Kankavli is a census town in Sindhudurg district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is an important town due to its central location in the Sindhudurg district. All talukas are of an equal distance from Kankavli. There is a temple of Swyambhu Ravalnath and Bhalchandra Maharaj. The city is situated in between two rivers. It is a cultural, educational and politically rich town.
Kankavli is located in south-west Maharashtra. It has an elevation of 42 metres. Kankavli is situated on the banks of two Rivers, the Gad River and the Janavli River. It is surrounded by villages like Natal, Nagawe, Bidwadi, Kalmath, and Halval. It is an important railway station on the Konkan Railway route as major trains stop here. Kankavli town is 441 km from Mumbai along the NH 66 and 125.1 km from Ratnagiri.
Kankavli's climate is a blend of coastal and inland climate of Maharashtra. The temperature has a relatively narrow range between 20 °C to 40 °C. Weather in Kankavli from October to May is humid. Maximum temperatures rarely exceed 40 °C and typically range between 33 and 35 °C. Lows during this season are around 20 °C to 26 °C. The city receives abundant rainfall from June to September due to its proximity to the Western Ghats and Arabian Sea. Temperatures are low in the rainy season and range between 19 °C to 30 °C. The winter temperatures are a bit higher compared to other towns. Lows range from 12 °C to 18 °C while highs are in the range of 26 °C to 32 °C. Humidity is low in this season making weather much more pleasant. Flooding is not a problem as Kankavli lies on a higher altitude than the sea level.
Villages in Kankavli taluka include:Natal Village - is situated 16 Km from kankawali railway station. 460 KM from State capital Mumbai. It is situated below the sahyadri mountain,have a very popular Shree Rameshwar Devalaya of lord Shiva. The temple has a great historical and aesthetic value. Mauli devi devalay is the holy place which is located at the below of the Mountain with good nature surrounding. Harinam Saptah is celebrated every year with great devotion in Rameshwar Temple. Dahikala utsav is also celebrated at 'Chavata' Place which is at the center place of the village. Ganesh festival is the most celebrating festival in natal & nearest Villages. In monsoon season many big waterfalls reappear on mountain region of village.During july to november green nature is surrounded through out whole village.Rice is the main crop taken by the local villager.In April to June(vacation season),It is famous for "Rayval" mangoes, hapus mangoes,cashew nuts, Carissa carandas (karwand), jack fruits and "Jambul"(Jamun fruit).Natal village has High School & College for good education.Students also come from near by villages like digawale, nardave, dariste & more. Village has multi specialty Super hospital(Sai leela Hospital) for good health of local villager.there are various Wadis like Rajwadi, Mahul wadi, Tambe wadi, Anand wadi, Kumbhar wadi, goankar wadi, pangamwadi, khandarwadi, sutar wadi, kawaletembwadi, mogarnewadi, bedamwadi, jadhavwadi,etc. which forms together Natal village.climate is very ideal to healthy stay, very calm surrounding for better life. So please visit at least one time to Natal village in life.
Tarandale is located 23 KM towards North from District head quarters Oros. 4 KM from Kankavali. 447 KM from State capital Mumbai.Tevnai devi is gram devata of this village.Dev Diwali is celebrated every year with great devotion.
Tarandale Pin code is 416602 and postal head office is Kankavli .Kasarde village is the large village in Kankavali Tehsil.
Halwal village -is situated 5 km away from Kankavali railway station.It is famous for "Rayval" mangoes (a variety of mangoes which are less sweeter than popular "Hapus" or "Alphanso" mangoes) and "Jambul"(Jamun fruit). Due to its proximity with the main city, most of the people travel to city most frequently.
Varawade village - Narayan Tatu Rane (Ex C.M. Maharashtra state) happens to be from Varawade village which incidentally is in this taluka.
Sangave village have a very popular Shree Rameshwar Mandir. The temple has a great historical and aesthetic value. It is a Swayambhu Devasthan. Dahikala and Saptah is celebrated every year in Rameshwar Temple. And most popular river name was Gad Nadi, continuous running throughout the year.
