Kelshi Beach

Kelshi is located about 30 kms from Harihareshwar across the Bankot creek. A place of religious significance, besides having a long history Kelshi also has one of the most beautiful beaches in this region.

Kelshi is a definite sightseeing option from Harihareshwar if you are crossing the Bagmandala creek. Kadyavarcha Ganpati temple is also located very close to Kelshi

Located at just about 5 kms from Kelshi is Ade. Ade is famous for the Parshuram temple or Shree Bhargavram temple. This temple is a complex or a cluster of five temples. The architecture of the temple is from the Peshwa regime. A fleet of stone steps takes one to the temple complex with each facing east. Ade and Chiplun are the two places in Konkan which house a Parshuram temple.

Kelshi Beach

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.

Mahalaxmi temple is the main attraction of Kelshi. 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 located in Kelshi at the base of the Utambare hill. Near the temple is Yakub Baba Dargah and is believed that the darshan of Mahalakshmi temple is incomplete without a visit to the dargah.

Dargah of Yaqub Sarvari - the 11th spiritual leader of Shivaji is located in Kelshi. Shivaji Maharaj visited Yakub baba in year 1661 and 1676 and sought his blessings. Shivaji donated 653 acres for the dargah to be built.