Tarkarli Beach is a perfect weekend getaway in Maharashtra. The beach offers amazing scuba diving experience along with the experience of a pristine clear water. Tarkarli, the very name of the place will ring a bell in your ears. A place away from the hustle bustle of daily life, Tarkarli promises to rejuvenate you.
Location of Tarkarli Beach
Tarkarli Beach is a village in Malvan Taluka in Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra. It is 8 km south of Malvan and 546 km from Mumbai on the west coast of India, the Konkan Coast. It is a great experience to see the confluence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. Tarkarli Tourism not only offers adventure water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, water rides but it also offers serenity, calmness and a hug from the nature. The beauty of the place will also mesmerize you. On a clear sunny day, you can view seabed up to 20 ft and carry home the amazing experience of sea life.
When to Visit Tarkarli
Best time to visit Tarkarli Beach is after the monsoons, from October to January when you can get the clear sunny sky. This gives you an opportunity to get a good underwater experience during Scuba diving and snorkeling. When you are inside the water, you actually realize that all we need to do in life is keep breathing. It is an amazing experience to be under water along with sea life.
Ways to Reach Tarkarli Beach
- You can take a train to Kudal station on the Konkan Railways and from Kudal you can hire a taxi or rickshaw, which will take you directly to Tarkarli. It takes about 1 hour to reach Tarkarli Beach.
- Another station is Kankavli on the Konkan Railway. From the station, it is around 1 hour 30 minutes by road.
- Tarkarli Beach is also easily accessible from Malvan by bus /rickshaw (5 km). Private cars and State Transport bus services are also available from various parts of Mumbai, Pune & Goa to Malvan. From Malvan rickshaw or taxi can be hired to reach Tarkarli Beach.
Where to Stay and Eat
MTDC resort, maintained by Tarkarli Tourism, under the Maharashtra Government is one of the best places to stay. MTDC offers unique houses to stay with good food. It is a heaven for sea food lovers. Vegetarians need not get disappointed as they also get varieties of food. You can also venture out in other hotels and guest houses which are on the beachside. Home stays are also a good option.
While booking always try to book directly as they might offer some discounts including food and lodging. Do not forget to try the local Maharashtrian delicacies at the Malvan market.
What to do
You can simply lie on the Tarkarli beach underneath the blue sky on white sand or take a boat ride to the point where Scuba Diving, Snorkeling is offered. The rate for Scuba diving starts from Rs.2200 (per person) and rates for snorkeling is cheaper at Rs.200-300. The rate goes up during the peak time. There are no fixed rates set by Tarkarli Tourism so you should bargain before setting up for your boat journey. Once you are inside the pristine blue water you will have the mesmerizing experience of the sea life. You can touch and feel the beautiful fishes and the corals.
Enjoy a boat ride to Nivati Beach which gives you the experience of being stranded alone on an island;
Sangam is the point where the Karli river drains into the Arabian sea offers you an opportunity to see the dolphins; It is a unique experience to walk amidst tall palm trees in the backwaters of Karli River.
Tsunami Island the island is an Island which goes underwater during the high tides. You can experience the same if you are there at the right time.
Sindhudurg Fort or Malvan Fort
The boat ride will also take you to Sindhudurg Fort at Malvan. The fort has an interesting story about Maharaja Shivaji Rao war strategies. I suggest you take a guide to understand the significance of this fort and listen to the brave stories of Shivaji Maharaj. The sea fort which covers a vast area is an amazing architecture and should not be missed. History says that the fort was built to take protection against emenies. The construction is so strong that it has withstood the test of time, amidst slashing waves. The fort remains closed during winter and rainy season due to high tides.
Adventures for you
Enjoy Scuba Diving, Snorkling, Parasailing to feel a rush of adrenaline. You can enjoy a house boat stay for a night to experience the real sea water. You can visit the Dajipur Bison park if you are an animal lover.
If you are looking for something different, try Bumper boat rides or jet Skiing. You have to stay overnight in Tarkarli to enjoy the sunset.
Best fit for Weekend Rejuvenation
If you are looking for a short trip which is relaxing and adventurous too, then head towards Tarkarli Beach and soak yourself in the beauty of nature.