If you are under a false impression that it is hard to find perfect beaches in India, you probably have not been to Konkan beaches. Konkan is a 720 km long western coastline of India spread across the states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka. It lies between the Arabian Sea on one side and the Western Ghats on the other. This coastline has a number of pretty beaches in Maharashtra characterized by clean sands and blue waters. The beaches of Konkan are a blessing for those who love the feeling of being on a beach, watching tides softly crash against each other.
Serenity & silent aura fills the air of these beaches that are straight out of an artist’s beautiful fantasy. These beaches qualify for ideal locations to spend some time lazing around, indulging in adventure activities and watching magical sunsets.
If you have run out of places where you can spend some pleasant time, relaxing in peaceful surroundings, here are some great options that you can add to your bucket list without any hesitation.
1. Ganapatipule Beach
Take a break from the city and escape to the beautiful shores of the Ganpatipule Beach. Known around Maharashtra for its calming waves and deep blue sea, this is one of the most preferred destinations for holiday makers and pleasure seekers. The deep azure of the seas will definitely calm your nerves frayed by the city.
There is also a Ganpati temple situated on the shores of beach, which account for its name. The idol is said to have materialized out of the ground in a perfect shape and features intact. Located at a distance of approximately 330km from both Mumbai and Pune, the beach has always enjoyed a preferred status amongst the beaches in Konkan.
2. Guhagar Beach
If your heart calls out for you to be at one of the pristine and untouched shores of the beaches in Konkan, then head out to Guhagar. Among the initial few beaches on the Konkan coastline, it is cosseted between the Vasishthi River and Jaigad Creek. This is the place where the white sand beauty of Konkan actually begins.
The beach is located between two hills and is shielded by the Suru trees. The beach and the town are very well known for its quiet environment and products of Alphonso mangoes, coir items, coconut and betel nuts. The beach of Guhagar is easily reached from Chiplun, which is a railhead and is very well connected by road.
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3. Harihareshwar Beach
One of the best weekend getaways from Mumbai, Harihareshwar is an old coastal town that has a prominent Shiva temple at its façade. The rocky beaches of this coast are a delight to explore! The Savitri River enters the sea at Harihareshwar and thus the town has assumed a religious as well as scenic importance. The town alone has two beaches of which one is 2.4km long and the other is 2km long. In the arms of nature and at the foothills of the Sahyadris, Harihareshwar is the perfect beach holiday destination.
4. Tarkarli Beach
Situated at the convergence of the Karli River and Arabian Sea, Tarkarli is best known for its golden sand beaches and crystal clear blue sea. The uninterrupted coastline of konkan beaches such as Tarkarli, is one of the most preferred holiday destinations for couples, friends and families. Tarakarli has also gained prominence for the scope of adventure activities, water related sports and gorgeous spots for relaxation and sunbathing that it offers.
The beaches of Konkan are always nore beautiful and serene during the months that follow the monsoons and it is no different for Tarkarli, the hills, jungles and coast dons on a gorgeous mélange of green, gold and blue. The vast open sea, a few fishing hamlets dotting the scene and the occasional sight of Dolphins pouncing out of the clear blue waters to catch a glimpse of the skies above is certainly breathtaking!
5. Malvan Beach
A town located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Malvan is especially renowned for its cuisine and proximity to the Sindhudurg Fort in Maharashtra and one the most popular Konkan beaches. Located at a short distance of 7km from the beaches of Tarkarli, tourism in the area is high primarily because of clean beaches and long and uninterrupted coastline.
Enjoying a typically coastal climate, an escape to Malvan is just what you need to taste adventure, enjoyment and pleasure all in one go.The beach is also very safe for swimming and merrymaking.
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