Things To Do
Things to Do at Dapoli...
Along with the peace and serenity that Dapoli has to offer, one should not miss the fact that it is a culturally rich village. Dapoli houses some of the most divine temples that make one's visit worthwhile. For those who enjoy adventures, there's something for you too! Check out how you can make the most of your trip to Kokan. We assure you shall take back memories to cherish for a lifetime!
Red Sand Beach – Ladghar (Tamas Teertha)(12 kms from Omkar)
The Ladghar beach is also known as “Tamas Teertha” as some part of the sea appears to be red in colour. This beach has religious value and the bathing here is a big attraction. Also, it’s a great spot for swimming, either in the sea or in the adjacent area where a river empties into the sea. If you are lucky to get here in the evening, experience the red shade of waves backed with the orange tone of the sunset.
Murud, Harnai & Karde Beach(15 kms from Omkar)
Located on the rugged Konkan coastline, Murud is a small town about 14km from Omkar Holiday Homes.
A long, scenic stretch of a beach with swaying palms and a beautiful, ancient Durga Devi temple are its primary attractions. The beaches here are connected, stretching from Hanai to Murud to Karde beach. It is also known as Murud – Harnai.
Dolphin watch rides are one of the most popular activities in Dapoli, the best time to go for a dolphin watch boating trip is early in the morning. Enjoy the frolicking dolphins amidst the mighty ocean!!
Keshavraj Temple(13 kms from Omkar)
The famous ancient temples of Shree Keshavraj (Vishnu) is located at Aasud, at a distance of just 8 km from Dapoli on the Dapoli – Harnai road.
Shree Keshavraj (Vishnu) temple is located amidst lush green land, a perennial stream and rolling hills. There is a sharp “U” turn from the main road from the main Dapoli – Aasud road and a narrow lane will take you to the AasudBaug / Joshi baug.
Shree Vyaghreshwar temple(10 kms from Omkar)
It lies on the riverbank and is about 1000 years old. You cannot but marvel at the wonderful Hemadpanthi style architecture. A congregation hall leads to the sanctum (Gabhara) which houses a Swayambhu (self-emerged) Shivling. The canopy outside the sanctum is supported on wooden carved pillars. A large sculpture of Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva stands in front. The platform of this temple has sculptures of dancers. There is also a small temple of Kalbhairav. Shree Vyaghreshwar is the family God (Kuladaiwat) of many ChitpavanKokanastha Brahmins, mainly the Ranades.
Suvarnadurg Fort – Ideal for trekking (18 kms from Omkar)
The sea forts off the coast from Dapoli is the primary attraction during a holiday in Dapoli. A visit to the sea forts is an unique experience which few other beaches in the entire Konkan stretch offer adding one more feather to the crown of Dapoli.
There are two gates in the fort – one from the sea, and the other towards the land. I entered through the sea gate.
Panhalekaji Caves(28 kms from Omkar)
Located on Dapoli – Dabhol road is a place called Panhalekaji. The “Leni” or caves at Panhalekaji are a must see site. You can drive up to the caves and the place is situated deep in the valley near the confluence of ‘Kotjai’ and ‘Dhakti’ rivers. You can watch many birds and reptiles in the surrounding jungle and river. There are 29 caves and many sculptures around the area and the whole area is very beautiful. the carvings in these caves are from many periods from the 3rd century to the 14th century.
Hot Water Springs in Unhavare (37 kms from Omkar)
There are natural hot water springs at Unhavare Village, 20 kms. fromDapoli (Near Panhalekaji caves). It is a small village with the springs as its only attraction and lots of people from surrounding areas come here regularly to bathe in the Hot Sulphur water springs. Separate shelters are made for Men and Women to take a dip in the Rejuvenating Hot water. A bath in the water is said to cure skin ailments. There are no charges for taking a bath here.
Parshuram Bhoomi Temple(42 kms from Omkar)
Established in 16 November 2010, The ancient Shree Bhargavram (Parshuram) temple is located amidst a group of five temples between Ade and Kelshi. A short climb of about 10 – 15 minutes via stone steps brings one to this magnificent temple complex. The architecture is from the regime of the Peshwa. One cannot miss a unique and an uncommon facet of these temples – all of them are facing east! Along with the main temple of Shree Bhargavram, this complex also houses the temples of Lord Shiva temple, Goddess Renuka, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesh, Lord Vetal and Lord Shani. Ade is one of the two places in Konkan which house a Lord Parshuram temple, the other one being Chiplun.
Dabhol Dhopave jetty ride to Guhagar Beach(26 kms from Omkar)
Dabhol-Dhopave jetty service connects Guhagar to Dabhol. It is the nearest way to reach Dapoli from Guhagar. Dabhol-Dhopave journey lasts for about 20 minutes across the Vashishti river. The ferry boat carries cars, two wheelers, etc. along with passengers across the river. Vashishthi river which flows from Chiplun, joins the sea at Dabhol, forming Dabhol creek. At Guhagar, visit the famous and beautiful Guhagar Beach!