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Best Beaches in Maharashtra

The state of Maharashtra boasts of 720 km long coastline along the Arabian Sea. If you are fond of sea, sand and surf, put this Indian state in your bucket list and explore the best beaches in Maharashtra. The coastline of Maharashtra can be travelled all round the year. The state has various kinds of beaches. While there crowded beaches like Chowpatty, Marine Drive and Juhu on one side, there are sleepy and unexplored beaches like Bassein and Harnai. However, if you are adventure enthusiasts who loves to indulge in water sports, Shriwardhan-Harihareshwar and Velneshwar should be your pick.

For history buffs, the Dahanu-Bordi and Vijaydurg-Sindhudurg beaches are perfect that are lined with a ruins of historic monuments. Add Dahanu-Bordi, Murud-Janjira and Shriwardhan-Harihareshwar beaches to you list if you are searching for religious attractions. Visit the beaches of Maharashtra, explore the interesting sights and soak-in the serenity spread all around you. Gangapatipule beach, Mandwa and Kihim Beach, Madh Island Beach, Tarkarli Beach, Velneshwar beach, Marve-Manori-Gorai are the other popular beaches of Maharashtra. From sea surfing to castle making or just lazing around, Maharashtra beaches offer everything.

1. Juhu Beach

Juhu Beach is the longest beach in Mumbai and among the most famous ones in India. Sits on the shores of the Arabian Sea, this sprawling sandy beach is one of the best beaches in Maharashtra. Located in the Juhu suburb and surrounded by plush localities of the city, Juhu Beach is a perfect place to spot the Bollywood celebrities jogging in the morning. A leisurely stroll on the beach offers an infinite sense of peace and quiet.

Best time to visit: October to February

2. Marine Drive

Starts from the southern end of Nariman Point and ends at the Girgaum Chowpatty, Marine Drive is an iconic landmark of Mumbai. Renowned as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’, this arc-shaped boulevard is a favorite hangout spot in Mumbai and a prime tourist attraction of Maharashtra. Stretch across 3.6 km, this long promenade boasts of art deco architectural style through its buildings and edifices. It is an amazing place to soak in the mesmerizing view of the sea. During the evening hours, the coastline illuminates with sparkling lights and this hotspot offers splendid views of the city’s skyline.

Best time to visit: October to February

3. Kashid Beach

Located in the Murud Taluka village in the North Konkan region of Maharashtra, Kashid Beach boasts of crystal clear blue waters that are a treat for the eyes. This is among the best beaches in Maharashtra for a perfect vacation that has something to offer for both couples and families. It offers a perfect combination of leisure and adventure to visitors. This stunning beach in the Arabian Sea is a paradise for nature lovers and shutterbugs. There are several adventure activities on the beach like a banana boat ride, swimming, horse riding, and night camping.

Best time to visit: November to February

4. Ganpatipule Beach

Renowned for the Hindu temple, which is located adjacent to the white-sandy beach, Ganpatipule Beach is a perfect getaway that captivates beach lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and pilgrims. It is an idyllic place to unwind and spend some quality time amidst nature. This beautiful palm-fringed beach is among the top beaches on Maharashtra’s Konkan Coast. The pristine water and isolated stretch of sand attract a large number of tourists.

Best time to visit: November to February

5. Alibaug Beach

Popular for its scenic beauty and breathtaking locales, Alibaug Beach offers picturesque views of the Kolaba Fort from the shores. This fort is situated mid-sea and is easily accessible by a boat ride. The coastline of this black-sand beach runs for 4 km along the shores of the Arabian Sea. It is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. This beautiful beach is a perfect place to marvel at the sea as well as witness the mesmerizing sunset and sunrise.

Best time to visit: November to March

6. Mandwa Beach

Needless to any introduction, all thanks to Bollywood movies, Mandwa Beach is popular for its pristine and charming shoreline. Situated at just 14 km from Mumbai by sea, Mandwa Beach is a perfect weekend getaway for Mumbaikars that is easily accessible by ferry from Gateway of India. Mandawa Beach is one of the best beaches in Alibaug. The enthralling adventure activities are popular among visitors and it is also an amazing place to relax amidst the tranquil nature.

Best time to visit: October to March

7. Murud Beach

Blessed with a serene atmosphere along with splendid scenic beauty, Murud Beach is a palm-fringed beautiful sandy beach adorned with majestic forts. It is a perfect place to unwind and enjoy a fun-filled vacation with loved ones. This beach is a long stretch of black sand with clear turquoise water and is surrounded by hills from three sides. Murud Beach is one of the best beaches in Maharashtra to enjoy adventure activities and if someone is lucky, then they can also spot dolphins here.

Best time to visit: October to March

8. Diveagar Beach

Nestled on the Konkan Coast of Maharashtra and blessed with paradisiacal beauty, Diveagar Beach is adorned with towering coconut trees, betel nut trees, and golden sand. It is an amazing place to spot migratory seagulls. The tranquil surroundings and breathtaking beauty of this place leave everyone captivated. This is one of the cleanest beaches in Maharashtra, which offers them opportunities to indulge in adventure activities as well as unwind amidst the serene nature.

