Interested in exploring white sand, flowing lakes, green mountains, blue sea and paddy fields? If your answer is yes, then Kashid is the place for you. Placed amidst the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Kashid can be best defined as an offbeat tourist destination. Kashid is a gift of nature for tourists hassled by hectic chores and responsibilities of life. Till few years back, Kashid was a relatively unknown hill station. But heavy rush to other popular hill stations of Maharashtra forced tourists to explore new horizons and Kashid is one such find. Though, it has gained in popularity over the years yet, you can have your moments of silence and peace in this quaint and isolated paradise.
Kashid has one of the best beaches in Maharashtra and Konkan region. The 3 km stretch of beach is perfectly tucked between two rocky mounds. Seashore is surrounded with casuarinas groves that make it further charming. The best part for beach lovers is that, Kashid beach is quite deserted. The beach receives heavy traffic on weekends but on week days, it is all quiet and serene. Surfers can have a wonderful time in Kashid because of unusually high waves. Few kilometers away from Kashid is Murud beach which has clear green water.
Among other sightseeing places in Kashid, Janjira fort is one place that you must visit. Located right in the middle of the sea, it is a historical monument that will give you a feel of our proud past. You can take ferry boats to the fort. You can also have a look at Nawab’s palace. You can offer your prayers at Ganapati Pule Temple, hilltop Datta Mandir and the stunning Birla Temple. Those who are interested in wildlife can visit Phansad sanctuary, just 10 kms away from Kashid beach. You can find different varieties of snakes, birds, butterflies, barking deer and leopard in this famous wildlife sanctuary.
The best way to visit Kashid is through road. If you have your own vehicle, nothing like that. Kashid is 30 km from Alibaugh and 135 km from Mumbai. If you want to enthrall your senses with picturesque rural scenery and seaside view, drive from Alibaug to Kashid. The driving experience itself will set the tempo for rest of your tour itinerary.