Situated 17km from Dapoli, Harnai Port consists of two forts - Suvarnadurg and Kanakdurga. Kanakdurga is the land fort while Suvarnadurg is the sea fort. It was built in the Adil Shah rule and later captured by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Earlier there was a route connecting both the fort but now it can only be accessed by boat, however, there is no boat service to the fort and one has to ask the fisherman for ferry.
The Unhavare hot springs are situated in Unhavare Village which is 35km from Dapoli. The hot springs are rich in sulphur which is said to be good for skin. This is the only attraction in the area and people come from nearby villages to take a bath in the hot springs.
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 forest with a wide variety of trees of coconut, betel nut, mangoes, kevda and Cyprus. The sheets of shimmering sands are great to relax or marvel at the mysteries of the ocean, with scores of conches, shells, and cowries populating the space.
The Ganesh temple is situated in Anjarle village near Dapoli. It was first constructed with wood in 1150AD and then reconstructed between 1768-1780. It is particularly known for the right-side placement of the Ganesha's idol which means it's trunk curves towards right which is rare. The temple has a stone staircase to reach the top of the temple. The view from atop is magnificent.
The Panhalakaji caves are located on the Dapoli-Dabhil Pangari road. The road goes right up to the caves. It is situated deep in the valleys and is surrounded by jungle and river which are filled with birds and reptiles. There are close to 29 caves and many sculptures around. It is the best place for a history buff of adventure enthusiast.
Savane Beach is one of the cleanest and secluded beaches in the region. The route to the pristine beach along the curvy coastal road adds to the mesmerising beauty of the attraction. Known as a virgin beach, it is apt for those seeking a peaceful getaway to get closer to nature and away from the city life.?
Kolthare Beach is an unspoiled attraction perfect for beach and nature lovers. Located in Kolthare Village, it is known for an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and tranquillity all through the stretch. Those looking to escape the crowded vacation spots will find Kolthare beach a perfect attraction.
Situated in the town of Dapoli, the Murud beach is one of the most happening beaches of the city. 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! Being one of the most popular tourist spots in town, this beach is always thronged with people and is a destination bubbling with activity.
Known For : Elephant's Head point Chinaman's falls Dhobi waterfall
A hill town in Western Ghats, apart from its strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades and majestic peaks. Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Western Ghats, in Satara district of Maharashtra. Known for its captivating beauty and the beautiful strawberry farms, the city comprises of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys.
Best Time: October to June
Known For : Kashid Beach Murud Janjira Fort Phansad Bird Sanctuary
A Beach town, popular for its white sand and blue seas situated in Konkan region of Maharashtra, Kashid is the perfect destination for a quiet weekend getaway from Mumbai. A soothing and calm place in nature's lap, Kashid is mildly enchanting with its quiet environment and picturesque location. This beach town is known also for its majestic mountains and whispering Casuarinas.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Water Sports in Alibaug Kolaba Fort Alibaug Beach
A little coastal town tucked away in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Alibaug is a very popular weekend getaway holiday destination and has earned itself the name of 'mini-Goa', owing to the high tourist footfall all year round. Steeped in colonial history, Alibaug is a quaint little town located about 110 kilometres from Mumbai, and is replete with sandy beaches, clean unpolluted air and plenty of forts and temples, ensuring that despite being a small town, you never run out of activities to do.
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 also has a beautiful crescent-shaped beach that is clean, unspoilt and ideal for swimming. Velneshwar gets much of its limelight during the month of March, when the Maha Shivratri Festival is held here, as a tribute to Lord Shiva. If you are seeking an ideal water point where you can relish the beauty of nature while swimming and sunbathing, then the Velneshwar beach in Maharashtra is the perfect place for you.
Known For : Diveagar Beach Harihareshwar Beach Bagmandala
Gleaming white sand, pristine blue water, swaying coconut palms and betel nut trees and gentle breeze producing a serene and calming effect, this is not a dream but the enchanting place called Diveagar. This place is a beautiful beachside village nestled on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra offering its visitors a sight of pure bliss. Lying in the Raigad District, Diveagar is better referred to as seashore extending up to 6 kms and serves as prime attraction of the region. Tourists can also catch an unusual sight of rarely found Suru trees on the coast.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Kaas Plateau Table Land Mahabaleshwar
Deriving its name from the five hills surrounding it, Panchgani is a popular hill station near Mahabaleshwar, famous for its various sunset/sunrise points and scenic valley view. Located at an altitude of 1, 334 mts. , Panchgani is a hill station in Maharashtra, known for its scenic views. Five hills form the Sahyadri mountain ranges offer Panchgani its name. The picturesque backdrop of hills on one side and coastal plains on the other makes for an amazing view.
Best Time: September to May
Known For : Harihareshwar Beach Kalbhairav Temple Ganesh Gully
Surrounded by four hills and with river Savitri flowing through the town, Harihareshwar is famous for its temple of Lord Harihareshwar and is a popular weekend beach destination especially for people in Mumbai and Pune. Harihareshwar comes across as a pleasant surprise with some of the most peaceful and beautiful beaches along the Konkan Coast. The nearby Pushpadri hill and surrounding dense woods only make the beaches more attractive.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Kolad River Rafting Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls Bhira Dam
Known for its cascading waterfalls, green meadows and picturesque backdrop of Sahyadris, Kolad is gaining traction as an adventure sports destination with provisions for rafting, rappelling, kayaking etc. Famous for white water rafting, Kolad is a thriving tiny village in the Raigad district in Maharashtra. It boasts of natural beauty which blooms during the monsoons. The majestic valleys and picturesque backdrops makes Kolad a treat for nature lovers as well as shutter bugs. The scenery is a treat to the eyes.
Best Time: June to March
Known For : Vashishti River Marleshwar Temple Guhagar Beach
In the quiet, far away from the city port district of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, lies Chiplun, the city that offers you time among mango groves next to the beautiful lake, Vashishti. This town is most known for its white sand beaches and beautiful mango and cashew groves by the Vashishti river. Chiplun, meaning 'The abode of Lord Parashurama' got its name because of the famous temple it houses. Chiplun also happens to be an industrial town and most people coming to this side tend to go to the River view resort, a popular getaway on weekends.
Best Time: July to February
Known For : Pratapgad Fort Thoseghar Falls Vajrai Falls
Located in Western Maharashtra, Satara is one of the historical cities of the state and the headquarters of Satara district. The city gets its name from the seven (Saat) hills (Tara) that envelope Satara. This historic site of Maratha Kingdom is located near the confluence of Krishna and its tributary Venna. Satara was established in the 16th century and had the honour of being the seat of Chatrapati Shahu, Raja of Satara.
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