It was the last day of April. At this time of the year Summer is at its strongest in Mumbai. The scorching heat along with the tormenting hot wind becomes unbearable. We desperately needed a getaway at least for a day to get some relief from the fierce weather. And after a small meeting and a brief discussion on our WhatsApp group, a bike ride to Kashid Beach was finalized.
About Kashid: Kashid is a very popular beach town in the north Kokan region of Maharashtra. It is mainly known for its sun-kissed beaches with white sand and serene blue sea. The beach is stretched up to 3 kms and is considered one of the cleanest beach of the Kokan region. Kashid beach is very popular among tourists during holidays especially summer but remains deserted during weekdays. The feeling of sitting tranquilly on the cold sand with cold breeze blowing around and witnessing the beauteous sunset is totally spellbinding. The beach has many water sports like Banana Ride ATV, Jet ski and Para sailing. The charges for water sports are less as compared to Goa.
Its is around 125 kms from Thane and approx 135 kms from Mumbai.
How to Reach:
By Bus: All buses that regularly ply between Mumbai Central-Murud halt at Kashid.
By Ferry: You can take Ferry service from Gateway of India to Mandava beach. From Mandava beach you’ll need to take an MSRTC bus to Alibaug. Then from Alibaug station private shared tempo to a naka (road junction) near Kashid. It would take approximately 1 hour to reach there.
Nearest Airport -Mumbai (130kms), Pune (170kms).
Nearest Railway Station – Kolad(57kms), Nagothane(63kms), Khopoli(105kms).
We were a group of six people out of which four had already been to Kashid. It was my first time. Our rides were an Avenger 220, a Pulsar 200NS and a Pulsar 180. Next day i.e May 1st around 8 in the morning we commenced our excursion. Just before the start of our ride I got a little tensed as the other two pillion riders were wearing balaclavas and over it they were wearing helmets. I didn’t have either of them leaving my face completely exposed to the harrowing sun. That was my greatest mistake. It is highly recommended to cover your face and head from the direct rays of the sun. Wearing a balaclava and helmet is must even for the pillion riders. If you are going by bike I will advise you to start your ride early in the morning, especially in the summer so that you can reach Kashid before afternoon. Riding in the afternoon heat can be very tiring and could ruin the day. This was the mistake we did. Our first halt was at a petrol pump in Navi Mumbai. To be on the safer side Rs.800 of petrol was filled in each bike. It was very hot so we stopped outside the petrol pump to have some cold drinks.
Once we left Navi Mumbai we directly made a halt at Vadkal Naka for some refreshing soda and milk cold drinks. On your way you would also pass through the famous Karnala Bird sanctuary.
From Vadkhal, the road diverges from the Mumbai-Goa highway and extends to Alibaug. The road passes through the fascinating kokan villages and lovely green forests.
Traffic is very less on this road which runs along the resplendent sea. This stretch of the road fades away all your tiredness with its marvelous view.
We finally reached Kashid beach around 1 pm. Parking our bikes we settled ourselves under the shed near the beach and relaxed for sometime. Some Maggi and bhurji pav were ordered for lunch. It is advisable to carry your own food if its a one day trip. There’s a small stall just outside the beach that serves Egg Bhurji, Maggi, kanda (onion) bhajiya, chips, cold drinks and tea. But these items are quite expensive. We had a light lunch as we had to go into the water.
After sometime we got changed and entered into the water. The water was warm and clean.
After spending some soothing time in the water and playing with the waves we went to get changed. There are two small bathroom behind the food stall where you can change your clothes. The charge for using the bathroom is 20 Rs. per person. After getting changed it was time for some group photo.
Some beautiful sunset shots taken on our way back.
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