Dapoli - Kelshi


Mahalakshmi temple and long unexplored beach

Shree Mahalaxmi TemleAlong with the Mahalakshmi temple, Kelshi has a long, scenic, unexplored beach. It is calm and peaceful here – with only the sea waves for company. It is about three kilometers in length and ideal for people looking for a break from the maddening city crowds. Along the coast are thick woods and groves of Kevda and Cyprus, coconut and betel nut. A walk on this beautiful beach listening to the ocean waves is really refreshing! It has an endless treasure of conches, shells and cowries. The large black rocks near the place where the Utambar hill meets the sea are a great place to sit and enjoy the ocean.

Shree Mahalaxmi TemleLocated at the base of the Utambar hill, enclosed in a stone wall fortification, this Swayambhu Mahalakshmi temple was built during the Peshwa regime. It also houses the idols of Lord Ganpati and Lord Shiva. Beautiful, fully blossomed lotus flowers in a pond near the temple are an enchanting sight to watch! The sanctum lies beneath two huge domes. You can enter the sanctum through three doors. The dense woods of the hill form a picturesque background.

Sand DuneOne of the main attractions of Kelshi is a naturally formed sand dune due to the Tsunami. Located on the southern side of the Bharja river, this sand deposit has been accurately dated to September 1524. Experts and archeologists are carrying out research for samples of ancient culture underneath this dune. Currently the work of constructing the bridge (a part of the Coastal Highway)across the river Bharja is in full swing.

Yaqub Baba DargaThis famous Yaqub Baba darga is located in Kelshi at a distance of about one kilometer from the Mahalakshmi temple. It has a great historical significance. It is about 386 years old. Many great rulers including Emperor Shivaji, Emperor Sambhaji and Thorle Bajirao Peshwa have visited Yaqub Baba to take his blessings.

How to reach Kelshi

Kelshi is situated around 34 km from Dapoli. State Transport (ST) buses / private shared jeeps, rickshaws run between Dapoli and Kelshi. You can hire an auto rickshaw or drive down. Rented jeeps / cars are available.

Directions from Dapoli to Kelshi:
• Take the Harnai road from Dapoli
• Before reaching Harnai take a right turn towards Khem (New Road). After 15 min drive you will see the bridge over Anjarle creek. Cross this bridge to reach Anjarle. Kelshi is 10 km further away from Anjarle via Ade.
(Road Route: Dapoli – Gimhavane – Asud Pul (bridge) – Saldure – Palande – Khem – Anjarle – Ade – Kelshi)