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Place 1 ALIBAG

You will find these two beach fronts 12 miles north of Alibag on the north coast and easily accessible from Mumbai. Mandwa is a beautiful, untrodden beach. On a clear day one can enjoy a long, breathtaking view across the bay, up to the Gateway of India. Mandwa village too, has a charm of its own -- with its beautiful groves of coconut palms. You can plan an unusual tent holiday nearby at Kihim. Unspoilt and isolated, this beautiful place has a soothing effect on all city dwellers. For the nature lover, Kihim has a lot to offer: woods brimming with wild flowers and rare butterflies and birds. Worth visiting is the Kolaba Fort, just a furlong away from the shore. 15 kms from Alibag is Chaul, an historic place with Portuguese ruins, Buddhist Caves, the Hamam Khana, a church, a temple and even a synagogue.

Best Time To Visit : The best time to visit Alibag is from November to July when when the temperature reaches about 14C and the weather is conducive enough to relax on the beaches. From August to October, during the rainy season, visitors can expect frequent downpours that prevent sightseeing hence avoid visiting Alibag during the rainy season.

Places of interest around Alibag :

  • Alibag Fort
  • Nagaon, Akshi, Kihim beaches
  • Mandawa Jetty
  • Chaul Temple
  • Birla Temple Revandanda


Place 2 DAHANU BORDI

Dahanu, a quiet seaside town with a sprawling, uncluttered beach, is situated in Thane District. Not only for its extensive and tidy beach, Dahanu is also known for its vast chikoo fruit orchids. Dahanu is 145 km away from Mumbai that comes under Thane district of Maharashtra. And Thane district is again known for its 17 km long sea line that stretches from Dahanu to Bordi. Bordi is half-hours drive away from Dahanu. Here, one can find endless beaches, which are very safe and beautiful. Although, it is quite warm during summer, the gentle breeze cools down the entire beach. Mecca of the Zoroastrians is a place, which is very popular amongst tourists as there is a magnificent temple, which houses the sacred fire of the Zoroastrians. It is believed that this fire has been kept alive for almost a thousand years. The existence of Iranian and Persian culture further makes this place more exotic.

Best Time To Visit : The best time to visit Dahanu Bordi is from February to December.

Places of interest around Dahanu :

  • Mahalaxmi Mandir Dahanu
  • Dahanu Fort
  • Asavli Dam
  • Kalpataru Botanical Gardens
  • Mallinath Jain Tirth Kosbad Temple
  • Zoroastrian Atash Behram


Place 3 SHRIWARDHAN HARIHARESHWAR

Gentle winds, soft sands and inviting waters make Shriwardhan Bay irresistible to beach lovers. And if one relishes sea-food, there is no dearth of delicacies to sample here. Adventurers can even take a small boat to the north side of the bay and explore a land where the Peshwas or prime ministers of the Maratha kingdom, originally resided. The Peshwa Smarak is of interest to most people who visit Shriwardhan.The town of Harihareshwar is known for its tranquil and picturesque beach and is also famous for the temple of Harihareshwar.

Best Time To Visit : The best time to visit Shriwardhan Harihareshwar is October and March are the ideal months to visit this beach. The Harihareshwar Beach lies in Harihareshwar town near Shriwardhan. The Harihar Hill is located in proximity to the beach, which is popular for boating and other watersports. Many restaurants situated near the beach offer variety of seafood.

Places of interest around Shriwardhan Harihareshwar :

  • Harihareshwar Beach
  • Kalbhairav Temple (Shiva Temple)
  • Temple Pradakshina
  • Diveagar (35km)
  • Velas beach - You can watch turtle eggs hatch on Velas beach


Place 4 MARVE, MANORI, & GORAI

North of Mumbai and away from its bustling crowds and pollution, are these 3 gems that have become popular havens for Mumbai's beleaguered fun lovers. Marve, the closest and the quietest is a lovely little fishing village. There are some beautiful bungalows and up-scale homes belonging to the city's wealthy used mainly as weekend getaways. Low hills along the beach offer you extraordinary views of sunrise and sunset. Gorai and Manori, a little further away, are more crowded with revellers and are famous for all night beach parties.

Best Time To Visit : Manori Beach can be visited anytime of the year to take a stroll along the beach and feel the cool breeze. However, the months from October to March offer the best time at the beach when Mumbai observes less humidity.


Place 5 MURUD JANJIRA

Situated on a rock of oval shape near the port town of Murud, 165kms south of Mumbai, Janjira is one of the strongest marine forts of India (the word 'Janjira' is a corruption of the Arabic word Jazira for island). The forts is approached by sailboats from Rajapuri jetty. The main gate of the fort faces Rajapuri on the shore and can be seen only when one is quite close to it. It has a small postern gate towards the open sea for escape. The fort has 19 rounded bastions, still intact. There are many canons of native and European make rusting on the bastions. Now in ruins, the fort in its heyday had all necessary facilities, e.g., palaces, quarters for officers, mosque, a big fresh water tank, etc. On the outer wall flanking the main gate, there is a sculpture depicting a tiger-like beast clasping elephants in its claws. This sculpture, its meaning difficult to interpret, appears on many fort-gates of Maharashtra.

Places of interest around Murud Janjira :

  • Janjira Fort
  • Kashid Beach


Place 6 NANDGAON GANPATI MANDIR

Best Time To Visit : The best time to visit is from November to July when when the temperature reaches about 14C and the weather is conducive enough to relax on the beaches. From August to October, during the rainy season, visitors can expect frequent downpours that prevent sightseeing hence avoid visiting during the rainy season.