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Dahanu is located in Maharashtra
Location in Maharashtra, India
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Palghar
 • Total 18.20 km2 (7.03 sq mi)
Elevation 9.88 m (32.41 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,27,000
 • Density 7,000/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
 • Official Marathi , Gujarati
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 401601 , 401602 , 401603 , 401604 , 401608
Telephone code 02528
Vehicle registration MH 04 , MH 48
Website .com.dahanuwww
Beautiful Sunset at Parnaka Beach
Bal Gangadhar Tilak Chowk, Dahanu

Dahanu is a coastal town and a municipal council in Palghar district in the western state of Maharashtra, India.


  • Location 1
  • The Town 2
  • Education in Dahanu 3
    • Colleges and institutes 3.1
    • English medium schools 3.2
    • Other schools 3.3
  • Social entrepreneurship 4
  • Tourism 5
  • Agriculture 6
  • Industries 7
  • Dahanu Thermal Power Station 8
  • Nearby Industrial Area and other power stations 9
  • Temples 10
  • Geography 11
  • Residential 12
  • Public transport 13
  • Demographics 14
  • Population of Dahanu Taluka 15
  • Media 16
  • Art and culture 17
  • Festivals 18
  • References 19
  • External links 20


Dahanu is located 65 km north of Virar on the Western Railway line of Mumbai Suburban Railway. It can be reached from National Highway NH-8, 24 km off from Charoti Naka. It is 22 km North of Boisar on the Western Railway line. It has nice and beautiful beaches. There is nice beach at Parnaka. Nearby Sai temple is located in Narpad. Also famous for Mahalaxmi Temple located just 4 km from Charoti.

The Town

The name "Dahanu Gaon" originates from the word "Dhenu Gram" meaning the village of cows. A lot of cattle, particularly cows were owned by the people in Dahanu. Today, Dahanu has become a major commercial and industrial town in the Palghar district. It is well known for rose gardens, coconut groves and the chickoo fruit and accounts for over 35% of India's chickoo production. Rubber balloons, rice mills and manufactured goods, are major manufacturing products which are produced in Dahanu. There is also a 500-MW power plant that supplies electricity to Mumbai. The electricity is distributed by Reliance Energy. It was formerly owned by the government.

The huge Banyan tree at Parnaka, Dahanu

Dahanu, a peaceful seaside town with a sprawling, uncluttered beach. The Dahanu-Bordi stretch is 17 km. This once-barren territory thrived under Irani settlers, an down to earth people. Dahanu is lined with fruit orchards and is favored for its chickoo fruit. Accessible from Dahanu is Udwada—an significant place of worship for the Zoroastrians—with a large, nifty temple that houses their sacred fire. This fire has been kept alive for almost a thousand years.

Education in Dahanu

Colleges and institutes

There are the following colleges and institutes in Dahanu:-

  • S.R.K College in Masoli(Vadkun)
  • Ponda College near Dahanu beach
  • P G Junior College, Bordi.
  • Rustomjee Academy for Global Careers, Savta (Dahanu East)
  • Abhyankar Institute, Dahanu (Commerce Educational Institute Recognized by Govt.)
  • Jamshed & Shirin Guzder College of Visual Art, Savta (Dahanu East)

English medium schools

There are also English middle schools including

  • St. Mary's High School
  • H.M.P High School
  • Shirin Diniyar Irani Learners Academy.
  • Tamarind Tree School, Dahanu, An advance school for tribal children

St. Mary's High School is said to be the jewel of Dahanu and oldest school completing its 52 years of education services on 8 September 2014.

Other schools

1. Pujya Acharya Bhise Vidyalay Kasa 2. Balakanji Bari High School Bapugaon 3. Surya nagar High school Waghadi 4. K.L. Ponda High School, Parnaka, Dahanu 5. H & H J Vakil Model High School. 6. S P H Highschool, Bordi 7. A.J.Mahatre high School, Narpad 8. H.M.P.High School, Masoli. 9. Vakil Model High School, Masloi 10.K.K.Mistry High School, Savta

Social entrepreneurship

The virtual platform for social development activities, AYUSH group is initiated by tribal youth from Dahanu taluka. AYUSH stands for Adivasi Yuva Shakti, an online platform with technological touch for tribal development activities. Base operated from Waghadi, near Kasa about 25 km from Dahanu Station. This group has been organized various program for Education and career guidance to students, preserving traditional knowledge, art and cultural values of Tribal community. With the help of social network its acting like think tank for Tribal empowerement. They initiated efforts for registration of Intellectual Property Right Registration on behalf ot tribal community for Warli Art, Now it is registered as Geographical Indication. Visit online


Dahanu is ideal destination for Rural Tourism. Dahanu Darshan part of World famous concept "Tribal Tourism" created by AYUSH group. Covers many places close to nature.

