Hedvi Beach – Maharashtra
Renowned for possessing a 35 feet high rock formation called “Bahman Ghal” is a picturesque beach in Maharashtra called Hedvi Beach. This secluded beach is located in a village called Hedvi in the Ratnagiri district. This beach is known to possess “black sand” and is situated in an isolated area. In addition, this beach is surrounded by coconut trees which help add more charm to its scenic beauty. Furthermore, this beach is known to be “paradise” for motor bike riders.
How to reach the Hedvi Beach
- By train:
The nearest railway station to this beach is located in Chiplun. The Chiplun Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country via regular express and passenger trains. In addition, the Ratnagiri Railway Station is also located in close proximity to this beach at a distance of 90 km from this beach.
- By road:
If you intend to drive to this beach the ideal starting points would be Kolhapur, Mumbai, Pune, and Belgaum
- Via Kolhapur:
There are three routes from Kolhapur to this beach, and they are via NH-166, via NH-48 and Karad Chiplun Road, and via NH-66.
2. Via Mumbai:
There are three routes from Mumbai to this beach, and they are via NH-66, via Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Bangalore Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway and NH-48, and via Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Bangalore Highway/ Mumbai-Pune Highway.
3. Via Pune:
There are three routes from Pune to this beach, and they are via NH-48 and Umbraj-Chiplun Road, via MH SH-70 and NH-66, and via NH-66.
4. Via Belgaum:
There are three routes from Belgaum to this beach, and they are via NH-48 and Karad-Chiplun Road, via NH-48 and NH-166, and via NH-66.
- By air:
The closest major airport to this beach is located in Mumbai, The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as international destinations.
Climate and the best time to visit the Hedvi Beach
The climate at this beach during the summer season which begins in March and ends in May is extremely hot with the mercury rising to about 38 degree Celsius. The rainfall received during the monsoon season which begins in June and ends in September is heavy. On the other hand the winter season which begins in December and ends in February is pleasant with the mercury dropping to as low as 15 degree Celsius. So the ideal time to visit this beach is during the winter from December to February.
Things/activities to do
There are few things/activities to do found around this beach. They are as follows
- Malvan Rock garden:
Located in close proximity to this beach is a rock garden comprising of colourful, decorative flowers, and trees.
2. Anjanvel Lighthouse:
A 30 feet lighthouse is located in close proximity to this beach. This lighthouse which was supposed to have been rebuilt in the 1960 provides for magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding area.
3. Shri Dashbhuj Lakshmi Ganesh Temple:
A temple called Shri Dashbhuj Lakshmi Ganesh dedicated to Lord Ganesh is located around this beach. This temple was built by the Peshwas apparently using Kashmiri white marble. In addition, the idol found in this temple is about three feet in height. Furthermore, this temple is extremely popular and attracts many devotees.
Word of caution
The sea surrounding this beach is not safe for swimming hence swimming over here is not recommended.