Next day morning we took our own time to woke-up, had decent breakfast at local restaurant and walked to Harihareshwar temple, it was just a walking distance from our hotel.Harihareshwar - A land believed to be blessed by Lord Vishnu and proclaimed as "Devghar" "house of god"& Harihareshwar temple is of foremost importance religiously. Promulgated as the "Dakshin Kashi" (Kashi of south India) Harihareshwar with its temple complex deities of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma along with the temple of Kalbhairav & Yogeshwari is an important pilgrim centre. Harihareshwar is surrounded by four holy hills Harihar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri & Pushpadri. Harihareshwar is a region in Konkan which is amazingly beautiful with hills playing the prefect foil for long stretch of pristine beach.Behind The Kalbhairav mandapa, a sign read "Pradakshina Marg" and pointed to a flight of stone steps that climbed into the adjoining hill. Please check with anyone around the temple about the conditions of the tide as its quite dangerous to go on this terrain during the high tide. The trail starts off with around 60 steps - 60 long steps & then you have to climb down round 140 narrow steps between a beautiful cut in the cliffs down to the sea. As you go around the cliffs, you see lot of interesting sea caves. The waves were quite strong and the splashing of the waves against the rocks was wonderful to look at.The Harihareshwar beach is itself not recommended for swimming as there are strong currents close to the coast and the general public are advised against swimming.After a blessed visit of temple, we were off to Alibag. Our first stop was Shrivardhan within 30 min drive and 20 kms from Harihareshwar. Shrivardhan is a small town and is famous for its beaches & Shri Laxminarayan temple. Its also famous as the "Town of the Peshwas" - the first Peshwa, Balaji Vishwanath hailed from here. Shrivardhan is blessed with majestic white sand beaches and clear sea. The town has been of historical & religious importance. Its believe Pandava warrior Arjun visited the town during his pilgrimage.
Best time to visit : October-MarchI believe all of us are wanderers at heart, and sometimes it becomes necessary for that wanderer part of us to get away from our mundane lives,to explore something new. These getaways can come in form of day trips, weekend vacations or short backpacking trips, and they can satiate our wanderlust if not for long,then at least, for a short period of time.So this time , when the New Year's eve was approaching, and every other millennial around me was planning to hop around one or the other available pub in the city, my eyes were looking for something different, something that would help me unwind, in the true sense of the word. So, after a lot of internet surfing about "Some offbeat getaways in and around Pune" , I finally came across the name of this tiny beach town Harihareshwar in the district of Konkan, which is known for the quiet beach, which is usually not very crowded, unlike its counterparts.The journey was sort of a road trip, since we had decided to cover the distance of around 250kms driving on our own, this is an added advantage when you have friends who are experts behind the wheel. Ideally the journey should have been for 5 hours or so, but since the road was a beauty in itself, we decided to halt at a number of spots and breathe in some fresh air of the country side, and finally reached our destination after a good 7 hour journey. Would like to mention that, if you are visiting Harihareshwar from Pune by road, then do go by the Tamhini Ghat road also known as the Mulshi road, and you won't be bored for a second during your journey, trust me!!
It was time to check out and head to Harihareshwar.Hardly 35 KMS away, we reached there by afternoon heading straight to Shiva temple first. Just on the sidelines of temple is the flawless beach. Sand being too hot at this time of the day can burn your feet. The beach has mud like textured sand which is very soft as it gets compressed when stepped upon. Advise you restrict entering deep inside, as one might get stuck due to ultra soft sand and due to its uneven sea bed.
Getting there: Harihareshwar is an easy weekend escape from the ever bustling city of Mumbai – around 150 kms from Panvel, the roads are mostly good except for a few patches, making it a 4 hour drive. The drive in itself is quite scenic. There are also state buses that take you there from Panvel, and even from Borivali. Why Harihareshwar: It is still mostly undisturbed, thankfully, unlike other beaches closer to Mumbai which are swarmed by tourists in the weekends who have dirtied the beaches end to end. The water is also not polluted, yet, leaving it clean enough to be transparent and reflect the blues of the sky. So it makes for an easy and beautiful weekend getaway from Mumbai, you can leave early Saturday morning and get back Sunday evening.Empty little stretches of peaceful shores: If you hit the main stretch of beach early in the morning or around sunset, you are likely to have the entire beach to yourself and may be a couple of more tiny figures far from you. But one day tourists start to arrive a little late in the mornings in groups and all the horse cart riding, quad bike riding (slowest quad bikes you will ever see) and other such Mumbai beachy activities start to happen. So avoid the main beach during the day. But there are quite a few other small stretches of shores that can be fully yours throughout the day, and the mountains at the edge of the sea give quite a few rocky shores where you can lounge around to enjoy the waves peacefully hitting the rocks and splashing a few drops of water over you.We chose to laze around on the rocky stretch of the shore right outside our hotel in the evening, playing the guitar and singing old Hindi songs, and witnessed one of the most peaceful and beautiful sunsets that we have ever seen. There was not another soul around apart from us, and the only sounds were the waves hitting the rocks and the crickets when the sunset neared. Absolute calmness. And all this just a few hours away from Mumbai – is such a blessing.There are also quite a few patches full of lush green trees, where you can take a short walk.
The First stop was Harihareshwar. This small village has a famous Shiva temple attached to Rocky beach is perfectly Located. The beach is attached to the temple. The way to the temple is dotted with small shops selling local artefacts and food items . The Beach is beautiful with rocky shore on on side and sand on the other.