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From adventurous Sea Surfing, to irresistible sand bath to the grandeur of warm sands, to catching the exquisite sun setting in the blue Arabian Sea, Beaches of Maharashtra offers you everything. With a 720km long coast line the Beaches of Maharashtra extends from Dahanu and Bordi in the North up to Goa in South. The most popular beaches of Maharashtra are:
The 17 km stretch along the sea coast is the Dhanu-Bordi beach of Thane. 145km drive from Mumbai, the Dhanu-Bordi beach is famous for its chikoo orchards. Bordi is half an hour drive from Dhanu. One can experience the cool breeze, endless seashore, and a fantastic sea.
Quite near to Dhanu-Bordi beach is Udwada, a sacred town of the Parsis. There is a large temple housing a sacred fire and is known as the Mecca of the Zoroastrians. The most amazing fact about this temple is that, this holy fire has been kept alive for almost a thousand year.
Ganpatipule is located on the western coast of Maharashtra. Unlike other beaches, which are crowded and polluted by the tourists, Ganpatipule is a beach that sustains its natural splendor, blue sea, pristine air and white sands.
Situated at a distance of 375 km from Mumbai, Ganpatipule is regarded as one of the most important beaches of Maharashtra. The view atop hill is fantastic. From here one can see the far stretching blue Arabian Sea and the entire beach of Ganpatipule covered with white sands.
Juhu Beach in Mumbai is one of the most popular beaches in Maharashtra. Famous for the bhelpuri and chat available at the food stalls lining the beach, the best part of Juhu Beach is spotting a celebrity walking down the Juhu Beach. At the ever crowded Juhu beach tourists can take a horse and donkey ride, play cricket matches, eat some typical Mumbai snacks and watch film shoot, which often takes place here.
With bungalows of Bollywood stars, luxurious hotels, and apartments towards the southern beach, Juhu is the most popular and posh beaches of Maharashtra. Located in the north is Versova, Mumbai's largest Koli fishing community.
120 km from Mumbai, towards the north of Alibag is the Mandwa and Kihim Beach. The Mandwa and Kihim Beach is an ideal place to spend some time away from the hustle bustle of the city. With overwhelming scenic beauty Mandwa and Kihim Beach are worth visiting.
Tourists come here to get the magnificent glimpse of the Gateway of India, on a clear day, from the Mandwa beach. But the most popular tourist attraction of these two beaches is the tent holiday at Kihim. Dense woods, varieties of rare and wild flowers, butterflies, birds - there is everything one can dream about in a holiday.
The beaches of Marve-Manori-Gorai are very close to Mumbai. The marvelous view of sunrise and sunset attracts many tourists to these tiny three beaches. These three pollution free beaches are blessed with heaven's natural beauty and enigma. While Marve is a little fishing village, Manori and Gorai are more famous for their night long beach parties. Marve is also known as Borivali. Watching the sea on a full moon night is an experience never to be forgotten. So these beaches get flooded with people on the full moon nights. Foods are served by the villagers and houses are given on rent for spending nights.
Shriwardhan-Harihareshwar Beach is the two unexplored beaches on the Konkan coastline. If you are an adventurous person and die on seafood delicacies, Shriwardhan Beach is the place where you should be.
The water is inviting and can be explored on a boat, sailing deep into the sea, cutting through the gentle winds. A small adventurous boat ride will take you to a place where Peshwas originally resided. Shriwardhan-Harihareshwar Beach is about 200km from Mumbai.
Travel 546km from Mumbai or 6km from Malvan and you will reach Tarkarli on the west coast of India. Tarkarli is situated at the estuary of River Karli and the Arabian Sea. The narrow stretch of the Tarkarli beach has very clear water. On a clear day the seabed could be seen even 20 ft deep. Bestowed with the natural beauty of the wide Karli River, tiny islands, tall Suru trees in the background and beautiful sailboats, Tarkarli beach looks more panoramic.
The nearest attractions to Tarkarli beach are the Sindhudurg Fort and Padmagarh Fort. Sindhudurg fort is Maharashtra's most important sea fort and was built in the 17th century.
Velneshwar beach Velneshwar lies to the north of Shastri River. Away from the concrete walls of the city lives, the Velneshwar beach offers an ideal escape into a land of quietness. The coconut trees and rock free sea water makes Velneshwar a perfect destination for swimming and sunbathing.
Besides sunbathing to the glory of sands or indulging into some water sport, another attraction of Velneshwar is the old Shiva Temple which is visited by many tourists and pilgrims. The ideal time to visit this temple is during the Maha Shivratri in March when a huge fair is held in honor of Lord Shiv .
Vengurla beach With long stretch of white sands and coconut, mango, jackfruit, and cashew trees covering hills, Vengurla lies to the south of Maharashtrian beach. One would long to visit these long stretches of white sands covering Vengurla Beach again and again.Vengurla has two well known temples - Shri Devi Sateri temple and Rameshwar Mandir.
Get to the Beaches of Maharashtra: There are airports at Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Nashik and Sholapur. Also the state is well linked with roads and railways. There are also several package tours available in Maharashtra. Private cars and taxis could be hired at reasonable rates. Hotels and resorts of varying range are available.