Best Places to Explore on Konkan Coast of Western India
The Konkan Coast is the region that runs from South Mumbai to Goa along the shoreline. This region mainly consists of picture postcard villages and towns and make for a perfect getaway with family.
If you are one of those planning such a trip, here are some places to see on the Konkan Coast.
The villages of Harnai and Murud are home to a number of natural attractions. This is a great place to teach your kids some history. Here, you will find a number of impressive forts like the Kanakdurg, Suvarnadurg, and the Fort of Goa. This is also the first place you should visit if you are traveling across the coastline from Mumbai for your family vacations.
Apart from its beautiful beach, Ganpatipule is also known for its Ganpati Temple whose idol has been naturally carved out of stone. Get a dose of history by visiting the Pracheen Konkan Museum and the Jaigad Fort. Since it is near most cities in Maharashtra and Goa, you should surely stop here before heading north towards Mumbai or south towards Goa. While here, you may stay at Green Leaf The Resort & Spa, an associate Club Mahindra Ganpatipule property. This resort has numerous activities for families like spa sessions, indoor games, cricket, golf, and a whole lot more.
You cannot speak about visiting Harnai-Murud and Ganpatipule and not drop-in to visit Ratnagiri. The town is most popular for its delicious Alphonso mangoes. It is a must-visit for family vacations. The major attractions here include the 120-acre Ratnadurga Fort, the residence and birthplace of the Freedom Fighter Lokmanya Tilak, and King Thiba of Brahmadesh’s palace.
The top attraction of the place is the sea fort built by Chhatrapati Shivaji. It is said that his hand and footprints are still preserved here. Other places to visit include Kunkeshwar, a gorgeous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Tarkarli, one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. You may even opt to live in a houseboat while on your family vacations here.
The last town on this list, Malvan has serene backwaters, beaches, and a vibrant marine life. A number of tourists come to this region for diving, which received a lot more encouragement with the opening of a new diving school that is said to be at par with some of the world’s best ones. There are also numerous traditional Maharashtra resorts here that serve delicious and lip-smacking local cuisine.
Be sure to make note of the bus timings before setting out on your vacation. Also, if you are not falling short of holidays, do take your time and explore each place thoroughly. After all, these places showcase a rich part of Maharashtrian beauty and culture.