Gaonkhadi is a small picturesque coastal village in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Those looking to chill out on a weekend can try this place. The nearest major urban agglomerations are Chiplun and Ratnagiri at the distances of 119 km and 30 km respectively. Tourists can just stop by along the Maharashtra State Highway 4 and enjoy the picturesque sunset on the Arabian Sea coast.
Places to Stay
The village does not have places to put up for the night. However, Chiplun has a lot of budget-friendly hotels. Some of the options which are worth trying are Hotel Rajnigandha (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Sailee (Tariff – Rs. 800), Deepak Deluxe Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 800), Motel Vanashri (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the region is Marathi. Urdu and Hindi are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Chiplun is based in the midst of greenery and flowing streams thereby giving travelers the feel of ecstasy and joy. Some of the places which are worth visiting in the city are Adrey Dam, Chiveli Vagheshwari Mandir, Koyna Dam, Pandavaas Caves, Parshuram Mandir, Sawatsada Waterfalls and others.
How to Get There
Pune International Airport is the nearest major airport at a distance of 343 km.
The nearest major railway station is the Ratnagiri Railway Station at a distance of 36 km.
Both state-transport as well as private buses have services to the city. Jabbar Travels is one such private operator. Buses to the village are available from Ratnagiri and Chiplun. Online bus booking facility enables you to get your tickets from the confines of your home.