- 193 Kms
- 4.5 / 5
Location: In Ratnagiri District
Located in Ratnagiri District, the charming little village of Kelshi is also home to monuments of historic and religious significance.
Located in the northern part of Ratnagiri district, Kelshi is most known for its historic monuments like Dargah of Yaqub Sarvari and the Laxmi Mandir. Yaqub Baba, was one of Shivaji Maharaj’s guru, in whose honor this dargah was built. It was started by Shivaji, continued by Sambhaji Raje and ultimately completed by Peshwa Bajirao. This old yet unique secularism by Shivaji can be seen even today when an ‘Urus’ is celebrated by Hindus at this Darga even today on 6th of December every year!
The Mahalaxmi temple at the base of the Uttamber hills, south end of Kelshi, is a must visit. Belonging to the Peshwa regime, it is a picturesque sight with its lotus ponds and houses of Shiva and Ganapati.
Apart from its rich historical background, Kelshi boasts of the most spectacular beach in Dapoli. The 2.5kms stretch of sea is a truly refreshing experience away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Embrace the beauty of the setting sun while sitting on the large black rocks where the Uttamber hills meet the sea.
- Local people are more than welcome to provide food and accommodation at reasonable prices. Don’t forget to taste the local Konkan cuisine while in Kelshi.
- Mode of Transport: Car from Pune.
Things to do
- Visit Dargah of Yaqub Sarvari.
- Visit Mahalaxmi Temple of Kelshi.
- Enjoy the spectacular Kelshi Beach.