Dear All,

We @ शिखर वेध has arranged a trip to Konkan – Sindhudurg Safari, on  5 – 8 April 2012 (leaving 4th Night & Return 9th Morning)

Brief Intro about tour:
Grade           : Easy

Destination   : Vijaydurg, KunkeshwarRameshwar, Sindhudurg Fort, Dolphin Safari, Tsunami Island, Nivti Fort & Beach, Bhogve Beach, Tarakarli Beach

Activities   : Snorkeling, Surface Supply Scuba Diving,

Date             :Wednesday 4th April 2012 (Night Departure) – Monday 9th April 2012(Early Morning)

Cost per Person:  5800/- per head ( All Veg Meals ) and  6500/- per head ( Non-Veg Meals )

 Maximum 25 Participants

Details as below: 
Vijaydurg or Victory Fort:

The oldest fort on Sindhudurg coast constructed in the regime of Raja Bhoj of shilahar dynasty in 1205 (construction period 1193-1205). The fort was earlier known as “Gheria” as it is situated in the village “Girye”. Shivaji Maharaj won this fort from Adilshaha of Bijapur in 1653 and renamed it as “Vijay Durg” as the then Hindu solar ear’s name was “Vijay”. Vijay means Victory.
Sprawling over an area of 48 acres, Vijaydurg, fort of victory, was once seized by the British following a bloody battle. They renamed it Fort Augustus. A dilapidated board at the entrance of the fort relates its history. One of the best views of the fort is from the jetty. The fort stretches out into the sea and a walk inside its precincts is worthwhile. Shivaji added triple rows of huge walls, umpteen towers and spacious inner buildings to it and strengthened it in the 17th century.

Kunkeshwar Temple
  Kunkeshwar Temple, an ancient Shiva Temple is located in Kunkeshwar village, 14 Kms from Devgad town. A pristine beach with a very long stretch of seashore and white sand adds to the beauty of temple surroundings. 
This beautiful temple near beach has alluring architecture with reminiscent of South Indian style of temple architecture. Yadav Kings built this temple in 1100 A. D. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who rejuvenated this temple many times was a frequent visitor to this temple. This temple is also famous as Kashi of South Konkan. 
Sindhudurga – Padmagad forts:

Huge sea rocks of Malvan has easefully shouldered the responsibility of two Forts Sindhudurg & Padmagad on their broad chest. The name of the fort is given to the Sindhudurg district. Tourist from all over the world visit through out the year to see this Maratha glory.
The fort was built with the help of huge rocks on the Kurte Island which amazes people & one appreciates imaginative power of Shivaji. In 1664 shivaji erected this fort on 44 acers of land. 
In Sindhudurg Fort there is ‘Shri Shivarajeshwar temple’ of King Shivaji. Also there are temples of Hanuman, Jarimari mandir and Goddess ‘Bhavani Temple’. Impressions of shivaji’s fingers prints found to be preserved here on one of the wall . Also lies, inside the fort worth seeing temples of Bhavanimata, Shambhu Mahadev, Jirimiri & Mahapurush. All are in good conditions.

Kille Nivati 

This dilapidated fort by the seashore impress upon the visitor by its range of rocks situated at its bottom. The rippling perennial springs here content one’s mind. Fort also commands the fine view of Bhogwe beach.
Kille Nivati was constructed by great Maratha ruler Shivaji. He was such a visionary who had given proper attention at his naval force. He built many forts for the protection of his empire. From this fort, one can observe Bhogave’s allevaing beach 

Tarkarli Beach
Tarkarli is a narrow stretch of beach with pristine waters, located at the convergence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. It is 546 k.m. away from Mumbai, 6 kms. south of Malvan, on the west coast of India. This place has gained prominence because of its transparently clear seas, where on a fairly sunny day, one can see the sea- bed up to a depth of 20 feet. This beach can be rightly called as ‘Queen Beach’ of Sindhudurg. 

Snorkeling: is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, and usually swim-fins.  Use of this equipment allows the snorkeler to observe underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort. Snorkeling is a popular recreational activity. The primary appeal is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment.

Dolphin Safari:

The itinerary for the tour will be as follows:

Wednesday , 4th April 2012, Night

Meeting point: 09:45 Hrs at Dadar station.

