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Best Beaches in Maharashtra

Maharashtra boasts of a 720 km long coastline along the Arabian Sea. If you are fond of the sea, sand and surf, put this Indian state on your bucket list and explore the best beaches in Maharashtra. The coastline of Maharashtra can be traveled all around the year.

While there are 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 love 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 and are lined with historic monuments' ruins. You can add Dahanu-Bordi, Murud-Janjira, and Shriwardhan-Harihareshwar beaches to your list if you want to add religious attractions to your visit.

In addition, you can visit some unexplored beaches in Maharashtra to get exciting sights and soak in the serenity spread around you. Gangapatipule beach, Mandwa, Kihim Beach, Madh Island Beach, Tarkarli Beach, Velneshwar beach, and Marve-Manori-Gorai are the other famous beaches of Maharashtra. These beaches offer everything from sea surfing to castle making or just lazing around.

Here is the list of some of the most famous beaches in Maharashtra

1.Juhu Beach, Mumbai

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, Mumbai

It starts from the southern end of Nariman Point and ends at the Girgaum Chowpatty, Marine Drive  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, and this long promenade boasts art deco architectural style through its buildings and edifices. It is a fantastic place to soak in the mesmerizing view of the sea. The coastline illuminates sparkling lights during the evening, and this hotspot offers splendid views of the city’s skyline.

Best time to visit: October to February

3. Kashid Beach, Alibag

Located in the Murud Taluka village in the North Konkan region of Maharashtra, Kashid Beach boasts 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 provides an ideal combination of leisure and adventure to visitors. This stunning beach in the Arabian Sea is a paradise for nature lovers and shutterbugs. It is one of the cleanest beaches in Maharashtra where you can explore the oceanic wold through scuba diving. 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, Ratnagiri

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 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 many tourists.

Best time to visit: November to February

5.Alibaug Beach, Alibag

Famous 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 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 and witness the mesmerizing sunset and sunrise.

Best time to visit: November to March

6. Mandwa Beach, Alibag

Needless to any introduction, all thanks to Bollywood movies, Mandwa Beach is famous for its pristine and charming shoreline. Situated just 14 km from Mumbai by sea, Mandwa Beach is a perfect weekend getaway for Mumbaikars that is easily accessible by ferry from the 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 a fantastic place to relax amidst the tranquil nature.

Best time to visit: October to March

7. Murud Beach, Raigad

Blessed with a serene atmosphere and 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, they can also spot dolphins here.

Best time to visit: October to March

8. Diveagar Beach, Raigad

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 a fantastic 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 and unwind amidst the serene nature.

Best time to visit: October to March

9. Shrivardhan Beach, Raigad

Dotted with palm groves and rocky cliffs, Shrivardhan Beach boasts picturesque landscapes with black sand that charm 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. Indulging in trekking and beach camping allows you to appreciate nature in its purest form.

Best time to visit: October to March

10. Tarkarli Beach, Sindhudurg

Nestled in the lap of nature, away from the hustle-bustle, Tarkarli Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in 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. Many activities here include snorkeling, beach walking, sunbathing, and scuba diving. If you are lucky enough, you might spot starfishes alongside the shore.

Best time to visit: October to March

11.Harihareshwar Beach

In the Raigad district of Maharashtra, Harihareshwar Beach is located amidst four hills: Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, Pashupadri, and Brahmadri. The beach's main attraction 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, Mumbai

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, Raigad

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. In addition, one can enjoy various thrilling water activities, including jet skiing, parasailing, bumper ride, boating, and banana boat ride.

Best time to visit: October to June

14. Varsoli Beach, Raigad

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

Best time to visit: October to June

15. Guhagar Beach, Chiplun

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, Mumbai

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 fantastic 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, Alibag

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

Best time to visit: September to March

18. Akshi Beach, Alibaug

Dotted with swaying palm and coconut trees, Akshi Beach is one of the most remarkable beaches in Maharashtra. It is an excellent place for bird lovers as every year, hundreds of species of migratory birds flock here. Moreover, 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, Ratnagiri

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 the tourists love it due to its serene beauty.

Best time to visit: October to March

20. Kihim Beach, Raigad

Blessed with extraordinary beauty and a fantastic 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. In addition, the subtropical climate of Kihim Beach makes it a fantastic tourist place in the summer and spring seasons.

Best time to visit: November to July