The Konkan Belt in Maharashtra an Offbeat Indian Beach

Located in the western region of the state of Maharashtra, the Konkan Belt is one of the hidden gems of India that few people know about. This region is endowed with beautiful nameless beaches, historical fortresses, picturesque roads, jungles, villages and relaxing nature. Don’t know how to get there? Do not worry-the seats in the Konkan belt are well connected by car communication. The best time to visit is from October to March, when the weather is cool and less humid. You can start your tour from Mumbai or Pune and drive to Murud Janjir Fort by car (about 4.5 hours drive).

From here you can take a small detour and drive about 2.5 hours to visit the strategically built peak fort of Raigad. From Raigad Fort, continue along the Konkan coast to Harihareshwar Beach (about 2 and a half hours drive). Visit the ancient Ganesha Temple on the road to Ganpatipule (about 5.5 hours drive). The temple is located directly on the beach. Explore the Sindhudurg Fort, the temples and the beautiful beaches of Ganpatipule in Sindhudurg (about 3.5 hours drive). You can finish your tour from the Konkan Belt to Goa (about 3.5 hours drive) and return from Goa to your hometown. So, let’s dig deeper into what this region of India has to offer.

Murud Janjira Fort

Located near the village of Murud, this majestic fort is a beautiful example of fort architecture in western India. The seventeenth-century Murud Janjira Fort is considered one of the most powerful forts in India. For most of the 17th and 18th centuries, the fort was under the control of the Abyssinians, who were migrants from the territory of present-day Ethiopia. This fort was attacked by the Marathas, the British and the Portuguese, but remained undefeated.

The fort testifies to the wonders of ancient technology, because it is still intact today, despite the devastating effects of wind and tides. This coastal fortress can only be reached by ferry (about 5 to 10 minutes in each direction). Rajapuri Pier is the place where you can rent boats to get to Murud Janjira Fort. Inside the fort, you can see the Darbar (courtyard square), the Bastion, the lakes, the temples, the mosques and the school. Inside the fort are the three heaviest guns in India, called “Kalal Bangdi”, “Landa kasam” and “Chavri”, weighing more than 22,000 kg, with a range of 12 km and heat resistance. During the monsoon, from June to September, the fort is closed to visitors due to the rough seas and strong waves. This magnificent fort, which has withstood a number of invasions, is worth a visit.


Fort Raigad

Raigad is located in the Sahyadri peak range and is a peak fortress built by the Marathi king Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He made this fort his capital in 1674, when he was crowned king of the Maratha Kingdom. Arriving at the foot of the fort, take a fascinating hike to the fort along a narrow path surrounded by lush vegetation and offering breathtaking views of the peak range.

Climb the 1,475 steps to reach the massif of the fort. The fort is also accessible by cable car. Inside the fortress you can see the Samadhi (burial place) of the Jijau palace and Jijau (mother of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj), the Tiger cave, Chitta Darwaju, Maha Darwaju (entrance to the fortress), iron pole, reservoir, elephant, temple, Jagadishwar, Samadhi, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, weapons and armor depot, Ganga Sagar lake and much more. Fort Raigad carries the legacy of the ancient Marathas. The great entrance to the fort, the artistic stone sculpture around the fort and the rock structure impress with the perfection of the geometric skills and the architecture of yesteryear.


Harihareshwar

Harihareshwar is famous for the Harihareshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is at this place that the Savitri River flows through the city and flows into the Arabian Sea. Harihareshwar also has a religious significance, as it is home to many temples of various deities such as Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. The oldest temple in the state of Maharashtra is the Kalbhairav temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Therefore, Harihareshwar is also called “the House of God”. The highlight of the city is the Harihareshwar Beach, which will surely soothe your soul. Take a refreshing morning boat ride on the beach or, if you wish, practice water sports. You can also visit the neighboring village of Bagmandla, historically linked to the village of Peshwa. Here you can take the ferry and visit Fort Bankot. In the evening, you can relax on the secluded Sriwardhan Beach, near Harihareshwar.

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