This is one of the most daunting historical trips in the region. Sindhudurg or the ocean fort is Shivaji’s cenotaph and in its chief shrine Shivaji’s image is worshiped. The image is of stone and the head is covered with silver or in high days with a gold mask. In the stone of the walls, prints of Shivaji’s hands and feet are held in reverence. Giving testimony to the Maratha maritime supremacy, the construction began on 25th November 1664 and completed 3 years later. The boat ride to the fort is quite playful, but it is easier if you are visiting during tourist season. It costs Rs.27/- but will costs you the fare of 11 seats if no one but you are to go. The fort conservation trust runs 22 ferries for this purpose. Once you reach the fort and when the boatman who doubles as the guide begins to unravel the thinking and the strategies behind the architecture of the fort, it leaves you in wonderment about the capabilities of the lost minds of yesteryears. The fort itself is very extensive, a little less than 2 miles round the ramparts. The walls are low, ranging from 29 to 30 feet. They are on an average 12 feet thick and have about 32 towers from 40 to 130 yards apart. The towers are generally outstanding semi circles with fine embrasures for canons. Here and there, narrow staircases lead from the inside to the top of the walls.
The area of the fort spans 48 acres. Once full of buildings it is now a mere shell with nothing but a few temples dedicated to Mahadeo, Jarimai, Mahapursh, Bhavani and Shivaji, the only one of its kind in the country. If you visit the fort in the early evening it is most likely you will hear devotional music from the radio in the huts of a few gabits. These gabits are actually 8th generation of the servants of Shivaji. They continue to live within the confines of the walls at a salary of Rs.80 per annum, the same sum their ancestors received from Shivaji raje.
In 1765 after the rule of Shivaji an expedition under the joint command of Major Gordon and Captain John Watson of Bombay marine were sent to speedily reduce the fort and they gave it the name of Fort Augustus. As the fort was very hard to dismantle and unprofitable, it was returned back to the Marathas, then Kolhapur chief, in return for peace in the area. These Kolhapur pirates known as the Malwans were the most active and desperate of all coast corsairs.
The sunlight plays visual treats on the limestone walls of the fort and the sunset from its peak is breath taking, where every year politicians fly down their choppers to hoist the Indian flag on Independence Day. On your way back from the fort, there are many things that you begin to understand about the ocean you are treading on and the brave warriors who conquered lands in these spaces of water many centuries ago. It feels like a live trip into a history textbook chapter. It brings back words forgotten long ago in elementary school. A must do when in Malvan.
Malvan BeachThis is one of the most commercially active beaches in the Konkan. It is buzzing with life at the jetty where most of the fishermen anchor their boats of various dimensions and colors. There are a few bars and restaurants on the beach unlike most other seashores on the Sindhudurg coast. Especially to try here is a humble seafood specialty joint called Khot, run by an ex mechanical engineer. It is one of the friendliest atmospheres alive with banter among the locals.
This beach is not a place for relaxation; however, it is close to the city centre and perhaps the most accessible beach in the area. Another promising forthcoming attraction here is a one of its kind marine park in Asia. The government has proposed the marine park since 2000, but there has not been any action on it yet. The area of Malvan is a fortified island on the coastal reef. Coral patches have been recorded in the interstitial regions around the Sindhudurg fort. Most of these marine flora and fauna from the inter-tidal area is exposed during any low tide. So keep an eye out for a great opportunity for scuba diving. However, for now the best attraction on this beach remains to be the Sindhudurg fort.
This is a beautiful stretch of clean sands and clear waters bordering Malvan town from North West. It is a very small beach and there is nothing much to do here but laze around and watch the sun go down. A small restaurant called Silver Sands serves local fish and refreshments.
Arse Mahal Beach
This beach extends from the Chivla beach and there is a Navy detachment and petrol centre. It also has a modest government rest house; one can watch the sea from a distance sitting on a low wall created to confine the guesthouse. The Sindhudurg fort is visible from here as a far away horizon spot.
Tondavali Beach (19km North of Malvan)
This is perhaps the true manifestation of an untouched beach. It was one of the most difficult beaches for me to uncover. I had to hike almost a km from the road to get to the shore but it was totally worth the drain. When I first saw a glimpse of the shore from the end of the tree thickets, I could identify with a feeling of someone who discovers new land. Not a single soul here and the sand had just patterns of sea wind. Fine grains of soft white particles urged me to feel them without my footwear. Cool waters splashing away you almost feel sorry no one watches this phenomenon abundantly.A definite must visit. Highly recommended to have your own vehicle.
