Coastline of Gujarat / X-Pulse's First Long Ride / Beaches, Temples, Villages, Lighthouses and Ports of Coastal Gujarat.

nndp87

Well-Known Member
Coastal Ride, as a traveller when we hear coastal drive, the immediate circuit or routes that comes to our mind is Maharashtra Coastal Highway known as MSH4 and East Coast Road known as ECR.

How about Coastal Gujarat. "Gujarat", I had similar reaction when I started a research on Coastal Gujarat Trip. With previous experience of MSH4, I had similar expectations from Gujarat Coastal Ride the only difference I thought was number of days it will take to cover. MSH4 takes maximum 3 to 4 days and Coastal Gujarat would take some 8 to 9 days, since Coastline of Gujarat is 1600 kilometers. Our research didn't fetch much information since very few people have done something like this and it's not necessary they might have shared the details on internet. My route planning was entirely based upon Google Maps, my intent was to be as close as possible to the coast.

I have bought Hero X-Pulse 200 recently and it was gonna be our ride companion for the trip. Luggage system needs to be thought about in case of Hero X-Pulse 200 since saddle bag cannot be used because of high exhaust system, after market saddle stays are available but they look ugly in my view, so after careful analysis, I came to conclusion that luggage rack on the rear would be best option. So I got the luggage rack done from A4 Motodesign located in Dahisar East. I also bought used Gypsy tail bag from OLX, its enough for carry 10 days luggage.

The ride preparation and things to carry was not much in comparison to what we prepare and carry for Himalayas, because entire route has phone connectivity and major cities are maximum 60 kilometers away from any point on the route.

In technical terms Coastal Gujarat Ride starts from a village named Govada in Southern Gujarat and ends at Lakhpat in Northwestern Gujarat. So on the cold winter morning we left Mumbai to explore the unexplored with the help of Google Maps.

Before we move ahead, enjoy the teasers.

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nndp87

Well-Known Member
Coastal Gujarat ride can be broadly divided into following parts:
1. Mumbai – Valsad – Dandi – Hazira
2. Hazira – Bharuch – Khambhat
3. Khambhat – Bhavnagar – Alang – Pipavav
4. Pipavav – Mahua – Jaffarabad – Diu – Somnath
5. Somnath – Dwarka – Okha
6. Okha – Jamnagar – Maliya – Kandla – Mundra – Mandvi
7. Mandvi – Jakhau – Naliya – Koteshwar – Lakhpat

My Companion for the Trips:
My Wife, Mayuri.
My Ride, Hero X-Pulse 200

D1: As usual my father came down to see us off and wished us safe ride. Getting out of Mumbai was breeze since it was early morning. Weather was cold and the ride through NH8 was quick and within 90 minutes we made it to Charoti Naka. We left fast NH8 from Charoti Naka and rode towards Dahanu. First coastal town of the trip was Dahanu. The ride from Dahanu to Gujarat border is beautiful, one rides parallel to the coast for most of the time, so on one side of the road is beautiful Arabian Sea and on the other side, chickoo plantation, coconut tree plantation and farmhouses. Slowly we crossed the town of Gholvad and Bordi and reached the last village of Maharashtra called Zai.

Father Seeing Off
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First Fuel Stop, Dahanu
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First Breakfast Point
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Dahanu Beach
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Beautiful views of Coastal Road from Dahanu to Gholvad
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Welcome to Gujarat, there was no signboard indicating it except small Water Department’s Board. We continued ahead, the first major town in Gujarat was Umbergaon. First we explored the Beach area of Umbergaon and then moved towards Lighthouse. We successfully persuaded the lighthouse in charge to allow us, climbing stairs wasn’t easy, but the view from the top was simply stunning and worth taking the pain. After visiting lighthouse we explored Umbergaon town and thereafter rode towards Nargol.

