#SwipeRightToTravel Sindhudurg the south most district of Maharashtra has an amazing feel it to it. One can soak in its culture , food and dance . The beautiful understated beaches are surreal . The breataking sunsets and mystic mountains of Amboli and majestic sindhudurg Killa are something to look forward . It's a paradise of fish eaters when it comes to food . The fragrance and taste of the Konkani will linger on your tongue in the most interesting way .
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Arambol (also known as Harmal) gained prominence in the 1960s. Being a non-commercialized beach, one can look forward to peace and serenity here in the lap of nature without the mayhem of uncountable tourists. There is affordable accommodation here in the little huts near the cliff side. This is also a favorite hangout place for the hippies, which makes us encounter a completely offbeat and rare culture. Being thronged by fewer tourists does not mean that this beach is in any way inferior to the commercialized ones. There are shopping opportunities provided by numerous stalls that operate around the clock and occupy the entire stretch of the beach road. All in all, Arambol provides the traveler both the serenity to soak in the extravagance of a pristine beach along with all the facilities like accommodation, food and shopping.
Keri Beach (Querim Beach)
It is the northernmost beach of Goa. Located at a distance of 30km from Mapusa, Querim Beach is still virgin from the pangs of commercialization and can be called as a seaside marvel. Exquisite seafood in the shacks, perched on its white sand, is not to be missed.
This is a narrow stretch of beach on the coastline of Maharashtra located 6 kilometers south of Malvan. The main attraction here is the clear waters of the beach and the beautiful sceneries. If you are lucky to visit the beach on a clear day, you will be able to sea the seabed from such a depth too. The Sindhudurg built in the 17th century and the Padmagarh are the two Sea fortresses which are also major attractions here. Apart from these, staying at the MTDC sea side cottages and tasting authentic Konkani cuisine are also a must here.
Devbag beach is undoubtedly the best beach in Karwar. Imagine long stretch of beach sprinkled with golden sand and no one around. Yes, that is Devbag beach for you. Whenever you just want to become one with nature, just come to Devbag beach and relax. It sure won’t disappoint you. Laced with Casuarina trees, the beach provides a visual treat to anyone who comes there.View of the sunset is breathtaking in winters when a small sandbank is formed in the sea and the sun goes down between the 2 islands. You just want to stay there for as long as you can, and not budge at all. Such a lovely place this is. Jungle Lodges has a resort here named Devbag Beach Resort in the Casuarina forest with a view to kill for. Surely going to stay there some day soon.
This fort is situated on a rocky island known as Kurte barely a kilometer from Malvan. This fort was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj in the 17th Century when all his trials to win the Janjira Fortress proved to be useless. The main building material was sand that too was brought down from Gujarat. The main strength of this well- preserved fort are the thousands of kilograms of iron used here. The architect under whom the construction took place was known as Hiroji Indulkar and the king also took the advice of hundreds of Portugese experts whom he had invited to his court. A number of people were put to work round the clock for three long years to build this fort. The most attractive feature of this monument is the stretch of zig- zag walls and the pillars and bastions. Inside the fort still live twenty- thirty hereditary Hindu- Muslim families and there are also a number of temples inside. The most important out of all these is the temple where you will find the painting of Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj without a moustache. This painting is unique and is not found anywhere else in the world. Nearby this fort, you will also see the Padamgad Fort which is now in ruins.
Mainly known for the historical Chapora Fort, this is a popular beach which is about 10 kilometres from Mapusa. The other reason for the popularity of this beach is the fact that this is well accessible from other popular beaches such as Anjuna and Candolim too. There are opportunities for swimming, shopping and eating too but it is better not to spend the night here. This is because this beach area is a marked one for the people who are involved in drugs and there are other people who are involved in illegal activities during the night time as well.
Backed by the palm trees on one side , the soft and dazzling white sand beach is the perfect choice for those who want to recline and relax in the lap of nature. The waves is not violent and is ideal for swimming and sun bathing. Some of the popular activites include biking on the beach sand, dophine watching other water sports.
Another precious attraction in the Malvan village itself, this is one of the cleanest beaches of all. The place is perfect to relax and relax a little more. It is very peaceful and also never too crowded and this is what makes it a perfect outing for small families and romantic couples. The sands here are uneven and there are crabs too so it is better to be extra careful before stepping into the waters of the beach. There are also a number of eating options such as stalls and shacks around and you get very fresh and tasty food here.
