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It was time for vacation this year and we planned a trip to Malvan. We planned a trip Pune-> Malvan -> Amboli -> Kolhapur -> Pune.
We started on the morning of December 26, 2009 from Pune in our newly acquired Ford Fiesta. Took to NH4 towards Kolhapur and reached
Kolhapur in 4 hours with a short break at Virangula restaurant (Bhuinj, just after Khamataki ghat).
We missed the Kolhapur entry point and realized it after 8 kms. Took a U turn and entered Kolhapur from the
Vidhyapeeth road. Then took to the Rakala stand and then to Gagan Bawda road.
After Gagan Bawda, we took the NH17 and started towards Kasal. However, before reaching Kasal, we saw a board
which read "Malvan -> 36 km". We took the road and ...repented. Next 36 kms took us 1.5 hours !
Lesson learned => ask locals before you take a turn, sign boards do not tell you about actual road conditions....
Bookings were taken care of at Hotel Sagar Kinara @ Malvan. It is just next to the Malvan Jetty. Hotel is okay type but
food is definitely good.