Our pleasure tour to Tarkarli.......from Mumbai
After surfing on net for many days looking at review of number of visitor to various resort at Tarkarli, We narrowed to Blue Water Resort. We were 12 couples, all strict vegetarian, Guajarati and very choosy , we gambled for new resort.
We went by Rajya Rani Express to Kudal station for Tarkarli boarding 11 P.M. in night . Month was June,2012 ,expecting heavy rains, we gamble to go to Ratnagiri area.
Starting from selection of train we felt that luck is on our side. From the time we entered Ratnagiri area at about 6 A.M. by train, natural beauty of Konkan welcomed us . Beautiful land scrape and greenery was beyond expectation of Mumbaiker. We reached by 12 p.m. to Kudal as train was late. Tempo traveller arranged by resort( at our cost)was waiting for us. It took approx. 45 minutes to reach Devbag-Tarkarli for Blue Water Resort. Natural beauty, river, water falls were scattered all the way.
Blue water resort proved to beyond our expectation. Resort was newly built with clean rooms and all amenities, clean toilets, balcony with every room facing sea. We had taken lots of Thepla and Khakhra worrying , reading on net of poor quality of vegetarian food in all the resort at Tarkarli, found Lunch, Dinner and breakfast throughout our stay was beyond expectation. Chef and Mr. Swapnil ( very helpful person of management in contact with us from the day we called for booking) of Blue water resort had a talk with us before we started and prepared very good vegetarian dishes. With whatever resources and knowledge Chef had made good tasty dishes. Total staff starting from cleaning lady to room service, receptionist and management Mr. Swapnil + Resort Manager. were very helpful. Our total stay and all tours were handled nicely by Mr. Swapnil at reasonable cost.
In the evening as weather was good we went for boating. We went to sangam of river to sea , back water and Tsunami Island. Every one was thrilled to step down on Tsunami Island in ankle deep water . We took ride on Speed boats, kayaking. Other rides were closed. Night we had all family fun. It was good that Resort had Generator , hence we did not feel of any power cut.
Next day , whole day was raining. We enjoyed on beach, we were warned not to go beyond knee deep water due to rainy season. We played, swim ,( sea and beach here are very clean) in the morning as well as evening. Afternoon and night we had family fun. All the time Resort person was at our service. Resort is quiet new, they need to provide indoor as well as outdoor games. Cleanness of resort and rooms were good ,Towells, Bed spread were clean, Serving Dishes and glasses were also clean and drinking water was filter water bottles but cleanliness next to resort is also required which they have agreed to take care. Heavy rain made water entering in lobby as well as some room, which they have agreed to take care by putting shades in balcony. These are teething problem as this was first rain for resort, we are sure they will come over it. Looking at other resort after going there, we felt this resort is better than all the resort in that area. Location is perfect , right on beach, courteous staff, quality food.
Third day a departing day , our train was in the evening from Kudal. After check out by Tempo traveller, arranged by Mr. Swapnil (at our cost) we went for sightseeing –Cashew nut factory, Jai Ganesh temple, Ojhar caves, Kunkeshwar temple(like somnath it is also very old and beautiful shiv temple with sea at back side). We could not go to Vijaydurg fort as were late. If you are covering this whole on return then book ticket not from Kudal but station near Vijaydurg fort –station kankavali to save return time as kudal is 3 hours from Vijaydurg fort.
Every one including all ladies though being very choosy , and in Guajarati we say chikana, praised for resort. To enjoy other activities of water sports, please do not select 1 st june to September end . For rest and enjoying beauty , on konkan railway, this season is ok.
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