  1. Musalya Dongar, Mahalaxmi, NH8 (Mahalaxmi Gadh)
  2. Bhim Bandh, Waghadi, Surya River
  3. Gambhir Gadh, Kajal barichi Khind
  4. Dhamani Dam, Dhamani
  5. Kavdas Dam, Suryanagar
  6. Kurza Dam, Kurza
  7. Sakhara Dam, Sakhara
  8. Sisana Killa, Sisana NH8
  9. Kaneri Dongar, Ashta
  10. Asheri gadh, Mendhavan
  11. Surya River, Kasa
  12. Jain temple,gopipura
  13. Laxmi Narayan Temple in Dahanu Gaon. This temple is from Peshwa Era. It belongs to the Karandikar family. It is open to all.


Dahanu is well known for its famous delicious chikoos, capsicum and coconuts, and tadee a juice of palm tree. It is also known for its loving nature environment which has now become a huge tourist places in Mumbai.


The BSES (Bombay Suburban Electricity Supply) Power Plant was renamed as Reliance Energy Power Plant in the year 2005. Dahanu is a coastal region, the staple food of the people living there is rice and fish. Dahanu Road railway station is the last main station within boundary of Maharashtra State en route Mumbai Vadodara Western Railway line. Many express trains halt at this station. Weather here is very pleasant in the winters. Dahanu is also famous for the tribal people called Adivasis. Dahanu and surrounding area is designated by the government of India as an ecologically fragile zone, to protect the greenery from industrial pollution. Dahanu Road also has many balloon factories in the Masoli area. Industrial development received a setback from new ecological regulations hence tourism, animal husbandry, fishing, small scale units and farming are the only industries where expansion can take place.

Dahanu Thermal Power Station

A view of Dahanu Thermal Power Station, Reliance Energy Limited

Dahanu Thermal Power Station (DTPS) is Reliance Energy Ltd.’s single largest power generating facility. It is a 500 MW (2 X 250 MW) coal-based thermal power station.

The power plant was commissioned in 1995. DTPS is the first power utility to get both ISO 9000 and ISO 14001 certificate in India.

Electrostatic precipitators (ESP) are installed to collect fly ash and minimize emissions to the atmosphere.

DTPS has installed a 275.34 m stack to ensure better dispersion of particulate matter. The stack has a diameter of 31.5 m at the bottom and a diameter of 16 m at the top, with two separate flues of 5.25 m diameter at the bottom and 4.75 m diameter at the top for each unit. This is the highest stack in India.[1]

Any expansion of the DTPS, is specifically not allowed as per: 1. Clearance conditions, July 7, 1988 by the Environment Dept. Government of Maharashtra and later on March 29, 1989 by Central Government MOEF 2. The Dahanu Notification dated June 20, 1991 3. The Supreme Court Order of 1996 which upheld the Dahanu Notification and issued further directives to ensure implementation of the same.

Nearby Industrial Area and other power stations

Tarapur Industrial Estate and Tarapur Atomic Power Station are located close by. The huge industrial area at Tarapur accommodates various specialty chemical, bulk drugs, steel and alloy and textile manufacturing companies.


Some of the famous temples :Mahalakshmi Temple, Mata Mahalaxmi & Mahalaxmi Gadh, Santoshi Temple-Ashagadh, Sai Baba Temple- Narpad, Shri Kevda Devi Mandir -Agar Road, Jagrut Hanuman Mandir - Agar & Waghadi, Mata Saptashrungi Mandir Nikane, Shri Gajanan Maharaj Mandir - Parnaka. Shree Ram mandir-Ramwadi,Dahanu Road (East).

Jain Temples(Dherasar) The old Jain temple in Dahanu Gaon (Fort Area) has recently completed 100 years and is now included in Jain Tirth (Teerths) It is a Chandraprabhu Swami's temple and also has idols of Dadaguru Dev. A new jain temple(Dherasar) is been bulid on Irani road in Masoli.

