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Guhagar (Ratnagiri)

Almost all the places on the coast line of Maharashtra are indeed very beautiful, calm, and serene in nature.  Guhagar, a part of this region, has it all. In fact, it is the gem of Ratnagiri district. Located between the river Vasishthi and the Jaygad creek, Guhagar is a tiny town on the Konkan coast with a beautiful secluded beach, making it a perfect getaway destination. 

It has a beach fringed with shady Suru trees and heritage temples like those of Vyadeshvar and Durga Devi. What also attracts tourists here is the quintessential Konkani cuisine. A road parallel to the seashore runs through the town with tiny houses built alongside that typically have a courtyard outside, decorated with various rangoli patterns. Vyadeshvar, an ancient Shiva temple, is located right in the centre of the town which is roughly divided into two parts - the khalcha pat (lower town) and varcha pat (upper town) with the temple in the middle.

Guhagar is also known for tropical fruits like Alphonso mango, coconut, betel nut, cashew and jackfruit. Due to the ferry boat that plies from Dabhol to Anjanvel, Guhagar now is well connected with Dapoli to its north. In the south, a ferry service from Hedavi to Jaygad connects it with Ratnagiri taluka. For the tourist, there is nothing to beat the sight of the setting sun from the beach and such is this attraction that the local authorities have constructed a pavilion type structure on the beach to witness this mesmerising scene.

Guhagar, incidentally, has had a strong connection with the Peshwas. Anandibai, wife of the uncle of Madhavrao Peshwa, Raghobadada, had her maternal residence here. She was from the Oak family who stayed in a village called Kotulak, 15 kilometers from the town.

Vyadeshvar, the Shiva temple constructed in stone is the main pilgrimage center at Guhagar. Lord Vyadeshwar is the family deity of many of the Chitpavan Brahmin families. Also the one recently renovated temple is set in a very beautiful location known as Durga devi temple. The Upharata ganesh temple is also an ancient one where the image of Ganesha can be seen west facing.

Distance from Mumbai 280 kms.