September 2, 2015

My TripAdvisor Review No.113: Konkan, India.

“Beaches of Konkan.....Better than Goa.”

 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 September 2015 NEW
I don’t know why people keep on raving about Goa when the beaches of Konkan are just as good, if not better than the beaches of Goa.

The Konkan region of Maharashtra stretches along the coastline from the north of Mumbai down to the south Maharashtra town of Sawantwadi, just north of the state of Goa. The coastline of Goa is just an extension of the Konkan coastline. The Konkan, in fact, is a narrow strip of fertile land in the state of Maharashtra, India, which lies between the Arabian Sea coast and the foothills of the Western Ghats (also known as the Sahyadri Mountains). The heavy rains in the monsoon season make the region look very green and beautiful.

Some of the better known beaches of the Konkan are Bordi, Palghar (north of Mumbai) and Alibag, Kashid, Murud-Janjira, Shrivardhan, Harihareshwar, Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri, Kunkeshwar, Malvan, Vengurla (south of Mumbai). Many of the smaller beaches around them are virgin beaches and you may not find a soul on some of the sandy stretches. They have not yet been developed as tourist destinations and it is their isolation and natural beauty that make them so attractive.

However many of the beaches are also well known for their fish markets. The Konkani fishermen venture into the Arabian Sea early in the morning and return to the shore by dawn. Their catch is immediately auctioned on the beach markets! It is an interesting spectacle to watch and partake in the beach towns like Shrivardhan, Harnai, Devgad and Vengurla.

There are a number of historic forts in the Konkan region but most of them are in a state of disrepair. Some of the more famous sea forts are the Janjira Fort at Murud-Janjira, Jaigad and Ratnadurga Forts in Ratnagiri district, Vijaydurg and Sindhudurg Forts in Sindhudurg district.

Konkani food has its own unique piquant flavours. Good use is made of the local herbs and spices to make vegetarian and chicken or fish gravies. Rice, coconut and fish are the staples of the local diet. Solkadi, a spicy drink made from coconut milk, kokum, garlic and coriander leaves is very popular and helps to digest the spicy curries. Alphonso mangoes, the king of fruits, grow best in the Ratnagiri and Devgad regions of the Konkan.

The common languages spoken in the villages are Marathi, Konkani and Hindi.
Visited August 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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