Chivla Beach

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Chivla beach is a favorite destination for evening stroll of local populace.This long stretch of 1-1.5kms of clean sands between Government rest house on left and rocky jutting on the right is a pleasure-walk.Like all konkan beaches this is a clean unpolluted beach.Chivla beach has fisher-folk community living by it's side.Early in the morning or in the evening one can see and experience the fishermen returning in small boats from fishing expedition. The whole community gathers at the shore to receive and help them in bringing the catch to the shore.A small auction takes place at the beach itself and the catch is sold to the highest bidder. In the days of mechanized and trawler fishing this beach has still retained the traditional manual fishing. One can also see firsthand the languid pulling of net spread in the sea to catch the fish.Some 8-10 persons are engaged in this activity and they systematically pull the net out step-by step. Each person doing his assigned duty in rotation with utmost sincerity.This process lasts almost two hours and if you've the patience you can have the rare opportunity of witnessing the fresh silvery fish in the net still live, jumping and dancing moments before death.
Like all sea-shores one can enjoy the sunset from Chivla beach.During December to February when skies are clear one can see many shades of colours at the time of sunset.Moonlight makes this beach more splendid late in the night and nocturnal walk on this beach is a memory to cherish.


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Map: Visit Map here

 

Getting there:
By air: Nearest is Mumbai.
By rail: Nearest railhead is Kudal, 45 k.m. on Konkan Railway.
By road:
Mumbai–Malvan, 546 k.m.,Kolhapur–Tarkarli , 160 k.m.,Malvan –Chivla Beach 500 meter. 
State transport buses ply From Mumbai, Kolhapur or Pune to Malvan .

Rickshaws are also available from Malvan.

Places to see nearby:

Sindhudurg Fort , 500 meter., one of Maharashtra’s more popular and important sea fort, built in the 17th century and the famous Padmagad fort.

 

1) Dhamapur Lake 2) Bhagwati Temple   3) Bharadi Devi Angnewadi
4) Jay Ganesh Temple   5) Rameshwar Temple
6) Amboli Hill Station
7) Bhalachandra Maharaj Ashram   8) Kunkeshwar Temple and Beach
9) Bhogve Beach   10) Nivati Beach   11) Shiroda Velagar Beach

 

(Contributed by Prasad Ghanekar)