Tarkarli Beach in Maharashtra: Essential Travel Guide
Scuba Diving and Water Sports off the Tourist Trail
Unspoiled Tarkarli beach is best known for its water sports including parasailing, scuba diving and snorkeling. The beach is long and pristine, and the area is reminiscent of Goa decades ago before development set in. Its narrow, palm-fringed roads are lined with village homes, and locals can often be seen unhurriedly riding bicycles or walking to get around.
At the confluence of the Karli River and Arabian Sea, in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. It's about 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of Mumbai and not far north of the Goa border.
How to Get There
Unfortunately, reaching Tarkarli is time consuming. Currently, there's no airport in the area, although one is under construction. The nearest airport is 100 kilometers (62 miles) away in Goa.
The nearest railway station is at Kudal, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) away on the Konkan Railway. You'll need to book well in advance, as trains fill up fast on this route. Expect to pay around 600 rupees for an auto rickshaw from Kudal to Tarkarli. Autos are readily available at the railway station, and local buses also run from Kudal to Tarkarli.
Alternatively, it's possible to take a bus from Mumbai.
If you're driving from Mumbai, the quickest route is National Highway 4 via Pune. Travel time is approximately eight to nine hours. National Highway 66 (also known as NH17) is another popular, albeit slightly slower, route. Travel time from Mumbai is 10 to 11 hours. More scenic but much longer is State Highway 4 (the coastal route) from Mumbai . This route is best suited to motorcycles. It involves taking numerous ferries and the roads are in poor condition in parts. The views are stunning though!
The weather is warm throughout the year, although winter nights can be a bit chilly from December to February. The summer months, during April and May, are hot and humid. Tarkarli receives rain from the southwest monsoon from June to September.
Most of the people who visit Tarkarli are Indian tourists from Mumbai and Pune. Hence, the busiest times are during Indian festival season (particularly Diwali), Christmas and the New Year, long weekends, and school summer holidays in May.
A popular Ram Navami festival takes place at Mahapurush Temple every year. Ganesh Chaturthi is also widely and enthusiastically celebrated.
If you want to enjoy pleasant weather and empty beaches, January and February are the perfect months to visit Tarkarli. Off-season discounts are offered, and accommodations receive very few guests during the week.
The Beaches: Tarkarli, Malvan and Devbag
Tarkarli is the region's most well known beach. It's bordered by two tranquil, lesser-frequented beaches -- Devbag to the south and Malvan to the north. Both are home to fishing communities. Devbag is situated on a long, thin stretch of land with the Karli River backwaters on one side and Arabian Sea on the other.
What to Do There
Water sports are carried out on nearby Tsunami Island, a sandbar at the mouth of the Karli River estuary near Devbag beach. (There's some debate over whether or not it was in fact formed by tsunami waves after the earthquake in 2004). Local boat operators will take you there for a fee, and various water sport packages are offered. Prices are fixed and you can expect to pay 300-500 rupees for each activity, such as jet ski rides. A full package costs 800-1,000 rupees. Parasailing with a speedboat is about 1,000 rupees per person.
Malvan has one of the best coral reefs in India, and scuba diving (from 1,500 rupees) and snorkeling (from 400 rupees) are possible near Sindhudurg Fort. Marine Dive is a reputable company, based in Malvan, that offers trips. The best months for snorkeling and diving are November to February, when the water is clearest.
If you're interested in undertaking scuba diving training, Maharashtra Tourism's Indian Institute of Scuba Diving and Aquatic Sports runs certified training courses near the Maharashtra Tourism resort on Tarkarli beach. The courses are certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors in Australia. 2-day Discover Scuba Diving courses cost 3,500 rupees, while 45-day (minimum) PADI Dive Master courses cost 65,000 rupees.
Sindhudurg Fort, located in the sea just off Malvan beach, is one of the area's top attractions. The fort was constructed by great Maharashtrian warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji in the 17th century. It's a substantially sized one -- its wall stretches for 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) and has 42 bastions. The whole area of the fort is approximately 48 acres. The fort can be reached in about 15 minutes by boat from Malvan pier, and boat operators will allow you approximately an hour to explore the fort. What's interesting is that a handful of families, who are descendants of staff appointed by Shivaji, still reside within it. Unfortunately, maintenance and preservation of the fort are poor, and there is a disappointing amount of trash there.
Traditional rapan net fishing is undertaken on the beaches and is fascinating to watch. On Sunday mornings at Malvan beach, the whole village participates. The huge netting, which is placed in a "U" shape in the ocean, is hauled in by fishermen when the fish are spotted, thus trapping them. It's a long, labor-intensive and lively process, as the netting is extremely heavy. Most of the fish caught are mackerel and sardines, and there's a buzz among the fishermen to see how successful they've been.
Where to Stay
Maharashtra Tourism has a resort with dorms, bamboo boat houses, and Konkani cottages nestled under the pine trees on Tarkarli beach. It has a prime location and is the only place right on the beach, making it extremely popular with visitors. Reservations need to be made months in advance during busy times ( book online here ), when it's packed to capacity with Indian guests. As it's a government-run property, service and maintenance are noticeably lacking though. Expect to pay about 6,000 rupees for a bamboo house and 4,000 rupees for a Konkani cottage, per night, for a double including breakfast. This is on the pricier side, considering that facilities and rooms are basic.
If you'd prefer somewhere less costly but better maintained and in the same area, Visava is recommended. Otherwise, neighboring Devbag and Malvan beaches have some appealing options. If clean and peaceful surroundings are a factor, staying on one of these two beaches is recommended, as Tarkarli is sadly becoming littered with trash dropped by the increasing number of tourists.
Enterprising locals have constructed homestays amid the coconut groves on their beachfront properties at Malvan beach. These homestays are typically comfortable but basic cottages with just a few rooms, only steps from the sea. Two of the best ones, which are located next two each other, are Sagar Sparsh and Morning Star. Expect to pay 2,000-2,500 rupees per night, for a double. The cottage at Sagar Sparsh is super close to the sea but Morning Star is a bigger property with chairs, tables, and hammocks interspersed underneath the coconut palms. This ensures that all guests have plenty of personal space to chill out.
You'll find more options on this website .
Devbag has a few upmarket hotels, as well as many inviting guesthouses and homestays, all lining the ocean. Try Avisa Nila Beach Resort for a touch of luxury. Rates start from about 3,900 rupees per night, including tax.
What to Note
The area is geared more towards Indian tourists, rather than foreigners who seldom visit it. Many of the signs are in the local language, particularly in Malvan where there are homestays. Foreign women should dress modestly (skirts below the knees and no revealing tops) in order to avoid attracting negative attention. Foreign women may feel uncomfortable sun baking and swimming on Tarkarli beach, particularly if there are groups of Indian guys around (which is likely, due to the proximity of the Maharashtra Tourism resort). Quieter Malvan beach offers much more privacy.
Local Malvani cuisine predominates, featuring coconut, red chilli and kokum. Seafood is a specialty, as fishing is one of the villagers' main sources of income. Delicious surmai fish thalis are priced around 300 rupees. Bangra (mackerel) is prevalent and cheaper. Choices for vegetarians are limited.
Unlike many other beaches in India, you won't find shacks or snack stands lining the shore.
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Mumbai Tarkarli Road Trip on an Extended Weekend
The last long drive we did was in November to Hampi, Badami, and Vijaypura. Four months have passed after that. The long weekend of the Holi week offered a perfect opportunity for another trip. An off on Friday made it an extended weekend of four days. Hence, after much consideration, Mumbai to Tarkarli road trip was decided for our next family adventure.
There are two routes for going to Tarkarli, one via NH66 (old Mumbai-Goa Highway) and another via NH48.
- The distance via NH66 is ~ 500 km
- The distance via NH48 is ~ 550 km.
We decided to go to Tarkarli via NH66 and return via NH48.
Mumbai Tarkarli Road Trip
Our plan was to start in the afternoon once my daughter comes back from school. It is not possible to reach Tarkarli on the same day. So, the destination for the first day was Chiplun.
