Malvan Tourism

Malvan Tourism

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Its an awesome destination to hang out with your family and friends.
The beaches are clean, the water is clear, the atmosphere is pleasent, the food is delicious, the air your breathe is pure.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food - You get to eat the typical Malvani (veg and non-veg) food out there. Something which Metro cities like Mumbai and Pune try to bring in the taste with the Restaurant Names like Sindhudurg, Malvan or Konkan but fail by a huge margin. The actual Malvani taste you will find in the entire Sindhudurg belt. Only two words - SIMPLY DELICIOUS. One restaurant - 'Chaitanya' we visited, was real good
Sightseeing - You can visit loads of beaches like Shiroda, Yelegaar, Terekhol (on the Goa Border). Each one is better than the other. 'Sindhudurg Fort' is a must watch. Look at the architecture. Mindblowing Engineering Exxcellence. Hiring a guide is individaul decision but most of the information is written inside the fort. Then there is Kunkeshwar - Temple of Shiva and a beach. Yes and not to forget the Tarkarli backwaters.
Shopping - In season, you can buy Mangoes (if you have an eye for the Quality) and Jackfruit. You can also search for Back berries (Jambhul), carrisa corandas (karwanda). You need not buy, you will find plenty of un-owned trees bearing those nutritious fruits.

Activities & things to do: Snorkelling, Scuba Diving are some activities thatt are being carried out near the Sindhudurg Fort.
Lot of water sports are carried out at the Tarkarli Backwaters
1) Snorkelling is charged around 300/-
2) Scuba diving is charged around 1200/-
3) Launch to Tarkali backwaters is charged around - 1200/- (but it is worth)
4) Water Sport activites cost range from 150/- to 1000/-
Plus you have beaches and beaches to swim and bath in - Word of caution - The Beaches are good and safe but the water carries some sand which will get trapped in your clothes

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Mumbai,
If you are going by Train, catch any Goa bound Train
If you are going by a vehckle - Either take up the Road to Goa. 50 Kms before Panaji you will get a right to Malvan at Kasal OR Go to Kolhapur and then come to Malvan.
Goa Road is shorter but slow, Kolhapur Road is little longer and costlier due to Tolls but very fast
Again I am mentioning that if you do not visit Tarkarli Backwaters and see the Sindhudurg Fort, then you have not seen Malvan.
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Sindhuja Suyambu
  • Sindhuja Suyambu
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 106 Reviews

"Perfect weekend spot for water sports lovers" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Malvan is a perfect location for beach and water sport lovers. It is recommended to visit during October/November. It is less crowded compared to Goa and beaches were very clean, I recommend a 2-3 days stay. The must visit places include....... More
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Mahendra Patil
  • Mahendra Patil
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"Visit to malvan"

  • Posted 11 months ago
Very good sites, clean and nice beaches . Visit to sindhudurga fort by boat was very nice experience bharda devi temple is very near Food, sight-seeing and shopping: overall is la-wish food, fresh fish, cashew, kokam kari Activities &....... More
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Jayant Jagtap
  • Jayant Jagtap
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"Perfect holiday venue.."

  • Posted 1 year ago
Its good place and one must visit at least once Diwali season could be the ideal time... Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Best sea food. Activities & things to do: Snorkeling, boating. Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc:....... More
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Rakesh Yadav
  • Rakesh Yadav
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 7 Reviews


  • Posted 1 year ago
Malvan, tarkarli, devbaugh, sindudurg, snorkeling, try going to yashashri ice cream parlour in malvan city and try having ale limbu mirchi icecream its my favourite. then for a proper malvan food go to ruchira hotel Food, sight-seeing and....... More
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Pandharinath Gaikwad
  • Pandharinath Gaikwad
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"Malvan Trip"

  • Posted 1 year ago
Malvan is good place for one day stay. you can a shindudurg fort which is built by Shri chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. You can go for scuba diving the water is quite clean there. Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There are many places to see....... More
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Malvan Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Beach
Malvan, also known as Malwan, is situated in the district of Sindhudurg in the state of Maharashtra. A culturally important town, the Malvan taluka comprises several villages, namely Achra, Jamdul, Juva, Aangnechi Wadi, Sarjekot, Panchkol and Khalchi Devli. This town is bounded by three famous creeks, which are Kolamb, Kalavali and Karli.

Local inhabitants believe that the earlier name of the town, Madwan, is derived from grove (wan) of coconut trees (mad). Over the years, the name of the town changed to Malwan or Malvan. However, there is another tale attached to the name of the town. It is believed that salt was produced in huge quantities in the region and the salt producers called the salt as 'Lavan'. The place where the salt producers got more salt was named Mahalavan, which later on came to be known as Malvan.

From the 6th to the 8th century, the entire region was ruled by the Chalukyas, who were succeeded by the rulers of Devgiri in the 10th century and subsequently by Vijayanagar, during the 14th century. Malvan was ruled by Adil Shah in the 15th century, who was replaced by the Maratha king Shivaji in the 16th century. Later, in the 17th century, the British took control over the region of Malvan.

Ancient Malvan consisted of two important areas, namely Medha and Dewoolwada, which were attacked by Adil Shahi. During his rule, the region was largely populated by the Sahukar community. The region was under the control of Khem Sawant of Sawantwadi, who was a close aide of Adil Shah. He fought against the Portuguese who wanted to annex the Malvan region.

He got help from the Maratha ruler Shivaji, who later on captured Sawantwadi and the region of Malvan from Khem Sawant. Shivaji initiated the task of building Sindhudurg Fort on 10th November 1664. The construction of the fort was completed in 1667. This fort mainly helped in checking the naval activities of the Portuguese, British and the Abyssinians.

The region was under the reign of British colonial rulers by 1818. The British formed the Malvan District, which comprised around 37 villages. In 1822, a judicial court was also established in Malvan town, making it one of the oldest courts in the region. Tarkarli Beach, Mobar Point, Chiwala Beach and Tondavali Beach are some of the key attractions of the destination.

Malvan Wildlife Sanctuary which was formed on 13th April 1987 is also an important sightseeing spot. The Rock Garden which is located close to the Mahal and the Jai Ganesh Mandir constructed by Jayantrao Salgaokar are some of the well-known tourist sites in Malvan. Malvani cuisine, including the traditional fish curry and rice, is famous.

This town is also popular for the wide variety of mangoes, popularly known as Malvani Hapus or Alphonso. Malvani ladoos and Malvani khaja are the most popular sweets in the town. The culture of Malvan is reflected in the Malvani Dashavatar, which is a drama or play based on ancient mythological stories.

The ‘Koli Nritya' and 'Dahikala' are mainly performed by locals during festivals. In addition to this, Narali Poornima, Deepavali, Ram Navami and Ganesh Chaturthi are few of the major festivals celebrated in Malvan. Tourists coming to Malvan can also enjoy the fair organised during 'Anganewadi Yatra' in the month of February.

Malvan is connected by road to several cities, such as Pune, Mumbai and Dabolim. The closest airport from Malvan is situated at Dabolim in Goa. Mumbai is located at about 514 km from Malvan, while Ratnagiri is around 200 km away. Kudal or Kankavli Railway Station is the nearest railhead from Malvan town.

The tropical climate in Malvan results in humid summers, abundant rainfall and moderately cold winters. The best time for sightseeing and other tourist activities is the winter season, when the weather is mild and moderately cold.
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