Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving

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28th Dec 2019

Sunset at Sindhudurg Fort

Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta

We had undertaken this wonderful trip in winter season, but sharing the story now, as getting time due to this lockdown situation, with the submission for moving out only after normalcy of situation and doing self-homework.

Day 1

It was a family tourism trip via road, covered by own car, passing some water bodies via Ferry, carrying car also on the Ferry. Trip was planned for coverage of points/ attractions and route, with flexibility in day-wise itinerary and place of night-stay, but keeping fixed date for reaching final destination and also return journey. So, advance reservations were not made for stay arrangements, except for one place, through a leading online Service Provider, which proved to be a bad experience, but we were quite lucky and able to make good alternate arrangements even in odd hours.

This is one of three beaches in a stretch i.e. Diveagar, Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar. We visited all three beaches in this order. Diveagar is clean and very long beach but middle & busy part is near Roop narain Temple. Water sports were available there at reasonable price with some bargaining space. Only some small food stalls were near the beach. Paid parking was available. Hotel / resort/ home stay are not at the beach. One need to walk approx minimum 300-400 meter, so do not fall in trap of misleading booking. There are ample home stay and few resort options. Food can be taken at Khanawalas shop/home, which is at a reasonable price. There was paid facility for changing and bathing, in few houses, near the beach. There we faced mobile signal issue. After the beach, we visited Uttareshwar Mandir, Roop Narian Temple and Suvarn Ganesh Temples.

Photo of Diveagar Beach, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta

Roop Narian Temple:

This Temple is Historical, where very old idols are housed. It is situated just near to Diveagar Beach. But Temple is not maintained or managed properly.

Swarn Ganesh Mandir:

Very beautiful but small temple with good design. It is said that earlier this temple was having Ganesh Idol made of Gold, stolen few years back. This temple is approx. 1 km from the beach, at Shrivardhan side in the town of Diveagar. Delicious Modak at very reasonable rates were available at the Gate of Temple.

After Swarn Ganesh Mandir, we proceeded towards Shrivardhan and visited Aravi beach en-route.

Photo of Suwarna Ganesh Temple, Diveagar, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

This is very clean, beautiful and peaceful beach. Here no activity found, no water sports, no stalls. Clean water and white sand Beach.

Shrivardhan:

We reached at Shrivardhan at 7.00 pm and it was extremely busy season, being year-end vacations. Hence, finding stay arrangements was tough. But people there were very helpful and ready to offer even their own rooms, in the homestay. Luckily, we got good accommodation, in home stay.

Started the journey at 8.00 am, from Navi Mumbai via Kamothe and took Mumbai-Pune expressway upto Khalapur Naka. Immediately after Khalapur toll Naka, took Khopoli exit and proceeded on Khopoli Pali Road, passed by Vakan Naka & Amnori. After leaving Pune Expressway, some part of the load was not good, hence took time more than average. We reached at our first stop and destination Diveagar, by 1.00 p.m, via Kolad, Mangaon and Mhasla.

As sometimes, mobile signals are not available, we downloaded the google map, for navigation purpose, which proved to be very useful, particularly in the area from Veshvi to Kelsi, where no mobile signals were found.

Diveagar:

Day 2
Photo of Shrivardhan beach, Shrivardhan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Somjai Devi Mandir, Shrivardhan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kusuma Devi Temple, Shrivardhan Market Road, Bhairavnath Pakhadi, Shrivardhan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kusuma Devi Temple, Shrivardhan Market Road, Bhairavnath Pakhadi, Shrivardhan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kusuma Devi Temple, Shrivardhan Market Road, Bhairavnath Pakhadi, Shrivardhan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Peshwa Smarak, Shrivardhan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Harihareshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Harihareshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

After visiting Bankot fort, reached at Velas village in the evening and got a good accommodation at Prakash Anant Nitsure Homestay.

A good experience staying at the homestay enjoying simple home food by very hospitable hosts. Incidentally, our hosts were owner of Spice trees including Black Pepper, Cinnamon, BayLeaf, Mace, Betel Nut etc. So we visited & enjoyed all these, apart from purchasing some spices.

Day 3

In the morning, visited Velas Beach and Turtle point.

Photo of Velas Beach - वेळास समुद्र किनारा ®, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Velas Beach - वेळास समुद्र किनारा ®, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Velas Beach - वेळास समुद्र किनारा ®, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Velas Beach - वेळास समुद्र किनारा ®, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Velas Beach - वेळास समुद्र किनारा ®, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Velas Beach - वेळास समुद्र किनारा ®, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Velas Beach - वेळास समुद्र किनारा ®, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Velas Beach - वेळास समुद्र किनारा ®, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Velas Beach - वेळास समुद्र किनारा ®, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Velas Beach - वेळास समुद्र किनारा ®, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Velas Beach - वेळास समुद्र किनारा ®, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Velas Beach - वेळास समुद्र किनारा ®, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kelshi Beach, Khalcha Dung, Kelshi, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kelshi Beach, Khalcha Dung, Kelshi, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kelshi Beach, Khalcha Dung, Kelshi, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Padale Beach, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Padale Beach, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta

Savane beach:

It is one of the cleanest and secluded beaches in the Dapoli area. It is as a virgin beach and apt for those seeking a peaceful getaway to get closure to nature and away from the city life. However, not activities or facilities at the beach, making it less favourite for the families. While going to Anjarle from Aade, we visited this beach, enrooted, but not spend much time.

After reaching Anjarle, we first visited Kadyawaril Shri Ganapati Mandir.

