Surrounded by four holy hills Harihar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri and Pushpadri Harihareshwar is a region in Konkan which is amazingly beautiful with hills playing the perfect foil for long stretch of pristine beach. The Harihareshwar temple built in the 16th century with the dieties of Vishnu Brahma and Shiva is the primary attraction in Harihareshwar along with beautiful stretch of beach.
A land beleived to be blessed by Vishnu according to legends and proclaimed as 'devghar', Harihareshwar and the Harihareshwar temple is of foremost importance relegiously. Promulgated as the 'Dakshin Kashi' Harihareshwar with its temple complex with deities of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma along with the temples of Kalbhairav and Yogeshwari is an important pilgrim centre and is chiefly responsible for exhalting harihareshwar as a tourist destination!
Kuda Caves are rock-cut caves built between 1st and 5th century BC. Kuda caves is a group of 13 caves built in two levels. One can find carvings of two elephants at the cave entrance, inscriptions and several stupas of Lord Buddha in the caves. Located near Kolad, Kuda Caves can be reached from the tiny hamlet named Kuda.
Harihareshwar a popular get away from Pune is approximately 170 kilometers away. The drive to Harihareshwar will take about 4-5 hours via the Tamhini ghats. The route is amazingly beautiful especially during and after monsoons. From Mumbai to reach Harihareshwar one has to take the NH17 uptil Mangaon. For the detailed information on how to reach Harihareshwar from Pune and Mumbai click here
Harihareshwar lies at one end of the stretch of beaches of Diveagar, Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar together forming the Raigad Beaches. Shrivardhan is about 15 Kms from Harihareshwar and Diveagar is a further 15 kms from Shrivardhan. Shrivardhan is another secluded beach while Diveagar shot up in popularity after a serendipitous discovery of a golden mask of the elephant god Ganesha.
Diveagar - Harihareshwar - Shrivardhan
At the mouth of a creek on the banks of river Savitri lies Harihareshwar, at one end of the triple Raigad beaches - Diveagar, Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar. A temple town Harihareshwar is also known as the Dakshin Kashi and is an important pilgrim cente.