Thursday, November 25, 2010

VENGURLA LIGHTHOUSE

kanchan athalye | Thursday, November 25, 2010 | Best Blogger Tips
About 3 km from the town and near the jetty is the lighthouse, reached via a winding path that passes through shrubs and vegetation. Perched on a hill, it’s set on a small plateau. It offers a spectacular view: the sea below you, stretching far into the horizon; the jetty and its boats; the palm-fringed coastline to the left; and a creek far away trailing out to the sea. To the right is a sheer drop down to the sea past jagged cliffs. To the north-west are the Vengurla Rocks, also called Burnt Islands, which was an important pointer for seafarers in times long gone.
VIEW FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE
 It’s well worth strolling around the lighthouse. The northern tip overlooks an alluring horseshoe-shaped beach. Small winding pathways lead down to small coves, which are in reality tiny strips of sand with the cliff-face rising on both sides.
 Vengurla Jetty Once a bustling port, Vengurla’s jetty is a part of settlement set up by the Dutch. The best time to visit the jetty is in the evening when the boats return with the day’s catch.


Date Established : 1869
Latitude: 15° 51 Min. 12 Sec.
Longitude: 73° 37 Min. 0 Sec.
Name : Vengurla Light
Location : Southern Maharashtra, southwest coast of India Arabian Sea.
Nearest Town or City: Vengurla, Sawantwadi, Malwan
Managing Organization: Department of Lighthouses and Lightship Central Government
Tower Height: 43
Height of Focal Plane: 269
Characteristic and Range: Red flash every 5 seconds, range 24 nautical miles.
Description of Tower: Hexagonal masonry tower with black and white bands ; lantern dome is red. Attached to dwelling.

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