A beach that shot up in popularity after a serendipitous discovery of a golden mask of Ganesha, Diveagar, is a prosperous village located at one end of the triple Raigad beaches. Although the mask was stolen from the 'Suvarna Ganesh' temple in 2012 the popularity of Diveagar beach did not diminish thanks to the beach that no one can steal!
Raigad is famous for the three beaches one after the other inter spread with a few lesser known destinations. Diveagar is located at the northern end about 15 kms from Shrivardhan. Harihareshwar is located 20 kms south of Shrivardhan.
Diveagar beach is not a flat or rocky beach unlike other beaches in this region owing to which Diveagar is quite a wavy and safe beach making playing in the surf quite fun in Diveagar.
Diveagar beach is the primary attraction in Diveagar. Diveagar is a prosperous village and is a major beach destination in Raigad district. Diveagar is located on the northern end of tripple Raigad beaches of Diveagar Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar. Diveagar beach unlike Harihareshwar is not a rocky beach and also enjoys high waves making splashing in the waves a lot of fun at Diveagar beach. Diveagar is a safe beach and water sports is a major attraction of Diveagar beach.
Diveagar is an ideal destination for a short weekend break from the cities like Mumbai and Pune. Diveagar is about 190 kms from Mumbai and 160 kms from Pune and to reach Diveagar from either of the cities it would take hardly 4-5 hours. The Diveagar beach itself, old Suvarna Danesh mandir and Rupnarayan mandir located close to the beach are the major attractions during a short one day trip to Diveagar. A visit to Murud Janjira 20 kms from Diveagar is what can make a trip to Diveagar truely memorable
Diveagar is located between the Rajapuri creek to its north and the Bagmandala creek to its south where the Savitri river meets the sea. Suvarnadurg shipping operates ferries aross both the creeks, which ferries across even four wheelers across the creek, has made sightseeing around Diveagar during a long holiday in Diveagar and exploring Konkan with Diveagar as a base really convenient. Thanks to the ferries one can even visit the forts and temples in Ratnagiri during a long holiday in Diveagar.
Rupanarayan temple is located very close to the Diveagar beach on the way to the beach. The temple is decicated to Vishnu. Idol in this temple is very old and it is a form of Dashavatar and but looks very beautifully carved in black sagamravari Rock.
The original Rupnayan nandir is believed to be have been built in the thirteen century A new Rupnarayan Temple has been built just a few years back on the way to the Diveagar beach. The temple has an idol of Vishnu which is the main attraction of the temple where all the ten avatars inccluding kalki is carved onto the sides of the idol. The new Rupnaryan temple is built in Shilahara temple architechtural style.
Raigad is famous for the three beaches one after the other inter spread with a few lesser known destinations. Diveagar is located at the northern end of Raigad beaches about 20 kms from Dighi port. Diveagar beach is not a flat beach unlike the other beaches in this region and owing to it Diveagar is quite a wavy beach making playing in the surf quite fun in Diveagar. Water sports and parasailing is also available at Diveagar beach. Diveagar is well known as a place to head for from the cities to enjoy some delicious konkani sea food.
Sequestered between Diveagar and Harihareshwar at a distance of about 20 Kms from Diveagar, Shrivardhan is an obvious choice of sightseeing near Diveagar. Shrivardhan is a secluded fine black sand beach tucked between two hillocks with the Kalcha - Jivana fishing village at its northern end. Shrivardhan along with watersports has a nice atmosphere with unpolluted air and the beach at Shrivardhan is a clean beach. Shrivardhan is a nice place to spend an evening’s watching the sunset. Shrivardhan is known for its peshwa temple.
Harihareshwar lies at the southern end of Raigad beaches on the banks of Bagmandala creek which seperates Harihareshwar from Ratnagiri. There are two beaches in Harihareshwar, one towards the right side of the temple and another beach which is towards the south of the hill. Harihareshwar has a rocky beach and one should be very careful while venturing into the sea. Harihareshwar temple complex is the prime attraction of Harihareshwar and a trip to Harihareshwar is not complete without a visit to the temple complex and doing the pradakshina.
