Forget the beaches of Mumbai, we tell you how to make the most of Maharashtra’s vast coastline and where to find scrumptious coastal cuisine. By Divya Behl and Vikas Plakkot.
Located 335 kilometres from Mumbai, Ratnagiri has hills on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. Close to town, there are undisturbed and underrated beaches such as Velas, Diveagar, and Guhagar that offer an insight into the Konkan lifestyle. You can witness the mass hatching of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles at the Velas Turtle Hatching Festival in the month of March every year.
When to go: February to May
Who should go: Families and gourmet travellers
► Home to the famous Alphonso mango, Ratnagiri is the perfect spot if you want to indulge in mango picking, and of course, eat them fresh from the tree.
► Try Konkan-style fish curry and balance its spicy flavours with sol kadi, a pink-coloured drink. Local snacks such as ambapoli and phanaspoli are must-try.
► Blue Ocean Resort & Spa offers a classic beach resort experience with comfortable rooms.
► Set amidst coconut and mango plantations, Atithi Parinay Homestay is an example of Indian hospitality. Stay here for its traditional food and outstanding location.
The small fishing town of Malvan has everything you want from a coastal holiday—beaches, water sports, medieval forts, and most importantly, excellent seafood.
When to go: October to December
Who should go: Families and gourmet travellers.
► Take a ferry from Malvan to the famous Sindhudurg Fort built by Chattrapathi Shivaji.
► Scuba dive or snorkel in the Malvan waters and experience under-water life of the Arabian sea.
► Stay with the Samant family in a cottage surrounded by spice, coconut, banana, and beetle nut plantation at Maachli. Go to a heritage village, learn the nuances of Konkani cuisine, take farming lessons, or simply appreciate nature at this eco-friendly homestay.