TreksandTrails invites you to Sindhudurg for Scuba Diving & Snorkelling Tour on 16 -18 May 2014.

Grade: Easy
Destination:Vijaydurg, Kunkeshwar, Rameshwar, Sindhudurg fort, Dolphin point, Tsunami Island, Tarkarli Beach, Nivati Beach
Activities: Snorkelling, Surface Supply Scuba Diving,
Dates: 16 -17 – 18 May 2014

Cost per Person:
Indian Rupee ₹ 7500.00 per person - Veg Meals
Indian Rupee ₹ 8500.00 per person -NonVeg Meals (limited)
Participants will be accommodated in batches of 6 persons

Places of Interest:

Vijaydurg fort

Vijaydurg 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

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
The Rock Garden Malvan
Rock Garden - The Rock garden is situated near the Arase Mahal and on the Rocky Shore of Malvan.
Jai Ganesh Mandir – Idol made from pure Gold.
Devbaug Beach (12 km south from Malvan)
Vital Mandir (4 km North from Malvan)
Malvan Bazar – every Monday on the beach.
Malvan beach (2 km from the Malvan ST stand)

Tarkarli Beach
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.

Interesting Places to check out in and around Tarkali
Malvan Market
Sangam, the point where the Karli river empties into the Arabian sea.
Nivati Beach
Golden Rock

Wildlife Sanctuary
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.

Scuba Diving
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.

Water Sports
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.

Ayurveda Centre:
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.

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

Day 0 - Thursday 15 May 2014

Meeting point: 22:00 Hrs at Pritam Hotel , Dadar (E) – Departure

Day 1: Friday 16 May 2014
07:00 Breakfast en-route
11:30 Reach Malvan
12:00 Lunch
14:00 TSUNAMI Island
17:00 Tarkarli Beach
19:00 Snacks – Kanda Bhajji & Tea
19:30 Free time for Malvan Market / Beach / Rock Garden etc. (Optional)
21:00 Dinner
Stay at Malvan

Day 2: Saturday 17 May 2014
07:30 Breakfast
08:00 Visit to Dolphin point, Scuba Diving via Surface Supply 20-30 mins each; Snorkelling activities 10:30 visit to Sindhudurg fort
14:00 Lunch
16:00 Nivati Fort & Beach
19:00 Tea
19:30 Free time for Malvan Market / Beach / Rock Garden etc. (Optional)
21:00 Dinner

Stay at Malvan

Day 3: Sunday 18 May 2014
07:30 Breakfast
08:30 Move 2 Achare
10:00 Rameshwar Temple, Achare
11:30 Kunkeshwar Temple
12:00 Hrs: Move 2 Vijaydurg
12:45 Hrs: @ Rameshwar temple, Girye, Vijaydurg
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Vijaydurg fort
16:30 Tea Break & Departure for Mumbai
21:30 Dinner
Day 4: Monday 21 April 2014
05:30 Hrs: @ Dadar (Subjective)

The cost includes:
Dadar 2 Dadar transportation fare for private vehicle (Non-A/c).
Surface Supply Scuba Diving, Snorkelling Charges, Dolphin Safari, Boating charges.
Permissions and entry fees, Guide Charges, Food charges. Accommodations. Rooms on sharing basis

Minimum 6 seats required
Maximum 16 seats will be accommodated
Seats will be first come 1st basis.
Confirmation via Advance payment only.
One needs to deposit Indian Rupee ₹ 4500/- (Non-refundable) advance amount for Booking Private Vehicle, Activity Charges, Boats, Food, Accommodation etc. into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.

Last date for registration: Friday 09 May 2014 by 17:00 IST.

Things To Carry:-
A Water Bottle (2 Ltrs) (a must)
Cap, Good trekking shoes,
Extra 3 pair of Clothes, a Towel etc (a must).
Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)
Avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)
Swimming costumes (optional)
Swimming caps (optional)
A haversack to put all these things

1. Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
2. Group leader decision will be final and binding. Short pants till knee length allowed.
3. TreksandTrails reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.
4. Telephonic confirmation is mandatory, if unable to contact...send a text message.
5. Sleevless/cut sleves, low neck, figure hugging shirts/tops will not be allowed.



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