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Friday, April 16, 2010

Edition 15- Beaches of Maharashtra

Maharashtra is one of the coastal states of India with a good number of seaside resorts and beach resorts. If one has a special interest in forts and their history, the costal fort sites of Maharashtra offer the perfect place to start on an enlightening heritage tour. Juhu Beach : one of the largest and frequently visited tourist beaches of India on the shores of Arabian Sea, mostly famous as the best hangout zone of Mumbai city, famous Mumbai Bhelpuri and Kulfi. Marine Drive : Chowpatty Beach, situated in the heart of Mumbai, rich historical link with the freedom movement, the spot where Lord Ganesha's images are immersed after the conclusion of the Ganesha Chaturthi festival. Madh Island Beach: a popular picnic spot, dotted with exquisite bungalows and an urban aura, the most lavish beach parties held outside Mumbai. Marve-Manori-Gorai: three beautiful and serene getaways. Marve is a quaint little fishing village, the nearest and the quietest of the three. Gorai and Manori, a little further away popular for all night beach parties. Ganapatipule Beach: a beach with a religious flavour, one of the 'Ashta Ganapati' pilgrimage sites of India. Murud - Janjira: a convenient base for the nearby beaches, former capital town of the Siddis of Janjira, popular for its alluring and spacious beach fringed with palm trees, two new beach sites of Kashid and Nandgaon nearby. Baseein - served as an important shipbuilding center, the site of the Portuguese defeat at the hands of the Marathas, a similar backdrop to that of Goa, one of the best choices to take some time off from the hectic schedule of city life. Dahanu-Bordi Beaches: a beautiful seaside in Thane district, vast stretch of unspoilt beach, coastline 17-km long, Chickoo (fruit) orchids. Harnai Beach - A very secluded beach site usually the most visited hotspot for the people of Mumbai and Pune. Kihim & Mandwa: a beautiful and clean beach, unspoilt and isolated ambience. Vijaydurg: Sindhudurg - once naval-bases of the Great Chattrapati Shivaji, picturesque beaches, Vijayadurg fort built by Shivaji in the 17th century. Shriwardhan: Harihareshwar - an irresistible beach site blessed with gentle winds, soft sands and inviting waters, attracts beach lovers in large numbers, a splendid place for seafood lovers Tarkarli: a secluded golden beach with aquamarine waters. Velneshwar : beach is clean and natural and is lined with coconut trees, swimming and other water sports, beach is free from rocks. Vengurla: Malvan - a beach famous for its long stretch of shimmering sand, thick cashew, coconut, and jackfruit and mango groves, Vengurla rocks, known as Burnt Islands. MTDC’s project Konkan Diving Dreams was inaugurated two years ago at Tarkarli beach. Blue water, golden sand, coral reefs, dolphins and abundance of endangered underwater animals sound like features of an exotic destination in the Pacific Ocean. Exotic marine life has been found along the Konkan coast after the MTDC’s initiation of eco-tourism. Tarkarli, Vengurla rocks and Sindhudurg Fort, has natural treasure of marine life. The rock formations have maintained marine life and one can find here amazing corals, colourful fishes and Sargasum forest. State Government has laid the foundation stone for Scuba diving in training centre and also inaugurated water sports activity in Karli river of Tarkarli village.

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