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About Dapoli
Located a little over 200 kilometres from Mumbai, Dapoli is a small city surrounded by coconut and palm trees. Dapoli is located in the northern part of the district of Ratnagiri, in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, and is a popular beach destination. In addition to the many coconut farms that are scattered in Dapoli, the city also has numerous scenic beaches, which offer beautiful views of the seashore and the natural landscapes. The verdant greenery, along with the hills surrounding the city, add to its beauty.

Dapoli is a treasure trove of sightseeing attractions, and has something to offer to all kinds of tourists. From pristine beaches and historical structures, to ancient temples, mesmerising caves and age-old forts, the city has a lot to explore. Some of the best attractions of Dapoli include the Harnai Sea Port, which is one of the best attractions that offer a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the region. Other famous attractions of Dapoli include the Kanaka Durga Fort, also known as the Land Fort, and the Suvarnadurg, or the Sea Fort. You can also take a dip at the perennial Unhavare Hot Springs, and relax during your trip here. For history buffs, the best place to visit in Dapoli are the ancient Panhalekaji Caves, where you can not only enjoy the history, but also the archaeology findings. For those who love water sports, you can visit one of the many scenic beaches in the region, such as the Murud Beach, or the Kelshi Beach.

When visiting Dapoli, you can also enjoy a lot of exciting activities. In addition to water sports like swimming, surfing and parasailing, to adventure activities like hiking and trekking, Dapoli has a lot to offer to tourists. You can also enjoy exploring the caves here or watching dolphins in the backwaters in Dapoli. Due to its advantageous location in the Konkan region, Dapoli is also a great place to indulge in the local Kokum juice, jackfruit chips or the numerous mouth-watering Konkani delicacies.

Due to its tropical location, Dapoli experiences cool weather throughout the year. However, summers in Dapoli are comparatively more humid than the other months. The rainy season from July to September makes the entire region come to life with lush greenery and a relaxing ambience everywhere. The months from October to March make up the winter season in Dapoli, when the cool weather makes it great for sightseeing and water sports, and even dolphin watching.
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Which are the places to see in Dapoli?

1. Parshuram Bhumi: Located atop a hill, Parshuram Bhumi is known in the entire region for its unspoilt beauty and splendour. You can also find a 21 feet tall statue of Lord Parshuram here, located on top of a half globe. One can get stunning views of the Tamas Teertha and the surrounding natural landscapes from Parshuram Bhumi. There is a meditation room here as well, where one can enjoy photography and meditation.

- Location: MSH4 Burondi village, Tehsil Dapuli, Taleshwarnagar, Maharashtra 415720

2. Harnai Port: Home to two of the most famous forts in the region, namely Kanakadurga and Suvarnadurga, Harnai Port is also one of the biggest fishing harbours in the country. While Kanakdurga is the land fort, Suvarnadurga is the sea fort. In addition to fishing and local fishing auctions every day, you can also find a variety of fish from the Harnai Port. The Harnai Port was built by Adil Shah and later captured by Shivaji. Today, it is the only existing remains of Adil Shah’s reign in the region.

- Location: C.D. Block, Ratnagiri District, Dapoli, Maharashtra 415720

3. Panhalekaji Caves: Located on the banks of the Kotjai river, these ancient artificial caves date back to almost 1000 years. You can find around 29 rock caves of various different sizes here, all scattered alongside the river bank. The Panhalekaji Caves are surrounded by dense verdant forests and small streams flowing through them, exuding a very otherworldly charm and transporting you to the bygone eras. The caves also have numerous Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and idols inside them.

- Location: Panhale Kazi, Dapoli, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra 415711
- Timings: 08:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m.

4. Unhavare Hot Springs: Amongst the very first natural and perennial hot water springs in the country, the Unhavare Hot Springs are located in the heart of Dapoli, near the river. Surrounded by mystical hills, dense forests, meadows and lush green fields, these hot springs have hot water which arises naturally from the ground and simultaneously gets cooled by the river. The water of the springs has the presence of Carbon Dioxide and Sulphur in them, which make it very therapeutic and healing, and is said to heal skin issues and other ailments.

