Konkan is one of the most beautiful places in Maharashtra. It is sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the Sahyadri Ranges of the Western Ghats. It has everything you need - beaches, hill stations, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, forts and religious places. It is emerging as a vacation and a staycation destination in Maharashtra. There are many weekend getaways in Konkan which are near Mumbai and Pune. One of such places is Chiplun.
Chiplun is a city located in the Ratnagiri district. It is located 238 Kilometres from Mumbai and 200 kilometres from Pune. It is known for its tropical weather and the rainy season. There are many things to do in Chiplun if you stay near Mumbai and Pune. We have listed a few which you can explore on your next weekend getaway!
6 Best Things To Do In Chiplun
1. Parshuram Temple
Parshuram Temple is an ancient temple and is one of the best things to do in Chiplun. It is located 7 kilometres from Chiplun Bus Station and is located in Parshuram Village near Chiplun. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshurama, the 6th Avatar of Vishnu.
The temple was built by the initiative of Swami Paramhans Bramendra. He was the guru of Siddi Yakutkhan of Janjira, Kanhoji Angre of Kolaba, Peshwa of Pune, and Chatrapati Sahu Maharaj.
According to a legend, Parashurama fought 21 battles to get rid of unjust Kshatriya kings. He then donated the entire earth to Maharshi Kashyap, hence he could not reside in any land. Thus he shot an arrow towards the Arabian sea to push it back. The land given up by the sea is known as Konkan. He chose Mahendragiri hill as his permanent abode. This is where the temple is located.
The temple incorporates both Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture, The main temple is surrounded by stone walls. The main sanctum has three idols of Kal, Kam and Parshuram.
Govindgad is a beautiful fort located 2 - 3 kilometres away from Chiplun. It is located on the edge of the Vashishthi. It is also known as Govalkot Fort. The fort is surrounded by water from three sides and the Govalkat harbour is just nearby. It is one of the best things to do in Chiplun. The Karanjeshwari Temple is located at the base of the fort.
The fort is situated at a height of 60 metres and you can reach the fort by climbing the stairs situated near the Karanjeshwari Temple. One can get a mesmerizing view of the blue river water.
3. Shivasrushti, Dervan
The beautiful Shivasrushti of Dervan has been created 2 kilometres from the Savarde Village. It depends on the life of the greatest Maratha Empire, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is engraved on the walls of Shivasamartha fort.
The various events come to life when you go through these sculptures. You can also visit the Samadhi temple near Shivasrusthi which is present and quiet.
4. Sawatsada Waterfall
Sawatsada is one of the many waterfalls in Konkan and is one of the best things to do in Chiplun. The unique name of the waterfall instantly generates curiosity and the temptation to visit the place. The Sawatsada cliff, from where the waterfall emerges is 5 kilometres away from Chiplun. You can catch a glimpse of the waterfalls from Mumbai - Chiplun Road.
The best time to visit is between July and October - during the monsoon season. In the rainy season, it is filled with tourists who want to experience the refreshing waterfall. The fall of the waterfalls is strong and one needs to be careful around it. A shed has been erected from where the tourists can enjoy the waterfalls.
5. Vindhyavasini Temple
The temple is dedicated to Vindhyavasini, who was the daughter of Nanda and Yashodha. The legend states that she went to Vasudev and Devaki who were being held captive by Kansa. She slipped from Kansa’s hand when he was about to kill her, and went to the Vindhya ranges.
The temple is said to be established in the Yadav era and is in place since Ancient times. The temple has been attacked by foreign invaders. It was rebuilt by the king Sambhaji and the goddess is being worshipped since then.
The idol is said to be 800 - 1000 years old and is in the aggressive form of Mahishasur Mardini. The temple also has an idol of Kartikeya, who is sitting on a peacock. It is one of the best things to do in Chiplun.
6. Veer Devpat Waterfall
Veer Devpat Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Chiplun. The route towards the waterfalls is surrounded by dense forest and is a great sight, especially during the monsoons. While doing through the dense forests, you will be able to enjoy the lush greenery and also hear the splashing waters of the waterfall nearby. You can also enjoy the waterfall showers and feel refreshed.
Shantai By The Lake Is Here
With so many things to do in Chiplun, you will surely have a great vacation in Konkan. It is one of the best getaways near Mumbai and Pune. If you want to experience the best of Chiplun, then Shantai By The Lake is the best resort for you!
Shantai By The Lake is a lakeside resort located in Guhagar. It is around 40 kilometres away from Chiplun. It is the perfect combination of nature and modern amenities. It is located next to a serene lake and is the perfect spot for weekend getaways and staycations. We are here to make your next vacation never better!