Historical & Heritage | Beach
Alibaug, or Alibag is a coastal town in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. About 75 km from Lonavala, & 102 km from Mumbai, it is one of the popular places for beaches in Maharashtra, and among the must include places in Maharashtra Tour Packages.
Located in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Alibaug is well known for its beautiful beaches and ancient forts that are the most visited places as part of Alibaug packages. Alibaug Beach, Kihim Beach, Akshi Beach, Mandwa Beach, Kashid Beach, Varsoli Beach, Nagaon Beach, Murud Beach, Kolaba Fort, and Murud -Janjira Fort are the most popular places to visit in Alibaug.
It can also be visited along with Mahabaleshwar tour packages.
Distance from Pune: 143 Kms
Pilgrimage | Beach
Ganpatipule is a small pilgrimage & beach town on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra in India. About 307 km from Pune, and 345 km from Mumbai, it is one of the top places to visit in Maharashtra, and can be visited as a day trip as part of Mahabaleshwar packages.
Ganpatipule is mainly known for its 400 years old Ganapati Temple which is the prime attraction in Ganpatipule tour packages. The idol of Ganesha is believed to be a monolith that was self-incarnated and discovered over 1600 years ago. It is one of the Ashta Ganapati Temples of India and is known as 'Paschim Dwar Devata'. The temple is at the base of a hill, and pilgrims walk around (pradakshina) the hill as a mark of respect.
Besides, Ganpatipule has one of the most spectacular beaches along the Konkan Coast. It is an ideal getaway that attracts peace-seekers, beach lovers, and pilgrims alike. Ganpatipule is one of the only two white sand beaches in Maharashtra, the other being Kashid Beach. Jaigad Fort, Prachin Konkan Museum, Arey Ware Beach, Guhagar Beach, and Velneshwar are the other prominent places to visit in Ganpatipule.
Distance from Pune: 307 Kms
Historical & Heritage | Beach
Ratnagiri is a port city on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra. About 308 km from Pune, and 350 km from Mumbai, Ratnagiri is one of the popular destinations for beaches in Maharashtra. Ratnagiri can be visited along withMahabaleshwar tour packages.
Surrounded by the beautiful hills of Sahyadri ranges, Ratnagiri offers the most diverse attractions for tourists in the form of the most beautiful beaches, historical monuments, and serene temples. However, the beaches in Ratnagiri dominate all other tourist attractions. Mandvi Beach, Pawas Beach, Ganeshghule Beach, Bhatye Beach, and Ganpatipule Beach are the other famous beaches you must visit as part of Ratnagiri tour packages.
Apart from the beaches, there are other places to visit in Ratnagiri like Ratnadurg Fort, Thibaw Palace, Gateway of Ratnagiri, Vijaydurg Fort & Beach, Ganpatipule, and Jaigad Fort & Lighthouse. Ratnagiri is also the birthplace of the great freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak. Ratnagiri is also home to Alphonso mango, known as the King of Indian mangoes.
Distance from Pune: 303 Kms
At a distance of 9 km from Ganpatipule Bus Stand and 14 km from Ratnagiri, Aare Ware Beach is a beautiful secluded beach situated near Nevare village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. This is one of the best beaches on the Konkan coast and also one of the famous places to visit in Ganpatipule.
Actually, Aare and Ware are two beaches with clean blue water and are a delight to watch. Aare Beach is one of the lesser-known beaches of the Ratnagiri district. This is a very long beach having a length of approximately 3 km and is mostly an untouched beach. A beautiful and dense plantation of Suru dotted the seashore. This quite long beach is an isolated one covered with smooth sand and offers a breathtaking view of the sunset. The beach is still unspoiled and virgin, making it one of the best place for travelers seeking sheer solitude and tranquility as part of Ganpatipule tour packages.
Aare Ware point, a place on the top of a hill presents a panoramic view of the beach below. These beaches are on the road connecting Ganpatipule to Ratnagiri and is called Aare Ware road. Travelling down this road provides ultimate views of the Konkan Sea and landscapes.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Distance from Pune: 294 Kms
At a distance of 20 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Juhu Beach is situated in the western suburb of Mumbai. Juhu Beach is one of the largest and most popular beaches in Mumbai.
Juhu Beach is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea and it stretches for 6 km long up to Versova. To the north of this beach is Gandhi Gram, where Mahatma Gandhi lived in his days as a lawyer. The southern end of the beach is marked by a number of luxury hotels. The beach is one of the busiest beach in Mumbai and also one of the popular picnic spots in Mumbai.
Several centuries back, when Mumbai was actually seven islands, Juhu was part of one of the islands that now forms the city. Lined by the Arabian Sea, Juhu is home to one of the country's finest theatres, Prithvi Theatre, along with being home to various Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Dharmendra, Hritik Roshan, etc. The beach is among the most popular sites in the city for the annual Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations where thousands of devotees arrive in grand processions, carrying idols of the Lord Ganesh of various sizes, to be immersed in the water at the beach.
