Treks Trips & Trails
Trip the Konkan Magic
6 nights /7 days
Murud / Harihareshwar / Harnai / Dhabhol / Raigad / Mumbai
Day 01: Mumbai to Murud.
Early morning Leave Dadar at 7.00 a.m., breakfast at panvel at 8.30 a.m. Leave Panvel 9.30 a.m. for Alibaug. Reach Alibaug at 12.00 noon visit Alibaug fort and lunch at Alibaug. Leave for Korlai fort via Revdanda at 4.00 p.m. Visit some interesting places with tea and snacks. Leave Korlai fort at 7.30 p.m for Murud to reach at 8.30 p.m. Night halt at Murud. Dinner with a quiz program on rivers and lakes, with prizes for participants.
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Alibag Fort: Alibag is the seat of District Administration of Raigad (formerly Kolaba) district since 1852. The name Kolaba is attributed to a Sea Fort Kolaba built by Shivaji the great, in 1680 to fight the mighty naval prowess of the Siddis' (Abyssenians) of Janjira and the British of Mumbai.
Korlai Beach: A quiet serene beach with alternate white and black sands, along a serene stretch of the Arabian coastline, adjacent to a village of Korlai Creole Portuguese speaking Indians. Just across the bridge, to the right there is Korlai fort within the sea and attached to the mainland by a narrow land strip through the Korlai Village. It is supposed to have been built by the Portuguese in 1521. The main gate has an inscription which means 'no entry without a fight'. The fort has seven gates, a sweet water well, a church in disuse, a Hindu temple and a Lighthouse.
Korlai Fort (also called Morro or Castle Curlew is a Portuguese fortification in the town of Korlai, Maharashtra, India. It was built on an island (Morro de Chaul) which guards the way to the Revdanda Creek. It was meant as a companion to the fort at Chaul. At this strategic position the Portuguese could use it to defend their province which stretched from Korlai to Bassein. Vestiges of the Portuguese occupation are manifested in the distinct dialect of the Korlai villages, among the inhabitants, which is a Portuguese Creole called Kristi.
Day 02: Murud to Harihareshwar.
Early morning at 10.00 a.m. after breakfast leave for Janjira fort and return for lunch. Leave janjira at 2.30 p.m. to reach Kuda caves at 4.30 p.m. visit to Kuda caves after tea and snacks. Leave Kuda 6.00 p.m. to reach Harihareshwar at 8.30 p.m. Dinner and overnight halt at Harihareshwar.
Murud-Janjira is the local name for a fort situated on an island just off the coastal village of Murud, in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. It was occupied by the Siddhis and is famous for being the only fort along India's Western coast that remained undefeated despite Dutch, Maratha and English East India Company attacks.
Kuda Caves: A small village Kuda, famous for the Buddhist caves, (1 -6 B.C) is located at the fabulous Janjira hills near Kolad at a height of 150 to 200 feet above the sea level. These rock cut caves are a classic example of Buddhist cave art and amazing for their architectural excellence. These caves have two levels and the individual blocks are smaller and are on the upper levels. The inscriptions on the caves are the preaching of Buddha and his disciples.
Harihareshwar is a town in Raigad Dist)., in Maharashtra, India. It is surrounded by four hills named Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri and Pushpadri. The river Savitri enters the Arabian Sea from the town of Harihareshwar. Towards the north of the town is the temple of Lord Harihareshwar, said to have been blessed by Lord Shiva. Hence Harihareshwar is often referred to as Dev-ghar or "house of God".
Day 03: Harihareshwar to Harnai
After Breakfast, at 8.30 a.m. Visit to the historical Harihareshwar Temple & sightseeing of the linga shaped mountain on the beach. Lunch at 1.00 p.m. Leave at 2.00 p.m. Velas beach via bankot fort . Arrive at Velas at 4.00 p.m. leave Velas at 5.00 to arrive at Anjarle at 6.00 p.m. visit the historical Ganesh Temple.Leave for Harnai at 7.00 p.m. reach Harnai at 7.30. p.m. Dinner with team building game and prizes. Overnight halt at Harnai.
The Harihareshwara Temple at Harihar in Karnataka state, India, was built in c. 1223 - 1224 CE by Polalva, a commander and minister of the Hoysala Empire King Vira Narasimha II. In 1268 CE, Soma, a commander of King Narasimha III of the same dynasty made some additions. The temple houses the deity Harihara, a fusion of the Hindu Gods Vishnu and Shiva. The image of the deity is a fusion of the right vertical half of Shiva and left vertical half of Vishnu. The image holds in its right hand, the attributes of Shiva and in the left hand, those of Vishnu.
Bankot fort : The name Bankot is derived from "Bavanna Kot" a Marathi phrase meaning fifty-two forts. Shivaji Maharaj captured this tiny fort and added it to Swarajya, which was the fifty second fort and hence the name "Ban Kot". It is a coastal area on the Arabian Sea with attractive beaches.
Velas is a small village located on the banks of river Savitri and is at the northernmost end of Ratnagiri district. Olive Ridley turtles come here annually to lay their eggs and thus this is a major tourist attraction.
