Kelshi Beach

Alibaug, Maharashtra

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Kelshi Beach, the place known for exerting a hypnotizing influence on the visitors. The endless treasure of shells, conches, and cowries along with spectacular sunsets, which makes it of the most likeable places among the people.

Just outside the Kelshi village is the lovely Kelshi beach, which stretches for 2.5 kms and the sunsets here are lauded to be spectacular. Apart from the beaches Kelshi is well known as a pilgrim center, thanks to the Mahalaxmi temple and the Yaqub baba dargah. There also is a Siddhivinayak Ganpati temple in the main village street of Kelshi. A number of important festivals is also celebrated every year in Kelshi, in a manner that still preserves the traditions of yore.


Reaching Kelshi

Kelshi located towards the northern end of Ratnagiri district and although is located very close to Dapoli, its not necessary to go throgh Dapoli to reach Kelshi. Kelshi in fact is closer to Mumbai and Pune than Dapoli. From Goregaon on the NH 17 a right turn takes you to Kelshi via Mandangad. Kelshi is approximately 200 Kms from Pune and the deistance between Mumbai to Kelshi is about 215 Kms


Mahalakshmi Temple

Located at the base of the Utambar hill, enclosed in a stone wall fortification, this Swayambhu Mahalakshmi temple was built during the Peshwa regime. It also houses the idols of Lord Ganpati and Lord Shiva. Beautiful, fully blossomed lotus flowers in a pond near the temple are an enchanting sight to watch! The sanctum lies beneath two huge domes. You can enter the sanctum through three doors. The dense woods of the hill form a picturesque background.


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