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About Guhagar

Guhagar is a city in the district of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra state. In local language, ‘Guhagar’ means ‘cave house’. The city is famous for its beaches, betel nuts, coconuts, Alphanso mangoes and coir items.

About Guhagar

Geography of Guhagar

Guhagar is situated at 17.47oN 73.2oE and has an elevation of 10 m (33 ft). The city is surrounded by a narrow strip of land of 720 Kms which runs parallel to the coast of Arabian Sea. In Maharashtra, this area is called as ‘Kokan’.

Climate of Guhagar

Tropical climate prevails in Guhagar city. The city also receives significant rainfall during most of the year and it also experiences dry season for a short period of time. Koppen and Geiger have classified the climate of the city as Am. The annual average temperature of the city is 26.9oC and average annual rainfall is 3218 mm. The temperature reaches the maximum during May and it reaches the lowest during February.

Administration of Guhagar

The city of Guhagar is administered by a Panchayat Office under the Panchayati Raaj Act. Sarpanch or the head of the village is the elected by the people of the village.

Business and Economy in Guhagar

The setting up of Dabhol Power Company in the year 1990 resulted in the growth of the city of Guhagar. Several hotels were set up and it provided employment opportunities to the residents of the city. Apart from that, tourism also provided the people with necessary occupations. 

Tourism in Guhagar

The city of Guhagar is surrounded by small hills on three sides and by Arabian Sea on its west and also comes with dense green vegetation. Apart from the picturesque beach of Guhagar, there are several tourists’ destinations which attract the tourists from other parts of the state as well as the country. Let’s see here some of the tourists attractions of Guhagar city.

Vyadeshwar Temple 

This temple is situated at the heart of the Guhagar city near the ST Bus Depot and the presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. For Kokanastha Chitpavan Brahmins, it is the Kuladaivat. 

Guhagar Beach

The unspoiled beach comes with calm and serene ambiance and is ideal for meditation, sunbath and relaxation. It is also a perfect place to get away from the cacophony of the city life. The beach is quite safe and the tourists can indulge in water sports, swimming, etc. Many chat stalls have sprung up on the shore. 

Anjanvel

It is an estuary island situated near Guhagar city and it also has a natural seaport. On this port, activities such as ship building, breaking of old ships; maintenances, etc are carried out. It is also a fishing village and the tourists can interact with the community of fishermen.

Gopalgad Hill

This hill is a paradise for trekkers and is situated in Anjanvel village. A fort set up Siddis in 16th century called as Gopalgad Fort is situated here. Later, this fort came under the rule of Shivaji Maharaj. Two small temples as well as a lighthouse are also situated here. From the lighthouse, the tourists can have a breathtaking view of the surrounding places.

Ganapati Temple

This famous temple of Dasabhuja Ganapati is situated 18 Kms away from Guhagar at Hedvi and supposed to have been built during the reign of Peshwas. The idol is made of marble which was brought from Jammu-Kashmir and the temple was renovated recently. Ganesh Janmottasav is celebrated in a grand manner in this temple.

Uma Maheshwari Temple

This temple is situated 3 Kms from Ganesh temple along the sea and is dedicated to Goddess Uma Maheshwari.  Sea water splashes into the temple during high tide. 

Chandika Temple

This temple is situated 15 Kms to the north of Guhagar. This temple is found in a cave which is 15-20 ft underground. Only candles and lamps are used inside the temple as the electricity is not allowed. It is believed that the swayamboo idol of Goddess Chandika belongs to the Pandava era. This temple was discovered some 300 years ago and the tomb of the discoverer is found outside this temple. 

Velaneshwar Temple

This famous temple is situated 16 Kms away from Guhagar and the presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. This temple situated on the seashore is the kuladaivat of Kokanastha Chitpavan Brahmins. The temples of Lord Vishnu, Kala Bhairav and Lord Ganesha surround this temple. 

Enron Project

This project is situated near Anjanvel on the Guhagar-Veldoor road and the tourists can see 70-80% of this project.

Apart from the above, tourists can also visit cities such as Ratnagiri, Chiplun, Mahad and Mahabaleshwar from Guhagar city. 

Public Utility Services in Guhagar

Guhagar city comes with the following public utility services:

Panchayat Office

The following is the address of Guhagar Panchayat Office:

Nagar Panchayat, Guhagar
Asgoli Road
Nagar Panchayat Building
Guhagar
Ratnagiri
Maharashtra 415 703
Tel: 02359-240356, 240256

Electricity Office in Guhagar

The address of electricity office in Guhagar is 

MSEB Office
MSEDCL Guhagar Sub Division
Guhagar
Ratnagiri
Maharashtra 415 703
Tel: 02359-240262
Website: www.mseb.com

Banking Services in Guhagar

The following banks operate in Guhagar:

Bank of India
Grampanchayat Building
H No 97 Khalacha Pat
Guhagar
Maharashtra 415 703
Tel: 02359-240534
Email: Guhagar.Ratnagiri@bankofindia.co.in 

Union Bank of India
Ashirwad
AT & Post Palshet
Guhagar
Ratnagiri
Maharashtra 415 703
Tel: 02359-256239
Email: cbspalshet@unionabankofindia.com 

The Shamrao Vithal Cooperative Bank Ltd
Bazarpeth
Shrungartali
Guhagar
Maharashtra 415 703
Tel: 02359-244531

Canara Bank
Sri Rajendra Sitaram Arekar
Sitaram Complex
First Floor Bazar Peth
Guhagar 
Maharashtra 415 703
Tel: 7774055241

Bank of Maharashtra
Gram Panchayat Building
Guhagar
Ratnagiri
Maharashtra 415 703
Tel: 02359-243230

Postal and Courier Services in Guhagar

The address of post office in Guhagar is: 

Guhagar Sub Post Office
Guhagar
Ratnagiri
Maharashtra 415 703
Tel: 02359-240220

The following courier service operates in Guhagar:

Pushpak Courier Services
Behind S T Stand
Guhagar
Ratnagiri
Maharashtra 415 703
Tel: 02359-254194, 9421186965

Telecom and Broadband Services in Guhagar

The address of BSNL Office in Guhagar is:

BSNL Customer Care
Telephone Exchange
Guhagar
Ratnagiri
Maharashtra 415 703
Tel: 02359-240299

Private telecom companies also operate in Guhagar. 

How to Reach Guhagar

Guhagar city is well connected by road to other major cities of the Maharashtra state. MSRTC buses as well as private buses operate here. The Maharashtra State Transport Bus Depot is situated in the centre of the city. Guhagar does not have a railway station and the nearest railway station is Chiplun which is 44 Kms away from the Guhagar town. Ratnagiri airport is the nearest airport to Guhagar city which is some 53 Kms away. The tourists can travel by bus or hire a taxi to reach the city. 

Quick Facts about Guhagar

Government - Panchayat Office
Population as per the 2011 census - 3,425
Time Zone - IST
Postal Index Number - 415 703
STD Code - 02359
Official Languages - Konkani & Marathi

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