The extended long weekend calls for a refreshing and exhilarating holiday and what’s better than travelling to the nearest beach and soaking in its natural beauty.
Barely, 200 km from Pune, exists a hidden gem of the Konkan region. The not-so-popular yet serene beach of Anjarle is an ideal destination for both travellers and foodies!
Anjarle is a secluded beach, best suited to those who seek quality time in the lap of nature, away from the hustle-bustle of this city.
A nature lover’s paradise, it is famous for its magnificent ancient temples, seafood, scenic beauty and never ending floral beauty.
Located in Dapoli Taluka in Ratnagiri district, it is an ideal place for leisure tourists. Appprox 10 kilometer away from Anjarle, is Kelshi beach famous for its shells, cowries and the spectacular sunset.
Travel another 12 kilometer and you will reach the Harnai beach, luring people to its fish and sea food auction market.
Anjarle beach, the unspoilt Konkan shore at Ratnagiri, is covered with a 2 kilometer stretch of white sand and surrounded by palm, mango, coconut and betel nut plantations. One of the main attractions apart from the pristine beach is the Kadyawarcha Ganpati Temple.
Kadyawarcha Ganpati (Ganpati on a cliff), attracts several hundreds of pilgrims as the trunk of the Ganpati idol curves right, rather than the usual left. A small port located near the mouth of the Jog River is also a popular place visited by the tourists.
The beach is well connected with rest of the state through Dapoli which is the closest town at a distance of around 20 kilometer. If the captivating beach isn’t enough, the road route from Pune via Tamhini Ghat, Mahabaleshwar or Bhor is equally fascinating, with its never ending trees trails and lush green sidewalks.
Although tourism facilities are sparse here, one can certainly spot hotels and houses that are decent. And yes, keep that camera handy to capture the rare species of birds around.
Don’t miss feasting on the amazing and authentic Maharashtrian sea food delicacies that the make-shift shops have to offer. Also, grab some mouth smacking kachchi kairi and kokum sharbat from the local vendors while in Anjarle Village..
The beach offers pleasant weather throughout the year but if you want to witness the village in its true form, then visit it during the Hindu month of Magh or during special festivals like Ganesh Chathurthi.
Take the much needed break from work and travel this weekend to the white sands of Anjarle!
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