Location : Maharashtra State of Western India
Coastline Stretch : 720 kilometers in length and 50 - 60 in width
Popular Beaches : Alibaug, Kashid, Murd Janjira, Ganpatipule
Major Attractions : Sea Forts, Pilgrims, Beach Shopping and Konkan Cuisine
The Konkan region of Maharashtra is a surfeit with plethora of beaches. Make a visit to the Konkan land and find the coastline dotted with the palm groves that shade the white sand of beaches, mango trees planted in perfect sequence in the agricultural fields, imposing temples and the tiled homes that stand high in naked beauty of lush green pastures, and rustic life of the deep countryside that are populated mostly by the fisher community. The vast virgin sands that stretch as far as to the beach paradise of Goa is showcasing the attractions of forts that backdrop many beaches, temples for pilgrims, exotic delicacies for the food buffs and paradise for history bums alike. This land attracts millions of tourists every year and fulfills the thirst of adventure and excitement of every visitor to Konkan region. A tour during monsoon is the most entertaining when you will find miniature water falls that wash away the elevated grass lands, but to your dismay enjoying a ferry ride at that time is a distant dream as ferry service is suspended during monsoon season. Simultaneously you will be pleased to see Maharashtra wrapped in a canopy of greens.
Starting from the Gateway of India where you can hire a
ferry to visit the coastal edges of Konkan region. Alibag is the most
popular getaway beach of the Mumbaites and a little distance away from the
beach stands the mighty Kolaba Fort for the history lovers. Kashid is the
next stop that marks the beginning of the best coastline with the power to
reinvigorate the tired souls. The beach has few resorts as well as
guesthouses furnished with hammocks. A kilometer away from this beach
resort is the secluded location that provides you complete privacy and
makes you feel free from the worldly anxiety. Proceed towards the Murd
Janjira beach and you will find fort, beach, market, temples and new
resorts that are thronged by many tourists and pilgrims and hence make it
the most crowded beach. The invincible Janjira Fort situated 3 kilometers
from Murud was built 350 years ago by local fishermen and never been
conquered by the Portuguese, British, Marathas and even Peshwas.
From the Murud Fort take a ferry ride to Dighi Jetty and it is the place where formally the unmarked and unexplored beaches of Maharashtra begin, ahead of this place is Shrivardhan the birthplace and hometown of the founder of Peshwas - Balaji Vishwanath. The temple of Somaja Devi is visited by people everyday and is famous for priest who cures even the most poisonous snakebite. A little away from this place lies the blue houses of Peshwas. The other beaches of Shrivardhan are Shekhadi, Kondivili, Bharadkhol and Dighi beaches lies between the rolling hills and the pristine water of Arabian Sea. From the cliffs of these beaches side hills you can have a panoramic view of vast sea and rows of colorful boats lined up and local fishermen bringing in their catch.
Fishing Activity on Konkan Coast
Divegar is one of the most beautiful beaches in Konkan region and is known for the temple of Ganpati that houses the Idol of Ganpati made of 12 kilogram of pure gold. The other attraction is the coconut and betel - nut orchards that lie on the both sides of the way leading to this beach. Newly opened Maharashtra Tourism property is the best staying option here. Harihareshwar is the place with much religious reverence and temple of Kalibhairav is the epicenter of this village. Visit this land and enjoy seafood at cheap rates and participate in its local festivities that display the traditions and customs of Konkan. Rewas and Mangaon, Khed and twin beach resorts of Harnai that are other beaches viewed as the attractions in the wilderness are only visited by the villagers and fisher community to sell their catch of the day, here watch the day to day life of the people indulging in various activities. The village of Karde in Harnai offers the ample seafood both for Konkani and Malwani Cuisines and you can also go foe Dolphin spotting near its waters. Taste the Alphonso mangoes at the hub of pilgrimage tourists' destination Ganpatipule Beach, also known for the renowned Ganpati Temple on this beach. There are some of the beaches along the Arabian Sea that have put a stiff competition for the rival Goa beaches and have excelled as well.
The capital city of Mumbai has direct flights from all major cities of India as well as abroad. Take a taxi to Gateway of India and from here you can board ferry to reach to the beach resorts along Arabian Sea or Mandovi Express is other option. You can visit the region during monsoon when the whole lands turns green or during winter when the weather is relatively cool. Book your tickets in the state transport buses to avoid standing the whole way as no private bus operate to these beaches. During monsoon all the ferry services are suspended. The most convenient way to visit the offbeat stretches is to hire a taxi or have a personnel vehicle, shared auto vehicles are also popular. In this part of world you can taste the typical Konkani sea food and shop for the local herbrts like jambhul, amrit kokum and amla and don't forget to carry sunscreen lotions and glares as these wild beaches lack the modern day comforts.
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