Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Narkasura Effigy Design Competition at Savantwadi
The celebration of 'Naraka Chaturdashi' - the first day of Diwali.  The night earlier, marks the killing of Narkasura at the hands of Lord Krishna. A symbolic practice of lighting a effigy of Narkasura, marks the triumph of good over evil.

In Sawantwadi as well as the entire Konkan region, this is a big event, where multiple groups participate in a competition that awards the best made effigy of Narkasura.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wooden Works - Savantwadi














It is so amazing. I have always been fascinated by the wooden articles made in Savantwadi. Right from those wooden fruits, Spinning Tops we used to play with during childhood, to these articles. I always feel the artists (Chitaris) have not been acknowledged on the world stage.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

[updated] Mumbai to Sawantwadi: Guide to NH4 Mumbai-Bangalore Highway

This is an updated Kms chart on the Mumbai - Sawantwadi route on the NH4, post opening of the Katraj bypass, as well as considering that Gadhinglaj leg of the route is better motorable than Uttur. So the route is as follows:

Mumbai-Pune-Satara-Karad-Kolhapur-Nippani-Sankeshwar-Gadhinglaj-Aajra-Amboli-Danoli-Sawantwadi.

I prefer to break the journey in two parts, to make it more enjoyable. I leave Mumbai at around 3 pm and reach Kolhapur by around 9-9:30 pm. Take a halt at hotel Rayson Regency in Kolhapur, stay overnight. Leave Kolhapur post breakfast at around 8 am, and reach Sawantwadi by around 11:30- 12 noon.

(The names of the hotels/restaurant are for purpose of landmarks only)

[Stage 1]
Thakur Village, Kandivli ................ 0.00
Vashi Bridge ............................ 37.00
McDonalds / Expressway Start ............ 58.20
Khalapur Toll Plaza ..................... 91.50
Food Mall ............................... 93.20
Talegaon Toll Plaza ..................... 142.80
Expressway Exit ......................... 154.30
Joshi Wadewale / Soul Curry ............. 160.50
Katraj Bypass Start ..................... 182.00
Katraj Bypass Ends ...................... 192.00
Gargi Gardens ........................... 196.60
Shivapur Toll ........................... 198.40
Hotel Natraj ............................ 202.40
Amruta Gardens .......................... 219.20
Khambatki Ghat Starts ................... 237.20
Khambatki Ghat Ends...................... 245.20
Mahabaleshwar/Wai Turn .................. 250.00
Anewadi Toll Plaza ...................... 269.30
Mahendra Hotel (Satara) ................. 283.50
Taswade Toll Plaza ...................... 324.50
Hotel Pankaj / Karad .................... 336.00
Kini Toll Plaza ......................... 384.90
Kolhapur Exit on the Highway ............ 404.00
Rayson Hotel / Kolhapur ................. 408.00

[Stage 2]
Rayson Hotel / Kolhapur ................. 0.00
Kolhapur Exit on the Highway ............ 4.00
Kagal Toll Plaza ........................ 24.90
Uttur Exit .............................. 50.20
Sankeshwar/Gadhinglaj Exit............... 63.50
Aajra ................................... 101.50
Amboli .................................. 135.60
Danoli .................................. 151.60
Sawantwadi .............................. 165.00

Monday, May 18, 2009

Terekhol River

Terekhol River, also known as BANDA RIVER, rises in the Sahyadris to the south of Manohar fort, and flows-south-west by the villages of Sangeli, Vatvana, Insuli, Banda, Kas, Satosa, Kavthani, and Aronda. As far as Banda, or about 24 Kms from the sea, it is tidal and navigable for boats. Larger crafts cannot pass further than Aronda about five kms from its mouth. The Terekhol has no important tributaries, but is joined by many mountain streams and rivulets, and during the rainy season it becomes a very formidable river.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Monsoon's coming...

The monsoon's approaching, nothing can be better than being in Sawantwadi during monsoon.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hide and Seek

The mountains, the rains, the clouds, the sun rays, the shades of green... Kawlesaad point, Amboli Hill station

Friday, November 16, 2007

It's really cosy down there...
