The Raigad beaches of Diveagar Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar is located between the two creeks of Rajapuri to the north and Bagmandala towards the south which seperates the Raigad district from Ratnagiri. There are popular beaches both to the north and towards the south of Raigad district in northern Ratnagiri district
To the north of Diveagar the region is dominated by the famous sea fort of Murud Janjira. Along side Murud Janjira is the Murud beach which is amongst the most popular beaches along with Kashid. Murud Janjira is a region where Joshua's SCUBA diving is actively looking for dive spots where SCUBA diving joy dives can be offered to tourists visiting this region.
To the south of Bagmandala, the Ratnagiri district start famous for its sea forts and temples. Velas just south of Bagmandala is a unique destination here which comes alive during the Turtle festival which is organised here. Velas is a nesting site of the endangered Olive ridley sea turtles. Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra, a NGO involved in protecting the turtles also organizes the turtle festival in Velas which is now a major attraction of the place.
There are some very popular temples south of Bagmandala creek. Mahalakshmi mandir in Kelshi is a popular destination. Yakut baba durgah which is visited along with the temple is located close to the Mahalakshmi mandir. Kadyavarcha Ganpati mandir in Anjarle is the most frequented destination here.
Kashid beach flanked by the Revdanda & Korlai fort to its north and the legendary Murud Janjira fort to its south is 20 kms from Murud Janjira. Kashid with its lush green surroundings and the soft sandy beach doesn't take long to capture the imagination of any nature lover.
Kashid beach tucked between two rocky hillocks on the Alibaug-Murud road is one of the most popular beaches in northern Konkan. Kashid beach unlike other beaches in Alibaug has a semblence of a white sand beach and it stretches along for almost 2 kms with some rocky patches. Kashid also enjoys much higher waves than other beaches in Alibaug making Kashid a popular destination for water sports. Hotels in Kashid are concentrated towards Chikni 2 kms from Kashid beach
How to Reach Diveagar
Diveagar is ideally located at the perfect distance from Mumbai and Pune for a weekend get away. Diveagar is not too close or too far away from either of the two major cities, just about an hour from Mangaon on the NH 17. Road connectivity to Diveagar is quite good with well mainatined roads for most part of the journey.
Diveagar is located about 40 kms off the NH17 from Mangaon which is also the nearest railway station. Only if you are travelling from Mumbai would you be able to use train as the mode of transport however traveling by road to Diveagar would be more convenient. Diveagar can be approached from Mangaon or Goregaon on NH17 without considerable difference in the distance to be covered.
Route Guide to Diveagar
If you are driving from Pune to Diveagar the best route is the Mulshi route passing via Tamhini ghats. Try to avaoid the ghats after evening as there are no shops for a very long distance and is very deserted. The alternate route to Diveagar from Pune is via the Bhor in which case one could get off the NH 17 from Goregaon.
From Mumbai to Diveagar it is the NH17 that has to be taken uptil Mangaon. If you are traveling by a two wheeler you could take the 'sagari marg' and use ferries to cross the two creeks enroute.
Best Route from Pune to Diveagar
Pune - Mulshi - Mangaon - Mhsala - Diveagar 165 kms
Alternate route would be the Bhor route via Goregaon.
Pune - Bhor - Goregaon - Mhasala - Diveagar 170 kms
Best Route from Mumbai to Diveagar
Mumbai - Panvel - Mangaon - Mhsala - Diveagar 180 kms
If you are traveling by a two wheeler you could take the 'sagari marg' and use ferries to cross the two creeks enroute.
From Mumbai boats are available from Bhau cha dhakka near port trust of India. The boats will drop you off at Revas. From Revas its a its a straight forward route to Rajapuri near Murud about 75 kms from Revas. At Rajapuri you have to get the ext ferry to Dighi. You can also go to Agardanda nearby from where one can get a ferry to Dighi instead of a boat to Dighi.