Sindhudurg, also known as the Land of Culture and Natural Beauty, is located in the Konkan area, in the state of Maharashtra. Sprawling over an area of 5,207 sq km, the destination on the east is surrounded by the Arabian Sea. On the north of the destination lies Ratnagiri District, while on the south it is bounded by the Belgaum District and Goa.
History of Sindhudurg
It is believed that during the 13th year of exile, the Pandavas passed through the entire Konkan region and also resided in Sindhudurg for some period of time. During their war with the Kauravas at Kurukshetra, the Pandavas were accompanied by Veerat Ray, who was the Raja of this region.
However, in the 2nd century AD, the Konkan coast was conquered by the Mauryas. During the mid of 6th century, Konkan was under the reign of both Maurya and Nala dynasties. In the 16th century, the west coast of India witnessed the advent of Portuguese power, to which Sindhudurg was no exception.
Later in 1675, the district was conquered by Shivaji and went under the control of the Marathas. The Marathas ruled the district till 1817, after which, a war broke out between the British and the Peshwas. As a result of this war, the entire Konkon region came under the rule of the British.
In 1819, a separate district was formed, which came to be known as South Konkan, with its headquarters initially located at Bankot. Later the headquarters was shifted to Ratnagiri from Bankot.
In 1832, Ratnagiri was made a full-fledged district and Sindhudurg was a part of it. Later on 1st May, 1981, Ratnagiri District was divided into Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg for administrative purposes and for agricultural and industrial developments.
Culture of Sindhudurg
Known as the land of culture and beauty, the destination is famous for its various art forms and for its distinct cuisine. Dashavatar is one of the most prominent art forms of the destination. In addition to several art forms, tourists can also enjoy the Malvani cuisine served in the region.
Things to do in Sindhudurg
Besides art forms and cuisine, there are several other attractions, which can also be explored through Sindhudurg holiday packages. Some of the most famous tourist attractions are Sindhudurg Fort, Mochemad Beach, Tarkarli Beach and Moti Talao. In addition, tourists can also make a visit to places like Dhamapur Lake, Karli Backwaters, Kolamb Beach and Sri Sai Baba temple.
Travelling to Sindhudurg
The destination is connected by airways, roadways and railways. The nearest airport serving the destination is Dabolim Airport, which is located at a distance of 132 km from Sindhudurg. Trains are also available, which are served by Sindhudurg Railway Station, located at a distance of 14.8 km.
Apart from flights and trains, buses are also available, which can be boarded from Mumbai, Panaji, Pune, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri to reach Sindhudurg. These buses are state operated. The best time to visit Sindhudurg is from October to March.
Accommodation options in Sindhudurg
There are many popular hotels in Sindhudurg. Farmhouses and homestays situated in the countryside besides budget hotels in the town area are the options tourists can choose from while visiting Sindhudurg.