.My Travel - Diveagar
Been here from 26th to the 27th of May, 2007 with coworkers;
then a couple of times;
then from 11th to the 13th of May, 2017 with acquaintances;
One of the closest beaches to Pune. It's a great weekend gateway / get-away.
There are now, lots of resorts and homestays available. They're usually full during the peak season / holidays / weekends, but options are many.
I usually drive down by myself. It's approximately 170 KMs (one way), and I take the Tamhini Ghat road from Pune. It takes 5 hours because of the twists and turns. 95% of the road is in very good condition. Things have really significantly improved since the first time I went there.
Everything has got very costly over the time. They simple charge twice the price for almost everything OR 3 rupees on top of certain items like biscuits. Therefore, it's better to carry everything that you need - even if you're travelling for just 2 days.
OMG! "Cheeni Kum"'s title song... Diveagar is the associated memory. One of my coworker's had played that song on his mobile phone in the evening while moving around in Diveagar in 2007.
Food in Diveagar
This is a sea-side place, so the obviously predominant food is Sea Food. However, you get Vegetarian options there as well. A typical Veg Thali (consisting of two vegetables, two dals and rice, and sweet) costs around Rs. 110/-
Non-Veg food is costlier, and special dishes (e.g. just Pulav) cost even higher. For instance, one Veg Pulav costed Rs. 200/-, which was pretty shocking to me.
Beach now has hawkers / food stalls, which end up dirtying the place as well, but it's a good thing to see a variety of food options. I had Dosa (@ Rs. 60/-) and Tea (@ Rs. 10/-). I only had the Dosa there, because the owner / maker was a super-cute guy. The least I could've done in return to me liking him was buying something from him.
A fine place to stay...
On the main Diveagar road, after you enter the town
Check-in: 11 pm on 11-May
Check-out: 9:10 am on 13-May-2017
Found it on the spot...
♦ Diveagar is approximately 40 KMs from Mangaon. During the onward journey, we halted at a Pure Vegetarian restaurant and had dinner, when a stranger woman was telling us to be safe on the way to Diveagar, since it was 9 PM, and dark and the road uninhabitated. It was surprising, concerning, but then it was a realization that we're simply not used to having good people around or taking things only positively.
♦ We took a Delux A/C room (# 201). It was very clean, and well-maintained. It accommodated the 3 of us. Two on the double-bed, and I preferred sleeping with my luggage on the ground
♦ Breakfast was complimentary. At the same time, they also buy food from outside for you.
♦ This was a bit far from the beach - approximately 800 m, but the walk was always fun.
♦ I think the next time I'd prefer staying close to the beach.
♦ No complaints though.
♦ The Delux A/C room costed us Rs. 3,000/- per night per couple (additional Rs. 500/- for an extra person). The A/C was a blessing in the warm and humid climate, and it was totally worth it.
STAFF & SERVICE:
♦ Very prompt service.
♦ Mr. More (an old man - room service member) was very jolly and a person I would always remember. He noticed the flower that I placed behind my ear, and offered me one later.
♦ We travelled around 3-4 KMs towards the Velas Beach. It was fun. You can watch its clip in my Vlog.
Wi-Fi / INTERNET:
♦ You don't go on trips to watch T.V. or work remotely or access the Internet (unless in case of doing something related to the trip), so the low mobile phone (data) range was completely fine with me. I enjoyed the nature more than anything else.
♦ However, I had carried my laptop to backup the photos, which I usually do to ensure that they're safe.
♦ You can contact Arya Inn at 02147-696777 / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
♦ Carry more than sufficient cash, always.
♦ Carry everything that you can - from ear buds to extra innerwear and towel.
♦ Each time you go to the beach, CARRY your extra clothes. Don't be lazy.
♦ Carry something to sit on the beach (e.g. a plastic bag, stool, or mat).
♦ Many beach activities available. I've reserved them all for my future boyfriend. I'll make him read this line and update this page as soon as I find him ♥