Maharashtra, one of the most prosperous and largest states of India is located on the west coast of India facing the Arabian Sea to the west. With a long coastline, Maharashtra is blessed with hundreds of beaches that are extremely beautiful and great for tourists. Maharashtra beaches are famous for their serene vibe and scenic beauty as compared to their Goan counterpart in the South. Lined along the Konkan Coast, these delightful beaches offer respite to city dwellers in Maharashtra looking for the serenity found by the ocean. While the beaches in Mumbai are not as good anymore because of immense urbanization and lots of tourist crowd, the beaches in the other parts of Maharashtra are pristine and almost undisturbed by the tourists. Among the offbeat beaches in Maharashtra, Kashid, Tarkarli, Harihareshwar and Ganpatipule are among the best. Alibaug is an extremely popular beach destination among the tourists from Mumbai and Pune.
Here is the list of 37 Best Maharashtra Beaches For A Perfect Beachside Vacation
Known for its many beaches, Tarkarli is an instance of paradise for beach lovers. With countless beaches such as Tarkarli, Kolam, Achra, one could spend their whole day walking and lazing around and enjoying the various adventurous sports available. What makes these beaches as one of the best in Maharashtra is the occasional sighting of dolphins. Achra beach also has a 260-year-old Rameshwar temple.
One of the most alluring and popular beaches of Maharashtra, the Kashid beach 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.
Alibag aka Alibaug is a coastal town and a municipal council in Raigad District in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. It is the headquarters of the Raigad district.
Alibag was developed in the 17th century by Sarkhel Kanhoji Aangre the naval chief of King Shivaji's Kingdom. Alibag is a coastal town and municipal council in Raigad district in Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. It is the headquarters of the Raigad district. Raigad's first name was "Kulaba". Today's Ramnath was the main village. A Bene Israelite named Ali used to live there at that time. A rich man he was who owned many mango and coconut plantations in his gardens. Hence, the locals used to call the place "Alichi Bagh" meaning "Gardens of Ali", or simply "Alibag", and hence the name stuck.
The most popular beach in Mumbai, 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 clean rocky beach with fine silvery white sand, the Ganapatipule beach, is also known for the lagoon it houses. This Maharashtrian Beach is a spectacular and stunning beach that is located on the Konkan coastline in the Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra in southern India. This pristine beauty is also famous for the 400-year-old Ganesha Temple that can be found here, the idol of which is said to have been self-created and was discovered over 1600 years ago.
Diveagar aka Dive Agar is located in, Raigad district of Maharashtra which is near about 170 kms South of Mumbai, is scarsely populated and pretty clean, tidy and peaceful. The area involves abeach, pisces, a temple and local businesses engaged in coconut and bettle nut tree farming. Other involvements comprise of some resort businesses such as restaurants, cottage rentals and Hotels, and six villages.
Situated in the town of Dapoli, the Murud beach is one of the most famous beaches of Maharashtra. Be its scenic views of the surrounding landscape or adventurous water sports; you can find both of these things here. And if you're lucky, you might even have the pleasure of encountering a few friendly dolphins here. A relaxing stretch of glittering white sand, Murud 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.
Girgaum Chowpatty is a small sandy beach and a good place to chill, at the north end of Marine Drive, a must-go place for tourists visiting Marine Drive for the first time. Conveniently located next to Charni Road railway station, the beach is very crowded during evening hours and weekends and hosts street food stalls serving local delicacies. There are cafes/dine-in options available across the road as well.
Starting from the north of Nariman Point and ending at the famous Chowpatty beach, the Marine Drive is a 3km long arc-shaped road along the seacoast of South Mumbai. The coastlines the Arabian sea and is the best place to watch the sunset in Mumbai. Though this is not a typical sandy beach, Marine Drive is among the most famous tourist spots in Maharashtra.
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 place. It is aldo relatively cleaner than the other beaches in Mumbai. 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.
Located on the banks of the Vashisthi River, the ancient city of Chiplun is as famous for its mangoes and coconuts as it is for its Guhagar Beach. A favourite picnic spot among the local inhabitants of the area as well as tourists from all across the country, the beach is noted for its breathtaking sunrise and sunset scenes, as well as its tranquil surroundings. In fact, the Guhagar beach is the only white sand beach that is situated among the long stretch of Konkan beaches, and proudly boasts of its clean and vast stretch of sand that is bare, save a distant jetty far away.