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Umbergaon Light House
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If you see the map a small creek needs to be crossed to reach Nargol from Umbergaon, there are small ferries which carry passengers, however it doesn’t carry vehicles in it, so one has to take the long detour through main road to reach Nargol, this is the difference between Coastal Gujarat and Coastal Maharashtra, Coastal Maharashtra is approximately 700 Kilometeres, however it has numerous ferry option which carry vehicles as well.

Nargol, it has been quoted that Persians from Persia first migrated on the shores of Nargol and slowly spread across the region till Udvada. Nargol beach is wide and lonely, you will hardly find any tourist here. Luckily google map took us to the beach through some unmarked road and it turned to be a small trail passing through Coconut plantation on both the side and opening straightaway on the beach. We stayed there for some 30 minutes, it was so peaceful and serene that we never wanted to leave but this was just the beginning and there is more to come. We marked our way back towards the main road and continued towards another small settlement called Tadgam.

Nargol Beach
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Tadgam village houses Weslayan Church, we didn’t knew the difference between Weslayan Christians and Catholic Christians back then, after coming back from the trip one of my Catholic colleague explained me the difference, Weslyan Christians workship Mother Mary and Catholic Christians worship Jesus Christ apart from this there are many small differences, pardon me incase the above explanation is incorrect. Well the Church looks wonderful, adjacent to the Church is a school. The entire setup of the town is simply amazing. On one side you have fisherman’s area, on other side you have residential area, further into the village you have playing ground and on the other side there is beach running by all of this. Wonderful isn’t it.

Weslayan Church, Tadgam
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Our next destination was Mangelwad Beach, it’s a detour from the main road, however this place disappointed us because beach wasn’t that great and due to low tide it never looked like a beach, but yes here we interacted with villagers and got insights about their daily routine life, they offered us water and food which we politely denied and moved ahead towards Daman, for us Daman was just a passing by town, since we have explored Daman to it’s length and breadth during our previous rides. We stopped in Daman for quick lunch and then proceeded towards Udvada.

Udvada is a pilgrimage centre for Worldwide Parsi Community, it houses one of the nine Atash Behram. (a highest grade of eternal fire flame that is placed in the Zoroastrian fire temple) The writeup and teachings placed in Zoroastrian Museum of Udvada will help you in understanding the history of Parsi community. There was lot of construction activity under progress, especially on the beach front of Udvada. The town has huge old mansions like structure with some vintage car in the garage and old couple sitting in the courtyard, the sight which we always saw in movies incase of Parsi characters and here we were seeing this in real. The town still has definite Persian culture engraved in its daily life.

Welcome to Udvada
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Udvada Museum
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It was already 3 PM, during winter, day ends early, so by 6.30 PM it’s dark and we had consciously decided not to ride during the night. So from Udvada we made a quick dash towards Umarsadi, there was nothing special about this place, but one small unpaved road going towards water body or creek which has tree sheds was something special for us, we found peace here, absolute peace and no one to bother. Cool breeze flowing from creek made us sleepy as well and we actually took small nap of 30 minutes, there are some places which remain engraved in your mind and Umarsadi was one of them.

Umarsadi - Enlighment Tree
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Umarsadi - Damaged Jetty
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30 minutes nap
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Time to leave and move ahead
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Again from Umarsadi one could have directly gone to Tithal, Valsad via Magod Dungri, but there isn’t any ferry to help you cross the creek and hence one has to take a long detour via Pardi and Atul to reach Tithal, Valsad. Tithal is famous and most visited beach in this region of Gujarat and naturally it is crowded, it also has options of numerous activity like Water Scooter, Para Sailing, Horse Riding, etc. After having a brief stop we moved ahead towards Tithal light house, evening is the best time to visit it, one can watch the sunset from the top. By now, I was sure in my mind that we would stay somewhere near Tithal and the best option which came along the way was BAPS Swaminarayan Temple, let me tell you, the location of the temple is mind-blowing, right onto the beach, Luckily we got the room as well. After settling our luggage in the room, we quickly made it to Lighthouse, the best part about this light house is, it has lift to go upstairs (paid option) so just 15 minutes before the sunset we made it to the top and spent next 30 minutes looking at wonderful views around. Post sunset we came back to the temple had snacks, dinner, explored temple premises.

