The historic city of Shrivardhan, in the Raigad district, boasts the glorious regime of the Maratha kingdom. Shrivardhan is the birth place of Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath, one of the Maratha supreme. Besides having a historical importance, this city also has a lovely beach named after it.
Why Shrivardhan Beach?
Shrivardhan beach is away from the bustling crowd and has a very ancient touch to it. It is still developing and thus you can be away from all the hustle and bustle of the crowd. Since Shrivardhan has a lot of historical significance, there are good places to see around. The beach is clean and beautiful. The climate is very pleasant and windy. And if you are a water sport- lover, you have your options open. The biggest advantage is that if you want to escape from the monotony of Mumbai, Shrivardhan is just a drive away.
You can go for trekking while being here. The Shankar Temple situated in this ‘royal’ city is believed to be as old as the city itself. It is also believed that anybody fasting for four consecutive Mondays during the ‘Shravan’ month of the Hindu calendar will be blessed by the God and the Goddess. Not just that the devotees will be fortunate enough to see the God and the Goddess in blood and flesh. The Somaja Devi Temple is yet another place worth visiting. Devotees come in great numbers as it is believed that the Goddess cures people with snake bites. Shrivardhan is renowned for its spicy coastal food, so you can just sink into some of the greatest recipes from the Konkan coast.
How do I get there?
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai is the closest airport (185 km). You can hire a car or a taxi from Mumbai and have a great drive to Shrivardhan. The nearest railway station is Mangaon. The city is also well connected to all other neighboring cities by government and private buses.
Where do I stay?
The Exotica Beach Resort and the Shiv Shanti Holiday Inn are amongst the prominent hotels in Shrivardhan.
What do I carry?
Make sure you carry a great handy cam and camera to capture all those wonderful places of religious and historical importance.