(Last Updated on : 09/10/2013)
, another coastal state of India, has several beaches, which are a major attraction among tourists and locals alike. The water here is comparatively safe and this makes the beaches a perfect holiday destination for families. These resplendent beaches offer an invigorating time to its visitors amidst the cool sea breeze and magnificent view of the fathomless Arabian Sea
. These beaches are also excellent for both tourists as well as adventure lovers. Numerous activities can also be enjoyed in these beaches which include water sports, exploration of nearby forts, sea surfing and discovering the remote villages.
Alibag is one of the beautiful beaches of the country having black and hard sand. The place is also famous for housing a magnetic observatory. Alibag fort situated nearby is another attraction of this place.
This 8 kilometre long beach serves as an excellent tourist and weekend destination. It also hosts three forts among which the one situated at the southern tip gets submerged during high tides.
is one of the most posh beaches of Maharashtra. Situated on the shores of Arabian Sea the place also serves as an excellent site for film shootings. This beautiful beach also offers a number of recreational activities including horse rides, acrobats and cricket matches.
offers a refreshing time to the visitors from the hustling city life, along the serene sea shore. Constructed in 1920s and 1930s the beach is situated at the heart of the city and is often called as Queen's Necklace owing to the streetlamps that are lined up in an orderly manner on the edge of the beach.
Madh Island Beach
Madh Island beach
is a popular picnic spot dotted with beautiful bungalows with urban aura. The beach is the venue for lavish parties held outside Mumbai.
Marve- Manori- Gorai beach
Marve- Manori- Gorai beach lies in the north of Mumbai
. It is a perfect holiday destination to break out from the hustle and bustle of city life. While Marve is a fishing village and the quietest of the three, Gorai and Manori are well known for their parties at night.
Ganapatipule Beach on the western coast of Maharashtra is one of the "Ashta Ganapati" pilgrimage sites of India.
Murud - Janjira Beach
Murud - Janjira beach is an enchanting beach fringed with swaying palm trees.
Dahanu- Bordi Beach
Dahanu- Bordi beach is located in Thane district which stretches for nearly seventeen kilometres. The beach is the ground for cultivating Chickoo fruit. Orchids also blossom here covering a large area.
Harnai beach is a secluded and reclusive beach situated at a distance of two hundred kilometres from Mumbai. It is popular among tourists and locals of Mumbai and Pune alike.
Kihim and Mandwa Beach
Kihim and Mandwa beach is situated at a distance of twenty kilometres from Alibag. With its untainted serenity, Mandwa and Kihim beach has a lovely ambience.
Vijaydurg- Sindhudurg Beach
Vijaydurg- Sindhudurg beach is a historical site as it was the naval bases of Great Chattrapati Shivaji.
Shriwardhan - Harihareshwar Beach
Shriwardhan - Harihareshwar beach is an enchanting beach and attracts tourists in large numbers. It is located in the Raigad district and has a soothing and calm environment.
is the meeting point of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea and is an enticing beach with its golden sands and turquoise waters. It is situated in the south of Malvan at a distance of six kilometres and at a distance of five hundred and forty six kilometres from Mumbai.
is situated at a distance of one hundred and seventy kilometres from Ratnagiri
in Velneshwar village. The beach has coconut trees all around and the calm waters make it perfect for swimming. The beach has no rocks and perfect for various water sports.
Baseein Beach located seventy-seven kilometres from Mumbai is one of the renowned beaches of Maharashtra. Also referred as Vasai beach, the beach has beautiful churches. In the past the beach used to be a place for shipbuilding.
Other Beaches of Maharashtra
In addition to these, other beaches of Maharashtra include Diveagar, Harihareshwara
, Shiroda, Shrivardhan, Vengurla - Malvan
, Mandwa and Kihim
, Chaupati beach and Kashid beach.
Beaches of Maharashtra are well connected with nearby cities and towns by different modes of transport. Nearby airports are situated at Pune
, Mumbai, Aurangabad
, Sholapur and Nashik
. Roadways and railways also link these beaches with nearby cities. Different package tours, private cars and hotels are also available that provide various facilities to the tourists.