???? ??? – A Trip to Konkan – Sindhudurg Safari on 22 – 24 April 2011

Dear All,

We @ ???? ??? has arranged a trip to Konkan – Sindhudurg Safari, on 22 – 24 April 2011 (leaving 21st Night & Return 25th early morning)

Brief Intro about tour:

Grade : Easy
Destination : Vijaydurg, Devgad, Kunkeshwar, Rameshwar, Bharatgad, Bhagwantgad, Sindhudurg Fort, Snorkeling, Dolphin Safari, Nivti Fort, Nivti Beach, Bhogve Beach, Tarakarli Beach
Date : Thursday 21st April 2011 (Night Departure) – Monday 25th April 2011(Early Morning)
Cost per Person:  4000/- per head
Maximum 25 Participants

Details as below:

Vijaydurg or Victory Fort:

The oldest fort on Sindhudurg coast constructed in the regime of Raja Bhoj of shilahar dynasty in 1205 (construction period 1193-1205). The fort was earlier known as “Gheria” as it is situated in the village “Girye”. Shivaji Maharaj won this fort from Adilshaha of Bijapur in 1653 and renamed it as “Vijay Durg” as the then Hindu solar ear’s name was “Vijay”. Vijay means Victory.

Sprawling over an area of 48 acres, Vijaydurg, fort of victory, was once seized by the British following a bloody battle. They renamed it Fort Augustus. A dilapidated board at the entrance of the fort relates its history. One of the best views of the fort is from the jetty. The fort stretches out into the sea and a walk inside its precincts is worthwhile. Shivaji added triple rows of huge walls, umpteen towers and spacious inner buildings to it and strengthened it in the 17th century.
Kanoji Angre, chief of Martha admiralty, was instrumental in erecting this elegant looking fort in 1705. Devgad is a natural harbor and well guarded port town. Earlier big ships used to dock at the port jetty.
When the fort was built it was surrounded by water from all the sides so at the time it was called as “Janjire Devgad”(Janzira means an island in Arabic). It has been spread in 120 acres. There is a Ganesh temple in the fort. Port office is situated in the fort. The lighthouse is situated here.
Kunkeshwar Temple

Kunkeshwar Temple, an ancient Shiva Temple is located in Kunkeshwar village, 14 Kms from Devgad town. A pristine beach with a very long stretch of seashore and white sand adds to the beauty of temple surroundings.
This beautiful temple near beach has alluring architecture with reminiscent of South Indian style of temple architecture. Yadav Kings built this temple in 1100 A. D. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who rejuvenated this temple many times was a frequent visitor to this temple. This temple is also famous as Kashi of South Konkan.

Bharatgad & Bhagwatgad Fort:
At Maure town both this fort are located close to each close to each other but separated by an estuary. Bharatgad’s outside wall is in dialogite condition today prominent feature of this fort is a more then 200 ft. deep well which has a carved door at the bottom. It is believed that the cave beginning from this door leads to Sindhudurg Fort. The temple and Masjid in proximity inside the fort is a symbol of Hindu and Muslim unity.History : Bharatgad was built by Sawantwadikar Fond Sawat in 1680 and Bharwantgad by Pant Bawadekar. Fort witnessed many clashes. To bring under its regime British commander Immelock captured this fort in 1880.
Sindhudurga – Padmagad forts:
Huge sea rocks of Malvan has easefully shouldered the responsibility of two Forts Sindhudurg & Padmagad on their broad chest. The name of the fort is given to the Sindhudurg district. Tourist from all over the world visit through out the year to see this Maratha glory.
The fort was built with the help of huge rocks on the Kurte Island which amazes people & one appreciates imaginative power of Shivaji. In 1664 shivaji erected this fort on 44 acers of land.
In Sindhudurg Fort there is ‘Shri Shivarajeshwar temple’ of King Shivaji. Also there are temples of Hanuman, Jarimari mandir and Goddess ‘Bhavani Temple’. Impressions of shivaji’s fingers prints found to be preserved here on one of the wall . Also lies, inside the fort worth seeing temples of Bhavanimata, Shambhu Mahadev, Jirimiri & Mahapurush. All are in good conditions.

