Dapoli

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Dapoli
दापोली
Town
Dapoli is located in Maharashtra
Dapoli
Dapoli
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 17°45′32″N 73°11′8″E / 17.75889°N 73.18556°E / 17.75889; 73.18556Coordinates: 17°45′32″N 73°11′8″E / 17.75889°N 73.18556°E / 17.75889; 73.18556
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Ratnagiri
Language
 • Official Marathi
 • Other Konkani
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 415712
Telephone code 02358
Vehicle registration MH-
Nearest town Khed

Dapoli is a town in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra. It is 215 km (134 mi) from the state capital of Mumbai.

Geography[edit]

Dapoli is separated from the Sahyadri range by the Khed taluka. Dapoli has a seaboard of 50 km (31 mi) which stretches from Burondi, Kelshi to Dabhol. The coastline differs little in its general characteristics from that of other parts of Konkan. It is densely covered by coconut farms. The principal rivers are Bharja in the north and Vashishthi in the south. A small river called Jog flows through Bandhtivare, Sarang and Tadil into the Arabian sea.

The town is located at an altitude of 800 ft (240 m). Also, called "Mini Mahabaleshwar" because of its cool climate throughout the year. It is 8 km (5.0 mi) from the Arabian Sea and acts as the main town (Taluka headquarters) for several small surrounding villages such as Anjarle, Mandivali, Sarang, Bandhtivare, Bhopan, Harnai, Dabhol, Navse, Unhavare, Jalgaon, Gavhe, Gimhavane, Asud, Vanand, Kherdi, Karde, Visapur, Murud and Umberghar.

Education[edit]

The town has a very old school A. G. High School named after a Britisher Alfred Gadney. During the time of the English empire, Dapoli was a military camp for British soldiers. Dapoli is also the home of agricultural university Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth.

Dapoli has a Centre for Krishna Consciousness movement, youth programs for Agriculture, under-graduate homeopathic college (Dapoli Homeopathic Medical College).

Notable residents[edit]

Dapoli is considered the birthplace of Bharat Ratna Maharshi Annasaheb Karve, Sane Guruji, Lokmanya Tilak and Bharat Ratna P. V. Kane. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar studied for few years in Alfred Gadney High School (A. G. High School).

Places of interest[edit]

Sunset in Harnai
Harnai Sea
  • Harnai Fish Market - Harnai fish market is assumed to be one of the largest supplier of fish to Maharashtra. Many kinds of seafood including lobsters are available in the market.
  • Kadyavarcha Ganpati - Anjarle is famous for the "Kadyawarcha Ganpati" (Ganesh temple situated on a cliff). This ancient and magnificent Ganesh temple was originally constructed using wooden pillars in around 1150 AD. It was renovated during the period between 1768 and 1780. A magnificent view of the thick plantation of coconut trees, betel nut trees, Suvarnadurg Fort, blue sea and surrounding hills from the top.
  • Keshavraj - This location is between Dapoli and Asud Pul. The access is via Dabkewadi and after crossing the small river, the steep climb is refreshing. At this elevation, the fresh water is a marvel and is said to be originating from a tree trunk.
  • Murud Beach - Murud is a small town on the sea coast, about 12 km (7.5 mi) from Dapoli.
  • Panhalakaji Caves - Located on the Dapoli-Dabhil Pangari road, Panhalakaji Caves can be accessed from Khed via Vakavali & Tetavali. The place is situated deep in the valley near the confluence of the ‘Kotjai’ and ‘Dhakti’ rivers. Their are around 29 “Leni” or caves.
  • Suvarnadurg and Kanakdurg Forts - Located 17 km (11 mi) from Dapoli at Harnai, the Suvarnadurg fort consists of two forts. Kanakdurga is the land fort and Suvarnadurga is the sea fort. The forts were originally built by the Adil Shahi dynasty and later captured and fortified by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1660.
  • Unhavare - Hot Water Springs - Their are natural hot water springs at Unhavare Village 35 km (22 mi) from Dapoli. Around 21 km (13 mi) from Vakavali & 17 km (11 mi) from Tetavali's is Dr. Deodhar farms (called Keshav Baug). Dr Deodhar is an Expert In Algae from Mumbai University. People from surrounding areas come here regularly to dip in the Hot Sulphur water springs. The water is said to cure skin ailments.