A one day trek to Kanakeshwar, Alibaug has been arranged on December 14, 2008.
Kanakeshwar, on the Konkan coast near Alibaug, is a nice place and famous for cool climate and especially because of the old temple of Lord Shiva. The temple is situated on a small hill and the nearby village is Mapgaon which is almost 12 km from Alibaug. The hill is almost 1200 feet high and one has to climb 700 – 750 steps to reach on top.
In the mid of the hill one can see Nagobacha Tappa (a Place of Snakes) and the famous step Devachi Payari. There is one popular story about this step that it was named because it is said that God itself stepped here after the construction of the temple and the steps. The temple of Kanakeshwar is very beautiful; it is a Hoysal style structure built in 1764. A water tank, popularly known as Pushkarni, has water almost throughout the year.
The hill and the surroundings are pretty good to visit. One can see the hilly region and the forest on the hill. The other places to see near Kanakeshwar are Maruti Temple, Gaymandi (Sculpture of Cow), Temple of Devi Putrabai, Gaymukh and the plateau of Vyaghreshwar (a small temple of Lord Shiva), etc.
Truly, Kanakeshwar is a place to feel the jungle and silence of the jungle and hills. If you want to see the beauty of the Arabian sea and fort of Khandevi as well as the entire hilly region, then Kanakeshwar is the place to visit.
We need to catch Panvel train from Kurla. The train timing will be posted soon. Our scheduled train is at 6.24 am from Kurla. We will reach Panvel and then proceed further by bus from Panvel ST stand. It will take approx. 1 hour 30 mins to reach Karle Khind. From Karle Khind we will go by “Vikram” till Kanakeshwar phata.
We will then start climbing steps towards temple. It may take 1 hour to 1 hour 30 mins. Exploring temple region will take approx 1 hour. Decsending will take nearly 45 mins. If we have sufficient time, we will then proceed further for Kihim Beach. Hurrrreeeeeyyyy!!!!!
From Panvel to Kanakeshwar phata and back. Breakfast, refreshments.
The things one needs to carry are:
1. A haversack to put in all the things to be carried….so that one has ones hands free while walking. Pls do not carry sling bags or Jholas.
2. Water bottles. (Compulsory)
3. Lunch for the day. (Compulsory) Snacks should be unlimited 🙂
4. Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry.
5. Camera (Optional)
6. Please wear flat chappals or floaters or sport shoes.
7. Extra pair of clothes if you decide to go for swimming.
Interested ppl, contact on the nos. below:
Sudhir: 99203 69917 (7.00 am to 3.00 pm)
Sangeeta: 98928 03483
If any of these don’t pick up the call, leave sms with your name and confirmation.