Nestled on the western coast of Maharashtra, Kelve Road is a hidden gem that promises a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. This quaint village is known for its pristine beaches, lush greenery, and a relaxed atmosphere that soothes the soul.
We will explore how to reach Kelve Road, the plethora of activities you can enjoy in and around the area, what essentials to pack, and the dos and don’ts of visiting this picturesque destination. Plus, we’ll introduce you to a unique place called “YOLO Kelve,” a hippie-vibe cafe cum campsite that offers a one-of-a-kind experience.
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“Exploring Kelve: A Serene Getaway by the Sea”
How to Reach Kelve Road
Getting to Kelve Road is relatively easy, whether you’re coming from Mumbai, Pune, or any nearby city. You can opt for the following modes of transportation:
One of the most convenient ways to reach Kelve Road is by train. The Railway Station is well-connected to major cities in Maharashtra. Trains like the Saurashtra Express and Flying Ranee have regular stops here. Here are the train timings from Dadar Station.
5:20 AM – 6:40 AM : 93003 – Virar – Dahanu Road Slow Local (Dadar to Kelve Road)
5:34 AM – 6:58 AM : 93005 – Churchgate – Dahanu Road Fast Local (Dadar to Kelve Road)
7:59 AM – 9:24 AM : 93009 – Andheri – Dahanu Road Fast Local (Dadar to Kelve Road)
9:06 AM – 10:31 AM : 93011 – Virar – Dahanu Road Slow Local (Dadar to Kelve Road)
6:00 PM – 7:31 PM : 93031 – Virar – Dahanu Road Slow Local (Dadar to Kelve Road)
6:15 PM – 6:39 PM : 09023 – Valsad Express Special (Dadar to Kelve Road)
If you prefer traveling by road, Kelve Road is accessible by car or bus. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway (NH-8) is the main route to reach Kelve. The roads are in good condition, making it a smooth drive. You can also consider renting a car for a more comfortable journey.
Things to Do in Kelve and Around
Kelve Road boasts pristine beaches with soft golden sands and clear waters. Relax on the shore, take long walks, build sandcastles, or simply soak up the sun. The tranquil atmosphere is perfect for unwinding.
Explore the lush green surroundings of Kelve. Take a nature walk through the village and admire the coconut groves, mango orchards, and paddy fields. Birdwatching enthusiasts will be delighted by the avian diversity here.
For the adventurous souls, indulge in water sports such as jet skiing and banana boat rides at nearby beaches like Kelva and Palghar. These activities are sure to add an adrenaline rush to your trip.
Visit Historical Sites
Explore the historical fort of Shirgaon, which offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. The fort has a rich history and is an excellent spot for photography.
Essentials to Pack
1. Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the sun’s rays, especially if you plan to spend time on the beach.
2. Swimwear: If you intend to take a dip in the sea or indulge in water sports, bring along your swimwear.
3. Comfortable Clothing: Pack light and breathable clothing suitable for the coastal climate.
4. Mosquito Repellent: While Kelve is serene, it’s wise to have some mosquito repellent handy for the evenings.
5. Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated by carrying a refillable water bottle.
6. Cash: Some places might not accept card payments, so having cash is essential.
Dos and Don’ts in Kelve
– Respect the Locals: Treat the villagers with courtesy and respect their traditions and customs.
– Dispose of Garbage Properly: Keep the beaches and surroundings clean by using designated bins.
– Enjoy Nature Responsibly: Be mindful of the environment and wildlife while exploring nature.
– Try Local Cuisine: Savour the local delicacies and support the village economy.
– Litter: Do not litter the beaches or any other public places.
– Noise Pollution: Keep noise levels down, especially during the night, to maintain the tranquility of the area.
– No Alcohol on Public Beaches: Public beaches usually have strict rules against alcohol consumption.
– No Harm to Wildlife: Do not disturb or harm the local wildlife.
YOLO Kelve: A Unique Experience
To make your trip truly memorable, consider staying at YOLO Kelve. This hippie-vibe cafe cum campsite offers a unique blend of relaxation and adventure. Here’s why you should choose YOLO Kelve:
Delicious Food: YOLO Kelve serves up local and international cuisine that will tantalize your taste buds. You will be wowed by the delicious dishes our chef Guruji prepares.
Activities Galore: From table games and card games to live music and bonfires, there’s never a dull moment at YOLO Kelve. You can also participate in yoga sessions and beach cleanup drives.
Camping in Comfort: Enjoy the thrill of camping without compromising on comfort. YOLO Kelve provides cozy tents equipped with all the necessary amenities.
Community Vibe: Interact with fellow travellers and locals, fostering a sense of community and making new friends.
Kelve Road offers an idyllic retreat for those seeking solace by the sea. With its natural beauty, activities, and the unique experience offered by YOLO Kelve, this destination is a must-visit for any traveler looking to unwind and rejuvenate in a serene coastal setting. Pack your bags, follow the dos and don’ts, and embark on a memorable journey to Kelve Road.
Text by Gajanan Mudgeol