To my astonishment, not many people in India are aware of this alluring beach-
To be honest, I was unfamiliar with this beach too, until a very dear friend told me about it. We were looking for a place to go on the long weekend of May’15, and that’s when he said out of the blue ‘Let’s go to Diveagar.’
I had no idea what the place was, never even heard of it, none of my friends had either.
So, I Googled about it.
Went straight to images, like all good travellers do 😉
And this is what I saw on Google-
I instantly fell in love with this beach and without any skirmish agreed to go there.
(Well, I did act a bit difficult, but that was before I Googled about the beach.)
I read a lot of reviews about Diveagar, people saying how beautiful, peaceful the beach was. The journey made me agree with them, entirely.
My friend asked me to tell him about my experience of Diveagar in three words. I ended up saying-
Alluring. Serene. Picturesque.
This is exactly what I think of Diveagar, now that I visited this heavenly beach.
Diveagar is located in the Shrivardhan Taluka, Raigad district, in the state of Maharashtra. I will not get into the history and geography about Diveagar, you can read all about it on the Wikipedia page of this serene beach.
So, intrinsically Diveagar is a vast beach, with lots of trees which I like to call the ‘Seattle Trees.’
I have seen a lot of movies which surrounded around Seattle and I’m a big fan of the trees there. They are tall, thick, and a lot greener than what I see here in Mumbai. So, when I saw the Seattle trees in Diveagar, I got all excited and started yelling ‘OMG!! Look Seattle Trees!!!’
Lamentably for me, none of my friends got it, and thought I had already lost my mind.
FYI, the trees are actually called Casuarina Trees.
There are a lot of activities you can do at Diveagar, allowing you to make the most of your time there.
Activities like- Parasailing, Banana Ride, ATV ride, Horse riding, Camel Riding and Speedboat riding.
As for me, I did the swimming! Took my first swimming lesson in my entire life. And I loved it! Absolutely, divinely in love with the idea of swimming!
We stayed at a cottage called Patil.
Yes! Because it had my family name 😉
But there are so many more. There’s this resort called Exotica, you will have to book in advance if you want to stay there. Or you can book once you’re there and pay a whooping INR11K for a room for 24 hours!
That’s what they were charging us.
Brands I tell you!
There are these tiny row houses and bungalows, where you can rent a room for about 1500 to 2000 for a day.
At Patil, we were charged 4000 for two rooms (Non AC ).
But, I highly recommend Patil’s cottage as the people working there are very genuine and will help you with whatever you need.
And I mean everything. 😉
You will not find any alcohol shop in Diveagar. That’s when we realized how important Patil’s employees were. They helped us with the address to the beer shop at a nearby village called Borli, which was about half an hour away from where we stayed.
Now, not everybody is dear enough to lend us space in their refrigerators, are they?
But at Patil’s we were giving an entire freezer to keep the beer bottles chilled. This sure made my friends journey.
The bungalows where you can get a room may not provide you with food. There are two very popular homemade food joints in Diveagar, where you can eat till your hearts’ content.
One of it is Rane and another one is Patil.
They both charge around INR 180 to INR 200 per plate with unlimited curry and rice. I ate at both these places and the food there is delicious. Real Marathi food.
We spent the rest of the day gossiping, clicking selfies, swimming, playing in the water, collecting shells and eating stuff that people eat in summer. Ice Popsicles!!
If given a chance I would go back to Diveagar at this very instance. There is so much to a beach than words can explain. There were so many people, families, group of friends, out there in the summer, enjoying the sun and the sea together.
My friends and I did the same.
We did what we do best. Enjoy.
From mesmerizing food to picturesque journey, Diveagar has it all for you!
A 6 hour journey may seem frantic, but when that journey ends, you enter paradise. And all your weariness is taken away by the view and the adventures that lie ahead.
The white water beach of Diveagar is so enticing that you will want to change into your swimsuits the moment you see the wave’s wave.
On the 2nd of May, we reached there by 12pm and all we did all the touristy activities possible the rest of the day.
The next day was even better, as we went for a swim early in the morning and I had my first swimming lesson.
I ain’t exaggerating, but I think am close to being called a pro now. 😛
The place is so serene and exquisite, and vast, that even after all the rooms being booked and everything, the beach was derelict, making it tranquil.
There was a hill, and we wanted to go hiking there, but time constraint held us back. I promised that hill that I will come back for it. Someday, I will.
The swimming is what got me the most. Oh the feeling. Every time my thoughts lead to chaos, I think of the feeling I got in the middle of the sea. The waves brushing past me. The sun shining down on me. My friends. The sand. The way my feet felt on the sand. The Shells. The food. That Night of Gossiping. And that’s what calms me down these days.
As I look back, I wonder how I forced myself to come back to Mumbai. From that dream land to this reality. Not so brutal, but not as fun as Diveagar.
The entire trip did not cost us more than 4000 each.
I would recommend you all to go visit this serene destination. Sooner than later. Before it commercializes. Go!
Here are some of my pictures from the beach of Diveagar-
Isn’t this what you would call a perfect vacation? 😉