BAPS Swaminarayan Temple, Tithal, Valsad
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Semicircle staircase of Tithal Lighthouse
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The view from the top of surrounding area
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Sunset
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Low tide spoils the look of the village
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There is one more floor upstairs, where actual light illuminating machines are kept
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Tithal Lighthouse
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BAPS Swaminarayan Temple - Night View
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GMap Link:
Hotel Fountain to Umarsadi: https://goo.gl/maps/i3BWZvhLuU5SQQBd6
Umarsadi to Tithal: https://goo.gl/maps/uyxgartFbZ2JDJJHA
Accomodation: BAPS Swaminarayan Temple: https://goo.gl/maps/jZWyYewfqTxnuLKS9
 

nndp87

Well-Known Member
D2: Morning was really cold, as we move upwards towards North, morning and evening would really get cold. By 7.45 AM, we were ready to roll, one needs to factor 10 to 15 minutes to mount and unmount the luggage.

The route ahead goes through Valsad town, from Valsad one can take Coastal Highway and proceed ahead towards Dholai / Billimora. There are many small pockets of Coastal Villages besides the Coastal Highway, however one cannot go to each and every village, it’s possible but then in that case you should have more time. If you are travelling on bike and especially in coastal area, please factor in for cross wind as well. This was first time I was encountering strong cross winds and believe me it was difficult, but slowly and steadily we made it Dholai Village, We appeared like alien to the village people, many people thought we had lost our way. After struggling for few minutes we made it to one end of Dholai Fishing Port, local fisherman folks started asking us questions like, where are you coming from, is this sports bike, from how many days you are on road, what is the purpose of trip. I calmly explained to them that we are on a coastal ride and have started from Mumbai and planned to go all the way to Lakhpat in Kutch region. They were surprised and happy at the same time, thinking this crazy people are going to visit such places everyday for next 10 days. While talking to them we understood their daily routines of fishing as a professions. Once they understand you are here to explore they start feeling comfortable and share lot of things because out of nowhere we reach their place and that too for travelling, I really feel travelling on offbeat routes help us in exploring real India. Moving ahead they guided us to another end of the port which is was much developed and lot of vessels were anchored there. Again similar reaction from people, there was another couple who were there on their pre-wedding shoot and they were more interested in what we are upto.

BAPs Swaminarayan Temple, Tithal. Beach in the background is not visible due to fog
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Ready for the long day ahead
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En-route Dholai Fishing Port
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The First end of the Dholai Fishing Port
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The another end of Dholai Fishing Port
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The Pre-wedding shoot couple
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Why should we be left behind, it's post wedding shoot
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Finally we were back on the main road and proceeded towards Billimora, even Billimora has a port, but that is not active and it’s become a relaxation place for senior citizen. We were hungry by now and luckily at the corner of the road was Vadapav and Dabeli Centre. After quick brunch we left Billimora, our next destination was Dandi, yes the same Dandi where Mahatma Gandhi broke the salt law. The road infrastructure in Gujarat really helped us all the way till Lakhpat, the ride was quick and we made it to Dandi in no time. We first visited Dandi beach (there wasn’t much activity since it was 11.30 AM) and thereafter visited National Salt Satyagraha Memorial. There is entry fee of Rs. 20 per head. You will really enjoy this place, the memorial will walk you through entire events of Dandi March through depiction in the form of statues and details of the march.

