10 Top Beaches on the Maharashtra Konkan Coast

Khavne beach at Sindhudurg, Maharashtra, India
Khavne beach at Sindhudurg, Maharashtra, India. Dinodia Photo/Getty Images

India's spectacular Konkan Coast starts south of Mumbai in Maharashtra and extends for more than 700 kilometers to Goa's border with Karnataka.  The Konkan Coast in Maharashtra offers a bounty of beautiful beaches, which are among the most pristine in the country. Delightfully off the tourist trail, they are devoid of much commercial development and many are practically deserted. In this regard, the best time to visit is during January and February, when the weather is warm (not hot), and it's the low season for domestic tourism. During peak season (May school holidays, long weekends, and Indian festival season) water sports, camel rides, and horse cart rides proliferate on the popular beaches.

The beaches below, which are listed in order of proximity from Mumbai, are some of the most notable. Yet, you won't have to look far to find many lesser-known ones where there is not a soul in sight.

A memorable way to visit the beaches is to take a motorcycle road trip down the...MORE Konkan Coast.

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    Alibaug Beach, Maharashtra. uniquely india\Getty Images

    Alibaug is a sought after weekend destination for people living in Mumbai, and many of the city's rich and famous own bungalows there. The town has got quite a bit of history behind it. Established in the 17th century, there are numerous old forts, churches, synagogues, and temples all waiting to be explored. The main beach at Alibaug isn't very appealing though, so most people head to the surrounding beaches. There are all kinds of accommodations ranging from resorts to simple guesthouses.

    • Distance from Mumbai: Approximately 100 kilometers.
    • Travel time: 1-1.5 hours by ferry, plus another 30-45 minutes from there. Driving time via National Highway 17/66 is around 3 hours.
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    Kashid

    Kashid.
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    A little further down the coast from Alibaug, Kashid is more isolated but growing in popularity. Its long, wide beach is lined with casuarina trees, snack stalls, and hammocks.  Two of the major attractions in the area are Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary and Janjira Fort. While the beach is quite empty on weekdays, it receives an influx of visitors on weekends. Family owned cottages and guesthouses provide most of the accommodations as there are only a few hotels in the area.

    • Distance from Mumbai: Approximately 130 kilometers.
    • Travel time: 1-1.5 hours by ferry, plus another 2 hours from there. Driving time via National Highway 17/66 is around 4 hours.
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    Diveagar

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    Diveagar beach, Maharashtra. Abhijit Tembhekar/ Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    Diveager is a relatively unknown beach that's not too far from Mumbai. It's bordered by dense forestation.  Make your way through it and you'll be greeted by a wide, clean beach with fine sand. Exotica Beach Resort is one of the top places to stay (it's a Maharashtra Tourism hotel, albeit privately managed, opposite the beach). Rainbow Cottages, in the thicket of coconut trees, is cheaper and also recommended. The town used to have a Ganesh temple with a golden idol but thieves stole the idol in 2012. It's since been replaced by a silver one.

    • Distance from Mumbai: Approximately 200 kilometers.
    • Travel time: Around 5 hours via National Highway 17/66.
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    Shrivardhan

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    Shrivardhan beach, Maharashtra. Sharell Cook.

    The standout feature of Srivardhan beach is its thoughtfully developed promenade, with benches, rubbish bins, and decent public toilets. This is rare at beaches in India. The beach itself is nothing special though and the main drawback is that the accommodations are situated away from the beach. One exception is this guesthouse, which has basic beachfront cottages and gets varied reviews.

    • Distance from Mumbai: Approximately 200 kilometers.
    • Travel time: Around 5 hours via National Highway 17/66.
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    Harihareshwar

    Arabian Sea with Black Rocks Harihareshwar Raigad Maharashtra
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    Many people head to Harihareshwar, neighboring Srivardhan, to visit its Shiva temple that houses an ancient Shiva linga. There's a pradakshina route around the temple, along the sea shore. A rocky outcrop, accessible only during low tide, makes the beach particularly distinctive. The beach is actually split into two parts, north and south of the temple. You'll find a Maharashtra Tourism resort on the south part but there are other better places to stay.

    • Distance from Mumbai: Approximately 210 kilometers.
    • Travel time: Around 5 hours via National Highway 17/66.
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    Murud and Karde

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    Dolphin near Karde beach. Abhinav Sah/Getty Images

    Murud and Karde form what is apparently the longest stretch of beach on the Konkan Coast. Hotels and homestays have mushroomed in the area, and there are many options for a beachfront stay. The main attraction is dolphin watching, especially during the winter when sightings are frequent. A little further north, Harnai is renowned for its massive daily fish market. Buy some seafood and get the locals to cook it up for you! Suvarnadurg Fort can also be visited.

    • Distance from Mumbai: Approximately 240 kilometers.
    • Travel time: Around 6 hours via National Highway 17/66.
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    Ganpatipule, Malgund and Aare Ware

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    Ganpatipule temple and beach. Lindsay Brown\Getty Images

    Ganpatipule is famous for its Ganesh temple, located right on the beach. Due to the number of devotees it attracts, the beach is not pleasant for swimming or relaxing. If you're looking for a more serene stay, Malgund beach (a few kilometers before Ganpatipule) is a better option. Alternatively, there are a few pricey resorts located away from the temple as well.  Untouched Aare Ware beach, south of Ganpatipule, is a must-visit beach. The sea views from the cliffs and road above it on either side are sensational.

    • Distance from Mumbai: Approximately 340 kilometers.
    • Travel time: Around 8 hours via National Highway 17/66.
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    Tarkarli, Malvan, and Devbag

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    Malvan beach. Getty Images/ Elroy Serrao

    If you're prepared to travel the distance, you'll by amply rewarded when you visit these beaches. The area is reminiscent of Goa decades ago before development set in. Its narrow, palm-fringed roads are lined with village homes, and locals can often be seen unhurriedly riding bicycles or walking to get around. The many beachfront homestays and guesthouses make it an appealing and inexpensive area to stay. Plus, the opulent new all-villa Coco Shambhala Sindhudurg recently opened up in the area, providing a luxury accommodation option. The serenity of the beaches is preserved by the fact that water sports take place on a nearby island.

    • Distance from Mumbai: Approximately 500 kilometers.
    • Travel time: Around 10 hours via National Highway 17/66.
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    Bhogwe

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    One of the most secluded beaches on Maharashtra's Konkan Coast, Bhogwe is situated where the Karli River meets the Arabian sea. Although it can be seen in the distance from Devbag beach, it still goes virtually unnoticed by visitors as its overshadowed by the popularity of Tarkarli. For an unforgettable stay amid nature, don't miss Maachli.

    • Distance from Mumbai: Approximately 520 kilometers.
    • Travel time: Around 10.5 hours via National Highway 17/66.
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    Vengurla

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    Located only 30 minutes from the Goa border, semi-circular Vengurla beach is surrounded by lush hills. The road leading down to the beach provide dramatic vistas. Attractions in the area include a lighthouse, a jetty where fishermen return with the evening catch, and Vengurla Rocks (also known as Burnt Island) which is excellent for bird watching.

    • Distance from Mumbai: Approximately 520 kilometers.
    • Travel time: Around 10.5 hours via National Highway 17/66.