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A Trip to Bhuigaon Beach

Bhuigaon beach is located near Bhuigaon village in Nala Sopara, Palghar district. I first heard about it on a Reddit post, where it was mentioned that it is a clean beach with less crowd (compared to other beaches in Mumbai, Vasai and its surroundings).

I travelled there by my car, took about 1 hour 40 minutes from Palava city. If you are travelling from Mumbai suburbs or Navi Mumbai, it will take nearly the same time if you leave early in the morning. Road is good till the beach, and it has greenery once Vasai starts.
If you are following Google Maps, it will probably take you through the Vasai-Gass road  -which is a nice place for a morning-evening walk. In the middle, it has gardens near the Tulja Bhavani Mandir. These are very beautiful ones with small lake inside and some children playing area. Very well maintained by the authorities. I visited the garden while coming back from the beach.

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Vasai Gass Road
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Pond in the garden of Tulja Bhavani Mandir

After the Vasai-Gass road, you will passs through tiny roads with greenery on each side which is a very scenic view – coconut, banana and palm trees and vegetable farms. At some points the road gets very tiny and only 1 car can pass through it.

I went by my car and wanted to reach the exact point shown in Google Maps. I drove till I reached a closed gate. Scooters were parked on each side and there was no option for me to go further or take a U-turn. Took the car in reverse for some distance till the turn and parked near a paved road.

Its a 5 min walk till the beach. Green fields on each side and then a tiny jungle of Suruchi trees.

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Took picture from where I had parked my car. It seems that the rain water has collected here.
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Way towards the beach. Beach is after the colony of dark green trees. Below is the picture of green fields on left.

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Suruchi trees

 

The beach had dumps of garbage at some places in the morning. 4-5 young people were cleaning the beach by picking up plastic bags, flowers, water bottles – collecting all the garbage and depositing it to a pit for later fetching.

The beach was clean at some places with very fine sand. Sand is somewhat darker at this beach. Water was clean in the morning. If you like collecting sea shells and pebbles, this is a great place.

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I went to the right side of the beach where a small stream separates the Bhuigaon and Kalamb beach. This narrow stream is used by fishermen to anchor and launch their boats in the sea. Lots of garbage could be seen on each side of water. Also, the mud is very soft and you need to take care not to get stuck in it.

I guess the source of all the garbage on the beach is this stream – which gets dumped with waste from interior parts of the town. This polluted water then flows to the sea and during tides, the same garbage is brought to the shores.

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The stream of water, with all its garbage
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Bhuigaon beach as seen from the Kalamb side. Left is the tiny forest of Suruchi trees. During high tides, this part is under water.

This place is not very far from Vasai city, and can be accessible through personal vehicle or by an auto (which can be taken from Vasai/Bhuigaon).

Overall, Bhuigaon beach is a great place for a picnic with family-friends. Evenings are usually crowded, its better to come here early morning. Children can enjoy playing on the flat shoreline and collect pebbles. Walking on grass between the Suruchi trees is also a nice experience. You should visit this beach if you are looking for a calm place. Traffic may not be a problem, and this place can be reached easily within half hour from the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway.

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Narrow and green road, while walking back from the beach
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Flowers! On the same road, on my left.
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Suruchi trees giving a good pose
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Beach!

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Here are some tips:

  • If you are travelling by your car, park it before the last turn (near a small compound-wall). If you go further, you will get stuck because of the narrow road. There is no place for turning the car around.
  • Visit the beach during early morning hours, it would be very less crowded and peaceful. If you want to view the sunset, visit during that time.
  • Bring your own food and water, if possible. Only 2 stalls available here.
  • Do not throw any garbage except in the dustbins. There are 4-5 dustbins available and easily noticable (blue coloured big boxes).

 

🏄🏊 🐚🌴🍹☀️

 

Tags: vasai, nalasopara, bhuigaon, bhuigaon beach, beaches near mumbai, mumbai, beach, vasai beach

Cycling trip to Padle Village

While looking for places for a short cycle trip around Casa Rio (Palava City), I had found a place name ‘Padle Gaon Bird Watching’. There is not much information about this place on the internet, except – “some groups come here randomly for watching & photographing birds, snakes are spotted sometimes, and there are a lot of mosquitoes”. I thought to explore this place on my cycle, since this was about 6 kms only.

I started at 06:30 in the morning, took a turn towards Padle village (opp Mukta Apartments on Kalyan-Shil road) and reached the village in around 20 minutes. I was riding my Rockrider Five.Zero bike, pic below:IMG_20171209_072457

Padle Gaon looks like a tiny village with basic amenities. On the way to Padle from main highway, there are small farms and a few farm-houses with big cars. Google Maps will show you a road with right turn after you reach Padle, while in real there is no ‘road’. Its just a paved way with lots of stones, which might puncture your cycle/scooter. I would not recommend taking a car, since it will not be able to pass through the narrow street of Padle.

I followed the way, which took me to a open field, where it seemed like the crop was recently burned. There is ‘Desai Khaadi’ on one side, with dark water, and on the other side there are fields till your sight reaches. The way to this place has forest on one side, which is also called ‘Mothi Desai Village Park’ – Google Maps link. You will find the birds and other flora n fauna in this park. While I was passing through it, I heard the voices of different birds – and it seemed like there are several of them. As I was not properly suited for this, I skipped visiting this park – instead went to sit near the flowing water.

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Open field, the distant building is Marathon Nextown

 

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Desai Khaadi, picture taken from the same spot as above

I was not able to find a single human being around this place, while I was there. A dog was spotted eating something from the garbage, who ran away as I reached there. While the crop was burnt, this tree also got burnt, losing all its leaves:

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The point Padle Gaon Bird Watching (Google Maps link) has a small roofed area where one can sit, which is mainly used by the fishermen to board when the waters are high. There were fishing nets, hooks and some boats lying around. One was nicely coloured and hence I took a picture of it too:

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Boat parked on road

When I was there, the waters were low (since it is a Khaadi/Bay, here the waters rise and fall accouding to the tides). It is a good place to hang around. If you are feeling more adventerous, you can cross the waters from the rocks placed in between when the waters are low (I recommend not to do that, you might get stuck on the other side if the waters rise suddenly). These rocks are placed for convenience of the fishermen to take their boats to shore with less efforts, and they also give good effects to the waterways. Pictures below:

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Boat parked, ready for its journey when the waters rise! These rocks make a wall like structure to obstruct water at some places – easing the crossing of bay and reducing the water current at some places.
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Rising sun, pic taken from nearly the same spot as above. 

I enjoyed this trip, though I was scared of getting my cycle punctured on the way. If you come here next time with some food, water, full clothes and shoes, you can explore the forest (Village Park) and also spend more time to roam around the fields and shores. I will be going here again to find out more about this beautiful place.

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#palava #placesaroundPalava #CasaRio #PadleGaon #BirdWatching #CyclingPalava