Day 1: Mumbai to Chiplun
We started at 2.25 pm.
I prefer the Airoli bridge over the Vashi bridge to cross the creek and get into Navi Mumbai. So, from Jogeswari, we took JVLR to reach Airoli via Powai. Since we stay at Goregaon, we could have opted for Aarey colony rood.
We did not do that and it proved to be a mistake very soon. On account of Mumbai Metro work, JVLR has become substantially narrower. There was bumper to bumper traffic jam from Jogeswari up to the crossing of JVLR and Ballavbhai Patel road. It took around 20 minutes to cross that stretch.
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Powai – Airoli – Belapur
After that traffic eased out substantially. We crossed Powai at 3.05 pm, touched Eastern Express Highway at 3.15 pm, and were at Mulund East, at the junction of Airoli-Mulund road and Eastern Express Highway by 3.20 pm.
We encountered the second round of traffic jams at Airoli, just before getting onto Thane-Belapur road and lost around 10 minutes there.
There was a sporadic traffic jam even on Thane-Belapur Road. The road became free and drive became painless only after Nerul. We crossed Belapur at 4.05 pm and by 4.18 pm, we were on Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
It was quarter to 5 pm when we reached Khalapur toll gate. After crossing the toll gate, we took a left turn for Pen-Khapoli Road. Immediately After getting onto Pen-Khapoli Road, we took a U-turn and perpendicularly crossed the Mumbai-Pune expressway by the overbridge.
Khalapur – Nagothane
There, the road trifurcates. The rightmost branch is Pen-Khapoli Road which goes towards Pen. The left-most branch goes back to the Mumbai- Pune expressway. The middle one is SH92 which goes to Nagothane. We took a 5 minutes tea break at a roadside tea stall and then proceeded towards Nagothane.
The distance between Khalapur and Nagothane is approximately 40 kms. It is a single-lane road. One of the claims to fame of this road is that Imagica Theme Park is on this road. You also need to take this road if you intend to go to Durshet forest.
I last drove on this road in December 2017. Then, the road condition was good or rather excellent. The traffic on this road is quite sparse. Driving on this road used to be a pleasure in spite of it being a single-lane road. The situation has changed now. The road is being widened. Construction work is underway. Asphalt is being replaced by cement. Now it is a broken dirt track.
The road condition improves significantly after the first 10 km and remains so for the next 15 km. The last 15km is a mix of good and bad patches.
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Sahyadri Hill Range
It is a serpentine road through the Sahyadri hill range, full of twists and turns. It passes through Pali town and some villages. The grassland on both sides of the road was completely dry. In the blistering afternoon sun, it was emitting a golden glow.
In many places, the trees at the side of the road were devoid of leaves. The skeleton-like branches moved up in an apparent attempt of catching the feet of the rain god. In the afternoon Sun, the dry branches were looking a bit mystic. I am pretty sure that on a dark night, these branches look eerie in the headlight of the vehicle.
SH92 meets NH66 near Nagothane bridge on Amba river. This place is approximately 3 km after Nagothane town while you are going towards Chiplun. We reached there around 5.55 pm. By that time, we had covered a distance of 124 km. Before getting onto NH66, we took a snack break with some homemade stuff on the banks of the Amba river.
We resumed our journey after 15 minutes. Before saying goodbye to SH92 we took the last few snaps of the road. In the slanting rays of the setting sun, it was looking surreal.
By the time we took NH66, it was already in the captivity of the shadow of the hills standing tall at the west. The dusk was setting in. The moon appeared in the east.
By the time we crossed Mangaon, the darkness was visible.
I drove a number of times on NH66 since 2009. Though it is a single-lane hilly road, it used to be an enjoyable drive. The route offers fascinating vistas and a bit of adrenalin rush. The road surface used to be impeccably good. The traffic used to be scanty traffic, especially after Poladpur. I have even driven on this road in dark and found that pretty manageable.
The assumption of good road quality does not hold good anymore. Road widening work has been going on NH66 for the last 3-4 years. It has significantly worsened the surface quality.
When I drove last on NH66 in December 2017, the stretch up to Mangaon was affected. This time, based on this day’s as well as the following days’ experiences, we found that the entire NH66 has come under the ambit of road widening work.
I am ok with driving at night on a single-lane road even with twists and turns provided the road throw unpleasant surprises in form of broken track and sudden diversions. Here the case was exactly the opposite.
The track was broken at many places and it was full of diversion. To make the matter worse, most of the vehicles coming from the opposite side were engaged in a vulgar and competitive display of brightness of the headlights. It was a difficult drive.
My advice for myself and other travelers is to avoid NH66 for the next few years to the extent possible.
Poladpur – Chiplun
Driving became a bit easier once we crossed Poladpur. One of the reasons is that traffic became light after Poladpur. Another reason is that the Moon started glowing full throttle and moonlight caused darkness to disappear considerably. It was the previous evening of ‘Holi Purnima’
Driving on a hilly road on a moonlit night is an exhilarating experience. The hills, the valleys, the forest were looking mystic in the moonlight. It was a treat to the eyes.
Unfortunately, I could not capture the same in the lens. You need to take a super slow shot to capture the beauty of nature. You need a proper camera and a tripod. I had ammunitions but did not have time as we were already running late.
We reached Chiplun at 9.45 pm. We had pre-booked our accommodation at ‘Hotel Oasis’. It is on the highway. It is a neat and clean hotel with a restaurant and parking lot. The room is a bit smaller but quite ok for a stopover.
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Day 2: Chiplun to Tarkarli
After getting up, I came out of the hotel for a stroll and found the morning bit overcast and foggy. The hotel staff told that Chiplun experiences foggy morning till March.
What I read from the internet is that Tarkarli has several other good beaches in the company, both in the north and south of it. In its north, there are beaches namely Kunkeswar beach, Achara beach, Chiwla beach, etc.
We planned to cover these beaches on our way to Tarkarli. It is difficult to get down on the beach with Sun over the head. So, we decided to start late so that we did not hit the beaches before the afternoon.
We started at 10.30 am. The toad condition was similar to what we faced the previous evening. After covering a distance of around 71km, at 12 noon, we took a left turn and left NH66 as per the advice of Google maps. It was a narrow hill road.
I was a bit surprised with Google Maps’ guidance for taking left because our destination was on our right-hand side. Still, I obliged Google map hoping that it would take us to our destination using some underpass below NH66.
However, after driving a few kilometers, I realized that my apprehension was correct. This road leads to NH66 only. Google map directed us to this road instead of sticking to NH66 because as per its analytics, that was saving some time.
I am not sure whether we saved any time. But we do not have any complaints also. The road was quite scenic. Though it was narrow, its surface condition was very good. There was very less traffic on this road. We enjoyed driving there.
We came back to NH66 at 12.25 pm. From there, NH66 was in excellent condition. So, the speedometer started hovering around 100km/hr.
We took our lunch break at 1.15 pm at Hotel Gurumauli Lodging. By that time, we had covered approximately 124km. The hotel was looking quite decent from the highway. It was actually. We ordered a vegetarian Thali for my wife and one-half chicken handi with chapati and rice for my daughter and myself. The food was good. The meal cost around Rs. 500/-.
We resumed our journey at 2.05 pm. After crossing around 8 kms, we took the right turn for MDR61 and started ascending immediately. It was a nice serpentine road through greens.
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After some time, we reached the top which is flat, essentially a plateau. The surface is rocky and barren. The black asphalt road has gone towards the horizon by splitting the plateau. We were driving on a parched land under the scorching Sun.
After driving for around 26 km on MDR61, we took a left turn for Rajapur road. After another 7 km, we took SH4. We crossed the Vagothan river around 2.55 pm.
We passed through a few mango orchards in between and crossed the Kharada river around 3.20 pm
After driving for around 13 km on SH4, we took a right turn for Devgarh Nippani road around 3.25 pm.
We crossed another river around 3.30 pm name of which is unknown to me. There is a nice temple on the bank of the river on the upstream side.