Achara Beach (22km north of Malvan)
This one is a paradise for swimmers and dolphin watchers. Dolphin season is between October and February. It is a few km ahead of Tondavali beach. It is quite popular during season time. There are some fishing activities around here but mostly it is a good space to chill with the sea waves. Located at 22 km from Malvan and 36 km from Kankavali is the Achara beach. Achara beach is amongst the charming Sindhudurga beaches. This beach is a paradise for swimmers, anglers and for sunbathing. Dolphins have been spotted recently in the Achara sea.
Dolphin season is between October and February. Migrating birds also can be seen here during seasons. There are some fishing activities around here but mostly it is a good space to chill with the sea waves.
Rameshwar Temple (23km north of Malvan)
Rameshwar TempleSituated deep within the heart of the town Achara, it is a temple of lord Rameshwar worshipped and highly regarded by the locals. Everything carved in this temple is the work of locals some 600 years ago even before the time of Shivaji. Gavpalne is a tradition that is followed here every five years and during this time, the villagers have to reside outside the village. The entire village of Achara has been a gift from Shambhaji Raje, the son of Shivaji to the temple trust or Devastaan. Rameshwar temple has a great political as well as devotional backup and is one of the most influential authorities of the area.
Tarkarli Beach (8km south of Malvan)
When you ask any local, what are the places to visit in Malvan, a unanimous answer is the Tarkarli Beach. True to its promise, this beach is a favorite with sand particles devoid of any red tinge and sky reflecting waters. MTDC has a luxury resort around the beach. Most of the time you are not allowed if you do not live at the resort, but exceptions are made quite easily. This is also one of the most notorious beaches to swim in and 21 tourists have died until date. So be careful whilst going deep into the waters.
Devbaug Beach (12km south of Malvan)Tarkarli Beach
Devbagh is a small fishing village which sits on a thin strip of land with the Karli River backwaters on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. Devbagh Beach is adjacent to Tarkarli Beach and ends at Devbagh Sangam. It is easily accessed via the Malvan-Tarkarli road. Devbagh beach is less crowded during the high tourist season and attacts tourists looking for peace and relaxation.A confluence of the Karli River flowing into the Arabian Sea. This point marks the southern most tip of the malvan taluka. An interesting geographical site, it is far more enchanting to see it atop the bridge built to cross over the river into Vengrula.About Sarjekot Fort
Sarjekot Fort is one amongst the many fortresses constructed by the Maratha ruler, Shivaji. Lying north of the Sindhudurg Fort, this fort comes under the group of forts that were raised in and around Malvan, between the 16th and 18th centuries. It is believed that the fort was built in 1668 to provide shelter to Shivaji’s ships during storms and the rainy season. It is located near the mouth of the Talashil River, from where people can enjoy very good views of the sunrise and sunset.
Tondvali village & beachTondavali is a Village in Malvan Taluk in Sindhudurg District in Maharashtra State in India . Tondavali is 6.5 km distance from its Taluk Main Town Malvan . Tondavali is 32.6 km distance from its District Main City Oras . And 328 km distance from its State Main City Mumbai . .
The Tondavali Beach is considered as one of the famous beaches near Malvan, located alongside the Konkan Coast. The beach is famous for dolphin watching, swimming and angling.Bharadi Devi(goddess)AnganewadiBharadi Devi(goddess) is one goddess one just can’t think of missing when one is in Malvan. This is the famous “active goddess” situated at Anganewadi, 14 kms from Malvan. Angnewadi is the small hamlet of Masure village. The Bharadi devi (goddess) is very famous for her wish-fulfilling power. Devotees express their wish before her and once the wish is fulfilled they come to express their gratitude.
The highlight of Angnewadi is an annual fair [some time in February, the date is declared after getting approval from the goddess] which is attended by lacs of devotees. The villagers of Angnewadi have deep faith in ‘Bharadi Devi’ and they obey her wishes. This small hamlet completely abstains from alcohol consumption. It’s strictly forbidden in this hamlet. With spreading of the wishâ€”fulfilling of the powers of this goddess, the goddess has many political leaders amongst her devotees. All these faithful devotees throng to the annual fair.
Many public transportation buses, passenger vehicles ply from Malvan and Kankavli to Angnewadi. One can visit Angnewadi and come back to Malvan within 2 hours.
Scuba Dive in MalvanSituated 6 kms south of Malvan on the coast of Maharashtra, Tarkarli is a perfect weekend getaway for its long and narrow stretch of beach. The waters are warm, clear & full of varied marine-life guaranteeing some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling holidays anywhere in Indian subcontinent.
