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People love beaches and equally admire hill stations, but what if you get both at the same place? Dapoli, also accredited with the title ‘the Mini Mahabaleshwar’, is the utopian melodia of nature where both these notes of the cosmic music tune with each other. This picturesque hamlet of Konkan province nestled at the elevation of about 800 feet above the sea level and just 8 kilometers away from the Arabian seacoast is a highly cherished hill resort of Maharashtra bequeathed with the boundless treasure of scenic splendor. Enclosed by the hills of Western Ghats encumbered with the verdant foliage, Dapoli is endowed with the rich plantations of cashew nuts, coconuts, betel nuts and jackfruits.
The thick canopy of mango and coconut groves fringing the 50 kilometers long shoreline, the pristine greenery of the region and the enchanting migratory birds visiting this land of ecstasy every year render Dapoli an Arcadia for the nature lovers. Due to its proximity with the sea, Dapoli enjoys the pleasant and refreshing climate all twelve months of the year. The immaculate virgin beaches, ancient temples, archaic forts, other historic monuments, mysterious caves, archaeological sites, hot springs, challenging jungle trails and the infinite glamour of nature undoubtedly yields an ‘Erewhon’ for spending holidays with your loved ones away from the hustle bustle of city life. Today Dapoli has become one of the most sought after weekend destinations from Mumbai and Pune.
Honored to be the first ‘Nagar Panchayat’ of the country, Dapoli formerly functioned as a military base and was inhabited by the British Army troops, which has conferred upon it the sobriquet; the ‘Camp Dapoli’. Apart from its natural pulchritude what adds to the glory of Dapoli is its illustrious history. Dapoli has been the home to a number of prominent personalities of India including Lokmanya Tilak, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve, Sane Guruji, Wrangler Paranjape, Dr. Pandurang Vaman Kane and so on. The magnetism of Dapoli had also enticed the literary masters of Maharashtra. Shri. Na. Pendse in his ‘Garambicha Bappu’ and Sane Guruji in his ‘Shyamchi Aai’ have described Dapoli. The present day Dapoli; the home to Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidypeeth has become a leading educational hub of the Ratnagiri district.