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Harihareshwar, a small holy town on the Konkan coast in Maharashtra, India, with a beautiful coastline

State : Maharashtra
Distance : 219 kms South of Mumbai.
Journey time : 5 hrs by road.
Route : NH17 to Lonera Phatta via Mangaon and Goregaon ; SH97 to Shrivardhan via Mhasla ;
SH98 to Harihareshwar.
Location : The holy town of Harihareshwar is set on a lowcliff on the Konkan coast where the Savitri river flows into the Arabian sea, surrounded by the four hills of Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri and Pushpadri in southern Raigad district. Going by car is the best option.

Best time to go : June to August is a good time to visit, where you can pay your respects to God while witnessing the holy fury of the rains. November to Feburary is also a good time to visit.
Gentle winds, soft sands and inviting waters make Shriwardhan Bay irresistible to beach lovers. And if one relishes sea-food, there is no dearth of delicacies to sample here. Adventurers can even take a small boat to the north side of the bay and explore a land where the Peshwas or prime ministers of the Maratha kingdom, originally resided. The Peshwa Smarak is of interest to most people who visit Shriwardhan. The town of Harihareshwar is known for its tranquil and picturesque beach and is also famous for the temple of Harihareshwar.

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A small town located around 200 km from Mumbai and just 175 Kms. from Pune. Harihareshwar had long been popular as an important pilgrimage town. It was only a few years ago that it gained the reputation of a quiet weekend getaway from Mumbai. The 16th century temple at Harihareshwar is located right on the beach. And it is these beaches which has made it popular with city-wallahs looking for an escape. Long, shallow and wide, these pristine beaches are ideal for swimming. The backdrop of the Konkan coastline adds its own charm to this scene.

Places to visit in Harihareshwar

– Bagmandala
Bagmandala is a lovely small village a few miles away from the holy city of Harihareshwar. This is the place where the Peshwa (Prime Minister) of the Maratha Kingdom lived for many years. Bagmandala carries the legacy of Peshawa in a Peshwa Smarak as well as in an ancient fort named as Bankot fort.
The prime attraction of the Bagmandala is the jungle jetty (sea harbor in the forest). This small port ferries the local people across the Bagmandala creek. Those who like for a ferry travel can cross over Bankot fort and enter the nearby Ratnagiri fort

– Ganesh Gully
It is a culvert which is very narrow of about 3 feet wide in between two hard Rocky Mountains. It is believed that at the end of the culvert, there is a holy niche, a place where Lord Ganesh Idol is placed. The niche is about 30 feet under water and it is assumed that during the tidal periods one can observe the Ganesh idol placed perfectly at the niche.
Many tourists visit this place to have a glimpse of the Ganesh Idol. The place Ganesh gully itself is in the backdrop of natural beauty and calm smoothening winds.

– Harihareshwar Beach
It is the main attraction in Harihareshwar. The beach is extremely good for an elegant stay enjoying the natural beauty in a happy vacation holidays. Soft clean sands and soothe breeze make this beach in the lap of Arabian Sea a much sought place in Harihareshwar. The beach is unpolluted and mostly unspoiled. The Harihar hill on the sea shore add to the attraction of the beach. Solitude seeking tourists can make the visit to Harihareshwar beach a unique experience. The enthusiastic tourists can have a water journey by small boats available in the beach.

– Kalbhairav Temple
It is one of the ancient renowned temples in Maharashtra. The main deity enshrines the temple is Lord Shiva. Kalabhairava, a lord of all manthrasastras, is also placed as one of the idols. Legends associated with the temple say that Lord Shiva created Kalabhairava and blessed him with all manthras. The architectural style of the temple is attractive. Temple Yogeshwari known as Dakshin Kashi is located in the premises. In most of the special occasions like Mahashivarathri, one can view long queues for Darshan. Cool breeze from the Harihareshwar beach makes the temple premises a nice place to relax as well

List of other sight-seeing places in and around Harihareshwar:

• Harihareshwar Temple – 8 km (Gayatri Tirth, Sita Sansar, Vishnu pad, Pandav Tirth, 101 Kaurav Astitva)
• Gram devata Somajadevi (10 km)
• Jeevaneshwar Temple – Swayambhu Shivpind (12 km)
• Jeevnabander – Fish Port (12 km)
• Pure gold-cast Ganpati idol – Diveagar (21 km)
• Devkhot – Pandav era caves
• Shrivardhan sea shore (10 kms)
• Aaravi, Shekhadi and Walvti – most beautiful sea shores (13-21 km)
• Shrivardhan town
• Laxmi Narayan temple
• Dive Agar sea beach (21 km)
• Rupnarayan temple, Dive Agar (22 km)
• Dighi Bandar and Janjira Fort (36 km)
• Savitri river at Bankot creek (4 km)
• Bankot Fort (5kms)
• Rotha Supari of Shrivardhan
• Bhairvnath, Kusumadevi, Rameshwar and Bharadhkol Vitthal Temple
• Bhimachi Kawad (trekking point)
• Tambadi (trekking point) Table land
• Samsher Baba Peer Darga (Trekking, “S” Waterline Point)

Where to stay in Harihareshwar

– MTDC Holiday Resort near temple
Harihareshwar, Raigarh
Maharashtra – 402110
– Resort Harihareshwar Hilltop
At Nivale, Post Saigaon

NOTE : One important thing to keep in mind is that cell phones do not work at Harihareshwar. There are some STD booths near the temple, and you may have to ask if they work. So rest assured, your holidays are going to be mobile-free.

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