CHIPLUN TOURISM | TOP TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT & TRAVEL GUIDE TO CHIPLUN
#21 of 22 Places to visit in Maharashtra
Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days
Nearest City to Chiplun: Pune (238 Kms), Mumbai (259 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Chiplun: September to December
Peak Season: October to November
At a distance of 84 km from Ganpatipule, 90 km from Ratnagiri, 107 km from Mahabaleshwar, 125 km from Satara, 163 km from Kolhapur, 238 km from Pune, 259 km from Mumbai, and 303 km from Panjim, Chiplun is a town in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Bang on the Mumbai-Goa highway, it is one of the popular Maharashtra tourist places, and among the prominent places to visit near Kolhapur.
Situated between the Western Ghats, and the Arabian Sea, Chiplun has stunning natural beauty, which includes lush greenery and stunning waterfalls. Chiplun means 'The abode of Lord Parashurama', got its name because of the famous temple it houses. Lies near the source of the Vashishti river, Chiplun is also an industrial town and happens to be one of the must include places in Konkan Tour.
Chiplun was believed to be the first home of the Konkanasth or Chitpavan Brahmans. According to folklore, after claiming the Konkan region from the aggressive sea, people were supplied with sixty ponds and sixty gardens by Parashuram, the 6th incarnation of Hindu god Vishnu. Parshuram is believed to be the founder and creator of the Chitpavan Brahman community. Chiplun was initially ruled by the Satavahanas, Shakas, Kshatrapas, Kalachuris, and Rashtrakutas. Later it was invaded by the Kadambas & Traikutas followed by the Delhi Sultanate, Marathas, and Peshwas majorly. In 1670, Shivaji won the Gowalkot fort and renamed it Govindagad. During the times of the Maratha Empire Chiplun was a halting-place when traveling towards the upper ghat regions of Satara. Chiplun can be visited along with Ratnagiri tour packages.
Chiplun offers a bouquet of attractions to its visitors. Parashuram Temple, Swatsada Waterfalls, Gowalkot Fort, Nehru Smriti Udayan, Murud-Dapoli Beach, Anjarle Ganapati Temple, Anjarle Beach, Koyna Dam, and Pandava Caves are the top places to visit in Chiplun.
Mumbai Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 245 km from Chiplun. About 5 km, Chiplun Railway Station has well train connectivity with Mumbai, Madgoan, Pune, Goa, Patna, Trivandrum, Delhi, Mangalore, Tirunelveli, Bikaner, Bhavnagar, Amritsar, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Kochuveli, Ratnagiri, Porbandar, Ajmer, Coimbatore, and Gandhidham. Ratnagiri is well connected by bus with Ganpatipule, Mumbai, Pune, Satara, Raigad, and Kolhapur.
In Chiplun, one will find accommodation in every part of the city, and finding a hotel at your preferred place should not be much of a challenge. From Luxury to budget, there are several hotels and resorts in Chiplun which provide a comfortable stay. If you are planning a trip to Chiplun, do not miss the scrumptious Malvani food. This cuisine comprises mostly of non-vegetarian delicacies cooked in a unique style.
Though Chiplun is an all-year-round destination, the best time to visit Chiplun is in the monsoons. During the monsoon season (June to September), Chiplun receives heavy rainfall. However, during this season, Chiplun looks all the more enticing and beautiful. The Sawatsada Waterfall too can only be seen during this season. The winters are mild and cozy, with the temperature not dropping below 10 degrees Celsius. While, Chiplun, the summers are hot and humid.