THE SITALADEVI TEMPLE
The Sitaladevi temple is the most imposing and spiritual structure in the area. Renowned as one of the few Shaktipeeths in the region, it is a veriatble must-visit for the hundreds of the Maharashtrian devotees who turn up by the bus load every Tuesday to offer their prayers and flowers whilst seeking the deity's divine blessings.
Please note that the temple is only open from 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. and that it is compulsory to remove one's footwear before entering it.
SHIRGAON FORT AND BEACH :
An auto ride takes you the Shirgaon fort, behind which you can see the Shirgaon beach. The fort looks imposing with the Arabian Sea on the backdrop.
The fort is overrun by bushes, making the climb precarious. Erected during the 18th century, the fort is a maze of underground tunnels and cavernous hideouts. From the terrace of the tower you can view the village of Shirgaon on one side and the sea on the other.
KELVA BEACH AND FORT:
Kelva Beach is credited with seven kilometers of coastline, the largest in the region. The beach houses a few thousand suru trees.
At the southern end of the beach is the Janjira or the Kelva fort. The walk to the watchtower is quiet a long haul, so be prepared to expend a fair bit of energy. The fort is inaccessible during the high tide. But local boats are available until sunset for hoisting the vikings to the top with the help of a pulley.
10 kilometers away is the Kelva Dam, the route to which makes up an excellent cycling trip.
Warning : Do not linger on the dam/beach after sunset. This place gets very dark after sunset and public transport is scanty. Hence, set back early before it becomes totally dark else be prepared to have a nocturnal walk back to the resort.
Palghar is an holidayers paradise with lush green orchards and verdant farm houses providing that much needed landscaping to the coastal belt. Palghar is home to one of the biggest orchards of one of the most softest fruits of India called "Chickoo" which is the indian form of the kiwi-fruit.