Tourist Attractions

  


About Konkan

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.

Culture and people

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.

Languages

Marathi and Malvani are main languages spoken here and Hindi & English is understood by many.

Climate

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.

Best 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.

The 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 accommodation.
For people who cannot tolerate Hot and Humid conditions, December and January months are the best time to visit.

  
About Anjarle

Anjarle is one of the finest places in Konkan. It is just 20 km from Dapoli. It is famous for the ‘Kadyawarcha Ganpati’ (Ganesh temple situated on a cliff). This ancient and magnificent Ganesh temple was originally constructed using wooden pillars in around 1150. Later it was renovated during 1768 to 1780. Earlier people used to cross Anjarle creek (Jog River) in a boat and then climb the hill using steps that go through the Anjarle village. Recently a bridge has been constructed and you can take your car right up to the entrance of the temple.

The Ganesh idol is right-sided (its trunk curved towards the right, ("Ujwya Sondecha Ganpati") which is very rare. Kadyawarcha Ganpati is also considered as a live deity (a jagrut daiwat) who responds to distress calls of common people (nawsala pavnara Ganpati). It has a stone staircase on the right hand side to reach to the top of the temple (Kalas). You can get a magnificent view of the thick plantation of coconut trees, betel nut trees, Suvarnadurg Fort, blue sea and the surrounding hills from the top. There is a pond in front of the temple where you can feed big fish and turtles. Beside the Ganesh temple there is a small but beautiful temple of Lord Shiva.

Anjarle also has a clean, unspoiled beach with white sand surrounded by palms and trees. This Palm Beach is an ideal place to visit on a long weekend. Anjarle is a nice little, green village having all basic facilities.

 
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