Konkan coast - some advices needed

#1 Jul 8th, 2018, 20:15
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Hello,
my gf and I think about exploring the konkan coast a little. We do not yet know how far and from which direction (I think we will start and end in Mumbai).

But, given that we both do not ride bikes, it seems that transportation is a problem there. Is it necessary to have a driver, or can you jump from village to village with buses or other transportation? We also thought about hiring a driver for a week or so.
What is your experience or advice?

Then I read that there are a lot of beautiful beaches, but what about the villages? I like to be in the midst of indian life (so I am not so keen on the tourist spots like Goa), but I am not sure if the Konkan Coast is only beach or also life...

Someone there who knows more than I do? ;-)
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You will not get the Goa is major beaches in Konkan.

If you want to solely depend on local transport it is possible. However do keep in mind that the bus connections will not be frequent.

You could take a train from Mumbai and get down at Chiplun (for Guhagar) / Ratnagiri (for Ganpatipule / Malgund / Aare Ware) / Kankavli (for Devgad / Acchara / Kunkeshwar) / Kudal (for Malvan / Tarkarli) or Sawantwadi (for Vengurla).

You could also take a bus (state transport operated) directly to Alibaug / Murud / Shrivardhan / Harihareshwar / Dhabole / Guhagar / Ratnagiri / Ganpatipule / Devgad / Malvan / Vengurla.

There are MTDC resorts at Velneshwar (Guhagar) / Ganpatipule / Kunkeshwar / Tarkarli.

Usually in most of the places mentioned above there is a weekly market (any 1 day of the week). Places to stay are also available (hotels as well as home stays).

Do some research on the places mentioned and shortlist where you want to go. Then may be some one knowledgeable would be able to give you more suggestions / advice.
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It's possible to move about using state transport buses. I've done a very short trip to the region covering Ganapatipule, Ratnagiri and surrounding areas. You may look at this link for some idea on how to go about the place - https://www.indiamike.com/india/maha...4/#post1933510
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@Tokoloko most places on the Konkan coast are non-touristy and finding places and/or cuisine that would cater to a non-Indian palate would be quite difficult. That said, the coast is an absolute gem if you're willing to explore it (I'm biased, just a bit).

There are buses available from Mumbai to most places on the coast, but the AC services would only connect the major towns. Trains are also available to most major towns near the coast; you can get local transport from the stations to the beaches. I would not advice on jumping from village to village along the coast since the changes in scenery would be very subtle. I would rather advice you to pick-up a region - about 100-200 kms of coastline and explore it at a leisurely pace over 3-4 days.

Most of the beaches in Konkan are next to villages; some big beaches next to small villages (Sagareshwar, Diveagar), some big towns next to small beaches (like Ratnagiri). The beach life is same as village life.

Some sections you can target (in order of increasing distance from Mumbai) are:

1: Shrivardhan sector:
- beaches: Shrivardhan, Harihareshwar, Diveagar, Velas, Anjarle
- monuments: Golden Ganesh temple at Diveagar, Harihareshwar Shiva temple, Bankot fort near Velas, one seasonal waterfall at Sarve near Diveagar, Murud-Janjira island fort
- other highlights: Bagmandala ferry crossing, turtle conservation at Velas/Bagmandala/Anjarle

2: Guhagar sector:
- beaches: Guhagar, Velneshwar, Hedvi
- monuments: Velneshwar Shiva temple, Hedvi Ganesh temple and Bamanghal canyon, Guhagar Shiva Temple, Anjanvel lighthouse and fort, Jaigad fort and lighthouse
- other highlights: Crocodile safari
- detailed blog

3: Ratnagiri sector:
- beaches: Aare-Ware, Bhandarpule, Ganpatipule, Ganeshgule
- monuments: Burmese palace at Ratnagiri, Ganpatipule Ganesh temple, Jaigad fort and lighthouse, Pawas aashram, Purnagad fort, Bhagwati fort and lighthouse
- detailed blog

4: Other sectors to look at: Vijaydurg-Devgad-Kunkeshwar, Aachra-Malvan-Tarkarli, Bhogawe-Vengurla-Redi

5: If your're looking to enter Karnataka, then you can try Gokarna, but I guess you would already know about it.

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