Konkan is the coastal division of Maharashtra state in India. It stretches North-South from the city of Mumbai (Bombay) in the North, to Goa which borders the southern tip of Konkan.
Mumbai, Raigad and Thane and are now administratively a part of a massive conurbation called Mumbai Metropolitan Region, which has its own development authority.
- Karnala Bird Sanctuary
- Beaches of Dapoli
- Kihim Beach
- Alibaug - Alibaug is the weekend getaway from the chaos that is Mumbai. Lot of Mumbaikars go to alibaug via ferry (Ferry Wharf, Bhaucha Dhakka). In recent years the beach has become very commercialized and hence very crowded.
- Kashid beach - Kashid is about 40Kms from Alibaug. The Beach is slowly becoming a popular tourist destination. You can find a lot of small resorts in Kashid which offer all modern amenities. Water sports can also be done here.
- Murud Janjira - Murud Janjira is mainly known for its Fort. Situated in the middle of the sea, the fort presents a good experience for the tourist visiting it. Ferry's ply regularly from the beach to the fort and back.
- Diveagar Beach - Diveagar is a small village on the konkan coast. Known for its Ganesh temple & Seagulls. One can take the Mumbai - Goa highway if travelling by road or the better route is to take a ferry from Rajapuri ( Rajapuri is about 10 Kms from Murud.) The 30 min ferry ride is quite a fun journey as a lot of locals use it to travel back and forth.
- Srivardhan - Srivardhan is a lazy village about 25 Kms from Diveagar. The Diveagar-Srivardhan journey is amongst the most scenic routes on the Konkan stretch. The route has breathtaking views of the Arabian sea on one side and Mountains on the other. The beaches are much more cleaner than the Alibaug, Kashid or even Murud beaches
- Harihareshwar Temple - Harihareshwar is another small village on the Konkan route. The harihareshwar temple is an abode of Lord Shiva. The ancient temples in this area are the living specimen of Indian architectural style blended with Maratha style of constructions.
- Kelshi - Kelshi is famous for at least two historic monuments, the Dargah of Yaqub Sarvari (who was the 11th spiritual leader of Shivaji) and Laxmi Mandir. Very few hotels are available here to stay but generally people can do home stays. Family's rent out dormitory type rooms for about 100-150 Rs. Per Person. This being well in the interiors of the Konkan Region, if you are lucky you may meet local traveling theater groups. Do visit the local Sand dunes as well if you are here.
- Guhagar- Guhagar has possibly the best beach in the whole of konkan stretch. In the interiors of Konkan, away from any kind of noise, Guhagar is the amongst the best places to have a relaxed couple of days on the beach. The beach is pristine clean and virtually virgin. Home stays with local families is the best option to stay.
- Nagaon Beach
- Sindhudurg Fort
- Tarkarli Beach
In reality, the entire stretch from Thane to Mangalore forms the historical Konkan region, with some definitions including the entire western coast of India, from Gujarat to Kerala in it. But the official name of Konkan has been assigned only to the Maharashtrian part. It is an approximately 40 km wide strip of land between the Arabian sea and Deccan plateau (Ghats).
Marathi,konkani, Hindi. The locals would typically not speak very fluent english however, they'll speak enough broken english for people to understand. People are generally warm and helpful and would point out the best places to eat/see
- Fruits from April to May end you must have the king of fruits Hapus (or "Alphonso") mango especially from Ratnagari District. You can also try on Fanas (jackfruit), Karvanda (blue berries ), Jambhul, Kokam, cashew fruit/nut
- Tender coconut.
- San-za-na, jackfruit Idli with coconut or cow milk
- Fanas Bhaji, jackfruit curry
- Amti Bhat, rice and yellow dal curry
- Koyada, half ripe mango curry
- Vatli dal, raw mango dal
- Sol kadhi Kokam curry
- Kadva wal usal beans curry
- Bangdyache human mackarel cococnut curry
Veg specialities in Konkan Region:
- Chulivarchya Bhakrya - Cake of native grains made on chulha
- Fanas Bhaji - Spicy jackfruit curry
- Amti Bhat - rice and yellow dal curry
- Koyada - half ripe mango sweet sour curry
- San-za-na- jackfruit sweet dish with coconut or cow milk
- Kelphoolachi Bhaji - a konkan favourite made of banana flowers
- Vatli dal - side dish made up with raw mango dal
- Sol kadhi - Kokam curry
- Lord Ganesha's favourite steamed delight, the modak.
Non-veg specialities in Konkan Region:
- Kurkuron Bombeel - crisply fried Mumbai duck
- Tisrya-che Kalvan - clams in thick spicy masala
- Bangadyachi Chatni - spicy dry dish made of tasty fish
- Vade - Sagoti - meat dish with fried cake of mixed grains
- Kokam Sarbat, cool kokam juice
- Amba Panha, raw mango drink
- Tender coconut water
- maadi-fresh palm sap
- Sol-Kadhi, typical konkani drink made by Kokam
- Avala Sarbat, typical konkani drink made by Avala
- Karvand Sarbat, typical konkani drink made by Karvand*