Nov 17

Winter is actually a good time to visit the Konkan beaches. So, off we went for the third year in a row to Diveagar, this time on the Diwali weekend. We stayed at the same place as always, Maitreya Beach resort and as always the place/food/hospitality was great. The onward journey was through Tamhini and it was bad, really bad. The suspension took a real beating. It was already bad from the numerous trips during monsoon (i was yet to get a full service done post monsoon). and this compounded it further. To avoid any further permanent damage, i came back through NH17/Expressway, an extra 60 kms, but avery comfortable return journey. We also visited Pali ganpati temple on the way back.

The waves breaking in, early morning.

The waves breaking in, early morning.

This post is more of a photologue of my trip. If you want more details with directions, refer to my first post on diveagar here.

The only photo where my paunch seems to be mysteriously hidden!

The only photo where my paunch seems to be mysteriously hidden!

The setting sun was , as always awesome

The setting sun was , as always awesome

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But, it is the morning light which is the highlight of any trip to Diveagar. Get up a bit early, catch the sunrise on the beach and you are assured to come up with great memories and photographs!

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My first "wild" starfish and it moved!

My first “wild” starfish and it moved!

written by Rajaram S

Jun 09

Diveagar is usually not the first option which is considered when someone from Pune wants to go for a weekend beach trip. Mostly, the first choice (as it is the nearest by road) is Alibaug. But, Alibaug beach is dirty. The next on the list could be either of Nagaon, Kashid beach or for the slightly more travelled, Akshi beach. Akshi is a secluded beautiful beach. Kashid is very popular with tourists and has lot of water sports options too. But, the problem with these is the lack of convenient accommodation. Of course, if you want to do a one-day trip, these would fit the bill. Further south is Murud, the black sand beach. But, i would visit Murud for a trip to the Janjira fort and that would qualify as a separate trip. The next nearest (and easily one of the best) would be Diveagar beach and a weekend trip to this place is what this post is about.

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I have been going to Diveagar for the past two years and each time (once in Jan and once in June), we had a great weekend. Diveagar is great all throughout the year. Visiting during the monsoon (off season) presents a altogether different face of the Konkan, green and wild.

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Route to Diveagar Beach from pune: The most straight-forward route is through the Tamhini Ghat section, then to Mangaon and then onto Diveagar. It should take around 4 hours to go without a break. If you are travelling during the monsoon, allow more trip for the numerous photo breaks you WILL take in Tamhini! You can stop for food (any time of the day) at Quick Bites at the start of Tamhini. Their Maharashtrian fare is amazing. Many a time we drive over to Tamhini, stop at quick bites at the start, enjoy the ghats and stop over on the way back too. If you are not comfortable driving on the bad roads of Tamhini, you can take the much longer route through the expressway and then come over on the Goa highway through Pali.


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Stay at Diveagar: I have always stayed at Maitreya Beach Resorts and have always recommended this place for friends. A very clean place and i love their food. The price is reasonable at around 1000-1500 per double room depending on the season. They also have couple of dormitories for bigger groups. The walk to the beach from the resort takes around 10 mins and is through a grove of dense trees starting right from the backyard of the resort. A drive would take you less than a few minutes.

diveagar beach trip

diveagar beach trip

Diveagar apart from the beach: There is a Suvarna Ganesh temple, where it is said that a ganpati idol hidden centuries ago was found in the 90s. This temple is very popular in the area. You can also go for a short drive towards Dighi (where you can get ferries for Janjira fort, not the preferred point for the fort though). The drive is through small roads next to the coast. We had lot of fun on a huge banyan tree which had natural swings on its roots.

diveagar beach trip

diveagar beach trip

diveagar beach trip

diveagar beach trip

The beach: Go to the beach in the late evening and early in the morning. Also, go when there is low tide (check with the locals/hotel guys). We typically reach Diveagar at noon, have lunch, rest for sometime and then off to the beach until it becomes dark (usually on a saturday). On Sunday morning, we start early for the beach, spend 2 hrs and then come back for a heavy breakfast. The light during the evenings and early morning is just amazing. Due to the opposing direction of light during the morning/evening, you get twice the opportunity to take great and very different photos. If you are able to catch the sunrise from behind the trees, you would love it.