Photo of Anjarle, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kadyawaril Shri Ganapati Mandir, Murdi-Anjarle Khadipulmarge Kadyavaril Ganapati Mandir Marg, Anjarle, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Fort Goa, Fattegad, Harnai, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Fort Goa, Fattegad, Harnai, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Suvarnadurga Fort, Dapoli, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Suvarnadurga Fort, Dapoli, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Suvarnadurga Fort, Dapoli, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Suvarnadurga Fort, Dapoli, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Suvarnadurga Fort, Dapoli, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Harnai Beach, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Harnai Beach, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Palande Beach, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Murud Beach, Murud, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Murud Beach, Murud, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Murud Beach, Murud, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta

Karde beach/ backwater: sunset, boating

Karde beach is situated between Murud and Ladghar, both being wonderful beaches, with activities. It is one of the most secluded and tranquil beaches in the Dapoli beaches. There is a vast expansion of soft sandy beach Karde. This is a very long and broad beach, extends far upto Burundi via Ladghar across a few rocky patches to its south and Murud Harnai to its north.

Photo of Karde Beach, Dapoli, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Karde Beach, Dapoli, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Karde Beach, Dapoli, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Karde Beach, Dapoli, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Karde Beach, Dapoli, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Tamastirth, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Tamastirth, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

This is situated just on the main road, while going from Ladghar to Dabhol/ Velneshwar. Very attractive monument and is a private property, kept neatly. It resembles of the earth approx 40 feet diameter & lord Parashurama standing on it. Location is wonderfully scenic and provide excellent view.

Dabhol Dhopawe:

For onward journey, we had to cross the Vashishthi river. For which we took ferry, keeping Car also on the ferry.

As accommodation was already booked at Velneshwar, through a leading online aggregator, our destination was Velneshwar, despite being late evening. Further, problem was increased, due to non-availability of petrol pump, despite en-route town of Guhagar. So, we had to divert towards Shrungartali town and back on the same route, after getting the tank filled. From Guhagar, after travelling for a distance of 15 kms ending with steep, twisted roads, we reached Velneshwar village.

Hence, we reached at approx 10.00 pm at the booked resort. However, despite getting confirmation in the evening same day, resort refused our booking, on the pretext of non-existence of tie-up with online service provider.

However, we were lucky enough to get a very good accommodation at the just nearby hotel, where hosts were very friendly.

Photo of Dabhol Dhopave Ferry Service, Dabhol, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Dabhol Dhopave Ferry Service, Dabhol, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Dabhol Dhopave Ferry Service, Dabhol, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Dabhol Dhopave Ferry Service, Dabhol, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Dabhol Dhopave Ferry Service, Dabhol, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Dabhol Dhopave Ferry Service, Dabhol, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Shree Velneshwar Temple, Velaneshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Day 4
Photo of Shree Vyadeshwar Mandir, Guhagar, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Shree Vyadeshwar Mandir, Guhagar, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Shree Vyadeshwar Mandir, Guhagar, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Guhagar Beach, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Guhagar Beach, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Guhagar Beach, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta

Gopalgad Fort is situated in Anjanvel Village and also called as Anjanvel Fort. This is an important fort in Ratnagiri district, located on a prominent and commanding point, on a hill near the sea, for guarding the trade route along the Vashishti River. This fort is spread over an area of 7 acres and is a very beautiful & scenic fort. The walls to the south were broken down to create an entrance from there. There are Mango Orchards inside the fort. Steps have been built to the left to reach the walls upstairs. The arch above the room in the walled area of the fort is a must see. 100 meters to the south, the ruins of a palace are visible. The walls of the palace are intact but the roof has collapsed. The trekking path starts from the hillock west of the Anjanvel village. There is also very safe and wide road up to the fort. This fort was captured by the king Shivaji from Mohammed Adil Shah of Bijapur in 1660 during his conquest of Dhabol creek. A dockyard/ship building dock was later built by him and the fort was named Gopalgad.

Anjanwel light house:

This is a live and functional light house. We visited this, after taking ticket and making necessary entry in the register. Employee available there was also working as Guide and provided the relevant details, apart from responding to our queries very well. It was an exciting & good experience.

Talkeshwar Mandir: This was a less visited temple, near to Anjanwel light house. Just spent 5 minutes.

Anjanwel beach:

Beach was just near to village. We visited while returning from Lighthouse. As beach was in very poor condition and villagers were dumping garbage there, we did not stay there. Actually, no visitor was at the beach.

Tavsal Ferry: After visiting Anjanwel started return journey at 3.30 pm to reach to Tavsal Ferry by 4.45 pm, but ferry timings were 5.30 pm. So we reached at the other side of Jaigad River by 6.00 pm, to proceeding towards Ganpatipule.

Photo of Jaigad - Tawsal Ferry Boat, Maharashtra State Highway 4, Jaigad, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Jaigad - Tawsal Ferry Boat, Maharashtra State Highway 4, Jaigad, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Jaigad - Tawsal Ferry Boat, Maharashtra State Highway 4, Jaigad, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Jaigad - Tawsal Ferry Boat, Maharashtra State Highway 4, Jaigad, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Jaigad - Tawsal Ferry Boat, Maharashtra State Highway 4, Jaigad, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Jaigad - Tawsal Ferry Boat, Maharashtra State Highway 4, Jaigad, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Jaigad - Tawsal Ferry Boat, Maharashtra State Highway 4, Jaigad, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

This fort is situated on very strategic location, built on the Sangam of Jaigad River to the Arabian Sea. A few visitors were scattered inside. There are superb views of the sea from parts of the fort. This is one of the many forts of Shivaji. However, this gorgeous fort is not being maintained properly. No entrance fee, not any guide service. There is one superb Lighthouse also near this fort which is worth visit.

Jaigad light house:

This is a light house, out of series of many lighthouse in the area. Since we reached in evening at approx 6.00 pm, we could watch it from outside only.

Jai Vinayak temple (on the way to Ganpatipule)

This is a newly built temple dedicated to Lord Vinayak. The Temple complex is somewhat big, with modern temple and unique architecture. This temple is built by the Jindal group. There is very beautiful garden and water body which makes place tranquil. This place is nearer to Ganpatipule, on the road to Jaigad fort. We were there during evening time and stayed there for appox 1 hour.

Photo of The temple of Lord Ganapathi, Ganpatipule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

We stayed in one Arya Niwas, which was decently good, with AC Rooms and cleanliness, at the reasonable price.