Kumbhavade village is situated 18 km away from kankavli. They have a very popular Shree Mahalingeshwar Mandir. The temple has a great historical and aesthetic value. It is a Swayambhu Devasthan. Mahashivratri Jatra is held every year. The jatra is held for people to seek the blessings of their Kuldaivat Shri Mahalingeshwar God.
Nardave Village is 30 km away to the east of Kankavli. This place is in the Sahyadri Range Mountain from Nardave Gargoti, District Kolhapur is just 15–20 km away by mountain roads. Mata Ambadevi is gram devata of this village. Beautiful Temple of Ambadevi, Vithala Devi, Ravalnath, Bramhandev are in this village. Bhairav Gad is situated at North-East direction of this village. Navratra, Dahikala, Harinam Saptah is celebrated every year with great devotion. At the end of village, Nardave dam is being constructed which is one of the biggest dam in locality.
Kalmath Village is just 1.5 km away from Kankavli. This place is known for their Kalam mango, Hapus mango, cashew nuts and karvande(a local fruit). Kalmath is also known for its Masjid (mosque) built in 1960, one of the first built in this region. Built on a grand scale, it has an important historical value. There is no authentic proof about history of the village as no inscription or grant is to be seen for long time
Nandgaon is just 12.5 km away from Kankavli. a small town on the national highway NH 17 well its a road junction the southbound road goes to Goa the northbound road goes to Mumbai the westbound road goes to Devgad the eastbound road goes to Phondaghat(Kolhapur/Nippani); the southbound one wadi is Patilwadi their well known Dattmandir his founder Dattram Patil.
Harkul (Khurd) is just 18 km from Kankavli a small village near phondaghat. The village is surrounded by sahyadri hill and there are various Wadi like Mahul wadi, Tembi wadi, Dongare wadi, Kumbhar wadi etc. which forms harkul khurd village. Shingoba is the holy place which is located at the top of the Mountain. Generally people of Harkul village come to Phonda market for their daily requirements. Harkul village is located just 6 km from Phonda ST Bus Depot. Mata Pavana devi is gram devata of this village.Harinam Saptah is celebrated every year with great devotion.
Tiware is 13 km (approx.) back from Kankavli at Mumbai Goa highway. Phonda market and Kankavli market are nearby markets from Tiware.
Osargaon is a village 8 km between kankavli and kasal ST BUS DEPOT, being connected directly to NH17 which is now known as NH 66, tourist spots available as osargoan talaw(dam) and Lingmauli mandir(temple) which is just 1km. from dam, surrounding with natural environment, devottes come here to full fill there satisfaction to this temple, it is just 1½ km from NH17, most of the land is popular for red bricks (stone) mining, people here are depended mostly on Agriculture like producing cashew , alphoso mango, coconut, rice as well as nowadays new generation doing all different types of daily wages, jobs, shops, hotels, business as there occupation. "Ganesh chachurthi " is the actual festival to enjoy 10/12 days through heart from all konkan konkanis is to wellcome lord "Ganesha " which is celebrated in September, & later all go back who comes to there native place anyhow to get blessings from God Ganesha. and much more to say, thankyou...
As of 2011 India census, Kankavli had a population of 16398. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Kankavli is the third biggest town in Sindhudurg District after Sawantwadi and Malvan. Kankavli has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 79%, and female literacy is 74%. In Kankavli, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Kankavli Town is centrally located from Kolhapur and Ratnagiri. Kankavli has recently come into the limelight as a result of politics. It is a Vidhansabha constituency of former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr.Narayan Rane and had witnessed many political disputes between political party members due to dynamic changes in the state's politics in recent times. Kankavli has its own Nagarpanchayat (Municipal Council) (local authority), a Panchayat Samitee office, Tehsildar Office, Taluka Court, and other administrative offices. Mr.Vinayak Raut is the MP(ShivSena) from the Ratnagiri - Sindhudurg Loksabha Constituency. Mr.Nitesh Narayan Rane is the MLA (INC) from the Kankavli-Devgad Vidhansabha Constituency.Bhalchandra Maharaj Kankavli
Savdav Waterfall Kankavli