- Location: Unhavare, Dapoli, Maharashtra 415711

5. Kadyavarcha Ganpati Temple: Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, this ancient temple is located in the Anjarle region in Dapoli. Built in 1150 A.D., it was later reconstructed in the late 1760s. The temple is built atop a cliff, and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes of the hamlets. In addition to a stunning architecture, the temple has pillars that are made of wood and add grandeur to the structure. The temple is one of the only Lord Ganesha temples in the country which has a right-side placement of the idol, which means that Lord Ganesha’s trunk curves towards the right, which is quite rare.

- Location: Anjarle, Dapoli, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra 415711

6. Murud Beach: This is a stunning black sand beach in Dapoli, with the turquoise waters of Arabian Sea acting as its background. Sprawled across 1.75 kilometres, the beach is one of the most famous beaches in Maharashtra and is great for enjoying water sports and other beach activities like parasailing, banana boat ride and horse riding, amongst others. It is from here that you can enjoy the magical views of the sunset, or the ancient ruins of the Janjira Fort along with the island of Padmadurg. On a clear day, you can also catch a glimpse of dolphins from this beach.

- Location: Dapoli, Maharashtra 415711

7. Kelshi Beach: This is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in the region. Expanding across 3 kilometres, this stunning beach is surrounded by dense forests of coconut, palm, mango, betel nut and cypress trees. With the azure sea and the Utambar hills acting as backdrop, and the white sands spread across the skyline, the beach is great for a memorable picnic or relaxation. The Kelshi beach is also a great place to enjoy birdwatching, as many migratory birds visit the beach and its surrounding forests during the colder months.

- Location: Dapoli, Maharashtra 415711

8. Keshavraj Temple: Located in a small hamlet called Asud in Dapoli, the Keshavraj Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The road to this old temple can be accessed by foot, and one has to walk through dense lanes full of coconut, mango, cashew and betel nut trees on either side, which adds to the thrill of the location. The temple is said to have been built by the Pandavas in one single night, and has a magnificent statue of Lord Ganesha at the entrance. You can also find a natural spring that originates from the hilltop and flows down to the front of the Keshavraj Temple, adding to its opulent beauty.

- Location: Vyaghreshwar- Garambi Road, Asud, Dapoli, Maharashtra 415713

Which are the best things to do in Dapoli?

1. Beachside Camping: Enjoy a fun-filled beachside camping experience in Dapoli. With beachside games, water sports like banana boat rides, surfing and swimming, or other adventure activities like volleyball, hiking and nature walks, there is a lot you can enjoy while camping on a beach in Dapoli. You can also enjoy a soothing bonfire under the starry night sky or a movie night with your loved one right on the beach while indulging in lip-smacking Konkani delicacies, seafood and more.

- Location: Savane, Dapoli, Maharashtra
- Price: INR 1,250 per person
- Timings: 04:00 p.m. to 11:00 a.m.

2. Cave Exploring: You can also go exploring the tranquil and historic Panhalekaji Caves when visiting Dapoli. Dating back to over 1000 years, these ancient, rock cut caves house Hindu as well as Buddhist idols and sculptures which will surely delight all the history and archaeology enthusiasts visiting the city. You can also take a relaxing walk along the Kothai River while visiting the 29 caves in this complex.

- Location: Panhale Kazi, Dapoli, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra 415711
- Timings: 08:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m.

3. Bathe in Natural Hot Springs: Upon your visit to Dapoli, you can also pay a visit to the Unhavare Natural Hot Springs, and take a dip in the therapeutic waters here. This hot spring is one of the oldest in the region and has natural hot water which is said to have healing powers, as it can heal numerous skin issues and other ailments.

