P.C: Sai Kiran Anagani
Palghar, in Maharashtra, is a little town huddled at about 87 km north of Mumbai. The town boasts of elaborate temples and endless pristine beaches. Palghar is a place for the beach bums with azure blue water waves kissing the golden shores. Palghar also offers a great trip down the lanes of history and culture with its timeless elaborate temples, and here is a list of must-sees when in town.
How To Reach Palghar
By Air: The closest airport to reach Palghar is located in Mumbai, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport, which is near about 70 km from this historical town.
By Rail: The Palghar Railway Station is located at the centre of the town and is frequented by trains from various major routes of the country.
By Road: Palghar is well connected to cities around its vicinity, through the roadways. Palghar is easily accessible through the roadways as the Palghar bus station is located right at the heart of the town.
Best Time To Visit Palghar:
The winter months of October to March make the most favourable time to visit the town of Palghar. In these months, the weather remains pleasant and windy with the temperature varying between 15°C and 25°C.
1. Shirgaon Fort
The Shirgaon Fort of Palghar takes you through the dusty debris and historical heritage of the town. History has it that the fort was once inhabited by the famous and the fearless Maratha ruler, Shivaji. Like most of the other historic forts, the Shirgaon Fort has a long ancient history of protecting the royalties and to keep a check on the movements of the antiquated territorial rules. Though the fort is almost in shambles now, the ruins tell the story of its by-gone days.
2. Ram Temple
P.C: Nandhu Kumar
The Ram Temple of Palghar is of immense religious significance. Myth has it that the Hindu mythological brother duo of Lord Ram and Lord Laxman were imprisoned by the mythological demons Mahiravan and Ahiravan, right here in this temple. Many myths and stories convey that Lord Hanuman had rescued Ram and Laxman from the very imprisonment and since then the temple is of immense religious significance. Pay a visit to this architectural marvel when in town and soak in the sanctity of the place.
3. Kelva Beach
P.C: Zack Minor
The Kelva Beach in Palghar makes for a popular tourist hotspot for tourists and travellers alike. The Kelva Beach makes for a great place to spend some quality time with your near and dear ones. Indulge in some street food, water sports, or laze around on its coastline, the beach is undoubtedly one of the most serene and pristine beaches of the town with its clean sand stretches.
4. Kelva Fort
P.C: Siddhesh Mangela
Owing to its nomenclature, it is barely a surprise that the Kelva beach is studded with this majestic fort. The Kelva Fort, conquered by Shivaji, was actually built by the Portuguese. Its construction dates back to the 16th century, and the brilliance of its architecture reflects the sheer talent and ingenious craftsmanship of the artisans. The unique feature of the fort is that if you were to enter the place you have to climb up its walls and sneak-a-peek. Travel in time and witness the beauty for yourself.