Dapoli, also known as "Mini Mahabaleshwar" of Konkan is situated at the height of 800 - 1000 ft above sea level in a mountain range which is separated from Sahyadri (Deccan).
Nestled in the ragged, beautiful West Maharashtra coastline, Dapoli boasts of some of the most beautiful, scenic and serene surroundings.
The land is perennially blessed with refreshing greenery. Enchanting calls of the cuckoos in Spring, mouth-watering spreads of Alphanso in Summer, slow-rising clouds of fog in Winter and waterfalls and dales in Monsoon … Dapoli is truly a land of all seasons.
Surrounded by hills and forests and having a long coastline, this is a home for a variety of migratory birds and animals. There are plenty of cashew nut, jack fruit, coconut and betel nut plantations.
Beautiful, virgin beaches, ancient temples, rock-cut caves, jungle trails, – Dapoli has it all. Top it with delicious Konkan cuisine and a refreshing cool climate throughout the year and you have the recipe of an ideal holiday destination.
The virgin beaches here live up to their promise. No crowds, no vendors pestering you with their wares – the only sound you can hear is of the waves. They are very clean, broad and shallow with soft sand on the shore and wide expanse are well suited for walking, jogging or simply freaking out. You will probably be able to watch the white bellied sea eagle, white backed vultures and sea gulls. Olive Ridley sea turtles are also spotted here.
The other attraction which you can’t afford to miss is the dolphins. There are many local operators who arrange dolphin watching trips. Be sure to be on the early morning boat to fully enjoy this spectacle!
Dolphin spotting, beach activities, fish auction, fishing, para-sailing, photography and sight seeing etc.
Visit Dapoli Photo Gallery
By air: Nearest airport is Mumbai
By rail: Nearest railway station is Khed (27 km) on Konkan Railway.
- Mumbai - Khed (By Konkan Railway - 284 km)
- Khed - Dapoli (By road 29 km)
- Mumbai - Dapoli - Panvel - Pen - NH 17 - Mangaon a) Via Goregaon - Ambet - Palgad - Mandangad (235 km) b) Via Tol - Ambet - Palgad - Mandangad (235 km) c) Via Khed (265 km) - advised for bigger vehicles.
- Pune – Dapoli -
(2) Mahabaleshwar - Poladpur - Khed - Dapoli (235 km)
(3) Kapurhol - Bhor - (Verandha) - Mahad - Dapoli (185 km)
- Sangli/Miraj/Kolhapur – Dapoli (246 km) - Peth - Karad - Koynanagar - Chiplun - NH 17 - Khed - Dapoli
- Nasik – Dapoli - Kalyan - Panvel - Via Goragaon/Tol - Ambet (325 km) Via Khed (365 km)
Places to see nearby:
Ganesh Temple, Anjarle (25 km)
Beautiful temple with cliff side with magnificent view of green valleys, coconut and beatle-nut plantations.
Swyambhu Chandika Mata Temple:
Underground temple of Chandika. The idol here is believed to be formed naturally (Swayambhu)
Enjoy playful Dolphins patrol beach. Beach is very safe and is famous for its soft sand and wide expanse
Larger boats haul in the day's catch, smaller boats fetch the silver bounty to shore and auction commences
Lord Vishnu located amidst lush green land and a perennial stream. Calm and tranquil surroundings.
Kolthare Virgin Beach:
Safe for swimming or you can just wade in the waters with white waves lapping at your feet.
a village full of nurseries of ornamental and flower plants, borders and indoor plants.
Panhale Kazi Caves:
Rock cut caves, located on the banks of a river are 1000 years old and are a treat to architecture lovers
Sky-ride green mountains on one side and blue sea on other.
A arresting view of Arabian sea, Suvarnadurga Fort, Harne Port, Light House and Anjarle Bridge.
Part of the sea here appears red.. Beach has religious value and many take bathe here in the holy waters.
(Courtesy Yayati Bapat @ Aryawarta Holiday Village, Dapoli)