The beach is most famous for its street-side food like Pani Puri, Sev Puri, Pav Bhaji and more. Moreover, tourists can buy cloths, balloons, ice creams and numerous other things from the stalls at the beach. It is a popular tourist attraction throughout the year and is also a sought after destination for film shootings.
Distance from Pune: 158 Kms
At a distance of 32 km from Alibaug, 20 km from Murud - Janjira Fort, and 133 km from Mumbai, Kashid Beach is a beautiful beach on the shores of the Arabian Sea at Kashid. It is one of the popular beaches in Maharashtra and also a popular weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune.
Kashid Beach is tucked between two hillocks and is known for its clear waters, white sand and casuarina groves that line the shore. The 3 km long white sand beach is the most beautiful and alluring in the Konkan region. Kashid Beach is a quiet and soothing place and a perfect getaway from the busy city life. Kashid is not as commercially popular as most other beaches in the state. Most tourists stop over at Kashid en route Alibag or Murud.
Kashid Beach is also perfect for surfing with waves rising as high as six feet almost throughout the year. However swimming is not recommended at Kashid. Kashid is also a popular destination for water sports like water scooters, parasailing and banana boat rides. The beach is very crowded on weekends but on weekdays it has almost deserted look.
There are lots of shacks with hammocks offering snacks, cold drinks, and coconut water. One can relax there and enjoy the beauty of beach.
Distance from Pune: 172 Kms
Pilgrimage | Beach
At a distance of 21 km from Ratnagiri, Ganeshgule Beach is a beautiful beach situated at Ganeshgule village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is one of the most serene Maharashtra beaches, and among the top places to visit in Ratnagiri.
Ganeshghule Beach is popular among nature lovers and is known for its clear sunset view. The beach is 1.5 km long and is flanked by mountains on both sides. The rocky, white sandy terrain and clear emerald sea of the secluded Ganeshghule Beach is an idyllic holiday retreat for many travellers who visit the beach as of Ratnagiri packages.
Ganeshgule Beach is considered a perfect place for those who want to relax and spend peaceful moments. Swimming and sunbathing are the favorite activities at the beach. This beach also has many water sport activities such as snorkeling, diving, surfing, and parasailing. Visitors can even enjoy boat riding when visiting this beach.
The well-known Ganeshgule Temple is located 1.5 km from the beach. This temple is a popular religious place and is visited by many pilgrims from the Konkan region. This temple contains the idol of Lord Ganesha that is known as Swayambhu. The trunk of Lord Ganesha is towards the west in the temple. In addition, this temple contains an ancient well of the Pandava era.
Distance from Pune: 318 Kms
Beach | Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 5 km from Korlai, 18 km from Alibaug and 15 km from Kashid, Revdanda Fort is an ancient Portuguese fort located at Revdanda in Raigad district of Maharashtra. The fort is located at the mouth of the Kundalika River.
Revdanda Fort, also known as Revdanda Aagarkot, was built by Portuguese Captain Soj in 1558 CE. In 1740 CE, Revdanda along with the Korlai Fort came under Maratha kingdom as per the treaty signed by the Portuguese. Angres defeated the fort in 1817 CE but it came under the British Raj in 1818 AD.
The periphery of the fort is around 5 km. The entire fortification has two main doors one from north and the other from south. Of which the northern gate was for land connection and the southern gate was used as a passage to the sea. This route opens to the main sea through the Revdanda creek. Portuguese built a dock over here which had become non-existent over time. The north and south gate is connected directly by a long road made of stones. Now, only the western part of the compound has some relics of the ancient fort. The remaining portion has eventually become the Revdanda village with houses and patches of farmlands.
The fort has a 4 storey tower and a couple of cannons within its walls. There is an old passage beneath the principle walls which is presently blocked. Revdanda had a chapel where St Francis Xaviers delivered one of his earliest sermons in the Indian subcontinent. Revdanda was also the first place in India where Afanasy ...
Distance from Pune: 157 Kms
At a distance of 13 km from Kihim Beach, 19 km from Alibaug, Mandwa Beach is a scenic beach situated at Mandwa village in Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. It is a popular weekend beach destination from Mumbai city.
Mandwa is a stunning beach thronged by number of tourists. The beach is isolated from crowd and pollution. The village of Mandwa, which is located nearby, attracts visitors due to the presence of dense coconut trees. The beautiful sunset view from the beach is really picturesque. Chaul is also a popular tourist spot situated near the beach. This place is known for a church, Buddhist caves, a synagogue, a temple and several ruins of Portuguese.