In the other direction, the confluence was visible.
We reached Mithmumbari beach immediately after that. On the other side of the confluence is Taramumbari beach.
There is a narrow stretch of green separating the beach from the road. It is a white sand beach. It is completely secluded. We saw only one family there. There are a few stalls on the road selling water and cold drinks.
Though we got down from the car, we did not dare to venture to the beach. The Sun was merciless. So, we took a few photos from a distance and started for Kunkeswar beach.
By that time a problem has cropped up with my vehicle. Whenever I was applying break, a metallic sound was emanating from the rear left wheel. From my limited knowledge, I guessed that the brake shoe had completely worn out. That made me a bit worried and somewhat distracted me from enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
A small hillock separates Mithmumbari beach from Kunkeswar beach. We took one more stop before starting the uphill drive and took a photograph of Mithmumbari beach from another angle.
Kunkeswar beach got visible immediately after the commencement of the downhill drive. It is simply stunning.
Kunkeswar beach is flanked by hillocks on both sides. The approach to the beach is a bit tricky. The road becomes really narrow at the downhill with a considerable slope. It branches into two.
We were a bit confused. Fortunately, there was a passerby at that time. He told that we could take any of the branches. The left one goes through the village. The right one goes via the Kunkeswar temple. The branches merge in the small market along the beach.
We took the right one and crossed Kunkeswar temple immediately. The temple is at the northern end of the branch. Since I was occupied with the problem of the brake, we did not stop there which I repent at the hindsight.
After crossing the Kunkeswar beach, we started climbing the hillock at the right flank of the beach. After some time, we reached the plateau. Our driving continued towards our next destination – Achra beach.
A Beautiful Drive
By that time, we discerned the sequence of the terrain. First, you will climb up to a plateau that will be rocky, arid, and lack vegetation. After some time, you will come down to a green valley and will cross a few picturesque villages. Then you will cross a river which is worth a visit on its own.
That will be followed by a few picturesque villages again. Then, you will climb up again to a dry plateau. In a way, this sequence reflects various phases of our life. The river reflects that phase of life when we are full of jest, mobile, and active. The green valley is an image of that phase of contentment.
The arid plateau is akin to that phase of life when everything around us starts departing and we helplessly watch that as mute spectators.
Though the sequence was repetitive, it was not boring at all. Every turn would offer a new vista. Every twist would show something unseen. A driving through Konkan is exhilarating in all seasons.
After some time, we came down to the valley and crossed a village temple.
Then we crossed the Achra river.
This road does not go to Acra beach. You need to take a right turn for Achra bridge after crossing Achra market. By enquiring the village people, we took the right turn from the tight junction.
We were at Achra beach around 4.45 pm. The parking lot is reasonably spacious. The beach was relatively crowded compared to Mithmumbari and Kunkeswar beach.
There was one more family and a few bachelors. In total, there were 10-15 living souls on the beach at that time. There were some shops along the beach but all were closed on account of Holi. The sun was bright but not blistering. It was an ideal time to venture to the beach.
We spent around 10 minutes there and then resumed our journey. The next destination was Chiwla beach. It is adjacent to Malvan town. We came back to the junction and took a right turn. It took almost 45 minutes to reach Malvan town.
On the way, we crossed the Gad river. The lanes of Malvan town are narrow. Late afternoon marketing activities by the local populace made those lanes narrower. We carefully navigated through those lanes. By the time we reached Chiwla beach, the clock has crossed 6 pm and the Sun God is about to take leave.
Chiwla beach does not have any designated parking space. There is a narrow lane along the circumference of the beach. We managed to park our vehicle there and got down to the beach.
It’s a semi-circular beach.
After spending some time there, while we were about to leave, we noticed a few vehicles on the beach. On inquiry, locals informed that it was allowed. So, we also took our vehicle to the beach and did some driving while watching the sunset.
We started from Chiwla beach around 6.30 pm. The distance of Tarkarli is approximately 4.5 km. However, it took almost 25 minutes to reach Tarkarli since we were driving slowly on account of the brake-related issue. By the time we checked in Tarkarli Nyahari Niwas, it was past 7 pm.
Tarkarli Nyahari Niwas is quite a good place to stay at Tarkarli. The rooms are quite spacious, well decorated, and maintained. It has a parking facility. It has an in-house restaurant. Staffs are courteous and helpful.
After freshening up, when we came out, it was quite dark. The moon had just arisen on the hills at the east.
The hotel staff advised us not to venture to the beach because the beach has not been electrified. We had an early dinner and retired for the day.
Day 3: Sightseeing in Tarkarli
I got up around 5.30 am and came out of the hotel. It was still dark. So, I went back to my room.
I again came out around 6.30 am. By that time, it was clear. So, I decided to go to the beach.
The hotel staff informed us that for proper pedestrian access to the beach, we had to go to the Tarkarli beach parking lot which was adjacent to the MTDC property. That place is at a distance of approximately 1 km south of our hotel.
The alternate is to follow a walking trail starting from opposite of our hotel which goes through heaps of sand, trees, bushes, and a few hutments. Since I was going alone to the beach at that time, I opted for the later one.
Within a few minutes, I was on the beach. The moon was still visible.
Tarkarli beach is a very pristine beach. There were no commercial activities on the beach barring a couple of food stalls just in front of the MTDC resort. It is a very calm and soothing beach. It’s not obtrusive. It’s not imposing. It just lovingly and caressingly hugs you.
After standing at a particular place for 5-10 minutes, I started walking slowly towards the south along the waterline.
By that time the Sun had risen above the hills at east.
After walking for around 20-25 minutes, I took a U-turn to return to the hotel. This time, I opted for the village road. It was 7.30 AM by then. The normal village life had started. Kids were going to school. In the morning sunlight, Tarkarli village was looking very soothing.
While coming back to the hotel via village road, I located the Tarkarli beach parking lot and accessed the beach through that, and stayed there for a few minutes. By the time, I reached the hotel, it was almost 8 am.
Last evening, after reaching the hotel, I requested the hotel staff to put me in touch with some local car mechanics. They told me that car mechanics would be available in Malvan town only. In the morning, they put me in touch with a local car mechanic named Mahasin Khan. Mahasin has a garage in Malvan town. He requested to get my vehicle there.
We were scheduled to go to Dandi beach in the same morning for some water sports. Dandi beach is adjacent to Malvan town. So, the plan was, after having breakfast, we would first go to the garage of Mahasin, would drop our vehicle there, and then go to Dandi beach by an autorickshaw.
Watersports in Tarkarli
There are two centers of water sports at Tarkarli and its adjacent area – Dandi beach at Malvan and Tsunami Island at Devbag Sangam beach. The offering includes scuba diving, parasailing, jet ski, banana ride, and bumper ride (two variants). Apparently, Tsunami Island is better for scuba diving.
For the rest, Dandi beach is better. The reason is that at Tsunami Island, the water sports are done in Karli River where water is relatively calm. At Dandi beach, it is done on the sea which offers waves and therefore causes more adrenalin rush. Further, the price tag at Dandi beach is slightly cheaper than that of Tsunami Island.
However, our decision to go to Dandi beach was not directed by all these technical and financial reasons. It was just a matter of convenience. Malvan town and Devbag Sangam beach were in opposite directions from Trakarli.
We were supposed to go to Malvan anyway to get the brake of our vehicle repaired and therefore it was convenient for us to go to Dandi beach from there as it is adjacent to Malvan town. Further, in the previous evening, one representative of one of the water sports agencies of Dandi beach came to our hotel and we had made an arrangement with him.
So, after breakfast, we started for Malvan. I was driving the vehicle at a snail’s pace so as to ensure minimal use of break. Once we reach Mahasin’s garage, he checked the vehicle and found that the problem is with the broken shoe of the rear left wheel. It was completely worn out.
Those brake shoes were not available at Malvan and had to be brought from Kolhapur. So, the vehicle would be delivered on the next day. About cost, he said that he would inform us about the same only after procuring those brake shoes because he did not have any idea about the price of the same.