This is Savantwadi...Nothing less nothing more...For me it hides, thousand pictures all rolled into one...
(View from Hanuman Mandir, Narendra Hill... Overlooking Savantwadi)

Friday, May 25, 2007

The Morning Raga...


A summer morning around 6 AM, from atop the "Narendra" hill, overlooking Savantwadi.

Heaven or Earth...I was there...


A summer, late evening around 7 PM. On the Mumbai-Goa Highway, near Savantwadi, on the road to Akeri.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

God and Tranquility...


No Queues...No Haste...No Mediators...No Salesmen...Nobody !
Except you and HE...
At the Satam Maharaj Temple, Danoli, [~ 12 kms from Savantwadi ] with my family.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Where I belong...


A typical peaceful October afternoon...After a lovely lunch with fried fish and fish curry...Sitting in an arm-chair...

Monday, May 15, 2006

Mumbai to Savantwadi: Guide to NH4 Mumbai-Bangalore Highway


[This POST IS OLD, Please click here for the updated post on the new Kms chart]

NameKms
Bandra Station......................0.00
McDonalds............................40.50
Food Mall..............................75.30
Toll Plaza..............................125.00
Hotel Sadanand.....................147.60
Hotel Food Junction.............156.50
Katraj T Junction..................168.50
Katraj Ghat...........................176.00
Hotel Natraj..........................187.00
Toll Plaza..............................222.00
Hotel Mahendra....................243.80
Hotel Pankaj.........................321.50
Kolhapur...............................389.30
Kagal.....................................405.90
Toll Plaza..............................410.80
Nipani...................................426.60
Right Turn for Amboli..........435.90
Uttur.....................................456.20
Aajra.....................................475.10
Amboli..................................509.20
Danoli...................................525.20
Sawantwadi...........................538.60


Stage 1: Mumbai-Kolhapur [via, Pune-Satara]
Total Time 6:30
Total KM 395
Stage 2: Kolhapur to Sawantwadi [via, Kagal-Nipani-Uttur-Ajra-Amboli-Danoli]
Total Time 2:45
Total KM 154

Total Trip
Total Time 9:15
Total KM 549

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Mumbai to Savantwadi: Guide to NH17 Mumbai-Goa Highway

Type Name Kms Kms
C Sawantwadi................................................ 0 517
V Kudal.......................................................... 20 497
V Oros............................................................ 32 485
H Mathura Gangaee........................................ 32 485
H Sharmila..................................................... 46 471
C Kankavli..................................................... 52 465
H Neelam Countryside (*)..............................
56 461
V Talere......................................................... 75 442
V Kharepatan................................................. 90 427
H Madhuban.................................................. 90 427
V Rajapur....................................................... 109 408
V Oni.............................................................. 120 397
V Lanja........................................................... 138 379
H Manohar Palace (*).....................................
148 369
V Pali............................................................. 157 360
C Hathkhamba............................................... 167 350
H Ekdanta...................................................... 170 347
V Nivli........................................................... 172 345
H Swad........................................................... 196 321
C Sangameshwar............................................ 198 319
H Tarang........................................................ 202 315
H Drive Inn.................................................... 212 305
V Saverda...................................................... 230 287
H Prasanna (*)................................................
243 274
C Chiplun....................................................... 244 273
H Abhiruchi (*)..............................................
245 272
H Taj Riverside (*).........................................
255 262
H The Pagoda................................................. 261 256
H Ganesh........................................................ 263 254
H Century...................................................... 271 246
C Khed........................................................... 278 239
H Saraswati.................................................... 278 239
C Poladpur..................................................... 315 202
H Food Place (*).............................................
325 192
C Mahad........................................................ 328 189
H Utsav.......................................................... 331 186
V Lonere........................................................ 353 164
H Suyash........................................................ 357 160
C Mangaon..................................................... 362 155
H Open Umbrella (*)...................................... 366 151
V Nagothane.................................................. 398 119
C Vadkhal Naka............................................. 423 94
C Panvel........................................................ 460 57
C Kandivli...................................................... 517 0

C = City/Market Place/populated area on the highway
V = Village/ Less Populated area on the highway
H = Restaurant (* mark means I have eaten at these places, but remember the entries are almost 3 years old hence food/restaurant quality can drastically change)