Beaches near Harihareshwar

Harihareshwar has about six beaches on its either sides. Shrivardhan Aaravi and Diveagar are located to the north of Harihareshwar and Velas Kelshi and Anjarle is located almost at the same distance away from Harihareshwar to its south across the Bankot creek. Thanks to the Suvarnadurg Marine Services the beaches across the creek is also easily accesible from Harihareshwar.

Shrivardhan and Diveagar is located to the north of Harihareshwar which is about half an hour apart. The coastal route connects the beaches and the drive offers beautiful vistas from vantage points on the highway. Aaravi a little known stretch of beach is located between Shrivardhan and Diveagar. Another exciting option nearby is Murud Janjira which can be visited from Dighi about 15 kms from Diveagar.

Beaches near Harihareshwar

Beaches near Harihareshwar

Shrivardhan Beach

Shrivardhan is a secluded beach near Harihareshwar with sun kissed sands on a spectacular beach. Shrivardhan has a nice atmosphere with unpolluted air and the beach at Shrivardhan is a clean beach. Shrivardhan is a nice place to spend an evenings watching the sunset. Shrivardhan a sleepy town about 20 kms from Harihareshwar. The renowned Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath was born in Shrivardhan and was later decorated as the first Peshwa of Maratha kingdom by the Sahu Maharaj.

Diveagar beach

Diveagar is located at the northern end of Raigad beaches and is about 15 kms from Shrivardhan. Harihareshwar is another 20 kms ahead of Shrivardhan. Diveagar beach is not a flat beach unlike the other beaches in this region and owing to it Diveagar is quite a wavy beach making playing in the surf quite fun in Diveagar. A beach that shot up in popularity after a serendipitous discovery of a golden mask of the elephant god Ganesha, Diveagar, is a prosperous village near Harihareshwar.

Kelshi Beach

Just outside the Kelshi village is the lovely Kelshi beach, which stretches for 2.5 kms and the sunsets here are lauded to be spectacular. Apart from the beaches Kelshi is well known as a pilgrim center, thanks to the Mahalaxmi temple and the Yaqub baba dargah. There also is a Siddhivinayak Ganpati temple in the main village street of Kelshi. A number of important festivals is also celebrated every year in Kelshi, in a manner that still preserves the traditions of yore.

Kadyavarcha Ganpati Mandir

Ganpati Temple

The ganpati temple situated on the cliff near the sea, hence called Kadyavarcha Ganpati. Built sometime in 1150 renovated in 1768 amd 1780 and again in the 1900s. This is as a Ujwya Sondecha Ganpati (right-trunked Ganpati). The idol is also said to be a jagrut daiwat who responds to the pleas of its supplicants.

Surroundings

Kadyavarcha Ganpati mandir has a stone staircase on the right to reach the top of the temple, which has a commanding view of the surrounding coconut and betel nut trees, the nearby Suvarnadurg Fort, the Arabian sea and surrounding hills. Beside the Ganesh temple there is a smaller temple dedicated to Shiva.

Turtle Festival - Velas

Velas is famous for the Olive Ridley Turtle, which is an endangered species of sea turtles. Velas is a small village about 5 kms from Harihareshwar across the Bagmandala creek. Velas is a nesting site of Olive ridley sea turtles.

Ten years ago, before the conservation effort started, most of the Olive Ridley turtle eggs were either consumed by humans, dogs and other wild animals. An NGO named Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra and the Kasav Mitra Mandal (KMM), committee has taken the initiative to conserve olive ridley turtles by providing protection to their eggs during the period of February to March. The NGO also organises the festival which offer the experiance of witnessing the first steps of the baby Olive ridleys

Turtle Festival - Velas