Dapoli is one of the most sought after destination in Konkan. It is also called the "Mini Mahabaleshwar" because of it's cool climate throughout the year. It was habituated as a military base by British army and later grown as an educational hub of the district. Situated at around 800 feet from sea level, it's a unique location and offers a hill-station experience surrounded by attractive beaches. Dapoli is blessed with untouched beaches, historic monuments, beautiful temples and holistic places as well as archeologically important sites along with it's rich biodiversity.
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Location: Maharashtra, District Ratnagiri
Temperature: (Summer 22 to 40°C) & (Winter 12 to 32°C)
Languages Spoken: Marathi, Hindi
Nearest Airports: Pune airport is the nearest
Main Railway Station: Khed is the nearest railway station
Main Bus Station or Road: Private and Public transport runs through Khed to Dapoli
Distance of a few Major Towns from Dapoli:
Pune: 186km, Khed:26km, Ratnagiri: 147km, Satara- 183km
Kombdi Vade, Mori chi Aamti, Bangda fry, Solkadhi or Sol Curry, Kaju chi Aamti, Phansa chi Bhaji, Tandala chi Bhakri are some of the famous food varieties here.
Places of Tourist Interest:
Asud (Temples on hillock):
Two ancient temples namely Keshavraj and Vyaghreshwar which are cocooned by the dense surroundings and gushing streams provide a pleasant spot to the tourist.
Murud & Karade:
Silent and secluded places like Murud and Karade situated near Dapoli epitomize the real beauty of the town. With palm-fringed beaches and greenery all around, Murud and Karade are the must visit spots near Dapoli. Popularly known for Durga Devi Mandir, Dolphin-spotting and parasailing are two activities to entertain the guests.
Feel the real beauty of the village in Anjarle. The 'Kadyavarcha Ganapati' known as the Ganapati of Hill offers spiritual bliss while the pristine beaches offer a soothing holiday. Food enthusiast can have gala time during fish auction that takes place in Harnai every evening.
Red Sea- If you want to watch the fascinating sunset, then 'Tamas Teerth' is the place to be. One can see the beautiful shades and also get a holy feel with a bath in the holy waters of the sea.
Thousand year old ancient rock cut caves designed in a very intricate manner offer a pleasing site to the tourists.
Panhalekaji Caves/ Unhavare Hot Water Springs:
Ancient, rock cut caves believed to be more than a thousand years old are a treat to architecture lovers. Hindu and Buddhist sculptures cover the walls. These caves are located on the banks of the "Kotjai" river. Upstream this river, situated amidst a picturesque valley, you can bathe in natural hot springs. The water is believed to have medicinal value to cure some skin diseases.
Getting around the Destination:
The best way to get around the destination is to get Private or Public Transport
Shopping Areas & Entertainment:
Dapoli is famous for it's Kokam syrup (Agal), Kuleeth Peeth, Talalele Gare (Jackfruit chips), Amba, Phanas Poli (Sundried Mango, Jackfruit delicacy).
Best time to Visit:
October to March is the best time to visit this destination.