We left our vehicle at Mahasin’s garage and reached Dandi beach by an auto-rickshaw. It was a short distance. However, the auto-rickshaw fellow charged Rs. 50/- realizing that we had no other option. It was around 11.30 am then.
Our water sports package was comprised of parasailing, banana ride, and two variants of a bumper ride. We decided not to go scuba diving because we had concerns about the safety standards. We do not enjoy Jet Ski that much and that’s why we exclude that too. The package cost was Rs. 1,000/- per person.
First, we did banana rides and bumper rides. Those were very exhilarating. Parasailing was at last. We along with 7-8 members of another group were taken a little bit inside the sea. There, we got transferred to a speed boat which took us for para-sailing. I was the first one to go.
After that, while waiting for others’ turns to be over, I took some random photos.
Once water sports got over, we came back to Tarkarli by auto rickshaw. Reaching Tarkarli, instead of going to the hotel, we decided to go to the beach. It was not a prudent decision. It was around 1.15 pm. By that time, beach sand was too hot. Nobody was there and we also came back from the beach to our hotel within 5 minutes.
We had our lunch at the hotel. We ordered two Surmai Thali and one Pomfret Thali. Each thali cost Rs. 300/-. Food was just ok type.
Devbag Sangam Beach
Our plan for the afternoon, rather a late afternoon, was to go to Devbag Sangam beach. Since our vehicle was at the garage, we requested the hotel staff to arrange for an autorickshaw. They obliged. The driver Nilesh Padkad was at the hotel by 4.10 pm. We started for Devbag Sangam beach at sharp 4.15 pm. The fare was settled at Rs. 150/-.
Devbag Sangam beach is at a distance of approximately 6.5 km from Tarkarli Nyahari Niwas towards the south. After the first 1 km, it is basically a narrow extension of the mainland with water bodies on both the side – Karli River at east and Arabian sea at west.
Karli river flowing from the east towards the sea takes a southward turn and flows close to the sea for about 6 Kms forming this narrow peninsula. The serpentine road passes through this narrow parcel of land from north to south with village houses on both sides. Many of those village houses have been converted into hotel/homestays.
We took a stop when we saw the Karli River for the first time.
Few people asked us whether we were interested in boat rides. We said no and resumed our journey. Since the road was serpentine and narrow, the auto-rickshaw was going at a moderate speed. We were also enjoying the view of the green village.
In between, a group of youth was enquiring whether we were keen to do water sports at Tsunami Island. Obviously, our answer was negative. Finally, we had to stop at a place almost 1km away from the final destination point – the tip of the peninsula.
They said that the main attraction of Devbag Sangam beach is Tsunami Island. That can be accessed by boat only. Instead of taking the boat from Devbag Sangam beach, if we took the boat from that particular place, we would also get an experience of a boat ride on the Karli River. We found the logic appealing and got down from the auto-rickshaw.
Nilesh took Rs. 120 instead of the agreed rate of Rs. 150 since we were getting down 1 km before the destination. Honesty does exist. Since auto rickshaws were not readily available on that rough, we took Nilesh’s number so that we could call him for returning to Tarkarli.
The charge for the boat ride was Rs. 600/-. It would be a 40 minutes’ boating. We would be taken to Sangam Point, Bhogve beach, Seagull Island. Then we will be dropped at Tsunami Island. As and when we would wish to return from Tsunami Island, the boat would bring us back to the starting point.
From my earlier experiences, I knew that list and number of points did not matter. The 40 minutes’ boat ride was the main attraction.
The boarding point was a few hundred meters away from the road towards the east.
We started the boat ride at 4.45 pm towards the confluence.
After some time, we crossed Tsunami Island but we did not get down. As per the plan, we were supposed to get down on Tsunami Island in the return leg of the boat ride.
After some time, we reached Bhogave beach. Bhogave beach is a nice secluded beach. It is on the opposite side of Devbag Sangam beach. It’s part of Vengurla Taluka.
We requested the boatman to take us near to the beach and allow us to get down there. He refused to do so saying it was not allowed. Instead of arguing with him, we preferred to enjoy the beauty of the beach and the surrounding from the boat. It was the beauty of tranquility and seclusion.
However, we managed to get down on Seagull point which is essentially a tiny island full of seagulls, by paying him additional Rs. 100/-. The island is at the confluence and in all probability, goes underwater at the time of high tide. We got down at the eastern tip of this tiny island and saw a number of seagulls at the western tip.
So, we walked towards the western tip to get a closer look. But more we moved closer; more birds started flying out. So, we started taking photos from a distance.
We spent around 10-15 minutes there. It was a nice feeling.
Then we started for Tsunami Island which is a bit upstream and reached there around 5.45 pm.
Locals say that Tsunami Island got formed by the 2004 tsunami. The island is a center for water sports. It has 5-6 counters of various water sports agencies. It also has 2-3 tea & food stalls. Most part of the island gets submerged water during high tide. We went there during low tide so couldn’t experience that.
We spent there around 20 minutes and had tea. Since we did water sports in the morning, we were not interested in water sports there. We were just soaking the ambiance.
We came back to the mainland around 6.20 pm. By that time, the Sun has started hide and seek game behind the trees. Sunset was approaching fast.
We had called Nilesh almost 15 minutes back. So, he was there. We started our return journey. Instead of directly going back to the hotel, we got down at the Tarkarli Beach Parking lot. The objective was to capture the picture of the sunset. We didn’t have much time and literally ran to the beach from the parking lot.
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We spent some more time on the beach and returned to our hotel when it got completely dark. Thus, day 3 of our trip came to an end. Please click on the link above to continue reading the next part of the travelogue.
Mumbai Tarkarli Road Trip – Conclusion
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By profession an engineer and a finance person, Santanu was born and brought up in Kolkata. However, since 2000 Santanu has been staying in Mumbai. Long-drive is Santanu's passion. His travel philosophy is 'Journey is the destination'. Beaty of nature and historical places attract Santanu most. Besides traveling, Santanu's other hobbies are reading, listening to music, photography, cooking, and watching football. Santanu is an avid fan of Kolkata football giant Mohun Bagan
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Your time and route from Mumbai was very confusing .why did you take the expressway if you wanted to come to nagothane from khalapur ?? Road from panvel to wadkhal is excellent . I want to know how was your experience driving from mangaon towards chiplun and then tarkarli . In your blog u havent mentioned road conditions.
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Tarkarli is famous for its long and narrow stretch of beach, with its pristine water, white sand, and of course Singhudurg, Maharashtra's popular sea fort.
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Commonly known for wide stretches of narrow beaches, with crystal clear water, and white sand, Tarkarli is one of the most popular places in Maharashtra. It is also famous for one of the popular tourist attractions Sindhudurg Fort which is mainly a sea fort. Due to a series of pristine beaches along with white sand, it is considered by tourists as one of the most appropriate places for spending holidays and weekends. Even though the beaches in Tarkarli are not popular in India, but it is extremely popular in Maharashtra. The stunning beaches are covered by suru trees, which makes it just the right place to relax and to enjoy the beauty of nature. The authentic Malvani food along with the bounty of nature makes every holiday special.
When travelling with the Tarkarli beach package from Mumbai , make sure that you are not missing out on the famous Achara Beach. Most of the adventure seekers and at the same time enjoy thrill and enthusiasm. Leisure seekers, as well as the nature seekers, can enjoy some good time over here too. Plenty of tourist activities are available on the beach, and one can find dolphins near the beach as well.
With the Tarkarli beach package from Mumbai , one can visit the beautiful Dhamapur Lake situated in Tarkarli. People who love to enjoy boating in still water; this is the right place for them. The lake stretches to about 10 acres of land along with eatery spots, water sports option as well as entertainment. The famous Bhagwati temple enveloped by greenery is one of the well-known attractions of the place.
Located in the village of Devbaugh, the Devbaugh beach is yet another famous tourist attraction of Tarkarli. As the beach is situated in a remote location, the place is covered with lush greenery all around.