The newly constructed temple at Kosbad Hill is an attraction for people from Mumbai and Surat as there are many visitors on Sundays. Tour organisers arrange a single day picnic from Mumbai and they come in numbers every weekends. In fact another new Jain Temple has been built (about 5 years ago) located at Irani Road opposite IDBI Bank. The Jain Temple at Kosbad was probably built about 10 to 15 years ago. (Information dated 7/4/13.)

There is a famous Vishveshwar Temple in Dahanu Gaon and a beautiful Ganesh Temple near Dahanu Fort.

There is a Laxmi Narayan Temple in Dahanu Gaon. This temple is from Peshwa Era. It belongs to the Karandikar family. It is open to all. The temple has beautiful wooden carved Pillars on which the "Sabha Mandap" stands.


Dahanu is located at .[2] It has an average elevation of 9.89 metres. To the west of the town is the beautiful coast of the Arabian sea while the east is lined with the magnificent Sahyadri ranges. This unique combination has made Dahanu a major tourist attraction. Sprawling Chickoo wadis (farms), rose gardens, salt pans are among the other things that dot the landscape.

The Dahanu beach is an extensive 15 km stretch lined by coconut and "suru" trees. This is mostly crowded on the weekend when people from the metropolitan city of Mumbai come to visit as it is a short commute. The other days life is very laid back and the beach does not see much tourist crowd except inhabitants of Dahanu. there are horse, camel and weekend fairs on the beach.

Climate data for Dahanu (1961–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 27.6
Average low °C (°F) 16.7
Average rainfall mm (inches) 0.1
Source: India Meteorological Department[3]


Dahanu is a good residential location. Very good schools and colleges are located here. Among them Shirin Dinyar Irani Learners Academy is well Known for Sport and innovative activities.St Mary's High school is the popular school with about 4000 students studying from nursery to class X .

Public transport

State transport buses (Maharashtra State Transport Corporation) and auto rickshaws are the general mode of transport. Dahanu Road is also accessible by train. Recently it has been included as the last Suburban station on the western railway line, connecting it with local train services up to Churchgate.

Parnaka(Dahanu Beach)


As of 2011 India census,[4] Dahanu had a population of 1,27,000. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Dahanu has an average literacy rate of 71%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 77% and, female literacy is 64%. In Dahanu, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Population of Dahanu Taluka

In spite of a tradition of resistance, the indigenous Warlis have today become poor marginal farmers or migrant labourers barely surviving from year to year. While their narratives and consciousness come from a history of police brutality, exploitation by landlords, moneylenders and liquor contractors and from their continuous struggle for land rights and access to the forests, they are today forced into practicing settled subsistence agriculture. Moreover, categorized as backward and primitive, their culture, heritage and ecological understanding has come under attack. They now live on the margins of industrial and urban areas on the fringes of their slowly eroding forest lands.


Dahanu has two newspapers. "JANSHAHI" is a reputed decades old Gujarati language, weekly newspaper. "DAHANU TIMES" is the second newspaper which is published in Marathi language and is a Daily.

Art and culture

There are mostly Warli/Varli and other tribes lives in Dahanu. The people in Dahanu taluka are mostly tribals, mostly inhabiting rural areas and having daily commute to urban areas for work. Tribal culture is dominant in the talk and customs. The tribal art most predominantly shows village life and the day-to-day functions. The original people of this land are tribals. World famous tribal art "Warli art" originated here from Warli tribe. Many foreign students have resided in the tribal settlements for learning Warli art. Similarly Tarpa dance (Adivasi Nrutya) and Dhole dance are famous all over the world.


  1. Koli Bhaji
  2. Nag Panchami
  3. Gauri Ganapati
  4. Sakar Chuvat
  5. Nava Bhat Khane
  6. Sarvapitari Avas or Omasya
  7. Dival Baras or Bagh Baras
  8. Dasara
  9. Divali, Berya
  10. Saticha Deva
  11. Sakrat
  12. Holi or Simga
  13. Mahi Bij
  14. Gudi Padwa
  15. Akhati
  16. Boida
  17. Khalyacha Deva
  18. Shri Ram navami
  19. Gauri
  20. Paryushana [jain festival]
  21. Shree Krishna Janmashtami [ Gopalkala ]
  22. Ganesh Utsav
  23. Navratri Utsav


  1. ^
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Dahanu
  3. ^ "Monthly mean maximum & minimum temperature and total rainfall based upon 1961–1990 data" (HTML). India Meteorological Department. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

External links

  • Dahanu Municipal Council online
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