Get to know the Locals
Dahanu’s historical significance as a trade city may be witnessed by the fort on the mouth of Dahanu creek. Savta port was once a busy trade center especially for teak wood, chateaus and other farm produce. “Dahanuka” also occurs in one of the Nashik cave inscriptions.
Dahanu, the headquarters of Dahanu Taluka of Thane District, lies in the Northern Konkan region of Maharashtra state. The taluka can be divided into two regions; east, i.e. the junglepatti, which is the forest-clad hilly tribal interior and the west, the bandarpatti (the sea-coast).
Dahanu has a conglomeration of people from almost all walks of life. Thus, it has temples/ worship places of all the religions. Apart from Mahalaksmi, the Santoshi Mata, Sai Baba Temple, and Jain temples, Dahanu also have Mosques, Churches, Gurudwara and Fire-Temples. There are exclusive worship pleases of The Warlis. Dahanu, since ages has distinctly been identified with Warlis and Zoroastrians.
The Warlis are the original inhabitants Dahanu’s Jungal Patti They are often referred as the ‘King of the Jungle’, because of their legendary identification with forest. Their houses are made with ‘karvi’ or ‘kasar’ grass walls covered with a paste of red mud and cow-dung. The floor is too made of mud and cow-dung mixture. To protect the earthen wall coat from heavy rains, the thatched roof is four way sloping. Most of the Warlis work as farm labours for their livelihood and cultivate paddy during monsoons. Government support and contribution of various NGOs have given a lift to the Warli’s standard of living and have created awareness about health and hygiene and education amongst them.
The Warli Art has also gained world-wide reputation of late, with many local Warlis artists participating in out-country exhibitions. Painted in white on a brown earthy surface with basic geometric figures viz. squares, triangles and circles, the Warli paintings depict their way of life, their rituals and customs.
Bordi and Dahanu, both towns famous for beaches, are less than 10kms away.
Progressive in their attitude, the Zoroastrians (also known as Parsis), have played a key role in shaping Dahanu’s destiny. These Iranian refugees had spend almost 12 years of their most trying moments in the caves of Bahrot Hill, for protecting their sacred fire. They tilled the soil of Dahanu and turned this town green with vegetable, fruit and flower gardens. Their culture and cuisine have added a unique Persian flavour to the land.
The social mosaic of Dahanu is dotted with agriculturists, artisans, potters, basket weavers, jewelry die-makers, salt manufacturers, balloon manufactures, toddy tappers and fisher folks.
Dahanu is lined with fruit orchards and is distinctively famous for its Chikoo (Sapota/Sapodilla) fruit. Till date, the economy of Dahanu survives on its chikoo plantations. Chikoo finds its market all the way up to Mumbai- Pune, Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, with new market being regularly tapped.
Dahanu’s rich marine belt has vast wetlands. Fishing in these wetlands is an age-old occupation which sustains thousands of fishermen families. Yet another occupation which supports a sizable population of Dahanu is salt pans in wet lands.
Dahanu Taluka has one of the largest areas under forests in Thane district. Apart from firewood, this forest yields many a products like teak, ain, khair, hed, bibla, shisham, sawar, apta, kalamb, palas, karvi, bamboo, shikakai, mohuwa, bel, tad, chilhar, palm, charcoal, honey, gum etc. Dahanu forest is reach in shrubs, herbs, grass and medicinal plants as well as wild birds & wild animals.
Adventure and Trekking:
For the sport enthusiasts, Dahanu could be a within reach ideal camping destination. Trekking and Venturing out into the surrounding mountains of Bahrot (1,760 ft), Mahalaxmi (1,540 ft), Gambhirgad (2,270 ft) and Asherigad (1,680 ft) could prove a paradise for trekkers. Though there is no professional trekker’s club here, it would not be difficult to find some tribal youths to accompany you, if you ask for!
Barda (Bahrod)Distance from SaveFarm: 8 kms to base.