Duration: 07 Nights / 08 Days
Destination Covered: Raigad Fort - Guhagar Beach - Ganpatipule - Malgund - Ratnagiri -Dervan - Prachin-Konkan - Malvan - Sindhudurg Fort - Tarkarli Beach - Sawantwadi - Aravali Beach -Vengurla - Sagareshwar
Magical konkan the narrow strip between the Western Ghats and Arabian Sea – will suit those travelers really wishing to deviate from the beaten track. It’s a remote- little-explored fringe of superlative beaches - disco-green paddy fields - heaped-up hills and collapsing clifftop forts. It’s not the easiest region to travel through; accommodation is scarce - the food monotonous - transport painfully slow and the locals completely unaccustomed to foreigners. However - the Konkan Railway provides access to some of the bigger towns while local buses help connect up the dots. If you want to gain the most from this area then rent a car and driver in Mumbai and drift slowly down the coast to Goa. You may have to spend some nights sleeping in villagers’ houses – be generous with how much you give. The rewards for your efforts are beaches of which the Maldives would be jealous! In this package we visit: Raigad Fort - Guhagar Beach - Ganpatipule - Malgund - Ratnagiri -Parshuram Mandir - Dervan - Prachin Konkan - Jaygad Port - Malvan - Sindhudurg Fort - arkarli Beach - Dhamapur Lake - Sawantwadi - Reddi Ganesh Mandir - Vetoba MandirAravali - Aravali beach - Vengurla Bandar - Sagareshwar Beach.
Day 1: A Drive To Mahad – Visit Raigad:
Today early morning drive from Mumbai towards Raigad. Drive through the scenic Western ghat along the river Savitri. Reach Raigad and visit the majestic fort – once the capital of Maratha Empire! Raigad Fort is situated atop hill. The history of Raigad Fort is very interesting. It is said that Shivaji seized the fortress of Rairi. He renovated and expanded it and also renamed it as Raigad Fort. Raigad was the capital of Maratha's during the reign of Shivaji. After facing repeated defeats from the great Maratha king - Shivaji - the British named it as "Gibraltar of East". Post Raigad visit - drive back to Mahad and check in at the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 2: Mahad To Chiplun – Guhaghar Beach Visit:
Today early morning drive from Mumbai to Chiplun (approx. 6 hrs). Enroute visit Parshuram Mandir & Vashishti Point. Chiplun -located in the Konkan region - is a beautiful town sandwiched in a valley between the western ghats on one side and the Arabian sea on the other. The Parshuram Temple is famous for the 6th incarnation of Vishnu. The architecture of the temple incorporates both the Hindu & Muslim styles. Steps from the ghat lead to the temple. Guhagar town is known for its virginbeach - coir items - coconuts - betel nuts and mainly Haapus Alphanso mangoes. Visit Guhaghar Beach in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Chiplun.
Day 3: Chiplun to Ganapatipule:
Today after breakfast - visit Dervan - Jaygad Port & Prachin Konkan. Later drive to Ganapatipule. Later get blessed at the Ganesh Mandir in Ganpatipule & enjoy leisure time at the famous Ganpatipule Beach. The village of Ganapatipule is famous for its 400-year-old Ganesha temple. The idol is curved from one massive rock. The idol is a Swayambhu Ganpati shrine which means that it is a self-created monolith of Lord Ganesha. The village has a beautiful beach where the river meets the Arabian Seaand the hill that is shaped like Ganpati enchants the visitors. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Ganpatipule.
Day 4: In Ganpatipule – Short Excursions:
After breakfast visit Ganpatipule Mandir for the Divine Darshan Later proceed for the local sightseeing around Ganpatipule. Visit the well known Malgund Beach. Later free time to spend some time on Ganpatipule Beach. Indulge in shopping in ganpatipule. Overnight at the hotel in Ganpatipule.
Day 5: Ganapatipule – Ratnagiri – Sawantwadi:
After breakfast drive to Ratnagiri city to visit Shri Lokmanya Tilak Smarak & Thiba Palace. This sprawling city is endowed with majestic hills - appealing seashore - cascading waterfalls - and glorious monuments. An unspoilt beauty on the Konkan coastline - this lovely locale is a tourist’s delight and a best place to explore the natural splendor. Visit Pawas-Swami Swarupanand Samadhi Mandir and other interesting places in the city. Later drive to Sawantwadi. The medicinalherbs and trees in the surrounding forests of Sawantwadi are refreshingly preserved and heartwarming. Check in atthe hotel. Overnight at the Hotel in Sawantwadi.
Day 6: Sindhudurg Fort – Malvan – Tarkarli Beach
Today after breakfast drive to Dhamapur Dam & visit Sindhudurga Fort. The Sindhudurg fort is located in an islet off the shore of town of Malvan. The architecture is also excellent and entrance of the fort cannot be pinpointed from outside the fort as it is well hidden. Tarkarli has been bestowed with a long coastline which is ideal for those long romantic and nostalgia filled walks. The feeling of soft sand under your nimble toes and the presence of clear water and sky along with the cleanest of breathing air provides a heady feeling. Not to forget that the beach is also the trusted zone for the female turtles. It is not uncommon to find a turtle lazing on the beach or hatching and protecting its eggs. The beach has silk smooth sand along the stretch. Again the water is so pure that the seabed is visible even if you venture out at the sea.
Day 7: In Sawantwadi – Short Excursions:
Today after breakfast - Visit the famous Reddi Ganesh Mandir - Aravali – Vetoba Mandir in sawantwadi - the well known Vengurla Bandar. Sawantwadi is besieged by verdant forests and hillocks from tri-directions and is blessed with the guarding presence of Arabian Sea from the fourth quarter. Bestowed by Mother Nature - Sawantwadi swanks of inimitable biodiversity - which nestles a wide variety of wildlife including leopards - bison - tiger - wild boar etc. Spend time on Sagareshwar Beach - one of the most visited beach in Konkan. Overnight stay at hotel in Sawantwadi.
Day 8: Depart with Happy Memories:
After breakfast check-out Hotel at 8.00 am & Transfer to Mumbai. Arrive at Mumbai by 9.00 pm (approximately) with sweet memories of Konkan Tour. The Tour Ends.