Amboli Hill Station
Asra Mahal Beach
Vijaydurg or Victory Fort
Welcome to Sindhudurg,
Sindhudurg is a district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is situated along the Konkan coast. It is situated very close to Goa. Sindhudurg is famous for its serene and beautiful beaches, temples, historical forts and folk art forms like Dashavtar, Chitrakathi, Pangul, Keertan, Dhangiri dance. This district has a great potential for attracting foreign tourists.
This Kokan region of Maharashtra has picturesque stretch of land on the west cost of India, endowed with the beautiful seashore, picturesque mountains and scenic natural beauty. This district is famous for tropical fruit like Alphonso mangoes, cashews, Jamuns etc.
It is 14 k.m. from Malvan Town. Godess Bharadidevi of Angnewadi village is renowned all over. She has occured in a self existent rock from. It is believed that when a person asks for a favor, the godess fulfills it. Once in a year devotees from Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka come together in a village for pilgrimage.
Here Goddess is offered 'Otti' (Coconut and Blouse Piece). The local people who are entitled to honor and respect come and sit together in a temple on a Dali (Mat Made up of Bomboo) and decide a day of holding a fair. According to the rituals Mask, Saree and Ornaments are worm to the Devi; then begins offering of `Otti' which is continued through out the fair day. Women from every house on the same day quitely cook food after their bath. The food is offered to the Devi as a prasad for which devotees call Tat Lagne. The prasad is then distributed among the pilgrims who show their presence in thousands during the fair day.
It is 22km north of Malvan Town. This one is a paradise for swimmers and dolphin watchers. Dolphin season is between October and February. It is a few km ahead of Tondavali beach. It is quite popular during season time. There are some fishing activities around here but mostly it is a good space to chill with the sea waves.
Amboli is a hill station near Sawantwadi . It is quite but pleasant hill resort. It is 690 mtrs above sea level. The area is surrounded with dense forest and sea view point offers you panoramic view of a good part of konkan coast. It is 26 k.m far from Sawantwadi. There is a big Marvelous Water-fall (30 Mtrs Hight) 1.5 K.m. away from Amboli. Most of the young lot take bathe under pouring water. In summer, weather condition is pleasant and cool.
The view points are :
Sunset Point : In the evening sunset turns horizon into shades of orange, red and pink before being extinguished into deep blue waters of Arabian sea.
Nagartas Waterfall : For waterfall lovers this roaring beauty is just 9 k.m. away.
Hiranykeshi : Scenic place of worship dedicated to Lord Shiva where pilgrims gather in large numbers during Mahashivratri. The Hiranykeshi river originates from mountain rock and flows down from this place. You can spend hours angling for fish in its proceedings stream. 5.5 Km away from Amboli.
Botanical Garden : This historic garden is a precious treasure of Amboli.Here you can open- mindedly roam in the woods for joy and pleasure. Vanbhojan,the picnic out in the woods with family or friends will make your movement truly enchanting one.
Karvi : This tree flowers once in a seven years. When it blossoms it adds to the beauty of Amboli mountain range.
The road to the village Aravali near Vengurla is well traversed by the feet of pilgrims that walk down miles to have glimpse of the Lord Vithoba. Shri Vithoba Temple and Sateri Devi Mandir of Aravali are famous for being Jagrut Devsthan (Lords that fulfill the wishes). The long winding route is replete with pilgrims moving towards the temples in hordes carrying bananas as offering. It is pertinent to mention here that Lord Vithoba's favourite offerings are a brand new pair of large-sized Kolhapuri chappals (Slippers manufactured in a place called Kolhapur). It is believed that the Lord walks the paths of the village traversed by the faithful wearing those very chappals. After obtaining Lords blessings it is advisable to enjoy the natural beauty that is offered by the long beaches.
This beach extends from the Chivla beach and there is a Navy detachment and petrol centre. It also has a modest government rest house; one can watch the sea from a distance sitting on a low wall created to confine the guesthouse. The Sindhudurg fort is visible from here as a far away horizon spot.
This is the place of penance of Bhalchandra Baba. He lived here for 55 years. Monument is constructed and accommodation is available here in specially built 'Bhakt Nivas' for a nominal price. It is possible for devotees to do pooja-archa, abhishekh of shri Samartha's Monument.
