Malvan (also written as Malwan) a town and taluka in Sindhudurg District, the southernmost district of Maharashtra State, India, well known for the historically important Sindhudurg Fort. Malvan taluka consists of villages such as Aangnechi Wadi (Village: Masure), Achra, Khalchi Devli, Jamdul, Juva, Pankhol, Talasheel and Sarjekot. The main occupation here is fishing with the staple diet of the local people fish curry and rice. The town produces Alphonso mangoes and is also known for sweets such as Malvani Khaja made from gram-besan flour and coated jaggery as well as Malvani Ladoos. Other sweets that attract tourists are Konkani meva, Aambawadi, Fanaspoli, Dryfriuts, Kajuwadi, Naralachya Wadya, Malvani Masale. Malvani Dashavtar, a drama-play based on mythological stories, is an important cultural element of the area.
Closest railway station is Kudal / Kankaval
Distance from Mumbai by road is 525 km, Driving time approx 11-12 hours
Distance from Pune to Malvan via Kolhapur is 350 km. Driving time approx 7 hours.
Distance from Ratnagiri to Malvan: 140 km. driving time approx 3 hours
Malvan Tour by Air
Nearest Airport is at Dabolim in Goa.When arriving from Mumbai or Goa, take National Highway NH-17 till Kasaal. Take a State Transport bus or Rickshaw for an approximately 35 km ride to Malvan.
Best time to visit Malvan is November to April.During Monsoon Amboli Ghat region.Combined travel option is available.Suggested option is Malvan Tarkarli Vengurla Sawantwadi. Food availability is the amazing local Malvani cuisine, for both Veg and Non Veg.
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
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.
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.