Dhamapur LakeA tourist reader may wonder why special mention is being made of Dhamapur lake again separately when it has been mentioned along with Bhagawti temple of Dhamapur. This special lake deserves the special mention because of its “uniqueness”. This is the biggest lake in the district [and perhaps next only to Tadoba lake.
The lake is situated between Are and katta village. This man-made lake was constricted in 1530 by the king Nagesh Desai [A tributary of Vijaynagar dynast] and has beautiful scenic hill ranges on its two sides. The water is crystal clear and has dense plantation of mango mangosteen grcinia indica (kokam) coconut and areca plam. This is typical fruits of kokan region. The deans’ forest and orchard surrounding the lake has made this one of the most beautiful lake in Maharashtra. Tourist easily feels the change in the atmosphere once they reach the spot. The region has also a rich verity of flaura and fauna. Now the MTDC has made boating facility available in the lake and walk surrounding the lake the forest depth has also constructed beautiful huts on the bank to enable the tourist staying here to enjoy the panoramic view from their cottages.
Malvan lies towards south down the Maharashtra coastline, with its immense stretch of shimmering sands, and thick cashew, coconut, jackfruit and mango groves. Malvan coast forms part of Western Ghats where Sahyadri ranges gradually meet the Arabian Sea. From Vengurla point the coast trends towards north for about 22 km. From Malvan bay a chain of submerged and exposed rocky islands extends straight towards south. In this chain, several islands exist including Vengurla Rocks at the Southern tip and Sindhudurg Fort at the northern tip. Other small islets around Sindhudurg Fort are Mandel Rock, Malvan Rock etc. There are numerous exposed rocky outcrops in this area.
Sindhudurg is a low fortified island on the coastal reef, which is pointed to the mainland by a fringing reef. Kalarati and Kolamb rivers flank the Malvan coast in the north and Karli River in the south. The coast mainly consists of granites and gneisses and in a few gneissic interruptions the rocks are covered by laterite beds.Sandy beaches and rocky cliffs interrupt the coastline near Malavan. Most of the marine flora and fauna from the intertidal area is exposed during any low tide. However, during lowest low tides, the coral reefs get exposed. Siltation is of high rate and salinity may drop to 20 ppt during monsoon in some habitats, which may restrict the growth of ecologically sensitive forms of ramose corals.
Small village near Malvan in Sindhudurga district of southern Maharashtra. Tarkarli means miles of white sand, clean clear water. Tarkarli means the typical konkani style houses peep in through coconut trees.
Tarkarli means real delicious Malvani food, Solkadhi, spicy curry-prawn or fish.Tarkarli means Dolphins, Seagulls, snorkeling and backwater experience. I have no words to explain the heaven beauty of the place but I would say you must stay here at least for a day to experience the romantic nature. I am sure you’ll visit here again n again.
The first state transport service for Sindhudurga district started from this village. In past the natives from Karli use to travel by boat (Tar, in Marathi ) to reach here hence named Tarkarli. In ancient time Karli village had lot of warehouses, used to store mainly Mangalorian roofs (in Marathi ), dates (Khajur ), etc.
Devbaug (God’s Garden):
Devbaug is a small, beautiful village which is situated at a point where river ‘Karli’ meets Arabic ocean. The beach is covered by green cypress(Suru), coconut and mango trees. Fishery is the main business of the localities. The natives believes that the place (Bag) is secured due to the blessings of God (Dev) and hence named Devbag (God’s garden). The fun is when you drive on see-saw curvy road from Karli boat jetty point, at each turn you see alternatively the river and at the vast sea waves on a beach couple of meters away behind a home or a palm trees.
You can find small islands in the backwater area covered by Kharputi shrubs during. The entire Tarkarli beach and backwater area has been declared as a trusted breeding zone for the crabs, turtles and fish.
HouseboatsThere are only 2 Keral styles houseboats (Karli and Hiranyakeshi) in entire Maharashtra and you can find them over here. One can travel from Devbag to Nerurpar by these luxurious houseboats. You can book the rooms here from MTDC or internet.Tsunami island
This is a very beautiful small island originated in year 2006 due to effect of tsunami. The sand was pushed in the river bed by sea waves and formed a island of area of 500meters. You will get half an hour halt at island to enjoy tea, fresh coconut water and konkani breakfast. There are 2/3 stalls by natives who serves konkan delicacies and seasonal fruits. Bring some magnetic sand from here which is beneficial for arthritis. As per localities, this sand can be used for the massage for joints.