Guhagar beach is in Ratnagiri district and very near Chiplun. It is a 5 – 6 km long and lovely beach. We left Pune in the morning and reached late afternoon finishing lunch on the way.
White-bellied sea eagles were soaring across the skies as we were entering the beach. The clean white sand beckoned us and let all of us enjoy the beach in solitude. The locals informed us that the beach was mostly empty, even on weekends.
The longest beach in Konkan is safe to swim in and has lots of water sports. My kids went to enjoy water sports but I and my husband just relaxed on the beach.
While my grown-up kids were enjoying water sports, we watched young kids enthusiastically running around in the play area. There were a few coconut water stalls and snack carts with the quality fare. After the water sports adventure, my kids sat munching the snacks we purchased in the nearby stall.
We had planned to stay back in Guhagar and visit nearby places for the next two days. Our friends who had recently visited here suggested 2 hotels Annapurna and Shraddha Home foods in the nearby village for food. We visited one of them. For vegetarians, there is even a Brahmin vegetarian food facility in the village.
Dinner completed, we were back to the beach. We were greeted by blue luminescent waves! Yes, we were watching bioluminescent plankton that was glowing on the waves at night. Such an amazing sight that it made us stay back for one more hour to leave the beach and call it a day.
The city of Guhagar is famous for coconuts, coir products, betel nuts, and the famous and yummy Alphonso mangoes. We picked up all this stuff for our extended family and friends.
Local Food at Guhagar beach
Hotel Annapurna, Shraddha Hotel, Kinara, The Lagoon Restaurant, and bar are popular choices for seafood lovers near this Konkan beach.
Atharva, a pure vegetarian hotel is situated around a plantation of Fanas, Coconut Popahali, and spice plants. Delicious food is made on order.
Best Time to visit Guhagar beach
A 3-day trip is ideal to spend on the beach and also visit nearby places.
One can come here all through the year except in the months of September and October when humidity levels are high.
Tips for visiting Guhagar beach
Beach is neat and tourists can help keep it so without littering. Beware of the Jellyfish found in huge numbers as they sting.
The Vyadeshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is near the T Depot and middle of the Guhagar Bazaar.
Ufarata Ganapati temple is located some 200 meters away from Bazaar. According to the locals, the white idol of this Deity was found by some fisherman 300 years ago.
The ancient Velnehwar temple is 16 km away has 3 temples inside the same complex. The idol of Shiva temple is 400 years old.
Light house at Anjawel / Gopalgad beach
Perched on a hillock the lighthouse is 2 km away from the Gopalgad beach. You have to pay a nominal fee to go inside the lighthouse. The Talekeshwar temple is nearby and devotees visit the temple after seeing the lighthouse.
The reigning deity in this beach temple is Dashabhuja Ganesh. This beach has a natural gorge called Bamanghal. It is an amazing natural landmark created by the sea waves. Water enters it during high tide.
This historical fort was built by Bijapur kings. Check out the great views of the bay from the top. A deep moat, some walls, and ramparts remain of this great fort, which had Kanhoji Angre’s palace is in the middle of the complex, a Ganesh temple, and a well for drinking water purposes.
Thibaw point / Thiba palace
Thiba Palace is the historical place where the last Burmese ruler was imprisoned by the British.
You can reach this beach by auto. It is a great place to play football or other ball games.
Tilak Ali museum
Guhagar is the birthplace of Bal Gangadhar Tilak. His house has been converted into a museum and has interesting memorabilia connected with the great freedom fighter.
It is also called the Bhagawati fort and was built in the 12th century. It is surrounded by sea on 3 sides and a lighthouse on the fourth.
Ratnagiri Marine Museum
This museum houses Salt and fresh water Fishes, turtles, Triggerfish, horsefish, lionfish, sea snakes, starfish crab, lobsters, and many more. Blue whale skeletons attract lots of onlookers.
How to reach Guhagar beach
You can reach Guhagar from Pune by a 6-7 hour road trip on the Umbraj Patan Chiplun road. Umbraj is a place to savor sugarcane in season.
Chiplun is the nearest railway station to this beach. It is connected to big cities like Pune and Mumbai through the Kankan railway network.
The nearest airports are Chathrapathi Shivaji Airport in Mumbai and Pune airport. Chipi Airport is the new airport in Sindhudurg.