Saturday, July 9, 2011

KONKAN HOUSE CLUSTERS

kanchan athalye | Saturday, July 09, 2011 | Best Blogger Tips
In Coastal Maharashtra, houses in rural areas are nestled amidst the trees and the paddy fields. There is abundant land available to build upon and yet, the houses lie snugly next to each other.

In India, the people who farmed, who fished and who have built their houses with their highly developed skills of craftsmanship always planned a house that was their own but that also belonged to the village. It was only one unit of the many that made up the village street. One house was built, then the next and the next. Streets that were thus formed were shaded from the afternoon sun.

Here, the roofs are built in timber understructure with mangalore tiles. The walls are in brick and verandahs are created with brick arches that offer structural support. The plan of the house is primarily square. The square tiled roof is seen as a common element throughout the coastal villages of the Konkan region.

In a post-graduate thesis in Landscape architecture, CEPT university, Shruti Bhagwat points out that the villages here are ideal watersheds. The village jungle is treated as common property and preserved. Phenomena like sacred groves and bunded water channels that were maintained traditionally are still common in the konkan.

As one passes by Saplak, near Mhalsa, one notices that entire streets are lined with mangalore-tiled houses. This is a fairly prosperous town which has diamond merchants who have artisans skilled in diamond cutting. Saplak is on the way to Harihareeshwar. It is also interesting to study the houses in Mahad, in Chiplun and other parts of Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg districts.

In the contemporary context, environmentally responsible design would require that materials and elements of the building be reuseable, wherever possible. The siting process may include an in-depth understanding of sun orientation, soils, vegetation and water resources. We may want to design landscapes to absorb rainwater runoff (storm water) rather than to carry it off-site in storm sewers. The architecture of the konkan coast is climatically responsive, uses a sustainable approach and has an indian identity. It is important for us to know the indigeneous traditions of these regions and to work towards the continuity of the architecture of the past.

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REMOTE KONKAN TOUR

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Konkan is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to get away from the busy streets and fast paced urban life to some quiet and peace. It has a host of remote and untouched areas, which have not succumbed to the onslaught of urbanization as yet, and have managed to maintain their pristine charm. Be it the inaccessible, harsh and yet indescribably beautiful landscapes of Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg, or the dense jungle thickets of the Amboli, there is a certain serenity in these remote areas that cannot be matched by anything in the world.

We, at Purna Travels, can offer you package tours to some of the remotest areas of Konkan that have been least influenced by the city life. Life carries on simply and uncomplicatedly here, and you can relax in the midst of nature and rejuvenate your senses, sans pollution and other worldly distractions.
You will be able to set off on a quiet exploration of the surrounding countryside, refresh yourself mentally and spiritually, and have plenty of time to yourself. If you are an adventurer, you could even go on a trek and camp out. Our tour packages, are complete packages that ensure your accommodation as well as transport facilities, so that you have absolutely nothing to worry about but to enjoy yourself and relax completely.
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BEACH HOLIDAYS IN KONKAN

kanchan athalye | Saturday, July 09, 2011 | Best Blogger Tips
A family trip combined with a beach holiday is one of the most enjoyable ways of spending a vacation. For a beach holiday on any one of the unmatchable Beaches of Konkan is the perfect holiday that has something in it for everyone. The sun, sand, sea and surf are just the ingredients for mixing some high spirits and enthusiasm in your life!

Konkan is blessed with one of the longest coastlines in India, and has some untouched and heavenly beach locations that are a delight unto themselves. You will find plenty of isolated coves with long, clean uninterrupted stretches of golden sand that are just the right distance away to give you your privacy, while at the same time allowing you access to nearby towns and their convenience.

We, at Purna Travels, are happy to offer you some fantastic beach holidays package tours to some of the best beaches of Konkan. Our beach tours are what dreams are made up of, with excellent accommodation being arranged for you in quaint beach shacks, seaside huts or sea beach resorts. They will give you the opportunity to relax and unwind in beautiful surrounding, as well as indulge in water-sports like water skiing, surfing, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, etc. We assure you, that while on your beach holiday, you will have a whale of a time! Offering personal touch to your requirements, we will take you to the best beaches of Konkan to crown your holidays with unforgettable memories!
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

DEVRUKH

kanchan athalye | Thursday, July 07, 2011 | Best Blogger Tips
I t is a lovely place in Ratnagiri district. It is a Taluka Headquarters 330 kms from Mumbai and 45kms from Ratnagiri. it is very picturesque. Main tourist spot near Devrukh is Marleshwar which has a sacred "Shiva Temple" in the sahydri hills. it is 16 kms from devrukh. in Devrukh there is Swami Samarath Math which is taken care of by Shri Ajit Telang a renowned spiritual Guru.

Devrukh is a birthplace of social reformer Parvatibai Athavale.

PLACES OF INTEREST AROUND DEVRUKH

MARLESHWAR(18km) - Biggest waterfall in the District, Shiv temple in cave (sometimes you can even see snakes inside.) most popular place after Ganpatipule.

GANPATIPULE (65km) - Ganesh Temple and Beach
Ganpatipule - Prachin Konkan - Jaigad Fort - Karhateshwar (Sea facing temple) - Kolisare (Lakshmi Keshav Temple)

AMBA GHAT - VISHALGAD FOREST - PAWANKHIND
Pawankhind (All together 50km) - The place where Baji Prabhu Deshpande faught for Great Shivaji Maharaj, The road to Pwaan Khind goes from beautiful Amba Ghat(25km) and Vishalgad Road forest(38km) . You will definetly enjoy this journey.

RATNAGIRI(45km) – Ratnadurga F ort - Bhatye Beach -Thiba Point - Tilak House, etc

VASHI DAM(15kms) - Not the biggest dam but really great to see in the evening as it is situated facing towards Sahyadri Ranges
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