OFFBEAT PLACES TO VISIT IN MAHARASHTRA
Think of Maharashtra and images of aamchi Mumbai, with crowded beaches and Bollywood presence flood your mind. Apart from the most populous capital city of India, Maharashtra is known for it is Misal Paav and Bombli, the Fervent Lavani, Mumbaikars’ laid back attitude and the ever crowded Gateway of India. But if Aga Khan Palace and Elephanta Caves fail to lure you, take a peek at these uncommon tourist sites in the state. Venture into the road less travelled. After all, what’s a vacation without a little suspense?
Tarkarli is a small village located on the south west tip of MAHARASHTRA . It is best known for a long unbroken shoreline and clear waters. The beach here is great to just laze around, and a long walk along the shore through shacks and fishing huts lands you at Devbagh. This is where the Karli backwaters meet the Arabian Sea, with a slick piece of land jutting out of the village, separating the two. Apart from this, there is Bhogwe beach, on the opposite side of the Karli River. Bhogwe is more secluded and quiet, with occasional rocks and boulders. The beach is blessed with fine white sand and the water is pristine, so clean that the sea bed is visible till quite a distance into the sea.
Tsunami Island, named thus after the 2004 tsunami, is known for water sports, among which are snorkeling, water scooter and dolphin rides. Scuba diving is probably the most sought after, if you like plunging into a kingdom of marine life whose colours you would not have imagined. The cuisine is an overlap of Goan and Maharashtrian cuisines, and the seafood best reflects this.
2) KAAS PLATEAU
Kaas is situated in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats. Named after the Kasa tree, which sprouts white flowers in season, it is also called Kaas Pathar, the Place blooms with hundreds of species of flora, including rare orchids, forming a carpet of lush bright flowers across a thousand hectares. Kaas is frequented by a number of botanists, naturalists and tourists in general. A major portion has been declared by the Indian government as a reserve forest and the plateau is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To the south is a small manmade lake, Kaas Lake, which is the main source of water for the region.
Amboli is a hill station of Maharashtra, a quaint sunggled in the plateaus just before the state of Goa begins. Sunset Point is a nice spot to get views to get views of the surrounding area. Other spots like Mahadev Garh, that overlook the Konkan, and Shirgaonkar Point are also provide breath-taking views of the fertile plain. The Amboli waterfall, just 3 km from the town, is a nice option to spend a day. Amboli is a good escape for a few days; it is quiet and secluded and there’s no traffic!
Harihareshwar is located in Raigad district, about four hours from Mumbai. A town surrounded by four hills- Harshinachal, Harihareshwar, Bramhadri and Pushpadri, which represent four deities, Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma and Parvati. The town is bordered by the Bankot creek on one side, which is where the river Savitri flows into the ocean and on the other side of the town is the Arabian Sea. To the north of the town, enveloped in greenery, lies a temple of Shiva called the Harihareshwar Temple. While the exact date of the temple being built is unknown, it draws pilgrims from nearby towns especially during the Kalbhairav Jayanti Utsav.