The beautiful town on Harihareshwar is one of the most frequented one in the Konkan region. It is flanked by three hills making the weather here cooler than other beach-side towns. The town is also famous for its Shiva temple as locals believe the town to be blessed by Lord Harihareshwar. Another attraction is the River Savitri which enters the Arabian sea via this town. Harihareshwar also attracts a lot of tourists to experience the Olive Ridley turtle nesting during the rearing season.
HOW TO GET THERE
Distance: Visitors can drive down the Konkan belt with a distance of just 200 kms enjoying mesmerizing views.
Mumbai: 5 hrs
Pune: 4.5 hrs
Goa: 10.5 hrs
About 60 kms away, the nearest railway station is Mangaon, near Harihareshwar. Major towns are well connected by railways.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is the nearest airport to Harihareshwar.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The winter months from October to February are the best to visit Harihareshwar. Visitors can also plan to witness festivals like Diwali, Shivratri and Ganesh Chaturthi which are full of pomp and celebrations.
PLACES TO VISIT
- Harihareshwar Beach – Less famous than other beaches in Konkan but clean and secluded. Watching the nesting of Olive Ridley turtles is priceless!
- Kalbhairav Yogeshwari Temple – Ancient and renowned with beautiful architecture, this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a must visit in Harihareshwar.
- Harihareshwar Temple – It is believed that one must visit the smaller Kalbhairav temple first, before entering the main Harihareshwar temple which houses an ancient Shiva Linga.
- Ganesh Gully – Located by the beach, between two mountains, this narrow path is famous as it leads to a Ganesha temple at its peak.
This tranquil beach holiday offers local produce which visitors can take back home. Shops around the main temples and beach shacks can be visited to take back souvenirs and Konkan delicacies. Fresh fruits and juices are popular in this town. Tourists can also buy fresh Kokum and Jambuls.
Having religious importance, Hariahreshwar offers vegetarian delights to tourists along with the famous Konkani-Malwani cuisine. Kokum Sherbat and Sol Kadhi are among the must try beverages when in this area.
- Sea View by MTDC
- Vishranti Residency
THINGS TO DO
Forget your woes as this breezy and quaint town relaxes you. Take a dip in the sea and enjoy the tranquility at the beach. Waters sports like paragliding and water surfing can be enjoyed too. Temple tours to pay respect to Lord Shiva can also be a part of the itinerary. Visitors can also plan to visit the nearby Kondivli beach.