The next day we went to the Chorla Falls. The biggest waterfall of the area and the one that was visible form my hotel room. The trek route begins from the Wildernest campsite and takes you through a mind-blowing mix of floral diversity. This is somewhat a difficult trek for and a long one too. We trespass the undisturbed realms of the natural kingdom and definitely mesmerized by the shear expanse and beauty of the waterfalls. The mist that drenches you and the sound of water falling from over a 150 ft make you rooted to the spot for time infinite. Accompanied by the drizzle that honored us with its presence the ambience was magical. I am phobic of trekking since my childhood. I had a terrible time once climbing a hill near Aurangabad, and was hanging on a rock for long time before I was pulled up by the local there. So I was a little apprehensive about this trek, though I didn’t speak up my fears. But once we reached the waterfall all the efforts are more than justified. This is definitely a place I want to visit again.
The Rock garden is located between Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake. It is filled with man-made interlinked waterfalls and numerous different models that have been made of waste and scraps and different sorts of squanders like glasses, bangles, jugs, tiles, clay pots, sinks, electrical waste, etc which are displayed on walled paths. The beautiful nursery is visited by more than 5,000 individuals every day, with more than 12 million guests since its inception. Nek Chand was offered a salary, a title Sub-Divisional Engineer, Rock Garden, and 50 workers so that he could focus full-time on his work. It showed up on an Indian stamp in 1983. The Rock Garden is still made out of reused materials. At the point when Chand left the nation on an lecture visit in 1996, the city pulled back its subsidizing, and vandals assaulted the recreation center. The Rock Garden Society took control over the organization and upkeep of this interesting visionary environment.
Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel
This 17th century Portuguese fort is located picturesquely on top of a cliff in the Indian Ocean. With seven rooms, each named after a day of the week the Fort boasts one of the most stunning views in all of Goa. If you make the investment of renting a room here be ready for a delicious Goan lunch, cocktails enjoyed with sunset and old world vibes as you dip your toes in ocean water. You can book for a memorable stay at Fort Tiracol here.13. Rivona Cave
Maachli Cottages house remain, located in beautiful community Parule, on Konkan Coast and in Sindhudurg region of Maharashtra, offers notion of paying time in nature. The Maachli Cottages are conceptualized as Maachli which will be Malvani expression for huts produced on heights to guard the crop. While enjoying rich greenery at Maachli, beach lovers may also visit numerous shores as Maachli house remain'is situated at around 15 minutes travel from number of perfect beaches.
This is an artificial lake which was built in the year 1560 by a ruler of the Vijayangar Dynasty. The lake is also a tourist hotspot there are a number of tents on the banks of this lake. This lake is popular for activities such as snorkelling and also sailing. Tourists find immense peace and tranquility amidst the serenity of this place. A visit to the Dhamapur Lake is one of the prime reasons for a visit to Malvan.
This is about my family weekend outing to Malwan and Kunkeshwar - both beautiful coastal places in southern Maharashtra, with the state of Goa another 70 kms from Malwan. The first day my family and I visited Kunkeshwar. We took the Rajya Rani Express from Dadar, Mumbai and reached Nandgaon Road (Closest railway station to Kunkeshwar) after an overnight journey.At the station we had our hired vehicle waiting for us. Keep in mind that Kunkeshwar is a remote coastal area and one will not get the facilities like you expect in Goa. So its better to book your hotel beforehand by phone and through your hotel you can make arrangements for transport. Public transportation is not frequent but the roads are pretty smooth.You may not receive mobile network here and other than the hotel that we stayed in, there are just 1 or 2 hotels more.At Kunkeshwar, we stayed at the Hotel Sukh Sagar, an MTDC hotel, very clean and at amazing location where you have a commanding view of the deserted but picturesque Kunkeshwar Beach right from your balcony.There is a temple on the beach and just a few fishermen boats. A perfect getaway for those looking for some peace and tranquility. Nearby places to visit include the mighty, but unknown, Vijaydurg fort which I will recommend that you visit. Also you can visit Tara Mumbri beach, the cleanest beach I've seen till date. As for food at Kunkeshwar, vegetarians can get good meals near Kunkeshwar temple near the beach and non vegetarians can head off to Vasant Vijay in Devgad for lip smacking sea food.Oh, and not to forget, Kunkeshwar is filled with Mango trees and plantations everywhere. :)Second day we headed to the now touristy town of Malwan. After coming from a place where you seldom find people, you are back in the presence of human settlements and you start receiving your mobile network again.We stayed at Rosary house, near Chivla Beach. They just have three rooms(again advisable to book beforehand) but very clean, reasonable rates and you can expect homely service from the owners. You need not worry about accommodation in Malwan as there are many hotels.Things to look forward to in Malwan are the majestic Sindhudurg fort which is surrounded by water on all sides off Malwan Beach, spot known as Devbag which is a meeting point for a river and a sea, the many beaches (famous ones include Malwan Beach and Tarkarli Beach) and a rock garden where you can relax in the evenings.Of all the beaches, the most recommended to visit are the southern most beaches of Nivati and Bhogave if your idea is to visit not so touristy beaches.Malwan is the birthplace of Malwani Cuisine which consists of spicy sea food with coconut as a main ingredient, not surprising with Malwan being a coastal town. Do try the traditional "Solkadi" made from Coconut milk and Kokum juice. This refreshing drink is available in every hotel in the konkan region of Maharashtra.For adventure junkies, you can go for scuba diving or snorkeling at Malwan beach or Tarkarli Beach. Although don't expect the experience of scuba diving in the Andamans but nevertheless still a good venture, especially for the beginners.Secluded pristine beaches, mouth watering meals, and relaxation all the way, the ideal recipe for the perfect weekend getaway.
