Vaibhavwaditaluka is a taluka in Kankavli subdivision of Sindhudurg district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.It was earlier a small market town by the name Vabhwe. In the early 1980s it was accorded the status of tehsil under the new district Sindhudurg. Located to the north-east of Kankavali, Vaibhavwadi is off National Highway 66 (Old National Highway 17) and is on the district’s eastern border with Kolhapur District. Nandgaon is 22 km south.
A strong influence of Kolhapuri and Konkani civilizations is prevalent in the area. The prime attraction here is some ancient caves amid dense forest and mountains. Dating back to the period of the Pandavas, these caves are noted for their magnificent carvings.Vaibhavwadi Road Railway Station, managed by the Konkan Railways, serves the area.
Vaibhavwadi has a semi-tropical climate and remains warm and humid in most of the year. It has three clear seasons: rainy (June-October), winter (November-mid February) and summer (mid February–May). Monsoon winds bring heavy rains, with an average rainfall of 3240.10 mm.
The major crops are rice, mango, cashew, coconut, vari, nachani, groundnut, jackfruit, beetlenut and spices.
The cuisine of the Vaibhavwadi is popularly known as Malvani cuisine. Coconut, rice and fish assume prime significance. Kombdi vade, a chicken savoury, is the most popular dish here. Others include ukadyatandulachipej (उकड्यातांदळाचीपेज – a semi-fluid boiled preparation made of brown-red rice) and sol kadhi (सोलकढी – a preparation made of sol (kokum) सोल and coconut milk).Mango is a major factor in the life of Sindhudurg. Varieties of Alphonso mango (हापुसआंबा ) from Devgad are particularly popular. Other varieties of mango are Mankur (मानकुर), Pāyari (पायरी) and Karel (करेल – used for preparing mango pickles) are also popular for their distinct taste.
Malvani cuisine also has many vegetarian dishes, including garyachesandan, pickle of karmal, bimble, ambahalad, karadichibhakri, kanyachasanja, appe, ghavan, dalimichi usual, and kaju usual.
Vaibhawadi is one of the big attractions for tourists. Here one can see the beauty of nature. At one side are high mountains with greenery. In the morning and evening one can enjoy the fog. In the rainy season the natural beauty is highly increased due to waterfalls.
- Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary: The first wildlife sanctuary of Maharashtra was notified in 1958. It spreads over 351 km2 and is a south tropical semi-evergreen forest. It lies at the southern end of the Sahyadri sub-cluster and is popularly known as Bison Sanctuary, as the Indian bison or gaur (Bosgaurus) is the flagship species of the area. Other animals sheltered in the sanctuary include leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, barking deer, mouse deer, sambar, giant squirrel and wild dogs.
- Napne waterfall: Located at Sherpe village in Vaibhavwaditaluka, this waterfall is known as Swimmer’s Delight. A swim in its cool pool is very safe and refreshing. Here one can easily explore the secret of cascading water by reaching close to the spot from where water emerges from the top in the form of bubbles through hard and compact rocks. The area around the waterfall is also a natural habitat for rare species of birds, especially the hornbills.
- Shivgad fort: Located at Ghonsari, Phondaghat ,this magnificent fort beckons adventurous tourists and mountaineers. Since the terrain and peaks of this region contain Asia’s largest known biodiversity for flora and fauna, Dajipur Bison Sanctuary, the view of the area surrounding the fort is a major attraction here. KasardeSalva mountains Gagangad and clearly visible from this fort. Goddess Bhavanimata’s Temple of remains of some imposing structures. Cannons are also seen inside the fort but to see all this, one has to trek to the top.
- Gagangad: Gagangad is 59 km from Kankawali, and was erected by Raja Bhoj in the 12th century. It is constructed on the table top of Gaganbavda, 3000 feet above sea level. It is constructed only on one rock and has only one narrow entrance. It is famous since NnathaSampradayGagangiriMaharaj stayed here. He is known throughout India as a social worker and national hero.
- Aakhavane-Bhom : Aakhavane-Bhom is a forest near Vaibhawadi famous for groups of wolves expert in the skill of hunting.
- Mounde: This is a very small village surrounded by the huge range of SahyadriParvat. This village is located on the borders of three districts, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg. The people leaving here are adventurous and skillful in hunting. This village is around 35 km from Vaibhavwadi. 70% of the area of the village has become a forest so in the rainy seasons it looks like heaven. From Sahyadri vales one can see many waterfalls. The Aruna River is raised from Manmoda Parvat.
- Vyaghreshwar Waterfall: After the onset of rainy season, tourists like to see waterfalls. Amboli, Napne and Savdav waterfalls are successful to attract them but Vyaghreshwar waterfall at Manche, which descends from 300 feet height, is out of sight for a long time. With an enchanting mountain range, vales and between them the pleasant waterfall, ancient Vyaghreshwar temple, the surroundings are dreamy and attracting.
- Aianari caves: Vaibhawadi is 39 km from KankawaliAianari caves. These caves are 8 km from village Bhuibavda in Sahyadri range. Springs flow continuously in the cave. One can see five kundas as Pandavekundas. There is a local belief that Bhima, the pandav, killed Bakasur in the forest nearby.
- KarulGhat: This is the most important link between Sindhudurg and Kolhapur district, nearly 10 km in length. It is the coolest place and also famous for Gagangirimaharaj math. It is nearly 1000 feet tall. From that place one can view Sahyadri range up to 10 layers. It is a beautiful spot for sunset.
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