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Diveagar

Nestled between the Arabian Sea on one side and paddy fields on the other lies a small, idyll village replete with coconut and betel nut farms. This calm Konkan paradise boasts a pristine, unbuilt beach where crabs and dolphins can be sighted.

History

This stretch of land, along with several such sites on India’s west coast have been sought after by many different empires. Ruled by the Satvahanas, Mauryas, Rashtrakutas and Shilahars in ancient times, this flourishing village had also been plundered by Siddis from Africa, the Portuguese and the Mughals in the medieval period.

The village is neatly laid out in the form of two parallel roads that are intersected by many small lanes. This medieval layout also ensures that the lanes do not connect with the main road directly, as a possible defense measure.

Diveagar beach

What is unique about this beach is that there is a thick cover of belu trees protecting the beach, in addition to the suru trees (Casaurinas), that are generally seen along the beaches of Maharashtra.

The beach is home to a variety of crab species, such as the sand-bubble crab. Seaturtles have been spotted laying their eggs on the beach. Dolphins can be seen in the water if one is lucky.

Practical information

State
Maharashtra
District
Raigad
Elevation
5 metres
Coordinates
20°33' N, 75°42' E
Distance from Mumbai (BKC)
190 km

Problems faced

Just like the other beachside villages and towns on the Konkan stretch, Diveagar has recently come on to the map. As many tourists produce large amounts of plastic waste, it has generated a garbage disposal problem.

The beach has remained rather pure, but during popular weekends many tourists can be seen driving their car on the beach and indulging in adventure sports that are causing irreparable damage to the fragile ecosystem.