I am puzzled as to why the colour green is associated with envy, which is such a negative emotion! Unless it’s humankind’s way of saying that the species is envious of the beautiful green canvas painted by Mother Nature?
I have just returned from a gorgeous ‘Colour Me Green’ road trip to Ganpatipule with my family. Back home last evening, there is no envy in me. Only a heartfelt longing for planet Earth to be restored to the green place it must have once been and is now only in pockets.
Take a look at this travelogue and I hope you will understand how I feel.
We left Mumbai as early as 0430 hours as we hoped to reach Ganpatipule by late afternoon.
Till Pen, we were shrouded by a cloak of darkness and city smog. In a way that was a good thing because that day the sun rose for us on a blanket of lush green.
We had chosen to travel on NH 66 (the old Mumbai-Goa road) instead of the new NH 4. I am convinced now that the old road is far better because one can really absorb the beauty of the Maharashtra Konkan region. The image below is indicative of the greenery that will surround you all the way from Pen to Ganpatipule:
There is something just so soothing about the green of Nature. It works its magic on me every time without fail, making me feel calm and at total peace. Perhaps that’s why my appetite is always better when I am away in the countryside.
This time, my family was really amused to see me hogging away at every plate put in front of me (I am not a foodie and usually a poor eater). This was especially so at this charming riverside eatery called Ruchi where I pigged out on some garam garam aloo bhajiyas (piping hot potato slices dipped in gram flour and deep-fried). The eatery is on the banks of the river Savitri, which originates in Mahabaleshwar and flows through Raigad district in Maharashtra. A breathtaking location with good food and people who are so warm and welcoming, you will forgive them almost anything.
Here are some pictures I took of the place (the address is on the second image – Ruchi is in Mahad, an hour before Chiplun):
After several stops (we just couldn’t resist), we reached the MTDC resort in Ganpatipule at around 3 in the afternoon.
I was pleasantly surprised at just how well-managed the place was. So much so, I posted a review on Trip Advisor, saying that hospitality industry players should meet the staff at MTDC, Ganpatipule to witness the true meaning of Atithi Devo Bhava (the guest is God).
I have worked in hospitality in 2 stints in my career and I have never been so impressed by the dedication, honesty and simplicity of staff anywhere else (though some of the staff at Sterling Holidays are very similar and I always advocated that Sterling should strive to retain those qualities).
To substantiate what I am saying, I left my purse outside in the room sit-out all night and was woken up at 0630 by a call from the Reception telling me so. Not a penny had been touched.
Here are some images of the resort (do read the Trip Advisor review for a fuller description):
Have I convinced you about the beauty of a road trip to Ganpatipule and the destination itself?
Do you now see why I chose to call this post Colour Me Green?
I have a lot more to share about the wonders of my weekend in Ganpatipule but I think that is best saved for the next post.
I hope you enjoyed this armchair journey in the meantime:)
Featured Cover Image Credit: Trees lining NH 66 from Mumbai to Ganpatipule. Image by Lata Subramanian