Kunakeshwar is a quaint and small sea-side pilgrimage centre in Devgad taluka of Sindhudurga district in Maharashtra. About 6-7 kms from the taluka headquarter, the site has not only extravagant scenic beauty, but also the ancient temple of Shiva or Ishwara. It is famous for the best quality Hapus(Alphonso) Mango. These mangoes are exported to various parts of Mumbai and even in other parts of Maharashtra.
Places to see at Kunkeshwar: Kunkeshwar offers quite a lot of tourist attractions. These include:
Vijaydurg or Viziadrug, this is the oldest fort on the Sindhudurg coast, and was constructed during the regime of Raja Bhoja II of the Shilahar dynasty (construction period 1193-1205). It was earlier known as “Gheria”, as it is situated close to the village of “Girye”. After Shivaji captured this fort from Adil Shah he renamed it as “Vijay Durg” as the then Hindu solar year’s name was “Vijay” (Victory).
Kunkeshwar Temple is an ancient Shiva Temple. This beautiful temple near beach has excellent architectural work reminding us of South Indian style of temple architecture. This temple is well known as the Kashi of South Konkan. Every year a huge celebration takes place on the occasion of Mahashivratri, accompanied by huge crowds.
The mesmerizing beach located across the temple on one side of the hill gives a tranquil effect on the mind. Swimming in the clear water freshens the mind and if you are lucky ones you can get a rare view of dolphins diving in the deep sea from a distance. Greenery of coconut and mango trees surrounding one side of the beach adds to the beauty and makes the whole experience of every visitor a memorable one.
Just 16km from Kunkeshwar this mesmerizing sea beach will greet you with enchanting music of the sea waves waves rushing up to the shore and the cool and soothing breeze. For hours, watch the Arabian Sea spread till the horizon and listen to the enchanting music of the A lazy stroll on the unpolluted supple sandy beach is a wonderful experience.
Vimleshwar Shiva Temple
The Vimleshwar Shiva temple is dedicated to Lord Vimleshwar, a form of Shiva.
Nearby attractions from Kunkeshwar: Ambolgad is a coastal Hamlet 61 kms from Kunkeshwar and renowned for its Fort and stunning Views of the Arabian Sea
Best time to visit Kunkeshwar: The best time to visit Kunkeshwar is from Cctober to May.
How to go ?
The nearest airport to Kunkeshwar is Dabolim in Goa, 160 km away.
The nearest railway station is Kankavli, 47 km away. Kankavli is connected to Mumbai by the Konkan Kanya Express, Shatabdi and Mandovi. It is connected to Delhi by the Mangala Express. Coming from any other cities, it is preferable for you to reach Mumbai first. From here Kunkeshwar is 580 km. You can hire a car from here to reach Kunkeshwar.
The Maharashtra State Public Transport buses connect Kunkeshwar to nearby cities like Belgaon, Panaji, Pune and Mumbai.
Where to stay ?
Kunkeshwar has very limited accommodation options. One option is:
Savli Resort: +91-02364-248614
Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.