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Beaches of Maharashtra

Mandwa - Kihim
The virgin, pristine beach of Mandwa, is easily accessible from Mumbai and is just 120 kms away. The village of Mandwa captures your heart with its overwhelming serene atmosphere and endless coconut palm groves. Just near Mandwa is another unspoilt and isolated beach, Kihim . This slightly unusual beach is a treat for a nature-lover, housing deep woods a variety of rare butterflies, wild and uncommon flowers and many species of birds. It was a popular haunt of Dr. Salim Ali, the famous ornithologist. Other interesting places are Kolaba Fort, near the shore, and Chaul (15 kms from Alibagh) which is a site of historical importance, boasting an assortment of Portugeuse ruins, Buddhist caves, the Hamam Khana, a church, a synagogue and a temple.

How To Get There : The nearest railhead is Panvel (85 kms). By road, Kihim is 120 kms from Mumbai. Small passenger service boats ply frequently between Mumbai and Mandwa (Rewas).

Accommodation  : M T D C has 20 tents at the Kihim beach, with modern facilities for a pleasant stay.

The tranquil seaside and the vast stretch of unspoilt beach of Dahanu lies in the district. 17 kms long the coastline stretches from Dahanu to Bordi. Dahanu has a plethora of fruit orchards and is most famous for its chickoos. Udwada the most famous shrine of the Zoroastrians is accessible from Dahanu. The sacred fire in this splendid temple is the prime attraction of this region. This fire has been kept alive for almost a thousand years, an incredible, nevertheless, true fact.

How To Get There : The nearest railhead is Dahanu Road, which is around three hours away from Mumbai. By road, Mumbai is 145 kms away.

Shriwardhan - Harihareshwar
The sun kissed sands of this spectacular beach opening up to an endless span of sea of Shriwardhan Bay is a popular spot. For some adventure you can hire small boats which take you to the North to indulge in the exploration of the land where the Prime Ministers of the Maratha Kingdom, the Peshwas originally dwelt. The 'Peshwa Smarak' is a local landmark, of much tourist interest. The town of Harihareshwar, is primarily known for its splendid beach, and the magnificent Harihareshwar temple.

How To Get There : By road, Mumbai is 230 kms away.Roha is the nearest railhead. The nearest Mumbai - Goa highway point is about 60 kms, at Goregaon, which is around 170 kms from Mumbai (via Vashi Creek Bridge).

Velneshwar village to the North of Shastri river, houses a splendid beach, fringed with serene coconut palm groves. The beach is ideal for swimming or just lolling around. The village also displays the ancient Shiva Temple. It is an important pilgrimage site and a venue for the fair of Maha Shivratri in honour of Lord Shiva, during March, which is celebrated with great vigour here.

How To Get There : Chiplun is the nearest railhead. By road, Mumbai via Chiplun and Guhagar, is 370 kms away.


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