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Coastal & Cuisine Tour of Maharashtra

Day 01. Arrive at Mumbai Airport with assistance on arrival and transfers to the hotel. Our associate will hand over the travel documents to you and introduce you to the driver. The rest of the day is kept at Leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 02. Early breakfast today and drive to Chiplun {7 hrs drive} - A small town in the foothills of the Konkan stretch. Check into your hotel pre-booked. Lunch at the hotel and later you will be visiting the Gowalkot/Govindgad fort is situated on a hill on the banks of the Vashishthi river in Chiplun. The fort is well protected by the river from three sides and a trench was been built on the fourth side which is now in ruins. The main aim to build this fort was to protect the port of Chiplun. History: In 1660 AD, Shivaji Maharaj won the forts of Anjanvel and Gowalkot and renamed them Gopalgad and Govindgad respectively. Sambhaji Maharaj lost Gowalkot fort to Siddi. On 20th March 1736, Pilaji Jadhav, Chimaji Appa, and their army attacked Siddi Saat. Siddhi Saat died in this battle along with his 1300 men and 800 Marathas. A pact was made in which Siddi retained Gowalkot fort with him. After
1745 AD, Tulaji Angre won this fort.

Day 03. After a lovely breakfast drive to Ganpatipule. {02-hour drive} it has one of the most spectacular beaches along the Konkan Coast. Check into your hotel pre-booked. The rest of the day is kept free to enjoy the pristine beaches of Ganpatipule. Beach here is clean and the sea is also clear though swimming is not advisable because of the rocky stretches. It is a however ideal spot for sunbathing and mesmerizing sunsets.

Later visit the 400 years old temple of Lord Ganpati which is the prime attraction in Ganpatipule. The idol of Ganesha is believed to be a monolith that was self-incarnated and discovered over 1600 years ago. The Ganesha Temple in Ganpatipule is unique because it is one of the few temples in the country in which the presiding deity faces the west. It is one of the Ashta Ganpati Temples of India and is known as 'Paschim Dwar Dewata'. The temple is at the base of a hill, and pilgrims walk around (Pradakshina) the hill as a mark of respect. Roam in the small markets of Ganpatipule. Return to your hotel for Dinner.

Day 04. Post breakfast drive to Malvan. Check into your hotel pre-booked. The rest of the day is kept for adventure activities where you can indulge in S.C.U.B.A Diving and snorkelling. The Malvan Marine Sanctuary, situated in the southernmost part of Maharashtra, is considered to be the sole marine sanctuary in the Konkan region. This sanctuary is rich in coral and marine life such as mollusc, pearl oyster, coral, seaweed, mangrove, polychaete, and sea anemones. It is spread over an area of around 29.22 sq. km and can be visited all year-round.

Other major attractions in the marine sanctuary are the golden sand and casuarina plantations that add to the beauty of the place. There are over 27 species and sub-species of fish living in the water bodies inside the sanctuary.

Day 05. After early breakfast today you will be visiting Sindhudurg Fort - To reach this fort, you have to board safety boats from the place Malvan, through the channel in between the Padmagad and the Dhontara islands. It takes 15 minutes for you to get to the jetty of the Sindhudurg Fort. {Guides are available to take tourists inside the jetty.} This fort is a safeguarded heritage monument now. The construction of this fort began in the year 1664 on the 25th of November. This fort was built in about three years from 1664-1667. The huge walls of this fort were constructed to serve as an obstruction and to keep the enemies at bay. The fort exhibits impressive engineering and the entrance to this architectural marvel is concealed brilliantly so that it cannot be located from outside. For the construction of this awe-inspiring fort, a massive amount of iron that is about 4000 mounds were used. The sea fort spans across 48 acres and has 3 km. a rampart in length with 30 feet high and 12 feet thick walls. History says that this fort was built during the Maratha ruler Shri Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. This fort was erected to counter rise the influence of the foreign rulers that is the Dutch, English, Portuguese, and the French merchants, and to repress the rising of the Janjira and the Siddis. The reception of this fort was done under the guidance of Hiroji Indulkar in 1656.  

The rest of the day is kept at leisure. Not to forget the famous mouthwatering Malvani cuisines for the ones looking forward to enjoying authentic Konkani food!

Day 06. Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Kolhapur {5-hour drive} Kolhapur has been long discussed as the second-highest per capita income II-tier city, called the “sugar bowl of India”, having the maximum amount of Mercedes cars, spinning mills, education centre and above all facts, known for its spicy curries and leather footwear.

Check into your hotel pre-booked. Later visit New Palace and Chatrapati Sahu Museum built in 1884, it is also known as the Maharaja's New Place. Major Mant designed the palace. The architecture of the palace is a combination of Jain and Hindu influences from Gujarat and Rajasthan, and the local Rajwada style. The first floor is for the present Maharaja, while the ground floor is dedicated to a fine collection of costumes, weapons, games, jewellery, embroidery, and paraphernalia such as silver elephant saddles. A letter from the British Viceroy and Governor-General of India is the other memorabilia. Shahaji Chatrapati Museum is in the New Palace. Curious and interesting collections from the possessions of Maharaja Shahaji

Chatrapati like guns, trophies, and clothes are preserved here.

Today evening you will be visiting Maharashtra’s most famous Mahalaxmi Temple, The architecture of the temple is breathtaking. Built predominantly in black stone, it consists mainly of horizontal mouldings and vertical offsets, which create a remarkable light and shade effect. The walls are also full of brilliant sculptures depicting Gods, Goddesses, and damsels in various poses, musicians, and dancers. The shikaris, the superstructures above the sanctum and the adjourning shrines are made of brick and mortar and are of recent times, erected during the 19th century.

Evenings are kept free to shop the world-famous Kolhapuri chappals if you are fond of wearing something different in India Footwear. Time for Dinner at Dehati Restaurant at Ayodhya Park area for those who love the taste of some local Kolhapuri cuisine, this is a very good restaurant. The non-veg selections are particularly good. The various thali is the best to try out. Stay in Kolhapur.

Day 07. Post breakfast today visit Panhala Fort - Panhala is 20 km from Kolhapur. Dotted with ancient fortifications and buildings that have witnessed the ups and downs of the Maratha Empire, Panhala is an enchanting hill station of Maharashtra, which is located at an altitude of 977.2m. This place is famous for its historic importance as well as its scenic beauty. Panhala has fresh landscapes and an ideal getaway from urban hustling-bustling. Built between 1178-1209 AD, Panhala Fort is the largest of all Deccan forts. The average temperature is 250 C. 

Drive to Pune or Mumbai for your onward flight train back home.

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