Raigad is famous for the three beaches one after the other inter spread with a few lesser known destinations. Diveagar is located at the northern end about 15 kms from Shrivardhan. Harihareshwar is located 20 kms south of Shrivardhan.
Diveagar beach is not a flat or rocky beach unlike other beaches in this region owing to which Diveagar is quite a wavy and safe beach making playing in the surf quite fun in Diveagar.
Diveagar beach is the primary attraction in Diveagar. Diveagar is a prosperous village and is a major beach destination in Raigad district. Diveagar is located on the northern end of tripple Raigad beaches of Diveagar Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar. Diveagar beach unlike Harihareshwar is not a rocky beach and also enjoys high waves making splashing in the waves a lot of fun at Diveagar beach. Diveagar is a safe beach and water sports is a major attraction of Diveagar beach.
Diveagar is an ideal destination for a short weekend break from the cities like Mumbai and Pune. Diveagar is about 190 kms from Mumbai and 160 kms from Pune and to reach Diveagar from either of the cities it would take hardly 4-5 hours. The Diveagar beach itself, old Suvarna Danesh mandir and Rupnarayan mandir located close to the beach are the major attractions during a short one day trip to Diveagar. A visit to Murud Janjira 20 kms from Diveagar is what can make a trip to Diveagar truely memorable.
Diveagar is located between the Rajapuri creek to its north and the Bagmandala creek to its south where the Savitri river meets the sea. Suvarnadurg shipping operates ferries aross both the creeks, which ferries across even four wheelers across the creek, has made sightseeing around Diveagar during a long holiday in Diveagar and exploring Konkan with Diveagar as a base really convenient. Thanks to the ferries one can even visit the forts and temples in Ratnagiri during a long holiday in Diveagar.
Few forts in Maharashtra have a history as exciting as Murud-Janjira. The fort belonged to a dynasty of Siddhis who where from Abyssinia, in far North Africa. Murud Janjira the sea fortress built on an island 500m off Murud, has the distiction of never being defeated in a war despite numerous attempts by the British and the Marathas even after repeated attempts.
One of the few forts which eluded Shivaji Maharaj even after repeated attempts Murud Janjira is still one of the most well preserved sea forts in Maharashtra. Believed to be one of the strongest sea forts in India from yester years Murud Janjira Fort was built on an oval-shaped rock in the 15th century and was rebuilt by Burhan Khan between 1567 and 1571
Murud Janjira has 19 rounded bastions which are all still intact. There are prominent "Ashok Chakras" on all major gates of the fort. Murud Janjira located in mid sea amazingly has a fresh water source within. Murud Janjira can be approached from Dighi wharf 20 kms fro Diveagar by wind powered sail boats. Ferry to Murud Janjira is available around the year but for the monsoons.
The original Rupnayan nandir is believed to be have been built in the thirteen century A new Rupnarayan Temple has been built just a few years back on the way to the Diveagar beach. The temple has an idol of Vishnu which is the main attraction of the temple where all the ten avatars inccluding kalki is carved onto the sides of the idol. The new Rupnaryan temple is built in Shilahara temple architechtural style.
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