Luxury holidays in Sindhudurg

A remote and rugged district on India’s Konkan Coast, Sindhudurg is sought for its unspoiled beaches, pristine forests and crumbling island forts. Most travellers passing along Maharashtra’s coastline tend to set down in bustling Goa, often unaware of its quieter northern neighbour. Frankly, this has been good news for Sindhudurg, where the locals prize and protect their culture and wildlife, particularly their lush mangroves and stretches of sacred forest, which have been designated as a reserve for Indian bison and leopard.

When to go

The best time to visit is from October to February, when the weather tends to be warm and dry. Things get hotter from March to May, and the monsoon usually arrives in June, lasting until September.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Goa International Airport is currently closest, and can be reached directly from Delhi, Mumbai and Abu Dhabi. From there, it’s a three-hour drive to Sindhudurg. Flights should start touching down at the new Sindhudurg Chipi Airport in 2019; once they do, Chipi will be by far the best option.
  • Trains

    The nearest station is Kudal, a 30-minute drive from the hotel. Unless you’re coming from one of the neighboring states, it’ll be a long journey – 10 hours from Mumbai, for example – so you’ll be better off flying.
  • Automobiles

    Most visitors give driving a miss, opting to hire a car with a driver instead – the price difference between the two is often negligible.