Do you know there are more than 100 beaches in India, around 40 in Maharashtra alone? While some of them are well known, a few other hidden gems are yet to be discovered. 215 km away from Mumbai is a peaceful getaway, Dapoli. This coastal hill station will surprise you with many pristine beaches, green lush hills and calming vibes. Here are the top 5 beaches in dapoli, ready to take you to the world of waves.
Located in the town of Murud, 11kms from Dapoli is our stop number one, Murud beach. Lying on the Konkan coastline, the beach soothes you with crystal clear sea waves, lush palm trees & a chance to catch a glimpse of friendly dolphins. If you love the thrill of water sports, Murud beach is for you. banana ride & parasailing are a few of the water adventure activities available here.
How to reach: A shared rickshaw from Dapoli Bus depot will take you to the beach in approx. 20 INR.
Where to stay: Hotel Murud Marina, Hotel Sea Face
One of the virgin beaches of Dapoli, Kelshi beach offers you the view of Utambar hills & rare migratory birds as white gulls, sandwich terns, and blue-green Kingfisher. This 3 km stretch of Konkan coast is an escape to enjoy the sunset in the company of the blue waves and gifts of seas as conches, shells, and cowries.
How to reach: Kelshi beach is 30 km from Dapoli. You can reach here by state transport buses, private vehicles or autorickshaws.
Where to stay: Lotus Eco Beach Resort, Exotica Suvarna Samudra
One of the most beautiful beaches of the Konkan coastline, Karde beach is the go-to for enjoying white waves in the backdrop of green hills. If it is your day, cute dolphins may pay you a visit. Play beach volleyball, frisbee, collect beautiful seashells & enjoy delicate Konkani seafood in the nearby resorts.
How to reach: Karde beach is 12 km from Dapoli. State transport buses run between Dapoli and Karde, but the frequency is less. Hire a rickshaw or a private vehicle.
Where to stay: The Sea Face, Lotus Eco Beach Resort
Visiting Dapoli during November - March? Witness nature at its best & experience the turtle nests, the flight of migratory birds at Anjarle beach. Situated at around 25 km from Dapoli near River Jog's estuary, stretched over 2 km, and embraced with palm trees, Anjarle is a beautiful escape.
How to reach: A half an hour drive from Dapoli takes you to Anjarle beach.
Where to stay: Whistling Waves Beach Resort, Exotica Suvarna Samudra
Having enjoyed the peaceful getaway at Murud, Harnai beach comes as a little surprise to you. 17 km from Dapoli, with hills on one side, colorful flags of the fishing boats on the other, Harnai beach is for every seafood lover. The beach is also a dock with fish auctions happening daily between 5- 7 pm. You can spot Suvarnadurg Fort, in the distant sea, which is home to local fauna. The best time to visit Harnai is in the evening when taking a stroll down the road, you can witness colorful flags of ships coming back from daily expeditions.
How to reach: Buses, rickshaws, private vehicles are readily available in Dapoli for Harnai beach.
Where to Stay: Sea Princess Beach resort, Lotus Eco Beach resort
How to reach Dapoli:
Roadways: A 5 hours drive from Mumbai, Pune takes you to Dapoli. State Transport buses are also available from these cities.
Railways: Khed is the nearest railway station (27 Km). It is well connected with major other cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi. Bus services, private jeeps, and auto-rickshaws are readily available at Khed Railway station.
Airways: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai is the nearest international & domestic airport (235 Km).
Best time to visit: October - March
Where to stay:
The Fern Samali Resort
Sylvan Greens Resort
Sagar Sawali, Ladghar Beach View Resort
Surali Wadi Beach Resort