Photo of Ganpatipule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Ganpatipule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Day 5

The Sea beach spread around the temple is very attractive. Beach was very neat and clean and good option for family visit. It is one of the best beaches in Konkan area, which are accessible through public transport also. However, this beach remains crowded, being just near to Temple. Water sports/rides (e.g. Jet ski, Banana ride, speed boat, camel & horse ride) are available on the beach. Paid Changing room & bathroom facility with reasonable charges are available nearby. Stay options near to beach are available. Food options also available near to beach.

Photo of Ganpatipule Beach, Ganpatipule by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Ganpatipule Beach, Ganpatipule by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Ganpatipule Beach, Ganpatipule by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Ganpatipule Beach, Ganpatipule by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Ganpatipule Beach, Ganpatipule by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Ganpatipule Beach, Ganpatipule by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Ganpatipule Beach, Ganpatipule by Rama Kant Gupta

This beach situated just 6 km from Ganpatipule and found to be better than Ganpatipule beach as it has less crowd. Beach is very smooth and with activities like water sports. Good beach of serenity lovers as well as families.

Kavi Keshavsoot Smarak Malgund

This place is the birth place of Keshavsut, who is a well-known Marathi poet. Entrance fee was Rs.10 per person. The house where the great poet was born is well maintained and the interiors are clean. The house itself gives the glimpses of the well laid out house plan of our forefathers in early days. At the back yard of house, there is a well-equipped library and those interested in buying any works of the poet can do so. The museum with all the great writers from the Marathi literature world are displayed in one room with timelines and their contribution. A nice & simple place.

Prachin Konkan Museum:

Photo of Kavi Keshavsoot Smarak, Malgund, Ganpatipule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kavi Keshavsoot Smarak, Malgund, Ganpatipule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kavi Keshavsoot Smarak, Malgund, Ganpatipule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kavi Keshavsoot Smarak, Malgund, Ganpatipule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kavi Keshavsoot Smarak, Malgund, Ganpatipule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kavi Keshavsoot Smarak, Malgund, Ganpatipule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kavi Keshavsoot Smarak, Malgund, Ganpatipule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kavi Keshavsoot Smarak, Malgund, Ganpatipule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

We visited there at 11.45 am. Visits was through guided tour only, which bring these displays to life with their interesting narrations. Guide tour enrich the knowledge about the whole Konkan region of Maharashtra. This is a great attempt to model the Konkani culture and lifestyle of years gone by. Lifestyle displays of people in action doing their daily routines along with household artifacts and tools of trade. Interesting other than temples and beaches in Konkan, reminding us to how simple life was with basic needs addressed in the village. This place is good for families, couples, children as well as friends. All this at a reasonable rate of 40/- per adult with a guide. Food at reasonable price was also available inside restaurant, which was good.

Magic Garden:

Photo of Prachin Konkan, Rajwadi, Ganpatipule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

This garden is located opposite the Prachin Konkan museum and visited after Konkan Prachin Museum. This is being made popular as tourist attraction on the basis of publicity. However, it is neither worth spending money nor time, unless & until one is not having kids. This garden offers a magic show, horror show, mirror maze, infinity hall, vortex tunnel and a 3D show. The entry fee is Rs. 150 per person. However, only infinity hall could attract to some extent. Others visited were mirror maze and vortex tunnel, which were not at all worth money or time.

Aare Vare:

Photo of Magic Garden, Rajwadi, Ganpatipule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Magic Garden, Rajwadi, Ganpatipule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

Actually Aare and Vare are two beached, named after the name of villages, situated between Ganpatipule and Ratnagiri, at a distance of approx 12 kms from Ganpatipule. Aare-Ware are geological wonder, with the two sides of the same mountain, mesmerizing, virgin and crescent looking twin beaches. We visited these while going Ratnagiri from Ganpatipule. However, there beaches are lacking much activities

Ratnadurga Killa:

Photo of Aare Ware Beach., Ratnagiri-Ganpati Pule Highway, Basni, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Aare Ware Beach., Ratnagiri-Ganpati Pule Highway, Basni, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

We reached there at 2.30 pm. This fort is on a hilltop, with brightly painted walls in the front. There is some free parking space near the entrance. The fort opens only during daytime from 8 am to 6 pm. The entrance has steep steps. There are steps to climb to reach the main door. Once up there, the position allows to take panoramic view of the surroundings and one has to walk around the fort to see the Arabian sea from all different directions.

Bhagwati Mandir:

This temple is situated in the Ratnadurg Fort. Temple has been renovated and now in good condition. This is the only maintained place within the Ratnadurg Fort. Otherwise Fort is not maintained properly.

Ratnagiri lighthouse:

This light house is located on the hill near the Ratnadurg Fort. But way to reach it is a little bit difficult. We viewed the place from the outside, as we hadn’t come during the visiting hours.

Tilak Smarak:

Photo of Ratnagiri Light House, Bhagwati Fort And Light House, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

This place is ancestral home of freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, which has now been converted into a small museum. Here, Lokmanya Tilak lived from birth till the age of 10. In front of the house, there is a statue of Lokmanya Tilak. It houses artifacts and memorable related to the life of Lokmanya Tilak. There are paintings and belongings of the legendary man. Only, outside the house, photography is allowed.

Patit Pawan Mandir:

Photo of Tilak Smarak Mandir., Tilak Ali, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Tilak Smarak Mandir., Tilak Ali, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Tilak Smarak Mandir., Tilak Ali, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

Patit Pavan Mandir is a place associated with Veer Savarkar. The place is meant for showing the social reforms which were spearheaded by Veer Savarkar. Place is houses a small memorial of Swatantra Veer Savarkar. Patit in Marathi refers to the lowest, humblest, downtrodden man in the society. Pawan means purified, awakened and fulfilled. The temple took this name to refer which transforming the downtrodden to the pure form. Vinayak Damodar Sawarkar devoted a great part of his life for this. This is situated near to Tilak Smarak in Ratnagiri Town. While visiting this place, timings should be kept in mind, as timings are only 10.30 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5.30 pm. Ticket cost is Rs 10 for adult and Rs 5 for students.

