The pandemic situation and overall conditions have affected the travel industry. In my case, travel was almost impossible. I conceived just during the start of February and in March it was all about Coronavirus. I had planned the birth of our baby in Pune but things were not going well all around so staying in Sindhudurg was the safest choice. My daughter missed a lot in and about Pune with all of my maternal family. I was ecstatic when we heard about the news of Sindhudurg Airport. We had already made up our minds about our Pune trip. However, there was a little disappointment as it was in the initial stage so there would be a single flight to Mumbai.
Name – Sindhudurg Greenfield Airport
Civil Aviation Minister Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia inaugurated the Airport under UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagarik). It is located at Chipi – Parule village in Vengurla Taluka.
Booking – As always, well-advanced booking helps with affordable ticket fares. We traveled on 29th October 2021.
How to Reach – The only way to reach the airport is State
Flight and Airport Details – Sindhudurg Airport
At present, there is a single small flight 70-seater by Air India This is AI 9662 and for about a 1h 30m journey. The flight is Alliance Air – From Sindhudurg (SDW) to Mumbai (BOM) and vice-versa. The runway is almost 2500m in length. It has the capacity to handle 200 arriving and 200 departing passengers at this airport. At present, there is a single flight that operates every day. The area in Konkan is known as katal-zamin. This place has no trees, the land is basically all rocks.
This flight arrives at the Mumbai International Airport. (Not sure if it lands at Mumbai Domestic Airport.)
Be ready for the unexpected! It is a small airport yet spacious and I personally love the natural lighting inside the airport. The ground staff and cabin crew have great hospitality. The restroom is well-maintained too.
Overall, it was a good experience. We have traveled via a flight in the past. This was our daughter’s first flight journey. She thoroughly enjoyed it till the end. This is the best option for Mumbaikars to travel for Ganesh Chaturthi Season or any occasion.
Why travel or book a flight to Sindhudurg?
Everyone talks about Malvan on their blogs, stories, and Youtube videos. I’ve seen very few of them talking about Sindhudurg or the clean beaches. I would urge my friends, readers, and followers to take a chance and travel this side of Maharashtra. Get stunned by the tranquil beaches, good food, pleasant weather, and simple villagers.
Exploring Southern Maharashtra would help the people in business. This will add opportunities and employment to the youth in Sindhudurg. The people near Sindhudurg Airport might increase homestay for a better and smooth stay! Rickshaws or private drivers will earn well too.
My Experience in Sindhudurg
If you ask me about certain things I will guide you for sure. I have not traveled much here, but every place here is worth visiting! The people in Sindhudurg lead a very simple life. In every village or household, you will see families earn little but will eat good and healthy organic food or fresh seafood. Living close to the Arabian Sea, the food majorly depends on fish. This doesn’t mean you would get fewer vegetarian options. The food base is usually coconut gravy so you will get a variety of options for veg and non-veg! The presence of coconut gravy makes it mild and subtle. It is devoured by small kids.
The weather is quite pleasant and free of pollution. Please carry your own bags and throw them in a dustbin. Don’t litter anywhere. It is important for us to preserve our surroundings and keep them clean! The weather is mostly humid so people from Mumbai easily adjust here minus the traffic and unhealthy air quality. It is full of nature, natural voices, cool breezes, enough sunlight, heavy rains, etc. If you plan a summer season carry sunglasses, sunscreen, and nice comfortable breathable clothes.
Some local attractions include Bhogave, Nivati, Khavane Beaches, and Nivati Fort. There is even a Sangam Point where the Karli river meets the Arabian Sea. This ride is usually from the Tsunami Island at Devbag-Malvan and Bhogave-Vengurla. A scenic calm boat ride, green lush filled with coconut and betel nut trees on the banks of the Karli River will help you destress.
The Airport is located in Vengurla Taluka. Northside is Malvan and Devgad Taluka. All of these are famous for their beaches and shores. Kudal, Kankavali, and Sawantwadi are the cities nearby the airport. This makes Amboli nearby for travel. Goa is an hour away from Sindhudurg!
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