Everything about Konkan Coast – Konkan Region of Maharashtra

Here we are sharing our Experience and Everything about Konkan Coast that you must be known to feel the Beauty of this eye catching slice of paradise in Maharashtra, India and before giving a visit there you must read it once.

Konkan Coast
Konkan Coast – Maharashtra, India

The admirable beauty of god gifted nature, a huge line of palm trees, lip smacking coconut flavored tasty food and soul touched vibes of clean beaches, all things you would found in one place that is none other than Konkan, also known as the Konkan Coast.

It is a rugged section between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea at western coastline of India. The word Konkan means corner (kona) and piece or part of earth (kana).

Konkan stretches from the north at Daman in the Gulf of Khambhat, extends southwards all along the seaside of western land areas of Maharashtra and Goa and finally meets the coastal part of Canara at the northern edge of Karwar district of Karnataka.

 

What are the districts covered in konkan coast?

Starting from Mumbai to Sindhudurg
The major districts covered in this line are Mumbai – which includes the districts of Greater Mumbai and Mumbai Suburban, Thane – north of Bombay situated between range of Sahyadri mountains and the Arabian sea, Raigad – old name was coolaba which is now known for it’s famous fort Raigad which was built by Shivaji Maharaj, Ratnagiri – known as port town of maharashtra and famous for its Ratnadurg fort and lighthouse, Sindhudurg – covers soul cities of konkan starting from Kankanvli-Malvan-Vijaydurg.

Konkan Coast
Konkan Coast

 

What is Konkan Coast famous for?

Clean Beaches, Coconut Trees, Konkani Food
Konkan is known for being home to sparkling beaches with crystal blue waters. Tarkarli-Devbaugh beach, Ganpatipule-Aareware Beach, Harihareshwar and Shrivardhan Beach are most famous and clear beaches of Konkan. In your konkan journey, you must visit Ganpatipule Temple and some of the historical forts such as Raigad, Sindhudurg and Murud Janjira.

Most attraction of konkan is everywhere you will get to see line of huge coconut trees, that is why most famous and cultural Konkani food has pure traditional taste of coconuts which gives tourists a feel of Konkan. 

Most famous konkani food includes Solkadhi made from kokum(garcinia indica) and coconut milk in combination with various Sea-Food as konkan is surrounded by beaches and fishing is the most common business for konkani people.

Konkan Coast Beaches
Beaches in Konkan Coast

 

What is the best time to visit Konkan?

Winter
The best Period to visit Konkan is in Winter days from November to February as the temperatures are a bit milder with less Humid conditions, remains pleasant making it ideal time for sightseeing and other activities such as water sports.

Due to the beaches the whole region is Humid, temperature can go up to 40 degrees in summer and there is a heavy Rainfall from June to September. One can also visit in monsoon days as you will get to see eye catching greenery everywhere, but water sports are completely closed during these days.

Tarkarli Konkan

 

What is the Speciality of Konkan Railway?

The Konkan Railway is a 738 km long effectively connected the western coastal strip of India to the rest of the prime cities such as Mangalore, Karavali or Canara coastal regions at the northern edge Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra with Mumbai and then the entire state of Kerala with Mumbai towards Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi.

Konkan Railway
Konkan Railway – Konkankanya Express – Image Courtesy – PP Yoonus

Konkan Kanya Express is the most famous and known express for konkan trip runs between Mumbai and Madgaon on Konkan Railway route which almost covers the konkan coast line. As the route of this railway is all the way between mountains, forests and river passing bridges which adds the beauty of nature to the tourist’s journey.

One may get to see rare animals and birds on this route, so be alert with cameras to click those moments.

 

What is the name of the special drink served with malvani cuisine?

Solkadhi
Sea food dominates Malvani cuisine and famous for its mouth watering delicacies which remains incomplete without Solkadhi.

Solkadhi also known as kokum curry is a pink-colored drink made from the kokam fruit (Garcinia indica) and coconut milk. It is served as a digestive drink with a great taste and also as a cooler in summer days.

Solkadhi
Solkadhi Served with Sea-Food

 

What are the must do activities in Konkan?

