Are you wary of chaotic beaches in Mumbai and Goa? If yes, just drive down to this out of the radar beach called Shrivardhan Beach. It is located in a town called Shrivardhan in the Raigad District state of Maharashtra. The long white pristine coastline here is most idyllic for a timeout from hectic schedules of modern life and the best weekend getaways.
The beach lies between two popular destinations Harihareshwar beach and Diveagar beach. Some people have a misconception that Shrivardhan Fort is near this beach but both are different places with just a common name on the Konkan coast.
Shrivardhan is well-maintained as compared to the nearby beaches. The crowd is also less and one can enjoy peace here. The government has built a small Promenade with seating capacities so that even the elderly can enjoy the view. There are also flowering plants lamps, toilets and changing rooms for swimmers.
Be there either in early morning hours or in the evening. The Spectacular sunsets of this beach are not to be missed! You can also take long walks on this beach around this hour. Cool breeze whistles through the palm fronds and the mango plantations nearby.
This beach is about 160kms away from Mumbai. This beach is also easily accessible on road from Pune. Hence this could your best bet for a long weekend. There are numerous places you can see nearby. Both the beaches mentioned above lie close by. One can also visit various temples like the Laxminarayan temple, Suvarna Ganesh temple and ancient temple nearby
The major attractions on this 3 km beach are boating, swimming, and sailing. You can also indulge in water sports like paragliding and water surfing here. Kids can enjoy horse riding, camel riding, and Buggy riding. But please note that all these facilities can be availed only after the monsoon season. If you want to venture into the sea, local fishermen will gladly take you for dolphin sighting trips.
In the mood for an adventure? Then hire a small boat and go to the place where the Great Peshwas of Maharashtra resided. Also, try trekking on the cliffs around Shrivardhan.
Family trip or a trip with a loved one, you can enjoy yourself in both the scenarios. The beach is shallow and hence ideal for swimming, even for kids. Small food vendors sell local food, snacks, coconut water, and ice cream, which you can have while on the beach.
The area is the seafood lover’s paradise. Popular restaurants serve the best catch of the day, that too in Tongue-tangling varieties. You can taste fresh seafood in nearby Fisherman villages. Vegetarians need not worry! There are a plethora of options for you too.
There is live action at the Khalcha Jivana Port right at the end of the beach. Khalcha Jivana is a fishing dock where auctions take place. Every evening there is an auction of the fresh catch. Check out the diverse types of fish available in Konkan as fishermen and prospective traders haggle over the best prices. You can also interact with the fishermen and if they are willing, you can go with them at night for fishing.
As to accommodation, there are various homestay options near the beach. Resorts and cottages abound catering to all your budget concerns. There is a Government Guest House as well with minimal reservation charges for tourists.
Nearby Attractions: Beaches
Harihareshwar Beach lies close by in Harihareshwar town. The distance between Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar beach is just 18kms. There is scope for a lot of water sports at this beach.
The beach is divided into two by the Harihareshwar temple. One beach is in front of the temple about 2.4 km long, another is near the MTDC resort.
Boat rides for Dolphin sightings are a popular activity here.
Take the Shekhadi Road a 20kms ride from Shrivardhan to Diveagar beach. This road runs parallel the coast and your views from the window seat would be really amazing.
Diveagar beach is 4 kilometers long. At one end of the beach, a stream enters the sea. On the other side, there is a Sea birds sanctuary. Suru and Belu trees beyond the beach carry cool breeze into the villages. Another special feature of the beach is the presence of unique sand bubble crabs on this beach. You may find some eggs hatching as well.
It is another beach that can be accessed in a short time from Shrivardhan. Again a less popular one, but it is a more pleasant beach for people seeking peace and quiet from daily life.
Attractions of Shrivardhan:
Shri Laxminarayan Temple
This temple is in the town area between the Harihareshwar and Diveagar Beach. The idol here is said to be 700 years old. Built by the Peshwas, its structure resembles Hoysala style architecture. A point to note here is that the first Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath belonged to the Shrivardhan town.
The temple timings are between 6 a.m. and 7 pm.
Shri Suvarna Ganesh Temple
Shri Suvarna Ganesh temple is located between coconut and betel nut tree cultivation’s in Diveagar. A lady working among the trees found an idol of Ganesh in pure gold.
Inscriptions in it stated that it belonged to 1060 AD. Later a temple was built to install this idol. However, the golden statue was stolen in 2012, and the silver one was installed in its place.
Devotees pray in this temple for auspicious beginnings, removal of obstacles, success, wisdom, increase in agricultural output, energy.
Harihareswar Temple and Kalabhairav temple
It is located in the town of Harihareshwar, which also called Devbhumi, 1km from the city center.
There are two temples within the same compound. Smaller one houses the idol of Kalbhairav which has to be visited first. In the next temple in the same complex, there is the Shivling of Harihareshwar.
There are two beaches in this area and one beach near the Harihareshwar temple. Doing pradakshina or encircling the main idol is an important part of the ritual here and the route passes through this Harihareswar beach. But it should be avoided during high tide as the temple is very near the Arabian Sea. There is an idol of Lord Ganesh here which can be accessed by going down a place called Ganesh Gully. The idol is said to be below the sea level and hence visible only during low tide.
Add other nearby temples such as Somjai Devi Mandir and Kusuma Devi temple in your itinerary when you visit Shrivardhan. Peshwe Smarak is another monument near this beach.
Nearby Attractions: Fort
Bankot fort was the first residences of the British in the Konkan region.
Its origins are not known but it was under the control of Adilshah for some time. Portuguese acquired them followed by the Marathas. Later the fort fell in the hands of the British Empire.
The highlight of this fort is its grand entrance gate and square dimensions of the fort.
The best time visit Shrivardhan Beach
This beach is idyllic summer getaway. It is also good for weekends. It is not ideal to visit this beach in the monsoon season as it could become muddy.
How to reach Shrivardhan
Shrivardhan is a place between Harihareshwar and Diveagar. The distance between this beach and Alibaug bus stand is 110 km, that of Murud-Janjira fort is 61 km and of Diveagar beach is 20kms. It is just 4 hours by road from Pune and Mumbai. The roads are good, so you will surely enjoy traveling with your family in a car or with your special someone in a two-wheeler.
People coming by aerial routes should land in Mumbai which is 185 km and Pune 162kms away from this beautiful beach. From there they can take MSRTC buses.
Mangoan is about 45kms away from Shrivardhan. It is the nearest railhead to reach this amazing beach.
Accommodation is no problem here. Some of the good resorts and lodges here are:
- Subhan Beach Resort – clean cottage
Facilities: Dining, hammock, swings, AC/ non AC rooms,
- Sea Wind beach resort
Facilities Pool, free breakfast, dining
- Kiva Shells Beach Resorts
- Savli Resort
- Niwara Resort
- Kinara Beach resort
- Shree Holiday Homes
- Kalaprasad Guest Park
- Swaraj Exotica – The Nature Resort
- Riddhi Siddhi Niwas
- Gulmohar Family resort
- MTDC Resort Harihareshwar
Easily accessibility, clean beach, nearby attractions like temples and other beaches make this a great destination for people on the lookout for a long holiday. Come to Shrivardhan beach and you will go back refreshed, rejuvenated and happy from the good times you had here.