Make plans for your holiday, and go out on an amazing tour to Tarkarli by availing the Tarkarli beach package from Mumbai.
- Indulge in the stunning views of Tarkarli beaches
- Spend some quality time at Chivla Beach
- Go for a trip to Achara Beach
- Cherish marine life at Rock Gardens
- Enjoy the calm and serene atmosphere at Sindhudurg Fort
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The first day of the Tarkarli beach package from Mumbai begins with the arrival at Thane from where you will be taken to Malvan. The total distance of Malvan from thane is 527.9 km. While on the way you can enjoy some exclusive scenic beauty and the breathtaking views of nature. After reaching the hotel, check-in at the reception, and you can go to your rooms so that you can relax. Freshen up and you can go around, and visit some of the local places near Malvan. At night, enjoy overnight stay.
Malvan: Chivla Beach
Enjoy some thrilling water sports and activities
On this day after having breakfast, you will be taken to Chivla Beach which is one of the most popular beaches in Tarkarli. You can enjoy some fun time over here and enjoy thrilling water activities over here. After that, you will be taken to one of the most relaxing holiday destinations with a touch of thrill. You can also spend some quality time on the Malvan Beach and indulge in some water sports to make your holiday memorable. Then enjoy a serene and exotic marine life at the Rock Gardens, and have some great time over there. Finally, you will be taken back to the hotel. Enjoy overnight stay.
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The day will begin with a delicious breakfast, and then you will be taken to the Chivla beach where you can enjoy a great time. Then you will be taken to the Rock Garden which is also known as ‘Sunset Point in Malvan’ and is a naturally decorated garden. You can find a rich marine life over here. After that, you will be taken to the Sindhudurg Fort which is one of the most popular landmarks of Tarkarli built by Shivaji Maharaj. The fort can be easily reached by boat from Malvan. You then will be transferred to the Padmagarh fort which is famous for mind-blowing architecture and serenity. Finally, you will be taken to Dhampur Lake, and you will be taken back to the hotel. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the hotel and stay overnight at Malvan.
Malvan: Karli Backwaters
Sail around the stunning backwaters of Karli backwater
On this day, in the morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel. You will be taken to enjoy the pristine backwaters of Karli. You can sail on the Karli backwaters. Then you will be taken to the famous Tsunami Island so that you can cherish and have a good time over there. By the evening, you will be taken back to the hotel where you can enjoy toothsome dinner and then stay overnight at Malvan.
End of this memorable journey
On this day, after having a wholesome breakfast at the hotel, you will be checking out from the hotel by evening. While on the way back to Thane, you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the place and relax. As soon as you arrive at Thane, you can then take a train or bus, and go back to your respective hometowns.
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- July to September only if you enjoy monsoons.
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Tarkarli is famous for its long sandy beaches, crystal clear water, various scuba diving and snorkeling sites, excellent marine life, various water sports, and its clean and unspoiled natural wonders.
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A small village located in the Malvan region of Maharashtra, Tarkarli is a popular tourist destination that is synonymous with peace and tranquility. This beautiful hamlet, which has Konkan Coastal lines, is a treasure trove for beach lovers. Places to visit in Tarkarli include beaches, national parks, forts etc. Adventure seekers can also participate in a variety of fascinating outdoor activities and immerse themselves in never-ending fun-frolic moments in the several places to visit in Tarkarli. It is also a place where you can spot dolphins. The monuments and forts are reminders of the glorious past of the Maratha warriors.
Best time to visit tarkarli.
Tarkarli enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year, but the influx of tourists is at its peak during the winter. The best time to visit Tarkarli is between October and March. Monsoons are also considered a good time to see nature replenish itself, but heavy rains might mar your outdoor plans. Summers are extremely hot and moist, so it is not advisable to plan a tour of places to visit in Tarkarli.
How to Reach Tarkarli?
Kudal railway station is the nearest railhead to Tarkarli, Maharashtra. To enjoy the places to visit in Tarkarli you can take a train from cities like Mumbai, Pune and Goa to Kudal. You can also take buses to the Malvan bus stop which is just 6 km from Tarkarli. Malvan is well-connected to Kolhapur, Sangli, Kudal and Ratnagiri. Tarkarli does not have an airport. You will have to book a flight to Dabolim (Goa) Airport and then cover the rest of the distance by road to explore the places to visit in Tarkarli.
What Are the Things to See & Do in Tarkarli?
Tarkarli attracts many tourists who come here to participate in Tarkarli water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving and parasailing. Staying in a houseboat is also a unique activity in which you can indulge. The places to visit in Tarkarli are spellbinding and will keep you engaged throughout your trip. You can also spot dolphins at Tarkarli Beach Malvan.
Places to Visit in Tarkarli
The sandy coastline, turquoise water and a beach overshadowed by Shuru trees are the things that you can expect at Tarkarli Beach. The beach is an ideal place to sit and watch the sun go down. One of the most sought-after places to visit in Tarkarli, this beach also offers many options for adventure sports.
Get awed by the view of the lush green vegetation on the banks of the river as you go on a boat ride on the still backwaters at Karli. The view of the confluence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea is breathtaking! Dont forget to add this place to the list of places to visit in Tarkarli as it is the only place in Tarkarli that offers a stay in the houseboat. You can stay in a houseboat at night and enjoy the beautiful surroundings amidst nature.
Deobagh is a small village that is often visited by birdwatchers. It is home to several migratory and local birds. Deobagh has made its place to the list of places to visit in Tarkarli as people come here to observe the day-to-day life of the fisherman community residing in this village. You can talk to a local fisherman who will happily rent out his boat and take you sightseeing. Delicious seafood is available in several restaurants of Deobagh.
Dhamapur Lake covers an area of 10 acres and is surrounded by hills. The lake's water is exceptionally clean. It is a must-see among the other places to visit in Tarkarli, especially for those who enjoy water-based activities. King Nagesh Desai built the lake around 1530.
It also has the Bhagwati temple located nearby. Tourists who wish to spend more than a day around the lake can stay in one of the local homestays. You will find native and rustic amenities in the huts.
Built near the shore of the Arabian Sea, Sindhudurg Fort stands aloft as a witness to the glorious past of the Marathas. It was constructed by the Maratha king Shivaji, and it took almost 3 years to complete the construction. This fort was built for the protection of the Maratha empire from intruders. Among all the places to visit in Tarkarli, this tourist spot holds historical significance.
Food to eat in places to visit in Tarkarli
Food in Tarkarli is influenced by Malvan cuisine which is predominantly non-vegetarian. You will find hints of Maharashtrian cuisine and Goan cuisine in this style of cooking. The local masalas contain a mix of dried red chillies as well as additional spices such as coriander seeds, peppercorns, cumin, cardamom, ginger, garlic and so on. Kokum, dried kokam (amsul), tamarind and raw mango are also used in some cuisines. Most of the places to visit in Tarkarli sell tasty seafood. If you are a seafood lover, then relish the seafood dishes at the restaurants near the beaches. They sell freshly caught sea fish after cooking them in fiery spices. Murg Malvani, Mori Masala, Bangda Fry, Malvani Mutton Curry, Kavda curry, Bombay Duck Fry etc. are some of the non-vegetarian dishes that should be tried by you on your excursion to different places to visit in Tarkarli. Vegetarian tourists must try Phanasachi Bhaji, Kaju Chi Aamti and Solkadhi to experience the real flavour of Malvani cuisine.
Shopping Around Places to Visit in Tarkarli
Once you are done exploring the places to visit in Tarkarli, you might want to buy some souvenirs. Cashews are abundant in the Konkan belt including Malvan. You will find fine cashews and cashew-based products in the local markets. Roasted and salted cashews are packed and sealed to retain their freshness and sold. These can be bought as souvenirs for your kith and kin. This region is also known for the world-famous Alphonso mangoes. Dont forget to taste it while on your trip to the various places to visit in Tarkarli. Malvani Masala, the prime ingredient used in Malvani cuisine, kokum drinks, kokum wax etc. are a few other things that can be bought from places to visit in Tarkarli.