It is 17 k.m. from Malvan town. At Maure town both this fort are located close to each close to each other but separated by an estuary. Bharatgad's outside wall is in dialogite condition today prominent feature of this fort is a more then 200 ft. deep well which has a carved door at the bottom. It is believed that the cave beginning from this door leads to Sindhudurg Fort. The temple and Masjid in proximity inside the fort is a symbol of Hindu and Muslim unity.
Exquisitely secluded on Exotic western shores of Sindhudurg. This beach offers to the tourist wonderful view of Karli's estuary which mingles secretly with sea waters from behind Devbaug's Famous Mobar Point. The beach lures to the tourists by its stunning white sand and beautiful blue water lagoon, thus an idealist spot for swimming , sunbathing and pick nicking. Flock of local sea birds add to the beauty of serene surroundings by playing with the sea waters. You can explore much more here. A hill in the back drop offers panoramic view of Arabian sea and light house situated on the rocky island. Sunset is the peak time to watch this natures expression.
This is a beautiful stretch of clean sands and clear waters bordering Malvan town from North West. It is a very small beach and there is nothing much to do here but laze around and watch the sun go down. A small restaurant called Silver Sands serves local fish and refreshments.
In indian mythology the ten incarnations of lord Vishnu is collectively known as Dashavatar. To preserve the universe from destruction Vishnu took ten defferent froms (Avatar) from time to time. They are Matsya (Fish) Katchha (Turtle)Varaha (Boar)Narsimha) (half man half Lion), Waman (A brahman boy),Purshuram , rama, Krishna, Budhha and kalanki. In Sindhudurg Dashavatar is Most popular artform. Dance ritual dramas are held in most of the temples during festive occassions. intresting charecters in these dramas are Apsaras (Heavenly maidens) Their role in womans attaire are played by the mens.
It is 12km south of Malvan Town. A confluence of the Karli River flowing into the Arabian Sea. This point marks the southern most tip of the malvan taluka. An interesting geographical site, it is far more enchanting to see it atop the bridge built to cross over the river into Vengrula.
Situated in the western part of Sindhudurg, the Dhamapur Lake is well known for its clean, crystal clear waters. Spread over 5 acres, the lake area is ideal for excursions and water sports. Dhamapurlake water is very pure. Near Dhamapur lake Bhagawati Temple is there. Boating fascility also avaliable.
A visit to Vengurla is incomplete without a visit to the Konkan farming university and Fruit Research Centre. This multipurpose institute is a study centre as well as tourist spot. The R and D center specializes in remolding and creating a more efficient and strong variety of Mango and Cashew crop. Sindhu, a brand new variety of mango, was developed by the institute and is now being appreciated by the cynosure of mangoes. The nursery run by the research centre offers a variety of saplings. The cashew factory in the vicinity displays the entire process of cashew separation, roasting and packing.
If a Keralite ever told you that Backwaters at Kerala were the best, tell him to have a look at the Karli Backwaters. The influence of Karli river where it meets the Arabian sea near the Karli creek provides one the most picturesque scenes in the area. A boat ride up the river starting from the creek is full of beautiful and surprising moments. The ride against the river nearing its journey is amazingly swift. The waters however, hide the turmoil within and it's only when some troubled dolphin jumps to the surface and zigzags back that one gets the true picture of the abyss. The rivers banks are covered with verdant forests and one shouldn't be faulted for comparing it to the ride across the Amazon.
It is 35 k.m. from Vengurla town. This dilapidated fort by the seashore impress upon the visitor by its range of rocks situated at its bottom. The rippling perennial springs here content one's mind. Fort also commands the fine view of Bhogwe beach.
If you have ever dreamt of owning a huge and beautiful beach to yourselves then Kolamb beach would swell your chest with pride for the crowd on this mesmerizing beach is so thin that it's not possible to wonder if you own and have the beach all for yourselves. Hardly a soul will be visible on the beach; unfortunately neither would you find any food or drink vendor in the vicinity. Left all to yourselves if you have your rations packed and raring to move then Kolamb is the place for you. Kolamb beach ends up in a creek from one side called the Kolamb creek.
