Day 12 - Vagator to Nate, Maharashtra

Jay enjoys a beautiful day in a mango orchard near Ratnagiri where he camps on the terrace of the property


The view from the hill at Ganesh Agro Tourism on an Alphonso Mango Farm by the coast.

I had a lazy morning in Vagator filled with more discussions with Baba Ramji. After filling up my tank with Goa's cheap petrol, I got back on NH 17 and enjoyed a sublime ride into southern Maharashtra. After some initial construction work, the road was good, traffic was light and the hilly curves made for a lovely ride. All the road signs are in Hindi now and I said bye-bye to South India.

Sunset near the village of Nate, Rajapur, south of Ratnagiri.

I got off the highway south of Ratnagiri and got back to the coast. Near the village of Nate, I met up with the family that runs GaneshAgroTourism.com on a 40-acre Alphonso Mango farm. I was put in touch with them as my father supplies them with organic fertilizer. It's a beautiful property with a hill-view of the ocean. They're fully booked so I'm sleeping on the terrace.
It's a long way to Mumbai from Goa!

I'm enjoying the clear night skies and was surprised that I could see the Southern Cross on one side of the sky and Polaris, the North Star on the other side. Both are low on the horizon and visible due to the clear air.

From here, I ride into the largest city in India tomorrow...

Watch Jay's video postcard from the mango orchards of Nate, Maharashtra:

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TRAVEL NOTES

The Konkan Coast along Maharashtra is a fusion of landscapes. Imagine green hills, coconut palm plantations, swirling rivers and backwaters, verdant valleys and mango orchards, all stacked up beside a winding highway beside the Arabian Sea. 

Explore less-travelled tourist destinations here:

Sindhudurg Fort, built in the 17th century along scenic sapphire backwaters, is a must-visit for those seeking tidbits of history, real and imagined.

Read more: Finding lost time in Sindhudurg

Sawantwadi, a coastal village where time seems to stand still, still preserves its ancient crafts tradition and the people still bow to the memory of their erstwhile ruler. And, if you are lucky, you can meet the queen, the surviving scion of the Bhonsale dynasty.

Read more: Durbar with the queen of Sawantwadi

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