- Location: Unhavare, Dapoli, Maharashtra 415711

4. Enjoy Water Sports: Dapoli has numerous beaches which offer tourists a chance to enjoy quite a few water sports, from surfing and swimming, to banana boat rides and parasailing. Some beaches, like the Murud Beach, Kelshi Beach and Ladghar are also popular spots to enjoy jet skiing, ATV rides, snorkelling as well as scuba diving. And if you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of dolphins frolicking in the sea from one of these beaches in Dapoli.

- Location: Dapoli, Maharashtra (Murud Beach, Kelshi Beach, Ladghar, Kolthare Beach)

5. Indulge in Konkani Food: Rich in Malwani or Konkani food, Dapoli is a great place to enjoy the local dishes and delicacies of the region. From jackfruit fritters and chips, to dried mango pickles, kokum juice and fresh seafood, this city is a treasure trove of good food and drinks. In addition to indulging in these delicious foods at the many restaurants, beachside food stalls and cafes found in Dapoli, you can also visit a local residence and enjoy a mouth-watering homemade Konkani feast, made of fresh, local ingredients and produce.

- Location: Dapoli, Maharashtra

6. Enjoy a Fish Auction at Harnai Port: Known as one of the biggest fishing harbours and ports in the country, Harnai Port is also famous for its daily fishing auctions where fishermen from the region sell their local produce. Even watching the auction take place every day is a sight in itself, and is an experience like no other. It is here where you can see numerous varieties and colours of fish, which get sold for lakhs of rupees.

- Location: C.D. Block, Ratnagiri District, Dapoli, Maharashtra 415720
- Timings: 04:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m.

7. Meditate at Parshuram Bhumi: On your visit to Dapoli, you must also pay a visit to the Parshuram Bhumi, a site of religious significance and importance, and a great place to soak in the amazing views of the surrounding nature. However, it is the mediation hall here which is where you can enjoy some peace and quiet while meditating. After a good session of relaxing meditation, you can also enjoy some photography and try the local snacks available here.

- Location: MSH4 Burondi village, Tehsil Dapuli, Taleshwarnagar, Maharashtra 415720

What is the best time to visit Dapoli?

The best time to visit Dapoli is between the months of June and August, when the region experiences monsoon season. This is when you can enjoy the lush greenery of the meadows along with the mist-laden mountains surrounding Dapoli. The pleasant weather, in addition to less crowds and a soothing ambience make these months great for a visit to this offbeat destination.

How to reach Dapoli?

- By Road: Dapoli is well connected to the rest of the country by roadways. Regular state as well as private bus services operate in and out of Dapoli via NH17 on a regular basis. This highway connects the cities of Mumbai and Goa and is one of the most scenic routes to Dapoli. However, Dapoli does not have any direct flight or rail connectivity.

- By Air: In order to reach Dapoli from a different city via air, you must reach the Ratnagiri Airport, which is located around 140 kilometres from the city, or the New Pune International Airport, around 136 kilometres from Dapoli. From there, you can avail a bus or hire a cab to Dapoli.

- By Train: Alternatively, the nearest railway station to Dapoli is located in Khed, around 40 kilometres away from Panchmarhi, near Dapoli.

What is famous in Dapoli?

There are plenty of things Dapoli is famous for, some of which are:

- Harnai Port
- Unhavare Hot Springs
- Murud Beach
- Panhalakaji Caves
- Kadyavarcha Ganpati Temple
- Karde Beach
- Keshavraj Temple
- Kelshi beach
- Parshuram Bhumi
- Konkani food
- Kokum juice
- Hiking
- Trekking
- Scuba diving
- Nature walks

Is dapoli worth visiting?

Yes, Dapoli is definitely worth visiting. In addition to lip-smacking Konkani and Maharashtrian food, delicious Kokum juice and lush and verdant greenery, Dapoli is also home to numerous scenic white sandy beaches, dense forests, ancient temples and sightseeing attractions. It is a destination that caters to all kinds of travellers and is well worth a visit.