Thiba Palace:

Photo of Patit Pavan Mandir, near Phatak high school, Police Head Quarters, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

We reached there in afternoon. This historical building is impressive from outside. Thiba Palace is an architectural grandeur that was created for King Thiba of Myanmar (Burma) who was in exile here. The palace came into use from 1910 up to the king's death on 16th December 1916. The palace is a beautifully constructed three storied structure with sloping roofs. Semi-circular wooden windows with beautiful carvings are the main attraction of this structure. Presently the palace is maintained by ASI and it is currently under renovation. There is also a museum in the palace which displays the various artifacts used by the king during his exile. This is just average and has nothing much to see. Except the palace structure is intact and in good condition. Wooden staircase and windows are also in good condition. So this place can be visited if one is having adequate time.

Bhatye Beach:

Photo of Thiba Palace, Abhyudhya Nagar, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Thiba Palace, Abhyudhya Nagar, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Thiba Palace, Abhyudhya Nagar, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Thiba Palace, Abhyudhya Nagar, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

This was on the way to Tarkarli and we reached there at 5.15 pm. It is famous & popular beach in Ratnagiri. People come here in evening and it's view was totally amazing. Near the beach there were food stalls. Must visit sort of beach, if in Ratnagiri. Good lengthy beach football, volleyball cricket were being enjoyed. However, flip part was lots of garbage on the beach.

Swami Swarupanand Samdhi Mandir, Pawas

We reached at Swami Swarupanand Samdhi Mandir in the evening time. The Swami Swaroopanand Samadhi Math is a spacious temple, houses the Samadhi of Guru Swaroopanand. Prasad is served here. Bhakta Nivas also available for stay overnight. The temple is imbued with tranquillity and spirituality. A must visit place in Ratnagiri, if in the area.

Ganeshgule Mandir:

Photo of Swami Swarupanand Samdhi Mandir Pawas, Pawas, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Swami Swarupanand Samdhi Mandir Pawas, Pawas, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Swami Swarupanand Samdhi Mandir Pawas, Pawas, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Swami Swarupanand Samdhi Mandir Pawas, Pawas, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

This temple is very old and situated at remote & isolated location. Reached here after 6.30 pm. There was no electricity or light. Apart from temple, there was other structure, which was not maintained at all. However, temple was maintained to some extent.

Ratnaprabha palace:

Photo of Ganeshgule, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

We got this hotel, situated on the main road, exactly when was needed, moving towards Malvan. Hotel was away from the town. We reached there at 7.30 pm and got good room at reasonable price. Food and services were also excellent, despite situated in remote area.

Kanakaditya Mandir:

Photo of Hotel Ratnaprabha Palace, Navedar, Adivare, Rajapur, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Hotel Ratnaprabha Palace, Navedar, Adivare, Rajapur, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Hotel Ratnaprabha Palace, Navedar, Adivare, Rajapur, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Hotel Ratnaprabha Palace, Navedar, Adivare, Rajapur, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Hotel Ratnaprabha Palace, Navedar, Adivare, Rajapur, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Day 6

Visited Sri Kanakaditya Temple in the morning, when only one visitor was there, till a bus of students arrived. It is one of the few temples situated in Maharashtra, dedicated to the Sun God. This Surya Mandir at Kasheli is home to deity Sri Dev Kanakaditya. The main idol installed here is over 800 years old and is made out of the black stone. The temple is rustic with a big sabha-mandap with local architecture - wood and paper dominate the decor. There is a legend about the standing idol of Lord Sun in this Mandir, where a sailor from Saurashtra, carrying the idol of Lord Aditya in his boat, couldn’t sail beyond the sea waters of Kasheli. He had to leave the idol in a cave in the adjacent hills, wherefrom a lady devotee got messages about the idol’s location in her dreams and the villagers found the idol there.

Mahakali Mandir: This temple was also on the main road while going to Malvan. Visited in the morning. Old temple.

Photo of Mahakali Temple, Aadivre, Wadapeth, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

Shri Aarya Durga Mandir Devihasol:

We visited this place, in morning time, after visiting Kankaditya Mandir and Mahakali Temple travelling at State highway 4, taking left from Bhalavari phata. Road was narrow but smooth. Shri Aryadurga is the goddess of the local village Devi Hasol and Kuldevi of many Karhade Brahmins. The most beautiful aspect of this temple is that the ambience is very serene and the atmosphere is devoid of any noise pollution. The temple is located between beautiful mountains and greenery. There is Bhakt Nivas at the temple but did not find to be much availed. Actually, it can be booked for stay, food and pooja by calling the organiser, in advance. Padhye family which stays at the Temple prepares delicious food and breakfast, if they are informed by the trust authority beforehand.

Ambolgad:

Photo of Shri Aarya Durga Mandir Devihasol, Devi Hasol Road, Dist, Devihasol, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Shri Aarya Durga Mandir Devihasol, Devi Hasol Road, Dist, Devihasol, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Shri Aarya Durga Mandir Devihasol, Devi Hasol Road, Dist, Devihasol, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Shri Aarya Durga Mandir Devihasol, Devi Hasol Road, Dist, Devihasol, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Shri Aarya Durga Mandir Devihasol, Devi Hasol Road, Dist, Devihasol, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Shri Aarya Durga Mandir Devihasol, Devi Hasol Road, Dist, Devihasol, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Vijaydurg Fort, Vijaydurg, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

Vijaydurg Beach: Vijaydurg beach is just near to Fort. Not much activities.

Photo of Vijaydurg Beach, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Vijaydurg Beach, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Vijaydurg Beach, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Vijaydurg Beach, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Vijaydurg Beach, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta

Reached at 12.40, but temple was not opened at that time. So waited some time by experiencing serene environment and took darshan. It was built in 16th century and is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. Its access way is about 250 yards long, cut through rock fifty feet deep. The idol, a four-armed figure seated on a bull, was of solid silver said to be theft.