Anjarle is a village in the Dapoli taluka of Ratnagiri dist. in the Maharashtra state of India. It is a small port located near the mouth of Jog river, about 4 miles south of Ade and 2 miles north of Suvarnadurga. The nearest railway station is Kolad, 110 miles to the south-east.Apart from the nearby Ganesh temple, Anjarle is known for its unspoiled beach.
Anjarle is known for the Kadyawarcha Ganpati temple (Marathi: Ganapati on a cliff). This temple was originally constructed using wooden pillars ca. 1150. It was renovated between 1768 and 1780. The idol at this temple differs from most other representations of the elephant-headed god, in that its trunk curves right, rather than the usual left. This is known as a Ujwya Sondecha Ganpati (Marathi: right-trunked Ganpati). The temple has a stone staircase on the right to reach the top of the temple (the Kalas), which has a commanding view of the surrounding coconut and betel nut trees, the nearby Suvarnadurg Fort, the Arabian Sea and surrounding hills. Beside the temple to Ganesh is a small temple to Lord Shiva.
Day 04: Harne to Dapoli via Dabhol.
After breakfast, at 8.30 a.m. Visit to 2 forts, fish market, Gimhavane village, Ladghar(Red sand beach). Leave for Dabhol at 11.00 a.m. via Lokmanya Tilak's village, Chandika Devi Mandir which is below the ground level rarely explored, and Panhalekaji Caves. Lunch enroute .leave from Dabhol at 4.30 p.m. Arrive at Dapoli at 5.30 p.m. enjoy boat rides with tea and snacks. Leave Dapoli at 7.00 p.m. to arrive at Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth at 8.30 p.m. Dinner and overnight halt.
Suvarnadurg and Kanakdurg Forts - Harne
Located 17 km from Dapoli at Harnai, the Suvarnadurg fort consists of two forts. Kanakdurga is the land fort and Suvarnadurga is the sea fort. The forts were originally built by the Adil Shah dynasty and later captured and fortified by Shivaji Maharaj in 1660.
Harne Fish Market Harne fish market is assumed to be one of the largest suppliers of fish to Maharashtra and also for export. There is an auction carried on daily basis on the beach.
Dabhol is a port which is 28 km away from Dapoli. The famous Dabhol Power Station was erected near Dabhol by Enron, Which is now known as Ratnagiri Gas and Power private limited.
Located on the Dapoli-Dabhil Pangari road is a place called Panhalekaji. You can drive up to the caves. The place is situated deep in the valley near the confluence of the Kotjai and Dhakti rivers. You can watch many birds and reptiles in the surrounding jungle and river. There are 29 caves and many sculptures around the area.
Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth is an agricultural university at Dapoli in Ratnagiri dist. of the Indian state of Maharshtra. Its major focus areas are rice, horticulture and fisheries.
Day 05: Dapoli
After Breakfast at 9.00 a.m. leave for Bharna naka to join NH-17. Leave for Pratapgad to reach at 12.30 p.m. Lunch at pratapgad .leave pratapgad at 5.00 p.m. to base of Raigad fort. Overnight Stay in Raigad
Pratapgad is a large fort located in Satara dist, in the state of Maharashtra in India. Shivaji Maharaj commissioned Moropant Trimbak Pingle, his prime minister, to undertake the construction of this fort in order to defend the banks of the Nira and the Koyna rivers, and to defend the Par pass. It was completed in 1656.
The Battle of Pratapgad between Shivaji and Afzal Khan was fought below the ramparts of this fort on November 10, 1659. This was the first major test of the fledgling kingdom's army, and set the stage of the establishment of the Maratha Empire
Pratapgad continued to be involved in regional politics. Sakharam Bapu, a well-known minister of Pune, was confined by his rival Nana Phadnis in Pratapgad in 1778. He was later moved from fort to fort until he finally died at Raigad. In 1796, Nana Phadnis, while escaping from the intrigues of Daulatrao Shinde and his minister Baloba, assembled a strong garrison in Pratapgad before heading to Mahad.
In 1818, as part of the Third Anglo-Maratha War, Pratapgad surrendered by private negotiation. This was a great loss to the Maratha forces, as Pratapgad was an important stronghold, had a large garrison, and could suppress much of the country round Wai.
Day 07: Raigad fort to Mumbai.
After Breakfast at 9.00 a.m. sight seeing of Raigad fort. Trek down to the base of fort and then lunch at 1.00 p.m. drive to Mumbai at 3.00 p.m to reach by 9.00 p.m.
Raigad is a hill fortress situated in the modern day near Mahad, Raigad Dist. of Maharashtra, India. The Maratha king Shivaji made the fort his capital in 1674 when he was crowned King of a Maratha Kingdom.
The fort, which rises 820 metres (2,700 ft) above sea level, is located in the Sahyadri mountain range. There are approximately 1737 steps leading to the fort, though today an aerial tram exists to reach the top of the fort. The fort was looted and destroyed by the British upon siege.
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