Kombdi vade is a dish native to the Konkan region in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The dish consists of a traditional chicken curry (including chicken pieces with bones), vade (fluffy fried dumplings made of rice flour, and occasionally of wheat and Ragi flour), onions, lemon juice and solkadhi (a gravy made from coconut milk). This dish is majorly prepared on "Gatari" "Gauri Ovase", "Dev Diwali" and "Shimga" in Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Konkan. Generally this dish is available throughout the year especially in the coastal area of Maharashtra including Mumbai.
It is human to look out for identifiable signs when out on an excursion and the need remains even when the fishermen folks venture out in the sea.
The guiding force of a magnificent tower, the Vengurla Lighthouse located on a hill that stands tall above the jetty is hard to miss. The path to the Lighthouse, is through a long winding path of foliage and greenery.
The Lighthouse and staff quarters are perched right on the top of the hill. The flat plateau on the top of the hill provides a memorable view of the shore and beach below. It is awe inspiring to see the vast stretch of sea spread before you.
The town of Vengurla used to be one of the busiest ports of the Western shores of the country. Times have changed and so have the fortunes of this once bustling port which now stands a mute spectator amidst the ruins of the old port.
The jetty built with cement and wood is still capable of berthing small boats. The light house placed right above the hill overlooking the jetty presents a royal image of the jetty.
It is also possible to lay eye upon the Goan shoreline and the Terekhol River. The busy port of the Maratha warriors, however, now lies in taters.
A beach may attract a lot of tourists for its open sea attraction but when a beach like Vayangani attracts tourists it is not entirely for the sea shore but also for the enchanting location and the greenery that surrounds it.
The lush green mango, cashew, and Jack fruit trees cover entire beach stretch. Tender coconuts are available at throw away prices at the beach and sipping water from them in a total bliss of the beach is an experience not to be missed.
More than the sand stretch it is the greenery surrounding it that leads an exodus of tourists toward the Vayangani beach.
Have you always wanted to get away from chaotic city life, even if just for a few days or maybe a weekend? How would it be to relax in the lap of nature, listen to the soothing rhythm of the ocean’s waves lapping at the beach, watch the birds lazily soar in the clear blue skies, tuck into a truly Konkani cuisine and gaze at the hills majestically guard Maharashtra’s long coastline? All this comes to life at Shiroda.
With the Arabian Sea to the west and the rough and tough mountain ranges of the Sahaydri to the east, Shiroda is located at the southernmost end of the Sindhudurg district and is a quiet haven with none of the usual tourists’ clamour. It is about 20 kilometers from both Vengurla and Sawantwadi and has an abundance of coconut trees that give the region its characteristic flavour. The well-known Marathi laureate and Dnyanpeeth Award winner V S Khandekar had once served at Shiroda as a high school teacher. Shiroda has therefore been the birthplace of a lot of his creative writing.
The village had also played a vital role during India’s freedom movement. At the same time as Mahatma Gandhi had initiated his salt march from Dandi in Gujarat to oppose the British-levied salt tax, a similar movement had been flagged off from Shiroda which has many ‘mithagaras’ where salt is produced. This was carried out under the active leadership of Acharya Dharmanand Kosambi and Achary Javadekar, Dr. Bhagwat, Achyutrao Patwardhan and Appasaheb Patwardhan (Konkan Gandhi) were among the revolutionaries who had supported this act of defiance. On May 12, 1930 the British carried out a lathi charge on these freedom fighters and arrested almost 90 of them.
This historical link apart, Shiroda is blessed with unparallel natural beauty. The beach has cypress trees on one side and the sea on the other. Early morning hours and the time of sunset are the most mesmerising at this place. Goa is just 7 kilometers from here but Shiroda has its own unique culture with none of the Goan influence. The bonus of course is the Konkani food with spicy curries made with a coconut base and the various fish items prepared out of the fresh catch unloaded on the beach each morning. Shiroda is about 530 kilometers from Mumbai and the nearest airport is at Dabolim in Goa.
The main attractions at Vengurla are undoubtedly the amazingly clean stretches of white sand beaches. The Sagareshwar beach, almost at a distance of 4 km from the Bus stop, is another gorgeous feather in the cap of Vengurla. The beach can be approached various directions but the recommendation is to rush towards the sea through the small shrubs along the road and feel the soft talcum sand caress the feet before the plunge into the sea.
The best part is that the beach is largely unspoilt and is deserted. The sea is calm and choppy at the best and is extremely safe for a dip.
It is 35 k.m. from Vengurla town. This dilapidated fort by the seashore impresses upon the visitor by its range of rocks situated at its bottom. The rippling perennial springs here content one's mind. Fort also commands the fine view of Bhogwe beach.
This dilapidated fort by the seashore impresses upon the visitor by its range of rocks situated at its bottom. The rippling perennial springs here content one’s mind foot also commands the fine view of Bhogwe beach.
A visit to Vengurla is incomplete without a visit to the Konkan farming University and Fruit Research Centre. This multi purpose Institute is a study center as well as a tourist spot. The R and D center specializes in remolding and creating a more efficient and strong variety of Mango and Cashew crop. Sindhu, a brand new variety of mango, was developed by the Institute and is now being appreciated by the cynosure of mangoes. The nursery run by the research center offers a variety of saplings. The cashew factory in the vicinity displays the entire process of cashew separation, roasting, and packing.
Vengurla’s Fruit Research Centre is a study center as well as a tourist spot, which is known for conducting experiments on mango and cashew. Sindhu, one of the varieties of mango, was also developed at this research center. The research center also houses a nursery that sells various types of saplings. Tourists can also explore the cashew factory that shows the entire process of separation, roasting, and packaging of cashews. This research center is located on the main road towards the Camp area.