“Dapoli is a perfect weekend gateway and an ideal picnic spot with multiple attractions like beaches, greenery and temples. Dapoli is near khed station (Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra) on Konkan railway route is a small town considered as hill station. It is emerging as a preferred tourist location and an ideal overnight picnic spot for people attracted to scenic hilly locations with cool climate almost all 12 months of year. Famous for Dapoli beach, Karde and Murud beach and more untouched clean beaches around. Also is Ancient Caves, Jungle trekking locations and historic temples more to the attraction list..”
Via Road : Mumbai to Dapoli (Khed) distance is 250 kilometres and can be reached via National Highway 17, Approximate time taken is about 4 hours. Preferred options are private car or tourists buses starting from Mumbai by many tours & travel operators. A small picnic group can hire a private jeep to enjoy and feel the travel adventure of major scenic locations, picnic attractions and other places around Dapoli.
Via Railway : Nearest station being Khed on Konkan Railway Route, It is about 29 kilometres from railway station. Once their, you can hire car, rental jeeps and other local transport to reach inside town.
Via Air : Since Dapoli is a small hill town location, No direct air route available. The nearest Airport to reach Dapoli is Mumbai or Pune.Famous in Dapoli
Dapoli is famous for its mesmerizing and clean beaches, Hiking & Trekking trials, Forest, Old Konkan villages, Hill station, Picnic spot, Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Other Tourist Attractions like Temples, Caves and for mango lovers its is very famous for Alphonso mangoes (locally called ‘Hapus Aam’).
Internationally, tourists Dapoli is famous for its pollution free cool climate, overnight picnic spot, untouched beaches attractions, sunset point, hot water springs (Sulphur water) and an ideal weekend gateway hill station location for tourists near Mumbai. Apart from Alphonso Mangos, Dapoli is also famous for other plantations like coconut trees, Cashew nuts and Betel nuts.
Major Picnic Spots and Tourist AttractionsBeaches in Dapoli
Two major beaches here are famous as tourist attractions of Dapoli which are Ladghar, Karde beach and Murud beach. They are know for its clean sea shores, pollution free and one of the largest beaches coastal area in Konkan Region of Maharashtra. Some of these beaches are very less explored (untouched beaches) with rocks and clean sand, an ideal scenic location also famous for sunset and have ample coconut trees shades.
Famous Karde and Murud Beaches
At about 10 to 12 kilometres distance from Dapoli town, Murud and karde beaches are the longest beaches in Ratnagiri district. Sea side Paragliding, Beautiful Sunset, Occational Dolphins spotting is what makes this beaches an idol tourists attractions.
Since, Dapoli has lush greenery and dense forest around, The mountains are ideal for hiking and trekking adventures. People from Mumbai and other locations comes specially to this locations for camp fire, mountain hiking and trekking in Monsoon season.
Suvarnadurg and Kanakdurg Forts
Located at Harne (Harnai village), 17 kilometres distance from Dapoli, Suvarnadurg and Kanakdurg forts are two more attractions, Speciality being Suvarna fort is a land side fort, while Kanakdurg fort is at sea fort, both historic and ruled by Maratha Warrior Shivaji Maharaj. It is said that these forts were connected to each other at that time via some hidden sea link, But now they are just an ideal place to be seen. One should not miss the lighthouse which is located inside the kanakdurg fort.
One of the ancient caves near Mumbai, Panhalekaji caves is among 29 famous caves located at river bank of Dhakti and Kotjai rivers near, quite accessible from Khed station. The attractions of this place being varieties of beautiful birds, its scenic location with combination view of Mountain and River and reptiles inside along the dense forest. Driving your personal vehicle till this caves is possible to have fun with the picnic group.
About 34 kilometres from Dapoli is this old village. Kelshi is also famous for its unexplored beaches and scenic tourist attractions. If you are keen to know the typical village life of Konkan in Ratnagiri district, Kelshi is an ideal location. Another famous attraction is ‘Yaqub Baba Dargah’ which is about a kilometre from village. Hindu Tourist and other specially come here to visit Goddess Mahalaxmi temple (Also called ‘Mahalakshmi’ religious temple).
Hot Water Springs
Located at unhavare village at distance of 20 kilometres from Dapoli, This Hot sulphur water spring is naturally hot and known to heal basic skin diseases. This can be an ideal picnic location if you are visiting in monsoon or during winter. Their is no entry fees / charges to take bath in this sulphur water spring. This rejuvenating water is an example of natural healing, yet another tourist attraction quite near to Mumbai. Precautions are taken and separate shelter for men and women are made to enjoy this natural gift.
Ladghar ‘Tamas Tirtha’
Ladghar is famous for its rocky beaches not much explored by tourists. Also famously known as ‘Tamas Tirtha’ (Spiritual location) is about 8 kilometres from Dapoli village and a famous tourist spot, ideal for weekend picnic spot.
Kadyavarcha Ganpati Temple
Dapoli is also known for its ancient temples, Kadyavarcha ganpati (Ganesh temple) at Anjarle village which is a famous spiritual & ancient Hindu temple, 20 kilometres from Dapoli. It was famous for its wooden carvings on its pillars. The temple is at hilly location surrounded by few beautiful beaches. Anjarles’s Kadyavarcha Ganesh temple is located at one of the best scenic place as one can feel the lush green mountains, sea with coconut and betel nut trees and a beautiful ancient Suvarnadurg fort view from their.
Their is also an ancient Hindu temple of Lord Shiva with a small pond in front with many turtles and fishes inside, one can feed them and spend good time for the day here.
Located in Asud village at about 5 kilometres from Dapoli, Asudbaug temples being ‘Shree Keshavraj temple’ and ‘Shree Vyagreshwar temple’ are the two ancient Hindu temple surrounded by nature inside beautiful asud village. This lord shiva temple is quite known to tourist who loves old architectures and monuments, specially know for ‘Hemadpanthi’ art work. This temples are called as ‘Pandavkaleen’, which means a very old temples since thousands of years, since when Pandavas from Mahabharata mythology era. These old temples of Dapoli are quite an attraction between tourist who like its ‘Fresh water’ naturally flowing from tree trunk at a hilly location.
15 kilometres from Dapoli is harnai village famous for its sea food and fish market. If you are a sea food lover, this fresh fishes can make your day. Another attraction of Harnai is suvarnadurg fort as mentioned above.