Top 17 Major Tourist Attractions Around and Along National Highway 17

NH17 now renumbered as NH-66 is the 7th longest highway in India connects Panvel to Kochi and run through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala. National Highway 17 passes through the rolling hills, green dense forests, rivers, rivulets and white streams, Arabian sea, coconut trees and paddy fields. Major tourist attractions and Lifestyle along NH 17 includes ghats,sea and river plus various interchanges and the best highway food.



The coastal town of Alibaug is the most famous place in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Alibag main tourist attractions in and around are Alibag beach,Alibag Fort,Siddheshwar Mandir,Kankneshwar Temple,Akshi Beach and Nagaon beach.

Raigad Fort


The hill fort of Raigad is situated in the Mahad in the Sahyadri mountain ranges of Maharashtra, Fort Raigad is much more than a mere tourist spot, It is a sacred place of pilgrimage and one of the most adventures trekking place around Pune and Mumbai.

Gandharpale Caves

Gandharpale Caves is group of 30 Buddhist caves located on NH 17, Cave 1 Has Verandah in front 53 feet long and 8 feet wide. Gandharpale or Pala caves are situated on a hill near Mahad- Konkan across the Mumbai-Goa highway.



Mahabaleshwar is the most famous hill station located in the Western Ghats range with one of the few evergreen forests of India. Mahabaleshwar is a popular holiday resort and honeymoon spot, and an important pilgrimage site for Hindus with list of attractions includes Venna lake,Balakwadi dam,Wilson Point,Arthur’s Seat and 3 Monkey Points.



Ganpatipule is located on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra in in Ratnagiri district and famous for Nearby places such as beautiful village of Velneshwar,Jaigad cliff Fort,Light House and Ganapatipule beach one of the most spectacular beaches along the Konkan Coast.



Vijaydurg city is famous for the oldest fort on the Sindhudurg coast,known as Vijaydurg Fort. Vijaydurg Fort is surrounded by water on three sides and connected to land through a narrow road, It is one of the five sea fort of Maharashtra.


Malvan is well known for the historically important Sindhudurg Fort, fish curry and rice and Alphonso mangoes. The cuisine of this region is popularly known as Malvani cuisine which mostly includes Coconut, Rice and fish.


National- Highway- 17-Goa

NH 17 passes through the so many Beach cities of Goa through various interchanges in state. Pernem,Mapusa,Panjim,Margao,Cuncolim and Canacona are the major interchanges in the states, Goa is one of the major tourist attraction around and along with National Highway 17.

Gokarna Beach

The Beautiful Gokarna is located about 59 km from Karwar along the coast by the Arabian Sea. Gokarna is known for the beaches,main beaches in Gokarna are the Gokarna beach, Main Beach, Kuddle Beach, Om Beach, Half moon Beach, Paradise Beach and Nirvana beach.



The most amazing village of Karnataka is considers it one of Karnataka’s most beautiful beaches. Maravanthe creates a spectacular scenery and considered only one of its kind in India, National Highway 17 or NH-66 runs right next to the beach and the Suparnika River flows on the other side of the road. Village beach of Maravanthe is the only place of its kind in India and one of the place you should visit before you die.

Malpe Beach

Malpe is an important port and fishing harbor on the Karnataka coast, known for places of interest as the scenic beach,St. Mary’s Islands,houses temples of Balarama and temple of Balarama. Malpe Beach is one of a kind situated at the mouth of the Malpe/Udyavara River.



Karwar is a city about the fusion of the Kali River and the Arabian Sea and beautiful nature all around. The natural harbour and the port town of Karwar is best place realize the beauty of Nature with places of interest as Tagore beach,Seaside beaches,Historic sites,Kali River Bridge and Kali River.

Bekal Fort

The largest fort in Kerala is situated at Kasaragod and declared as a special tourism area along with surrounded beautiful beach,coastal Jungle trail offering hiking, birding & boating. Bekal Fort important features are the water-tank,the tunnel and offer view of towns Kanhangad and Pallikkara.

Muzhappilangad Beach


Muzhappilangad Beach also known as the Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach is located parallel to National Highway 17 or NH-66 near Kannur, Kerala. Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach is the largest Drive-In Beach in Asia with 4 km length and an important tourist attraction for driving stunts, cars drifting and wheeling in bikes.

Kappad Beach

The most famous beach of Kozhikode locally known as Kappakadavu, Kappad Beach is the historic beach where Vasco da Gama landed in Kerala. Kappad Beach is one of the most charming beaches of Kerala, can be ride down through the backwaters and the Korappuzha river.



Munnar hill station is known as the breathtakingly beautiful place and a haven of peace and tranquility in God’s own country. It is one of the most popular hill stations located in Idukki and situated at the confluence of three mountain streams.



Thekkady is one of the most beautiful and an important tourist attraction of the Periyar National Park, located near to Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary os famous for its dense evergreen forest,splendid artificial lake,the Periyar River and picturesque waterfalls. Thekkadi is one of the place in my wish list to visit in Kerala along with Munnar and house boat of Alleppey.

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