Kelshi is a beautiful village on the Western Coast of India, only 240 km from Mumbai and rests amidst many coconut, mango and betel nut trees. It is situated 33 (21.00 miles) kilometers away from Dapoli, district Ratnagiri in the Konkan region of Maharashtra.

Just outside the Kelshi village is the lovely Kelshi beach, which stretches for 2.5 kms and the sunsets here are lauded to be spectacular. It is calm and peaceful here - with only the sea waves for company. It is ideal for people looking for a break from the maddening city crowds. A walk on this beautiful beach listening to the ocean waves is really refreshing! It has an endless treasure of conches, shells and cowries. The large black rocks near the place where the Utambar hill meets the sea are a great place to sit and enjoy the ocean.

On the sea shore there is twelve acres land with cypress trees planted in systematic rows. Kelshi has a very rich historical background too. During the times of Peshwai, the Peshwas had built these houses with roofs and all the roads. One can see the remainders of them even today. Therefore they give the feeling of richness of Marathas.

Kelshi is famous for at least two historic monuments, the Dargah of Yaqub Sarvari (who was the 11th spiritual leader of Shivaji) and Laxmi Mandir. Also, one of the main attractions of Kelshi is a naturally formed sand dune due to the Tsunami. Located on the southern side of the Bharja river, this sand deposit has been accurately dated to September 1524.

A trip to Kelshi is a perfect weekend getaway to the rustic charm of Konkan and its serenity. If you want to taste the real village life in konkan, Kelshi is the ideal getaway. A place of religious significance, besides having a long history Kelshi also has one of the most beautiful beach in Dapoli region.

The best seasons when kelshi can be visited are:

November to February:
This is the best season to visit Konkan. The weather is mild and one can see a large number of migratory birds. The sea and the creeks between Dabhol and Dapoli is a haven for birds, both local and migratory. The white, small Sandwich Terns and white gulls are common during winter. White gulls are there in thousands. These birds, gliding over the waves are a sight to see. They can be easily recognized in flight by their short tails and rounded wings.

In Mangroves forest, are to be seen the bluish green Kingfisher and also the Black-capped Kingfisher. The bigger Stork Build Kingfisher with a white throat, and the multicolored Oriental Kingfisher are also found by bird watchers. Another variety of Kingfisher is the bluish-white, white collared kingfisher.

Small, white backed Muniya, Red Muniya, Spotted Muniya, grayish Great Rid Warbler and many more. Some of them, small, with red head, green body and a tail that is constantly flapping are a treat to watch. The white bellied sea eagles can be seen gliding in the sky. Those who are interested in bird watching may well like to keep a handy guide on bird life with them. Ridley turtles, sea urchins, sea hares and star fishes are seen on the beaches.

March to May (Click on the image for video):

It is hot and humid but this is the season for all kinds of fruits - mangos, cashew nuts, jack fruit and pineapples. Special programes are arranged, like mango festival. All the products featured in the video can be easily found on any of the beaches and in the village markets.

June to September:

This is the period of the monsoons, of strong winds, lots of rain and a stormy sea. It still attracts a number of tourists who want to do things differently. It is prudent to find out the conditions before venturing into the sea.

- Information Courtesy 'Konkan, The Unseen Paradise' by Parag Pimpale