Tourists from far of places, Mumbai and pune visit nagaon beach due to the clean water, best cottages, water sports and tasty sea food, provided at reasonable prices around the beautiful beach. Nagaon beach acts as the central place for surrounding other beaches like Murud, Kashid, Akshi, Alibaug, Kihim and Mandva. Still nagaon beach is natural and beautiful due to coconut, betel and suru trees. From Mumbai and pune, Nagaon beach is 100 km via road and 60 km from sea. Water sports is new additional entertainment, available at Nagaon beach. There are seven to eight types of boats, available as per tourist demand. Nagaon beach is safe for all kinds of activites as in swimming, boating due to flat surface.
Parnakuti located in Varsoli village is 1 kilometre from Alibaug city proper. Designed as a comfortable home away from home, the entire cottage can be rented for a weekend. Also available is authentic delicious Konkani food specially catered for your needs, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. All your needs will be taken care of and the best part is at a great price that won't stretch your wallet at all. Alibag used to be the headquarters the great Maratha Admiral, Kanhoji Angre and has the famous Kulaba fort in the sea. Kanhoji Angre created the town of Alibag towards end of 17th century. Legend has it that a wealthy Muslim named Ali Owned many plantations, which gave the town the name Alibag.
Its white sands dotted by numerous Suru trees and an occasional spotting of birds, Akshi Beach at a distance of 5km from Alibaug, is a beach ideal for spending some slow paced, relaxed time as well as bird watching. The water is clean and pristine, making the area ideal for an enjoyable swim.
The long stretch of untouched scenic coastal beauty is what makes a trip to Kelshi beach worth the trouble. Approximately three kilometres in length, this gorgeous beach is covered with lush greenery and dense forests, making it a great place for birdwatching in the winters.
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.
The ruins of the Portuguese fort are veiled in wild plantations. What stand 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 the nature's exotic beauty - the Ravdanda beach - make this a must visit place.
This beach is nearly 20 km from Harihareshwar. The blackish sand and the sound of the waves attracts many here. Adventure water sports including paragliding, water surfing, etc. can be enjoyed here. Trekking the nearby cliffs of Shrivardhan is also a major attraction for adventure seekers.
Located in the north suburb of Mumbai, 40 kms from the main city, Gorai Beach is one the cleanest, most tranquil and one of the most frequented beaches of Mumbai. Located near Bhayandar, on the Gorai Creek, the soothing calmness of this beach bordering the Arabian Sea, makes for a perfect leisure weekend vacation.
Away from the industrial pollution and the chaotic city life, Marve Beach is situated in Malad, in the western suburbs of Mumbai. Due to the strong tides and currents, it is generally not recommended to swim in the sea waters or even to step aside post evening hours.
A continuation of Juhu Beach towards the Andheri suburbs, Versova Beach 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.
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 in the city and offers an extremely vivid and surreal panorama of the merging horizon ahead.
A relatively lesser known Saswane Beach lies on the coastline extended after Awas and Alibaug. The beach faces an elite residential village with sparse bungalows and posh apartments. With a grove of coconut trees in the distance, the Mumbai skyline presents a mesmerising picture. The beach also encourages water sports (except during monsoon) and is frequented by travellers both from Pune and Mumbai owing to its flexible location. The extremely scenic beach also houses a sculpture museum and boasts of even prettier sunset views.
Korlai Beach is one of the hidden gems of Mumbai. Situated at a little distance from the town of Alibaug, the main beach is located in the small fisher village of Korlai. Contrary to the usual sand beaches of Maharashtra, this one full of green-yellow weeds, pink oxalis flowers and grassy meadows during the rainy season.
Located a little on the outskirts of Alibaug, around 7 kms from Mandwa, Awas Beach is a beautiful stretch of golden sands lined with casuarina and suru trees. A well kept secret of Alibaug, the beach rarely has visitors which means it is ideal for romantic getaways or to spend quality time in solitude. The village adjacent to the beach houses some beautiful resorts which are frequented by families and couples alike. Lack of tourism in the place also lead to cleaner shores, quieter aesthetics and an overall gorgeous view.