Sindhudurg is the place to visit if you really want to taste the flavor of Konkan in Maharashtra. Carved out of the erstwhile Ratnagiri district, even a week wouldn’t be enough to explore this place properly. However, this is what you absolutely mustn’t miss when in Sindhudurg.
Sindhudurg (which means ‘fort in the sea’), lies on a rocky island just off the coast of Malvan. This 16th-century fort built by Shivaji is the only fort which has a Shivaji Temple and a palm imprint of the king inside the fort. It’s definitely the most important attraction in the town; its grandeur worth a visit.
A 16th-century Lord Shiva temple in the town of Nerur, this temple is visited by all kinds of people irrespective of their religion and faith. A Devi Sateri temple (Snake Goddess), next to the Kaleshwar Temple is a must visit too. These temples come alive especially during Mahashivratri festival, which is a huge festival in whole of Konkan.
Devgad and Vijaydurg
Devgad is well worth it if you are going in April or May; the prime time for mangoes. Whereas, Vijaydurg is another gorgeous fort, though now withered a little by time.
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A number of pristine beaches like the Tarkarli, Malvan, Shiroda, Vengurla, Aarawali, Redi, and Bhogave run along the coastline of Sindhudurg. These virgin, white sand beaches are absolute hubs of peace and tranquility. Following the footsteps of Kerala, houseboats have been initiated on some of the beaches in recent times. For water activities such as scuba diving, Tarkarli is the best.
A quaint hill station, Amboli, within a short distance from Sawantwadi is a must visit when in Sindhudurg. Unspoilt by civilisation, this pristine hill station is especially lovely during monsoon. You can indulge in adventure activities such as jungle trails, rock climbing and paragliding here.