Shivtar is a small rural area in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. The nearest major urban centres are Chiplun and Satara at distances of 49 km south and 168 km north-east respectively. The picturesque Arabian Sea coast is also close-by at a distance of 42 km west approximately (barely an hour away). Those heading down to the coast from Mahabaleshwar can try this place out.
Places to Stay
One can stay in Chiplun (from where other tourist sites will also be nearby) which 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
Apart from the virgin beaches on the Arabian Sea coast, the best place to visit in the area is Chiplun, situated in the midst of greenery and flowing streams, thereby giving tourists the feel of being in paradise. 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
New Pune International Airport is the nearest major airport at a distance of 178 km.
The nearest major railway station is Pune Railway Station at a distance of 168 km.
Both state-transport as well as private buses have services to the city. Jabbar Travels is one such private operator. Buses to the area are available from Satara, Kolhapur and Chiplun. Now, you can book your bus ticket by using Ticketgoose.com’s mobile apps.