Bordered by the Arabian Sea on its west, Maharashtra has as many beaches as the colours of the ocean. Here, the translucent waters of the Konkan gently lap onto pristine white sands. There, the azure blue-green of the Shreevardhan belt encourage the adventurous to plunge in. While Mumbai’s plush waters dictate real estate prices even as they turn an angry grey and lash the city with salt waves during the monsoon. The state’s 700 km stretch along the Arabian Sea, makes you experience love at first sight.
If you respect your peace but, need doses of energy, Vasai, Dahanu and Bordi are perfect weekend getaways. Lined with chickoo orchards and buzzing with the energy of coastal commerce. The Konkan which is picturesquely cradled between the Arabian Sea and the Sahyadri range, offers the best beaches. Harnai, for example, is calm yet busy with its famous loud fish auctions every evening.
If you wish to completely escape the chaos, Maharashtra’s beaches will soothe city-weary souls. Kihim, Marve and Madh are just an hour’s drive from big-city Mumbai but, they transform the landscape. Breathe in fresh, pollution-free oxygen. Take a de-stressing languid stroll amongst dense coconut trees on Vengurla’s fine white sands with cashew, jackfruit and mango orchards. Indulge in village banter over crisp, fried fish at Shivaji’s Sindhudurg or Murud-Janjira.
The adventurous could water-scooter or snorkel in the clear waters of Tarkarli to watch sea creatures. Or swim in the sandy, calm Velneshwar’s picturesque beach for hydro-therapy.
For those who find spirituality in the rhythmic movements of the ocean, Maharashtra offers pilgrim-centric beaches: lush green Ganapatipule and Shreevardhan’s divine presence.
If it’s glamour you desire, Mumbai’s beaches befit. The star-spangled sands of Juhu shimmer. The glitterati at Marine Drive make the Queen’s necklace come alive. Don’t miss the young buzz of Bandra taking in the cool ocean breeze.
Whether you enjoy bustling promenades or the serenity of secluded alcoves, Maharashtra has them all.