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National Salt Satyagraha Memorial, Dandi
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Mahatma Gandhi and his marchers cross River Narmada on the way to Dandi to break the Salt Law.
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Marchers cross Midhola Creek on the makeshift bridge
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Finally Mahatma Gandhi broke the Salt law on the shores of Dandi on 6th April 1930
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Mahatma Gandhi Statue
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Marchers
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Behind is the Saifee Villa where Mahatma Gandhi along with Marchers were welcomed by the owners and Mahatma Gandhi addressed the public meeting thereafter
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From Dandi we reached Navsari and thereafter fast four lane road will take you towards Surat, we decided to skip another 2 pockets of coastal town and villages between Navsari and Surat i.e. Ubhrat and Dumas Beach area. We straightaway proceeded towards Hazira. We have never visited this side of the Surat and I was surprised to see so much industrial development. The road till Hazira port is entirely 4 laned and 6 laned. Hazira is a River Port and Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal. It houses major companies like Reliance Group, Essar Group, ONGC, GSPC, Ultratech Cement, L&T. We made a quick round across the port area and came back on the main road towards Surat. Suvali beach is 5 kilometers from Hazira and is one of the most visited place in Surat. Suvali beach was buzzing with lot of activities. It's a black sand beach. I was surprised to know that Suvali Beach was the Gateway from where East India Company made inroads in India. There are various shacks on the beach who serve maggies, vadas, samosa and other food items etc. Our lunch was Masala Maggie. We spent next 15 minutes in the backyard of shack, looking at the sea, we felt peace here in spite of chaos around, that’s the effect of travelling. Enough of peace, its 3.45 PM already and we have good 4 hours ride ahead. Next point was Shree Vamleshwar Temple or Shree Vimaleshwar Temple.

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Welcome to Hazira
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Suvali Beach
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15 minutes peace moment
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What is the importance of this Shree Vamleshwar?
There is pilgrimage in India called as Narmada Parikrama, wherein a pradakshina or circumambulation of River Narmada is carried out by pilgrims, one of the important rule of this pilgrimage is at no point you can criss cross the River Narmada, so from Vamleshwar (located near Katpor Village) one takes a boat to Mithi Talai through Arabian Sea without crossing River Narmada, it’s 4 hours journey.

We made it to Vamleshwar in 2 hours from Suvali Beach, the ride was through state highways with decent roads, the ride was quite silent, we were quite but at the same time enjoying the roads, fields, farms and were in complete sync with nature. There are very few moments in our life when we feel everything is fine with us, we experienced those moments during the ride to Shree Vamleshwar. We crossed the village and asked the locals about the boat to Mithi Talai, they told us that Mithi Talai is the point where River Narmada meets Arabian Sea and boats operate in the morning depending upon the rush of the pilgrimage. We rode ahead as far as we can and finally the road ended, however Sea was not visible due to low tide. What a day it was simply amazing. We were supposed to touch Bharuch by day end which was still another 50 Kilometres away, the ride was quick and in 50 minutes we made it to Ankleshwar and we were exited to ride on Golden Bridge between Ankleshwar and Bharuch. By 8 PM we checked into BAPS Swaminarayan Temple at Bharuch.

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Salt pans around Shree Vamleshwar
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X-Pulse is the one of the most photogenic bike in India.
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The end of the road
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One of the best picture, Happy and Curious faces in Vamleshwar Village.
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En-route Bharuch
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Golden Bridge
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GMap Link:
Tithal to Dandi: https://goo.gl/maps/2LYDK4bu6C7XDv8W8
Dandi to Katpor: https://goo.gl/maps/pUeBwqLaG7CPHTBv7
Katpor to Vamleshwar to Bharuch: https://goo.gl/maps/g8DXzh2nyg9KKZ2m6
Accomodation: BAPS Swaminarayan Temple: https://goo.gl/maps/Nc1P1aiRDyNHm8pD6
 
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uturn

Super User
Coastal Gujarat ride can be broadly divided into following parts:
1. Mumbai – Valsad – Dandi – Hazira
2. Hazira – Bharuch – Khambhat
3. Khambhat – Bhavnagar – Alang – Pipavav
4. Pipavav – Mahua – Jaffarabad – Diu – Somnath
5. Somnath – Dwarka – Okha
6. Okha – Jamnagar – Maliya – Kandla – Mundra – Mandvi
7. Mandvi – Jakhau – Naliya – Koteshwar – Lakhpat

