Konkan Train Travel – A Fascinating Experience

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Konkan train travel is scenic. It has several tunnels along the way. Arabian Sea is on the west while Sahyadri mountains are on the eastern side. Picturesque villages, rice fields, streams andlakes can be seen on both sides of the track. During winter months, mists cover the area in the mornings. Trains must move slowly. I shot the photo below when my train had halted at Roha Station.

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Kalamb Beach – Photo Essay of a Big Beach

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Kalamb Beach is clean and big. It is 6 km from Nallasopara West. The beach is not teeming with crowds as it is not a renowned tourist destination. During low tide, the sea recedes a fair distance. The sands are dark in colour, may be because of the presence of minerals. Rajodi Beach is 4.5 km to the north. Kalamb is the fourth beach in row after Arnala beachNavapur beach and Rajodi beach.

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Camel Ride

Activities on Kalamb Beach

In the evenings, camel rides are a popular activity for families. The kids enjoy the rides. The water appears black because of the sand colour, but it is clean and free of floating trash, unlike the major beaches in Mumbai.

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Kalamb Beach

Kalamb beach stretches for a few kilometres and sometimes wears a deserted look. Seagulls and small birds hover near the water line.

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Some fishing boats were seen on the beach, apparently abandoned and in disrepair.

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Red Car on Kalamb Beach

Cars and bikes freely enter Kalamb beach. The sea comes in at high tide and the wet sand makes it easy to ride on.

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You can drive your car on to the beach. The cars and bikes leave a long trail of tyre tracks on the beach. Some people apparently come to the beach to catch up on their driving lessons. The beach may not seem clean at first. But as you go away from the entrance, it has a clean coast and clear waters. 

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Ebb Tide

This boat made a nice picture at the water’s edge, with reflections showing up on the wet sand. As the sun settled low on the horizon, people turned their eyes towards the beautiful sunset. The waves were not big and gently lapped the shore.

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Red Sun

There were a few boats anchored on the sea. The red sun and the waves made a beautiful picture. The beach is in a rather secluded location. Visitors should not stay beyond sunset for security reasons. After sunset, the area becomes dark with few or no lights. The locals may turn up at the beach after dark to consume liquor, which could be distressing.

Getting There

The beach is 5.4 km (17 min) from Nallasopara East, via Wagholi-Nirmal Road and Kalamb Beach Road. Vasai Road railway station is a drive of 11.0 km (31 min) via Tarkhad Road. The short stretch from Nirmal junction to the beach can get crowded in the evenings.

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Barvi River

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Barvi River

On the Mumbai-Pune train route is the busy town of Ambarnath. A popular hill station, Matheran, and Titwala, which has a famous Ganesh temple, are close by

Ambeshiv Gaon is a small village, 11 km from Ambarnath railway station. Barvi River flows through the village. Barvi Dam is 12 km away. It supplies water to Navi Mumbai and Thane. It is surrounded by evergreen hills and dense forests.

Sree Ramadasa Ashram is located in Ambeshiv Gaon, by the side of Barvi River.


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