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Palghar Tourism

Palghar is a big town in the Indian state of Maharashtra, situated at a distance of 108 km for its capital, Mumbai. It is home to several industrial townships and numerous small scale businesses. It also offers plenty of historical and religious places of tourist attractions. In addition to its secluded beaches, Palghar is world-famous for its Warli art form. The town is surrounded by picturesque greenery and offers a serene, rejuvenating environment. Palghar offers something for every type of traveller.

Palghar is the administrative capital of the Palghar district, which was established in 2014. It is home to several businesses and industries like engineering, pharmaceutical, plastics and textiles. Some of the forts and religious places flaunt a distinct Portuguese style of architecture. The town is known for its calm, secluded beaches that were once famous for attracting smugglers. A section of the population is dependent on agriculture and grows a variety of fruits like chickoo and coconuts. Palghar is a must-visit destination for any traveller. Nature lovers, heritage enthusiasts and history buffs will all find exciting places to explore in this Maharashtrian town.

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Places to Visit

1. Kelva Dam
Previously used for irrigation purposes, it Kelva Dam is now a popular tourist attraction in Palghar. A beautiful garden is also located in the vicinity of the dam.

2. Kelva Fort
Kelva Fort is an ancient fort in Palghar whose origin dates back to the 16th century. The fort was constructed by the Portuguese and is surrounded by lush greenery on all sides.

3. Waghoba Mountain
Waghoba Mountain is one of the most popular and sought-after attractions in Palghar. Several small waterfalls are best enjoyed during the monsoon season.

4. Shirgaon Beach
Shirgaon Beach offers a breathtaking view. The beach boasts of enchanting palm trees and is a perfect place to relax near the sea.

5. Ram Temple
Ram Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Rama. Hordes of devotees gather here on Ram Navami each year to take part in the celebrations.

Local Culture of Palghar

Regional Religions
Hindus form the majority of the population in Palghar. The rest of the community includes Muslims, Jains and Buddhists. The minority of the population is comprised of Sikhs and Christians.

Language of Palghar
Marathi is the official language in this industrial town. Varli, Vanjari and Vadvali are some of the dialects of Marathi that are spoken in Palghar. Hindi is also quite widely spoken.

Local Communities
The communities dwelling in this town are mostly Warli, Wadwal, Malhar Koli, Katkari and Manjari. Wadwal is the most prevalently present community in Palghar.

Local Art and Culture
The popular Warli art form and the Tarapa dance form have originated from these communities. The origin of the Warli art form dates back to more than 1,100 years.

Regional Festivities
Popular festivals celebrated in this region include Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali and Makara Sankranti. All the festivals are celebrated with immense passion.

History of the Region

In August of 2014, Palghar was declared as the 36th district of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Javhar, Vasai and Palghar constitute the Palghar district. Vasai had initially belonged to the Portuguese empire and later was ruled by the Marathas. Palghar town was regarded as a prominent point in the Chalejav Campaign of 1942. In August of 1942, Palghar there was a rebellion in Palghar. Several martyrs like Sukur Govind More, Kashinath Padghare, Ramachandra Mahadev Churi, Ramashankara Bhimashankara Tiwari and Govind Ganesh Thakur sacrificed their lives in this uprising. The central circle of the town has been named Paachbatti in the honour of these five renowned martyrs.


Day 1
Reach Palghar by morning. Check in to the hotel. The first day can be reserved to visit the Kelva Dam, Kelva Fort, Ram Temple and Kelva Beach. You can relax in the garden near Kelva Dam or the Kelva beach during the evening and enjoy the sunset.

Day 2
Visit the famous Waghoba Mountain. You can trek there if you’re feeling adventurous enough. Have a picnic lunch and then go to Shirgaon Beach.

Day 3 
Depending on what kind of traveller you are, you can either opt to visit the remaining religious and historical places in the town or explore the city’s food and culture — departure at night.

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FAQs on Palghar

What is famous about Palghar?

The scenic town of Palghar has plenty of religious and historic places of tourist attraction.

What is not so good about Palghar?

It is recommended to avoid summers and Monsoons in Palghar as they are extremely harsh in Palghar.

Who should visit Palghar?

Palghar is a must-visit destination for history buffs, nature enthusiasts and heritage lovers.

What is the best time to visit Palghar?

The best time to visit Palghar is during winter. The pleasant temperatures make it a comfortable time to go around this Maharashtrian town. The daily temperature ranges between 16 to 25 degrees Celsius during winter. March marks the beginning of summer that lasts till the end of May. The daily maximum temperature reaches about 37 degrees Celsius in Palghar. July and August receive vast amounts of rainfall.
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What are the places near Palghar?

The top places near to Palghar are Mumbai which is 70 km from Palghar, Daman which is located 79 km from Palghar, Vikramgad which is located 35 km from Palghar, Silvassa which is located 67 km from Palghar, Lonavala which is located 124 km from Palghar

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