Photo of Rameshwar Temple, Rameshwar Wadi Rd, Girye, Maharashtra 416806, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Rameshwar Temple, Rameshwar Wadi Rd, Girye, Maharashtra 416806, India by Rama Kant Gupta

We reached there at 2.00 pm. Devgad Fort is near to Devgad beach at a distance of within 02 kms towards north. While the location of fort is very good, position of fort was extremely bad, due to non-maintenance. There was one temple, under renovation.

Photo of Devgad Fort, Devgad, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

Ambolgad: This is situated at coastal area. Visited in the morning time. Only ruins remained.

Yashwantgad:

Photo of Ambolgad Fort, Ambolgad, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Ambolgad Fort, Ambolgad, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

Yashwantgad is situated at Nate village on the banks of Arjuna river which is also a creek in Ratnagiri district. Goods used to be transported from the port of Musakaji which is near the fort to Rajapur port through Arjuna creek. To keep a vigil on this trade route two forts were built – Ambolgad in the sea and Yashwantgad on the creek. It is on the way to Ambolgad. Seen while returning from

Vijaydurg Fort:

Photo of Yashwant Gad Fort, Redi, Khalchikar, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Yashwant Gad Fort, Redi, Khalchikar, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Yashwant Gad Fort, Redi, Khalchikar, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

After visiting Fort and Lighthouse, we visited this beach, while moving towards Kunkeshwar. Beach was very clean, nice and relaxing one. The greenery on the beach side is marvellous. It is sandwiched between the two small hills and there are some windmills located on a cliff on one end. Close to the Devgad Beach is the famous Devgad Fort.

Kunkeshwar Temple:

Kunkeshwar Temple, an ancient Shiva Temple, located in Kunkeshwar village, just 7 Kms from Devgad beach was our next visiting point. We reached there at 3.15 pm. This beautiful temple near beach has fascinating architecture of South Indian style. Yadav Kings built this temple in 1100 A. D. and Chhatrapati Shivaji who rejuvenated this temple many times was a frequent visitor to this temple. This temple is also famous as Kashi of South Konkan. Reach here in afternoon while going to Malvan. Temple is well maintained. Worth visiting.

Photo of Kunkeshwar Mandir, Katwaneshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kunkeshwar Mandir, Katwaneshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

Kunkeshwar Beach is one of the mesmerizing beaches in Sindhudurg region because of its long seashore and white sand. The drive along Kunkeshwar coastal areas was a wonderful experience with Arabian sea views. A 5 km-long stretch of seashore with picturesque views and pious surroundings.

Tarkarli:

Photo of Kunkeshwar Beach, Kunkeshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Kunkeshwar Beach, Kunkeshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

Tarkarli was the last destination of this trip, with Suoba Diving main activity. For this MTDC's Indian Institute of Scuba Diving and Aquatic Sports (IISDA) is the best. Apart from providing Suoba diving experience, Institute is also having stay arrangements, with 10 rooms, befitting the status of MTDC. So we directly reached there at 05.15 pm. Room was good and rates were reasonable @ 3000 plus taxes. With stay at this place, apart from doing scuba diving, we enjoyed Tarkarli Beach also, as it is situated at the beach only, away from crowd. Wonderful experience on each part.

Scuba Diving:

Though as per their routine they provide training through video and Swimming pool on the first day in second half and arrange scuba diving next day in first half, in our case they arranged both the activities on same day, as we had very limited time and people there were extremely cooperative.

Day 7

Beforehand, we had to fill the prescribed form, which had many clauses and declaration regarding sound health with details. In the morning, 20 minutes duration video was shown us, which demonstrated basic skills required for scuba diving.

Main training was in Pool, after which all these skills were tested in the 25ft deep part of the same pool. If a person is not comfortable in 25ft pool, they do not go for scuba diving in sea. Charges were 3500 +tax per person, but we got 10% discount, being more than 02 persons, in the group.

For reaching scuba diving point in the sea, 18 km travel by Speed boat is required, which is equally amazing experience and Full PAISA VASOOL. After one hour of thrilling journey, we reached at the point, where approx 1 hour activity was made, which was an unique experience. Water was clean and sea life was visible very clearly. Guide cum trainer cum mentors were very helpful and caring.

Tarkarli Beach:

Photo of Scooba Diving Devbaug, Devbagh, Bhavnagar, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Scooba Diving Devbaug, Devbagh, Bhavnagar, India by Rama Kant Gupta

This beach offers serenity, cleanliness as well as crowd, depending upon which part you are visiting. It has crowded are as well as secluded areas, particularly at the backside of various resorts. We enjoyed this beach in the evening as well as morning at the time of sunset & sunrise.

Karli Backwaters:

After wonderful Tarkarli beach, there is a road/land where Karli river is on left hand side and Devbagh beach on right hand side. We covered this place from the boating site, near MTDC Scuba diving institute and enjoyed back water ride via Speed Boat. Overall a good place to see the point where Karli river meets Arabian Sea at Devbagh.

Tsunami Island

Photo of Tarkarli Beach, Tarkarli, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Tarkarli Beach, Tarkarli, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

This is an island in Tarkarli river near Devbagh. There were mainly water sports activities and small snacks shops, with rush of tourists and activities in congested place. Nothing special.

Sindhudurg:

Photo of Tsunami Island, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Tsunami Island, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Tsunami Island, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Tsunami Island, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Tsunami Island, Maharashtra by Rama Kant Gupta

After returning form Scuba Diving activity, checked-off and rushed towards Malvan to visit Sindhudurg and reached at 5.25 pm. Sindhudurg Fort is a historical one that occupies an islet in the Arabian Sea, just off on the shore of Malvan town, built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, during the period of 1664 to 1667. The main objective was to counter rising influence of foreign colonizers i.e. English, Dutch, French and Portuguese merchants) and to curb the rise of Siddis of Janjira. The sea fort is spread over 48 acres, with a 3 km long rampart and walls that are 30 feet high and 12 feet thick. The massive walls were designed to serve as a deterrent to approaching enemies and to the waves and tides of the Arabian Sea. The main entrance is concealed in such a way that no one can pinpoint it from outside. We took the services of Guide on the payment of Rs 500, which was worth, considering that it is also help for the people, who engaged in preserving culture & heritage, as guides are only from the ancestors, associated with the fort in old days. Worth visiting, being one of the most important fort in Maratha history and having only temple of Shivaji.

