Vengurla is a town situated in the Sindhudurg district. It is a part of Maharashtra and is close to north Goa. It is encircled by a range of green hills that have mango, cashew, berry trees and coconut. The hills of Dabholi lie towards the north, while the Mochemad and Tulas make up the east and south of Vengurla. Between 1664 and 1812, Vengurla was considered a major British trade settlement and was targeted by repetitive civilian attacks. The Vengurla rocks or “Burnt Islands” bears testimony to these attacks to date.
Places to Stay
Few good hotels in Vengurla are: the Hardika Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1100), MTDC Sagareshwar Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Mermaid Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1400).
The local language of Vengurla is Malwani Konkani. Marathi, Urdu and English are also spoken here.
Ganesh Chaturti in August/September is the most important festival here. Dushera and Diwali during October/November are also celebrated here.
Places of Interest
Apart from the Sindhudurg Fort, the Mochemad and Terekhol beaches, Vengurla is also home to a number of famous temples like Shri Sateri, Shri Navadurga, Shri Rameshwar, Shri Mauli, Shri Ganesh, and Shri Ravalnath.
How to Get There
Dabolim airport in Goa (89 km) is the closest airport to Vengurla.
The closest railway station to Vengurla is in Kolhapur. Express trains between Mumbai and Kolhapur ply daily.
While private bus services are plenty, the state also operates buses from Vengurla to many other cities in Maharashtra. Laxmi Tours and Travels (Kudal Vengurla Road) offer good packages for tourists visiting Vengurla. There are several bus booking portals that provide bus booking online offers from time to time.