Franky was little annoyed. We had come far away from the National Highway No. 17, but still could not find the place we were looking for. When we started off early morning from Colva in Goa, we had a vague idea of the place we were heading to. We knew that it was somewhere near north of Karwar, but what we did not know was that our venturing into the unknown would turn out so well.
Within fifteen minutes of our drive through the narrow roads of Goa, we were on the picturesque National Highly No 17 which connected entire Konkan and Malabar coasts along the Western Ghats. One and a half hours drive and a little wandering in Karwar brought us to a crossroad offering mesmerizing view of the vast expanse of the blue Arabian Sea. But we were still clueless? We didn’t know where to go, and our driver Franky was losing his patience. The village road was terrible. In fact it could barely be called a road. I got down and asked a fisherman on the shore if there was any place to stay. He couldn’t speak Hindi or English but surely showed me the way, and only after 500 meters drive we arrived at Majali Beach Village – a beautiful, tranquil resort overlooking the calm and serene Sea.
When we arrived, the resort was nearly empty and we got one from a series of six double bed rooms surrounded by coconut groves and lush green garden. A small, beautiful pond in the backyard made the resort more exquisite. Its soothing, green waters lined with luxuriant casuarinas and coconut trees looked so surreal, so unreal that I walked down to its far end and back thrice. At a distance, far away from our room, a small, green hill was visible. After a sumptuous breakfast, we occupied hammocks tied to the towering coconut trees and began to feel its solitude and peace; the harmonious sound of breaking waves coming from the hind side was speaking it loud about the place.
Banana boat, life jackets, kayaks, peddle boat, and water scooters kept at different places clearly suggested that Majali Beach Village was a perfect weekend getaway for children and people young at heart. For city dwellers, it was an ideal destination to unwind after gruelling work schedule. Definitely, for us, the serenity at Majali Beach Village was a welcome respite from the jostling weekend beaches of Goa. In the afternoon, the Pramaniks, who were staying in the room next to us, left for Bangalore. Then, we were all alone in this sprawling resort that welcomed the sultry sea winds in abundance through its huge iron gate which was locked most of the time.
We had planned to do nothing but relax and taste some of the finest spicy sea-food. Fresh shrimps cooked in coconut oil, hot and spicy mackerel fish curry, and Kori Ghasi – a chicken recipe prepared in roasted coconut with an amazing combination of both curry and coriander leaves that we had in lunch are worth mentioning. It was like home-cooked meal – tasty, simple and fresh.
In the late afternoon we borrowed a bicycle from a resort staff, and got off to explore nearby areas. A kilometre ride through thick casuarinas grove took us to the majestic Devbagh Beach which is known for the golden sands and offering breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and dense Western Ghats at the same time. The estuary of the Kali River which drains into the Arabian Sea was clearly visible from the Devbagh Beach that was predominated by littoral sea waves, forming a spit towards its far end.
We spent our evening on the shore watching the Sun sinking into the infinity pool. Sipping in the black tea, we enjoyed the competing waves, which were trying to reach as far as possible. The clamouring fishermen who were unloading the day’s catch from the boats broke the monotone of the sea and brought us back from the pensive mood. What was good, which might be worse for many, about the resort was that they did not serve liquor and prohibited smoking within the resort; something that beach resorts rarely do.
The next day was even brighter – it looked as if someone had cleansed every leaf, every plant, and every part of the resort purposefully. Overnight rain had given a renewed look to the lives on resort campus.
After the stroll around the resort, we wanted to go out for the morning walk, but the resort manager, Pramod, suggested us not to do so as half of the villagers would be seen defecating along the beach. But thankfully, they had spared 300 – 400 meters of the beach area in front of the resort. Post breakfast, we ventured out to the sea in a dinghy to climb up the Baldi Hills which was highly populated by crabs and birdlife. The resort staffs were really wonderful. They took extra care in making our stay memorable. The only issue was the morning tea as the kitchen staff did not arrive before 8 in the morning!
How to Reach
Village Majali is in Karwar, the coastal city in Northern Karnataka. Majali Beach Village is only 12 km north of Karwar Railway Station. If you are coming from Karwar take the first left turn after the bridge of Kalinadi. The meandering road will take you to the sea shore, take the right turn and you will in front of the resort. If you will take the left turn you will reach Devbagh Beach Resort, another beautiful property near Karwar. Dabolim in Goa is the nearest airport from Village Majali (90 km). And it is 570 km from Bangalore airport.