Travel: Sign up for a crocodile safari in Konkan
Spot 10-feet long reptiles, and enjoy the backwaters of Maldoli village in coastal Maharashtra at a crocodile safari
Did you know that Maldoli, a hamlet located on the banks of Vashishti river near Chiplun, is home to crocodiles, some even 10 feet long? If you're keen to spot the reptiles or enjoy the serene backwaters, sign up for the Mumbai Rangers' Crocodile Safari, this weekend. "I visited the village last month and saw crocodiles freely residing in the river. According to locals, November to January is the best season to spot them because when it is low tide, they swim out of the water to bask in the sun since it gets too cold in the river," shares Amit Bhadouria, founder of the adventure trekking group, that is organising the Maldoli croc safari for the first time.
A crocodile basks in a swamp by the banks of the Vashishti river
Located approximately 300 km from Mumbai, the village is one of the lesser-known attractions on the Konkan coastal belt. "The river banks are bound to remind you of Kerala's backwaters," says Bhadouria.
Close-up of a crocodile at Maldoli
Limited to 15 participants, the trip includes an overnight bus journey to the village, two crocodile safaris conducted in speedboats and a visit to the nearby Guhagar beach. If time permits, you can also visit the Gowalkot fort and Vyadeshwar temple. "Guests will be provided with basic but comfortable accommodation.
The backwaters of Vashishti river
Besides, they can enjoy authentic Konkani fare, including refreshing solkadi," shares Bhadouria. A word of caution: Ensure your safety before you get excited to take that selfie with Mr Croc.
The safari boat
The organisers have roped in a local guide, who's familiar with the nature of reptiles, to accompany the guests on the safari. “Also, the boat (in pic) will have a higher railing than the regular one, to ensure guests' safety,” says Bhadouria.
TRIP DATES: January 15 to 17
MEETING POINT: Pritam Hotel, Dadar (E), 11.30 pm
COST: Rs 3,900 (inclusive of travel in a private non-AC bus, food, accommodation, safari and entry charges)
LOG ON TO: www.mumbairangers.com
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