Over the long Holi weekend this March, I went out to discover the last town of Maharashtra – Vengurla. Some 550 Kms from Mumbai and 80 Kms from North Goa, lies a sleepy and less explored town of Vengurla.
|The Sea, The Sand, The Sun, The Palm|
Blessed with long stretches of white sand, hills covered with coconut palms, cashew and mango trees, Vengurla is a small town full of natural beauty, amazing expanse of beaches and rich cultural heritage.
We took Jan Shatabdi on Thursday morning from Dadar and got off at Kudal. From there we took an auto and reached Vengurla.
Sagareshwar Beach – Though this stunning beach is located very close to Goa, it is still calm and aloof from the maddening crowd. This is he beach which is closest to Vengurla town. Walk on the soft sand and enjoy the amazing sunset here.
|Virgin Mochemad Beach|
|Beautiful sunset at Mochemad Beach|
Redi Ganpati is a very famous Ganpati of this district. It is a simple temple which is under renovation. Do visit if you are a ganpati devotee.
Vitoba Temple – On our way to Redi Temple we came across the famous Vitoba Temple. Do stop by and take the
blessing of the temple.
|Redi Ganesh Temple|
|Entrance of Vitoba Temple|
|Approach to Shiroda Beach|
|Enjoy a Camel Ride at Shiroda Beach|
Vengurla Jetty – This is the place which was a very important place for the town. Though the jetty has lost its charm, you should still visit this place and see loads of small boats docked and in the middle of the sea. Climb up to PWD owned Sagar House and see the view of the jetty and the sea. Worth a visit for the spellbinding view.
Lighthouse – Make
a visit to this lighthouse to see the panoramic view of the sea. There are two
ways to reach this lighthouse – you can either trek up from Vengurla Jetty just
next to Sagar House or you can take your vehicle till the lighthouse through a
winding path on a hill. The lighthouse offers a spectacular view of the sea
meeting the horizon, boats and the jetty and vengurla coastline on the left.
|Boats at Jetty|
|Vengurla Light House|
|Arambol Beach, Goa|
|Sweet Water Lake near Arambol Beach|
|Paintings on walls|
Keri Beach – While on our way to Vengurla from Arambol Beach we saw a road direction for Keri Beach. Keri beach is the first beach of Goa while entering from Mumbai. So we thought why miss it?
Keri beach is a mix of Vengurla and Goa beach. It has shacks but to a limit, it has visitors but to a limit. By the looks of it, it is not a very popular beach and has not become commercial till now. It’s a beautiful beach with small shacks wherein you can sip on a beer, relax on a beach bed, go for swim in the sea, have some snacks..
|Shacks on Keri Beach|
Other Beaches – Vengurla is blessed with numerous beaches. If you have time you can visit Redi Beach, Velagar Beach, Sagartirtha Beach, Wayangani Beach.
Vengurla is famous for cashews and you can also buy mangoes if the season is right.
If you are looking for a beach vacation, away from the crowd head to Vengurla. You will be amazed by the serene beaches, white sand, calmness of the small town and the simplicity of the people. Head to one of the beach to spend the perfect evening with your family or your friends watching the sun set in the indigo water.
In Vengurla, you can choose to relax and do nothing or enjoy a swim in the sea, explore local forts and temples, savour authentic coastal food, bird watching, trekking ……. and many more!