Historical Chavadar Tale (lake) lies in the Mahad city of Raigad District of the state of Maharashtra. It is well known in world for the satyagraha done by Mahamanav (great person) Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on 20th March, 1927. The lake measures 100 meters in length, 100 meters in breadth and has depth of 5.5 meters. Its approximate area is about 2.5 acres. Bharatratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar along with his followers drank the water from the lake, thereby allowing everyone to drink water from it. This satyagraha lead to the initiation of struggle for social equality.
Mahad city is situated in the vicinity of Raigad Fort which was the capital of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The population of the Mahad city is 27,536. Chavdar Tale is in the center of the city. The city has witnessed rich historical past associated with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Chavdar Tale satyagrah is well known part of history and to commemorate it and as a symbol of equality, every year 20 March is celebrated as Chavdar Tale satyagrah anniversary. To celebrate the day lakhs of followers of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and tourists visit the place. Beautification works of Chavdar Tale has been completed by Mahad Municipal corporation.
The inauguration and beautification work of this historical Chavadar Tale had taken place on June 02, 1992. Today all four sided boundaries of Chavdar Tale has been beautified and electric poles are set up in its proximity. Approximately 100 feet away from the west side wall of of of Chavdar Tale the bronze statue of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar has been built which has height of 10.5 feet. Separate bridge is built for visiting the same statue and famous quotes of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar are marked on the ramparts. On the west side of Chavdar Tale,one multipurpose auditorium has been built and on the ground floor of that auditorium, important life events in the form of memory images and oil paintings are shown. Also this auditorium is used for different types of programs and meetings. There is library on the first floor. The steps on which Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar walked to do satyagraha, are beautified and one main flexure has been built on the based of Sthoopa of Sanchi. Also the wall painting scene of that satyagraha has been created . In the front of auditorium , a fascinating garden has been built and high mast lights are set up in the center.
On the December 25, 1927 , near Chavdar Tale, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar had burnt the Manusmriti with his followers and denounced the social inequality. A Krantisthamb has been built the land owned by Peoples Education Society, Mumbai as a memory refresh of this event. This Krantisthamb is symbol of social equality.
The place of this historical Chavdar Tale is located in the heart of Mahad city ,which is located on the banks of river Savitri. The distance of different important locations from this city are as follows.
1. Mumbai to Mahad- 175 Km
2. Pune to Mahad- 110 Km
3. Mahad to fort Raigad- 24 Km
Mumbai – Goa national highway passes nearby the boundary of this city.
This is the main beach. A very flat stretch makes for a long walk. It is reasonably clean and has thin crowds during the week. The sand has a hard texture and is a shade of black. It is not easy to create sand castles. The tide rolls in from all sides: You may have to wade through water on the way back.
It is 50km from Alibag, on the Alibag-Murud highway, also this beach is possibly one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the region with almost ‘white’ sand. There are many cottages and resorts available ranging from around INR 1500 to INR 20,000. Kashid is the perfect place to relax for urban people. One can find water sports facility and number of small shops for snacks.
You will find these two beach fronts 10-15 miles north of Alibag on the north coast and easily accessible from Mumbai. Mandwa is a beautiful, untrodden beach. On a clear day one can enjoy a long, breathtaking view across the bay, up to the Gateway of India. Mandwa village too, has a charm of its own — with its beautiful groves of coconut palms.
Kihim has a lot to offer: woods brimming with wild flowers and rare butterflies and birds. Worth visiting is the Kolaba Fort, just a furlong away from the shore. 15 kms from Alibag is Chaul, an historic place with Portuguese ruins, Buddhist Caves, the Hamam Khana, a church, a temple and even a synagogue.
Gentle winds, soft sands and inviting waters make Shriwardhan Bay irresistible to beach lovers. And if one relishes sea-food, there is no dearth of delicacies to sample here. The adventuerers can even take a small boat to the north side of the bay and explore a land where the “Peshwas” or prime ministers of the Maratha Kingdom, Originally resides. The “Peshwas Smarak” is of interest to most people who visit Shriwardhan.The town of Harihareshwar, known for its tranquil and picturesque beach is also landmarked by Kalbhairav – the Shiva temple.
Akshi Beach is located at a distance of around 5 km away from Alibag . It is a white sand beach with numerous pine trees present along the coast. The beach is visited by large number of tourists, as a variety of birds and different flora and fauna can be seen at the beach.
Nagaon Beach is a beautiful beach situated approximately 7 km away from Alibag, on Alibag-Revdanda route in the Raigad District of Maharashtra. The beach is surrounded by pine trees and is visited by number of tourists. Water sports like boat ride, kayaking facilities are availble over here.
This site is popular for picnic and weekend as there are numerous cottages, holiday homes, farmhouses and bungalows are availble in nearby area. Arabian Sea tides can be enjoyed by tourists along with betel nuts and coconuts available in abundance along the shores.
Matheran is an undulating hilltop cloaked in shady trees, that sprawls languidly at an altitude of 800 m. The journey involves two-hour ascent in a toy train. Alternately, a tough 11 km hike through thick and shady forests or a winding car drive can get you there as well.
A toy-like train meanders up the mountain, treating you to a breathtaking view. In Matheran itself there’s plenty to see – Panorama Point, , King George Point, Echo Point, Lord Point, ,One Tree Hill Point, Paymasters Park, Porcupine Point (Sunset Point), Rambagh Point, Alexander Point, Luiosa Point etc. You can also go horse-riding and shop for exciting cane and leather articles. There is also a museum based on life of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji.
