Kelwa, a coastal village in Maharashtra’s Thane district is a great weekend getaway for travellers both near and far, especially for people from Mumbai. There are a number of shacks offering mouth watering food along the beach. The famous Shitla Devi Temple and three forts located beside the beach are some of the major attractions drawing a steady crowd of visitors.
Places to Stay
There are comfortable budget hotels for the travellers visiting Kelwa. The hotels found here are Usha Resort (Tariff – Rs.701), Green Paradise Resort (Tariff – Rs.438) and Sea Shell Resort (Tariff – Rs. 907).
The languages spoken in Kelwa are Marathi, Hindi and Sindhi.
The most important festivals celebrated in Kewla are Maha Shivratri in February, Jiviti Puja in July-August, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Kelwa is a famous tourist destination with numerous sightseeing areas. Some of these places are Kelwa Beach (800 m), Mahim Beach (6 km), Vandri Lake (34 km), Manor Dam (32 km) and Palghar, 11 km away from Kelwa.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, which is situated 96 km away from Kelwa.
Kelwa railway station is located just 7 km away from the village and connects Kelwa to nearby cities and states.
Kelwa has a number of state-run and private buses that run frequently from nearby cities such as Saphale and Palghar. Private bus operators provide tours to Kelwa beach region. Booking a bus ticket online is easy and convenient through Ticketgoose.com.
A city and a municipality in Valsad district in the southern part of Gujarat, Vapi, is situated on the banks of the Damanganga River. the largest city in the Valsad district, Vapi is now a very important industrial town and is known to be the largest industrial area in Asia in terms of small-scale industries. The numerous chemical industry plants in the city had once even earned it the rank of being one of the most polluted places in the world. National Highway 8 passes through Vapi and the city is the gateway to Daman and Silvassa.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Vapi offer affordable accommodation. Places like Hotel Green View, Hotel Royal Garden and Hotel Royale Inn offer lodging facilities that start at Rs.750.
All the annual religious holidays like Dussehra, Diwali and Holi are celebrated here.
Gujrathi is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The Arabian Sea, at the delta of the Damangana and Daman and Silvassa are located within 7kms of Vapi city centre.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Daman Airport (9.5kms) and the nearest major airport is the Surat Airport (84.4kms)
Vapi has its own railway station.
The Vapi bus stand connects the city to the neighbouring towns. There are great bus operators like Datta Krupa Travels, Neeta travels, Anukool Travels, Shree Balaji Travels, Shree Chaudhari Travels, Shree Arbuda travels and Shree Balaji Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the city. Making use of bus ticket offers are the best way to save money while travelling.