Konkan, also known as Karavali, is a coastal strip of land that lies between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. It consists of Goa, south coastal Maharashtra and coastal Karnataka. Bounded by the Sahyadris on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, it extends from Dahanu and Bordi in the north up to Goa in the south.

This 720 m coast line covers an area of 30746 sq km and includes the districts of Thane, Mumbai Suburban, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg. Konkan region is separated from rest of the states by the Sahyadris.

Konkan coast is strewn with several places of geographical, architectural and historical prominence. Nagaon, Alibag, Ganpatipule, Terekhol, Vengurla and Malvan are some of the significant coastal towns that lie along the Konkan coast. The forts of Arnala, Vasai, Raigad, Sindhudurg and Vijaydurg provide a deep insight into the history of the region.

The area is rich in fruits like mangoes, cashews and jackfruit. Marathi, Konkani, Malvani and English are the languages spoken in the area.

Updated on 20th July, 2005


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