Sightseeing in Harihareshwar

Harihareshwar temple and the pristine Harihareshwar beach are the main sightseeing options in Harihareshwar, however if you are on a longer holiday there is lots more to explore near Harihareshwar. Shrivardhan and Diveagar are two other secluded beaches 17 and 35 kms away from Harihareshwar respectively which are obvious choices for a sightseeing trip near Harihareshwar.

Thanks to Suvarnadurga Marine services destinations across the Bankot creek is also easily accesible during a holiday in Harihareshwar. Himmatgad fort in Bankot is worth a visit if you are inclined towards visiting historic sites. Kelshi famous for the Mahalaxmi mandir and the Yaqub baba durgah is just 25 kms from Bankot across the creek.

Harihareshwar temple

Sightseeing in Harihareshwar

Shrivardhan Beach

Sequestered between Diveagar and Harihareshwar at a distance of about 20 Kms from Harihareshwar, Shrivardhan is an obvious choice of sightseeing near Harihareshwar. Shrivardhan is a secluded fine black sand beach tucked between two hillocks with the Kalcha - Jivana fishing village at its northern end. 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.

Himmatgarh near Harihareshwar

Bankot lies in the northern most end of Ratnagiri district and is located right across the Bagmandala creek about 10 kms from Harihareshwar. Himmatgad or Fort Victoria although in ruins now, is worth a visit during a trip to Harihareshwar. The main entrance door of himmatgad has a decorative balcony with arches. The cellars are located near the porch. Within the fort there is a deep well at Himmatgad. The fort used to stand guard on the bankot brook, where the river savitri meets sea.

Velas turtle festival

Velas turtle festival is a popular annual festival where newly hatched baby turtles and released back into the sea. Tourists and photographers enjoy the time watching baby turtles take their first steps. Velas village offer a great ecotourism experience to all its visitors and offer a first hand experance of living in a village. Velas is hardly 10 kms from Harihareshwar and the turtles are released in the sea the same day at 6 in the morning and evening. No turtles are retained on the beach.

Sightseeing in Harihareshwar

Mahalakshmi temple is located in Kelshi about 30 kms from Harihareshwar. Mahalakshmi temple was built during the Peshwa regime and the idol is believed to be swayambhu with a powerful diety. The temple also has the idols of Lord Ganpati and Lord Shiva. This temple is located at the base of the Utambare hill. Near the temple is Yakub Baba Dargah and is believed that the darshan of Mahalakshmi is incomplete without a dargah visit.

Just five kms ahead of Kelshi is Ade where one could visit the Bhargavram temple dedicated to Parashuram. There are only two temples dedicated to Parashuram in Konkan the other one being in Chiplun.

Harihareshwar is located at the southern end of Raigad beaches. Just north of harihareshwar is Shrivardhan, Aaravi and Diveagar. Sequestered between the popular beaches of Diveagar and Shrivardhan is the little cove of Aaravi beach. A secluded beach on the 'sagari marg' connecting the two beach towns Aaravi is slowly starting to capitalise on its tourism potential. Aaravi has a beautiful beach stretching for a few hundred meters between two rocky hillocks with a sandy beach with a rocky stretch at the end.

Diveagar is located just a few kilometers ahead of Arravi and is a great one day sightseeing option from Harhareshwar if you are on a long vacation to Harihareshwar.

Yaqub baba durgah Kelshi

The Yaqub baba durgah in Kelshi is a noteworthy durgah and a visit to the Mahalaxmi mandir is considered to b incomplete without a visit to the dargah.

Hajrat Yakub baba Sarvari Rahamtulla Dargah is historically famous and is about 400 years old. Every year on 6th of December a mega fest Urus is organized here, at the Yakub baba Dargah in Kelshi. Muslims and Hindus attend this Urus in equal numbers.

Kelshi is located about 30 kms from Hariharreshwar after crossing the Bagmandala creek. Suvarndurga shipping which even transports your four wheelers across the creek makes visiting these spots possible across the creek during a holiday in Harihareshwar.

Yaqub baba durgah - Kelshi