KonkanMaharashtra state in India. It stretches north-south from the city of Mumbai (Bombay) in the north, to Goa which borders the southern tip of Konkan.
- Mumbai — covering the districts of Greater Mumbai and Mumbai Suburban
Mumbai, Raigad and Thane and are administratively a part of a massive conurbation called Mumbai Metropolitan Region, which has its own development authority.
AlibaugAlibaug is the weekend getaway from the chaos that is Mumbai. Lot of Mumbaikars go to alibaug via ferry (Ferry Wharf, Bhaucha Dhakka). The beach is very commercialized and very crowded.
AmbernathSee the Lord Shiva Temple (16th century).
ChiplunHere are the Chiveli Vagheshwari Temple and the Pandavaas Caves.
GuhagarGuhagar has possibly the best beach in the whole of Konkan stretch. In the interiors of Konkan, away from any kind of noise, Guhagar is the amongst the best places to have a relaxed couple of days on the beach. The beach is pristine clean and virtually virgin. Home stays with local families is the best option to stay.
Beaches of DapoliLadghar Beach, Murud Beach, Harnai Beach, Palanda Beach.
KashidThe beach is slowly becoming a popular tourist destination. You can find a lot of small resorts in Kashid which offer all modern amenities. Water sports can also be done here.
Murud Janjira- Murud Janjira is mainly known for its Fort. The fort is in the middle of the sea, and presents a good experience for the tourist visiting it. Ferries ply regularly from the beach to the fort and back.
Diveagar BeachDiveagar is a small village on the konkan coast. Known for its Ganesh temple & Seagulls. One can take the Mumbai - Goa highway if travelling by road or the better route is to take a ferry from Rajapuri (Rajapuri is about 10 km from Murud.) The 30-min ferry ride is quite a fun journey as a lot of locals use it to travel back and forth.
Harihareshwar TempleHarihareshwar is another small village on the Konkan route. The harihareshwar temple is an abode of Lord Shiva. The ancient temples in this area are the living specimen of Indian architectural style blended with Maratha style of constructions.
KelshiKelshi is famous for at least two historic monuments, the Dargah of Yaqub Sarvari (who was the 11th spiritual leader of Shivaji) and Laxmi Mandir. Very few hotels are available here to stay but generally people can do home stays. Family's rent out dormitory type rooms for about ₹100-150 per person. This being well in the interiors of the Konkan Region, if you are lucky you may meet local traveling theater groups. Do visit the local sand dunes as well if you are here.
RatnagiriRatnadurga Sea Fort, Thebaw Pagoda Palace.
RajapurVisit the Yeshwantgad, an island fortification.
SrivardhanSrivardhan is a lazy village. The Diveagar-Srivardhan journey is amongst the most scenic routes on the Konkan stretch. The route has breathtaking views of the Arabian sea on one side and mountains on the other. The beaches are much more cleaner than the Alibaug, Kashid or even Murud beaches.
Sindhudurg Fortaddress: Kurte Island
- Fruits from April to May end you must have the king of fruits Hapus (or "Alphonso") mango especially from Ratnagari District. You can also try on Fanas (jackfruit), Karvanda (blue berries), Jambhul, Kokam, cashew fruit/nut
- Tender coconut.
- San-za-na, jackfruit Idli with coconut or cow milk
- Fanas Bhaji, jackfruit curry
- Amti Bhat, rice and yellow dal curry
- Koyada, half ripe mango curry
- Vatli dal, raw mango dal
- Sol kadhi Kokam curry
- Kadva wal usal beans curry
- Bangdyache human mackarel cococnut curry
Veg specialities in Konkan Region:
- Chulivarchya Bhakrya - Cake of native grains made on chulha
- Fanas Bhaji - Spicy jackfruit curry
- Amti Bhat - rice and yellow dal curry
- Koyada - half ripe mango sweet sour curry
- San-za-na- jackfruit sweet dish with coconut or cow milk
- Kelphoolachi Bhaji - a konkan favourite made of banana flowers
- Vatli dal - side dish made up with raw mango dal
- Sol kadhi - Kokam curry
- Lord Ganesha's favourite steamed delight, the modak.
Non-veg specialities in Konkan Region:
- Kurkuron Bombeel - crisply fried Mumbai duck
- Tisrya-che Kalvan - clams in thick spicy masala
- Bangadyachi Chatni - spicy dry dish made of tasty fish
- Vade - Sagoti - meat dish with fried cake of mixed grains
Famous restaurants for seafood:
- Hotel Abhishek Chiplun - restaurant in Chiplun for fresh seafood
- Hotel Annapurna - Seafood and Konkani food at Guhaghar Beach
- Hotel Atithi Bamboo - Seafood at Tarkarli Beach
- Hotel Sai Malhar Bhojanalay - Seafood at Ratnagiri Beach
Konkan Tourism - A complete tourism guide
- Kokam Sarbat, cool kokam juice
- Amba Panha, raw mango drink
- Tender coconut water
- Maadi-fresh palm sap
- Sol-Kadhi, typical Konkani drink made by Kokam
- Avala Sarbat, typical Konkani drink made by Avala
- Karvand Sarbat, typical Konkani drink made by Karvand