Kunkeshwar Temple is an ancient Shiva Temple situated in the Kunkeshwar village, which is 14 Kms from Devgad town. It is surrounded by a pristine beach with a long stretch of seashore and white sand, adding to its beauty. This temple has charming architecture reminiscent of the South Indian style of temple architecture, which the Yadav Kings built in 1100 A.D. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj rejuvenated this temple many times and was a frequent visitor. It is also known as the Kashi of South Konkan and is explored by devotees during the Mahashivratri festival. The vigilant Shiva deity bestows blessings on everyone who surrenders to its feet.
Every temple has its unique story, and Kunkeshwar too has an exciting story when an Iranian sailor travels the sea for trade. As soon as the sailor came close to the Kunkeshwar beach, sudden havoc appeared. The sailor was a Muslim who then promised to build a temple if the devastation in the sea stopped. He kept his promise but, sadly, committed suicide, fearing that people from his religion won’t accept him.
On the eastern side of the temple, there are caves from the Pandav times with beautifully carved male and female warriors in black rock. The temple also has a Ganesh idol and a Shiv-linga and Nandi in the center, making it a must-see for every visitor.