About Chiplun

Country: India | State: 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.

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How to Reach Chiplun

By Air

Nearest Airport: Pune - Pune Airport (240 Kms)

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Nearest Train Station: Chiplun Station (0 Kms)

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Chiplun

Pilgrimage

#1 of 10 Places to Visit in Chiplun

At a distance of 7 km from Chiplun Bus Station, Parshuram Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated at Parshuram village near the town of Chiplun in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, India. Also known as Shree Kshetra Parshuram, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in the Konkan region, and among the must include places in Chiplun tour packages.

Parshuram Temple is dedicated to Lord Parshuram, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the important Chiplun places to visit. Since Parashuram created Konkan land, he is considered the presiding deity of the Konkan region. The temple was constructed by the Portuguese and the funds for its construction were provided by Janjirekar & Siddi. The temple was rebuilt by Swami Paramhansa Brahmendra. He was the Guru of Siddi Yakut khan of Janjira, Kanhoji Angre of Kolaba, Peshwa of Pune, Chhatrapati .....

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Waterfall

#2 of 10 Places to Visit in Chiplun

At a distance of 4 km from Chiplun Bus Station, and 4 km from Parshuram Temple, Sawatsada Fall is a seasonal waterfall situated near the town of Chiplun in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, India. It is one of the monsoon tourist places in Chiplun.

The Ratnagiri region of Maharashtra has many hidden gems that are just a delight to explore. From a beautiful coastline to dense forests, its natural and wild beauty captures the heart and is a visual delight. Sawatsada Waterfall is one of the lesser-known places to visit here and is a natural wonder worth a visit as part of Chiplun tour. One can watch this huge waterfall from the Mumbai-Chiplun road. So, in case if you are pressed for time, you can just make a quick stop here and take a few photos.

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Backwaters | Nature

#3 of 10 Places to Visit in Chiplun

At a distance of 41 km from Chiplun, and 86 km from Satara, Koyna Dam is a rubble-concrete dam situated at Koyna Nagar in the Satara district of Maharashtra. Nestled in the Western Ghats, it is one of the largest dams in Maharashtra, and among the top places to visit in Chiplun.

Koyna Dam was constructed on Koyna River, a major tributary of Krishna River. The construction of this dam was completed in 1963 and is amongst the chief civil engineering projects built after the independence of India. The catchment area of the Koyna Dam blocks up the Koyna River and creates the Shivsagar Lake, which is roughly 50 km long. The spillway of the dam is located at the center and it has 6 radial gates. The dam plays a vital role in flood controlling in monsoon season.

This dam is situated between Chiplun and Karad and is the main water source for the Western Maharashtra region. The main purpose of the dam is hydroelectricity with some irrigation in neighboring areas. Today the Koyna Hydroelectric .....

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Beach

#4 of 10 Places to Visit in Chiplun

At a distance of 23 km from Dapoli, 41 km from Harihareshwar, and 80 km from Chiplun, Anjarle Beach is a beautiful and unspoiled white sand beach located at Anjarle village in Dapoli taluk of Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra. It is one of the finest beaches in Maharashtra, and among the must include places in Chiplun trip.

The Anjarle Beach is one of the most scenic and secluded beaches in Dapoli and looks mesmerizing with its tall palm trees and clear blue waters. 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. The highlight is the white sand that looks so beautiful in the daylight when the sun's rays fall upon it and they shine bright like a diamond. Overall, the blue waters and the white sand create a pristine look to the place and the ambiance is perfect for a getaway. It is one of the most visited .....

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Pilgrimage

#5 of 10 Places to Visit in Chiplun

At a distance of 3 km from Anjarle Beach, 24 km from Dapoli, 43 km from Harihareshwar, and 82 km from Chiplun, Anjarle Ganapati Temple, also known as Kadyavarcha Ganapati Temple, is a Hindu temple located atop a hill in the small village of Anjarle in the Dapoli Taluka of Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra. It is one of the popular temples in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, and among the most popular places to visit near Chiplun.

Dedicated to Lord Ganesh, the Kadyawarcha Ganapathi Temple is believed to have been built in 1150 AD using wooden pillars. It was renovated during the 18th century and is a 3-tier structure. Ganapathi at this temple has a trunk curved towards the right, unlike most idols that have the trunk curved towards the left. Devotees believe that Kadyawarcha Ganapathi is a live deity who will come to their rescue whenever they are in trouble.

Apart from the Kadyavarcha Ganapati, there is one smaller temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on the temple premises. There .....

