Guhagar - Velaneshwar - Hedvi


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This is offbeat destination for you within reach from Pune (200 Kms or 5 Hours) where you can visit few of the pristine beaches from coastal konkan, sahyadri hill ranges & famous temples like Velneshwar & Hedvi.

 

How to reach? 

Chiplun is located around 220 KMs from Pune (5 Hrs drive) where as Guhagar beach is another 40 KMs ahead.

Take NH4 (Mumbai - Bangalore Highway), cross - Shirwal - Surul - Satara - Umbraj - get down off the highway at Umbraj village around 130 KMs from Pune - Join Karad - Chiplun State Highway after another 12 KMs - Cross Patan - Koyna nagar Junction - Kumbharli Ghat - Pofali - Elore - reach NH 17 at Chiplun.

Entire road is very good. NH4 is 4 lane toll road and Karad - chiplun is 2 lane toll road as well. It takes 5 hrs to reach this place from Pune with 1-2 breaks. ghat sction is very safe to cross even in the night. There is Police station the begining of the Ghat (Ghat matha) and there are colonies and a Power station at Pofali / Elore when you climb down.

 

Suggested Pit stops / Rest areas 

(With parking facility, open space, good food and clean toilets)

  • Joshi wadewale (NH4) ->  snacks corner just after crossing the Katraj Tunnel on your right. Tasty food like Wadapav, Misalpav, Tea / Cofee, wada Sambar etc. lots of space.

  • Hotel Natraj (NH4) -> near Khed Shivapur (on your left while traveling towards Satara). Good place for south Indian breakfast. UDUPI management.

  •  Vitthal Kamath Restaurant (NH4) - in the premises of "Company Operated HP Petrol Pump" on your left at village Kikwi before Shirval. Good food, lots of space and clean toilets. You will get only Pure Veg. south Indian / Punjabi / Chinese food. Petrol is also Rs. 2 cheaper there than pune city. "Vitthal Kamath" is chain of restaurants started by none other than Kamath Hotels, owner of 5 star ecotel hotels like Orchid in Mumbai. You will see Viththal Kamath restaurant on Goa Highway after every 100 KMs.

  • Milestone Food Plaza (NH4) - Between Satara & Umbraj (on your left while traveling towards Satara/Karad). This is similar to SMILESTONE Food Plaza on Pune - Nagar Road.

  • Navami Food Plaza (NH4) - just before reaching Umbraj (on your left while traveling towards Satara). UDUPI Management.

 

Best Season to Visit - 

Chiplun-Guhagar in fact entire Konkan Coast enjoys a pleasing climate all through the year due to the vast number of trees, greenery & forest areas. Monsoon could be very heavy especially in the months of June & July. On the other hand, lots of downpour, Waterfalls en route and greenery can also makes Konkan tempting in the monsoons. The coastal weather is mostly hot and humid but it is healthy and devoid of effluence. The temperature is at its max out around 35 Degree Celsius in the months of April-May. Best season could be the Winter where  temperature often falls at night.

Click here for the latest Weather at Chiplun

 

Where to Stay?

 There are not many good hotels in this region except for Quality Resort The Riverview at Chiplun (earlier owned by Taj Group of Hotels).

The hotel, perched upon a hill is spread over 9 acres of landscaped land. All rooms are elegantly appointed, spacious and offer guest amenities like international direct dial facility, mini-bar, channel music and colour television with satellite programmes. Each room has a verandah overlooking a garden and the Vashisti river and the mountains around.

  • Kismat Residency Beach Resort, Guhagar (budget Hotel right on the beach) - Tel: 02359-240156/58, 20 rooms, Sea View restaurant serving malvani & Konkani seafood, bar, TV, Phone, hot water, Kids Park, pool, rain dance etc.  http://wikimapia.org/1073585/

  • Karmayog Rest house (8 rooms), Guhagar (Shri Ravindra Bhaskar Bhide, Kanjaliwadi, Gimvi Gao, Talk. Guhagar, Dist. Ratnagiri Tel. 02359-244578) - hot wayer, 24 Hrs meals (Veg), garden, TV

  • Guhagar Beach Resort (Typical Konkani wadi style with Tents, Machaan, Hot/Cold water, Meals etc.)  - Contact numbers are not available - http://wikimapia.org/6526434/Guhagar_Beach_Resort

  • MTDC Velneshwar - MTDC is building a resort here on a hillock. It is complete but booking are not started online. You may contact MTDC Office or authorized agents for the booking.

  • Hotel Prestige Deluxe, Near Guhagar S.T. Stand - A LUXURIOUS LODGING with A/C & non A/C accommodation of around 24 Deluxe category rooms, & 4 common halls also a Conference Hall. Ample Parking Place available. for booking contact Mr.Y.R.Joshi- 020-24339692. or Milind Joshi - 09371046264

  • O'Nest Homestay, Devrukh
    Taluka - Sangameshwar, Dist. - Ratnagiri
    Approved by MTDC for accommodation under bed & breakfast scheme.
    Contact : 09970841837, 09422430961, 09421939620, 02354 - 40161/240741

Since, there are limited Hotel options, you may cover these places by staying either on north side that is Dapoli or on the south which is Ganpatipule.
 