It is famous, both as a picturesque holiday resort and a religious place. The elaborately carved Kunkeshwar Temple was built around 1100 AD, by the Yadava rulers. Visited frequently by Shivaji, the temple is considered as a fine example of contemporary sculpture. Kunkeshwar is also renowned for its coconut, palm and mango plantations and a variety of seafood. Southwards along the coast, beyond the creek at Mumbri, is a lovely walk all along the rocky slopes. It ends at the temple of Kunkeshwar, a lonely stretch of sand that simply sparkles in the sunlight.
This is one of the most commercially active beaches in the Konkan. It is buzzing with life at the jetty where most of the fishermen anchor their boats of various dimensions and colors. There are a few bars and restaurants on the beach unlike most other seashores on the Sindhudurg coast. Especially to try here is a humble seafood specialty joint called Khot, run by an ex mechanical engineer. It is one of the friendliest atmospheres alive with banter among the locals.
It is close to the city centre and perhaps the most accessible beach in the area. Another promising forthcoming attraction here is a one of its kind marine park in Asia. The area of Malvan is a fortified island on the coastal reef. Coral patches have been recorded in the interstitial regions around the Sindhudurg fort. Most of these marine flora and fauna from the inter-tidal area is exposed during any low tide. So keep an eye out for a great opportunity for scuba diving. However, for now the best attraction on this beach remains to be the Sindhudurg fort.
The Mochemad village near Vengurla is beautifully placed in the arms of several green hills and a few mountains. This gives feeling of the village being placed inside a bowl and to top it off it has also been blessed with a Golden sand beach that stretches its clean sand for miles. The water is pure and clean. The coastline has been strewn with "Suru" tree plantations. The calm sea breeze blows across the beach and the waves of the Arabian Ocean splash the beach relentlessly. The water is safe for swimming and the beach is isolated from the normal hustle associated with any beach.
Moti means pearl and this lake is a Pearl in the cap of picturesque town Sawantwadi it reside in enchanting landscape formed by the pleasing green hills all around baoting facilty is available in the lake. Sawantwadi town situated at the periphery of Moti talav is an unique example of peripheral city of India.
Located at Sherpe village in Vaibhavwadi taluka this waterfall is known as Swimmers delight. A swim in its cool pool is very safe and refreshing. Here one can easily explore the secret of cascading water by reaching close to the spot from where water emerges from the top in the from of bubbles through hard and compact rocks. the area around the waterfall is also a natural habitat for the rare species of birds, specially for the Hornbills.
Offers peace and serenity to independent travellers. Fishermen seen launching their traditional boats and nets daily into the sea is an interesting feature to watch on this beach. Adjoining the beach is a twin village Kochra, which offers wonderful view of small tropical oasis on Nivati's shore.
Some other beaches are :
Velagar Beach, Bagayat Beach, Khavane Beach, Redi Beach.
Beaches In Deogad are :
Kunkeshwar Beach, Mithbav Beach, Katwan Beach.
It is 23 k.m. from Malvan Town. Lord Rameshwar is tutelary deity of Achara Village. A unique tradition observed here is that once in a five years village seek divine verdict of Lord Rameshwar and the occasion called "Gavpalne" takes place. In a ritual villagers and all domesticated animals has to reside outside the village for nearly three days. A strong belif is that by mercy of Rameshwar villager's life is protected from all risks. Temple offers devotees 10 room residency in its spacious courtyard which resembles popular temples of Goa.
It is 18 k.m. from Kudal town; Situated at an altitude of 2600 ft. above sea level Rangnagad is a trekkers delight. This fort is among the fifteen forts built during the Shilahar Bhoj's regime. Shivaji captured Rangnagad in 1659 and made the fort his favourit resting place. Fresh water in lake and Rangnaidevi temple inside the fort are scenic splendors.
This place is situated at south west to sawantwadi. Some years back this place was known for bauxite and others ores of aluminium but today mining is hampered and it is dominated by Usha Ispat Company.Redi is gifted with Arabian sea to its west and it has got ancient history of Lord Ganesha. Round about 18 years back a local person named Sadashiv Kambli visualised the sclupture of Lord Ganesha in his dreams for this he persuade it for long period and with help of Local workers he dug out the sclupture of Ganesha from sea shore. Today after survey it is now clear that this was made by Panadavas during their rule the sclupture is about 6 feet in height and 4 feets in breadth whole thing was readily found in one single piece.
