Dahanu is a coastal city and a municipal council in Thane
district in the western state of Maharashtra
.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 Thane district.It is well known for rose gardens, coconut grooves 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.
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.It has an average elevation of 9.89 metres.
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 laidback and the beach doesn't see much tourist crowd except inhabitants of dahanu. there are horse, camel and weekend fairs on the beach.
Dahanu is well known for its famous delicious chikoos, capsicum and coconuts,tadee a juice of palm tree.It is also known for its loving nature environment which has now become a huge tourist places in munbai.
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.Jain Temples 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.
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.There is a famous 'Vishveshwar Temple' in Dahanu Gaon and a beautiful Ganesh Temple
near Dahanu Fort.
Dahanu Thermal Power Station:
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.