The main bazaar offers a variety of items such as cane and leather articles, hats, chappals and Chikki. Vehicles of any kind are not permitted in the town, which makes it a very quiet and serene place.
Varadvinayak Temple, is one of the Ashtavinayak temples of the Hindu deity Ganesha. It is said that the temple was built (restored) by Peshwa General Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar in 1725 AD. This temple also has the idol of Navagraha Devatas, Mushaka and Shivalinga.
There are 4 elephant idols guarding the 4 sides of the temple. Devotees visit the Varadvinayak shrine throughout the year. During the festivals like Magha Chaturthi, huge crowds can be seen in this temple.
The Varadvinayak Temple is located in Mahad village in Khalapur taluka, near the town Khopoli of Raigad district Maharashtra, India.
Ballaleshwar temple is one of the eight “Ashtavinayak” temples of Lord Ganesha. It is located in the village of Pali which is at a distance of about 60 km from Karjat in the Raigad district. It is situated in the vicinity of fort Sarasgad and the river Amba.
It is said that the temple was built by Moreshvar Vitthal Sindkar (Dighe) in 1640AD. There is a bell in the temple that was brought back by Chimaji Appa after he defeated the Portuguese in Vasai and Sasti. The original wooden temple was renovated in 1760 to make way for a new stone temple designed by Shri Fadnis.
Harihareshwar is a town in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Harihareshwar Temple is said to be blessed by Lord Shiva. Harihareshwar is Kuladaivat or the family deity of the Peshwas and it is said that they renovated the Harihareshwar temple complex in 1723AD.
Other temples in the vicinity of Harihareshwar are Kalbhairav temple, Mahalaxmi Temple etc. Harihareshwar along with Shrivardhan and Diveagar forms a popular sea-shore tourist attraction.
Kanakeshwar Temple is 10 kms away from Alibag. Cool climate and old temple of Lord Shiva. The temple is situated on a small hill and the nearby village is ‘ Mapgaon ‘ which is almost 12 kms. from Alibag. The hill is almost 370 m high and we have to climb 700+ steps to reach the temple. ‘Nagobacha Tappa’, ‘Devachi Payari’, ‘Pushkarni’,’Gaymukh’ and ‘Vyaghreshwar’ etc can be seen at nearby places.
Suvarnaganesh Tepmle, Diveagar, is around 75 Km. away from Alibag. History of Suvarnaganesh is quite fascinating. A copper box was found beneath the earth, containing a golden Ganesh Idol and some ornaments belonging to Lord Ganesha, in coconut cultivation area near the temple. Suvarnaganesh is an idol of Lord Ganesha made of gold weighing over 1 Kg. Idol was made approximately 300 to 400 years ago as per local saying.
Raigad is a hill fort situated at about 25 Km from Mahad in the Raigad district. Chhatrapati Shivaji renovated this fort and made it his capital in 1674 AD. The rope-way facility is available at Raigad Fort, to reach at the fort from ground in few minutes.
The fort also overlooks an artificial lake known as the ‘Ganga Sagar Lake’. The only main pathway to the fort passes through the “Maha Darwaja” (Huge Door). The King’s durbar inside the Raigad Fort has a replica of the original throne that faces the main doorway called the Nagarkhana Darwaja. This enclosure had been acoustically designed to aid hearing from the doorway to the throne. The fort has a famous bastion called “Hirakani Buruj” (Hirkani Bastion) constructed over a huge steep cliff.
Murud-Janjira Fort is situated at Arabian Sea coast near the port town of Murud. Janjira is considered one of the strongest marine forts in India. The fort is approached by sailboats from Rajapuri jetty. The main gate of the fort faces Rajapuri on the shore. It has a small postern gate towards the open sea for escape. There are many cannons of native and European make on the bastions of the fort. Now in ruins, the fort in its heyday was a full-fledged living fort with all the necessary facilities, e.g., palaces, quarters for officers, mosque, two small natural fresh water lakes, etc. The palace of the Nawabs of Janjira at Murud is still in good shape.
A special attraction of this fort are 3 gigantic cannons named Kalalbangdi, Chavri and Landa Kasam. These cannons were said to be feared for their shooting range. Another gate to the west is sea-facing, called ‘Darya Darwaza’.
Kolaba Fort was one of the chief naval stations of Maratha empire. Kolaba Fort has two main entrances, one on the sea side and the other towards Alibag. An interesting feature of this fort is that it has freshwater wells in its premises even though it is a seaside fort. In 1713, under a treaty with Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath, Kolaba along with several other forts was given over to Kanhoji Angre. He used it as his main base from which to launch raids on British ships.
Sudhagad / Bhorapgad is a hill fort situated in Maharashtra, India. It lies about 50 kilometres west of Pune, 25 kilometres south of Lonavla and 10 kilometres east of Pali in Raigad District. Sudhagad Fort is also known as Bhorapgad Fort. Shivaji Maharaj changed the name of Bhorapgad to Sudhagad. Near Sudhagad there are Thaanale and Khadsambale caves.
Sudhagad Fort’s plateau has three parts. First part is western plateau in front of old palace. Ruins of buildings can be seen here as the terrain is flat and there is also a pond and a big tank. Second part consists of temple of Bhorai Devi and area upto Takmak Tok point. There are ruins of four big warehouses. And the third part is eastern area. Here, there is big bastion and one can find the ruins in nearby sprawling jungle.