Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Slow Pace Of Life In Murud

As soon as I checked in at Golden Swan Beach Resort in Murud, my fatigue of a long journey had kind of eased. I was warmly welcomed by the resort staff and offered a delicious welcome drink. I was delighted to see my spacious sea facing room and foyer. I quickly freshened up and enjoyed my much needed heart-satisfying lunch. Though I had a bad headache, I still loitered around a little bit to admire the Portuguese style architecture of the resort, which reminded me of Goa.


In fact, all through the way from Alibaug to Murud, I had a feeling that I was back to Goa. The coconut plantations, the countryside, the cattle and the olden style houses were all like what I had seen in Goa. So I was already hopeful and happy about what would unfold in Murud.       

Time for some Konkani spices

After lunch, I closed my eyes for a brief afternoon nap so that I would wake up fresh for the Konkani Cooking Class that was scheduled in the evening. I think that was the best part of my stay at Golden Swan Beach Resort. I, along with my fellow bloggers, got a fabulous opportunity to learn the authentic way of cooking Konkani food from a well-skilled chef. Although I am not much of a cook myself, I enjoyed being a spectator while several dishes were being prepared one after the other.


Murud – A place photographers would love to stalk

Besides the excellent hospitality that I received at the resort, I lapped up the subtle charms of Murud alongside – the coastal village life, the unruffled atmosphere, the quiet beauty of the sea and the surrounding landscape.


Although beaches and the abandoned Janjira Sea Fort are the highlights of Murud, I personally loved its sights and sounds in the alleyways, along the shore and in the market places. Murud has lots of character and uniqueness for a photographer to capture. I wish I had hopped off the Tumtum (local auto) to wander through the town and take more photographs.


The joy of being near the beach

Golden Swan Beach Resort turned out to be a perfect way to experience the slow life of Murud. Whether it was the sound of cascading waves in the lull of night or the glow of morning sun, everything hinted at slowing down to embrace the romance of it all.


Since the resort is tucked along the sea shore, it’s an ideal place to just be ‘idle’ and not be guilty about it. I liked the idea of ambling on the beach anytime on my whim, or simply reclining in a chair to watch sunset. I’d say the beach resort is a haven for readers, writers, poets, daydreamers and basically anybody seeking fun.


In my opinion, Murud deserves longer stays than just the weekends. I’d very much like to go there again and spend at least a week at the beach resort and explore Murud more intimately.   

Practical Information – Murud is around 162 km from Mumbai by road. Alternatively, you can take a ferry from Gateway Of India to Mandwa and then a connecting bus to Alibaug (in the same fare), and finally take a bus from Alibaug to Murud. The journey takes around 4 hours.

Note: I was at Golden Swan Beach Resort on invitation. All opinions and photographs, as always, are my own.

Is Murud the kind of place you would like to explore?

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34 comments:

  1. i like the boy's smile, pretty innocent one, like he does not know how to react on sudden photo invite and then he tried and he smiled :)

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    1. Yes, exactly! That's what actually happened! :-)

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  2. As always very good work. Did you get our invite on facebook?

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  3. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place. Would love to make it here sometime :)

    - Dikshant
    www.hobotrails.com

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  4. Murud is wonderful. Love that slow pace of life. I haven't explored much beyond the fort. Lovely post, Renuka.

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    1. In fact, Murud is more charming beyond the fort. :-)

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  5. Seems to be a perfect place for leisurely vacation. Loved all the photos!

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, both the resort and the village are ideal for leisure.

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  6. There are a large number of weekend breaks near Mumbai. People of Mumbai when exhausted with the chaotic and stressful life of this metropolitan city rush to such spots to remove the pressures of life. Otherwise also the people of Mumbai are very fun loving and they do not miss an opportunity to take a break from this kind of hectic lifestyle.

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  7. Yes definitely I love these kind of places! Tranquil and relaxing!

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  8. Did you find the invite on face book?

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    1. Hey, I did not find any invite on FB. Kindly get in touch via email. (Refer Get in touch section) Thanks.

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  9. Loved your post...Even Though I live in Mumbai I have never been to either Alibag or Murud..I think it is high time to go on a trip..

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    1. Absolutely! I am surprised that you haven't been to either of these destinations! But I can understand, because that happens with all of us - we skip what we have in our backyard! ;-)

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  10. hey! I hv been to alibaug..and also visited one abandoned sea fort. dont remember the name :-(.
    Nice pictures...food clicks are so tempting!

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    1. I'm sure you have been to Janjira Fort. Thanks! Yeah, the food was quite tempting! ;-)

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  11. Looks like an amazing place to visit ! My india trip is long overdue and would love to visit these quaint little places someday :)

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    1. Yes, it is! I hope you visit India soon and we might catch up as well. :-)

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  12. Refreshing. This is indeed a treat for mind. Lovely!!!

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    1. Thanks Rajiv! :-) Murud is refreshing indeed.

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  13. Wow, Renuka, Murud looks like a relaxing destination.You certainly captured a lot of the spirit of the beach and showed how pretty it is.

    I get a good sense of the place from your photos and agree that it is a destination any photographer would relish. It's nice to know that the resort offers more than just a beach; it makes Murud far more appealing as a destination to know it offers a variety of possible activities.

    Foodie that I am, that cooking class looks fun. Was that a special activity just for you bloggers, or is it something they offer at the resort?

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    1. Linda, I'm glad that you enjoyed the post. :-) I guess the cooking class was one of the activities planned for us. The idea was to introduce us to the authentic Konkani way of cooking. But the resort should be able to arrange such a cooking class on a guest's request as well.

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  14. I was also invited by them but I have already stayed twice at this resort with my family, so didn't want to go. Also the dates were clashing with my international travel. Missed meeting you there.

    You are right about the slow pace. The pics are almost similar like mine, nothing has changed. :)

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    1. Oh, I wish you had been there! Anyway, hope to bump into you on some other bloggers' meet! :-)

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