Dumas Beach, Gujarat
Ancient places and abandoned houses have been long associated with ghost stories and paranormal activities but sometimes the legend or rumor spreads way beyond that which is the case of the Dumas Beach near Surat, Gujarat. Years ago when I first stepped on this beach, I had no idea about the stories related to it. I was not even aware of the cremation ground here and neither were any of my friends. We spent the entire evening at the beach and stayed there till late. We were possibly the last ones to leave the beach that evening and it was almost midnight by the time we sat in our car to drive home.
Years later when I learnt that Dumas Beach is considered among the most haunted places in India, my immediate thoughts were of that evening we spent there, a group of three guys sitting all alone in the sand at midnight with absolutely no one in sight. I went through the events of that evening in my head carefully, trying to think of anything that we may have seen pointing towards a possible haunting but obviously I could not think of any. We had a nice time at the beach and came back home after midnight.
Beaches are the best spots to relax. But not this one. Dumas beach is a cremation ground for the Hindus, therefore it is said that the tormented souls and the ones who did not seek ‘moksha’ loiter on the beach post sunset. Beaches are beautiful places. There is nothing like sitting on a beach alone on a late evening or early morning and watch the sun set or rise at the horizon. However there is also the fact that almost every beach has cases of deaths due to drowning. Careless people walking too far in the water and getting pulled in by the waves. In Goa there have been so many deaths that the government has prohibited for everyone to stay at the shore after sunset. Same is the case with Dumas Beach. Over decades, there were several incidents of people drowning and their bodies washing up at the shore. However unlike other beaches, deaths here are immediately blamed on ghosts that lure people into the water and the sole reason behind that is because this beach also has a Hindu cremation ground.