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Heritage

#6 of 10 Places to Visit in Chiplun

At a distance of 5 km from Chiplun Bus Station, the Gowalkot Fort is a small hill fort situated at Gowalkt near the town of Chiplun in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Located on the southern bank of the Vashishti River, it is one of the historical forts in the Konkan region, and among the must-visit tourist places in Chiplun.

Spread over 2 acres of land, Gowalkot Fort is surrounded by the river on three sides and a trench on the fourth side. It is said that this fort has been built by a king named 'Chougle'. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj conquered this fort in 1670 and renamed it Govindgad. However, his son Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj lost the fort to the Siddis. In 1736, Chimaji Appa, the younger brother of Peshwa Bajirao killed king Siddi Sat in the battle and took over Gowalkot Fort. In 1745, Tulaji Angre captured the fort and it remained under his control for a decade. In 1755, the Peshwas once again conquered the fort. The fort was taken over by the British in the year .....

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Beach

#7 of 10 Places to Visit in Chiplun

At a distance of 11 km from Dapoli, 12 km from Anjarle, 69 km from Chiplun, Murud-Dapoli Beach is a serene beach situated near Dapoli in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Located between Hernai and Karde beaches, it is one of the most visited beaches in Maharashtra, and among the must-visit places as part of Chiplun Tour.

Commonly called Murud-Harnai, Murud is a small town located on the rugged Konkan coastline. A long, scenic stretch of Murud Beach with swaying palms is the main attraction here. Murud Beach is made of very soft sand and is safe for swimming. The sunset at the beach is mesmerizing and makes up for the most picture-perfect moment in this destination. Activities like parasailing, dune buggy rides, camel rides, horse-cart rides, and water scooters are available. Dolphin watching boats leave early in the morning to take tourists out into the sea to watch dolphins. One can also dig into some local food items at the many eateries at the beach.

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Heritage

#8 of 10 Places to Visit in Chiplun

At a distance of 2 km from Chiplun Bus Station, Pandav Caves is a group of Buddhist caves situated in Chiplun. It is one of the historical places in Maharashtra, and among the popular places to visit in Chiplun.

Also known as Chiplun Caves, Pandav Leni has 3 caves and belongs to the Buddhist sect as evident from the structure. The main cave is a Mahadev temple, the left one has a trunk, a photo of goddess Lakshmi and an old idol. The stupa inside the first cave looks like it was broken and then converted into Mahadev temple. The laterite well built near to the Datta temple is thought to have been built by the Pandavas, and hence the caves got its name.

Next to the caves is a small rock-cut water cistern and the water doesn't look potable. In monsoon, a small waterfall would be present there which was evident from the rocks present there, forming a path for the waterfall. You can visit these caves anytime throughout the year. It will take 15 minutes to see the entire surrounding .....

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Pilgrimage | Beach

#9 of 10 Places to Visit in Chiplun

At a distance of 19 km from Shrivardhan, 61 km from Dapoli, 95 km from Raigad, 114 km from Chiplun, 122 km from Alibaug, 132 k from Mahabaleshwar, 159 km from Lonavala, 175 km from Pune, and 213 km from Mumbai, Harihareshwar is a coastal town in Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. It is one of the popular weekend getaways from Pune, and Mumbai.

Situated on the Konkan coast, Harihareshwar is surrounded by four hills named Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri, and Pushpadri. The river Savitri enters the Arabian Sea from the town of Harihareshwar. This is one of the best Maharashtra beach destinations. This beach town is often called Southern Kashi because it is home to the Harihareshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The town is said to have been blessed by Lord Shiva. Hence Harihareshwar is often referred to as Devghar or 'house of God'.

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Distance (From Chiplun): 114 Kms
Trip Duration (From Chiplun - Including Travel): Full Day
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Pilgrimage | City

#10 of 10 Places to Visit in Chiplun

At a distance of 48 km from Sangli, 113 km from Belgaum, 125 km from Satara, 188 km from Mahabaleshwar, 209 km from Panjim, 210 km from Hubli, 237 km from Pune, 250 km from Solapur, 388 km from Mumbai, 452 km from Nashik, 584 km from Hyderabad, and 609 km from Bangalore, Kolhapur is a city and the district headquarters of Kolhapur district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is one of the popular places of temple towns in India , and among the most famous places to visit in Maharashtra.

Situated on the banks of the Panchganga River, Kolhapur is a beautiful city famed for its religious and historical sites. The ancient city finds its mention in the holy Devi Bhagavata Purana as a place of Kollamma worship. The town derives its name from a mythological story of Kolhasur - a demon who was slain by Goddess Mahalakshmi. The famous Mahalakshmi Temple is situated here in honor of Goddess Mahalakshmi, .....

Distance (From Chiplun): 167 Kms
Trip Duration (From Chiplun - Including Travel): Full Day
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