Kille Nivati
This dilapidated fort by the seashore impress upon the visitor by its range of rocks situated at its bottom. The rippling perennial springs here content one’s mind. Fort also commands the fine view of Bhogwe beach.
Kille Nivati was constructed by great Maratha ruler Shivaji. He was such a visionary who had given proper attention at his naval force. He built many forts for the protection of his empire. From this fort, one can observe Bhogave’s allevaing beach
Tarkarli Beach
Tarkarli is a narrow stretch of beach with pristine waters, located at the convergence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. It is 546 k.m. away from Mumbai, 6 kms. south of Malvan, on the west coast of India. This place has gained prominence because of its transparently clear seas, where on a fairly sunny day, one can see the sea- bed up to a depth of 20 feet. This beach can be rightly called as ‘Queen Beach’ of Sindhudurg.
Snorkeling: is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, and usually swim-fins. Use of this equipment allows the snorkeler to observe underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort.
Snorkeling is a popular recreational activity. The primary appeal is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment.
Dolphin Safari:

The itinerary for the tour will be as follows:

Thursday , 21st April 2011, Night

Meeting point: 22:00 Hrs at Dadar stn.
22:15 Hrs: Departure
Day 1: Friday, 22nd April 2011

09:30 Hrs: @ Vijaydurg (via Rajapur)


10:30 Hrs: Vijaydurg – Exploration

13:00 Hrs: Move 2 Devgad

14:00 Hrs: L

unch @ Devgad (Veg & Non-Veg) @ Hotel Vasant-Vijay / Matoshri Lunch Home

15:00 Hrs: Devgad exploration

16:00 Hrs: Move 2 Kunkeshwar

17:00 Hrs: @ Kunkeshwar Temple

Visit temple & Sea Shore

18:00 Hrs: Refreshments

18:45 Hrs: Move 2 Achra village

20:00 Hrs: @ Achra

Dinner (Veg. only) and Stay at Achara Village

Day 2: Saturday, 23rd April 2011

Morning Visit 2 Rameshwar Temple


08:00 Hrs: Move from Achara

Visit en-route Bhagwantgad and Bharatgad @ Masure Village (abt 15-20 mins easy trek)

(if time permits we can also visit Rajkot and Sarjekot)

12:30 Hrs: Lunch in Hotel (Veg & Non-Veg Thali unlimited)

14:00 Hrs: Visit to Sindhudurg fort

15:30 Hrs: Snorkeling (every one can do the snorkeling … Safe & Easy)

18:00 Hrs: Snacks & Tea

18:30 Hrs: Free time for Malvan Market / Beach / Rock Garden etc. (Optional)

21:00 Hrs: Dinner (Veg & Non-Veg Thali unlimited)
Stay at Malvan
Day 3, Sunday, 24th April 2011

(Entire Day Travel by Boating only)
06:30 Hrs Break Fast

07:00 Hrs Dolphin Safari
09:00 Hrs Tsunami Island
10:00 Hrs Nivti Beach, Nivti Fort
12:30 Hrs Lunch ( Veg. / Non-Veg.)
15:00 Hrs Bhogve Beach
16:00 Hrs Tarkarli Beach
17:00 Hrs Malvan
Tea Break & Depart for Mumbai by 5.30 pm
21:00 Hrs: Dinner @ Hotel Alankar, Hatkhamba (To be borne by Participant as per veg / non veg choice)

Day 4: Monday, 25th April 2011

00:05 Hrs: @ Dadar (Subjective)

The cost for the whole tour will be Indian Rupee ? 4000/- per head
This includes Dadar 2 Dadar transportation fare for private vehicle (Non-A/c), Snorkeling, Dolphin Safari, Boating charges, Permissions and entry fees, Food ( Veg & Non Veg Thali unlimited), Accommodations ( Rooms with 5 ppl sharing basis)
Maximum 25 seats … Seats will be first come 1st basis …

One needs to deposit Indian Rupee ? 2000/- advance into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.
ICICI Bank A/c No.: – 026801521464
Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)
Last date for registration: – Tuesday 12th April 2011, 5 pm
Things To Carry:-.
A Water Bottle (~2 Ltrs) (a must)
Cap, Good trekking shoes, Extra pair of Clothes, a Towel etc.(a must)
Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)
Pls avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)
A haversack to put all these things
For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on
Jagdish Patil (O): 09869369836
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With Warm Wishes

Jagadish Patil

Cell No:- 09869369836

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