Konkan is a 720 kilometre long western coastline of India spread across Maharastra, Goa and Karnataka. Beaches of Konkan are sandwiched between Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea because of which the scenic beauty and the landscapes are amazing in this region.
Another important feature of Konkan beaches is that most of these beaches are commercially unexplored and hence not very populated. There is also a distinct Konkan culture which along with its amazing food can provides an unforgettable experience for people visiting there for the first time. The top ten Konkan Beaches are as follows:
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1. Ganapatipule Beach
Ganapatipule Beach is one of the most amazingly beautiful beach stretching along the Konkan Line, Ganapatipule beach is the perfect destination gateway for serenity and peace. Situated at a distance of around 340 kilometers from Mumbai, this place can be easily reached by bus or taxi.
The beach is famous for its scintillating blue sea, sun-kissed beach, rich flora, and Swayambhu Ganesh Temple in the vicinity. Ratnagiri and Bhoke are the nearest railway stations to reach Ganapatipule beach. Because of lots of tourist coming in every year, this beach has commercially developed into a tourist destination and therefore spas and tourist hotels are in abundance.
2. Guhagar Beach
Guhagar Beach is one the most peaceful beaches along the Konkan coast. Sheer peace and tranquility is what will keep you occupied when you visit this amazing beach. Guhagar beach is located between two hills and is shielded by the Suru trees. The beach and the town are well known for its peaceful environment and products such as Alphonso mangoes, coir items, coconut and betel nuts.
The beach of Guhagar can be easily reached from Chiplun, which is a railhead and is very well connected by road. Away from the chores of the city, traffic and pollution, this beach is the trademark of quietness and peace.
3. Tarkarli Beach
Tarkarli is a village located in Sindhudurg district in the state of Maharastra. It has a coral beach popularly known as Tarkarli beach. This beach is popular amongst tourist for its Goan food and traditional hospitality. This beach is a perfect gateway for Goan food, clear blue sea and fringed narrow ways along palm which makes this place a popular spot amongst tourists.
It is approx. 495 kilometers from the city of Mumbai and the travel time is around 9 hours by road. The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport in Goa. Boating, Scuba diving is amongst the popular sport that attracts tourists. The beauty of Konkan sunset, the colour of its sand and the local food makes the experience mesmerizing.
4. Kashid Beach
Kashid is a small town located in the north Konkan region of Maharastra. The beaches here are very popular. The shining white sand complimented by serenity and natural beauty offers a unique coastal destination. The coastal region along the beach is covered by lush green trees which magnifies the natural charm of this destination. The white sand spread all along the beach is perfect for long walks.
The Rocky Mountains and beaches with white sparkling sand spread like a sheet combining together to create magic in this small town of Kashid. Resorts, spas, camping are facilities which can be availed here. Weekends are crowded whereas weekdays are relatively eased out.
5. Manori Beach
This is a well-connected beach located in the Dharavi belt of Northern Mumbai. The closest railway station is Malad. It is a very popular weekend destination for people of Mumbai and therefore commercially quiet developed. It is known for its beautiful beaches and Manori creek. The popular culture here is Goan and people often call it a mini-Goa experience. Essel world, an amusement park is located nearby for entertainment.
6. Murud Beach
The unique geographical advantage makes this beach very popular destination in Maharastra. The sea can be viewed from different angles which makes the sunset and sunrise a breathtaking experience. The nearest city to this beach is Dapoli. Water sport activities are also found in abundance here as the shores are considered relatively safe at Murud. Local cuisine offers ample variety and taste. Streets are crowded and weekends are happening. This beach is a perfect escape to bliss!
7. Harihareshwar Beach
Located in the Raigad district, Harihareshwar beach is a beautiful and isolated tourist destination. It is one of the few beaches along Konkan which is less popular amongst tourists. The beach is named after the Harihareshwar temple which is also one of the major tourist attractions in the region.
Harihareshwar has two beaches on either side of the temple which is magical to witness. It is surrounded by four hills and the place is also popularly known as “House of God”. It can be visited anytime during the year as the climate is favorable.
8. Diveagar Beach
Diveagar beach located in Raigad district of Maharashtra and is located around 170 kilometres from Mumbai. The beach is located alongside a small hamlet known as Diveagar. The beach line in Diveagar is engulfed with palm trees and typical Konkan sand makes it amongst the most popular destinations. The scenic beauty of Konkan can clearly be experienced at this beach. Number of sport activities such as motorboat ride, surfing, Parasailing, banana boat ride, bumper ride, Jet Ski are available here.
9. Hedvi Beach
It is located in Ratnagiri district of Maharastra and it is well connected by road and rail. The nearest railway station is Chiplun whereas Ratnagiri is another railway station located close to the beach. It is famous for its unique rock formation which sits on the beach. The sound water stroking the rocks and the beautiful Konkan coastline makes this place a must visit in Konkan.
10. Valneshwar Beach
Located in Maharastra, this beach is one of the most unexplored beach of Konkan coasts. Located at the beach there are lots of coconut and palm trees which makes the coastline look cool even in summers. Away from the chores of the city, this beach offers a peaceful gateway for holidays.
Monsoon season is said to be the best time to visit this place. The easiest way to reach Valneshwar is via rail. The nearest railway station is 60 kilometers away in Chiplun. From Mumbai this beach is located at a distance of 370 kilometers. There are few private accommodations which are available near the beach at the reasonable rate.