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Bodalkasa, Kunkeshwar – two new places to explore in Maharashtra

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Bodalkasa, Kunkeshwar – two new places to explore in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) lists 122 destinations you can explore, visit, holiday in and enjoy. Now get ready to add two more locations to your bucket list.

Bodalkasa

Little known Bodalksasa, in the Tirora tehsil of Gondia district of the state, will soon open its doors to a new MTDC resort. MTDC has identified this new natural spot situated at Bodalkasa dam and constructed this resort at a cost of Rs 7 crore, in order to boost tourism in Vidarbha, say offiicals. The Bodalkasa dam is an earthfill dam on the Bhagdeogoti river near Tirora, Gondia district.

The new resort located in the midst of lush green jungle by the side of Bodalkasa dam will have 24 suites – eight VIP suites, eight deluxe rooms, eight standard rooms and two dormitories (each of eight and 10 beds). MTDC has also provided facilities of restaurant and a conference hall. One can also reach this resort from the Mangezari gate of Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve towards the Tirora side.
HOW TO REACH Bodalkasa

By Rail

Tirora railway station, Kachewani railway station are the nearest railway stations to Bodalkasa. Nagpur railway station is the major railhead – 102 kms from Bodalkasa

By Road

Tirora is the nearest town having road connectivity to Bodalkasa

 

Kunkeshwar
Kunkeshwar, situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea, has always been popular for the temple for Shiva and is also known as Konkan Kashi. It has always been on the MTDC’s list of destinations, but as per the recent announcements made by the state government on World Tourism Day, it appears the quaint little sea facing town, famous for its mangoes, may get another shot in the arm.

Kunkeshwar is located in Sindhudurg district, 16 kilometers away from Devgarh, 54 kilometers from Malvan and 60 kilometers from Kankavli. The nearest railway station is in Nandgaon which is approximately 42 kilometers away from Kunkeshwar.

The temple, the highlight of the town, was built in the 12th century CE in the Yadava period. In recent times it was renovated by Nilkanthpant Amatya Bavadekar on the orders of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. There is a ‘shivling’ in the sanctum of the temple.
Since the temple is so close to the seashore, it has had to be fortified with a 10-meter stone wall.

In front of the temple are six ‘deepmalas’ and an idol of Nandi seated on a platform. On the spire are sculpted images of Gandbherund and Kamdhenu. Kunakeshwar is a Shiv Panchayatan temple and besides the ‘shivpindi’ is an icon of Parvati. A small temple of Shridev Mandalik is located behind the Nandi. Between the four pillars is the icon of a tortoise. The Ganesha image here has only three hands.
HOW TO REACH Kunkeshwar

By Air
The nearest airport is at Dabolim, Goa.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Kanakavali on Konkan railway.

By Road

Kunakeshwar is close to Devgad and Malvan at a similar distance. Hence one can get lot of state transport buses to go to Kunakeshwar Devgad, Kanakavali and Malvan.

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