A delightful beach vacay awaits you at Tarkarli. You will love the outdoor activities and water sports. If relaxation is what you're after, head to Tarkarli.
Here are a few quick facts to make your travel safe and easy to Tarkarli. Tarkarli is a Beach destination. The best time to visit Tarkarli is October, November, December, January, February and March. Since this is the peak season expect a little crowd during this time. July, August and September period experiences moderate weather. So, you can easily avoid facing a large gathering.
In peak season the weather is pleasant temperatures during the day followed by slightly colder nights, whereas in off-season the weather is hot and humid weather. Weather in moderate season is medium to heavy rainfalls. During Ramnavmi Utsav, Anganewadi Jatra, a large number of tourists flock together. The festivals are celebrated in the month of March-April, January-February,... consecutively. So, if you are fond of bustling streets and localities, choose this time of the year to travel.
If your travel seems incomplete without getting into some fun activities then you will love to get indulged in the outdoor activities and water sports. In moderate season you will love to get indulged in the lush green surroundings.
The white sandy beaches and clear blue waters of the places to visit in Tarkarli are gaining popularity. Tarkarli has become one of the must-visit places in Maharashtra. Proximity to nearby cities like Mumbai, Goa and Pune makes it a perfect weekend escapade for people living in these cities. Whether you are living in Maharashtra or any other state, pack your bags today and get ready to explore the exotic places to visit in Tarkarli!
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What are the best places to visit in tarkarli, what are the activities you can explore during the peak season and moderate season in tarkarli.
In the peak season months October, November, December, January, February and March you will experience pleasant temperatures during the day followed by slightly colder nights wherein around moderate season i.e. July, August and September you will enjoy medium to heavy rainfalls. Whatever that suits your calendar, Tarkarli awaits you for a good time.
What is the best time to visit Tarkarli?
Ideally the best time to visit any place is considered when the weather conditions are delightful. For Tarkarli, you can choose to go in October, November, December, January, February and March which is the peak season and July, August and September which is the moderate season. Both will serve you well to unwind from your tedious routine.
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Women’s Road Trip from Mumbai: Tarkarli-Vengurla-Amboli
I had been wanting to drive along the Konkan coast Since Forever .
I finally coaxed my mom into accompanying me on this road trip. The plan was to not have a plan – drive towards Goa and have a stopover at any place along the route.
Yep. One of the reasons why I love road trips .
Leg 1: Mumbai to Ganpatipule
Although driving on national highways is a smooth experience and obviously quicker than the state highways, these are rarely scenic.
If it was up to me, I would have driven along the coast starting from Alibag. However, the issue with doing that is there are approximately five points where you either need to take a long road diversion or take a ferry.
Since we had a car, it was a little risky to depend on a ferry due to the frequency and probable waiting queue for cars. Hence, we played it safe and took the NH66 till Chiplun and then headed towards MSH4 via NH66E.
Also read about my road trip from Mumbai to Ganpatipule using the coastal route done in July 2021 on my way from Mumbai to Goa .
As soon as we took the turn to get on to NH66E, the atmosphere changed. I didn’t waste too much time in rolling down my windows. Nothing like taking in the countryside and feeling the wind in my hair, obviously along with a few drops of rain.
My dream road trip had begun.
We reached Ganpatipule in about six hours from Mumbai. Ganpatipule is a small beach town before Ratnagiri and has derived its name from its famous Ganpati temple.
Since we were making good time, we decided to have a quick lunch and make it to Tarkarli before sunset.
After a scrumptious fish curry at the beachside MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation) resort, we resumed with our southward journey towards Tarkarli.
Leg 2: Ganpatipule – Ratnagiri
The drive from Ganpatipule to Ratnagiri (around 25 km) is one of the best stretches of the Konkan coastal road. In my opinion, it is Indian version of US’s Route 1 and Australia’s Great Ocean Road , albeit a little too short.
And unlike its foreign counterparts, there is enough shoulder on the Indian coastal highway to stop your vehicle and take in the views.
Much needed for the driver.
And we did make numerous stops and that’s why this leg deserved its own section.
Leg 3: Ratnagiri – Tarkarli
The Good: This stretch right till Tarkarli is very scenic with numerous backwaters, small bridges, ghats, velvety mountains, coconut trees, ample greenery and frequent glimpses of white-capped Arabian sea from the top of the cliffs.
It was like a rendezvous with nature.
The Bad: The Airtel network from Ratnagiri-Tarkarli was weak due to which we kept losing our GPS connectivity and had to resort to the traditional way of asking passersby (and boy, were they few and far between) for directions.
The astonished look on the faces of those helpful villagers was quite amusing.
Two women driving on their own in the interiors of Maharashtra is not a very common sight.
The Ugly: By 5 pm we were about one hour from Tarkarli when quite a few things happened that stressed my mom out.
- It had started to get dark since it was a very cloudy day
- We lost our network connectivity and that’s why could not access our Google maps
- There were hardly any passersby on the road to help us with directions and the few that were there did not know where ‘Tarkarli’ was. After our initial few direction enquiries, we realized “Tarkarli” was not that familiar with the locals and they knew that region by “Malvan”.
- We were low on petrol and there were quite a few ghats on this stretch
With no map, I relied on my sense of direction and just made sure to drive southward along the sea. In the hindsight, probably the situation was worth getting stressed about but at that time my mom’s stress was stressing me out further.
The stressful drive lasted for one hour before we got our network connection back.
It was already nearing sunset by the time we reached Tarkarli and I was desperate to dip my feet in the sea while my mom was panicking over the fact that we did not have any confirmed accommodation. That is when I acquiesced to get to the MTDC resort, get a room and then head to the beach.
The location of the MTDC resort, Tarkarli was excellent (like all other MTDCs) – it was right on the beach with a beautiful open area leading to the beach. However, the rooms were terrible – they were dusty, swarming with mosquitoes, seemingly old construction and very poorly maintained.
Moreover, the rooms were expensive and certainly not worth it.
As much as I wanted to be done with the booking and head to the beach, I could not give in to this place. We drove along the coast and found a small place which was at a two-minute walking distance from the beach. The room was quite basic but had all the necessities.
I parked my car and literally ran to the beach, just in time to witness a spectacular sunset.
My mom strolled along behind me and in between the sound of the waves, I could faintly hear my mom saying “Phew! Boring banaa do ji ab is trip ko” a la Geet from Jab We Met.
This was off season at Tarkarli and all the adventure sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, water scooter rides, houseboats had wrapped up by this time.
The next morning, we set out to explore the town in pouring rain. The walk from Tarkarli beach till Devbag Sangam point which is the confluence of Karli river and Arabian Sea is nothing short of blissful. You can either walk via road or via beach – we kept shuffling between the two.
The walk is nearly 8 km long and it took us around two hours. We walked on our way to Sangam point and took the local bus on our way back.
Since it was the monsoons, we could not visit the Sindudhurg fort and only saw it from the shore.
Leg 4: Tarkarli to Vengurla
This is a small town about 1.5 hours from Tarkarli and the drive between these two towns is beautiful, lined with verdant fields, deserted roads (not really an anomaly in this region, it seems) – true countryside drive.
The Chipi bridge over Karli river is a very nice spot for a quick stop to take in the views. And probably get a few photos.
The route also goes along the Sindhudhurg airport for quite a long stretch.
On reaching Vengurla, we booked a room in a small beach side hotel (having a total of 4 rooms) where we were the only ones staying! The staff who consisted of one manager/owner and one help were extremely helpful (after going through the initial shock of knowing the two of us had travelled all the way from Mumbai).
After a swim in the sea followed by hot tea-pakodas, we walked towards Navabag beach where Mandavi river meets the Arabian Sea.
We had some very pleasant experiences with the locals at Vengurla. Read about it here .
I did not get enough of this place and would certainly like to go back there.
Leg 5: Vengurla to Amboli
I skipped my morning swim in the sea as we were anyways planning to go to a waterfall later in the day.
After breakfast, we set out towards our next stop: Amboli Ghat waterfall.
