Fishing with the villagers : Rajapuri, Maharashtra
Rajapuri is a small fishing village located between the towns of Murud–Janjira. Rajapuri village is located about 48 km away from Alibaug. The best way of getting to the village of Rajapuri is by boarding one of the State Transport buses from any of the bus stops along the Konkan coast of Alibaug.
The people from Rajapuri village are from the Koli community of Maharashtra and their main occupation is fishing. But many people in the younger generation are option for other occupations by working in hotels and as sail boat operators with the rise of tourism in this area, a few others can be seen selling shells all along the way to Rajapuri jetty.
A day in the village of Rajapuri starts as early as 4 am in the morning with about 80% of the men from the village going into the sea to fish and earn their daily living. The women aid them by sorting the fish out and then selling the fish in the local Rajapuri village market.
Most of the houses in the village of Rajapuri are still made of mud walls and tiled roofs and have bright painted outer walls. As the area is Muslim dominated there is a mosque in the center of the village.
The options for accommodation in this village of Rajapuri are limited to a handful of backpacker type guest houses and home stays. The home stay accommodation is recommended since it is the best way to get a feel of the village by living with a family and experiencing their daily routine. The food served in the home stays is very tasty and an experience by itself.
There are a few restaurants in this village that serve some really tasty and very affordable sea food. The fish thali is a must have along with their pomfret fry and its takes a good 20 minutes for the food to be served once the order is placed since they prepare the food on the spot.
The things to do in this village are pretty unique and also a lot of fun. Going fishing with the villagers is possible in this village by first befriending one of the villagers and then requesting them. There is also an option of taking a bullock cart ride through the paddy fields in the village. A must do thing for everyone who visits Rajapuri is to take a walk through the village lanes and by-lanes and to get a feel of the daily life of the people.
The best time to visit Rajapuri is from the months of October to the end of February when the weather is cool and pleasant and the humidity is low.
Rajapuri is well known for its tasty and fresh fish and is also a perfect place for travelers who are looking for a quiet place to relax, unwind and chill. This village is more for a traveler and less for a tourist.
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