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North Western coast of the state of Maharashtra in India is among the few surviving green zones of the region, has historic remains and is rich in tribal traditions. Maharashtra Tour Organisers Association (MTOA) recently organised a familiarisation tour of the beautiful region for educating its members.

Sudhir Patil, Founder & Director, Veena World and President, Maharashtra Tour Organisers Association (MTOA), said: “Dahanu is one of the last surviving Green Zones between Mumbai and Surat with 47 percent forest cover and 55 percent of the local population as tribal. The region has pristine beaches, long flourishing fruit orchards, natural hot springs and many historic forts, caves, temples and offers tasty ethnic cuisine including seafood. Our members sure will found it attractive to sell it to their clients.”

 MTOA Members on North Konkan Fam Trip.

This second FAM trip was part of MTOA’s efforts to bring lesser known destinations of the state on the tourist map to substantiate the state government’s efforts to make the popular business destination into also a leisure getaway. They organised a tour to Kolhapur last month and are planning a trekking tour to Naneghat at World Heritage Site of Western Ghats in January.

Dr. Rajeev Churi, President, North Konkan Chamber of Commerce and Agricultural Foundation (NKCCA), said: “This area is already popular as a weekend getaway for tourists from Mumbai and neighbouring Gujarat and hence already has 1,600 rooms in different budget categories spanning from beautiful resorts on the beach, hills to hands-on farm stays.  Many new accommodation options are coming up too.” Hill Zill hotel at Bordi has a huge permanent wedding venue and is scheduled to launch chikoo wine soon. NKCCA has joined MTOA in promoting the region.

Shirgaon Fort 

NKCCA also promotes trade, commerce, industry, agriculture, horticulture, export, science, technology, consumer education and the coastal in the area under the three main core sectors; hospitality, agro tourism & coastal tourism; food processing and maritime related business & water sports.

Maharashtra Tour Organisers Association (MTOA), established in the year 1969, has 150 members. Mr Patil said: “We are adding up new members to make our base big and have recently taken a decision to give free associate membership of MTOA to any travel agent who is a member of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Travel Agents Associations of India (TAAI), or Travel Agent Federation of India (TAFI), so that together can all promote tourism in Maharashtra.”

Many local tribes like the Warlis, Dubla, Dhodi, Bhandari, Agri and Bari have a natural, fascinating lifestyle with beautiful Tarpa dance and their simple depiction of life in art is very popular as Warli paintings. Small fishing villages & ports and numerous chikoo or sapota and mango   orchards have been thriving here since ages. Immigrant Parsis and invading Portuguese have left their traces too in the form of a fire temple at Bahrot caves, beautiful bungalows and forts at Vasai and Bordi.

A Tree House accommodation at Chaudhari Baug Farm at Bordi.

Adventure activities like rope climbing & walks and zip line are incorporated at farm stays. Other key places of tourist interest in North Konkan are popular mountain temple of Jivdani Mata Mandir at Virar, Vajreshwari Temple and its hot water ponds, beaches, Mahalakshmi Temple and educational institutes at Dahanu & Bordi, Asavli Dam, and Kelva’s long, pristine beach, Shitaladevi temple, ancient fort and dam.

All the local traditions come alive at the annual Chikkoo festival during the harvest time in Bordi.

Clean Shallow Waters Bordi Beach.

Written by Anand & Madhura Katti

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