Day 12 - Vagator to Nate, Maharashtra

Jay Kannaiyan
Yahoo Lifestyle Entertainment
11 May 2013

I had a lazy morning in Vagator filled with more discussions with Baba Ramji. After filling up my tank with Goa's cheap petrol, I got back on NH 17 and enjoyed a sublime ride into southern Maharashtra. After some initial construction work, the road was good, traffic was light and the hilly curves made for a lovely ride. All the road signs are in Hindi now and I said bye-bye to South India.

I got off the highway south of Ratnagiri and got back to the coast. Near the village of Nate, I met up with the family that runs on a 40-acre Alphonso Mango farm. I was put in touch with them as my father supplies them with organic fertilizer. It's a beautiful property with a hill-view of the ocean. They're fully booked so I'm sleeping on the terrace.

I'm enjoying the clear night skies and was surprised that I could see the Southern Cross on one side of the sky and Polaris, the North Star on the other side. Both are low on the horizon and visible due to the clear air.

From here, I ride into the largest city in India tomorrow...

Watch Jay's video postcard from the mango orchards of Nate, Maharashtra:

Track Jay's journey on and follow #jamminindia on Twitter. Got questions about Jay's trip and the countries he's visited, and the strange laws and customs he's encountered? Join the live chat at 2:30 PM Indian Standard Time (+5:30 GMT) on Monday, May 13 

PREVIOUS: Day 11 - Killing time softly in Vagator  |   NEXT:  Day 13: Nate to Mumbai  


The Konkan Coast along Maharashtra is a fusion of landscapes. Imagine green hills, coconut palm plantations, swirling rivers and backwaters, verdant valleys and mango orchards, all stacked up beside a winding highway beside the Arabian Sea. 

Explore less-travelled tourist destinations here:

Sindhudurg Fort, built in the 17th century along scenic sapphire backwaters, is a must-visit for those seeking tidbits of history, real and imagined.

Read more: Finding lost time in Sindhudurg

Sawantwadi, a coastal village where time seems to stand still, still preserves its ancient crafts tradition and the people still bow to the memory of their erstwhile ruler. And, if you are lucky, you can meet the queen, the surviving scion of the Bhonsale dynasty.

Read more: Durbar with the queen of Sawantwadi

What to read next

You'll Love This Disney Movie Club Offer!

Get 4 Disney Movies For $1 With Membership. See Details. Exclusive Titles, Merchandise, Offers & Discounts. Plus, Free Shipping On Your Initial Order!

The Hot New Product for Gaining Ripped Muscles

Age is just a number -- and smart guys know that! See how men everywhere are making big gains at the gym.

She's With Us, That's Why #ImWithHer.

Hillary is fighting for all Ameircans. Join her campaign today if you have her back.

Flatten Abs with These 13 Exercises

Click here to learn your “Tummy Type” with the help of fitness maven Denise Austin.

Delta Reserve Credit Card

Enjoy Complimentary Delta Sky Club® Access. Learn More. Terms Apply.

Veterans Can Get Great Rates With A Refinance

You could save big by reducing your rate with a VA home refinance. Compare quotes and take advantage of your benefits!