Just across the Bagmandala creek south of Diveagar lies the Ratnagiri district which opens up many temples and sea forts like Suvarnadurg which can be visited during a trip to Diveagar. The Kadyavarcha Ganpati temple in Anjarle is however the most popular destination in a sightseeing trip from Diveagar during a long holiday.
Vikram Vinayak Temple or the Birla mandir was built by the Birla Group as part of its Vikram Ispat Factory Complex in Salaav about 70 kms from Diveagar across the Rajapuri creek.
Built atop a hillock Birla mandir has Ganesha as the main diety. The idol of Ganesha is placed on a marble nave which is intricately carved. The idols of Riddhi and Siddhi are placed on either sides of the Ganesha idol
Aarti at the Birla mandir is performed at at 9.00 am and 7.00 pm
Built in 1150 and later renovated during 1768 to 1780 Kadyavarcha Ganpati or Ganesh temple built atop a hill invokes deep religious fervour amongst its devotees. The idol of the diety "Ujwya Sondecha Ganpati" is a rarity with its trunk turned towards its right side. There is a Shiva temple located just next to the Ganpati temple. The temple is located in Anjarle ahead of Harnai about 25 kms from Dapoli at a vantage point offering a panoramic view. Anjarle is about 75 kms from Diveagar.
Mahalakshmi temple is located in Kelshi about 65 kms from Diveagar. Mahalakshmi temple was built during the Peshwa regime and the idol is believed to be swayambhu with a powerful diety. The temple also has the idols of Lord Ganpati and Lord Shiva. Mahalakshmi temple is located at the base of the Utambare hill. Near the temple is Yakut Baba Dargah and is believed that the darshan of Mahalakshmi is considered to be incomplete without a visit to the dargah.
Bankot lies in the northern most end of Ratnagiri district and is located right across the Bagmandala creek about 10 kms from Harihareshwar. Himmatgad or Fort Victoria although in ruins now, is worth a visit during a trip to Harihareshwar. The main entrance door of himmatgad has a decorative balcony with arches. The cellars are located near the porch. Within the fort there is a deep well at Himmatgad. The fort used to stand guard on the bankot brook, where the river savitri meets sea.
Korlai Fort is located about 50 kms from Diveagar and is almost midway between Kashid and Alibaug. Built by the Portugese the Korlai fort and lighthouse offer panoramic views of the sea. Within the Korlai fort there are three inscriptions . Over one of the inscriptions surmounted by a cross is a coat of arms with a shield, the Portuguese star in the center surrounded by seven castles, however people visit Korlai fort more for the magnificent views of the sea than its historic importance.
Velas turtle festival is a popular annual festival where newly hatched baby turtles and released back into the sea. Tourists and photographers enjoy the time watching baby turtles take their first steps. Velas village offer a great ecotourism experience to all its visitors and offer a first hand experance of living in a village. Velas is hardly 10 kms from Harihareshwar, 45 kms from Diveagar and the turtles are released in the sea the same day at 6 in the morning and evening. No turtles are retained on the beach.
Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, there are 3 main tombs at while scattered all around the complex are 50 other tombs of nobility and other important people of the Siddi empire. The tombs have bulbous domes with an intricate finial on each tomb, it also has beautiful jhaali work on the windows and rounded arches in the doorways. The largest tomb at Khokari tombs is the tomb of Sidi Surul Khan who was chief of Janjira from 1707 to 1734
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