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Enakshi Chatterjee
5th Feb 17

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Drive down weekend destination Dapoli-Murud-Harnai-Karde

Perfect weekend holiday destination with beaches, forts, temples, dolphin watching & para-sailing.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Try sea food at Sagar Savli resort at Karde beach. Try extra helping of Solkadi. Shop for mangoes if you go in April/May. You will get original Ratnagiri Hapus mangoes for dirt cheap rate. Also shop for cashews, Amba wadi & Polis in the Dapoli market.
Sightseeing includes Murud Beach, a white sand Karde beach, Harnai port, Suvarna durg fort & Kanakdurg fort right in the middle of the sea.For the devotional, a Ganapati temple at Anjarle.

Activities & things to do: We spent our days as follows:-
Day 1.
Arrival in Dapoli from Mumbai (6 hrs drive) at 12:30 pm. After lunch and rest we left at 3 pm for Anjarle Ganapati temple. The road itself was scenic winding its way up the mountains with a spectacular view of the sea, Harnai port, and the forts of Suvarnadurg & Kanakdurg. After visiting the temple came back to Harnai port to witness the fishing auctions. Pomfret & surmai were common but among other fish we saw small hammer heading sharks & other sharks being auctioned. The biggest surprise was the sting ray of course minus the sting. After that we went to Suvarnadurg fort nearby. A fisherman offered to take us to Kanakdurg fort for Rs 400/- which is in the middle of the ocean but we refused since everybody was keen on para-sailing. So we left for Murud beach to enjoy yourselves from 6 pm till sunset. Everybody did para-sailing which is available on this beach from afternoon only (3 pm onwards till sunset). Back to the hotel in Dapoli.
Day 2.
Every morning (6 am) we left for Murud beach again for a dolphin safari. The fishermen take you in the sea and most days you will be able to watch endless dolphins coming up to breath one by one.
Back to the hotel at Dapoli for breakfast at 11am. A little rest and were ready to check out of the hotel. After lunch we left Dapoli for Sagar Sawali beach resort right on the beach at Karde. Some of our plans had to be altered because no petrol was available at the only petrol pump at Dapoli. At Karde in the afternoon we were forced not to use the car. So we decided to walk on the beach. Karde beach is definitely on the best beach in Maharashtra with its white sand and clear waters. We walked to the southern end of the beach crossed a few rocks onto another deserted beach. This beach had an amazing collection of sea shells. This beach is accessible only during low tide from Karde (30 mins walk). We carried some souvenirs from here. Back to Karde beach enjoyed the sunset here. Enjoyed dinner at Sagar Savli.
Day 3
After frolicking in the sea in morning we had breakfast and left for Mumbai. On way stopped at Dapoli Market did some shopping filled the car with cashews & mangoes (Rs 80/- a dozen) and back to Mumbai in the evening.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Dapoli is 260 kms from Mumbai. Driving down is the best option but you can also take a Konkan railway train to Khed and then local transport to Dapoli. Murud is a further 11 kms away from Dapoli. Harnai is about 7 kms away from Murud to the north. Karde is just 2 kms away from Murud in the south. Be careful when you make hotel bookings in Murud because there is another Murud in Maharashtra near Alibagh. So book hotel in Murud-Harnai.

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Harnai Overview

Harnai is a beach in the Ratnagiri District, in the state of Maharashtra. It is a getaway from Mumbai, which is around 200 km from Harnai. In 1731, the region was under the rule of the Satara kings, which was surrendered to the British in 1818. The region also witnessed the rule of the Mauryas, the Chalukyas, the Kadambas, the Nalas, the Silaharas, the Portuguese and the Marathas.

Being located in the state of Maharashtra, Maratha culture is prominent in the destination in its food, lifestyle, festivals and architecture. The destination is popular for its folk dances and drama such as Koli dances and the Dashavatari drama. Ram Navami and Diwali are the festivals celebrated with enthusiasm in Harnai.

Suvarnadurg Fort, also known as Harnai Bunder, is one of the popular tourist attractions of Harnai. The fort is situated on the Harnai coast and was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji to counter the attacks by Sindhis. Another popular attraction is Harnai Beach, which is known for its soft silver sand and clean water.

Travellers can visit the destination through various modes of transport available including flights, trains and buses. Flights are available to reach Harnai and are served by the nearest airport, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, in Mumbai. Trains connect the destination to the nearest railway station at Satara, which is at a distance of around 100 km from Harnai. State buses are also available that connect the destination with Mumbai.

Harnai can be visited during the months of September to March as the weather is dry, pleasant and suitable to explore the place.

Photos of Harnai

Anjarle Beach, Harnai

Photo by

Sneha Gopalkrishnan

Anjarle Beach, Harnai
Anjarle Beach, Harnai

Photo by

Sneha Gopalkrishnan

Anjarle Beach, Harnai
Anjarle Beach, Harnai

Photo by

Sneha Gopalkrishnan

Anjarle Beach, Harnai
Anjarle Beach, Harnai

Photo by

Sneha Gopalkrishnan

Anjarle Beach, Harnai

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