It’s a journey of a lifetime that keep you calling over and over again. Malvan is situated in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. An amazing place to be witness it yourself. It’s heaven on earth, amazing people all ready to help you and reach out. Treks and Trails India presents you a backpacker guide to Malvan, come one come all. Experience the thrill. Thou the number of days spent here is always less we at Treks and Trails India would recommend at least a 3 day stay to explore and enjoy.
I had reached CSMT railway station in the night and left by Konkan Kanya Express general class. As I was before time and was lazy roaming the station I heard the Azaan, call for Isha namaz and my feet took to this small mosque right next to CSMT station. I was amazed to know that it existed. May be for a thirsty traveler or a way opportunity to seek the divine blessings before I start. I choose to get start my tour from Kudal. A walk from the station for 10 minutes will take to the Kudal ST bus depot. I reached at 10:30 in the morning and as I walked bang outside the Kudal station was another huge magnificent mosque.
Is the oldest fort in Sindhudurg coast constructed in the regime of Raja Bhoj of shilahar dynasty in 1205 (construction period 1193-1205). The fort was earlier known as “Gheria” as it is situated in the village “Girye”.Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj won this fort from Adilshah of Bijapur in 1653 and renamed it as “Vijay Durg” as the then Hindu solar ear’s name was “Vijay”. Vijay means Victory. Sprawling over an area of 48 acres, Vijaydurg, fort of victory, was once seized by the British following a bloody battle. They renamed it Fort Augustus. A dilapidated board at the entrance of the fort relates its history. One of the best views of the fort is from the jetty. The fort stretches out into the sea and a walk inside its precincts is worthwhile.Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj added triple rows of huge walls, umpteen towers and spacious inner buildings to it and strengthened it in the 17th century.
Kunkeshwar Temple, an ancient Shiva Temple is located in Kunkeshwar village, 14 Kms from Devgad town. A pristine beach with a very long stretch of seashore and white sand adds to the beauty of temple surroundings. This beautiful temple near beach has alluring architecture with reminiscent of South Indian style of temple architecture. Yadav Kings built this temple in 1100 A. D. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who rejuvenated this temple many times was a frequent visitor to this temple. This temple is also famous as Kashi of South Konkan.
Huge sea rocks of Malvan coast have shouldered the responsibility of two Forts Sindhudurg & Padmagad on their broad chest. The name of the fort is given to the Sindhudurg district. Tourist from all over the world visit throughout the year to see this Maratha glory. The fort was built with the help of huge rocks on the Kurte Island which amazes people & one appreciates imaginative power of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. In 1664 Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj erected this fort on 44 acres of land. In Sindhudurg Fort there is ‘Shri Shiv Rajeshwar temple’ of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Also there are temples of Hanuman, Jarimari mandir and Goddess ‘Bhavani Temple’. Impressions of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj fingerprints found to be preserved here on one of the wall. Also lies, inside the fort worth seeing temples of Bhavani Mata, Shambhu Mahadev, Jirimiri & Mahapurush. All are in good conditions.
Tarkarli is a narrow stretch of beach with pristine waters, located at the convergence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. It is 546 km away from Mumbai on the west coast of India. This place has gained prominence because of its transparently clear seas, where on a sunny day you can see the sea- bed up to a depth of 20 feet. From Malvan to Devbagh is one stretched beach of 12 km, the longest beach in Maharashtra. This beach can be rightly called as ‘Queen Beach’ of Sindhudurg.
Interesting Places to check out in and around Tarkarli
The Malvan Marine Wildlife Sanctuary was declared on 13 April 1987, with a core zone of 3.182 km² and buffer zone of 25.94 km² total area being 29.122 km². The core zone includes the Sindhudurg fort, Padamged island and other submerged rocky structures. The north eastern border of the buffer zone is 50 m from the seashore near Malvan port, while on the east it is a semi-circular sandy beach 500 m parallel to the shore of Malvan, in the south it is near Mandel rock, and in the west touches the Malvan rock.
Vengurla is a town in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, India just north of Goa. It is surrounded by a semicircular range of hills with lush green foliage mainly of cashew, mango, coconut, and different kinds of berry trees. The hills of Dabholi, Tulas, and Mochemad respectively lie in the north, the east, and the south of Vengurla, while the Arabian Sea is located on its west. The town has a rich cultural heritage. Vengurla Taluka has some temples including those of Shri Sateri, Shri Rameshwar, Shri Navadurga at Kanyale Redi, Shri Mauli at Redi and Shiroda, Shri Vetoba at Aaravali, Shri Ganesh at Redi and Shri Ravalnath.Things to do in Vengurla visit Vengurla Port.
Sindhudurg Tour Guide is an innovative initiative launched to boost tourism in Sindhudurg district. The organization trains youth from local communities to take various self-employment opportunities in tourism industry. These trainees are later motivated to run businesses like tourist guides, tour operators, travel agency, rental cars, homestays, agro tourism, water sports and village tourism.
Village folk dance:
As I waited for the local ST bus to take me to the my next destination, I saw a large procession drawn by the local villagers. Seems to be some kind of wedding or a celebration. Huge drums, lazem and different groups doing a rethymatic formation. Delight to all the on lookers (see pic below). The best part was in all these dancers it was all done by the men folk. The women folk stood with a brass pot on their heads all dressed up. It was a spectacular display of colours, coordination. A treat for my eyes.
The above mentioned is to be used for reference purpose only. Please understand the severity of adventure water based sport well before signing up. If you are travelling first time on this route, kindly note that there are some buses from Pune, Kolhapur indicating the same boards of Sawantwadi or Panaji but go via different routes. some buses enter into Konkan/Goa via Gadhinglaj-Ajara-Amboli route. If you want to come to Malvan, don’t catch these buses otherwise you will get down to the southernmost part of konkan. Enter into the buses going either via Radhanagari – Phonda – Kankavli – Kasal or via Gaganbawda – Talere – Kankavli – Kasal. Then catch the Malvan bus from Kasal. Treks and Trails does guarantee a service or product mentioned above.