The Kelva beach is very beautiful and is sometimes called as Kelva or Kelwa beach. This beach is situated in the state of Maharashtra in India. It’s the most popular during the weekends and a lot of tourist visits this Kelwa Beach. It’s a very good tourist attraction. The beach spreads across around 8 kilometers long. This beach is sometimes overcrowded with local people, especially during weekends which really shows that there the popularity is growing in this place
Kelwa Beach is situated about 80 kilometres north of Mumbai. It is easily accessible from the Kelve Road station situated about 5 kilometres away. It is also a 25-minute ride on an 8-seater rickshaw from Palghar. It is around 13 kilometers from the highway. Kelwa Beach is also connected by state transport buses which make frequent trips from Palghar or Saphale and Kelwa Road Station.
The Kelva Fort is an ancient structure present here that belongs to the 16th century and was constructed by the Portuguese. This fort was also used by the Maratha ruler, Shivaji, for his own defense purposes. Most of the region is covered with Suru trees.
This land has been rendered holy lay the foot-prints of lord Ram. Kelwa town coasts of a very ancient temple of the Goddess Shitala-Mata. This temple, built in very distant past, underwent a complete renewal and restoration at the hands of a seventhly female ruler Devi Ahilyabai Holkar about three hundred years ago-thereafter, the temple structure had become worn-out and frayed.
Some wise and discerning soul in the Kelwa town, constituted a Repairs and restoration committee and varied out repairs, renewal and restoration of the old structure in 1986. The Restoration committee with the Ex-Revenue Minister Padmashri Bhausahib Vartak as its President, was duly appointed. The Work of restoration began according to the design and lay-out given lay the famous architect of Mumbai, Shri. Prabhakar B. Save. The additional land-worship was performed at the auspicious hands of Padma Shri Bhausahib Vartak and the corner-stone was laid at the auspicious hands of the famous industrialist of Mumbai, of edifice-workshop and the ascending the holy water-pot was duly performed on the first day of Chaitya on April 10th, 1986.
Kelve beach in western suburbs is famous. Kelve Pankot is at some distance from the beach to the south, amidst sea and can be visited only during low tide. This was built on a rock where Danda creek meets the sea. From the location, the Portuguese could keep a watch on the creek as well as sea. This fort is boat shaped, and still intact. During the low tide, the sea water clears and we can walk to the fort.
The reference for this fort is found in a letter written by Chimaji Appa in 1739, during the Maratha-Portuguese war.
The fort entrance is located 8 feet above the sea level. During high tide, we can directly enter the fort by boat, and during low tide, we have to climb 8 feet. There are slits in the walls here for locking door. Also, we can find windows in the wall for canons. After entering the fort, we see another entrance, well fortified. This was meant for guarding if the first door was penetrated. Entering this door, we find some remnants and a pond. Ahead we find the third entrance. This part of the fort ahs 2 levels and is semi circular in shape. There is a well here. There are many windows here, either for mounting canons or guns, and for collecting octroi.
You also have something called as the Kelva Dam and was constructed years ago for the purpose of supplying water to the farmers of the Palghar area. This has been a dam used to store water in the Kelva area. A lot of people travel to this place, especially during the weekends.
It is great place to visit during the rainy season.