Boating in Tarkarli and Water sports
One must visit tarkarli for boating and enjoying the cool breeze of clear water surrounded by coconut trees. They have a boating package of Rs.1,200 in which they cover few points which includes Sangam, Datta Mandir, Crocodile mouth shape mountain, Seagull and finally Tsunami island where you get 1 Hour for all the water sports.

Boating at Devbaugh Tarkarli Konkan
Boating Point Tarkarli Konkan

Water sports includes Banana Ride, Speed Boat, Parasailing, Scuba Diving and much more adventure rides, by the time your boat will wait for you to complete all the water sports at Tsunami point. The tsunami island was formed during the disaster of 2004.

Tsunami island water sports tarkarli devbaugh konkan
Tsunami island water sports
Banana Ride
Banana Ride

 

What is the cost of scuba diving in Tarkarli?

Rs.800 to 900 per adult
Scuba diving cost decides upon how much water is clear and what facilities organizer provides such as recording your scuba diving videos and photos. The more clear water the more cost they charge, but it’s worthy as one time life experience.

Scuba diving at Malvan
Scuba diving at Malvan

The tarkarli scuba diving cost starts from Rs.817 per adult on booking through Thrillophilia. But if possible one must try to do scuba diving in Malvan which costs almost around Rs.900 to 1000, as they take you to more clear water by their boats and gives complete video of your scuba diving after the session ends.

 

What is the famous food of Ratnagiri?

Food lovers or Foodie people can enjoy the taste of many delicious dishes in Ratnagiri. These delicacies are made with the rich flavours of Konkani spices, Coconut and the local vegetables are famous for their extraordinary taste.

The most popular Konkani dish in Ratnagiri is Kombdi Vade, a lip smacking dish made of chicken and pieces of rice dough wrapped around a filling in round shape, with the sip of traditional Solkadhi, which is a tasty appetizer after having the spicy meal.

Kombadi Vade
Kombadi Vade – Image courtesy Durvankur Patil

For veg people, food journey is incomplete without Ratnagiri’s special steamed modak(sweet momos), which is the ultimate Konkani delicacy. The other treasures of the cuisine here include Alphonso mangoes, Amboli, Sandan, Cashews and different types of home made delicious and unique beverages which mainly includes Kokam sharbat, Amba Panna and Coconut water.

 

Which is the cleanest beach in Konkan?

Anjarle Beach
Dapoli area is blessed with one of the secluded beaches. As one heads north from Dapoli, following the beautiful mountain takes you towards the Aanjarle village.

Anjarle beach is full of white sand with stretch of two kilometers long unspoiled area which is surrounded by palms trees. Beach is located near the estuary of river Jog. Beach is good to spend quiet family weekend as very less people visits here due to beach is not having much activities.

Anjarle Beach Konkan Coast
Anjarle Beach Konkan Coast – Image Courtesy Apoorva Karlekar

By road, Dapoli can be reached from Pune in three different ways via Khandala, Bhor or Mulshi. To reach Dapoli from Pune via Khandala travel through Mumbai Pune Expressway and take exit at Khopoli. From Khopoli head towards Pali – Kolad – Mangaon – Mandargad – Dapoli.

Distance for Pune as well as Mumbai, both is appox 200 kms. Khed on the Konkan railway is the nearest railway station to Anjarle beach and distance from Khed is 50 kms.

 

Which is the Best konkani food restaurant in Malvan?

Bamboo Restarurant
If you are travelling Sindhudurg district, you must visit Malvan for it’s famous Bamboo restaurant if you want to have traditional konkani food. The restaurant is always full, as the people comes here from all the places to have it’s lip smacking worthy food. Sometimes you need to wait for 5 minutes to get a table which is not that trouble.

Fish Thali at Bamboo Restaurant Malvan
Fish Thali at Bamboo Restaurant – Malvan

All kind of Sea-food is available in Bamboo restaurant and they serves a large glass of Solkadhi along with it. Food thalis available here starting from Rs.150 to Rs.500 for nonveg and Rs.100 for Veg thali.

 

What are the Best Places to Visit in Konkan Coast?

