Beautiful Beaches & Ancient Forts: Murud-Harnai Is The Ideal Day-Trip From Mumbai
What Is It?
The coastal towns of Murud-Harnai are not only a natural getaway but also house multiple sea-forts and historical structures that will take you back in time as you explore them.
How Do I Get There?
You can reach Murud-Harnai easily by train. From Mumbai, you can take a train to Khed, which is around 37 kilometres from Harnai. Trains leave for Khed every single day of the week and it will take you around three hours to reach Khed by train. Alternatively, you can go all ZNMD and drive your way to the stretch. It’s less than 250km away and around four hours’ journey from Mumbai, via the NH17.
What Is Unique About It?
Not only does the Murud-Harnai stretch have the longest and one of the most beautiful beach stretches in Maharashtra lined with historical structures, but also many temples within the town itself as well as beautiful clear waters, natural harbours, beautiful seascapes and even rocky beaches! Harnai is also quite well known for its hot-water springs. On top of that, Harnai port is extremely significant for the fishing trade, auctioning to the local as well as the international market. Murud, on the other hand, is famous for its prolific dolphin-sightings as well as adventure sports like paragliding and even boat-rides into the Arabian Sea.
With this stretch having so much to offer and that too, within minimal distance of each other, it’s extremely difficult to pinpoint a certain feature about Murud-Harnai that would stand taller than the rest. So this time, we decided to literally go with standing tall, and opted to inform you about the forts that adorn this beautiful coastline.
Suvarnadurga, Kanakdurg and Goa are the sea forts in Murud-Harnai. Kanakdurg Fort lies to the right of the Harnai jetty, and also has a lighthouse. The Goa Fort, which is one of the three forts constructed to protect Suvarnadurga, is probably the only one in good shape right now, while the third fort, Suvarnadurga, lies on an island, around half a kilometer off the coastline. It is truly a sea fort and has a constant line of unbroken fortifications still lying intact, over the years. The fishermen on the Harnai coast are ready to take you there for a fee of around INR 150 per person, although you can lessen that further once you put your Chor Bazaar skills into use!
Its not often that we come across a place which offers as much as the towns of Murud and Harnai, which is exactly why we would recommend you to try out this place and explore all the secrets and mysteries as well as the myriad of activities and adventures it has in store for you. It’s less than 250km away and around four hours’ journey from Mumbai, via the NH17. Alternatively, from Mumbai, you can take a train to Khed, which is around 37 kilometres from Harnai. Get into your travelling boots , or wait, beach slippers this time!
Do not forget to pay a visit to the Anjarle Ganesh Temple located on a cliff as well as the Anjarle Beach, and Durgadevi Temple!