I am Konkan, the rugged section of the western coastline of India in the state of Maharashtra. I have several coastal districts. With the Sahyadri Mountains forming my eastern boundary and the Arabian Sea on my west, I can rival any part of this incredible country in terms of natural beauty.
With my beaches, mountains, jungles, rivers and numerous waterfalls of all sizes – I am a synonym of natural beauty. Due to my unique geographical location between the sea and the mountains I receive extremely heavy precipitation every year and that has helped in the growth of thick forest on one side of the mountains.
The forests are home to numerous economical, decorative, aromatic and medicinal plants and also many rare and endangered species of animals and birds. Mineral water steams oozing from the mountains and flowing down like silver lines is an abundant spectacle all over me and you will love to visit me again and again for the immense natural beauty that I unfold in front of you at every turn of the road.
Culture in Konkan
Due to my location upon the Arabian Sea I have developed a typical coastal culture dominated by fish and coconut. My people do form one of the most diverse ethnic denominations in the country and there are actually more than 19 communities, casts and sub-casts covering Hindu, Muslim and also Christian religion.
The language spoken by my people is also an extremely versatile one and is known to have as many as 19 dialectical variations. This has also been acknowledged as one of the oldest independent languages of India and also has a very prominent and well appreciated literary tradition. Though the history of my people is that of struggles and migrations, but they are also among the first to understand the importance of education and has also immensely contributed to the field.
Since the 1970s, there was little road transport infrastructure and commuting by road between different areas of mine was truly a difficult problem. Later on a large network of minor roads in rural areas was constructed and now each part of me is well connected by road so that traveling is now easy and convenient.
This development of local transport has immensely contributed to the development of tourism in many parts of Konkan and today I am one of the most coveted tourism destinations in the entire country every year visited by a growing number of tourists. The Konkan railway is the most convenient means of transport around me and traveling with Konkan railways through the lush green Sahyadri Mountains dotted with waterfalls can truly be a lifetime experience.
Climate in Konkan
It is due to my unique geographical position between the sea and the mountain I have a typically hot and humid coastal climate with not so cold winter. The south-west monsoon causes heavy precipitation during the monsoon months and though I probably look my best during that time of the year, but that might not be so good for my guests as heavy rain can make traveling from one place to another a difficult proposition. Winter and spring lasting from October to April is probably the best time when you can pay me a visit.