How is the road from Pune to Dapoli?

Pune is situated around 184 kilometres from Dapoli. The road from Pune to Dapoli, via Tamhini Ghat is scenic, smooth and faster as compared to the route connecting Pune and Dapoli via Mahabaleshwar. However, you may find some traffic and congestion depending upon the time you start your drive to Dapoli from Pune. 

How far is dapoli from Mahabaleshwar?

Dapoli is located around 94.6 kilometres from Mahabaleshwar. It takes anywhere between 3 to 4 hours to reach Dapoli from Mahabaleshwar.

How far is Dapoli from Mumbai?

The distance between Dapoli and Mumbai is around 227 kilometres by road. You can reach Dapoli from Mumbai in around 5 to 6 hours.

Which are the famous historical places in Dapoli?

1. Dapoli Church: This is the oldest architectural structure, and the oldest church in Dapoli, and dates back to the British era. Built in a Gothic style of architecture, the church was used by the English officers and their families for praying.

2. Keshavraj Temple: Exuding natural beauty and a soothing ambience, this ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located in a small hamlet named Asud, around 7 kilometres from Dapoli.

3. Unhavare Hot Water Spring: Amongst the most famous hot springs in the Konkan region, the Unhavare Hot Spring is a natural hot water spring a few kilometres from Dapoli. It is known for having hot water throughout the year, with the water containing a healing mixture of Carbon Dioxide and Sulphur.

4. Shahi Masjid: This mosque dates back to the early 16th century, and is the only mosque from Adil Shah’s reign that is still in a good condition in recent times. Shahi Masjid is also one of the only remaining examples of the stunning Mughal architecture.

Which are the best beaches in Dapoli?

1. Karde Beach: This is one of the most peaceful and tranquil beaches in Dapoli, in addition to being amongst the cleanest beaches in the region. The sand here is soft and white, and the beach is great for relaxing walks, or a secluded picnic.

2. Murud Beach: Surrounded by green palm trees, Murud Beach is amongst the most popular beaches in the country. In addition to camping, you can also enjoy various water sports and other activities here.

3. Kelshi Beach: This is an unspoilt and explored beach that stretches across the Konkan coast, and offers stunning views of the sunrise and sunset. Covered with lush green forests, the beach is also a great place to enjoy birdwatching during the winter season.

Dapoli Reviews

Triloki Jha
Reviewed: 26 Feb 2020
I really liked this beachside-camping because the management was truly-good what best was that I get all that is listed in the itinerary as well as more than that. I am a solo traveler I felt so safe there during my trip, the staff was cordial, the facilities provided to us was really a good one, gr... Read More
Jagdeep Johar
Reviewed: 15 Feb 2020
The campsite location is really nice with the beautiful view of the place, The tents allotted to us was nice, clean and spacious along with good pillows, mattress, and blankets. The game's equipment was nice both indoor and outdoor games, we love the foods there the cook was really good as it tastes... Read More
Chandani Guha
Reviewed: 14 Feb 2020
What a camping experience, I love everything in this camping, amazing arrangement, well maintained and nice activity we had great fun on it. The staffs were very friendly and funny really they made the experience thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip.
Shresthi Iyengar
Reviewed: 12 Feb 2020
Awesome experience!!! received a great warm welcome from the staff and the entire camping was very safe and very secure.
Sarada Mehrotra
Reviewed: 17 Feb 2020
I did camping most of the time and I use to book it from Thrillophilia as always this company suggested to me with a good package and each camp I visited I use to get new experience. I and the co-traveler we enjoyed so much in campfire along with a nice movie we all had a great time watching it. As ... Read More
Padma Pillai
Reviewed: 19 Dec 2019
The camping experience themselves were fantastic with great activities, staff, and a nice arrangement. This camping very suitable for everybody.

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