Ganpatipule Temple

If you are starting your journey on konkan coastal route then Ganpatipule Temple is must visit place for tourists. Temple is famous for its frame by being in front of beautiful ganpatipule beach which is very clean.

Ganpatipule Temple
Ganpatipule Temple

Temple is surrounded by a beautiful circumnavigation path covered with pores ‘Jaambhaa’ red stone with shade of the trees on both sides and glimpses of the sea.

Pradakshina path of ganpatipule temple
Pradakshina Path of Ganpatipule Temple

The abode of Ganesha at Ganpatipule is Swayambhoo! Swayambhoo deities are the parts of this eternal nature. They need not to be sculpted or carved, they are born of nature itself. The temple was constructed 500 years back. The new structure was based on the ancient Indian architecture of temples.

To give a feel of being carved in a single rock, this construction has taken place in special stone-Agra Red.

Aare-ware beach on Konkan Coast

From Ganpatipule temple, if you move towards ratnagiri on konkan coastal route, after 12 kilometers you will find a breathtaking beach which is none other than Aare-ware Beach.

Story behind the name of this beach is a geological wonder in itself, the two sides of the same mountain, the Aare and Ware due to which a twin beach were formed ages ago due to the convergence of the mountain into the ocean.

Aare ware beach
Aare Ware Beach

Beach is very clean, full of blue water and white sand. While crossing this aare-ware beach, you must take a stop on bridge from where one can get a complete view of this amazing beach from the center of the bridge. Point is perfect for the photo session of this beautiful konkni nature.

Boat rides are also available here in reasonable costs starting from Rs.300 to Rs.600 person.

Bhogwe Beach

One of the prettiest and most secluded beaches in konkan is Bhogwe beach which is endowed with frothy weaves and sparkling silver sand. Bhogwe beach is also famous for it’s blue flag certification which indicates it is full safe for water creatures and tourists to visit there.

Beach is located in sindhudurg district and a distance of 35 km away from vengurla and 28 km from kudal. 

Bhogwe beach konkan
Bhogwe Beach – Sindhudurg

On the way you will get to see Chipi Airport also known as Sindhudurg Airport is an airport at Chipi-Parule. Commercial flights are expected to start soon over there.

Village Bhogwe has another attraction of unification point known as Sangam where sea meets the river named Karli. One of the attraction of Bhogwe beach is glimpse of Dolphins in morning time.

One coast of this beach is covered with rocks where you can sit and enjoy beautiful sunset or sunrise and on another side, you will see a clean stretch of bhogwe beach which is perfect place for nature photography as it is surrounded by coconut trees.

How to reach Bhogwe Beach?

You can go to bhogwe by bus or cab. Kudal and Panji are the nearest railway station to reach this place. International airport Dabolim, Goa is the nearest airport to reach bhogve.

 

Which is the famous temple in Malvan?

Jai Ganesh Mandir
Malvan’s Jai Ganesh temple is famous for its religious significance and architecture. It was built by an astrologer and the creator of “Kalnirnay” calendar, Jayantrao Salgaonkar. 

Jai Ganesh Mandir Malvan Konkan
Jai Ganesh Mandir – Malvan Konkan

The stunning shrine, painted in white and gold houses a divine gold idol of Lord Ganesha along with his consorts Riddhi and Siddhi. Architecture of the temple is creative with the two elephants standing along side the entrances and the dome wall that have idols of the Ganesha in eight different positions and the floor with colourful pietra dura art.

Best time to visit

Ganesh Jayanti, celebrated on the 4th day of Magh month (Jan to Feb), when the anniversary of this temple is celebrated with various activities considers as a best time to visit this temple. You can also visit on Makar Sankranti, as per locals at that time one can see the direct sunlight falling on the foot of the idol. 

Jai Ganesh Temple Architecture
Jai Ganesh Temple Architecture

 

How far is Konkan from Mumbai and Pune?

The distance between Mumbai and Konkan is 119 km. By road the distance is around 159.7 km.
The distance between Pune and Konkan is 67 km. By road the distance is 137.8 km.

 

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Rahul Jain
Rahul Jain
January 26, 2021 8:43 pm

Great information!

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