Kelwa Beach – Maharashtra
Commonly also referred to as “Kelva or Kelwe” is a scenic beach in Maharashtra called Kelwa. This picturesque beach is located in close proximity to the city of Mumbai in a village called Kelwa. In addition, this beach is about 8 kilometres in length. Furthermore, according to mythology the sons of Lord Ram, Luv and Kush apparently resided at this beach while their mother Sita was in exile. During weekends this beach is usually overcrowded with tourists, which clearly indicates its growing popularity.
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How to reach the Kelwa Beach
- By train:
The nearest major railway station to this beach is located in Palghar. The Palghar Railway Station is well connected to many major cities in the country. In addition, the Kelwa Railway Station is also located in close proximity to this beach unfortunately though this station is not very well connected to major cities and towns in the country.
- By road:
If you intend to drive to this beach then the ideal starting points would be Pune, Thane, Kalyan, and Navi Mumbai.
- Via Pune:
There are three routes from Pune to this beach, and they are via Mumbai-Bangalore Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway and NH-48.
2. Via Thane:
There is one route from Thane to this beach, and it is via NH-48.
3. Via Kalyan:
There are three routes from Kalyan to this beach, and they are via NH-48, via Vajreshwari Road, and via NH-848.
4. Via Navi Mumbai:
There are two routes from Navi Mumbai to this beach, and they are via NH-48 and via Western Express Highway and NH-48.
- By air:
The nearest airport is located in the suburb called Ville Parle. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
Climate and the best time to visit the Kelwa 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 up to about 40 degree Celsius. The rainfall received during the monsoon season which begins in June and ends in September is “heavy”. The winter season which begins in November and ends in February, on the other hand, is pleasant with the mercury even dropping to a minimum of a 10 degree Celsius. So the ideal time to visit this beach is during the winters from November to February.
Things/activities to do
There are a couple of things/activities located in and around this beach that are worth exploring. They are as follows
- Adventure activities:
There are a number of adventure related activities such as paragliding, horse and camel rides that are available at this beach.
In close proximity to this beach is a park which has been constructed especially for children.
A temple dedicated to Goddess Shitala Devi is located around this beach and is a worth visit.
There are three forts located around this beach worth visiting. While one of the fort is located at the southern end of this beach and is submerged in water during high tides. The smaller fort is situated in the northern end of this beach and is surrounded by beautiful coniferous trees.