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Tarkarli Beach

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.

Distance from Mumbai : 493 kms.

Tarkarli is on the western coast of India in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. It is one of the safest beaches in the Konkan region. The place is surrounded by coconut and betel trees. Houseboats of Tarkarli give the feeling of Kerala backwaters and Kashmir’s Dal Lake. Tarlkarli beach is famous for Scuba diving and snorkelling.

Districts/ Region :

Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra, India.

History :

Tarkarli is in the Malvan tehsil of Sindhudurg district in the south Konkan region of Maharashtra. The place is famous for its clean and sandy beaches and water sports. It is endowed with coconut, cashew as well as betel trees. It was declared as Queen beach in the Konkan region a few years ago. In recent years it has emerged as an important destination in India in terms of Water sport activities. Tarkarli and surrounding places offer activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving with the help of International level instructors. It has an International Scuba diving training centre which is run by MTDC.

Geography :

Tarkarli is a coastal place between Kolamb Creek and Karli river in the South Konkan region and has lush green Sahyadri mountains on one side and the blue Arabian Sea on the other. It is 33 KM to the west of Sindhudurg city, 162 KM to the South East of Kolhapur and 489 KM to the south of Mumbai. The place is accessible by road. a

Weather/Climate :

The prominent weather in the region is rainfall, the Konkan belt experiences High Rainfall (ranges around 2500 mm to 4500 mm), and the climate remains Humid and warm. The temperature reaches up to 30 degrees Celsius during this season.Summers are hot and humid, and the temperature touches 40 degrees Celsius. Winters have a comparatively milder climate (around 28 degrees Celsius), and the weather remains Cool and Dry

Things to do :

Tarkarli is famous for watersports activities such as parasailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, banana boat rides, jet-skiing, etc.

Houseboat riding is one of the best activities in Tarkarli.

It is also famous for dolphin spotting as well as underwater life exploration including corals which are almost 350-400 years old.

Nearest tourist place :

One can plan to visit the following tourist places along with Tarkarli.

Sindhudurg Fort: Must visit place near Tarkarli. This fort was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and it has been influenced by the Portuguese style of architecture. One can see the impressions of the hand and foot of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on this fort.
Tsunami Island: Located 8.3 KM from Tarkarli via Devbag Sangam road.
Malvan: Situated 6 KM north of Tarkarli, famous for cashew factories and fishing port.
Padmagad fort: This fort is 2.3 KM to the northwest of Tarkarli.
Rock garden Malvan: One can see a colony of corals at the sea bottom here. These colonies are believed to be as old as three to four hundred years.

How to travel to tourist place by Rail, Air, Road (train, flight, bus) with distance and required time :

  • Tarkarli is accessible by road, it is connected to the NH 66, Mumbai Goa Highway. State transport, private and luxury buses are available from the cities such as Ratnagiri, Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur and Goa.
  • Nearest Airport : Chipi Airport Sindhudurg (16 km), Dabolim Airport Goa (134 KM)
  • Nearest Railway Station : Sindhudurg 31 KM (46min), 32 KM (55mins) and Kankavli 49 KM (1hr 11mins)

Special food speciality and hotel :

Being on the coastal part of Maharashtra, seafood is a speciality here. However, it is one of the most visited tourist destinations and is connected to Mumbai and Goa, the restaurants here serve a variety of cuisine. Malvani cuisine is the speciality of this place which includes spicy gravies with coconut and fish.

Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station :

  • Various hotels and resorts are available in Tarkarli.
  • Hospitals are available in Malvan 5 KM away from Tarkarli.
  • The nearest post office is 4 km in Malvan.
  • The nearest police station is at a distance of 5.2 KM in Malvan.

MTDC Resort nearby details :

MTDC resort is available in Tarkarli.

Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit :

The place is accessible throughout the year. The best time to visit is from October to March since the plentiful rainfall lasts from June to October, and the summers are hot and humid. Tourists should check the timings of high as well as low tides before entering into the sea.High tides during the monsoon season could be dangerous hence should be avoided.

Language spoken in area :

English, Hindi, Marathi, Malvani