Vijaydurg

Lying about 140 km from Kolhapur, Vijaydurg is sprawled along the Arabian Sea. Flanked by the picturesque Sahyadri ranges on the other side, Vijaydurg is known for its secluded beaches, historical forts and pristine natural environs. Tourists can soak in the natural beauty of this idyllic retreat and visit golden beaches that are lined with tall palm trees. Vijaydurg is noted for its Alphonso mango plantations and the sweet smell of the fruit lingers almost everywhere. Quite popular among tourists is Vijaydurg Fort that was built over 300 years ago by Maharaj Shivaji. Since it was surrounded by water on all sides, it was considered impregnable in its heyday. The structure of the fort has three layers of walls and a smattering of watchtowers that helped keep the enemy at bay. Today, the fort provides sweeping views of the surrounding areas.

Vijaydurg

Vengurla

Lying at a distance of 175 km from Kolhapur and 110 km from Goa, Vengurla is a prominent stopover on the tourist circuit. It is best known for its long serene coastline and shore temples. The main attraction is the crescent-shaped Vengurla Beach that boasts a blanket of sun-kissed golden sand. Bordered by hills of rolling green dotted with mango, cashew and coconut trees, the beach is a delight for vacationers, who can soak in abundant natural beauty.

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Tarkarli

Lying about 160 km from the city of Kolhapur, Tarkarli is endowed with crystal-clear waters kissed by silvery white beaches. Tourists can indulge in water adventure sports like snorkeling, kayaking, jet ski ride, bumper ride, parasailing, banana ride and scuba diving. Explore the vibrant world underwater and sight exotic species of fish, coral reefs, dolphins and sea plants. Moreover, the only backwaters of Maharashtra are flanked by Tarkarli and Kudal and tourists can explore the pristine waters and picturesque surroundings of River Karli on a houseboat. These boats are like floating luxury hotels that offer a host of modern facilities. Tarkarli is a delight for nature-lovers and adventure-seekers, who will be acquainted with many splendid sights and a number of memorable experiences.

Tarkarli

Malvan

Lying about 160 km from Kolhapur, Malvan is a picturesque coastal town that invites tourists from far and wide. It is best known for a marine sanctuary that is sprawled over an area of 30 sq km. One can find rich coral and marine life in the area. For nature-lovers, the beautiful coastline of Malvan, along with golden sands and casuarinas plantations give a good opportunity to soak in natural beauty. One can also indulge in various water sports like scuba diving and snorkeling. Views of sunsets are particularly spectacular from the beaches.

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Sawantwadi

Located about 150 km from the city of Kolhapur, the scenic town of Sawantwadi is surrounded by the Sahyadris in the east and the Arabian Sea in the west. From lush forests to picturesque lakes, there are a number of natural retreats where visitors can relax and rejuvenate.

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Sawantwadi

Ganapatipule

Located around 150 km from Kolhapur, Ganapatipule is a beach town, spanning the Konkan Coast. It is lined with temples dedicated to the presiding deity, Lord Ganesha. From enjoying the natural beauty of pristine beaches to soaking in spiritual fervour, theres a lot on offer for the quintessential traveller. The main attraction is the 400-year-old Ganesha temple, whose rock-carved idol is believed to be self-manifested. In fact, the name of the town has been derived from this Ganesha temple that is located on the shore.

 

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