Janjira Fort

janjira Fort

Visitors can gain access to the Janjira fort from Rajapuri, a small village on the coast. After a short ride in a small boat, one can enter the fort through the main entrance. The fort is oval shaped instead of the usual oblong or square shape. The fort wall is about 40 feet high and has 19 rounded porches or arches, some of which still have cannons mounted on them, including the famous cannon Kalaal Baangadi. These cannons were largely responsible for repelling oncoming enemies from the sea. Inside the fort walls are the ruins of a mosque, a palace and bath with water channeled from streams, evidence that royal ladies occupied the quarters. A deep well, still functional, provides fresh water despite the fort being surrounded by salt water.

Suvarna Ganesh Temple

Suvarna ganesh Temple

Diveagar was the ancient capital of the Shilahar kings. Dive agar’s claim to fame happened when on the auspicious day of 'Sankashti Chaturthi', 17th November 1997, an ancient half statue of Lord Ganesh made of gold was found in a farm which is now placed in a temple called Suvarna Ganesh. You can also go to beach behind the temple which stretches up to a few kilometers. You can enjoy lovely walks along the pristine beach. There is very little in terms of activities to do here.

Harihareshwar Temple

Harihareshwar Temple

Harihareshwar Temple complex has two adjacent temples. The smaller Kalbhairav temple is expected to be visited first, before entering the main Harihareshwar temple housing an ancient Shiva Linga. A pradakshina route goes around the temple, along the sea shore. It is not advisable to go on this route during high tide.

Kuda Caves

Kuda Caves

Kuda Caves are located in the small village of Kuda, on the eastern side of the north shore of Murud-Janjira in south KonkanIndia. These fifteen Buddhist caves are small, simple, and were excavated in first century B.C.

The verandah of Chaitya has several reliefs of the Buddha, carved with symbols of lotus, wheel and Nagas. Later in 5th / 6th century the Buddhist branch of the Mahayana took over the caves and added their sculptures. The first cave has ancient writing on its wall. The sixth cave entrance is adorned with elephants.

The thirty inscriptions describe donations by lay Buddhists and Buddhist monks. Other donors include an iron monger, a banker, a gardener, a writer, physician, a flower vendor and a minister.

 

Shrivardhan Beach

Shrivardhan Beach

Shriwardhan is a taluka, city and municipal council in the Raigad district of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It has developed into a seaside resort, along with the nearby town of Harihareshwar, which also has a Shiva temple. Located on a peninsula, the town itself boasts many beaches, in addition to proximity to numerous other beach destinations such as Diveagar Beach and Kondivali Beach. People from across Maharashtra come to Shrivardhan and the nearby beaches all year round.

Shekhadi Beach

Shekhadi Beach

Diveagar was the ancient capital of the Shilahar kings. Dive agar’s claim to fame happened when on the auspicious day of 'Sankashti Chaturthi', 17th November 1997, an ancient half statue of Lord Ganesh made of gold was found in a farm which is now placed in a temple called Suvarna Ganesh. You can also go to beach behind the temple which stretches up to a few kilometers. You can enjoy lovely walks along the pristine beach. There is very little in terms of activities to do here.

Velas Beach

Velas Beach

Velas is a coastal village which falls in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. The place is well known for its beaches. Besides Velas beach, there are several other tourist attractions around Velas including the Bankot Fort and the Harihareshwar Temple. However, off late, Velas has been attracting nature lovers and travellers more for its Velas turtle festival, than anything else. Hundreds of Olive Ridley Turtles, one of the most treasured species of marine turtles, come ashore at Velas beach for breeding and lay hundreds of eggs.

Uttareshwar Temple

Uttareshwar Temple

Diveagar is a small town in Raigad district of Konkan, Maharashtra. There is a small and fascinating story behind the name Diveagar. It is said that in ancient times, the sanctum of the Uttareshwar temple used to get lit automatically every evening; as if some unknown power used to do it every evening. Hence, it is named as Diveagar. The ancient name of Diveagar town was Deepakagar. In diveagar, there are plenty of beautiful and ancient temples of Lord Vishnu, Bhairav, Shiva, Ganesh, etc. Some of the temples are situated next to beaches and some are situated at the hill tops. Some are situated next to rivers. Diveagar town has following temples- Rupnarayan temple, Panchmukhi temple, Gajantlaxmi temple, Golden Ganesh temple, Sundar Narayan temple and Uttareshwar temple.