Ajara via Anmod

There are some places where a single visit is not enough. You have to return to it again and again and discover it anew. Ajara is one such place for me.

Paradise on earth - Ajara

Located just beyond the Amboli ghat it promises a relaxing drive and a weekend photo op. However, this time there was a roadblock in the plan! Amboli, was sealed off because of a landslide. There had to be another way.

Road to Anmod

Anmod! A ghat that I am not too familiar with loomed ahead. Challenge accepted!

Khandepar Bridge, Ponda

So we went through Ponda, crossed the ridiculously narrow Khandepar bridge (which mind you is still NH 4A!) and gasped at the breathtaking sight before us!

Anmod Ghat clouds

Anmod! (literally translates as ‘the place with innumberable turns’)

Misty roads

The clouds look majestic and welcoming from a distance, but once you drive in them, it’s an altogether different story. With visibility just a few meters there was no option but to drive at a cautious 10 kmph.

Waterfalls - Anmod

Anmod comes alive in the monsoon with its range of waterfalls. Here was one such… that was free from the infestation of beer bottle wielding “tourists”… (I fail to understand why these hordes of tourists travel all the way up here only to create a drunken ruckus!)

Finding our way

Despite the ‘experienced’ navigator travelling with us, we did manage to lose our way… but it only meant cruising through idyllic villages such as these

Ramtirth - Ajara

Our first destination…

Ramtirth Waterfall

Ramtirth, is not much of a waterfall… but I like to call it the ‘Niagra’ of Ajara..;)

Ramtirth - Ajara

True to the definition of ‘water’ plant!

Ramtirth downstream

The river flows on bringing life and prosperity to the vast township around.

Birds at Ramtirth

A very amusing set of crows, who braved the rain on this weather-worn tree.

The return trip had its own share of exciting sights! Take this rock for instance…

Boulder - Anmod

I wonder how long it will take for it to shift a little πŸ˜‰

Rock flowers - Anmod

This was another sight that called for a closer inspection. The entire rock was strewn with flowers. Here today, gone tomorrow.

The weekend was over… the memories remain.

Watangi way

Will I make another visit to this place? Anytime!

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6 responses to “Ajara via Anmod

  1. GURAV SHRINIWAS

    NICE PICS… AND TAG LINES ALSO.

  2. πŸ™‚ good monsoon pics, as usual… you really should become a brand ambassador for the season πŸ˜› of your pans, i liked ‘the clouds…’ the best πŸ˜€
    ‘into the clouds…’ has the right balance of spookiness and the lion just adds to it! (i don’t wanna look types!) I like the monochrome of ‘survival… again’ looks very stark πŸ™‚
    and finally… i see you don’t like getting lost too much for putting your experienced navigator is such a dangerous position πŸ˜›

  3. Hey Mr. Giovanni!
    Me n my friends did the same trip two Sundays back.. but we didn’t get pictures as awesome as yours!

  4. B….E….A….Utiful …! ! ! ! ! !

    I never knew our Amboli is so beautiful

  5. nice phoths

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