My Companion for the Trips:
My Wife, Mayuri.
My Ride, Hero X-Pulse 200

D1: As usual my father came down to see us off and wished us safe ride. Getting out of Mumbai was breeze since it was early morning. Weather was cold and the ride through NH8 was quick and within 90 minutes we made it to Charoti Naka. We left fast NH8 from Charoti Naka and rode towards Dahanu. First coastal town of the trip was Dahanu. The ride from Dahanu to Gujarat border is beautiful, one rides parallel to the coast for most of the time, so on one side of the road is beautiful Arabian Sea and on the other side, chickoo plantation, coconut tree plantation and farmhouses. Slowly we crossed the town of Gholvad and Bordi and reached the last village of Maharashtra called Zai.

Father Seeing Off
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First Fuel Stop, Dahanu
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First Breakfast Point
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Dahanu Beach
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Beautiful views of Coastal Road from Dahanu to Gholvad
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Welcome to Gujarat, there was no signboard indicating it except small Water Department’s Board. We continued ahead, the first major town in Gujarat was Umbergaon. First we explored the Beach area of Umbergaon and then moved towards Lighthouse. We successfully persuaded the lighthouse in charge to allow us, climbing stairs wasn’t easy, but the view from the top was simply stunning and worth taking the pain. After visiting lighthouse we explored Umbergaon town and thereafter rode towards Nargol.

Umbergaon Beach
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Umbergaon Light House
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If you see the map a small creek needs to be crossed to reach Nargol from Umbergaon, there are small ferries which carry passengers, however it doesn’t carry vehicles in it, so one has to take the long detour through main road to reach Nargol, this is the difference between Coastal Gujarat and Coastal Maharashtra, Coastal Maharashtra is approximately 700 Kilometeres, however it has numerous ferry option which carry vehicles as well.

Nargol, it has been quoted that Persians from Persia first migrated on the shores of Nargol and slowly spread across the region till Udvada. Nargol beach is wide and lonely, you will hardly find any tourist here. Luckily google map took us to the beach through some unmarked road and it turned to be a small trail passing through Coconut plantation on both the side and opening straightaway on the beach. We stayed there for some 30 minutes, it was so peaceful and serene that we never wanted to leave but this was just the beginning and there is more to come. We marked our way back towards the main road and continued towards another small settlement called Tadgam.

Nargol Beach
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Tadgam village houses Weslayan Church, we didn’t knew the difference between Weslayan Christians and Catholic Christians back then, after coming back from the trip one of my Catholic colleague explained me the difference, Weslyan Christians workship Mother Mary and Catholic Christians worship Jesus Christ apart from this there are many small differences, pardon me incase the above explanation is incorrect. Well the Church looks wonderful, adjacent to the Church is a school. The entire setup of the town is simply amazing. On one side you have fisherman’s area, on other side you have residential area, further into the village you have playing ground and on the other side there is beach running by all of this. Wonderful isn’t it.

Weslayan Church, Tadgam
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Our next destination was Mangelwad Beach, it’s a detour from the main road, however this place disappointed us because beach wasn’t that great and due to low tide it never looked like a beach, but yes here we interacted with villagers and got insights about their daily routine life, they offered us water and food which we politely denied and moved ahead towards Daman, for us Daman was just a passing by town, since we have explored Daman to it’s length and breadth during our previous rides. We stopped in Daman for quick lunch and then proceeded towards Udvada.

Udvada is a pilgrimage centre for Worldwide Parsi Community, it houses one of the nine Atash Behram. (a highest grade of eternal fire flame that is placed in the Zoroastrian fire temple) The writeup and teachings placed in Zoroastrian Museum of Udvada will help you in understanding the history of Parsi community. There was lot of construction activity under progress, especially on the beach front of Udvada. The town has huge old mansions like structure with some vintage car in the garage and old couple sitting in the courtyard, the sight which we always saw in movies incase of Parsi characters and here we were seeing this in real. The town still has definite Persian culture engraved in its daily life.