Mandwa Beach is a water sport enthusiast's dream destination, infact the place boasts of being the best water sports center around Mumbai and Pune. The various water sports activities are Jet Ski, kayaking, banana tube ride, water scooters etc. The town also has another tourist attraction the Karmarkar Museum famous for its sculptures. On a clear day one can enjoy a long, breathtaking view across the bay, up to the Gateway of India.
Regular ferries are available from the Gateway of India to Mandwa jetty to reach the beach.
Distance from Pune: 150 Kms
At a distance of 4.5 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Chowpatty Beach, officially known as Girgaon Chowpatty, is one of the most famous beaches in Mumbai adjoining Marine Drive in the Girgaon area. This is a popular beach which attracts people of all age groups and also one of the top tourist places in Mumbai.
Chowpatty Beach has been an important center for many celebrations over the years, including Ganesh Chaturthi. During this festival, thousands of devotees gather at the beach to participate in the immersions of the Lord Ganapathi idols in the Arabian Sea. Another popular festival that is held here is Ramlila, which lasts for a period of 10 days. Processions, energetic dance performances and beating of the drums are an integral part of this festival.
The beach is not as famous for activities like sunbathing or swimming as for its street food. Every evening, the beach is crowded by people of all ages, along with food kiosks, ferries and balloon sellers. Tourists can either sit under the shade of stunted trees to relax or taste the flavours of variety of street food. Take a barefoot stroll on the golden sands or admire the sunrise and sunset as you laze around on the beach front.
Swimming is not advisable at the beach because the water surrounding the beach is heavily polluted. Fecal coliform was recorded in the water in 2013 at levels of 1455 per 100 ml, far above the acceptable standard of 500 per 100 ml.
Distance from Pune: 163 Kms
At a distance of 79 km from Ganpatipule and 46 km from Chiplun, Guhagar is a pristine beach located at Guhagar in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is one of the top places to visit in Ganpati Pule.
Guhagar Beach is one of the cleanest and less polluted beaches in Maharashtra. It is located just 200 m from Guhagar Bus Stand towards the western side. Guhagar is the place where Vashishti River empties into Arabian Sea. Guhagar Beach is a very long beach and extends for almost 6 km between two hillocks.
Guhagar Beach is the main beach and also the most prominent tourist attraction in Guhagar. The beach is dotted with thick plantations of suru trees and white sand. It is known for activities like swimming and sunbathing. The sea beach offers swings and slides to the children and camel ride to the elders. This beach is also famous for various food and beverage stalls, chaat stalls and flea markets. There are no water-sports or boating activities.
There is another route to reach Guhagar from Ganpatipule via Jaigad, which is about 55 km and it includes 2.5 km ferry ride on Jaigad River.
Distance from Pune: 244 Kms
Beach | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 17 km from Guhagar and 72 km from Ganpatipule, Velneshwar Temple and Beach are located at Velneshwar in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.
Sri Velneshwar Temple is believed to be one of the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. Earlier, the temple was built by Gadgils and was later renovated by Sri Trimbak Ravaji Gokhale. Representing an example of ancient Hindu architectural style, the temple houses many small shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Ganesha and Kala Bhairav. The main sanctum of the temple is adorned with paintings and stone carvings representing various episodes of mythology. This temple is flocked by a large number of devotees during the festival of Mahashivratri. It is held in the month of March and celebrated in honour of the deity Lord Shiva.
Another prime attraction of Velneshwar is the Velneshwar Beach which is lined with coconut trees. This is one of the most secluded and pristine beaches in the entire Konkan stretch and with popular destinations like Guhagar and Ganpatipule flanking it on either sides. This beach is quite famous for its location and also the peaceful surroundings. The beach experiences stable waves throughout the year and is an ideal beach for swimming and sunbathing. Water sports are the frequent activities, which are carried out here.
Distance from Pune: 249 Kms
Beach | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 7 km from Velneshwar Temple and 31.5 km (includes ferry ride) from Ganpatipule, Hedvi Ganesh Temple & Beach is located at Hedvi village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.
Lakshmi Ganesh Temple at Hedvi is also known as Dasabhuj Ganesh Temple and is one of the famous temples of Konkan region. The name Sri Dasabhuj Ganesh is derived from the idol of Lord Ganesha which possesses dasha bhuja, meaning ten hands. This temple was constructed during the reign of the Peshwas and has been carved from white marble found in Kashmir. The idol is 3 feet high and has 10 hands. There is big ceremony of birth of Ganesh from Shukla Chaturthi to Shashthi in Magh. There is procession of Ganesh in chariot.
Hedvi Beach is situated about 3 km from the Dasabhuj Ganesh Temple and is a black sand cove between the two white sand beaches of Guhagar, Velneshwar and Ganpatipule. Hedvi Beach is a small stretch and is famous because of a rock formation that sits on the beach. Hedvi Beach is not safe for swimming and a dip ideally should be avoided.
