Earlier called the Virat Nagari, Wai is situated on the banks of Krishna River. It has the most beautiful ghats and temples that are worth visiting. Because of its scenic location several Bollywood movies like Chennai Express, Dabbang and Omkara were shot in Wai. Located in Satara district, the Sahyadri Mountains surround this picturesque town. Dholya Ganapati temple is a major attraction of Wai.
Places to Stay
Wai has a number of luxury hotels. However, budget hotels are also available. Some of them include Sapna Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and Hotel Sheetal (Tariff – Rs.1,000).
The official language of Wai is Marathi. Hindi and English are also spoken in the area.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a major festival in Wai.
Places of Interest
Mahabaleshwar about 30 km from Wai is a must-visit place. Panchgani (13 km from the town), Lohare Palpeshwar Caves (5 km) are other places to visit.
How to Get There
Lohegaon airport about 99 km away is the nearest airport. Mumbai airport (163 km) is another option.
Tourists taking the train can come via Satara, which has a railway station. It is about 37 km away.
Buses ply regularly from Mumbai, Pune, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. Neeta Tours and Travels is one of the major operators on this route. TicketGoose.com is one of the most popular online bus booking sites.
A census town in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Kankavli is situated on the banks of two Rivers, the Gad River and the Janavli River. Surrounded by villages, the town is an important railway station on the Konkan Railway route. Kankavli is about 460kms away from Mumbai along the NH 17 and 137kms away from Ratnagiri. Famous for Sindhudurg Shikshan Prasarak Mandal's College of Engineering, the town is rich in culture, education and politics.
Places to Stay
The well-known place to stay in the township is the Waterfall Jungle Resort that offers budget accommodation options. Travellers can also stay at the nearby district of Sindhudurg at Hotel Sahyadri (Tariff- Rs.1001-Rs.2000) or Hotel Galaxy (Tariff- Rs.1001-Rs.2000).
Other than Ganpati Fetival, Gudi Padwa and Diwali is celebrated here. The Mahashivratri Jatra at the neighbouring Kumbhavade village is a popular annual event.
Malvani, a dialect of Konkani is spoken here prominently. The other languages spoken here includes Marathi and Hindi.
Places to Visit
Places of interest in the town include the Bhalchandra Maharaj Ashram (1km), a mosque in the neighbouring Kalamath rural community (1km), Sindhudurg Fort (35kms) and the Savdav Waterfalls (15kms). Since the town is about 18kms away from Kumbhavade village, where the very popular Shree Mahalingeshwar Mandir is located. A Swayambhu Devasthan, the Mahashivratri Jatra is held every year at this temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kankavli is the Kolhapur Airport(80kms) and Goa’s Dabolim Airport (100kms)
All trains that passes through the Konkan route passes via the Kankavli Railway Station.
Kankavali ST depot and ST stand is well-structured and large compared to other stands in Sindhudurg district. The prominent bus operators that run busses to and from Kankavali include Atmaram Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels, Naik Tours & Travels and Shree Sai Travels. Before going on a holiday, check out for deals and offers on several bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com.