Guhagar Beach for a lazy holiday

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Guhagar in Konkan region of Maharashtra is a tiny town in Ratnagiri District far away from the chaos of the cities. Guhagar is a scenic coastal town with hilly terrain, waterfalls, virgin beaches and spetacular sunset views. It’s home to some ancient temples, a fort and the pristine beaches of Guhagar and Budhal. A perfect escape for tourists who wish to spend some quality time with their close ones and just laze and relax.

Exploring Guhagar

Guhagar is not too big so it can be easily explored on foot. There are some places around here for which you can take a bus or just drive. A cab or car is a better option the local buses can be quite irregular. You can even wander through the city and outskirts in an autorickshaw or dumdum.

Guhagar beach
Image source – Wikipedia/Guhagar beach

Just at 200 meters from Guhagar bus depot,  is the pristine long and lonely Guhagar beach with silvery white sand. Its unexploited surroundings add to the splendor of the seashore. You can laze around the beach or simply amble here and there while relishing on delicious chat, fresh sea food and local delicacies from the nearby shacks. This is also a very safe beach for sea swimming.

Guhagar beach
Image source – Wikipedia/Vyadeshwar

Very near to the bus depot, in the heart of here, is the ancient Vyadeshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is the Kuladaivat of numerous Kokanastha Chitpavan Brahmins.

Guhagar beach
Image source – Flickr/Hedvi Beach

Hedvi beach at about 10 kilometers from Guhaghar  is a clean and desolate beach. Thick coconut trees fringe the beach. This beach is also famed for the famous temple with an idol of lord Ganesha with ten hands, known as the Dashbhuj Ganesh.

The ruins of the ancient Gopalgad Fort spreading over 7 acres, situated near Anjanvel is another attraction here. The place is 11 kilometers away from Guhagar.

The ancient Chandika Mandir, 15 kilometers away from Guhagar has a self-borne idol of Goddess Chandika and it is 15-20 feet underground in a cave. Do visit the  rocky and splendid Budhal beach en route.

You can buy some Alphonso mangoes, Cashews, Kokam Agal, pickles, jams, Amba Poli and Phanas Poli are some of the homemade items exclusive to this Konkan region.

Reaching Guhagar beach

Guhagar is 290 kilometers from Mumbai and 260 kilometers from Pune. The nearest railhead is at Chiplun at around 45 kilometers.  Ratnagiri is 88 kilometers from Guhagar. Frequent buses are available to reach here from cities like Mumbai, Satara, Ratnagiri and Pune. You can reach Dhopave through a ferry from Dabhol. Guhagar is around 15 kilometers from Dhopave.

Where to Stay

Hotels, home stays as well as beach resorts are available for a decent stay at budget prices over here. Local delicacies like ukdi chamodak, sol kadi, bhaves, thali-pith and drinks like kokum sarbat as well as coconut water are must try if you happen to be here. South Indian dishes are also available at here.

Picturesque Guhagar beach is a perfect destination if you want to have a peaceful and lazy holiday by the beach.

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