Explore the unexplored Shrivardhan beach

Srivardhan Beach in Konkan area is one of Maharashtra’s best kept secrets. Its pristine beaches, lush green mango, coconut, and areca nut orchards and the quaint village like lifestyle will charm you. 

Srivardhan is a great weekend getaway from cities like Pune and Mumbai which are barely 5-6 hours drive from here. In this blog post read about the stunning places to visit and amazing things to do at Srivardhan Beach. 

Sun sets in Arabian sea at the beach of Srivardhan in Raigarh district of Konkan in Maharashtra, India, Asia

Shrivardhan (also spelled as Shriwardhan or Srivardhan) is a quaint beach destination in the Raigad district of the Indian state of Maharashtra.

With its pristine beaches and amazingly fresh sea food it is gradually getting tourist attention. 

Located on a peninsula, this beautiful town is in proximity to few other  picturesque beach destinations such as Diveagar Beach and Harihasreshwar beach.

Can't keep calm after all it's a beach day

 

 
 
 
 
 
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5 Awesome things to do in Srivardhan

1. Visit the pristine shrivardhan beach

Duh! Point one is  a no brainer, right?

The coast is about 3 kilometres long, very clean and very calm.

My son jumping with joy as the beautiful srivardhan beach as the sun sets in arabian sea in Konkan Maharasthra
We can’t keep Calm – It’s a Beach Day after all

Shrivardhan beach is a delight to visit during the early morning hours and around sunset time. 

Shrivardhan beach during morning

My advise would be to avoid going to the beach during afternoon as it gets quite warm around noon. 

It is very refreshing to walk by the sea during evening soaking in the beauty of the sun setting in the Arabian sea.

Sun sets in the Arabian Sea at Srivardhan Beach

Srivardhan beach is shallow for quite some distance making it safer to Swim even for children.

kids play at the srivardhan beach takes hues of blue as the sun sets in the Arabian sea
Shrivardhan beach is safe for kids under adult supervision

The beach is suitable for all ages.

My Mom and Mom-in-law soak in the tranquility of Srivardhan Beach

A walkaway with many benches has been developed to sit and soak in the tranquility.

The clean Walkway at Srivardhan Beach
The clean Walkway at Srivardhan Beach

Don’t miss out on the art work in the sand. While wandering along the Srivardhan beach we spotted these “sand ball flowers” .

Beach art courtesy of sand bubbler crabs
Sand Ball Flowers

These intricate galaxy-like art work were produced by sand bubbler crabs as they burrow into the beach. ‘The crabs work very hard pushing sandballs away from the entrance of their burrows, which forms “sand ball flowers” or a “sand ball galaxy”. (Source)

2. Visit the birthplace of the first Peshwa

It is notable as the birthplace of Balaji Vishwanath. Balaji was the first Peshwa (1713–1720) of Maratha Empire appointed by Chhatrapati Shahu, grandson of Chhatrapati Shivaji.

Peshwe or Peshwa smarak at the Peshwe Smarak the birth place of first Maratha Peshwa is in need of renovation in srivardhan beach
Entrance to the Peshwe Smarak

A statue of Peshwa Balaji with few inscriptions on the base of the statue has recently been constructed.

It was here that Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath was born in 1660. The statue is a freestanding statue which means it can be viewed from all sides.

Peshwe Smarak the birth place of first Maratha Peshwa is in need of renovation in srivardhan beach
Peshwe Smarak

A seal of Balaji Vishwanath is placed on the base of the Statue. On either sides of the base of the statue are images of Chhatrapati Shahu Mahraj of Kolhapur and Brahmendra Swami (Source). 

Image of Chhatrapati Shahu Mahraj of Kolhapur with words of praise for Balaji Vishwanath at the birth place of first Maratha Peshwa in Srivardhan beach
Chhatrapati Shahu Mahraj
Image of Brahmendra Swami of Kolhapur with words of praise for Balaji Vishwanath at the birth place of first Maratha Peshwa in Srivardhan beach
Brahmendra Swami

Below the images, words in praise of the Peshwa are written.

The place however is in need of renovation.

Community hall at the Peshwe Smarak the birth place of first Maratha Peshwa is in need of renovation in srivardhan beach
Community hall at the Peshwe Smarak

3. Visit the Somjai Temple

The Somjai temple is located near an open ground (more like a parking place) along the main road near the main bazar.

The Goddess Somjai in Shrivardhan beach in konkan, Maharashtra, combines in herself four deities, namely Shiva, Bhavani, Vasuki, and Nandi.
The old structure at the Goddess Somjai Temple

Few steps lead to two temples. One is the old red roofed tiled temple of Somjai and the other  is a modern concrete structure.

The Goddess Somjai in Shrivardhan beach in konkan, Maharashtra, combines in herself four deities, namely Shiva, Bhavani, Vasuki, and Nandi.
The new structure at the Goddess Somjai Temple

The modern structure holds gatherings of public interest like Bhakti sangeet etc.

The Goddess Somjai in Shrivardhan beach in konkan, Maharashtra, combines in herself four deities, namely Shiva, Bhavani, Vasuki, and Nandi.
Goddess Somjai
The Goddess Somjai in Shrivardhan beach in konkan, Maharashtra, combines in herself four deities, namely Shiva, Bhavani, Vasuki, and Nandi.
Devotees praying to Goddess Somjai

The Goddess Somjai combines in herself  four deities–Shiva, Bhavani, Vasuki and Nandi.

