it will be expelled from the trek. NO REFUND will be provided.
(Smoking will only be permitted before the trek starts and after the trek is over with prior consultation of the Leader and the person will have to move away from the group to smoke.)
Respect the Heritage: Participants should not deface or damage any monument by writing or scribbling on them. Please help us to conserve and preserve our heritage along with our trek mates.
Be a group: It is of utmost importance that all participants stick together in the group, in the event of any ‘deviation’ by the participant without the consent of the ‘Trek Leader’, he/she/they will be considered as ‘Independent/s’ and will no longer be considered as a part of the group.
Pay attention: Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety and baggage.

In case of any injury, sickness, accident, death or any other casualty or loss or damage of valuables or luggage or any equipment; Trek Mates India, it’s instructors, organizers, volunteers or any other person involved wholly or partially, either individually or jointly, shall not be responsible in any manner for the same and no claims of the participants, parents, guardians, relatives or friends of participants will be entertained.

Any violation of the above rules will be dealt with seriously, and may involve expulsion from the trek or event, and no refund is admissible in such cases.
Adventure activity is arranged considering normal weather. In case of occurrence of any natural calamities, if event is cancelled, in such circumstances NO REFUND will be provided.

The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.

Trek mates
 India reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice. No arguments or refunds will be entertained.
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