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Harihareshwar, a weekend getaway from Mumbai

by on February 25, 2011

HarihareshwarHarihareshwar is a small town located 200 kilometres from Mumbai city and shares a good reputation in the world of pilgrimage destinations. The town has earned itself the reputation of tranquil weekend getaway from Mumbai. The ancient temple at Harihareshwar settles just right on the beach. And all these beaches of the town are widely popular amongst city-wallahs looking for an escapade. Long, wide and shallow, the pristine beaches here are ideal to swim. Alongside, the lovely backdrop of the Konkan coastline adds its own unique charm to the whole scene.

Such is the worth of the temple located here, that Harihareshwar is often referred as Kashi of the South. The temple homes idols of Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and Goddess Parvati. There’s also a hill on the seashore which is called as ‘Harihar’ or ‘Pushpadri’. Shri Kalbhairav and Shri Yogeshwari are two other temples in the premises. The holy town of Harihareshwar is surrounded by four sacred hills, namely, Harshinachal, Harihareshwar, Pushpadri and Bramhadri. One thing to always keep in mind when in Harihareshwar, cell phones do not work here. Not to make you completely feel like an alien, there will be are few STD booths near the temple. So get ready to have mobile-free holidays.

A trip to Harihareshwar can be easily coupled with a trip to Shrivardhan (19 kilometres) or Dive Agar (25 kilometres) – both small towns popular for scenic beaches.

Here is a list of sight-seeing places in and around Harihareshwar:

• Harihareshwar Temple – 8 kilometres
• Gram devata Somajadevi (10 kilometres)
• Jeevnabander – Fish Port (12 kilometres)
• Shrivardhan seashore (10 kilometres)
• Dive Agar beach (21 kilometres)
• Bankot Fort (5 kilometres)
• Dighi Bandar and Janjira Fort (36 kilometres)
• Bhairvnath, Rameshwar, Kusumadevi, and Bharadhkol Vitthal Temple
• Devkhot – Pandav era caves
• Rupnarayan temple, Dive Agar (22 kilometres)
• Rotha Supari of Shrivardhan
• Jeevaneshwar Temple – Swayambhu Shivpind (12 kilometres)
• Pure gold-cast Ganpati idol – Diveagar (21 km)
• Aaravi, Shekhadi, Walvti – spectacular sea shores (13-21 kilometres)
• Shrivardhan town
• Laxmi Narayan temple
• River Savitri at Bankot creek (4 kilometres)
• Bhimachi Kawad (trekking point)
• Tambadi Table land (trekking point)
• Samsher Baba Peer Darga

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