I had planned the visit in such a way that it would be a weekday so that we could avoid the crowd.
Turns out that the crowd bit should have been least bit of my worry.
Due to the delay in monsoons that year, there was no water at this waterfall despite it being end June. Since I was already there, I decided to make the most of it and climb the waterfall.
Leg 6: Amboli to Mumbai
The state highway from Amboli to Kolhapur was another pretty stretch with lush green foliage on both sides of the narrow roads.
We took the state highway till Kolhapur and then got onto NH48
We had initially planned to halt around Kolhapur or Satara, however since we did not spend a lot of time at Amboli and were already at Kolhapur by afternoon, we decided to not stop anywhere and directly reach Mumbai.
As we were taking the busy NH48 and the Mumbai-Pune expressway, night driving was not an issue.
While crossing Kolhapur, try and stop there for a Kolhapuri spicy meal. We had some heavenly Kolhapuri Paneer there.
We reached Mumbai at around 1 AM and slept for 15 hours straight.
Afterall, we had driven for nearly 25 hours out of 70 hours.
- Network : The Airtel connectivity on most stretches of the MSH4 beyond Ratnagiri is very weak with Jio being the most dominant connection. If like me, you are dependent on Airtel, do download the offline maps.
- Winter (October – March) : This is the peak tourist season for south Konkan region and watersports are in full swing during this season. From a weather point of view, this time is perfect. The only con is that the area will be bustling with tourists (especially on weekends) and accommodation will be expensive and limited.
- Summer (April-May) : Summers are very hot and humid and, in my opinion, it would be best to avoid this region during the summers.
- Monsoon (June – September) : This season is perfect for the drive. If you are a nature lover, love the sound and sight of the rough sea, want to have a relaxing trip and are not interested in water sports, this would be a good time to visit. We visited in June (just before the onset of monsoons) and by this time, most of the hotels/restaurants had shut down. It’s also a good time to get the best hotel deals.
- There are very few petrol pumps on the MSH4 and since there are quite many ghats on this route, make sure to have enough petrol.
- Cuisine : Try the Malvani thali in Tarkarli and Kolhapuri food while crossing Kolhapur.
- Mosquitoes : Especially in Tarkarli and Vengurla, we faced some issue with mosquitoes and hence it is advisable to carry insect repellant and preferably find a room with mosquito nets.
- Food availability : Since it was off season and there were no other guests in both our hotels. Hence, their restaurants were not functional and were only serving tea. If you are visiting during this season, make sure to have some food with you (instant noodles, biscuits, peanuts). Apart from the hotel, most standalone restaurants were also shut.
- Duration : We stopped for one night at Tarkarli and one night at Vengurla. I believe that was not enough. I would recommend at least three nights along the Konkan coast.
Things to Do
- Water sports: These are open from October – March every year
- Eat Malvani food: We ate it “Atithi Bamboo” hotel and can certainly vouch for this thali. Another recommended place was Chaitanya
- Sindhudhurg fort: This fort was built by Shivaji in the 17 th century and is a protected monument. We unfortunately could not visit as it was shut.
- Devbag Sangam point: Sangam of Karli river and Arabian sea
- Walk along Devbag beach and Karli river
- Relax and enjoy the pristine beach. Walk along the beach
- Vengurla lighthouse
- Walk in the town to get a feel of the Konkan life
- Mochemad beach is an Olive Ridley turtle nesting site and is about 20 minutes drive from Vengurla
- Walk along the backwaters of Mandavi river
Below are some decent options. We did not stay at these places as we found these resorts while exploring the area:
- Tarkarli: There are quite a few options in Devbag and that should be the area to stay at. Many of these are beach facing good properties. We had breakfast at Konkan Breeze resort which seemed decent. Avoid staying in Tarkarli town.
- Vengurla: We came across a decent resort during our walk to Navabag beach – “Golven resort”. We did not stay here, but saw the rooms (in preparation for our next visit to this region.) https://golvenresorts.com/
It is definitely one of the best driving routes in India. No wonder it is a favourite with road trip lovers as well as bikers.
Contrary to our expectations, the condition of the roads throughout our 1100 km drive was very good; especially considering we were on state highways for most part. However, the condition of road is not a constant and it is advisable to check GPS for any road constructions.
The region is not as untouched and unexplored as it was about ten years ago. However, relative to its neighbouring Goa, it is definitely ‘more virgin’.
Also, Maharashtra government recently approved the plan to have beach shacks along eight of the Konkan beaches. The combination of ‘seafood-mojito-sand in our toes-sea breeze’ will soon be closer to home for Mumbaikars.
@Konkan – I Will Be Back!
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Unveiling the Deep: Malvan and Tarkali Scuba Diving and Adventure Sports Tour
- Nestled on the mesmerizing Konkan coastline of Maharashtra, Malvan, and Tarkali are two hidden gems that offer a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and thrilling adventure experiences. The pristine waters of the Arabian Sea, with their crystal-clear visibility, make these destinations a scuba diving enthusiast's paradise. But there's much more to this coastal haven than meets the eye. On this trip, we will delve into the world of Malvan and Tarkali, exploring scuba diving and adventure sports opportunities that can elevate your travel experience.
- Malvan and Tarkali are renowned for their scuba diving sites, providing an opportunity to explore the breathtaking underwater world. The clear waters make this region a perfect place for divers of all levels. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, the marine life, coral reefs, and shipwrecks in this region will leave you awe-inspired.
- Adventure Sports Extravaganza: Beyond scuba diving, Malvan and Tarkali offer a range of adventure sports that can cater to your thrill-seeking spirit. From snorkeling to parasailing, jet-skiing to banana boat rides, these destinations provide a medley of options. The Tsunami Island in Tarkali, a popular hub for adventure sports, is worth mentioning.
- Cultural Charms and Local Delights: Malvan and Tarkali are not just about adventure; they are steeped in cultural heritage. The Sindhudurg Fort, built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, stands as a testament to the region's history. The Malvani cuisine, with its delectable seafood dishes, is a must-try.
- Malvan and Tarkali, with their scuba diving and adventure sports offerings, serve as a treasure trove for travelers. By crafting a comprehensive itinerary that offers valuable travel insights, you can inspire travellers to embark on an unforgettable adventure along the stunning Konkan coast. Dive into the depths, relish the adventure, and immerse yourself in the cultural charm of Malvan and Tarkali.
Highlights of this Trip:
- Activities: Scuba diving with video, Parasailing, Jet skiing, Banana ride, Bumper Ride
- Beach & Sightseeings - Rock Garden visit with Magical Sunset, Sindhudurg fort visit with boat Ferry, Tarkarli Beach, Devbaug Beach Sunset, Ganesh Temple Visit,
- Delicious Malvani cuisine
- Day 01: Mumbai/Pune to Malvan Overnight Journey
- Day 02: Experience Water Sports at Malvan Beach, Visit Ganesh Temple. Stay in Malvan
- Day 03: Explore Sindhudurg Fort, Tarkarli Beach, Devbaug Beach - Depart for Pune
- Day 04: Arrival in Pune / Mumbai
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- Pune: 5799/-
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- AC Room: 200/- per person extra
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- Transportation: Pune/Mumbai to Pune/Mumbai (Tempo Traveler) and Internal traveling For sightseeings for 2 days
- Accommodation: Room Stay on Triple\Quad sharing
- Meal Plans: Day 2 Breakfast + Lunch, Day 3 Breakfast + Lunch
- Activities: Watersports, Scuba Diving and Parasailing, Jet skiing, Banana Ride, and Bumper Ride (All Activities are one-time only), Sindhudurg Boat ferry charges
- Sightseeing: Malwan beach, Tarkarli Beach, Devbaug beach, Sindhudurg Fort, Rock Garden, Ganesh Temple
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What is NOT included in the tour
- Travel till pickup point.
- Dinner on all days
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- An additional cost of any repeated watersport activities.
- Any kind of personal expenses
- All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather
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- Any other expense not mentioned in the inclusions.
