One of the most popular beaches in Dapoli, Harnai is a long flat beach with the Suvarnadurg fort looming in the horizons on the northern side and the vast expanse of sandy beach extending upto Karde and further towards its south.
PS : don't confuse 'Murud' - Harnai with 'Murud' - Janjira near Alibag. Though their names are similar, they are located about 100 Kms apart from each other!!
The Durga Devi temple right at the start of the way leading to Maharshi Karve beach or the Harnai beach is one of the most important temples in this part of Dapoli and is a must see during a visit to Harnai. The Durga Devi temple was built way back in the 18th century with Durga Devi as the presiding diety with a pyramid-like roof of terracotta tiles, along with a pond and a hanging temple bell to the left of the main entrance.
Palande is located just north of Harnai across the creek. Palande extends on to the Harnai Fishing harbour to its north and the Kanakdurg fort also is clearly visible from Palande beach.
Harnai Fishing Harbour..
Harnai is famous for the fish auctions that happen at Harnai fishing harbour which is an awe inspiring affair. The fish auctions at Harnai happen every day at about 6 in the evening.
Suvarnadurg and Kanakdurg
Located about a quarter of a mile off the coast from Harnai port is the fascinating Suvarnadurg Fort. A rocky island, Suvarnadurg is about 8 acres big with stone wall bastions. The sea-gate depicts carved figures of a tiger, eagle and elephants and fifteen old guns have also been located in the fort.
Kanakdurg spread over half an acre is adjacent to the Harnai port and projects into the sea.
Keshav Karve Photo Gallery
The photo gallery in the honour of the first Bharat Ratna laureate - Maharshi Dr. Dhondo Keshav Karve is at Harnai close to Durga Devi temple and is well worth a visit if you want to see some of the rarest and historic photographs of Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve