TreksandTrails, recommends you the Malvan Tour
It’s a journey of a life time that keep you calling over and over again. Malvan is situated in Sindhudurg distict of Maharashtra. An amazing place to be. Witness it yourself. Its heaven on Earth, Amazing people all ready to help you and reach out. TreksandTrails presents you a backpacker guide to Malan, come one come all. Experience the thrill. Thou the number of days spent here is always less we at TreksandTrails would recommend at least a 3 day stay to explore and enjoy.
I had reached CST railway station in the night and left by Kokan Kaniya Express – general class. As I was before time and was lazly roaming the station I heard the AZAN, (call for Isha namaz), and my feet took to this small mosque right next to CST 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 (see pic below).
Closest railway station: Kudal/Kankawali
Distance from Mumbai by road is 525 km. driving time approx 11-12 hours.
Distance from Pune to Malvan via Kholapur is 350 km. Driving time approx 7 hours.
Distance from Ratnagiri to Malvan: 140 km. driving time approx 3 hours.
Nearest Airport is at Dabolim in Goa.
When arriving from Mumbai or Goa, take National Highway NH-17 till Kasaal and then take a State Transport bus or Rickshaw for an approximately 35 km ride to Malvan.
Water availability: Yes
Best time to Trek: November – April
During Monsoon: Amboli region
Combined travel option: Yes
Suggested option: Malvan~Tarkali~Vengurla~Sawantiwadi
Food availability: Amazing local Malvani cuisine, for both Veg and Non Veg.
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Is the oldest fort on 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”. Shivaji Maharaj won this fort from Adilshaha 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. Shivaji 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.
Sindhudurg – Padmagad fort:
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 Shivaji. In 1664 Shivaji erected this fort on 44 acres of land. In Sindhudurg Fort there is ‘Shri Shivarajeshwar temple’ of King Shivaji. Also there are temples of Hanuman, Jarimari mandir and Goddess ‘Bhavani Temple’. Impressions of shivaji’s fingers prints found to be preserved here on one of the wall. Also lies, inside the fort worth seeing temples of Bhavanimata, Shambhu Mahadev, Jirimiri & Mahapurush. All are in good conditions.
Interesting Places to check out in and around Malvan
Ø The Rock Garden Malvan
Ø Rock Garden - The Rock garden is situated near the Arase Mahal and on the Rocky Shore of Malvan.
Ø Jai Ganesh Mandir – Idol made from pure Gold.
Ø Chivla Beach
Ø Arse Mahal Beach
Ø Tondavali Beach (19 km North from Malvan)
Ø Achra Beach (22 km north from Malvan)
Ø Rameshwar Temple (23 km north from Malvan)
Ø Devbaug Beach (12 km south from Malvan)
Ø Vetal Mandir (4 km North from Malvan)
Ø Mahanchi bhavani devi (5 km south from Malvan)
Ø Gangeshwar mandir mahan (5 km south from Malvan)
Ø Malvan Bazar – every Monday on the beach.
Ø Malvan beach (2 km from the Malvan ST stand)
Tarkarli is a narrow stretch of beach with pristine waters, located at the convergence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. It is 546km 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 Devbaug is one stretched beach of 12 km, the longest beach in Maharashtra. This beach can be rightly called as ‘Queen Beach’ of Sindhudurg.
Ø Malvan Market
Ø Sangam, the point where the Karli river empties into the Arabian sea.
Ø Nivati Beach
Ø Golden Rock
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, ShriNavadurga at Kanyale Redi, Shri Mauli at Redi and Shiroda, Shri Vetoba at Aaravali, Shri Ganesh at Redi and Shri Ravalnath.
Ø Vengurla Port
List of activities
Snorkeling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, and usually swim-fins. Use of this equipment allows the snorkeler to observe underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort. Snorkeling is a popular recreational activity. The primary appeal is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment
In India there are a very few places where scuba diving can be done and Malvan is one of them. Due to its relatively clear sea waters, Malvan serves as a perfect spot for scuba diving (done mostly with surface oxygen supply) and snorkelling. Near the outer walls of Sindhudurg fort one can see lots of live corals and beautiful marine life under the sea.
Parasailing also known as parascending, or "parakiting", is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that reminds one of a parachute, known as a parasail wing. The manned kite's moving anchor may be a car, truck, or boat. The harness attaches the pilot to the parasail, which is connected to the boat, or land vehicle, by the tow rope. The vehicle then drives off, carrying the parascender (or wing) and person into the air. If the boat is powerful enough, two or three people can parasail behind it at the same time. The parascender has little or no control over the parachute. The activity is primarily a fun ride, not to be confused with the sport of paragliding.
For water sports where one can enjoy rides like Jet-Ski, Banana boat ride, Bumper boat, Kayaks etc. Best time to visit Tsunami island for water sports is during high tide when the small island is partially submerged under the water (till knee length).
Night Boat ride:
Locals can arrange for a night boat ride for a price depending upon the size of the group and if the weather conditions are right. However please remember the boats would be comming back by 21:00 as then the night fishing would start. For those who want to see Dolphin Treks and Trails would recommend a boat ride early in the morning. If possible visti Tarkali by April end to reduce the disappointment of not seeing a Dolphin.
A little before Tarkali beach is Ashwini Ayureveda Center, that offers a host of services such as Relax with Reflexology, Navarakizzhi, Abhyangam, Padabhyangam, Taruni skin wrap etc. Call: +919423302720 and +919545470084
Tsunami Island (near Devbaug beach) is a small island on the delta of Tarkarli river. This beach cum island also is the place to enjoy boat ride in the backwaters of Tarkarli River. This island is NOT formed due to Tsunami waves, But due to this imaginary name it is a popular tourist destination
White Beach Resort:
Its actually a improvised house that one of the local villagers has converted into humble home stay option. Very close to the the river on the rear of this house. The house owner could arrange for water sports at Tarkali and Malvan. White Beach resort is around 41 km from Kudal or 20km from Malvan. Its at Tondavli village, Suruchbaan (forest).
A comfortable stay option available at this location that is 2km away from Tarkali beach. Situated on hill top. A total of six huts all modern amenities available. The owner have made a considerable effort to provide the best in class experience. Human waste and well as cattle waste is collected in a bio pit. The Bio gas is used for cooking food. A very clean and sincere effort make offer this arrangement. This area has a zero tolerance to plastic. As its on the hill its less crowed and very peaceful here.
A few reference:
Ajay Sarang (Bamboo Hut): +919405241316
White Beach Resort(Stay): +919029744244
Shri Saigajanan (Stay): +919324050763
Shree Mahapurush Water Sport Sanghatana: +918007325465
Govid (Water sport) at Tarkali: +919404173011
Siddivinayak Beach resort: +919403563253
Govindashram – Stay Tarkali +919869260532
Mandar Tari (Water sport): +919420024335
Hotel Chivla Beach (stay): +919404749650 (Malvan and Tarkali)
List of Home Stays are:
Bhagwan Home Stay: +919823854596
Shree Swami Samarth: +912365251750
Shubhangi Niwas: +919969324475
Shree Ganesh Home Stay: +919423292493
Annapurna Niwas: +919404442990
Swati Niwas: +919320747798
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, co-ordination. 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 Savantwadi 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-Kankavali-Kasal or via Gaganbawada-Talere-Kankavali-Kasal. Then catch the Malvan bus from Kasal. Treks and Trails does guarantee a service or product mentioned above.
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