Shri Shiv Rajeshwar Mandir:

This temple is situated within the Sindhudurg Fort. Temple found to be well maintained and neat & clean. The Sword of Shivaji is main attraction in the temple.

Jay Ganesh Mandir:

In the Malvan town, visited this temple, when evening Arti was going on. This temple is renowned for its architecture and is not very old, built by Jayant Salgaonkar, a businessman, historian, scholar and writer, in the Malvan town. The main sanctum is decorated with the gold-plated idol of Lord Ganesh accompanied by the statues of Riddhi Siddhi. As per the locals, on Makar Sankranti, direct sunlight falls on the foot of the idol. Another prominent feature of the temple is its walls that have idols of the Ganesha in eight different positions.

Rock Garden:

Photo of Jay Ganesh Mandir, Medha, Dhuriwada, Malvan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

Visited this place, in late evening. This is not a place having something good for tourists, unless and until one is either having kids or want to just time pass. Nothing special.

Stay at Sunpark Homestay:

After completing visit of all tourist attraction in Malvan, looked for accommodation and got this place as reasonable price, for just overnight stay. Decent & clean rooms with air-conditioner but small albeit sufficient for 3 pax. Limited time availability of hot water 7-9 am was advised by them, but on request they agreed to provide in early morning. Though no inhouse facility for food, nearby options were available as it is close to Malvan market.

Hotel Shirgaonkar:

Being vegetarian it was slightly cumbersome to find good restaurant for taking dinner in Malvan, as our Homestay was not providing food. Got this place and here north Indian dishes were tasty and service was also good.

Wairy beach:

Photo of Hotel Shirgaonkar, Somwar Peth Malvan, Malvan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Hotel Shirgaonkar, Somwar Peth Malvan, Malvan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Hotel Shirgaonkar, Somwar Peth Malvan, Malvan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Day 8

Visited this beach in the morning, while going to Devbagh as beach is between Malvan and Tarkarli. Beach is less commercialized and clean & serene. We had spent some time there. Very few visitors were there. Easily accessible.

Shri Krishna Mandir Devbag :

Visited this temple, in the morning in peaceful environment. Temple is situated just near to Devbagh beach.

Photo of Shri Krishna Mandir, Devbag, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Shri Krishna Mandir, Devbag, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Shri Krishna Mandir, Devbag, India by Rama Kant Gupta

Spend some time in morning and watched sunrise. View was amazing. It is dead end for the land. Beach was peaceful without crowd. Beach is not suitable for swimming or surfing, but can be played in sand. For serenity and tranquillity, this beach is good. Beach was mainly occupied by local Fishermen and their boats etc. No water sport activity. Sangam is famous among locals. Here Tarkarli river meets Arabian Sea. It is just 4-5 kms from Tarkarli town. Way from Tarkarli was only single lane but okay. Paid Parking was available.

Photo of Devbag sangam, Malvan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Devbag sangam, Malvan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

We reached at this temple at 9.30 in the morning. It was established in the honour of Goddess Bhadrakali, who is considered to be the resident deity of Revandi. The temple is located on the coast of the Arabian sea and surrounded by lush greenery. Very Old and Serene Temple is located few kms off to Maharashtra State Highway towards coast side.

Photo of Sarjekot Fort, Sarjekot, Malvan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Sarjekot Fort, Sarjekot, Malvan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Sarjekot Fort, Sarjekot, Malvan, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Rameshwar Mandir, Kandalgaon, Kolamb, Malvan, Maharashtra 416606, India by Rama Kant Gupta

On the return journey from Malvan, visited this place in the afternoon. It was difficult to find track from the road to fort, as there were no specific signs. Just small tracking for reaching to ruins of the fort.

Photo of Ramgad, Achara Rd, Ramgad, Maharashtra 416616, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Ramgad, Achara Rd, Ramgad, Maharashtra 416616, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Ramgad, Achara Rd, Ramgad, Maharashtra 416616, India by Rama Kant Gupta

On the return journey from Malvan, we visited this place, while passing by Rajapur Town. The Unhale Hot Water Springs are located in the Unhale village on the way to the Rajapur Railway station. There is a signboard on the left hand side of the road. There was a continuous flowing hot water here and it is not a pool. There are two of these, one for the men and other for the women. I cleansed by face, hands and legs in the water. The cleansing was quite refreshing in the middle of journey in afternoon.

Photo of Hot Water Spring, Unhale, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Hot Water Spring, Unhale, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Hot Water Spring, Unhale, Maharashtra, India by Rama Kant Gupta

The ancient and famous temple is situated on the bank of Mrudani River, in Rajapur taluka, 5 k.m. away from Rajapur town. Natural beauty around it is extraordinary. At the both sides of the temple there are huge mountains and a river flows through it making it more beautiful. The Mrudani River jumps from the high mountain so there is a beautiful waterfall near the temple. The aerial prop roots of hundreds of years old Banyan tree, just outside the temple, resemble like the jatas of Lord Shiva. A big festival takes place here during the Mahashivratri. We had to go down in a narrow road surrounded by trees and beautiful nature. Upto reaching point, it was Okay, but there was some space problem for parking, as space was very little and some road construction/repair work was going on at the temple end of road.

As the visit of Dhutpapeswar Temple was completed by 4.30 pm, we started return journey to hometown, after taking some refreshment. This time route was different from onward journey, which was mainly through State Highway number 4 (MH SH 4).

We covered major part of the return journey via NH 66, which was not smooth, as it was under construction/expansion.

Day 9

However, with bad road and night time, driving was little bit challenging, which we enjoyed.

We reached safely by 3.00 am at home, with lots of memories and experiences.