The main attractions at Vengurla are undoubtedly the amazingly clean stretches of white sand beaches. The Sagareshwar beach, almost at a distance of 4 km from the Bus stop, is another gorgeous feather in the cap of Vengurla. The beach can be approached various directions but the recommendation is to rush towards the sea through the small shrubs along the road and feel the soft talcum sand caress the feet before the plunge into the sea. The best part is that the beach is largely unspoilt and is deserted. The sea is calm and choppy at the best and is extremely safe for a dip.
The Sagreshwar beach also houses the quaint and rustic Sagareshwar temple of Lord Shiva. The temple has been built with stones and imparts a grand look which is in total contrast to the approachable and submissive sea waves that splash the temple footsteps. The beach surrounding the temple has been carefully crafted and tended in order to grow a blooming courtyard full of colorful variety of flowers. The courtyard also presents a massive Deepstambh right at the entrance of the temple and of course the ever vigilant Nandi the Bull at the entrance of the Lord's abode.
It is 4 k.m. from Malavan town. Sarjekot is one amongst the chain of forts built by Shivaji in and around Malavan. Fort is situated on the mouth of Talashil Estuary which displays its splendor. The imposing sructure is encircled by ditch on three of its sides leaving one facing Arabian sea. Sunset view from this fort fascinates visitors. Sarjekot is also a natural port.
The palace was built by Khem Sawant Bhosale ruler of princely state Sunderwadi during 1755-1803. Entry gate (Lester gate) was built in 1895.
Traditional products manufactured by local artisans are displayed at Shilpgram. Some handicraft item are made in this place and they are exhibited here.
Featuring natural beauty, privacy, sparking blue waters, long stretch of silver sands,cool sea breeze whispering through towering Cajurina plantations on the beach, amenities and salt depots around the village Shiroda is feast for the eyes of the visitors.In 1930 salt satyagraha took place in Shiroda with the order of Rastrapita Mahatma Gandhi. Police arrested hundred's of protectors ( Swayamsevaks) trying to rob salt by breaking the fence, nut they couldn't stop Swayamsevaks from looting the salt. This conflict continued till Ghandhiji had talks of equality with general Erwin. Shiroda is also said to be the land of inspiration for eminent novelist V.S.Khandekar.
The Maratha King Chhattrapati Shivaji believed in residing his follower's hearts. However, his son Rajaram decided to create a temple dedicated to his father. Thus came up the Shri Shivchhatrapati temple on the Sindhudurg in 1695. The familiar idol of the King has been depicted as in Yogic Veerasan pose. The idol itself has been carved out of black stone and is complete with all the details of the Kings appearance including the legendary beard except maybe the strange headgear that has been presented instead of the familiar conical crown. Also available on the tower near Dilli gate, are 2 domes where Shivaji's foot prints alongside his palm prints dried lime slabs are preserved.
Huge sea rocks of Malvan has easefully shouldered the responsibility of two Forts Sindhudurg and Padmagad on their broad chest. The name of the fort is given to the Sindhudurg district. Tourist from all over the world visit through out the year to see this Maratha glory. The fort was built with the help of huge rocks on the Kurte Island which amazes people and one appreciates imaginative power of Shivaji. In 1664 shivaji erected this fort on 44 acers of land. It took 500 stone splitters and stone breakers, 200 blacksmiths , 3000 labourers and hundreds of skilled artists who toiled very hard to complete this fort in three years. This is evident from stone inscriptions. Initially 3 K.M. long outer wall (Tat) was built. Average height of wall 10 meter and 2 to 4 meter broad in which liquid lead was used in the foundation. This wall today also stands impenetrable.
Maratha king Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj built this fort on island of 'kurte'. In those days Malvan was used for ship building and repairing works. Then the city developed accordingly. It was a planned city with market area, Residence Offices etc. In Sindhudurg Fort there is 'Shri Shivarajeshwar temple' of King Shivaji. Also there are temple of Hanuman and Jarimari mandir and Goddess 'Bhavani Temple'. Impressions of shivaji's fingers prints found to be preserved here on one of the wall.
