Kashid is a beach town on the shores of Arabian Sea, in the North Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. It is located 30km from Alibaug, 135km from Mumbai & 160 KM from Pune (via Khopoli) on the Alibag-Murud road.
Kashid is popular mainly because of its white sand, blue seas, green mountains, paddy fields, and rivulets. Kashid has a 3 km stretch of beach tucked in between two rocky hillocks with Casuarina groves all around the seashore. This is by far the best beach in this part of the Konkan region and though absolutely deserted on weekdays, the town can attract its fair share of week-end holiday makers. There are a few of small hotels in Kashid as the rest of the area is privately owned.
For Mumbaikars, the route to Kashid is an extension of the drive from Alibag. Many might have crossed Kashid on way to Murud-Jinjira from Alibag. Take the Panvel-Pen NH17 route to Vadkal naka, bypass Alibag town and head straight towards Revadanda Bridge. At the Revadanda Police post, meet the SH60 from Pune. However the crowd traveling to Murud-Jinjira directly from Mumbai might have missed Kashid if taken the alternate route on Goa Highway via Kolad, Roha and a left diversion just beyond Roha town through SH 92.
Alibag – Kashid : 37 Kms Kashid – Murud-Janjira : 15 Kms Roha – Murud (SH92) : 48 Kms
Puneites, eager to use the Express Highway to the maximum, generally take a longer route via Pune-Lonavala-Khopoli–Pen–Vadakhal Naka. Other route is via Mulshi-Tamhini Ghat. After crossing the Tamhini Ghats on SH60 always keep an eye on the Kolad milestone and head towards the Goa Highway. Be careful not to take the Mangaon detour near Vile. Once you reach the Goa Highway T-section, turn right and head a KM to a left turn towards Roha at Kolad. This is the only break in stretch of SH60. From Roha, religiously follow SH60 again till you reach the Revadanda Bridge.
Milestones from Pune (Kothrud, Paud Road) :
Paud (25) – Junction near Vile (87) – Goa Highway,NH17 (108) – Left turn at Kolad (109) – Roha (122) – Vikram Ispat, Salav (156) – Police Post, Revadanda (157) – Kashid (170)
Click here for the route map of the Raigad District
Kashid 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 make Alibaug 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 38 Degree Celsius in the months of April-May. Best season could be the Winter where temperature often falls at night. Throughout the year, specially, in the monsoons are the best time to visit Alibaug.
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7:00 AM Start from Pune - Chandani Chowk - Paud
8:30 AM - breakfast at Hotel Quick Bytes near Mulshi
9:30 AM - Enjoy scenic beauty of Mulshi Dam
10:30 AM - Enjoy scenic beauty of Tamhini Ghat section (3000 ft altitude) & a waterfall (Seasonal)
12:30 - 1 PM - Reach destination Hotel
1:30 PM - Delicious Konkani / Malwani Lunch / Fresh Seafood Home style
5:00 PM - Kashid Beach. watch Sunset
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Group Games
9:00 PM - Delicious Dinner
10:30 - 11:30 - Variety Entertainment / Playing Cards etc.
6:30 AM - get up and proceed towards beach
9:30 / 10AM - Have a good breakfast
11:00 AM - Leave for the Murud - Janjira
11:30PM - Visit Janjira Fort (45 min boat ride)
1:30 PM - Lunch in local restaurants
4:00 PM - Start back for Pune (same route)
8:30 PM - Dinner on the way (Manas Resorts neat Pirangute or some outskirts resorts)
10:30 PM - End the trip.
Due to close proximity to Mumbai, Kashid-Alibag coast always attracts lots of weekenders and even Filmy Crew. Hence, lodging is very expensive and one needs to book in advance. There are couple of 2-4 start hotels / resorts like -Kashid Beach Resorts(02144-278501-03),Prakruti Resorts, Suman Resorts (02144-278514) that gives you urban comfort and simultaneously charge for that. Even if you have enough fortune to blow away, consider staying in one of the many homely villas owned by the local people. You get enough homeliness, comfort and good food to make you stay memorable. The following are few budget accomodations suggested -
- Sarve Huts - Highly recommended for Project Picnics / Family Get-together upto 20 people
- Nisarg Farm House (02144)-278524/77
- Sagar Tourist Resort (Mr Deepak Khopkar) - Mobile: 9422692463, Villa: (02144) 278525
- Sea Touch Tourist Cottages (Tulashidas S. Belose) - Residence: (02144) 278550
- Golden Swan Beach Resort, Murud-Janjira (02144 - 274078)
- Shoreline Resort, Murud-Janjira (02144-274640, 02144-274641)
- Sea Shell Resort, Murud-Janjira (02144-274306)
- Sand Piper Resort, Murud -Janjira (022-26405334 / 26420883 / 26421015 / 26421016)
- Houses registered under Bed - Breakfast Scheme with MTDC
While you are traveling in coastal Konkan, make it a point to sample culinary delights of the region – kurkuron bombeel (crispy fried Bombay duck), Surmai / Pomfret fry, Kombadi-Wade with Chicken Curry, sol-kadhi (a tangy smooth appetiser), kelyache panchamrut (a sweetish medley of bananas and vegetables), tisrya-che kavlan (clams in thick spicy masala), Javalyache Lonche (baby prawns), kelphoola-chi bhaji, (a Konkan favorite, made of banana flower), Jackfruit bhaji, Kaju Usal, Ambole (like Appam or thick sada Dosa) and Lord Ganesha’s favorite steamed delight, the Modak* (made up of sugar / Jaggary and rice floor)
What to Shop?