The timings chosen for the trip were on the basis of suitability of weather for visiting & enjoying beaches in the Konkan area. Apart from so many beautiful, clean, pristine & unexplored beaches, some historical Forts & Durg were bonus, apart from temples and other attractions, which I will try to narrate in day wise activities & attractions visited, along with journey experience description.

Uttareshwar temple is an ancient and astonishing temple, located at the northern side of Diveagar town. This is a temple of Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be 700 to 800 years old. Some parts have been renovated but most the parts are not maintained properly and in a state of ruin.

Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta

Aravi beach:

Prasad Restaurant

For dinner, visited Prasad Restaurant, where was long queue, but food was wonderful, worth waiting. Though waiting time for dinner was approx 40 minutes and we waited so long. But there was actually no option, as we were referred by some local and also took walk for approx 25 minutes, after registering at the restaurant for queue. Food was amazingly tasty. Services were also extremely good & prompt. Rates were reasonable.

Shrivardhan beach

Next day was started with visit at the Shrivardhan beach. Walking on small lanes of Shrivardhan was good experience as lanes are covered by trees of coconut and others. It is a nice clean beach with good walkway which has also benches for people to sit and watch sun set/ sun rise. Perfect beach for spending quiet quality time with family. There also were boat ride, horse ride, camel ride etc and few snacks vendors.

Somaji Devi Mandir:

This place on the main road of Shrivardhan at the heart of the town. Inside the temple very peaceful environment. Local people has very much of devotion towards Goddess.

Kusuma Devi Mandir:

A very traditional old temple of Goddess Kusumadevi. This holy temple is located at a very remote part of Shrivardhan. While coming from Diveagar it can be covered first, if one wants to visit with less distance. There is a concrete track that takes upto 200-300 meter away from the temple. But it is for single vehicle only. Remaining way is for a walk in the fields, surrounded by nature and lush green ambience all around.

Shree Balaji Peshwa Smarak

Balaji Vishwanath Bhat, better known as Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath, was the first of a series of hereditary Peshwas (Marathi for Prime Minister). Peshwa Smarak is a place of birth of Shrimant Balaji Vishwanath. A small memorial has been built close to the beach. It is a 10 minutes walk from the beach or 2-3 minutes vehicle distance. The place is not maintained but worth a quick visit.

After visiting Shrivardhan, we proceeded towards Harihareshwar at 12.45 hours and first reached at Harihareshwar Temple by 1.15 pm.

Harihareshwar Mandir:

Very pleasing appearance. One feels highly blessed just by being there and having a darshan. Sit there for some time and experience the calm. Quite a refreshing experience.

A holy place and known as Dakshin Kashi. Considered important for after death procession. In the temple, all the three gods brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh are there with mata Patvati. First took the darshan of adjacent Kalbhairav and then Harihareshwar old temple with wooden pillars. Due to busy season & Sunday, there was long queues for both the temples.

Harihareshwar Beach

After temple, visited beach just near to Harihareshwar Temple. Beach was very crowdy with lots of activities. Parking facility available near to beach & temple. Very good beach for family enjoyment.

Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta

After Harihareshwar, proceeded towards Velas beach via ferry from Bagmandla Jetty to Vesvi Jetty. From Bagmandla we took our Car also on the ferry through jetty as we have to cross Savitri river. From Vesvi to Bankot, direct route was closed due to some repairing work, so we had to take long route via Gudeghar. Route from Vesvi to Bankot was not very good and reaching there was little tough.

On reaching Vesvi in evening visited Bankot Killa.

Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta

Bankot Killa:

This is comparatively small fort but built at strategically location to keep a bird's eye view on the sea below and land area. The 270-degree view of the ocean is panoramic. It is secluded place. With lack of maintenance, now fort was under renovation.

Velas Beach is famous specially for turtle and turtle festival in March/ April. Velas is nice little village, with calmness and simplicity. Away from the crowd, gives maximum relaxation. A must visit for nature lovers and photographers. This area is unexplored and very few tourists reach there. Mobile signal was unavailable during most of the time. The path to reach Velas is all surrounded by see and amazing wind.

At 10.30 am on 30th Dec. proceeded towards Velneshwar, covering various tourist points en route, first being Kelshi beach.

Kelshi beach:

We reached at Kelshi beach at 11.30 am. Beach is expanded for 3 km, with eye appealing view of sandy stretch gives the visitor a wonderful feeling, with the huge forest all along, containing tall Casuarina trees, and a dense cover of coconut tree tops. Beach was clean and not much visited. It is good for serenity lover but not for family, who are seeking activities.

Padale beach: Visited en route, nothing to mention much.

Kadyawaril Shri Ganapati Mandir: Temple is situated on a hill near Anjarle village, with very scenic & beautiful surrounding area, covered by forest. From hill top on the way the sea view is very beautiful. Main road to reach Kadyawaril Shri Ganapati Mandir is very beautiful, which we took while returning from the temple towards beach and also while going towards Hedvi from Anjarle. However, unfortunately, while going to temple, we took other way, which was short and via the village, but really very bad & broken. Very holy & important temple for the locals. Worth visiting.

Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta

Anjarle Beach:

Anjarle has a two kilometres long stretch of unexploited beach with a cover of white sand and is surrounded by palms and trees. Beach is located near the estuary of river Jog. However, beach is not having much activities and Murud & Ladghar are much better, from the family visit point of view, within 30 kms.

Shreeram Mandir: En route, we visited this temple, which was on the way itself.

Fort Goa: Near Hernai, this fort is on the seashore, in dilapidated condition. Spent just 10 minutes.

Suvarndurg:

The fascinating Suvarnadurg is located in the sea about a quarter of a mile off the coast from Harnai port. At rocky island, this is about 8 acres big with stone wall bastions. There is no landing jetty at the Suvarnadurg fort. However, the landing is on the shores of the sandy beach of the rocky island near Harnai. At Harnai, we took boat on sharing basis with one more family of 03 persons, total being 6 persons and amount contributed by each family, to save time. Per person charges were 165. We spend approx an hour at the Fort.

Harnai beach:

Village Harnai has a natural harbour and fishing is the main activity. We reached there in afternoon. Beach was not worth taking dip. Actually, much better beaches are available in the area.

