Harihareshwar beach is a secret beach near Mumbai which is clean and in pristine condition. My journey started when my friend asked me to join him on a trip to Harihareshwar temple. So I packed my essentials and went to a small, sleepy little town outside of Mumbai called Shrivardhan.
It was one of those trips that was very impromptu and wasn’t
planned at all. I was accompanied by my friend Manish and we were invited to
stay at a local resident’s house who was an acquaintance of Manish.
It took us nearly 5 to 6 hours to reach there. We would have
reached sooner if we wouldn’t have spent so long to decide which route to take.
Harihareshwar beach and Shrivardhan beach are besides each
other so we suggest visiting Shrivardhan beach first and then visiting Harihareshwar
From Mumbai to Harihareshwar beach – We need to take mangoan route (typical konkan route).
From Pune to Harihareshwar beach
Important things to keep in mind before you come here.
In other seasons activities available:-
Para gliding on the back of a Jeep
Horse cart ride
In the monsoon, there are no activities available
Hard Liquor is not available in the village. Only beer will be available.
If you would like to camp or spend time in a tent near the beach for a night. They are many options available but book the tents before you go. Generally, December is the busiest time of the year.
One other noteworthy thing about this trip was that Manish
was new to driving and this was not only his first long trip outside of Mumbai
but also in a new car. As soon as we
reached there we unpacked and got some food in our belly. Then we headed out to
check the place out.
As we started exploring in and around the village, we found narrow streets with old street lamps at every corner. Neatly stacked 2 storey traditional row houses with lots of mango and jackfruit trees growing in their backyards.
It was very fascinating especially to me because coming from Mumbai I could only dream of owning such spacious villas. This seemed like a perfect place to come once you retire plus the people were so kind to us.
We visited Shrivardhan beach first because it was the closest beach from where we were staying. This was one of the most beautiful beach that I have seen till now. The community here seemed very dedicated to keep the place very clean.
The bandstand near the beach was also in a very good condition. It’s an excellent place for an outing with friends or to spend quality time together with a loved one. Don’t miss the sunset from beach, it’s simply spectacular.
Next day we woke up and headed towards harihareshwar temple.
The road to the temple went around a mountain which sat between both the
beaches so it may look like a D tour on the map.
First we went to the temple and then i was told that there
is beach nearby. But nobody could prepare me for what I saw next. After climbing
few feet up the stairs, we came to a point where there were old steps descending
down to the base of the seafloor.
It was an unbelievable natural marvel that not many people
knew about. I was astonished to see such an amazing wonder so close to Mumbai.
The natural environment had flora and fauna the was very
unique to the region. Waves as high as Manish were hitting the rigid rock’s
surface. As I came to the edge of the rock overlooking the sea, I was warned
not to do that. The waves were strong enough to pull me in. We had to exit the
place quite quickly since it was almost time for a high tide, the sea water
would flood in and fill the place.
I didn’t feel like leaving but all adventure has to come to an end and this was a great end to my trip to harihareshwar, a sleepy little town with a secret beach.