Vengurla was one of the oldest ports in Konkan. It was a destination for people traveling to Sindhudurga district of Maharashtra from Mumbai when roads and railway was not built in Konkan. It was also important for merchants for sending their goods to foreign countries via Arabian Sea.
It started losing its importance after Konkan got better road connectivity with rest of the state and the country. Also, because of economies of scale, sending goods from larger ports like Mumbai and Marmagoa became more efficient and the business importance also reduced. Hence, when I recently visited this place, I could see hardly any activity on the port except a few fishing boats. However, the atmosphere is very calm and nice and people are friendly.
There is also a very old Dutch storehouse in this town. It is said to be more than 400 years old. However, it is in extremely dilapidated condition currently due to neglect. One feels sorry looking at the current state of the building. In the good old time, Dutch and other merchants used to store their goods here before sending them on ships.
Information by Kapil Edke as a traveling guide