A few years ago we went to Diveagar in Raigarh district of Maharashtra. Although it’s about 170 km from Mumbai, we took a different route. It was actually a detour. We first went to Pune (another city in Maharashtra) where we were joined by our friends, and then we drove via Malshej Ghat to Diveagar.
The route via Malshej Ghat is one of the less taken ones as it’s not in a very good condition, making the journey long and tedious. But it’s also one of the most beautiful places in the ghats, hence the decision to take it.
It was the rainy season, and the best time for visiting the Western Ghats (hills) when they come alive with breathtaking greenery all around. So we embarked on this journey – a rather back breaking one, thanks to the terrible roads. But we survived it with occasional stops enroute to soak in the beauty of the place, especially the numerous waterfalls.
We reached Diveagar at about 3 pm and checked into Exotica Beach Resort. Diveagar is a small town in coastal Maharashtra and is one of the many beaches that people visit on long weekends from Mumbai and Pune.
The resort is located next to the beach. We stayed in one of cottages in the resort.
After a freshening up we walked to the beach. The beach was quite clean and there were very few people. It was a clear sky and the sunset on the Arabian Sea was beautiful. Since the place around the resort has practically nothing to offer, no shopping or eateries, we retired to our rooms and spent the evening at leisure inside the resort.
We returned the next day.
As far as Malshej Ghat is concerned, you can do a day trip from Pune during the monsoons. It’s a ted far from Mumbai.