Anjarle Beach & Ganesh Temple
Beach | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 23 km from Dapoli, 41 km from Harihareshwar, and 152 km from Alibaug, Anjarle Beach is a beautiful and unspoilt white sand beach located at Anjarle village in Dapoli taluk of Ratnagiri district. Anjarle has one of the finest beaches in the Konkan region of Maharashtra and also a popular weekend getaway from Mumbai.
Anjarle is famous for its white sandy beach and endless rows of coconut palms. The beach is located near the lagoon of the river Jog, which is about 2 km long and the coastline of the beach is also smooth. Overall, the blue waters and the white sand create a pristine feel to the place and the ambience is perfect for a getaway.
Anjarle Beach is an idyllic place for the family to enjoy swimming. For the adventurous, water sports like parasailing, snorkeling and wind surfing are available. During low tide Anjarle Beach attracts a lot of birds making this place a bird watchers paradise. Visit the beach in the evenings when hundreds of fishing boats come back after their day at sea and gather to auction their catch. Fresh sea food is available at the shacks on the beach.
Anjarle is also famous for its ancient Ganesh Temple which stands on a cliff. The Kadyawarcha Ganapathi Temple is believed to have been built in 1150 AD using wooden pillars. It was renovated during the 18th century. Earlier devotees had to cross Jog River in a boat and then climb the hill to reach the temple. Now a bridge has been built so pilgrims can take their vehicle right up to the entrance of the temple. Ganapathi at this temple has a trunk curved towards right. This is unusual because Ganesh idols tend to have trunks curved towards the left. Devotees believe that Kadyawarcha Ganapathi is a live deity who will come to their rescue whenever they are in trouble.