||While you drive on the Mandva - Alibaug road you find three prominent beaches namely Saswane, Awas and Kihim. Of the three Awas is the most beautiful beach, Kihim is a bit rocky while Saswane is full of rocks. Kihim is the most popular destination due to MTDCís efforts to market their resort over there. We would still suggest that if you are planning to visit this part do not forget to see following three locations:
1. Awas Beach:
2. Kanakeshwar Temple:
This beach is relatively flat and has good sand. Itís ideal for swim and can take your kids along without any worry. Family groups can enjoy games like cricket, beach volley, football or may be just put a mat and bask in the sunshine. The sunset view is extraordinary. If you enjoy beaches this is the best option. (See More Pictures in Awas Beach Location)
While you spend your time on Awas beach plan a trek to the Kanakeshwar temple one early morning. Kanakeshwar Temple is situated on a hill top with approximately 750 steps to climb. So people who are not used to such adventure may find it difficult; but it is worth a try. The dense forest around and pleasant breeze; will keep reenergizing you.
3. Karmarkar Shilpalaya, Saswane (Museum of Statues):
Awas beach, Kanakeshwar Temple and Karmarkar Shilpalay are
close to each other within a radius of 12 km and local transport (auto rickshaws) is abundantly available.
Art lover or not this place is a must visit. Mr. Vinayak. P. Karmarkar, born on 2ND October 1891, was among the most renowned sculptures of all times. Topper of J. J. School of arts, winner of Lord Meyo Medal and also alumni of Royal Academy; Karmarkarís sculptures are a pleasure to see. There are approximately 200 of them in this museum with Hira Kolin and Shankhdhwani being the most noted ones. The sculptures are so beautiful that pictures shown here are not even comparable to the originals. Make it point to spend an hour or two here.
For those who do not mind a little safe adventure can take a boat ride from Awas beach to the islands of Khandheri and Undheri. It costs Rs 300/- per person for a day long picnic with food and tea (for a group of min 15 persons) to get to these islands. Undheri fort was built by Sarkhel Kanhoji Aangre (Chief of Naval Staff of Marathas); which is currently under the custody of Indian Customs. There is a rock on this island which locals believe is increasing in size and hence is worshipped.