Do you agree when I say Maharashtra is quite underrated in terms of tourism? Apart from visiting the metro city Mumbai or probably spending a weekend at Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Lonavala, etc we don’t really explore much, may be because we don’t here about them much.
One such area is the coastal line of Maharashtra. It is quite splendid and there are so many beaches to enjoy the weekend at. If you are someone who avoids the crowded areas then Shrivardhan is just the right place to visit. When people are heading towards Alibaug we will take a left turn and head to Shrivardhan.
From Mumbai – 188km, 4-5hours drive
From Pune – 156 km, 4 hours drive.
Nearest town – Harihareshwar
Nearest station – Mangaon, 45km away from the main beach
Availability of Public transport – MSRTC (Maharashtra state transport) can be boarded from Mumbai Central, Borivali, Sion, Chembur and Bhayandar. From Pune, buses leave from Shivaji Nagar.
You can book bus from Redbus. They allow hassle free bus booking, live status tracking of the bus and timely reminder about the bus schedule.
What Srivardhan Beach has to offer ?
If you are heading for a weekend then it’s recommended to just sit and relax at the beautiful white sand offered by Shrivardhan. The beach is quite clean and very peaceful due to less number of tourist.
Grab your mat, carry your favorite book, pack some snacks and enjoy the much-needed break with yourself, friends or the family.
“Sit back and relax!!! No!! I’ll like something more” If this is what you are thinking right now then you’ll be glad to hear that there are plethora of water activities you can do at Srivardhan.
Like boating, paragliding, banana boats and water surfing . It is also an ideal place for swimming as the water is quite shallow.
Srivardhan also offers spectacular views of sunset.
It’s a paradise for seafood lovers and adventure buffs. Since I am vegetarian I don’t have any pictures of sea food, but I have heard it is amazing.
Adventure lovers can go out with a small boat to explore the place where Peshwas originally resided. This place is known for its gentle winds, soft sands and inviting waters.
Trekking the cliffs of Shrivardhan is also a major attraction for adventure seekers.
Some more pictures of Sunset :
If you are going by private vehicle and have a day or two in your hand then below are few places you might love to check out.
Places to visit near Shrivardhan :
Harihareshwar temple at Shrivardhan
Apart from the beach, this temple is main tourist attraction at Shrivardhan. The entrance to the main temple passes by a small temple. It’s located just by the Harihareshwar beach
Ganesh Gully, Shrivardhan
Another famous temple at Shrivardhan. It is one of the unique place as the idol of Lord Ganesh placed at the end of a culvert between two Rocky Mountains.
Velas beach near Shrivardhan
This is nearest beach to Shrivardhan and one can watch turtles actually hatching their eggs at the beach. Heard about turtle fest at Velas Beach?
Bankot Fort, Shrivardhan
This fort is situated few miles away from the Shrivardhan beach. At the entry you would find an old Ganesha Temple. This fort is constructed in square-shape with Jamba stones.
It is a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and have fun and quality time with family and friends.You can relish your loved seafood at very affordable rates near the seashore. All the food is prepared with fresh ingredients giving you ultimate experience of having it.
Where to stay at Shrivardhan?
Depending on the budget you can choose from luxury resorts to normal home stays.
Home stay : Cost Rs.500 to Rs.2000 for 2 people.
Most of the home stays are not listed on internet so you have to do the booking once you reach Shrivardhan. The cost is around Rs.1000 for 2 people and even less at times. The home stays are clean, safe and provides basic amenities. For Air-conditioned rooms the tariff may increase slightly.
You can look for home stays at AirBnb . Some amazing places listed out there.
Resorts : Rs. 1500 onwards for 2 people.
We stayed at Niwara which is located at 5 mins walking distance from the Shrivardhan beach.
The place is peaceful, isolated, very well maintained and pleasant to stay at. The service is really good and the owner of the place is an old couple who had started with the resort 10 years back with a perspective to provide people a tranquil environment to have a relaxed weekend away from the city chaos.
Few pictures from the place.
On a personal note :
Choose your options wisely, remember too many is not always too good. Personally I loved the time spent at the beach without doing much activity.
This trip costed me less than Rs.3000 including ride from Mumbai and back.
Comment if you have any query or like to share your experience about the place.
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