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iXiGOers Jan 22 2013

What are some popular offbeat places around Mumbai?

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Tired of the old tried and tested destinations and feel like exploring the unexplored? We bring you some of the best non-touristy and ‘off the beaten track’ places around the Alpha World City of Mumbai. So, here we go:


Dapoli
-Harnai-Anjarle



The reason we are clumping the three together is because they are set closed together and you can easily do them together. Let’s begin with Dapoli which is a little more than 200 km from Mumbai. Blessed with plenteous natural beauty and a cool climate, Dapoli also boasts of a long coastline surrounded by forests and hills. Full of jackfruit, cashew nut, coconut and betelnut trees, and home to a number of migratory birds, it is almost like a ‘Mahabaleshwar of Konkan’.


About 15 km from Dapoli, Harnai is a nice secluded beach destination (three words that are rarely heard together in India). It has a fort at one end and natural harbour with an abundant supply of seafood. Add to that beautiful seascape, rocky cliffs and a very interesting fishing village, and you have a promising destination in your hands.


Located just 20 km away from Dapoli, Anjarle is known for the famous “Kadyawarcha Ganpati” temple, which was originally constructed around the 12th century. The rare right sided (trunk curved to the right) Ganesh idol is considered to be a live deity (Jagrut daivat). From the top of the temple, one can get amazing views of the Suvarnadurg fort, betel, palm and coconut plantations, the blue expanse of the sea and white sandy beaches down below.


Harihareshwar
-Shrivardhan-Diveagar




Once again you can do these three together. Beside being a popular beach resort, Harihareshwar is also considered as an important pilgrimage spot. Surrounded by four hills named after four different deities, with a renowned temple dedicated to Lord Harihareshwar, this place is sure to bring you peace and serenity.


Both Shrivardhan and Diveagar are two more beach destinations around Harihareshwar. The history of Shrivardhan goes back a long way. It is believed to be one of the spots Arjun visited during his pilgrimage. Diveagar is another upcoming beach destination containing a small fishing village and a number of cottages, homestays, local eateries etc. You must try the local flavours of this place.


Murud




Located at a distance of 150 km from Mumbai, Murud can be counted as one of the best offbeat destinations around Mumbai. Famous for its fort (Murud -Janjira), which sits on an oval rock with 19 still intact bastions and is considered to be one of the strongest marine forts in the country. The Murud beach is very clean and safe for swimming. Olive ridley turtles are commonly sighted in the crystal waters. It also has a number of beachfront hotels and resorts available if you wish to stay overnight. There are number of temples and other forts in the area as well.


Karli




At a distance of about 110 kilometers from Mumbai, Karli is famous for its 1st century Buddhist rock cut caves, the most famous being the Karla caves. About 15m in height and 40m long, these are the largest temple complex in India. The main temple aisle is flanked by 37 pillars with carved kneeling elephants on top.

Though the exterior of these temple caves are worn down due to disrepair and erosion, the insides are still well maintained. If you like exploring such ancient temple architecture, you may like the Bhaja rock-cut caves as well.

Alibaug



Around 100 km from Mumbai, this is another beach destination but much less crowded, especially on weekdays. One can explore around numerous beaches, the fort area and the fishing village. There are a number of local restaurants and hotels, which would take care of your hunger and accommodation. A typical backpackers destination would be Kaneshwar Mandir located around 17 km from Alibaug.

This famous Shiva temple stands on a 900ft high hill, which might take more than an hour to reach. The pain and the dog-weariness of climbing so many stairs vanishes the moment you take in the temple complex. Apart from a variety of temples dedicated to different deities, you will find a flower and herb garden and an ancient sweet water tank made up of traditional black stone. Make sure you pack your own lunch as you wouldn’t get any restaurant in there.


Kamshet




Famous for Paragliding, Kamshet attracts a huge number of flying enthusiasts. It is located very close to Mumbai at just about 110 km. Imagine gliding across the sky and getting a bird’s eye view of the vast paddy and sunflower fields, the local village, surrounding hills and dense canopy; or exploring the ancient buddhist rock cut caves with exquisite stone carvings and sculptures.


Tourists also come to enjoy the monsoon waterfalls occurring near these caves. The sleepy village of Kamshet inspite of being promoted as an world-class paragliding destination, has still retained most of its traditional rural charm, most conspicuous in the mud and thatch houses. Other attractions include the Kondeshwar temple – an ancient Elephant temple, which is surrounded by a dense thicket of forests.


Another option much closer to home would be the yeor trail in the Sanjay Gandhi national park, which hardly sees any traffic. So put on your best sneakers, pack in a pair of binoculars, a good DSLR camera and you’re all set to go!

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Kolad near Mumbai too is a great option for a short getaway. Activities like Camping and River Rafting too can be opted for

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Sanjai Gandhi National Park & Manori Beach: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/04/imagine-finding-someone-in-great-dadar.html

Kanheri Caves Part 1: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/06/kanheri-caves-part-i-mumbai-maharashtra.html

Kanheri Caves Part 2: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/07/kanheri-caves-part-ii-mumbai.html

Mahalaxmi Mandir & Haji Ali Dargah: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/05/mahalaxmi-mandir-haji-ali-dargah-mumbai.html

Marine Drive & Juhu Beach: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/08/marine-drive-juhu-beach-mumbai.html

Gorai Beach: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/03/gorai-beach-mumbai-maharashtra.html

Erangal, Madh, Aksa, Versova Beaches: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/06/erangal-madh-versova-mumbai-maharashtra.html

Don Bosco Church (where the movie Amar Akbar Antony was shot): http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/08/don-bosco-church-mumbai-maharashtra.html

Elephanta Caves Part 1: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/04/elephanta-caves-part-i-mumbai.html

Elephanta Caves Part 2: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/04/elephanta-caves-part-i-mumbai.html

Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/06/mani-bhavan-mumbai-maharashtra.html

Bhau Daji Lad Museum Part 1: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/07/bhau-daji-lad-museum-part-i-mumbai.html

Bhau Daji Lad Museum Part 2: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/07/bhau-daji-lad-museum-part-ii-mumbai.html

Vasai Fort: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/05/vasai-fort-thane-maharashtra.html

Vajreshwari Hot Springs: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/06/vajreshwari-tungareshwar-thane.html

awesome
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Neha Mehra Sep 27 2014
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Kolad is a great option.Amby valley is another a luxurious option.It is really beautiful
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