Amboli Water Falls
Day 2:We all went for a short a walk at the beach in the morning and after getting fresh in the morning we started heading back to Amboli falls in the morning via sawantwadi. We reached Amboli Ghat in an hour and the view which we missed in the night left us mesmerized. We could see the clouds moving around the ghats which was covered by greenery. The blissful experience made it worth returning via the same route.After driving an hour or so we reached amboli falls at around 11 AM and it was pretty late and hence there was a bit of crowd at the falls. The men in khaki were there to control the crowd and the traffic. After a continuous drive of 2 days, we could not control ourselves from getting drenched in the cold water of the waterfall.We enjoyed in the waterfall for some time , and then had hot tea and maggi to satisfy our hunger. The waterfall was pretty crowded as it is reachable for people staying in north Karnataka, north Goa , Kolhapur , Konkan Region of Maharashtra.We started heading towards our home post having food in Amboli Falls. However, since we had to go through Kolhapur, we decided to have a visit to Rankala Lake situated in Kolhapur City. We had our dinner at Kolhapur city by having the famous ‘Tambda’ and ‘Pandhra’ Rassa. The food was very good and it did meet our expectations.And that was the last stop of the trip, we had full stretch drive to Mumbai post dinner and reached our respective homes late in the night.
On the final day of the journey we went to Kunkeshwar temple. Kunkeshwar is a small village in Maharashtra. This temple is again of Lord Shiva. Kunkeshwar is built along the bank of Arabian Sea. According to the legend, a sailor travelling in the sea for a trade came near the beach of kunkeshwar. Suddenly, havoc started and the ship seemed to sink. He saw a lamp on that beach and prayed for the havoc to stop and he will build a temple in return. His prayers were answered, his ship came to shore without any problem. The shiva linga was already there, he built the temple around it. This temple is different from other shiva temples; it has alluring architecture similar to South Indian style of temple architecture.
Mumbai Goa Highway
The day one started with our journey in the morning of 24th March, Thursday – Dhulivandan day. When people were playing with colors, we were enjoying the colors of nature. We started with NH3 and them came on NH66 till Chiplun and then all the way to Guhagar beach. Since it was a long weekend and road is narrow, we were stucked in the traffic near Vadkhal naka. After that it was all fun.
Amboli Ghat Waterfall
Amboli Ghat Waterfall is close by Kegad in Maharashtra. Amboli is a hill station in south Maharashtra that is based on the Sahayadri Mountains of Western India. At an elevation of 690 yards it is the last mountain station ahead of the coastal highlands of Goa and a comparatively unexplored one. Amboli gets the highest rainfall in Maharashtra and remains pleasant all over the year. The best season to go to Amboli is during the monsoon between June and Aug wherever you will find heavy rains. All through non-monsoon conditions, town wears a deserted look and brings life with a lazy approach.
Om Beach Resort
Located right on top of a hill adjacent to the Om Beach, this is a beautiful holiday resort and the personal favorite of a lot of people who have been here. The experience here is more of a home away from home. These are one storey cottage like houses with big A/C rooms and very standard amenities. The food served is tasty and cheap too. All over if you want to stay in a very nice place within a limited budget, this is the best for you.