If you thought that Dapoli was pristine and secluded think again - you need to visit Velneshwar. A small cove with a pristine stretch of soft white sand beach laced with lush green coconut trees, Velneshwar is yet to feature in the tourist map of Maharashtra even of the frequent traveler, Velneshwar is just emerging into the tourist scene as a beach destination in the long stretch of Konkan beaches.
Velneshwar has one of the most secluded and pristine beaches in the entire Konkan stretch and with popular destinations like Guhagar and Ganpatipule flanking it on either sides Velneshwar is soon going to capture the imagination of beach lovers in Maharashtra. A small stretch of beach with very few tourists Velneshwar, is the beach destination in Konkan that you need to head to if you are looking for some time away from everything.
Dashabhuja Ganesh Mandir, Hedvi
This ?Laxmi ? Ganesh Temple? is not only ancient but also rare. Carved in white stone beleived to be from the Kashmir region the idol is 3 feet high with ten hands, hence the name 'Dashabhuja Ganapati'. A grand ceremony along with a procession of in a chariot is held between Shukla Chaturthi to Shashthi in Magh every year to celebrate the birth of the elephant god.
The drive to Velneshwar is tiring but the drive takes you to a different time altogether. The 60 kms after Chiplun passes through small rustic hamlets with the narrow winding roads showing you the glimpses of what is in store at the end of the journey. With practically no traffic, however be wary of the erratic mongoose crossing the roads, the drive from Chiplun to Velneshwar will take about an hour!!
Brahmanghal is a rare natural phenomenon where continous gradation of the rocks by the sea has created a gorge in the black rock patch about 20 feet deep and 1-2 feet wide. The sea water gushes in and a water column rises through this gorge above the rocks upto 20-30ft!
The temple of Uma Maheshwari is on the same rocky stretch on the way to Brahman Ghal.
Velneshwar Shiva Temple..
Velneshwar hasnt been been spoken about much apart from the Velneshwar Shiva Temple which is flocked by hundreds of devotees during the Maha - Shivratri festival. Small shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Ganesha and Kala Bhairav are also present around the main sanctum in this Shiva temple.