We usually look forward to Ganesh Chaturthi, and not having the puja this year seemed to bring in a sort of vaccum. Which is why, we decided to make use of the holiday by doing something different - We headed out to Palghar, where my in-laws are, presently. and spent the festival morning at Kelwe Beach.
Kelwe Beach is quite a popular resort for Mumbai-ites, especially since it is quite easily accessible from the city. This is attested to by the huge number of boards and placards announcing homestays, hotels and resorts advertising themselves all over the place!
Our auto driver informed us that we were lucky to get the beach so empty - the beach is usually packed with tourists on weekends and holidays, but thanks to the Ganesh Chaturthi Puja, most of them must have stayed home!
We, on the other hand, made the most of the beach!!
Samhith enjoyed playing in the water, while, I, as usual, collected shells. He then joined me, and we collected more shells.
Then came a camel, and he enjoyed a ride....
and came back, all excited, shouting, "There are more shells there, Amma!!!" so off we went, on our 'shell quest' again!
This beach was a treasure of shells! There were certain portions which seemed to be covered with shells of all shapes, sizes, and colours! We could have sat there all day, sifting through the masses of shells washed ashore!
But by then, we were hungry.. a few shops had opened up... so it was time for food....
Some one was even selling mushrooms!!
The huge trees reminded me of our visit to Akshi beach at Alibag... this looks so similar...
And just like at Akshi, there was a temple by the beach.... but this post is about the beach, not the temple, so that will come later :D
And here are all the shells we came back with...since we have so many, we have decided to decorate our next year's Ganesha with them!
A nice way to celebrate a festival, wouldn't you agree?
P.S. All photos have been clicked with my mobile, since I had apparently forgotten to charge my camera before leaving.
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Kelwe beach is located just 80 Km from Mumbai. The nearest railway station is Kelwe Road, on the Virar-Dahanu line. However, Palghar, about 20Km away, is a bigger town, and more vehicles are available from there to the beach. Besides, many long distance trains from Mumbai Central or Bandra also stop at Palghar, which make it a more convenient place to approach the beach.