4. A walk through the quaint village

Walk around the scenic beach town of Shrivardhan. The traditional Konkani houses with red tiled roofs , farmyards with beetlenut and coconut trees and small shops by the streets give Shrivardhan its old-world charm.

Explore the sleepy town of Shrivardhan
The "farmyards" in Maharashtra are called "Wadi".

The “farmyards” in Maharashtra are called “Wadi”. The green canopy of betel nut at almost every  ‘wadi’ is a feast to the eyes.

Shrivardhan is famous for its betel nut ‘Shrivardhan Rotha’, 

We were visiting Shrivardhan beach around Diwali. Every second house had a small mud fort built inside their courtyard by the kids.

The mud forts are built to pay respect to the great Maratha warrior, Shivaji

The mud forts in marathi are called “Shivajinche Kille”. It is a tradion in Maharashtra where the kids at the time of Diwali make small forts out of clay (now even with cardboards) inside their courtyards to pay respect to the great Maratha warrior, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

5. Shopping in Shrivardhan Beach

There is not much to shop in Shrivardhan. However, if you are visiting Srivardhan beach around Diwali you can buy (just like we did) the small clay figurines.

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These mud forts are then adorned with toy size figurines of Shivaji Maharaj, his sainiks (soldiers), mavale (peasants), animals, villagers, deities and other artefacts to recreate a scene or story from Shivaji’s life (Source).

6. Visit Diveagar Beach

Diveagar Beach is more crowded than the Shrivardhan beach but is very scenic and beautiful. 

Kids playing near a banana boar at the diveagar beach in Konkan Maharashtra
Diveagar Beach

I would highly recommend the RoopNarayan Temple.

Roop Narayan Temple at Diveagar beach near shrivardhan beach in Konkan Maharasthra India
Roop Narayan Temple

Roopnarayan Temple a very old temple of lord vishnu on the sea-shore of dive-agar, recently being renovated by the govt. of maharashtra.

Suwarna Ganesh Temple at Diveagar beach near shrivardhan beach in Konkan Maharasthra India
Suwarna Ganesh Temple

Also worth visiting here is the Suvarna Ganesh Temple.

7. Visit Harihareshwar Beach

The tranquil beach of Harihareswar is very popular amongst the people of Maharashtra. This beach has blackish sand.

Kids at the Harihareshwar rocky beach n Konkan Maharashtra, India
Life is good when at the beach and with cousins!

The 16th century Harihareshwar Temple complex has two adjacent temples.

16th century red roof red and yellow coloured Shiva temple in Harihareshwar in konkan near diveagar beach in Maharashtra
The 16th Century Shiva Temple

pradakshina route goes around the temple, along the sea shore.

70 steps cut into the laterite rock near the 16th century red roof red and yellow coloured Shiva temple in Harihareshwar in konkan near diveagar beach in Maharashtra
70 steps cut into the laterite rock

It is not advisable to go on this route during high tide.

The laterite formation near the 16th Century Shiva Temple at Harihareshwar rocky beach near Shrivardhan in Konkan Maharashtra, India
The laterie formations near the Arabian sea at Harihareshwar Beach

Shrivardhan Beach Location

By Air:

The nearest airport is at Mumbai.

By Rail:

Nearest railhead is at Mangaon. Few of the trains running on Konkan Railway stop there.

By Road:

There are State Transport buses that go directly to Shreevardhan from Mumbai and Pune and Mangaon.

Distance of Srivardhan Beach from Pune: 5 hours (163 km) via Tamhini Ghat Road.

Distance of Srivardhan Beach from Mumbai: 5 and half hours (186 km) via Bengaluru – Mumbai Highway.

Distance of Srivardhan Beach from Harihareshwar: 40 min (21 km) via Jasavli – Nigdi – Harihareshwar Mandir Road.

Distance of Srivardhan Beach from Diveagar: 48 min (23 km) via Shrivardhan Road

Distance of Srivardhan Beach from Murud Janjira: 1 h 42 min (38 km) via Shrivardhan Road

Distance of Srivardhan Beach from Alibaug: 3 h 28 min (91 km) via Revdanda – Murud Road

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Kids jump with joy at the srivardhan beach in Raigad district in Konkan area of Maharashtra India
Kids jump with joy at the srivardhan beach in Raigad district in Konkan area of Maharashtra India

10 thoughts on “Explore the unexplored Shrivardhan beach”

  1. This place looks like it really has something for everyone! Beaches, shopping, nature, history – must be a great place to take the family. Will keep it in mind for our future travels. Thank you for the education about Shrivardhan Beach!

  2. What a very informative post! Thank you so much for sharing, it looks like such a great place to check out. We will definitely have to go back to India, there is so much more to see!

  3. What a beautiful, quiet place! I love visiting beach towns that other tourists overlook. You included a wide variety of things to – shopping, historical sites, the beach itself. Lovely!

  4. The beaches looks tranquil and it looks like you and your family pretty much have it to yourselves too! There definitely seems like plenty to do and diverse activities from shopping to visiting temples and historical sites.
    I have not heard of this part of India and it’s great to discover new places.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Jaz

  5. What a great place to escape the craziness of the city. The pradakshina route around the temple, along the sea shore looks like a hectic climb down to the beach, but I am sure that it is an interesting one as long as you are not afraid of heights 🙂

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