Located in Raigad district’s Shrivardhan town, Shrivardhan beach is the ideal spot if you are looking to soak the sun and sand in solitude. Though it’s often overshadowed by the popularity of two other nearby beaches – Divegar and Harihareshwar, it still has its fair share of visitors who come attracted by its black sand and serene ambiance. So, if your city-battered soul and body needs some solitude, this beach on the Konkan coast should feature on your travel itinerary.
Apart from having fun on the beach and taking an ocean dip, you could ask the local fishermen to take you on dolphin sighting trips. If you are a fish lover and don’t mind the fishy smell that many find nauseating, you could even enjoy the fish auction at the fishing dock of Kalcha Jivana where you would get to see a wide range of different species from close quarters. Shri Laxminarayan Temple in the town of Shrivardhan and its ancient idol that boasts of Hoysala architecture are also worth a visit.
Harihareshwar beach which is 18 kms from Shrivardhan beach is worth a visit. During your visit, here, you should set a date with Kalbhairav Temple and the ancient Shiva Temple. You could also visit Diveagar beach, 20 kms from Shrivardhan beach. If you choose to drive down the Shekhadi Road to reach Diveagar, you can enjoy mesmerizing views as the entire stretch of the road runs parallel to the coastline.
If you are in the mood for a 10-minute bike ride, you could visit the nearby Kandivali beach. You may even visit the Kuda caves close to Tale though it’s better to plan this trip en-route to Shrivardhan when you are coming by road.
Best Time to Visit
Anytime between October and March (before the summer heat starts blazing) is ideal to visit this beach.
How to get there
The nearest airports are at Mumbai (185 km) and Pune (163 km), from where you can hire taxis to reach Shrivardhan. From these two cities, you may even board MSRTC buses to reach here.
People wishing to take the rail route from Mumbai or Pune will have to get down at the nearest rail head at Mangaon, which is 45 kms from Shrivardhan. You can cover the last stretch via cars or shuttle taxis.
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If you are looking for a secluded beach on the Konkan coast that boasts of serene, unmatched beauty, you should head straight to Shrivardhan beach.