Best time to visit: October to March

9. Shrivardhan Beach

Dotted with palm groves and rocky cliffs, Shrivardhan Beach boasts of picturesque landscapes with its black sand that add charm to the unspoiled stretch of seashore. Popular among tourists for adventure activities and water sports, Shrivardhan Beach is a calm and clean beach. Enjoy surfing, paragliding, jet-ski, parasailing, and horse riding at the beach. Indulge in trekking and beach camping allows you to appreciate nature in its purest form.

Best time to visit: October to March

10. Tarkarli Beach

Nestled in the lap of nature away from the hustle-bustle, Tarkarli Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Maharashtra. Encompassed by tall Suru trees and the Karli River, Tarkarli Beach offers panoramic views of the crystal clear water with the backdrop of beautiful sailboats. There are an array of activities here including snorkeling, beach walking, sunbathing, and scuba diving. If you are lucky enough, then you might spot starfishes as well alongside the shore.

Best time to visit: October to March

11. Harihareshwar Beach

Located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, Harihareshwar Beach is located amidst four hills namely Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, Pashupadri, and Brahmadri. The main attraction of the beach is the Harihareshwar Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This quaint beach is an offbeat destination and a paradise for nature lovers. You can bask in the serene ambiance of the beach and enjoy a rejuvenating experience.

Best time to visit: October to May

12. Madh Island Beach

Located at around 30 km from Mumbai in between the Arabian Sea and Malad Creek, Madh Island Beach is a perfect place to have some unique experiences. Dotted with thick palm tree mangroves and famous shacks, Madh Island Beach is a perfect place to enjoy a vacation away from the hustle-bustle. The calm water and soothing scenery allow you to spend quality time with your loved ones.

Best time to visit: September to March

13. Nagaon Beach

Nestled along the Arabian Sea, Nagaon Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in India. It is situated 9 km from Alibaug and stretches for 3 km. Dotted with Suru, Betel, and palm trees, the shoreline of this golden sand beach is a perfect place to relax, sunbathe, and enjoy several outdoor activities. There are various thrilling water activities that one can enjoy including jet skiing, parasailing, bumper ride, boating, and banana boat ride.

Best time to visit: October to June

14. Varsoli Beach

One of the most popular beaches of Maharashtra, Varsoli Beach is renowned for pristine waters, calm environment, and clean shores. The 2 km long coastline of white sandy beach offers a plethora of thrilling activities including jet-ski, parasailing, banana boat ride, and boating. The shores of the beach are laden with palm, suru, and casuarina trees, as well as rocky stones, add charm to the natural beauty of the beach.

Best time to visit: October to June

15. Guhagar Beach

Stretched over 6 km and one of the longest beaches on the Konkan Coast, Guhagar Beach is perfect for swimming. Water sports activities are not available on the sunkissed-shore of Guhagar Beach, but it is perfect for sunbathing. Marvel at the scenic beauty of the beach while enjoying the sunset and sunrise.

Best time to visit: October to March

16. Versova Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches of Maharashtra, Versova Beach is a continuation of Juhu Beach towards Andheri Suburbs with the creek that separates both the beaches. It is a less crowded beach and home to some of the amazing cafes. Versova Beach offers several opportunities to enjoy water sports along with unlimited fun and memories.

Best time to visit: September to March

17. Revdanda Beach

Located at 17 km from Alibaug, Revdanda Beach is one of the most popular beaches of the Konkan region. It is a perfect getaway for Mumbaikars from the hustle-bustle. Revdanda is a paradise for nature lovers and an amazing place for those who wish to enjoy camping. The crystal clear water and seashore filled with black sand make this beach different from other beaches of the region.

Best time to visit: September to March

18. Akshi Beach

Dotted with swaying palm and coconut trees, Akshi Beach is one of the most remarkable beaches of Maharashtra. It is a great place for bird lovers as every year hundreds of species of migratory birds flock here. The perfect laid-back ambiance of the beach enables tourists to unwind and rejuvenate amidst nature.

Best time to visit: September to March

19. Velneshwar Beach

Situated in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, Velneshwar Beach also houses an ancient temple of Lord Shiva which is believed to be 1700 years old. The palm-fringed beach offers unique calmness to the tourists.  It is a perfect place to sunbathe and swim. There are no water sports and markets yet it is so loved by the tourists due to its serene beauty.

Best time to visit: October to March

20. Kihim Beach

Blessed with the extraordinary beauty and amazing backdrop, Kihim Beach is covered with a blanket of white. Home to a variety of migratory and native birds, Kihim Beach is the perfect destination for family, friends, and couples. The subtropical climate of Kihim Beach makes it an amazing tourist place in the summer and spring seasons.

Best time to visit: November to July

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