Palande beach

This beach is just 2-3 km from Harnai Beach and Suvarndurg fort. Not much activities. Small beach. Not much visited.

Murud beach

This beach is situated near Dapoli, between Harnai and Karde beaches. It is one of most visited beach, having lots of activities, including water sports. Many food stalls are also available. Good beach for those, who searching for activities. Sunset scene is very good here.

Ladghar beach:

Ladghar is a small beach in length to the south of the rocky hillock which separates it from Karde. Parasailing and water sports like water scooters were available. Stay options are also available just near to Ladghar beach. We were there in evening time, with wonderful scene and atmosphere. We all enjoyed parasailing at reasonable price, with little bargaining.

Shree Veleshwar Devsthan Tamasthrth: It was just on the road, while going towards Dabhol ferry.

Durga Mandir: It was just on the road, while going towards Dabhol ferry.

Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta

BHAGWAAN PARSHURAAM BHOOMI, Taleshwarnagar:

Velneshwar Beach:

The scenic seashore of Velneshwar is very beautiful. The coastline is known for its special features such as the beautiful coconut grooves surrounding it and a clean beach with its rumbling sea waves. We visited this beach in early morning and experienced sun rise, as we stayed in a hotel, located at the beach itself. Few Hotel/ resort/home stay are located just near to beach, which are very good stay option.

Velneshwar Temple

It is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva in the village, near Velneshwar beach. The temple is called as Shree Velneshwar temple. There is a huge light post adorned with oil lamps at entrance of the temple. The temple is believed to be more than 500 years old. The early temple was built by Gadgils which was later renovated by Shri Trimbak Ravaji Gokhale. Velneshwar is a beautiful village in Konkan. We visited this temple in morning.

Hedavi:

After visiting Velneshwar Temple, we visited Umamaheshwar Mandir, which is situated just at the seashore, on the rocks, near the Hedavi beach.

Shri Dev Vyadeshwar:

Shri Dev Vyadeshwar temple is located in Guhagar and dedicated to the God Shiva. It is considered the Kuladevata of many Chitpavan families in the Konkan region. The architectural style is called 'Panchayatan', which contains four subordinate shrines in four corners and the main shrine in the centre of the podium, which forms the base. Here, Shiva is in the central shrine, with Surya, Ganesha, Ambika and Vishnu with his wife Lakshmi as the South-East, South-West, North-West and North-East subordinate shrines respectively. Nandi sits in front of the main shrine. We reached there in the afternoon and darshan were easy.

Guhagar Beach:

This beach is very good for family visit, with lovely environment. Neat and clean beach with activities. We found it better than nearby beaches of Anjanwel, Bhudal, Velneshwar and Hedvi, from the family enjoyment point of view. View was wonderful. Stalls of snacks etc were available.

Gopalgad Killa

Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta

Jaigad Fort

Ganpatipule temple:

This is well known very good, important & bis temple near to Sea Shore in Ganpatipule town. People believe that if they pray God Ganesh for fluffing their wishes, the same will be fulfilled. We reached there after 8 pm and got darshan very easily, without queue. Well managed and one of the most visited temples in the area. Must visit, if one is in Ratnagiri area for tourist purpose. It has religious importance, apart from tourist attraction.

Dinner:

We took dinner at Shri Ganesh Krupa Deluxe, situated on the road from Ganpatipule beach & temple. Taken Vegetarian food, which was very tasty. Rates were also very reasonable, with excellent services.

Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta

Stay at Arya Niwas:

Ganpatipule:

Malgund Beach:

Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta

Vijaydurg is situated in the coastal town of Vijaydurg in Sindhudurg district. The Vijaydurg was built by Raja Bhoj in 13th century, during Shilahar dynasty and captured by Shivaji Maharaj from the reign of Adilsah of Bijapur, in 1653. It performed as a naval base for Maratha kingdom. Before visiting fort, we took reserve boat for 1 hour @ Rs.500/-, which shown us Fort from Arabian Sea and also shown dolphin in the sea. Excellent experience with much enthusiasm from Boatmen. Map of fort is displayed near the gate.

Rameshwar Mandir:

Devgad killa:

Devgad light house: Good part was visit to lighthouse, while visiting Devgad Killa. While stipulated timings for this light house were 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm, management permitted us to visit at 2.20 pm, on request and taking ticket @ Rs.10. Though we had already visited other light house in the trip, this experience was very good and view was awesome. From the top of the lighthouse, seen the view of the passing by ships.

Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta

Devgad beach:

Tarkarli:

Kunkeshwar Beach:

For reaching scuba diving point in the sea, 18 km travel by Speed boat is required, which is equally amazing experience and Full PAISA VASOOL. After one hour of thrilling journey, we reached at the point, where approx 1 hour activity was made, which was an unique experience. Water was clean and sea life was visible very clearly. Guide cum trainer cum mentors were very helpful and caring.

Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta

Devbag Sangam:

Wairy beach:

Shree devi Bhadra Kali Mandir:

Sarjekot Killa: This place is near to Bhadra Kali Mandir, Revandi and visited in the morning, as next point. But in the name of fort, only ruins were there. Not even walls were there.

Rameshwar Mandir, Kandalgaon: Visited this historical temple at 10.00 am. Also, good breakfast at nearby snacks shops. This temple has historical importance. Before construction of Sindhudurga fort, Shivaji visited here & prays to Rameshwar for getting success in his newly undertaken work. Shivaji constructed a dome shaped shelter over the plaque in the temple. After renovation, huge temple is constructed, leaving the dome as it is. In front of the temple, Shivaji planted a banyan tree which is known as ‘Shivajicha wad’.

Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta

Bhagvantgad Killa: Visited this place in the afternoon. While track from the road to fort was good. Actually, only ruins were remained.

Ramgad Killa:

Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta
Photo of Konkan Trip for unexplored beaches, historical forts and water sports, with scuba diving by Rama Kant Gupta

Unhale Hot water spring:

Dhoot papeshwar Mandir:

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