Sindhudurg is the least populated, and hence the least explored part of the state of Maharashtra. Sindhudurg is a coastal area, which means it’s eastern part is enclosed by the Arabian Sea. And the fact that it is scarcely populated means that it is one of the places where you can see nature in it’s purest, most serene and calm form.
Sindhudurg is directly connected to the larger cities of the state, such as Mumbai, Pune, and Kolhapur by road, and there are Mumbai to Sindhudurg Best Taxi service or Mumbai to Sindhudurg Outstation Cab that takes you there from almost any part of Maharashtra. Most cabs can be booked online just click on the “Mumbai to Sindhudurg Online Taxi service”, which is safe and hassle free experience.
So in case, you are searching for an escape from the routine life, here are 5 places you must visit:
1. Beaches: Since the city is a coastal place, Sindhudurg is a much better place to visit a beach than Goa. The reason is that the beaches are much calmer, much larger and much more cleaner than Goan beaches. Notably well know beaches of the area are Kolamb, Manvar and Manjeshwar beaches. Because not everyone goes to beaches just to get drunk, right? Sometimes all you want to do is gaze into the setting sun with the water washing your feet.
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2. Temple visits: Sindhudurg has a lot of temples, most notably because of the influence of the Yadavs and Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaja. The temple of Kunkeshwar was frequently visited by the great Maratha to seek the almighty’s blessings. Most temples of the area are dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and the Marathi culture predominantly worships the feminine form of God in Hindu mythology, called Devi. The area also has the famous Rameshwar temple, a God who is said to protect all the inhabitants of the area from dangers.
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3. Sindhudurg Fort: This place holds historical importance for the people, as it was one of the strongholds of the Maratha empire under Shivaji. In fact, it is this fort that gives the Sindhudurg area its name – “Sindhudurg” means Durg, or castles, built on the Sindhu, or the sea. The walls of the castles are 400 years old but still stand strong and impenetrable. Impressions of the hand of Shivaji himself are found on the rocks of one of the walls. The Sindhudurg fort is one of the two forts built here by Shivaji – the other one being the Vijaydurg fort.
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4. Napne waterfall: This place is known as a swimmer's’ delight, not only because the water is fresh and cold but also because the depth of the water is never deep enough that one can drown, but is still enough to swim. Also, the waterfall supports an entire ecosystem around itself, most notably the rarely found Hornbill.
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5. Dashavatar Folk art: Lord Vishnu has said that whenever evil will rise on the face of the Earth, he will return in his Avatar to cleanse the Earth of evil. Dashavatar means the Ten Avatars, and since Marathi people are followers of Vishnu, his Avatars are also worshipped with pomp, most notably Rama and Krishna. There are artworks and plays performed about the life of the Avatars, and each one shows how the almighty stands true to his promise as he said in the Bhagavad Gita:
“Yada yada hi dharmasya, glanir bhavati bharata,
Abhyuthanam adharmasya, tadatmnyam srijanyaham,
Paritranaya sadhunam, vinashaya cha drishtantham,
Dharma sanstapanarthaya, sambhavami yuge yuge”
From its historical forts to its natural beauty, Sindhudurg is indeed a stairway to heaven, waiting to be explored.