A hidden haven – Murud Janjira

Murudh at Sunset

I had the opportunity to go to Murud in Feb. Had just got married and my wife suggested the place based on a friend’s recommendation. I had never heard of it and was really apprehensive since images / photographs were not that easily available. Anyhow we were to go to Murud from Goa.

We took an early morning train which left at around 6 from near Colva beach. The train here i have been told invariably ends up running late and by the time we got there it was close to 4. About 2 hours late but the journey was definitely worth it. One travels through some of the most amazing valleys and foothills throughout this ride. The train is nice and clean, comfortable and overall very polite, decent passengers. You can just go open the bogey door and sit down and watch the scenery going by and i promise you time will fly.The train does not have direct connectivity with Murud.

 You get off about 45 kms away at Roha and then need to arrange for local transport to get there….and this is when it hit me- this place is surprisingly cut off allowing for a true get-away.We got off the station and we stunned to realize that no taxi’s were available since there are not too mnay to begin with. Choices–an auto. Now i ride in autos a lot in delhi ut this was sheer fun..imagine traveling 45 kms in an auto..first on the plains, the on the hills, through a reserve forest and then dropping down to Murud. What an experience. An auto from here to the heart of Murud town will be about 150-200..and u don’t have too many choices so expect to pay that. The journey takes anything between 1-1.5 hrs..ur in an auto after all.

We were staying at a resort called ’’The Golden Swan Beach Resort’’. For around 2000 a day we got a small independent cottage with an attached bath, ac, TV, running hot and cold water. The room service is excellent thought the menu can be a bit restrictive. We went during the ’’bird flu scare’’ so most items associated with that were off. The entire resort is located on the beach. Walk out of the cottage and about 100 meters away is the beach. During high tide the entire beach gets covered and the water stands right up to the foundation wall of the resort. High tide is twice in a day, during noon and then late evening.DAy-1 :— Got to the resort at around 5:30, not too much time to spend on the beach so took a short walk and got back to the resort.

The resort does not have a liquor license so if you think you’ll want to swig a few back then carry your own. There is a shop in the town. Thats where we went and picked ours. About a 25 minute walk along the coastline. The village is quaint to say the least. It has modern technology but the culture reeks of pure tradition and the architecture is to die for.DAY2- woke up early and spent most of the day on the beach. Then hired an auto to take us to the docks where you can hire a boat to take you to the Fort. The fort is impressive to say the least and is quite unlike something i had ever seen before. It’s huge and right in the middle of the bay surrounded by water at all sides. The 2nd heaviest cannon in India is here. Definitely worth a look.

The boat rides about 150, a guide (which i would recommend) is another 100 and the whole trip at a leisurely pace would set you back by about 2 hours or so. Came back, sat on our porch and spent the rest of the day there.DAY 3- A good breakfast and spent the day exploring the town further and of course at the beach.,DAy4- we left the resort at around noon and got to Alibagh where we boarded a ferry to take us to Mumbai and then flew out from there for Delhi.It’s definitely a must see but my only advice is take enough time. Don’t make it a rushed trip. We spent 3.5 days there but would have loved to have another few.Email me if you wanna see some snaps.

IMP Note- Dont expect your mobiles to work there.  

2 thoughts on “A hidden haven – Murud Janjira

  1. hey…
    wanted to see some of the snaps of murud janjira..
    also ..
    do u recommend golden swan resort?
    or do u know of any other better resorts?

  2. nice .. might check this place out next summa .still as untouched or have the backpackers invaded ?? 😛 just askin ‘

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