Kashid - Alibaug - Pen region is famous for Rice crop (Hatsadicha Tandul), thick Poha, different variety of Papads (like Poha, Potato, Nachani, Jackfruit Papad), Konkani Masala, Kadave wal (beans), stuffed dried chilly and White Sweet Onions (This is seasonal crop and available in twin Garlands of small sweet white onions which almost lasts for 4-5 months. They have medicinal values and are especially good in summer). You get all these products at many shops situated along the NH 17 Goa highway either at Vadkhal Naka or Pen.
Kashid Beach (0 KMs)
On the way to Murud Janjira from Alibag-Revadanda, in between there is a beautiful and famous Kashid beach.Kashid is popular mainly because of its white sand, blue seas, green mountains, paddy fields, and rivulets. Kashid has a 3 km stretch of beach tucked in between two rocky hillocks with Casuarina groves all around the seashore. This is by far the best beach in this part of the Konkan region and though absolutely deserted on weekdays, the town can attract its fair share of week-end holiday makers.
Revdanda (23 Kms) - Vikram Vinayak (Birla Mandir) at Salav & Korlai Fort - Lighthouse
The beautiful Ganesh temple built by Birlas at Salav is an attraction for tourists. The light illumination of the temple at night is worth seeing. The temple is located 4 Kms from the end of Revadanda/ Salav bridge. Korlai Fort & light house is on the kashid side of the bridge. Yiou get stunning view of the sea from the fort.
Birla Temple at Salav. Photography is restricted
inside the campus
Akshi & Nagaon (30 Kms)
Are located 5 Kms south of Alibag. These 2 villages have cluster of coconut & beetle nut trees which makes the places scenic. The sea front at Akshi/Nagaon is very popular with cine fraternity as a good place for film shooting. Nagaon boasts of an Ancient and beautiful temples and place for Ved-vidya.
Important - Recently Water-sports facility have been started at the Nagaon Beach by the locals which includes Jet-scooter, Banana Boat, Bumpy ride, Dolphin trips, fishing trips etc. There are 4 operators now
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Alibag Beach and Kolaba Fort (36KM)
Alibaug beach is very shallow and good for swimming during high tides. Kolaba fort can be seen from this beach and just 5 min ride away. It can be accessed on foot / horse cart rides during low tide and there are boats available to reach the fort during high tide. The entire beach complex has been neatly maintained by local corporation with parking, seating areas, chowpatty, high mast lamps, demarcated safe areas for swimming etc.
It takes 45 min to 1 hour to visit Kolaba fort and it has bastions, Ganesh Mandir, ruins of few old buildings, giant canons and a lake / well with sweat water in the middle of salty ocean.
Murud - Janjira Fort (15 KMs)
There is a lot to see on the fort. As we land at the front gate of the fort, two formidable bastions. can be seen guarding the huge gate. Here is a sculpture in stone depicting a Lion that has overpowered six elephants. The main gate is followed by another gate where 3 lungers/anchors are clearly visible in front of shrine of 5 Peers(peerpanchayatan). Opposite of that is a big sweet water tank. Around that stand Khasha Siddi Masjid and ruins of houses. Next comes Surul Khan's mansion(wada). In the backyard, remnants of Hindu sculptures are visible. During archaeological excavations in 1985, temple ruins and a 'Shivaling' was found. On the background, fortified bulwarks with guns positioned, are unmistakable. There are 24 bastions in all, having their separate names. Special attraction of this fort is 3 Gigantic Cannons named Kalalbangdi, Chavri and Landa Kasam. Another gate to the west is sea- facing,called 'Darya Darwaza'. There are guides available who tour you through the fort while giving you an interesting version of the forts history.
Shrivardhan - Harihareshwar - Dive Agar (45 KM from Murud via Ferry)
Fort Raigad (En Route via Tamhini Ghat - Mahad)
View of Amritanjan Point bridge when we start descending "Borghat" at Khandala
Now we are on Amritanjan Bridge (Old Mumbai-Pune Highway). Infront of you is the Duke's nose.
Take Khopoli Exit and join Khopoli - Pen Toll Road (30KMs)
Sunset at the Kashid Beach
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Resort has One Bedroom units, 2-3 Bedroom Villas, Executive VIP Villas
Resort has 2 swimming pools, Pool tables, Carrom, Table Tennis and lots of other amneties
Mini Golf Course and Helipad. There are shoufer driven golf carts to roam around the property
Executive Villas at Prakriti Resorts. There are total 90 units of different types
Authentic kerala Ayurvedic Massage Center @ Prakruti Resorts
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Siddhi Vinayak Temple at Nandgaon