"Tarkarli in South of Konkan (100 kms from North Goa) is one of the most sought after destination for travellers other than Maharashtra and Goa for the Cuisine, homestays, Idyllic beaches, shore temples and adventure sports / activities (Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Dolphin rides, watersports etc.) Tarkarli village is famous for its Ramnavmi Utsav. Ramnavmi is celebrated every year in Mahapurush Temple of the village. Tarkarli is a small stretch of beach with Devbaug beach to its south and the Sindhudurg sea fort to its north.Tarkarli beach has the finest white sand beach in the entire stretch of Konkan beaches. Notwithstanding the proximity to Goa, Tarkarli still is one of the most popular beaches in southern Konkan. With the Karli backwaters on one side and the turqoise blue sea on the other, Tarkarli is the most picturesque destination and Tarkarli is also amongst the most popular beaches in Maharashtra.Tarkarli offers an ideal destination for a relaxed weekend away near the beach and also is a good stop over on the way to Goa if you are on a long holiday and where you can enjoy Snorkeling and S.C.U.B.A diving thanks to the clear waters and the coral reefs which spread over almost the entire coast near Tarkarli. Sindhudurg fort which spreads over 44 acres on the Kurte island to the north of Tarkarli in Malvan is another must visit during a Tarkarli Holiday.
Tarkarli is 8 km south of Malvan and 546 km from Mumbai on the west coast of India, at the confluence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea.
Sindhudurg and Kudal are the nearest railway stations near Tarkarli (about 30kms away) however Sawantwadi (55 kms) is the major station near Tarkarli where most of the trains stop and is the best way to Travel to Tarkarli. By road Tarkarli is about 35 Kms off the NH17 from Kasal.
A long coastline and pristine clear waters make this beach ideal for a romantic escape. Located at the confluence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea,This place has gained prominence because of its long and narrow stretch of beach with pristine waters and water sports. On a clear day, one can see the bed unto a depth of 20 ft. It presents a panoramic view with tall 'Shuru' trees in the background. The wide river, the beautiful sailboats and the tiny hamlets situated on the riverbank, add to the picturesque beauty of Tarkarli. Sighting dolphins is not a rare event here. This place fishes throughout the year, the sea during summer and winter and back-waters during the monsoon since the sea water enters this area and also due to safety reasons.
Tarkarli is a very long stretch of beach which extends on the Devbaug beach to its south and the Wayari beach and Dandi beach up to the Malvan jetty to its north. Due to the popularity of Tarkarli beach all these lesser known beaches are also in a way considered as the Tarkarli beach from a tourist's perspective. Kolamb across the Kalaval creek also extends on to Tondavali and Achara.
Tarkarli an almost surreal beauty."Scuba Diving in Tarkarli with PADI trained divers offers a joy ride into the underwater world for the fist look at the vibrant colors and marine life under water. With the primary diving site near the Sindhudurg fort, scuba diving with Dandeshwar Scuba Diving is a must do during your holidays in Tarkarli"
Places to see
Khalcha Mahapurush Temple
Boating Point & Water Sports point in Karli river
Sangam, the point
Sindhudurg Fort at Malvan
Rock Garden at Malwan
Kunkeshwar Temple - 46 km from Tarkarli by MSH 4. A Shiva temple on the beach
Beaches near Tarkarli
Dandi beach located to the north of Tarkarli beach is from where visitors are taken to the diving site near the Sindhudurg fort for snorkeling and S.C.U.B.A diving.
Chivla beach is a small cove nestled between two rocky stretches close to the Malvan town. The Malvan rock gardens is located close to the Chivla beach and over looks Chivla coast.
An extension of the Tarkarli beach, Devbaug lies to the south of Tarkarli and extends upto the Devbaug Sangam point. Devbaug is a small fishing hamlet blessed with a fine white sand beach. Tsunami island and Devbaug Sangam are the main attractions in Devbaug.Fishing Hamlet in Transformation An erstwhile fishing hamlet Devbaug is developing into a tourist destination with a good majority of youth preferring the tourism industry. Devbaug has some of the best hotels in Tarkarli.
Bhogwe is a very secluded beach on the opposite banks of Karli river. Bhogwe is a long stretch of beach with the Nivati fort to its south with a very clean beach and a few rocky patches.
Boating and dolphin watch rides are very popular activities during a Tarkarli holidays. The boating operators have a few fixed routes and sightseeing points like Bhogwe beach Nivati rocks etc during boating from Tarkarli.The chances of spotting a dolphin is highest during boat rides from Tarkarli near the shores of Malvan and you could also visit islands like Nivati rocks off the coast from Tarkarli during the ride.
An Island that was formed after the last Tsunami in 2004 and named after it, Tsunami island is a small piece of land which emerges only during low water levels in the Karli backwater.Tsunami island is the hub of watersports in Tarkarli with many water sports operators, and is the most frequented place in Tarkarli by tourists. Parasailing in the backwater is the latest addition to the activities in
An impressive Sea fort was built in 1664 by the great 17th century Maratha King, Shivaji on Kurte island overlooking Malvan. A handprint and a footprint of Shivaji Maharaj is also embedded in one section of the fort. There is the only temple of Shivaji Maharaj in the world; the temple was built by Shivajis son Rajaram.
Jay Ganesh temple
Jay Ganesh temple is a well visted temple in centre of Malvan. Temple is built on temple architecture principles and is visited by locals and tourists alike.
Shoping in Tarkali
Iarkali is all about buying fresh and delicious cashew nuts for which the markets are popilar. One can always try Amba poli(Aam papad).Amba wadi,Kokam wadi and Karvande wadi. This are worth trying and one can buy and take this for family and friends.
Dangers and Annoyances
Care should be taken when walking between the beaches at night in the dark, and it's best not to go alone. Swimming can also be dangerous as some areas have strong currents and not swim out to far.