We stayed at Ganapatipule and covered most of the places en-route. Ganapatipule - Hedvi is 60 KMs via Rai-Bhatgaon bridge and road is very narrow and goes zig-zag. You need to ask at least 10 times for the right direction. But its fun to drive. We took almost 2 hrs to reach. Don't venture on this road after the Monsoon as it may not be good. If you are coming from Dapoli side then you need to take Ferry along with your vehicle at Dabhol to cross the creek.

 

Refer to travelogues on Ganapatipule, Koyna Lake Resort or Dapoli-Murud-Harnai for more details.

 

What to Shop in Konkan?

Alphonso mangoes (April-May), Mango & other fruit products (Mango pulp, aambapoli, phanaspoli), Kokam Sharbat, Cashews, Wooden toys from Sawantwadi, Malvani Masala, Aachar etc.

 

Places around Chiplun

  • Parshuram Temple - A 700-year-old temple, located at On Chiplucn-Khed road & walking distance of less than a km from the Riverview hotel. It is believed that Parshuram created Konkan land & so he is deity of the Konkan.

  • Walawalkar Shivaji Museum "Shivshrushti" at Dervan - A unique museum depicting the life history of the Maratha ruler Shivaji. The coronation, ceremony of Shivaji Maharaj, attack of Shahiste khan, Shivaji's Soldiers, Elephants, Horses and conservation between Samarth Ramdas and Shivaji, all these incidents have been exactly picturised. Located at a distance of 30 kms from Chiplun at Savarada near Derwan on the Mumbai-Goa highway. It is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

  • Guhagar Beach - A pristine beach on the Arabian Sea located at a distance of 42 km from Chiplun. Still unspoilt and virgin.

     

  • Wyadeshwar Shiva Temple opposite Guhagar ST Stand.

  • Velneshwar South - It is a beautiful temple dedicated to lord Shiva and is at a distance of 60 km from Chiplun & 6 KM from Guhagar. This temple was built one thousand two hundred years ago. There is a thirty feet tall Deepmala. There is a story behind the creation of the temple. Once a fisherman found this statue in his net as he was fishing.The fisherman throwed it in the sea .Inspite by throwing it in the sea for three times,he again found that statue .He got angry and he banged it on the nearby stones.Blood started to pour from the statue.He got afraid and he took that statue and placed it in the Velneshwar temple.This was how the temple formed. On the eve of MahashivRatri , an Utsav is being organized. Worshippers have their bath in the sea and worship the god. The scenery of the sea looks beautiful from the temple. The place has been made more attractive by the surrounding Coconut trees. MTDC is coming up with a resort here. Click here for the Photos.

  • Hedvi South - A temple dedicated to lord Ganesh at a distance of 66kms from the chiplun, again a diversion from the road going to Guhagar (15 Kms from Velneshwar). This temple is of the time of Peshwas and beautiful Dashbhuja (10 arms) idol is made up of marble and was created in Kashmir.










    Dont't forget to visit the "Bamanghal" (to see formation of a water column) at the Hedvi Shore and try some delicious Konkani meals at "Suruchi Corner" (Mr. Bhatkar 02359-243209, 243616) right on the beach. 

  • Veldoor - It offers a breath taking view of the Vashishti river meeting the Arabian sea and is located at a distance of 60kms from the Chiplun.

  • Vashishti River Jetty - Situated at a distance of 10 km from the Riverview hotel. The Riverview hotel can arrange boat rides on a motorboat. The boating is possible only when there is enough water in the river, at times it is not possible as the water level is very low.

  • Gowalkot Fort - Ancient Fort of Shivaji Maharaj, located on top of a small hill, bank opposite Vashisthi River Jetty, gives you beautiful view of the valley around & smoothly flowing Vashisti River. Nature lovers can do a decent track on it to get the actual feel of the fort, will take around 30 to 45 min.

  • Koyna Dam and Reservoir - The famous dam is at a distance of 45 km from the Chiplun on Chiplun - Karad route at Koynanagar. It is a drive worth taking.

  • Ganapatipule - An ancient pilgrim center, having a naturally formed idol of lord Ganesha. The temple is located on a beach with glittering white sand. It is at a distance of 105 km from the Chiplun an approximate drive of 2 hours (75 Kms on NH17)

  • Drive to Mahabaleshwar - Mahabaleshwar is well connected from Chiplun, located approximately 105 km. from Chiplun, one need to take diversion from Poladpur junction on the way to Mumbai. For nature lover, a must to do drive, beautiful one full with ghats & scenic beauty. Poladpur - Mahabaleshwar is 40 Kms

  • Marleshwar - Another beautiful Shiva Temple 95 km from Chiplun on the Devrukh Road. A temple naturally created in a cave. To see the deity one needs to get into this cave. It is said that the lucky ones can see the snakes living in the crevices of the cave.