Harihareshwar is the southern most beach in Raigad located about 40 kms away from Diveagar. If you are on a long holiday to Diveagar, Harihareshwar is a must visit place as it also opens up the Ratnagiri beaches across the creek from Bhagmandala. From Harihareshwar one could easily visit Kelshi and Kadyavarcha Ganpati in Anjarle.
Harihareshwar - The Temple Shores..
Known as 'Dakshin Kashi' Harihareshwar entered the tourist circuit thanks to the temple complex located right by the sea. The most interesting part of the Harihareshwar temple is the Pradakshina marg, a trail over the rocks just by the sea. A flight of stairs behind the temple leads to the Pradakshina marg which goes around the temple and ends in front of the temple alongside the beach.
Harihareshwar Temple Complex
Renovated during the Peshwa regime in 1723 the Shri Dev Kalabhairav is the prima landmark of Harihareshwar. The temple complex has a small garden and 'deep malas' as one enters the premises. 'Brahmakoop' is also located here besides the temples dedicated to Ganapati and Maruti. In front of the 'deep malas' is the Sri Harihareshwar temple and next to it is the Kalbhairav Temple. Tradition dictates that the Kalabhairav temple is worshipped first and also last after the 'pradakshina'.
Water Sports in Harihareshwar
On the way to Bhagmandala from Harihareshwar there is a small stretch of beach alongside the MTDC resort in Harihareshwar where water sports is organized.
Bhagmandala is about 5 kms from Harihareshwar from where one can get a ferry to Bankot the northern end of Ratnagiri district. Four wheelers can also be ferried across the creek.
Kelshi across the Creek
If you want to taste the real village life in konkan, do visit Kelshi about 25 kms from Harihareshwar across the creek. A place with a long history and religiously significant, Kelshi also has one of the most beautiful beaches in Dapoli region.