|Destination Type: Beach|
Situated 6 kms south of Malvan and 546 kms away from Mumbai on the coast of Maharashtra is Tarkarli. The mojar attraction here is the long and narrow stretch of beach, with its pristine water. On a clear day, you can see the sea bed through a depth of 20 ft.Then, of course there are the forts, Singhudurg, one of Maharashtra's more popular and importance sea forts, built in the 17 th century and the famous Padmagarh fort.While in Tarkarli, make sure to visit the restaurant for the delectable cuisine and experience something unusual-staying in MTDC's inviting Konkani Huts.
Warm white sands, a pristine beach and waters you can see through. That’s Tarkarli, the heart of Malvan hospitality. This undiscovered little alcove of sun, surf and sand is an idyllic getaway for every season. Whether you want to let the waves wash over your stress or get an adrenalin-rush with water-sports, Tarkarli, the lullaby of the ocean is the perfect vacation. A cool ocean breeze blowing through lush-green palm fronds and wet sand from gigantic waves, makes this a serene, secluded, seductive paradise.
Tarkarli has few hotels but several home-stays. The MTDC resort is best for location, food, cleanliness and access to water-sports. One of their premium properties, its sandy entrance lined with boats, it’s on the beach itself.
Konkani sloping-roofed villas with all the amenities are spread across the sands – each at a distance and an angle away from each other to ensure privacy. There are also two anchored beach house-boats with spiral staircases which children enjoy.
As the sun sets in vibrant hues, take a barefoot walk along the beach and watch the stars rise. The resort has a simple gazebo cafeteria that serves up home-style Malvan food. Try crab for dinner
By Air : The nearest airport is Dabolim at Goa.
By Road: Mumbai Tarkarli is 493 km. Kolhapur-Tarkarli is 160 km.
By Rail: Nine hours train journey from Mumbai. Kudal is 45 km. from Tarkarli.
For Adventure Addicts
Tarkarli’s waters are perfect for sports. Swimming is permitted, however it is advisable to stay within reach of the shore and ensure that children are always attended, as the currents are strong. Water-sports start in November to May-June. MTDC organises your water-soaked scooter rides or snorkelling to watch sea creatures.
Watch the Dolphins
Not too far from Tarkarli is a dolphin reef, perfect for an early morning ride. The dolphins, friendly and therapeutic, soar and preen above the waters. If you are trigger-happy, these loving creatures will gladly pose as they sweep through the waves.
Enjoy the Crabs, Curries, Cashews
Make your way to the Malvan village through leafy by-lanes, coves, colourful homes with wall art and wafting aromas of frying fish and spices. The market is abuzz with colour and the music of village commerce. Glass bangles glint coyly in the sunlight, fresh flowers are aroma therapy and fish is sold at most corners. Choose a little restaurant and settle down to the menu du jour. Cool off with a bright pink, spiced sol kadhi. A typical thali could be seafood, chicken or vegetarian. Try Malvan’s famed prawns or mussels: some dry / fried fish, masala gravy with fish, thick jowar bhakris and steamed rice. Then, visit the Lakshmi-Vishnu Kaju Factory that retains the charm of a village industry with manual roasting and peeling. Buy cashews with skin for a smoky flavour.
The Sindhudurg fort, visible from your porch, is accessible only by sea. MTDC organises ferry trips to the 17th century fort that stands tall and gracious in the middle of a churning ocean. Sindhudurg was built by Shivaji in 1664 and is one of the best preserved forts of the Marathas. Hand and foot impressions of Shivaji Maharaj were taken in lime at the time of the construction of the fort. They can be seen today along with the only known temple containing the image of Shivaji Maharaj. As the wind caresses the trees to sleep and the ocean sings a lullaby, Tarkarli mesmerises you to return again and again.
Visit Tarkarli beach , Sindhudurg & Padmagarh fort