Revdanda BeachIf you want to traverse the true nature of the Alibaug coasts, then Revdanda beach is the best choice for you. Revdanda Beach is a very lonely beach in this region. The sand is black in color, which gives it a special look. Revdanda Beach is also famous for the Revdanda fort which is located on the beach that can be accessed easily. The fortress holds a great importance in history as this was the place where St. Francis Xavier delivered his first sermon in India. Stay Near Revdanda Beach is also available.
The chapel still exists on the fort and the ruins tell a story of an era long bygone. Revdanda was also the place where the first Russian traveler landed in India and a monument hold testimony to the fact. This great historical place is also significant to the Jews in the area. It is 17 km away from Alibag and 125 km away from Mumbai.
Places to visit:
Datta Mandir:Datta Mandir is located in the Chaul part of Revdanda. This Mandir of Lord "Datta" which mainly the Maharashtrian people worship. The Mandir is on top of the peak, the road leading to the Mandir is of almost 1500 steep stairs. From this temple, we can see entire region around Revdanda. And it is believed that it was built in Raje Shivaji's reign to keep an eye on the enemy.In this Mandir huge celebration for five days in a year, it starts on the birthday of Lord Datta and continues for 5 days. During this period students are given holiday.
Revdanda Fort:Revdanda Fort (in Portuguese "Fortaleza de Chaul") is located in Revdanda, Maharashtra, India. The fort is located at the mouth of the Kundalika River. It is easily accessible by road. The Alibag-Murud road passes through the fort. Earlier the fort was guarded on three sides by creek water. The main entrance is from the southern side.
Shitaladevi Temple:Shitala Devi Mandir is another holy place in this village of the temple.This temple was renovated a few years ago. People of the village believe that Goddess "Shitala" protects the village from all evils. Maharashtrians refer to the goddess as "AAI" which means mother in Marathi. This temple was formerly looked after by Modgi Family in Recent years of ancient Shitaladevi Mandir and Late.Vedmurti Keshavbhatt Modgi(Modak) was former Poojari of this temple and it was their family land which was then given to temple as said by Kulvrutt and Kulachar of Modgi family.
After then Modgi Family was shifted from Revdanda by giving the temple for daily operations to one of the Brahmin family from revdanda with the land across the temple. The son of Late.Vedmurti Keshavbhatt Modgi(Modak) was Shri.Shridharpant Keshavbhatt Modgi(Modak) was MA English from Deccan College, Pune. reside at Roha and he died in the year of 1967 and his next generations are living at Goregaon, Bhivandi, Thane, Indapur, and Pune.
Chaul:Chaul is a former city of Portuguese India, now in ruins. It is located 60 km south of Mumbai, in Raigad District of Maharashtra state in western India.The famous fair at Chaul-Bhovale has celebrated in December month it starts from "Datta Jayanti" and lasts for 5 to 7 days. The peoples from various places come for this fair. Chaul has 2000 years history. The port at Chaul was used for trade with Gulf & European countries by the sea in olden days.
During the Maratha Regime, Chaul had 350 lakes & a same number of temples. Of this temples, only 40 to 50 are still there. Famous among them are, Shitaladevi, Rameshwar and Datta Mandir on the hill. Portuguese came to chaul 400 years back. The fort and the Observation tower named "Satkhani" built by them still exist. The spices, fruits & flower trees are plenty in Chaul. Revadanda was formerly a part of chaul. The bridge constructed on Revadanda/Salav made it convenient to travel to Murud & Janjira.
What to see: It is famous for its Portuguese ruins, an old church, a synagogue, Buddhist Caves, the Haman Khana and a temple. More than 365 old temples are present in Chaul town. On the way to Murud Janjira from Revadanda, in between, there is a beautiful and famous Kashid beach. Murud &Janjira, which are located 50 Kms from Alibag is also famous for beautiful beaches and a fort at Janjira.
The beautiful Ganesh temple built by Birlas at Salav is an attraction for tourists. The light illumination of the temple at night is worth seeing. The temple is located 4 Kms from the end of Revadanda/ Salav bridge.