Konkan in Maharashtra is probably the state’s most underrated regions. With a beautiful coastal stretch starting from Thane district and going all the way down to Goa, Konkan is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and the most majestic forts. Come monsoon and the weather in the region goes from sweltering hot to pleasantly cool.
Here is the list of 5 places you would want to visit:
The temple town with ample greenery and virgin beaches, Ganpatipule is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions of the Konkan stretch. You can visit Swayambhu Ganpati Temple, Ganpatipule beach, backwaters and a museum called Prachin Konkan or simply relax by the beach in one of the many hotels in the area.
Another coastal town, Alibaug is known for its beaches, fort and villas. A weekend getaway for most Mumbaikars, it is a place to unwind and relax. Monsoon may make the beaches inaccessible due to high tide but the beauty of the place is breathtaking in the rains. Sip a hot cuppa as you look at the waves. When here, don’t forget to visit the majestic fort of Murud-Janjira.
This town boasts of having one of the longest beaches in the country. Sea forts like the Suvarnadurg Fort, Karde beach and Unhavare which is a hot spring are some of its main attractions. But when in Dapoli, do attend the Harnai fish auction and visit the Panhalekaji Buddhist caves.
Ratnagiri isn’t just famous for its mangoes, it is also a tourist destination known for its beaches, monuments and temples. The port city is known for its black sand beach, the Mandvi beach, Ratnadurga fort and Thibaw Palace. You can drive down National Highway 17 to reach Ratnagiri but the better option is by train.
The Malvan region of Maharashtra is also very serene with white sand beaches lined with coconut trees and blue waters inviting you to get out of the bustling city life. From Tarkarli, which is famous for its water sports to Vengurla, which is surrounded by hills and lush greenery, there is a lot to explore in Malvan. Watching the sunset, relaxing by the beach and enjoying yummy Malvani cuisine are a few things you can do here.