Kashid: “A Beautiful Abode of White Sandy Beaches and Whispering Casuarinas”
Kashid is a beautiful coastal town known for its pristine white sand beach and is situated in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. The blue water of the Arabian Sea, coconut trees lined up on the shore, the cool breeze and serene ambience makes this place a perfect weekend destination for the residents of Mumbai and Pune.
Kashid is known for its splendid location, majestic mountains and beautiful Casuarinas trees. Tranquillity prevails across the vast expanse of the beach and crystal clear waters of the sea make this place one of the most visited and cleanest beaches in Maharashtra. An evening walk around the beach is refreshing in itself. Situated nearby is the ancient Buddhist Caves at Chaul. There are also several other temples and churches scattered across the town of Kashid. A must-visit place in the region is the Korlai Fort, which will for sure mesmerize you with its architecture and rich history.
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Stargazing in Kashid
One of the best things to do at Kashid beach is stargazing. The beach is clean and pollution-free and therefore, is popular among the travellers for a picturesque view of night sky embellished with twinkling stars. Most of the travel packages for Kashid include stargazing experience. You can enhance your experience by observing various constellations through a telescope or a binocular.
Water Sports at Kashid
Are you an adventure enthusiast? Are you looking for a break from the monotonous city and work-life? If the answer is yes, then you should book your tickets to Kashid without any delay. The beach at Kashid hosts a couple of interesting and fun-filled water sport activities. You can participate in a number of sports such as Parasailing, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Jet Skis, Banana Ride, etc.
The prices of water sports at Kashid is relatively lower in comparison to other beaches because it is less populated. The prices of various water sport activities are enumerated below for a quick reference:
· Banana ride INR 200- INR 300
· Speed Boat INR 500
· Jet Ski INR 800
· Parasailing INR 1200- INR 1500
You will have to contact various dealers/ operators to participate in these activities. They can be easily spotted loitering around the beach.
Camping in Kashid
Kashid serves as the perfect spot for camping for those residing in Mumbai. You can associate with camping groups if you aren’t looking to camp alone. The white sand beach, cool ambience, lush greenery and night sky dotted with stars makes Khasid a perfect camping location. You will have a memorable experience setting up tents, relaxing around the beach, enjoying the bonfire and beach games and savouring the barbeque dinner. The camping groups that operate usually charge between INR 1800 to INR 2000 per person.
Restaurants and Local Food in Kashid
There are number of food joints and eateries situated at the Khasid beach. You will be delighted to savour mouth-watering Konkani, South-Indian, North-Indian, and Continental cuisines.
Few of the popular delicacies in the region are Sol-Kadhi, Kombadi-Wade, Kelphoola-chi bhajji Jackfruit bhajji, Kurkuronbombeel, and Ambole. You should also try the seasonal delicacies made from mangoes, bananas and coconuts. For those craving for dessert, Modak is the best option available in the restaurants around.
Affordable restaurants have opened up towards the northern side of the beach which serve scrumptious Konkani style nonvegetarian dishes such as chicken, mutton and a variety of seafood. Furthermore, there are also a lot of homestays situated near to the beach that offer delicious homemade food.
If you want to go an extra mile ahead and enjoy your stay at Kashid by drinking alcohol then you will have to travel 4 km away towards Murud to access a liquor store. There are no bars near to the beach, however, you can carry your own drink to the beach.
Day 1- Check into the hotel and freshen up. After breakfast, head to Kashid beach and spend your day relaxing and partaking in various water sports.
Day 2- On the second day, head to Phansad Bird Sanctuary. You will be delighted to spot a variety of beautiful at this place. Later in the day, you can head out to nearby local markets for shopping.
Day 3- You can visit few of the historical sites situated near Kashid such as Korlai Fort, located 11 km away from the town and Murud Janjira Fort, situated 14 km from Kashid.