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Konkan : land of Lord Parshuram OR Coastal Paradise

An incredibly beautiful coastal region located in the western part of India, Konkan -- also referred to as the Konkan Coast or Karavali -- is bounded by the Arabian Sea. It has a 720-km long coastline. This lovely place is much famed for its striking natural beauty and other attractions. Its lush greenery, swaying coconut trees, lovely beaches, cascading waterfalls, Green valleys and rolling hills offer a rich and varied experience to the visitors from all over the world, who visit the area round the year to have a memory of a lifetime.

Earlier known as Parashurama Kshetra -- as the region was founded by none other than the Indian mythological hero Lord Parashurama -- Konkan covers certain areas of the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, apart from Goa, and lies between Raigad and Mangalore. The Western Ghats (Sahyadris) is its eastern boundary.

Konkan Tourist Attractions

With picture perfect beaches - including Gokarna,Malpe , Dapoli,Tarkali,Bhatye, Divegar, Vengurla, Hariharshwar, Devbag, Murud- Alibag,Ganpatipule,Karwar-- Konkan much enchants and inspires the lovers of sea and nature. The Beach Resorts in Konkan offers a Variety of accommodation suiting every budget. Apart from the sand, sea and surf, the lovely Indian tourist destination also boasts of some grand temples, mammoth forts, tiled homes, verdant green pastures, not to mention lovely mango groves & Cashew plantations.

As far as forts are concerned, Janjira Fort, Ratnagiri Fort, Raigad Fort and Sindhudurg Fort are quite famous and much visited tourist hotspots. They are shining examples of the valor and unmatched pride of the ex rulers of the area. In this connection, a special mention needs to be made of the splendid Janjira Fort. Located three kilometers away from Murad and 150 kilometers away from Mumbai, the Janjira Fort could not be conquered even by the British and the Marathas even though they practically left no stones unturned to do so.

Delicious Konkani Cuisine is yet another big draw of the Konkan region. In fact, the Konkani Cuisine stands out from all cuisines -- thanks mainly to its generous and imaginative use of the many types of spices, coriander, red chilies, Vinegar and not to mention coconut oil. So is it any surprise that many food lovers from different regions leave no chance to visit the area just to relish them to their hearts’ content. Fish Delicacies in Konkani cuisine is a Must. Jokingly it is said That Konkanis Can live without water but they can’t Live for a day with out Fish curry & Rice.

Best Time to Visit

Konkan can be visited anytime. Still, the monsoon season (June to September) is regarded the best time to visit the region. During this period, Konkan looks breathtakingly beautiful and picture perfect with splash of greenery all around. Thanks to the Konkan Railway which has made accessible to the entire world the Hidden beauties Of This region.
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