Located close to Velneshwar village in Maharashtra, which is to the North of Shastri River, Velneshwar beach lined with coconut trees is popular for its rock-less sea and clean atmosphere. Whether you want to laze around on the beach, sunbathe, or take a swim, you can do all that here.
Swimming, sunbathing and lazing on the beach are popular activities. You can even spend hours on end simply taking in the natural beauty of the place and its clean environs.
The ancient Velneshwar Temple (with Lord Shiva as its deity) is another place that’s worth a visit. In March, Maha Shivaratri is celebrated in this temple with a lot of fanfare, which attracts devotees from far and wide. Shastri River, Anjanwale Fort, Vyaghrambary Mandir, Laxmi Narayan Temple and Uma Mahesh Mandir are some other places worth seeing in Velneshwar.
Hedvi village, close to Guhaghar, is worth visiting as it’s famous for housing beaches, temples and other religious sites. Apart from Hedvi beach, you should set a date with Sri Dasabhuj Lakshmi Ganesh Devasthan where the idol of Ganesh has ten hands. The natural gorge - Brahman Ghal that’s formed on the surface of sea shore, is also worth a watch.
Best Time to Visit
Though you can visit the beach any time of the year, it’s best to wait till the monsoons end as the natural beauty of the place would be at its optimum after the rains stop. October to March is the ideal period to plan a trip to Velneshwar beach.
How to get there
Mumbai and Pune are 425 and 252.6 kms from Velneshwar respectively. Therefore, air travelers from these places will have to take the road and either board buses or hire cabs to reach Velneshwar. You may also reach here via Kolhapur airport, which is the nearest airport at 203.3 kms away.
Those taking the rail route should get down at Chiplun, the nearest rail head that’s 60 kms away and board MSRTC buses or take private shuttles to reach the beach.
You can board MSRTC buses from Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri to reach Guhaghar, which is 18 kms from Velneshwar. From there, you can cover the last stretch via hired taxis.
MTDC Velneshwar Resort, Beach Resort, Privilege Resorts and Kinara Beach House are some popular choices that you can consider for your Velneshwar stay.
So, what are you waiting for? Head straight to Velneshwar beach to soak in the sights and sounds and even explore the tourist attractions located nearby.