 22:00 Hrs: Departure

 Day 1: Thursday, 5th April 2012

 Breakfast en-route @ Hotel Alankar, HatKhamba

 11:30 Hrs: Check in Hotel @ Malvan

 12:00 Hrs: Lunch in Hotel (Veg Thali / Chicken Thali / Fish Thali – Soundale Fish + Prawns Curry – Unlimited)

 14:00 Hrs: Visit to Sindhudurg fort ( Guided Tour)

 16:00 Hrs: Snorkeling activities (every one can do the snorkeling … Safe & Easy)

 18:00 Hrs: Snacks – Kanda Bhajji & Tea

 18:30 Hrs: Free time for Malvan Market / Beach / Rock Garden etc. (Optional)

 21:00 Hrs: Dinner (Veg Thali / Chicken Thali / Fish Thali – Paplet / Surmai Fish as available – Limited)


Stay at Malvan


 Day 2: Friday, 6th April 2012

 07:30 Hrs: Breakfast – Tea Time

 08:30 Hrs: Scuba Diving ( Surface Supply – 30-40 mins each ) – BATCH – 1

(Note: Alternate for BATCH – 2:  Visit 2 Aangnewadi Temple & Tarkarli beach)
 12:30 Hrs: Lunch Time in Hotel (Veg Thali / Chicken Thali / Fish Thali – Bangda + Prawns Curry as available - Unlimited)

 13:30 Hrs: Scuba Diving ( Surface Supply – 30-40 mins each ) – BATCH – 2

 (Note: Alternate for BATCH – 1:  Visit 2 Aangnewadi Temple & Tarkarli beach)
  18:00 Hrs: Snacks Kanda – Bhaji – Tea 

 18:30 Hrs: Free time for Malvan Market / Beach / Rock Garden etc. (Optional)

 21:00 Hrs: Dinner (Veg Thali / Chicken Thali / Fish Thali – Paplet / Surmai Fish as availableLimited)

Stay at Malvan

Day 3, Saturday, 7th April 2012

(Entire Day Travel by Boating only) :)
06:45 Hrs    Break Fast (Poha – Tea)
07:30 Hrs    Dolphin Safari 

09:30 Hrs    Tsunami Island (Fun – Time) 

12:00 Hrs    Nivti Fort, Bhogve Beach (only view)

14:00 Hrs    Lunch ( Veg Thali / Chicken Thali + Bangda Fry)

15:00 Hrs    Nivti Beach ( Fun Time)

16:30 Hrs    Tarkarli Beach (only view)

17:30 Hrs    Malvan Beach

18:00 Hrs:  Snacks – Vada Pav & Tea

18:30 Hrs: Free time for Malvan Market / Beach / Rock Garden etc. (Optional)

21:00 Hrs: Dinner (Veg Thali / Chicken Thali / Fish ThaliBhoye Fish or as available – Limited)

Stay at Malvan

Day 4: Sunday, 8th April 2012

 07:00 Hrs: Break Fast (Dhavade + Tea)

 08:45 Hrs: Move 2 Achara

 10:00 Hrs: @ Rameshwar Temple, Achara

 11:30 Hrs: @ Kunkeshwar Temple

 12:00 Hrs: Move 2 Vijaygad

 13:00 Hrs: Lunch @ Hotel Suruchi, Vijaydurg (as available)

 14:30 Hrs: @ Vijay-Durg fort (Guided Tour)

 Vijaydurg – Exploration

17:30 Hrs: Tea Break & Depart for Mumbai

21:30 Hrs: Dinner @ Hotel Swad, Sangmeshwar (To be borne by Participant as per veg / non veg choice)

Day 5: Monday, 9th April 2012

 05:30 Hrs: @ Dadar (Subjective)

The cost for the whole tour will be  6500/- per head ( For Non Veg meals ) &  5800/- per head ( For All Veg meals )
This includes Dadar 2 Dadar transportation fare for private vehicle (Non-A/c), Surface Supply Scuba Diving, Snorkeling Charges, Dolphin Safari, Boating charges, Permissions and entry fees, Guide Charges, Food ( Veg & Non Veg Thali as mentioned wherever limited and unlimited), Accommodations ( Rooms with 5 ppl sharing basis)
VIMP Note:
1) Those who do not want to do Surface Supply Scuba Diving, then the cost would be
5000/- per head ( For Non Veg meals ) &  4300/- per head ( For All Veg meals ) … But last min reg. won’t be possible for this 1 as its time bounded activity.
2) Twin sharing accommodation will be possible with extra amount of  Rs 750/- per head and the participant has to make arrangement for company as well
Maximum 25 seats … Seats will be first come 1st basis wid Advance payment only …

One needs to deposit  3500/- (Non-refundable) advance amount for Booking Private Vehicle, Activity Charges, Boats, Food, Accommodation etc.  into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.



ICICI Bank A/c No.: – 026801521464

Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)

Last date for registration: – Thursday 15th March 2012, 5 pm


Few memories in form of snaps of Konkan – Tour – April & November 2011 as below
Vishal Budhavalekar:
Suhas Sawant:
Aniruddha Misra:

Things To Carry:-
A Water Bottle (~2 Ltrs) (a must)

Cap, Good trekking shoes, Extra 3 pair of Clothes, a Towel etc.(a must)

Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)
Pls avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.

Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)

A haversack to put all these things

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