Get to know about Kolthare
Kolthare is separated from the Sahyadri range by the Khed taluka. Kolthare has a seaboard of 50 km which stretches from Burondi, Kelshi to Dabhol. The coastline differs little in its general characteristics from that of other parts of Konkan. It is densely covered by coconut farms. The principal rivers are Bharja in the north and Vashishthi in the south. There is also a small river called Jog which flows through Bandhtivare, Sarang, Tadil, and into the Arabian sea.Despite being only 8 km away from the coast of Arabian sea, the town is located at an altitude of around 800 feet (240 m). It is called a "Mini Mahabaleshwar" because of its cool climate throughout the year. It acts as a Taluka headquarters for several small surrounding villages such as Anjarle, Mandivali, Sarang, Bandhtivare, Bhopan, Harnai, Dabhol, Navse, Unhavare, Jalgaon, Gavhe, Gimhavane, Asud, Vanand, Kherdi, Karde, Visapur, Murud and Umberghar.
Places of Interest
Ladghar (Red Sea) at Kolthare
It's approx 9 miles away from Kolthare, where you will also find Karde Beach and Durgadevi Temple. The place is mind reviving and refreshing to make you feel like never before. As we all know the importance of natural resources in India, this is the best experience provider at Kolthare.
Sawatsada Waterfall, near Kolthare
Best time to visit here is during monsoons else you won't find it that adventurous. Its surrounded well with lush greenery and water is clear and clean. Close to the highway hence reaching there is not hectic.
Guhagar - 16 km Away From Vanoshi
Guhagar, well known for its virgin beach, coir products, coconuts, betel nuts and mainly Alphonso mangoes. The nearest city and railhead is Chiplun, about 44 kilometers (27 mi) away. The economy of Guhagar boomed after the Dabhol Power, a company, a few kilometers to the north was commissioned in the early 1990s. Hotels sprung and well-paid jobs were offered to the residents out there. Guhagar is quite famous for its Durga Devi temple, Guhagar, and Vyadeshwar temple.
Harnai - 21 km Away From Vanoshi
Located 15 km away from Kolthare, Harnai beach soothes you with a quite and a peaceful experience. With a natural harbor, clear waters, beautiful seascape and rocky coasts, it promises you pleasurable holidays. This a place where you can buy the daily catch of fish fresh off the boats which serves you a different and unique experience of fishing on the go and then bring it back to your stay and prep it the way you want. You almost get all various possible types of fish you can buy from and even find some unique names that you haven't heard before.
Velneshwar - 29 km Away From Vanoshi
Velneshwar is wonderfully reputed for its rock-free beach which eases the zest of swimming. Pilgrims often visit the famous Shiva Temple near Velneshwar. This village is considered to be the root of the Gadgil, Govande, Savarkar, Tulpule, Velankar, Ghag families (now residing at Nayashi, Dahivali & some other villages in Ratnagiri district) and has their family shrine.
Suvarnadurg and Kanakdurg Forts - Harne
Located 17 km from Kolthare at Harnai, the Suvarnadurg fort consists of two forts. Kanakdurga is the land fort and Suvarnadurga is the sea fort. The forts were originally built by the Adil Shahi dynasty and later captured and fortified by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1660.
Main article: Panhalakaji Caves Located on the Kolthare-Dabhil Pangari road is a place called Panhalekaji and can also be accessed from Khed via Vakavali & Tetavali. The "Leni" or caves at Panhalekaji are a must-see. You can drive up to the caves. The place is situated deep in the valley near the confluence of the 'Kotjai' and 'Dhakti' rivers.
Unhavare - Hot Water Springs
There are natural hot water springs at Unhavare Village, which is 35 km from Kolthare (Near Panhalekaji caves). Unhavare, 21 km from Vakavali & 17 km from Tetavali's is Dr. Deodhar farms (called keshav Baug) Dr Deodhar is an Expert In Algae from Bombay University, Has a guest house for tourists. The Hot springs are its only attraction. Lots of people from surrounding areas come here regularly to bath in the Hot Sulphur water springs.
This Ganesh temple is at Anjarle village which comes under Kolthare taluka. Anjarle is famous for the "Kadyawarcha Ganpati" (Ganesh temple situated on a cliff). This ancient and magnificent Ganesh temple was originally constructed using wooden pillars in around 1150AD. It was renovated during the period between 1768 and 1780. At one time, people used to cross Anjarle creek (Jog River) in a boat and then climb the hill using steps that go through the Anjarle village. Recently a bridge has been constructed and you can take your car right up to the entrance of the temple.
This location is between Kolthare and Asud Pul. It is said that this temple is "pandavkaleen" meaning that it has its origin more than 1000 years ago. The access is via Dabkewadi and after crossing the small river, the steep climb is refreshing. At this elevation, the fresh water is a marvel and is said to be originating from a tree trunk. this fresh water flows for 24/7 and throughout the year. The Shri Keshavraj "murti" is worth the darshan.
Harnai Fish Market
Harnai fish market is assumed to be one of the largest supplier of fish to Maharashtra. Many kinds of seafood including lobsters are to be seen in the market. There is an auction carried on a daily basis on the beach. In Harnai, every on season there are dolphin show exhibition being carried out. Like Dolphins comes from Arabian sea.
Murud is a small town on the sea coast, about 12 kilometers from Kolthare. It boasts of one of the most beautiful and longest beach in Konkan region. One can go dolphin-watching on the local ferry. At the centre of the town is the Durga Devi Temple. This temple was built in the 18th century and has 28 exquisitely carved wooden pillars supporting the main porch. On the left of the entrance is a huge bell. This is supposed to have been captured by Chimji appa Peshwa from the Portuguese in Vasai.
Chandika Devi Temple
There is an ancient temple Chandika Devi temple. The idol of Goddess Chandika, believed to be have formed naturally on its own (Swayambhu) and the temple is underground in a natural cave. To reach the deity, you have to pass through a low darkened passage. No light is allowed inside except that of oil lamp. There is a live spring of fresh water nearby which has water throughout the year. Every Navaratri pilgrims throng to this place. This temple is very ancient and was frequently visited by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The Place has got its geographical importance
Kolthare is separated from the Sahyadri range by the Khed taluka. Kolthare has a seaboard of 50 km which stretches from Burondi, Kelshi to Dabhol. The coastline differs little in its general characteristics from that of other parts of Konkan. It is densely covered by coconut farms. The principal rivers are Bharja in the north and Vashishthi in the south. There is also a small river called Jog which flows through Bandhtivare, Sarang, Tadil, and into the Arabian sea. Despite being only 8 km away from the coast of Arabian sea, the town is located at an altitude of around 800 feet (240 m). It is called a "Mini Mahabaleshwar" because of its cool climate throughout the year. It acts as a Taluka headquarters for several small surrounding villages such as Anjarle, Mandivali, Sarang, Bandhtivare, Bhopan, Harnai, Dabhol, Navse, Unhavare, Jalgaon, Gavhe, Gimhavane, Asud, Vanand, Kherdi, Karde, Visapur, Murud and Umberghar.
Know about its Climatic Conditions
Summers of Kolthare are hot but nights are pleasant temperature ranges from 22°C to 40°C in the months of March to May. This is the typical time to visit because of the availability of seasonal fruits like Mangos, Jamun, Karavanda and Cashew (Kaju) etc
June marks the beginning of Monsoon season in Kolthare and lasts till August. It is marked with pleasant climate and cool breeze.
Winters approach Kolthare in December and lasts till February. The climate is pleasantly cool and is apt for sightseeing in Kolthare. The temperature ranges from a comfortable 12°C to 32°C in winters
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