Welcome to Udvada
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Udvada Museum
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It was already 3 PM, during winter, day ends early, so by 6.30 PM it’s dark and we had consciously decided not to ride during the night. So from Udvada we made a quick dash towards Umarsadi, there was nothing special about this place, but one small unpaved road going towards water body or creek which has tree sheds was something special for us, we found peace here, absolute peace and no one to bother. Cool breeze flowing from creek made us sleepy as well and we actually took small nap of 30 minutes, there are some places which remain engraved in your mind and Umarsadi was one of them.

Umarsadi - Enlighment Tree
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Umarsadi - Damaged Jetty
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30 minutes nap
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Time to leave and move ahead
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Again from Umarsadi one could have directly gone to Tithal, Valsad via Magod Dungri, but there isn’t any ferry to help you cross the creek and hence one has to take a long detour via Pardi and Atul to reach Tithal, Valsad. Tithal is famous and most visited beach in this region of Gujarat and naturally it is crowded, it also has options of numerous activity like Water Scooter, Para Sailing, Horse Riding, etc. After having a brief stop we moved ahead towards Tithal light house, evening is the best time to visit it, one can watch the sunset from the top. By now, I was sure in my mind that we would stay somewhere near Tithal and the best option which came along the way was BAPS Swaminarayan Temple, let me tell you, the location of the temple is mind-blowing, right onto the beach, Luckily we got the room as well. After settling our luggage in the room, we quickly made it to Lighthouse, the best part about this light house is, it has lift to go upstairs (paid option) so just 15 minutes before the sunset we made it to the top and spent next 30 minutes looking at wonderful views around. Post sunset we came back to the temple had snacks, dinner, explored temple premises.

BAPS Swaminarayan Temple, Tithal, Valsad
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Semicircle staircase of Tithal Lighthouse
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The view from the top of surrounding area
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Sunset
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There is one more floor upstairs, where actual light illuminating machines are kept
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Tithal Lighthouse
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BAPS Swaminarayan Temple - Night View
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GMap Link:
Hotel Fountain to Umarsadi: https://goo.gl/maps/i3BWZvhLuU5SQQBd6
Umarsadi to Tithal: https://goo.gl/maps/uyxgartFbZ2JDJJHA
Accomodation: BAPS Swaminarayan Temple: https://goo.gl/maps/jZWyYewfqTxnuLKS9
Beautiful narration!
Very rare information about Udvada & Dandi.


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@Gujjubhais_Log

Jobs fill your pocket. Adventures fill your soul
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Excellent Start and Photo.

Question ?

Most of your stay/Accommodation till now are in the BAPS Swaminarayan Temple's, Why ?
 

Tilak Francis

Active Member
Nice photos to aptly support the beautiful Travelogue.
Though offbeat but for understanding, Wesleyan church is a protestant church which will not give importance to Mary. But Catholics consider Mary as a holy woman and prays and petitions to God also through Mary.
Remote and lonely places are beautiful but do consider adventure over risk when the spouse is accompanying. But I believe you have meticulously planned the route and have good prior knowledge of these places.
 

Ravi_M

Member
@nndp87, बहुत सी जानकारी से भरा यात्रा वर्णन! आप दोनों पति-पत्नि तारीफ़ के हक़दार हैं!!

मैं बीसीएमटूरिंग और उसके सक्रिय सदस्यों को हार्दिक धन्यवाद देता हूँ, जो विस्तृत जानकारी और सुन्दर तस्वीरों के माध्यम से भारत के सुदूर इलाकों से परिचय करवाते हैं. मैं थोड़ा तो घूमा हूँ कार से, पर ऎसी घुमक्कड़ी तो मैं सोच भी नही सकता. इसीलिए, घर बैठे ये सारे अनुभव हमें देने के लिए, पुनःश्च आभार.
 
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