It is 8KM south of Malvan Town. When you ask any local, what are the places to visit in Malvan, a unanimous answer is the Tarkarli Beach. True to its promise, this beach is a favorite with sand particles devoid of any red tinge and sky reflecting waters. MTDC has a luxury resort around the beach. Most of the time you are not allowed if you do not live at the resort, but exceptions are made quite easily. This is also one of the most notorious beaches to swim in and 21 tourists have died until date. So be careful whilst going deep into the waters.
It is 59 k.m. from Kankavali town. This wonderful steep rock fort was established under the regime of "King Bhoj" in 12th century. Standing at an altitude of 3000 ft. fort is advantageously located on the topmost peak of Gaganbavada. It slopes down to bottom nearly from all the sides leaving one narrow way for the visitors to enter inside the fort.
It is 19km North of Malvan Town. This is perhaps the true manifestation of an untouched beach. It was one of the most difficult beaches for me to uncover. I had to hike almost a km from the road to get to the shore but it was totally worth the drain. When I first saw a glimpse of the shore from the end of the tree thickets, I could identify with a feeling of someone who discovers new land. Not a single soul here and the sand had just patterns of sea wind. Fine grains of soft white particles urged me to feel them without my footwear. Cool waters splashing away you almost feel sorry no one watches this phenomenon abundantly.
A beach may attract a lot of tourists for its open sea attraction but when a beach like Vayangani attracts tourists its not entirely for the sea shore but also for the enchanting location and the greenery that surrounds it. The lush green mango, cashew and Jack fruit trees cover entire beach stretch. Tender coconuts are available at throw away prices at the beach and sipping water from them in total bliss of the beach is an experience not to be missed. More than the sand stretch it is the greenery surrounding it that leads an exodus of tourists toward the Vayangani beach.
The town of Vengurla used to be one of the busiest ports of the Western shores of the country. Times have changed and so have the fortunes of this once bustling port which now stands a mute spectator amidst the ruins of the old port. The jetty built with cement and wood is still capable of berthing small boats. The light house placed right above the hill overlooking the jetty presents a royal image of the jetty. It is also possible to lay eye upon the Goan shoreline and the Terekhol River. The busy port of the Maratha warriors, however, now lies in taters.
It is human to look out for identifiable signs when out on an excursion and the need remains even when the fishermen folks venture out in the sea. The guiding force of a magnificent tower, the Vengurla Lighthouse located on a hill that stands tall above the jetty is hard to miss. The path to the Lighthouse, is through a long winding path of foliage and greenery. The Lighthouse and staff quarters are perched right on the top of the hill. The flat plateau on the top of the hill provides a memorable view of the shore and beach below. It is awe inspiring to see the vast stretch of sea spread before you.
Sprawling over an area of 48 acres, Vijaydurg, fort of victory, was once seized by the British following a bloody battle. They renamed it Fort Augustus. A dilapidated board at the entrance of the fort relates its history. One of the best views of the fort is from the jetty. The fort stretches out into the sea and a walk inside its precincts is worthwhile.
Shivaji added triple rows of huge walls, umpteen towers and spacious inner buildings to it and strengthened it in the 17th century. Vijaydurg's beach is a stretch of about a kilometre with good views of the fort at the right and a small plateau with a hut to the left. Once naval bases, Vijaydurg and Sindhudurg bear testimony to Maharashtra's martial supremacy during Shivaji's reign.
This is one of the ancient temple in this district. It is near Malvan Town. The sculpture of this temple are quite surprising and captivating.
It is in Kudal Town. Offers Truly spell binding view Tarkarli creek (Estury) situated between majestic mountains that slopes down to meet its stream; but to see this view the visitor has to trek from mauli Temple to one huge rock situated towards west on the top of the hill. Here visitors turnout in large numbers in summer season.
Walawal is also known for Laxmi Narayan temple. The natures amazing pecularity here is that one full moon day Lord Laxminarayan sees reflected images of both Sun and Moon in the river. That means on the full moon day when the sun is sinking towards west coincidently moon also rises in the east. Some other are Nerurpar Creek, Katwan Creek, Kolamb Creek.
- Kudal Town : Famous for Kudaleshwar temple where there is a fare or Jatra every year.
- Savdav Waterfall in Kankavli etc.