Dapoli - The Land of Beaches Temples and amazing Seaforts..
Dapoli a small town in the Ratnagiri district is everything a holiday destination should be. A perfect place for a beach holiday, Dapoli has something for every one. With a long stretch of beach extending from Kolthare and Dabhol in the south and Kelshi in the north,Dapoli has one of the longest stretch of beaches. The Dapoli temples seaforts hotsprings and archaeological sites around Dapoli makes it a complete holiday destination.
Dapoli has one of the longest stretch of beach in the entire Konkan. The Dapoli beaches starting from Dabhol stretches through Ladghar and Karde right uptil Kelshi. Most of the beaches in Dapoli have a fine white sand cover however underneath it is fine black sand. Most of the beaches in Dapoli are connected but for a few creeks in between and the adventurous can try a bike ride over the rocky stretches to reach the adjacent beach!
Harnai Fish Auctions
Harnai port is the main fishing village in Dapoli. Every evening hundreds of fishing boats come back after fishing and gather to auction their catch daily between 4 pm-7 pm. The fish auction is the essential trade step between fish landings and the trade. Witnessing the fish auctions here is a awe inspiring experience and you could also hitch a ride in a bullock cart here!!
The best season to visit Dapoli is definitely mid October to mid March, however you will be able to see a different shade of Dapoli and its landscapes especially during monsoons. You would know why some people call Dapoli the mini Mahabaleshwar if you visit Dapoli during monsoons.
Dapoli is land full of surprises, from archaeological sites of Panhalekaji caves to hotsprings of Unhavare Dapoli springs up all varities of interesting spots to make your holidays truely amazing! The historic sea forts of Suvarnadurg and Kanakadurg the tranquil temples of Kadyavarcha Ganpati in Anjarle; or the awe inspiring fish auctions at Harnai what would be the highlight of your holidays in Dapoli?
Adventure in Dapoli
Water sports is available in few of the Dapoli beaches as of now (Palande Dapoli). Dolphin watch rides is the most popular activity in Dapoli. It can cost between 150 - 250 RS per person. Parasailing is arranged in most of the beaches Dapoli in the evenings especially on weekends