A clean rocky beach with fine silvery white sand, the Ganapatipule beach, is also known for the lagoon it houses. If you're the adventurous kinds, you can try your hands at balancing a kayak. It is one of the main Konkan beaches.
Known for its many beaches, Tarkarli is the paradise spot of the beaches in Konkan. With countless beaches such as Tarkarli, Kolam, Achra, you could spend your whole day walking and lazing around and enjoying the various adventurous sports available. What makes the beaches truly magical are the occasional sighting of dolphins. Achra beach also has a 260-year-old Rameshwar temple.
Named after the Alibaug coast, the Alibaug beach is one of the most famous beaches in Konkan area. It is located 2 km from the city centre and can be easily accessed by the public transport of the cities. The coastline of the beach runs for 4 km along the shores of the Arabian sea.
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When you think of Goa, you think of sandy Konkan beaches, amazing parties, beautiful little villages, delicious food, and a magical holiday experience. Yes, Goa is rightfully known as the most popular tourist destination on the West Coast of India, and not just because of its scenic beaches, but also because of its tropical climate and its rich Portuguese heritage, which you can still find lingering on in some parts of the town. Nestled in the Konkan Coast Belt, Goa has a coastline stretching for over a 100 kilometres, and attracts millions of visitors both from within and outside the country all year round.
Best Time: October to March
One of the most popular and alluring beaches of Maharashtra, the Kashid beach is a Konkan beach that comes with a promise of a perfect and relaxed beach holiday. The sun-kissed, white, clean sandy beach with crystalline water is full of natural beauty that offers a dream destination for water enthusiasts. The Casuarinas groves, which sway to the tune of the gentle sea breeze, are also in plenty here.
A relaxing stretch of glittering white sand, the beach is not as cluttered by tourist rush as are most popular beaches. The combination of the warm water and cool breeze makes complete sense and feels incredible as well. Seeing the sun set behind the forts in the vicinity is a delightful sight on this Konkan beach.
The most popular beach in Konkan, Juhu beach is located close to Andheri and was once quite a beautiful beach. However, with so many tourists coming in here, the place has become dirty and water is also not clean because of affluents from nearby factories and industries.
A continuation of Juhu Beach towards the Andheri suburbs, Versova Beach in Konkan area is comparatively less crowded and only separated by a creek from the former beach. Versova is essentially a fishing village inhabited by Kolis (fisherfolks) situated in the vicinity of the beach, and is a hotbed for fish trade.
Manori, a small village located on Dharavi Bhet in northern Mumbai, is most commonly known for the beautiful Manori Beach and the Manori Creek. If one is looking for a quite, calm and serene beach in Mumbai, then Manori Beach is the ultimate beach in the Konkan area. It is relatively cleaner than the other beaches in Mumbai as well. Essel World, a well-known amusement park in Mumbai, is located at a very small distance from Manori. Fishing activies also occur frequently at the Beach.
One of the less famous beaches in Konkan, the Harihareshwar beach is located in the Raigad district. Surrounded by four hills named Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri and Pushpadri, Harihareshwar is often referred to as Dev-ghar or house of God""."
Home to umpteen villages, farmlands and surreal vistas, is the locale of Madh Island in Mumbai. Clustered with quaint fisher villages and dotted with lush green farms, Madh Island is a respite from the glitterati and dazzling environs of the city and this Konkan beach can be reached by an hour's drive from the main city.
Located a little on the outskirts of the city in Malad, Aksa Beach is an unparalleled oasis for a rejuvenating retreat from the hustle bustle of the city traffic. The mesmerising coastline is one of the longest of the Konkan beaches and offers an extremely vivid and surreal panorama of the merging horizon ahead.
Diveagar is a small hamlet in the Raigad district of Maharashtra situated 170 km from the capital city of Mumbai. It is known for its natural beauty of beaches, religious temples and the ancient fortress located on the seashore. One of the most famous beaches in Raigad district is the Diveagar beach. A perfect weekend getaway for the beaches in Konkan area from nearby cities like Mumbai and Pune, there are also a variety of water sports at Diveagar beach.
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Malvan is a culturally and historically important town in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. It is well known historically for the Sindhudurg Fort of Chatrapati Shivajiraje. Culturally, it is famous for it's mouth-watering Malvani sea-food and sweets.
Best Time: November to March
Located in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, Velneshwar is a village south of the Guhagar town. Velneshwar is well known for the temple of Lord Shiva and it also has a beautiful crescent shaped beach which is clean and unspoilt and ideal for swimming. Velneshwar gets much limelight during the month of March, when the Maha Shivratri Festival is held here, as a tribute to the God Shankar or Shiva. If you are seeking an ideal beach in Konkan where you can relish the beauty of nature while swimming and sunbathing, then the Velneshwar beach in Maharashtra is the perfect place for you.
The ruins of the Portuguese fort are veiled in wild plantations. What stands out are the cannon holes in the fortification walls that border the sea. Even though the fort is now in ruins, the pure historic charm combined with nature's exotic beauty - the Ravdanda beach in Konkan - make this a must visit place.
Located on the banks of the Vashisthi River, the ancient city of Chiplun is famous for Guhagar beach. This pristine location is lies about 42 km away from the main city center of Chiplun. A favorite picnic spot among the locals, Guhagar Beach in Konkan is popular for its beautiful sunset and peaceful surroundings.
Hedvi beach in Konkan is situated about 3km from the Ganesh Temple. It is famous because of a rock formation that sits on the beach. Bahman Ghal is a large black monolith of about 35 feet high.
Located between Nagaon beach and Alibaug beach in Konkan area, Akshi beach is located at a secluded spot in Alibaug and hence does not attract a huge number of tourists. Akshi beach is known for offering peace and serenity to its visitors. The calm waters of the Arabian sea and the cleanliness of the beach are the highlights of this beach.
Situated on the outskirts of Ratnagiri, it surely is a tranquil beach in the Konkan area for a calm walk and romantic evenings. One can enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful sunset.
Bhatye is the biggest town in Konkan and one of the immediate suburbs in Ratnagiri with beautiful white sand and bluish water. It gives a beautiful view of the sunset and is an ideal date spot for lovers. It also gives many opportunities for water sports.
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This post was published by Surbhi Parashar