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In the mornings, it gets hot pretty early. So, the best time on the beach would be from around 4 pm until dark. The low tide gives the kids a wonderful opportunity to play in the water, but still be far away from the waves. Akshara was in her elements this trip and she just wanted to keep going into the water, in the direction of the waves. We had a tough time keeping her within safe limits.

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diveagar beach trip

diveagar beach trip

The tide starts coming in only late into the night. So, we had a lot of time to spend safely in the water considering that the best swimmer among us can swim across a 10 m wide pool (with some breathing difficulty)! We splashed around a lot in the water. Btw, Diveagar beach is very clean and the water is also extremely clean. One wave did sweep Akshara off her foot, but it was ok as we were pretty far away from the deep areas.

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diveagar beach trip

diveagar beach trip

diveagar beach trip

diveagar beach trip

In the evenings, you also have dune buggy rides available. You can also do parasailing along the beach, tied to a jeep

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As the sun begins to set, the whole place turns magical with the water logged surface almost turning into a mirror. Only your imagination can limit the photographic opportunities.

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diveagar beach trip

diveagar beach trip

Side trips from Diveagar: The drive from Diveagar to Shrivardhan is regarded as one of the best coastal drives in the Konkan. A 45 minute drive from Diveagar will take you to Harihareshwar, the temple famous for its cliff-side pradakshina walk.

written by Rajaram S

Jan 09

While Mumbai is identified as the city abuzz with a thriving nightlife and a constant accelerated life due to heavy commuting, not far from the buzz is a peaceful respite – an islet in the Arabian Sea. Sindhudurg has been gaining popularity as one of the top weekend destinations from Mumbai for the last few years. Head South of Mumbai to the district to enjoy the verdant surroundings and various historical sites –

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  1. The most peaceful of the sights is the weathered fortress on the shores of the sea in the town of Malvan. There are limited places to stay, but the destination ensures that you can stay clear of crowds.
  2. Sawantwadi works well as a hub to visit places like Amboli and the Nagartas waterfalls. The monsoons are no more looked upon as a daunting season to travel. With some amount of attention to the leeches, enjoy the relentless rain from a balcony and enjoy a good book in Sawantwadi.
  3. The ‘Dashavtaar’ art form of Sindhudurg is famous for its ritualistic dance and drama style. During festive occasions, the temples host shows for the locals and travellers. This 11th century art form is a great opportunity to get connected with traditions.
  4. Kunkeshwar Temple – The temple was built in 1100 A.D and was frequently visited by the famous warrior, Shivaji. For those who are not looking for a spiritual connect, Kunkeshwar is also famous for coconut, palm and mango plantations and a variety of seafood.
  5. Tarkarli – The search for an isolated beach, unhindered by touristy crowds is finally over. Enjoy this narrow beach stretch with some great Konkani food and options to tent on the sandy stretches.
  6. Shiroda Beach – Sparkling blue water and a destination that is replete with nature & wildlife, this beach is great for those who have a sense of adventure. The salt deposits and the Cajurina plantations are a delight for travellers here.
  7. Karvi – Karvi is a small village in the Amboli range of mountains which is famous for a type of flower that blooms once in seven years. A short hike is the best way to go searching for these flowers. Ensure that you have a local with you!
  8. Hiranykeshi – A place dedicated to Lord Shiva, Hiranykeshi is great to go during Shivaratri when pilgrims come from far away to pay homage to the temple here. The colourful festival is great for photo-opportunities.
  9. Dhamapur Lake – Spread over 5 acres, the Dhamapur Lake is situated on the Western part of the district. Many local tourists visit here for the lure of a peaceful destination with some fun activities like boating.
  10. Moti Lake – Sawantwadi town has yet another attraction amidst the green landscape – Moti or ‘Pearl’ Lake. This looks brilliant by the night.

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So if you are looking for a peaceful holiday away from the rush in Mumbai, the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra offers a variety of places, the most relaxing being the unassuming beaches.

This guest post was written by Mahindra Homestays, who have a range of homestay accommodations throughout India and run the popular India Travel Blog. They have a collection of Sindhudurg homestays.

written by Rajaram S