A picturesque town in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra just north of Goa, Vengurla defines a typical Konkani ambience and culture with the Arabian Sea located on its west and the land surrounded by a semi-circular range of hills. There is lush green foliage here, mainly of cashew, mango, coconut, and different kinds of berry trees. The hills of Dabholi, Tulas, and Mochemad lie to its north, east, and south, protecting as it were a traditional way of life that has not yet been corrupted by urban pressures.
Vengurla is often referred to as the ‘gem’ of Sindhudurg district. More so because of its rich cultural heritage and its religious icons in the form of the temples dedicated to Shri Devi Sateri and Shri Rameshwar. These are the two most important temples of this region and there are many more, each one with its own unique heritage value and at least one legend attached to it. Vengurla was under the reign of Adil Shah of Vijapur. In 1638, Dutch representative Johns Van Twist obtained permission from Shah to open a trade settlement at Vengurla. This eventually led to the Dutch building a fort around this settlement and gaining a stronghold over the region right up to 1682. Vengurla therefore became a well-equipped naval base for the Dutch and when they finally left, the Sawants captured their abandoned trade settlement, which was later taken over by the British rulers.
Vengurla is also famous for its Vengurla rocks. These are found off the coast and named Brent Rocks, locally called ‘bandara’. You will find on these rocks settlements of the Indian Swiftlets. Earlier these birds were smuggled to Malaysia, Korea and China but active environmentalists have stopped this illegal migration and the species has been saved.
Vengurla is also well-known for its folk art, Dashavatara. These comprise stories narrated from mythological epics and are performed by the locals in temples. The make-up and drapery are made by the artists themselves. Interestingly, there never is a proper script to these plays. The director discusses the general structure of the play and the actors perform accordingly, often indulging in extempore improvisations. And yet, despite the lack of a linear narrative, they can perform throughout the night. Unfortunately, this traditional folk art is fading away and there now remain only three to four groups that perform regularly or during festivals, Mochemadkar and Chendavankar being two of them. Dashavatar is very similar to Yakshgaan, the folk art of Karnataka.
Vengurla is very well-connected by road and state transport buses link it to most of the important cities and towns. The nearest railhead is Sawantwadi, 30 kilometers away. Malvan, yet another favourite with tourists, is only 50 kilometers from Vengurla.
Distance from Mumbai: 537 kms
Vengurla is on the western coast of India in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. The place is known for its crystal-clear water and green foliage of coconut, cashew and mango trees. Located just to the north of Goa, the place has served as a natural port since historic times.
Districts/ Region :
Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra, India.
Vengurla is a taluka of the Sindhudurg district in the south Konkan region of Maharashtra. The place is known for its clean and sandy beaches and hilly surroundings. It was one of the busiest ports and a trade centre during the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Vengurla is a coastal place located in South Konkan in between the hills of Dabhol and Mochemad. It has green-topped Sahyadri mountains on one side and the blue Arabian Sea on the other. It is located 38 KM to the southwest of Sindhudurg city, 170 KM away from Kolhapur and 477 KM away from Mumbai. The place is well accessible by road.
The prominent weather in the region is rainfall, the Konkan belt experiences High Rainfall (ranges around 2500 mm to 4500 mm), and the climate remains Humid and warm. The temperature reaches up to 30 degrees Celsius during this season.
Summers are hot and humid, and the temperature touches 40 degrees Celsius.
Winters have a comparatively milder climate (around 28 degrees Celsius), and the weather remains Cool and Dry
Things to do :
Vengurla is well known for its temples and clean beaches in its surrounding areas. Activities like cycling, kayaking, fishing, swimming and beach camping are available.
Nearest tourist place :
One can plan to visit the following tourist places along with Vengurla. Wayangani beach: Extremely beautiful yet untouched beach located 7 KM to the northwest of Vengurla.
Kondura beach: Picturesque beach located at a distance of 10 KM away from Vengurla. Popular for its stunning beauty and sea cave.
Khajanadevi Temple: Near about 300 years old, a beautiful temple built in Konkani style. It is located 7.4 KM away from Vengurla beach.
Shiroda beach: Much known for its natural beauty and mixed Maharashtrian-Goan culture. It is located 20.4 KM to the south of Vengurla.
Nivti beach: Located 37 KM to the northwest of Vengurla, the place is known for its secluded beaches.
How to travel to tourist place by Rail, Air, Road (train, flight, bus) with distance and required time :
Vengurla is accessible by road and is connected to NH 66 Mumbai-Goa Highway. State transport, private and luxury buses are available from the cities such as Sindhudurg, Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur and Goa.
Nearest Airport: Chipi Airport Sindhudurg 35.3 KM (56 mins), Dabolim Airport Goa 89 km (2 hr 18 min)
Nearest Railway Station: Sawantwadi 20 KM (40 min), Kudal 25.1 KM (47 mins)
Special food speciality and hotel :
Being on the coastal part of Maharashtra, seafood is a speciality here. However, it is one of the most visited tourist destinations and is connected to Mumbai and Goa, the restaurants here serve a variety of cuisine. Malvani cuisine is the speciality of this place.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station :
Vengurla is a small town therefore not too many options are available. Tented resorts, lodges and household accommodation facilities are available. Credit cards are not accepted at most places.
Various hospitals are available in the vicinity of the beach.
The post office is in Vengurla, located to the north of the beach.
The Police station is 5.3 KM away from the beach.
MTDC Resort nearby details :
The nearest MTDC resort is at Tarkarli, 51.2 KM from Vengurla. MTDC associated home stay is available at Kondurawadi 12.5 KM to the north of Vengurla beach.
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit :
The place is accessible throughout the year. The best time to visit is from October to March since the plentiful rainfall lasts from June to October, and the summers are hot and humid. Tourists should check the timings of high as well as low tides before entering into the sea. High tides during the monsoon season could be dangerous hence should be avoided.
Language spoken in area :
English, Hindi, Marathi, Malvani