Hedvi also has the Uma Maheshwari temple and the Brahman Ghal, a natural gorge. The Brahman Ghal is about 35 feet in length, 20 feet in depth and 2 feet wide. This spot is about 3 km from Dasabhuj Ganesh Temple situated behind Uma Maheshwari temple. At high-tide, sea waves rush into this gorge and collide on rocks and a water column of about 15-20 meters rises from this gorge. Listening the thundering noise of waves colliding ...
Distance from Pune: 248 Kms
At a distance of 30 km from Vijaydurg Fort and 101 km from Ratnagiri, Devgad Beach is a serene beach situated in Devgad town of Sindhudurg district.
Devgad is located on the Arabian Sea coast in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. The Devgad Beach is a popular picnic spot and lies just 1 km away from Devgad Bus Stand. The beach is sandwiched between the two small hills and there are some windmills located on a cliff on one end. The greenery on the beach side is marvelous. Activities like swimming and sunbathing can be enjoyed at this beach.
Devgad Beach is a very clean, nice and relaxing beach. It has an ancient temple on its shores. Close to the Devgad Beach is the famous Devgad Fort. The beach also has a big harbor and a lighthouse. From the top of the lighthouse, one can enjoy the view of the passing by ships. Devgad is globally famous for its delicious saffron colored Alphonso Mangoes.
Distance from Pune: 361 Kms
At a distance of 11.5 km from Alibaug and 13 km from Mandwa Beach, Kihim Beach is a beautiful beach situated at Kihim village on Mandwa - Alibag road in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Kihim Beach is one of the popular beaches on the Konkan coastline and also one of the top places to visit in Alibaug.
Kihim beach is one amongst the most popular Alibaug Beachs with a long stretch of clean sandy beach intermittent by rocky stretches. The beach has soft fine sand and is black in colour. The northern part of the beach is rocky and the southern part has a long stretch of sand.
The waters at Kihim are as inviting but those venturing to swim have to take caution of the rocks strewn across the beach. The Khanderi and Underi forts loom over the horizon from the Kihim shores and along with the rocky stretches offers one of the most beautiful views of the setting sun in this part of the Konkan beaches. Kihim also offers a rustic lifestyle along with a variety of seafood and typically Konkani cuisine.
A good way to relax at Kihim is to stay in a sea facing resort and observe the sight of colourful boats venturing out into the sea early morning for a daily catch of fish. The best time to visit Kihim is in the months of December to February when the weather is cool and pleasant. There are many accommodation facilities available in and around ...
Distance from Pune: 143 Kms
Beach | Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 5 km from Revdanda, 12 km from Kashid Beach, and 22 km from Alibaug, Korlai Fort is a Portuguese fort situated at Korlai in Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is one of the best places of sightseeing in Alibag and also one of the popular historical places near Mumbai.
Korlai Fort, also called Morro or Castle Curlew, was built by the Portuguese in 1521AD under the permission of Sultanate of Ahmednagar. It was built on Morro de Chaul Island which secures the way to the Revdanda Creek. It was meant as a companion to the fort at Chaul. The Portuguese built this fort as a strategic decision to defend their rule from Bassein to Korlai.
In 1521 AD, taking advantage of the confusion in the aftermath of the death of the Burhan Nizam the Portuguese tried to take over the fort but the Ahmednagar sultanate occupied the island. However in 1594, the Portuguese won the fort but not having enough men to stand guard there chose to destroy it leaving only the central tower and a battery intact. The fort was taken by the Marathas who held it from 1739 - 1818 CE.
A huge and tall fortification surrounds the entire fort area, which is of a length of 2828 feet and width of 8 feet. There are 11 large gates, of which four are outside and the remaining 7 are inside. All the gates exhibit the ancient Portuguese inscriptions. The area within the fort walls is divided into three enclosures by two lines of bastioned fortifications. The outside fortification has 305 parapets ...
Distance from Pune: 162 Kms
At a distance of 5 km from Murud - Janjira Fort and 48 km from Alibaug, Murud Beach is located on the shores of Arabian Sea at Murud in Raigad district of Maharashtra.
Murud Beach is a vast expanse of black sand with clear bluish waters stretching almost 1.75 km along the coastline. This is one of the famous beaches of Maharashtra and also one of the top places to visit in Alibaug. The Murud Beach is the charming destination, where stretches of sand is surrounded by hills on three sides. Rocky outcrops flank it to the north and south, while to the east lies the Murud Town and the hills beyond.
The view of the sunset is extremely beautiful and the adjoining island forts Janjira and Padmadurgad add to the beauty of the beach. The beach boasts of gentle and soothing breeze round the clock, this helps the tourists have a relaxing time tanning themselves. The beach has watersports and numerous boat trips in the area. This attracts many tourists and water sport lovers to the beach.
Distance from Pune: 162 Kms
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