Located close to the beautiful town of Harihareshwar, Shrivardhan is yet another delight in the Konkan region. Shrivardhan is also frequented by tourists, as this town is a peninsula overlooking several other beach towns like Diveagar and Kondivali. This quaint and rather quiet little town mesmerizes its visitors with dewy mornings and untouched beaches. Beach lovers looking to explore a non-commercial village beach must head to Shrivarshan!
The history of Shrivardhan dates to the reign of the Peshwas. Considered one of the oldest towns in Maharashtra, the Peshwas of Maharashtra have their origin here. Popular leaders like Balaji Vishwanath and Pehswa Bajirao have had their influences in this town. Paying a tribute to the Peshwa reign, a statue of Balaji Vishwanath was erected in 1988 in the ton center.
HOW TO GET THERE
Distance: Shrivardhan is well connected by road, 187 kms away from Mumbai.
Mumbai – 4.5 hrs
Pune – 4.5 hrs
Goa – 10.5 hrs
Mangaon is the nearest railway station about 45 kms from Shrivardhan and is well connected to major cities.
The nearest international airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Winter is the best season to visit Shrivardhan as summers are blistering with the highest temperature of 39°C. The monsoon starts from the month of June & ends in September. One will surely enjoy the frequent rainfall here which is also considered to be a good time to visit Shrivardhan.
PLACES TO VISIT
Shri Lakshminarayan Temple
- Shrivardhan Beach – One of the prominent attractions of the town – Untouched, clean & relatively less crowded, it is one of the popular beaches in Maharashtra.
- Shri Lakshminarayan Temple – Standing since the time of the Peshwas, this temple is built in Hoysala architectural style. It is said that the idol in this temple is nearly 700 years old.
- Peshwa Memorial – Built in honour of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire. The statue of Balaji Vishwanath, the first Peshwa was built in 1988.
- Kushmeshwar Temple – It is famous for its stone carvings & is surrounded by the lush green valley of Kushmeshwar hills.
The markets of Shrivardhan offer a lot to explore. Souvenirs from the region, local produce and home-made masalas and pickles are a favourite! One can also take home, dried fish, papads or fry-ems.
Being a town in coastal Konkan, Shrivardhan is famous for its seafood. Restaurants here serve local and other Indian cuisine. They offer delicious seafood and take pride in serving the freshest catch of the day.
- Prasad Restaurant
- Kinara Beach Hotel
- Tavsalkar Khanaval
- Mejwani Restaurant
THINGS TO DO
You can hit the clean Shrivardhan beach or pay your respects at the Sri Laxminarayan temple. There are other beautiful beaches like Diveagar and Harihareshwar at very short distances from Shrivardhan & they are worth visiting.