Konkan, also known as the Konkan Coast or Kokan, is a rugged section of the western coastline of India. It is a 720 km long coastline. It consists of the coastal districts of western Indian states of Karnataka, Goa, and Maharashtra. The ancient Saptakonkana is a slightly larger region.
The word Konkan derived from two marathi words koṇa
(कोण, corner) and kaṇa
(कण, piece). The Konkan region is a relatively small stip of flat land at the western foothills of the Western Ghats
Shree Aryadurga devi temple, Devihasol (Rajapur), Ganpatipule, marleshwar temple, Angnechi wadi, parshuram temple.
The Konkan division is an administrative sub-division of Maharashtra which comprises all the coastal districts of the state.
The Sahyadri Mountain range ("Western Ghats") forms the eastern boundary of the Konkan, and the Arabian Sea marks the western boundary. The southern boundary is the Gangavali River. The Mayura River forms the northern boundary.
The Gangavali flows in the district of ("Uttara Kannada") in present-day "Karnataka State"; the cis-Gangavali portion (seen from Mumbai) of this district is the southernmost part of the Konkan. The towns of Karwar, Ankola, Kumta, Honavar and Bhatkal fall within the Konkan. The exact identity of the Mayura River, the northern limits of the historic Konkan, is indeterminate.
The two districts in the state capital Mumbai are also part of Konkan division. Maharashtra's konkan area consists of: 1.Palghar 2.Thane 3.Mumbai city 4.Mumbai suburb 5.Raigarh 6.Ratnagiri 7.Sindhudurg
Some of the native ethnic groups and communities found in the region include Agri, Koli, Bhandari, Rajapur Saraswat, Gabit, Padti, Chitpavan, Gauda, Daivajna, Kudaldeshkar Brahmins, Kuruba and Kunbi.
Tribal communities in Konkan include Konkana, Warli and Kolcha in Southern Gujarat, Dadra and Nagarhaveli and Thane district of Maharashtra. Katkaris are found more in Raigad and also some in Ratnagiri district.