Sightseeing in Diveagar

The Diveagar beach, delicious home made kokani food, and a visit to the Murud Janjira fortress are the highlights of a holiday in Diveagar however there is lots more to see in Diveagar. Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar are two more beautiful beach destinations just 20 kms from each other with Diveagar being at one end. Aaravi beach another secluded beach is just 10 kms from Diveagar.

Diveagar is at one end of Raigad beaches, Diveagar Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar. Dighi is a 15 mins drive from Diveagar from where you can visit the famous Murud Janjira. Temples in this region is very famous and Harihareshwar at the southern end is popularly known as the Dakshin Kashi. Shrivardhan beach is a small cove next to Diveagar.

Aravi Beach

Beaches in Raigad

Diveagar

Diveagar Beach

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 of Raigad beaches about 20 kms from Dighi port. Diveagar beach is not a flat beach unlike the other beaches in this region and owing to it Diveagar is quite a wavy beach making playing in the surf quite fun in Diveagar. Water sports and parasailing is also available at Diveagar beach. Diveagar is well known as a place to head for from the cities to enjoy some delicious konkani sea food.

Shrivardhan

Shrivardhan Beach

Sequestered between Diveagar and Harihareshwar at a distance of about 20 Kms from Diveagar, Shrivardhan is an obvious choice of sightseeing near Diveagar. Shrivardhan is a secluded fine black sand beach tucked between two hillocks with the Kalcha - Jivana fishing village at its northern end. Shrivardhan along with watersports has a nice atmosphere with unpolluted air and the beach at Shrivardhan is a clean beach. Shrivardhan is a nice place to spend an evenings watching the sunset. Shrivardhan is known for its peshwa temple.

Harihareshwar

Harihareshwar

Harihareshwar lies at the southern end of Raigad beaches on the banks of Bagmandala creek which seperates Harihareshwar from Ratnagiri. There are two beaches in Harihareshwar, one towards the right side of the temple and another beach which is towards the south of the hill. Harihareshwar has a rocky beach and one should be very careful while venturing into the sea. Harihareshwar temple complex is the prime attraction of Harihareshwar and a trip to Harihareshwar is not complete without a visit to the temple complex and doing the pradakshina.

Diveagar Hotels
Diveagar Hotels
Diveagar Hotels

Rupnarayan Mandir Diveagar

Rupanarayan temple is located very close to the Diveagar beach on the way to the beach and the temple is decicated to Vishnu. Idol in the temple is very old and it is a form of Dashavatar. Idol in the Rupnarayan mandir is old but looks very beautifully carved in black sagamravari Rock.

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.

Rupnarayan Mandir

The Peshwa Temple - Shrivardhan

The birth place of Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath is celebrated as the Peshwa temple. The Peshwa temple is located in Shrivardhan temple ahead of the Somjai temple. Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath was born in Shrivardhan in the year 1662 in a chitpavan kokanastha brahmin family. Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath, was the sixth Peshwa and the first of a series of hereditary Peshwas of the Maratha Empire. Balaji Vishwanath was the first Peshwa (prime minister) appointed by Shahu Maharaj (grandson of Shivaji).

The Peshwa temple or the Peshwa memmorial is located almost in the heart of the small town on the way to the Shrivardhan beach. The premises of the Peshwa temple is almost fortified with a bastionand a large gate. Inside the gate there is a large open space and at the end of which is the small, tiled, Peshwe Temple. It was here that Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath was born in 1660. A statue of a standing Balaji Vishwanath has been placed in front of the house. He is depicted in full Maratha regalia with a sword in his hand. The seal of Balaji Vishwanath is placed below the statute. On either side of the statue are images of Chhatrapati Shahu Mahraj of Kolhapur and Brahmendra Swami.

The Peshwa temple although could be maintained better is dehinitely worth a visit during a sightseeing trip from Diveagar especially for the ones historically inclined. The temple is open to touru=ists from 8 am to 06:30 pm.

Peshwa temple - Shrivardhan
Peshwa temple - Shrivardhan
Peshwa temple - Shrivardhan

Murud Janjira

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 Portuguese, the British and the Marathas. 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 within.

Murud Janjira