This is a place I have visited with my family a number of years ago and enjoyed the two-day stay where we did nothing but spend time on the beach from morning to evening.

Murud-Janjira is near Alibaug on the southern tip of Mumbai. We reached there after travelling in almost all kinds of transport – train, cab, boat, auto rickshaw. The tiresome journey was worth it and we all had a great time.

My nephew (who was a year and a half at the time) wanted nothing other than to jump to the sea (‘chee’ in his language) and wet his clothes!

The beach was a different colour than usual. The sand had beautiful patterns left by the water.

We had an adventurous (and really scary – since none of us could swim) ride in a fishing boat to reach the Janjira fort.