Around Murud Janjira

Murud is a popular destination at a short distance from Mumbai and Pune and one of the most popular beach destination at that. There are many places around Murud which can be coupled along with Murud like a attending the Velas turtle festival while staying at Murud! By doing so one could visit Janjira fort and also exlore this region of Konkan.

Velas is famous for the Olive Ridley Turtle, which is an endangered species of marine turtles. Velas is a small village about 5 kms from Harihareshwar across the Bagmandala creek and about 60kms from Murud. Every year the Olive Ridley turtle population visits Velas to lay its eggs and Velas turtle festival is organized when the eggs hatch and the hatchlings are released into the sea.

Velas turtle festival

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River Rafting in Kolad

River Rafting in Kolad

River rafting in Kolad is the most well known adventure sports option available in Maharashtra. Located almost 80 kms from Murud, Kolad is a very popular holiday destination especially during monsoons. Rafting in Kolad is organized on the Kundalika river. The rafting trail in Kundalika is about 12.5 kms long and along the trail there are rapids of different grades ranging upto grade III depending on the water level. Normally only one rafting trip is organized in Kolad so it is very important that you reach Saje, the start point; in time

Harihareshwar

Camping in Kashid

Harihareshwar famous as the Dakshi Kashi is about 55 kms from Murud across the Rajapuri creek. Harihareshwar temple, the main attraction of Harihareshwar apart from the Harihareshwar beach, from a tourist perspective, is quite a simple structure with traditional tiled roofing. There is a small garden on the left as one enters the temple complex. Harihareshwar temple with the main dieties as Brahma Vishnu and Shiva is believed to be from the 16th century. Harihareshwar temple was the kuladaivat or the Peshwas.

Kelshi

Kelshi

Kelshi is located about 75 kms from Murud across the Bankot creek. A place of religious significance, besides having a long history Kelshi also has one of the most beautiful beaches in this region. If you decide to visit Kelshi from Murud you would be able to visit the Mahalaxmi temple and Shree Bhargavram temple in Ade just 5 kms ahead. Mahalaxmi temple is instated with an idol which is believed to be 'swayambhu'. Located at just about 5 kms from Kelshi is Ade. Ade is famous for the Parshuram temple or Shri Bhargavram temple..

Kashid Hotels
Kashid Hotels
Kashid Hotels

Phansad Bird Sanctuary

Phansad Bird Sanctuary - Introduction

With over 720 species of flora and 279 species of fauna that include mammals, birds and butterflies a trek in Phansad wild life sanctuary is an interesting digression during a beach holiday to Kashid. Owing to the hilly terrain you would need to be extremely lucky to spot a larger mammal like leopard or barking deer however Phansad is a paradise for bird watchers and lepidopterist! Phansad claims to be home to over 90 species of butterflies along with numerous species of avians!!

Visiting - Phansad Bird Sanctuary

Phansad is located 12 kms away from Kashid beach and generally a visit to the beach or the forts is coupled with a visit to the bird sanctuary. The timings of the sanctuary is 8 am to 8 pm and birding enthusiasts prefer to stay inside the sanctuary as bird sightings are more common during early mornings. The sanctuary has 7 tents and a A/c cottage within the sanctuary. The sanctuary offers bullock cart rides within the sanctuary however you are better off on foot for some animal sighting

Phansad Bird Sanctuary
Phansad Bird Sanctuary
Phansad Bird Sanctuary

Kadyavarcha Ganpati - Anjarle

Built in 1150 and later renovated during 1768 to 1780 Kadyavarcha Ganpati or Ganesh temple built atop a hill invokes deep religious fervour and is located in Anjarle 90 kms from Murud Janjira. The idol of the diety "Ujwya Sondecha Ganpati" with its trunk turned towards its right.

Anjarle is located about 40 kms away from Bankot and on the way to anjarle from Murud one will have to cross two creeks - Rajapuri creek at Murud and Bagmandala creek at Harihareshwar. Suvarnadurg Shipping has ferries across both the creeks. The route to Anjarle from Bankot passes via Kelshi and is about 15 kms from Kelshi. A visit to Anjarle from Murud is a one whole day trip and can be coupled with a visit to the Mahalaxmi mandir in Kelshi.

Kadyavarcha Ganpati - Anjarle