Maharashtra’s 720-km. coastline and
the adjoining area or 'Konkan' as it is called, extends from Dahanu in
the north up to Goa in south. Konkan is well known for its natural beauty
and is fast emerging as a favorite tourist destination for people.
Konkan's greenery, coconut trees, beautiful virgin beaches, waterfalls,
mountains and lush green valleys will definitely provide a rich and pleasant
experience for the Traveller.
Tourism in Konkan is developing very fast. Tourists from Maharashtra
now prefer to visit Konkan because of several reasons like close vicinity,
easy accessibility due to better roads and Konkan railway. The economic
accommodation and overall lower costs of visiting previously unexplored
places is an added attraction.
This region is a naturally gifted area of the state. The people are literate
and generally well off. They are peace loving people who
are helpful and friendly towards Tourists. They depend mainly upon fishing
and farming for their livelihood and nowadays some are making their living
with the help of growing Tourism in the area. The areas of Devgad, Dapoli
and Ratnagiri are famous for its Alphonso mangoes and also a lot of fish
are exported from Ratnagiri port.
The Konkani People are a hearty and festive
people by nature. Their love for celebration is
deeply rooted in their culture and it finds its
expression through the various festivals celebrated
throughout the year.
Some of the Main Festivals celebrated in the Konkan area are: Diwali,
Dassera, Gudhi Padwa, Ganesh Chaturthi, Narali poornima, Holi, Nag Panchami
and Makar Sankranti.
Marathi and Malvani are main languages spoken here and Hindi & English
is understood by many.
The maximum temperature can rise to 37 degrees and minimum temperature
is around 15 degrees. Rainfall is from 300 mm up to 900 mm during monsoon.
times to visit Konkan
The Konkan coastline is situated in the tropical region and the average
temperatures are in the 30 degrees throughout the year and can go up
to 40 degrees in May and October. The whole region is Humid and there
is heavy Rainfall from June to September.
best Period to visit Konkan is from November to
February as the temperatures are a bit milder with
less Humid conditions. But many local people who
work outside Konkan or ‘Chakarmanis’ as they are locally referred, do visit in the summer vacations. If you decide
to visit Konkan in Summer be sure to book an A/C
For people who cannot tolerate Hot and Humid conditions, December and
January months are the best time to visit.