Tempo Traveller Bus:
- Mumbai pickups will be between 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM ( Dadar - Sion - Chembur - Vashi.)
- (Mumbai people will be transfered from Dadar to Wakad via cab)
- Pune pickups will be between 08:30 PM - 10:00 PM ( FC Road, Wakad, Chandani Chowk, Katraj )
- This entire night will be traveling to Malvan because it is a long route. So you can relax on the Bus because you are going to have a long trip!
- Arrive in Malvan in the Morning and check in to Our Stay Property
- Get freshen up, have breakfast, and leave for watersports
- After watersports, we move forward for a late lunch
- After a bit of rest, we will head towards Beachside Rock Garden to enjoy the picturesque beach sunset
- Then we will visit Ganesh Temple and enjoy some peaceful quality time there.
- Enjoy the authentic Malvan cuisine (Dinner) and spend our leisure time with Beachside bonfire/ group fun games
- We finish our day by taking night walks and Head back to our rooms. Get good sleep and reenergize yourself for the next day.
- Wake up and enjoy the early morning peaceful vibe in Malwan
- Get freshen up, Have breakfast
- load our bags onto the bus and move towards the Historical Sindhudurg fort
- After a jetty ride, we will explore the Sindhudurg Fort
- Later we will head towards Trakarli beach. You can enjoy watersports here (own expense)
- Then visit Devbaugh Beach (one of the cleanest beaches in Konkan) for a magnificent sunset
- Conclude the day, then depart for Pune/Mumbai
- 07:00 AM: Arrival in Pune
- 11:00 AM: Arrival in Mumbai
(Mumbai people will be transtransferred Wakad to Dadar via cab)
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- If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of the trip cost will be refunded within 5-7 working days.
- If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of the trip cost will be refunded within 5-7 working days.
- If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees. No refund will be processed.
- In the case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be canceled and in such cases, the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same.
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Q: What makes Tarkali and Malvan stand out as tourist destinations? A: Tarkali and Malvan are known for their unspoiled beaches, rich marine life, water sports, and historic forts, offering a unique blend of nature and culture.
Q: When is the best time to visit Tarkali and Malvan for scuba diving and water sports? A: The ideal time is from October to March when the weather is pleasant, and water activities are in full swing.
Q: What is the significance of Sindhudurg Fort in Malvan? A: Sindhudurg Fort is an iconic historical site built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, showcasing maritime architecture and historical importance.
Q: Can you recommend some water sports and adventure activities in Tarkali and Malvan? A: Popular activities include scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, jet-skiing, banana boat rides, and Tsunami Island water sports.
Q: What kind of marine life can be spotted during scuba diving in these regions? A: Divers can encounter a diverse marine world, including colorful corals, schools of fish, rays, and sometimes even turtles and dolphins.
Q: Are there certified scuba diving instructors available for beginners? A: Yes, both Tarkali and Malvan have PADI-certified instructors and training centers, making it suitable for beginners.
Q: What is the local cuisine like, and what dishes should I try in Malvan? A: Malvani cuisine is famous for its spicy seafood dishes, especially Malvani fish curry, sol kadhi, and a variety of delectable seafood preparations.
Q: What are the recommended accommodations in Tarkali and Malvan for travelers of different budgets? A: There are options for all budgets, from beachside shacks to boutique resorts and homestays. Prominently mention some popular places to stay in your article.
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A trip to Tarkarli..
The Plan (MARCH 2016)
Have always heard praises for this place for its serene beaches, scuba diving and the delicious local food. People often feel the zest for a GOA trip but neglect this small yet budding village on the way which is starting to get accolades among the travelers community for the solitude it provides. So after a lot of iterations, we finally decide to visit TARKARLI !! A group of 7 mad heads (engineers) on a road trip from Mumbai to Tarkarli (approx 480 kms)
Note: Its better to have your vehicle to Tarkarli as there is no such public transport to travel within the village. If not, you can go to Kudal railway station (nearest) and a catch the state bus to Malwan. There you can hire bikes from the locals. But dont expect the ones like Goa. The bikes are few in numbers and without the commercial permit (no yellow number plate)
Day 0 (Road trip)
With an untimely shower for the month of March couple of days back, we get ready for the long overnite drive from Powai, Mumbai. The wheels roll and we head towards the Mumbai- Goa highway (NH 17, new numbered to NH 66). Songs play, we all banter and with time all fall asleep at around 4am. Our driver (aka Dada) too takes a short nap (of course with car parked) to start again. The road has a few ghats until one enters Malwan where the roads narrow down and we see early morning street markets, school children. After almost a 10 hour long ride and coupe of wrong turns, we reach Tarkarli
Day 1 - TARKARLI (SCUBA DIVING)
Without a lot a searching, we got a descent local cottage named Konkan Villa on the Malwan-Tarkarli road having comfortable rooms, good local food and proximity from the beach (don't know the name but not the tarkarli beach).
First thing first, SCUBA DIVING. The cottage owner helped us out arranging for the Scuba near Sindhudurg Fort on the Malwan- Tarkarli road. Don't worry as the prices here are fixed at INR 1650/- which includes the underwater photography and a 2 minute video. I would personally suggest do not go for snorkling as you are just a couple feet under water watching the corals (Snorkling cost around INR 500) whereas SCUBA is approximately 20 ft deep. We reach the place, and the excitement builds just looking at the SCUBA gear.
SCUBA: Well I fall short of words to express this experience. The gear is on, instructions given, and you take the dip. The world under water just seems so unrealistic as if this is a dream. All you hear is the sound of you inhaling and the blowing bubbles when you exhale. The colorful fish around, so many in number and the red coral. The clear sea helps you see it all. After a while, of swimming around and above the corals, one can feel the pressure in the ears after about 15 mins under water. But you tend to still signal your guide ' everything is fine' . You just don't want to end this and keep swimming around when my guide pulls me out and back to the real world. So many sounds hit your ear, vision becomes more clear and you start wondering whether the last 20 minutes were real !!!
After the wonderful experience, we skip the Sindhudurg fort due to the scorching sun and head to a local restaurant for some food. The food here is the same in all the hotels, be it the cost or the taste. And both will make you happy. For the evening, we head towards Rock garden for the sunset. A very beautiful garden ruined by a lot of crowd. Could not find peace but the brink of the twilight was a good compensation.
NOTE: Check out Chiwla beach for good sea facing cottages at affordable prices (We missed it)
Day 2 (Tsunami Islands)
We started the day early as we had to go for water sports as well as Tsunami islands. The previous night saw some running and yelling on the beach. Scary pranks, ghost stories and running all the way to outlast each other. Not to forget the home made delicious food. The Malwani made chicken was the pick of the dishes served with hot Vadas (Kombdi- Vade). My another friend happened to visit Tarkarli at the same time so I booked a cottage for his family just beside ours. The night passed with some candid discussions and babaji to accompany. We reach the same beach from where we started for SCUBA. For water sports, one can go to Devbaugh, Tsunami island too, but it can upset your pocket a bit. Adding to the fact that at Devbaugh, water sports is done in backwaters whereas at Sindhudurg, its the bumpy sea which is more fun. In all we spent INR 600/- (includes bana ride, 2 bumpy ride, jet ski and kayaking ). Another INR 700 for parasailing, which gives you a breathtaking view which is worth every penny spent.
For the evening, we check out from Konkan villa and head towards Tsunami islands, Devbaugh for another sunset. The name actually comes from the Tsunami in 2004 which resulted in the formation of this small island, which magically submerges underwater at night. One can enjoy the serenity of the still backwaters and just lay down on the sand. The islands actually seem to be the "Indian version of Kaho na Pyaar hai" island as quoted by one of my friends.
The sun crosses the horizon, and its time to say adios to this beautiful village located in Malvan. Tarkarli wins it for its tranquility, originality and yes food.!!
SCUBA= INR 1650/-
Water Sports + Parasailing = INR 1200/-
Food = approx INR 300/- per day
Stay = INR 1200/- per room per day (4 ppl in a room)
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