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Kashid Beach Datta Mandir Murud-Janjira
 
Korlai Village Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary Revdanda Beach Fort

Kashid Beach

Kashid, Maharashtra is most famous for its beautiful beaches. Not that, beach is the only attraction in this quaint place but apart from other attractions like Murud, Janjira Fort, Birla temple etc, beaches manage to command your attraction the most. Kashid is primarily a beach town on the shores of Arabian Sea and sparsely populated on weekends. Situated in the North Konkan region of Maharashtra, Kashid boasts of a comfortable distance from major places of Maharashtra. Connectivity to this beautiful beach town is also quite good and accessible.

Kashid has magnificent blue seas, white sand and great scenery. It has one of the cleanest beaches in Konkan region. Just the experience of sitting at the beach, doing nothing and enjoying the sea breeze is a mind-blowing experience. The Casuarinas groves make this place more than suitable for a rejuvenating beach holiday. While going through Kashid Mumbai route, one has to go through Alibaug road and the moment the stretch after Wadkhal naka starts, its one of the best feeling one can have. The huge space with no crowd in sight is truly an amazing sight. One can have the glimpses of Kashid's green mountains, blue sea and shores from the designated road itself.

Another advantage of Kashid beach, Alibaug is the fact that it's quite secluded on the western coast of India. Unlike other good beaches, it does not have huge crowds so one can have his relaxation experience without any noise and disturbance. It's indeed a sight to behold when one witnesses the might of Arabian Sea.

The waves are quite high and for those who seek adventure, surfing is always an attractive alternative. Even if not a rainy season, waves can be of 5-6 feet high. However, one needs to be careful during monsoon time. No wonder, people flock to this place in groups at every possible opportunity


Datta Mandir

This red-domed Datta Mandir is 8km from Revdanda fort. This is the temple of Lord Datta and is worshipped mainly by the Maharashtrian people. The temple is atop a hill summit and the road leading to it is about 1500 steep steps. It is a fairly strenuous 20 minutes climb. However once you climb up and reach the temple you get a panoramic view of the entire coastal belt. It is believed that this was built during Raja Shivaji's reign to keep an eye on enemy. There is huge 5 day celebration here every year for Lord Datta’s birthday.


Murud-Janjira

This Muslim town has a nawabs palace which is prominently visible on the hill and overlooks the entire area. The Murud-Janjira fortress, 4km south at the mouth of the Rajpuri creek is the main attraction here.

The fort is believed to have been inhabited by a tribe called 'Siddhis' who were possibly from 'Assyria' which is now Ethiopia and Somalia. The fort had three lines of defence and it is said that it was never conquered. It is said that the nawab of the palace used to live inside the fort till about a decade ago before moving to the city.

When you make your way to the fort from the town of Murud, the road leads up to a steep hill. Interestingly, you don't see the fort until you are on top of the hill. Even though the fort is on an island, land itself is not visible from the fort. From the top it looks like the fort was built on the water. The water at Murud is a crystal clear greenish colour unlike the water at Kashid which is bluish in colour.


Korlai Village

Between Revdanda and Kashid is the Korlai village which has its own beach and is home to a Portuguese fortress. The approach to the beach is rough, unpaved tracks that branch off west from the main road approximately 2 km after crossing the bridge. Turn right in the centre of the village and go right past the fishermen’s cove to find the white sandy beach ahead. The beaches are generally isolated. In the northern end of the beach there is a light house and a fortress. There is a wide footpath on the hillside that paves the way to the lighthouse. You can choose to go up this hill on a motorbike or car.


Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary

The rulers of the Janjira state had preserved this forest as a hunting reserve. After years of exploitation and degradation, it was declared a sanctuary in 1986.

Primarily a bird sanctuary, Phansad is home to a whole array of insects, amphibians and mammals. As you drive from Kashid towards Murud- Janjira, you come across the board of the ‘Phansad Vanyajeev Abhyaranya’ or Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is about 4km off the main road and is spread across 1000 hectares of protected land. However the sanctuary has not gained much popularity with tourists and that is probably because there is no accommodation available at the sanctuary.

The forest consists mainly of moist teak trees. Mangrove vegetation can be seen in the southwest section of the sanctuary. The lush green forest has attracted many different species of birds like the Black Eagle, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Yellow Footed Green Pigeon Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Forest Wagtail Black Drongo, Shikra, Brahmini Kite, Spotted Owlet, Plum-headed Parakeet, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Common Wood Shrike, Golden Oriole, Paddy field Pipit and Green Billed Malkoha.

The other interesting inhabitants of the forest are the 71 or so species of butterflies. Southern Birdwing, the Large Blue Mormon, the Painted Lady, the Spot Sword Tail and Common Map are some of the species that are seen here.

Barking deer, sambar and leopards also live in this forest, however they are quite difficult to spot. Phansad's star attraction though, is the beautiful Giant Indian squirrel but this arboreal animal is shy and wary and not easy to discover. The dense forest also makes this an insect lover’s paradise as there are several different varieties.

A temple of the Dhawir Vardhini who is revered by the ‘Aajri’ tribe is located inside the reserve.

When you drive deep inside the forest, you see the ruins of the Siddi Nawab’s bungalow at Kesauli which offers a splendid view of Kashid Beach.


Revdanda Beach Fort

Revdanda is a pretty town and parts of it are situated within the premises of an old Portuguese fort. Much of the fort is in ruins now and the area has been run over by betel nut plantations. When you drive into the town you enter through an old archway exiting from another before getting on to a bridge. Turn right in between these two archways making a detour into the western part of the fort which reaches you out into the sea. From here you get great views of the sea and the beach. The sand at this beach is made up of black rock giving it an unusual dark grey shade.

St. Francis Xavier delivered one of his early sermons in India at Revdanda. The chapel is within the walled fort, on the south side, however has become quite run down over the years..


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