The city lies on the banks of the River Vashishti. To the east of the city lies the Western Ghats and to the west lies Guhagar. The region is hilly and the city is situated in a valley. The region has tropical climate, very hot in summer and very wet. Summer days are extremely hot (above 38 °C). The rainy season — the monsoons last from June until October. Chiplun is near to “Koyna Dam”. The ‘Kumbharli Ghat’ situated in Chiplun is a main route for road transport, connecting the Konkan with the Vidharbha.
At the 2001 India census, Chiplun had a population of 46,213. Males constituted 50% of the population and females 50%. Chiplun had an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 82% and female literacy of 77%. 12% of the population was under 6 years of age.
The city has its own drama theatre Indira Gandhi Sanskrutik Kendra, and a stadium for sports is being constructed. A municipal council looks after the civic needs of the city. Maharashtra High School-Chiplun, Haji Dawood Ameen High School-Kaluste, United English school, Paranjpe Motiwala High School and D.B.J. College are the oldest educational institutes in the city catering the need for the taluka.
There are two English-medium schools in Chiplun most notably S.P.Mandali’s English medium School and L.M.B.School.There is also some other schools S. D. Gadre English medium School and Christ Jyoti Convent School. There is another very old shcool named United English medium school located at center of the city. It also has an engineering college: Rajaram Shinde College of Engineering affiliated to the University of Mumbai, which is located a few kilometres outside the city. Since there has been lot of thrust lately of grooming up to city standards,there is the famous Maginot World which is into Personality Development & Spoken English for the college kids.Since the city is on a busy National Highway, it also caters to travellers en route to Goa and Mumbai. It is also a junction for those travelling to the Dhabol, where an American project ‘Enron’ failed ending up lot of locals jobless that created vacuum among lot of youngsters during that time, but the place is unaffected as the people are self motivated culturally. The city links the western coast to the interior parts of Maharashtra, one of the few places in that region. Bharati shipyard (Dhabol) is near to Chiplun. Chiplun was severely devastated in the 2005 Maharashtra floods in which it received 300 mm of rain on 2005-07-25.
It is a land of traders, It trades in groceries, kokams (red colour fruit) and kokam juices. It also has a great crop of Mangoes as it falls in Ratnagiri district which is very well known for King of Mangoes ‘Alphoso’. It has more of scenic beauty. The city has its own ‘TAJ’ Hotel developed first in Maharashtra near riverview, though sadly sometimes the city is been labelled as an industrial town catering to mostly pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Chiplun is famous for its hotels and also known as tourist place , The water fall known as Savatsada attract the eyes of Tourists in month of june and july
SIGHTSEEING & ATTRACTIONS
The surrounding areas are full of wonderful places to visit and explore.
This is an area steeped In history and tradition.
There is something to interest everyone from temples and museums to waterfalls and Beaches.
A 700-year-old temple, located at a walking distance of less than a km from the hotel.
One can view this during monsoons only and is at a distance of 5 kms from the hotel towards the Chiplun town.
Walawalkar Shivaji Museum
A unique museum depicting the life history of the Maratha ruler Shivaji. Located at a distance of 30 kms from the hotel towards Derwan on the Mumbai-Goa highway.
An ancient pilgrim center, having a naturally formed Idol of lord Ganesna. The temple is located on a beach with glittering white sand. It is at a distance of 120 km from the hotel an approximate drive of 2 hours.
It is a beautiful temple dedicated to lord Shiva and is at a distance of 60 km from the hotel, a diversion before Guhagar.
Koyna Dam and Reservoir .The famous dam is at a distance of 45 km from the hotel. It is a drive worth taking.
A temple dedicated to lord Ganesh at a distance of 66 kms from the hotel, again a diversion from the road going to Guhagar.
Pale Buddist Caves at Mahad (Mahad Caves)
About 29 caves can be found right on the NH – 17(Mumbai Goa) just before Mahad on the East Hillside. Very short hike on the about 80 to 100 steps leads to these magnificent 2nd Century Buddhist caves. The caves are cut in the almost perpendicular scarp of the hill and face east. The first twenty are in the upper hill and the remaining eight about thirty feet lower. Located 88 kms. from resort towards Mumbai.
A pristine beach on the Arabian Sea located at a distance of 55 km from the hotel. Still unspoilt and virgin.
Vashisthi River Jetty
Situated at a distance of 10 km from the hotel. The hotel can arrange boat rides in a motorboat. This is not a facility offered by the hotel, but can be arranged by the hotel. The boating is possible only when there is enough water in the river, at times it is not possible as the water level is very low.
Ancient Fort of Shivaji Maharaj. Located on top of a small hill bank opposite Vashisthi River Jetty gives you beautiful view of the valley around & smoothly flowing Vashisthi River. Nature lovers can do a decent track on it to get the actual feel of the fort. Will take around 30 to 45 minutes.
Drive to Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar is well connected from Chiplun. Located approximately 105 km from Chiplun. One needs to take diversion from Poladpur Junction on the way to Mumbai. For nature lovers, a must to do drive, beautiful one full with ghats & scenic beauty.
Shivaji’s impregnable capital, the place where has was crowned and where he died. Beside the fort, you’ll find his Samadhi and the remains of his palace. Other attractions include Gangasagar Lake and the Jijamata Palace at Pachad. For its immense beauty, Raigad remains a hiker’s paradise. The formidable Pratapagad Fort with its equestrian statue of Shivaji Makes for an interesting excursion. Located 112 km. from resort towards Mumbai, via Mahad.
Rope-way is available from foot-hills to the top of the Raigad Fort. Rope-way charges varies as per season. On foot, about 1450 steps from foot-hill to top of the Fort.