You need to keep a keen eye on the signs showing to turn towards Mhasala. You will come across small ghat with lot of curves between Morba and Sai village. Once you cross Sai village you will come across another ghat named “Ghonsa Ghat”, this ghat has two very steep pin bends. Once you attack them carefully then you are in Mhasala.
Tried to capture the pin bend steepness, hope you get it.
Our first destination was Harihareshwar hence we took Mhasala bypass and joined SH99. At the start of Mhasala bypass you will find BP petrol pump on left, I guess this is the first petrol pump I came across from Mulshi, so guys plan your refilling accordingly.
Now from Mhasala I felt it was a long journey towards Harihareshwar. At last we reached there safetly. One needs to pay Rs.40 as parking charges for cars and park them in ample parking space of “Harihareshwar Beach Resort”. While entering into temple lane you need to pay Rs.1 per head as an entry tax.
There is no rush or huge queue in Haihareshwar, you can comfortable take darshan. There is Kalbhairav temple next to Harihareshwar, it is said that one has to go here first before entering main Harihareshwar temple. There is a broken step way behind this temple which takes you to rocky beach, this way is known as “Pradakshina Marg”. It takes lot of efforts to climb these steps and come on other side, those who are travelling with kids or old peoples need to be careful. On the other side you will find caves been created by waves bashing towards these rocks from ages. There is rock formed shaped like footprint which is known as “Vishnu Pad”, we were not able to visit it because of the high tide.
Harihareshwar Temple entrance
Kalbhairav Temple entrance
On the other hand of temple you will find open space along with railings on side where you can have a crisp view of Harihareshwar beach. Tea, water bottle, vadapav and some knickknacks are available here.
Panoramic view of Harihareshwar
While coming out of main temple you will find number of small eateries providing lunch (mostly veg). We had one which was homely prepared and was delicious. So this was our first destination for the day. Now we cranked our car and headed towards Diveagar.
One needs to come back up to the junction where one road goes to Mhasala and other to Shrivardhan. You need to take Shrivardhan road and after few kilometres need to take sharp right towards Diveagar. After taking this sharp right you need to be very alert for checking first left as this will take you towards coastal road, if you miss this turn then still you will reach Diveagar but it will be via Shrivardhan road.
We asked one by passer and he told us to enter into village named “Walvati”. This is a very calm and less populated village, in that afternoon there was not a single soul in sight. The end of this Walvati village is the start of coastal road through “Aravi Beach”