Shrivardhan is located in the Raigad District of Maharashtra. Known to be one of the ancient places, Shrivardhan has much more to offer when it comes to sightseeing and leisure activities. Apart from its historical importance, Shrivardhan is also famous for its dazzling beaches and panoramic beauty. The place has so much to vouch upon with its crystal clear unpolluted beaches and fresh, crisp air and sparkling sea water. The beach has a beautiful sunset.
The untouched beauty of Shrivardhan makes the tourists fall in love with it. Due to its proximity to Mumbai, Pune and Raigad; Shrivardhan serves as a great escapade for people who wish to spend weekends admiring beaches and pristine beauty surrounding it. The best part about being near Shrivardhan beaches and the surrounding beaches in and around Shrivardhan is that, the seawater is safe to play in and swim. One can also expect some authentic coastal food in Shrivardhan, with several restaurants and घरगुती मालवणी खानावळ everywhere in the city that serve fresh seafood and coastal varieties.
Historical Importance of Shrivardhan (Grand Peshwai History)
Shrivardhan has always been known as the Town Of Peshwas. History has it that the first Peshwa, Peshwe Balaji Vishvanath was born here in Shrivardhan. Shrivardhan was the city which witnesses a huge rise and fall of the Great Maratha Kingdom. Peshwe Vishvanath Balaji was titled as the First Peshwa in the history of Maratha Kingdom, by Chatrapati Sahu Maharaj the then Maratha Ruler and the great grandson of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Apart from this political background, Shrivardhan is also described in the legendary tales of Mahabharata. If these tales are to be believed than it is said that one of the Pandavas, Arjun had visited Shrivardhan during his exile.
The nearest airport for Shrivardhan is Mumbai Airport, around 215 km away. If you wish to visit Shrivardhan by rail, then the nearest rail station is Mangaon, around 48 km from Shrivardhan. Mangaon Rail Station falls in the Konkan Rail Route which is very well connected to all the major cities of Raigad along with Mumbai and Pune. If you plan to come down by road, then Shrivardhan is very well connected with all the major cities like Mumbai, Pune and other cities by State Transport Buses and private buses. Mumbai is around 215 km from Shrivardhan and Pune is around 180 km from Shrivardhan. By car, the best possible route for Shrivardhan from Mumbai is Mumbai – Panvel – Pen – Wadkhal – Mangaon – Mhasla – Shrivardhan. From Pune, the route for Shrivardhan by car is Pune – Kolad – Indapur – Mangaon – Mhasla – Shrivardhan.
Best Time to Visit Shrivardhan
The climate in Shrivardhan is hot and humid during summers, so summers are not advisable time to vist Shrivardhan. But the time post Monsoons is considered to the best time to visit Shrivardhan as the place is at its best after the monsoons. The climate during post monsoons is cool and pleasant expecially in the evenings. Hence the best time to visit Shrivardhan is from mid – September to March. Ganesh Chaturthi and MahaShivratri are two main festivals celebrated with great spirits in Shrivardhan.
Places of interest in and around Shrivardhan
Apart from the pristine beaches of Shrivardhan and the breathtaking view of the sunset from this beach, there are many other places of interest in and around Shrivardhan that can be visited during the trip. The Jiwaneshwar Temple in Shrivardhan is a must visit halt, as the temple is associated with the ancient history of Shrivardhan. The pillars used in this Jivaneshwar Temple are said to have been part of the Shaniwarwada, the famous and renowned house of Peshwa in Pune. Peshwe Smarak is another must visit place where one finds the residence of the Peshwas of the Maratha Kingdom.
Harihareshwar is one place near Shriwardhan worth visiting. Located around 20 km from Shrivardhan, Harihareshwar is known for its ancient Lord Shiva Temple and the Kalbhairav Temple which is situated on the beach. Harihareshwar is also famous for its beautiful beaches. Divegar is another place that can be visited once in Shrivardhan. Divegar is located around 30 minutes away from Shrivardhan, and the drive from Shrivardhan to Divegar is spectacular. Divegar is famous for its Suvarna Ganesh Temple and clean, unpolluted, beautiful beach. Suvarna Ganesh Temple is famous for its Ganesh idol which is made from pure gold.
Accommodation Facilities in and around Shrivardhan
Accommodation facilities in and around Shrivardhan are more than one could think of. There are many private accommodations available in and around Shrivardhan. But the best preferred and affordable accommodation is offered by the MTDC Resorts. MTDC Resorts offer many options ranging from self contained rooms to Konkani style tents type accommodation facilities in Shrivardhan, Harihareshwar and Divegar. You can check the availability of these rooms and book them online on the Official Website of MTDC Resorts.
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