Malvan Tourism
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Malvan Tourism

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  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: Sindhudurg
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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Mukesh Jena

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  • Mukesh Jena
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 1 Review
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"Nice long weekend from Pune"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 2, 2016
It was a 400 drive from Pune. There were lot of lovely places in between to click photos. The Malvan Beach was little dirty but the fort was good. Water Sports was available at Tarkarli at much cheaper rates and enjoyed a lot. The local fisherman used to set-up a small market during evening time. They will be selling freshly caught fishes along side the beach.
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Er Nagap

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"Nice place to visit with nice attractions"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 29, 2015
Cashew nuts, mangoes, Kokam, fresh variety of fish, long coast line, even though village in Maharashtra still has all the amenities. Well connected with trains and by road. Many temples, Dhamapur lake, beaches are the main attractions. A long weekend and small budget this is the best option.
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Yashovardhan Jaitmahal

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  • Yashovardhan Jaitmahal
  • Lives in Aurangabad
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"Malvan, a decent beach to go"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 20, 2015
Malvan is an enchanting place to visit. The Sindhudurg fort is an unique experience. The only temple of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is situated here. The food is great. One must visit at bamboo hotel for both veg & non veg food. Tarkarli is very famous for it's water sports. However if someone wish to go for a calm beach, he must go for Chiwla beach. The beach is so sacred, very few people visit there. Hence the beach is so clean.
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Rohan Gupte

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  • Rohan Gupte
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Has untouched beach, nature and beautiful place with good food"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2015
Malvan is a quiet place in Maharashtra abt 450 kms from Mumbai. Malvan is a best place for having sea food, you would love the preparation in Malvani style. You have got some untouched beaches in Malvan like Chikli beach, then Rock Garden. The famous Sindhudurg Fort which is a famous sea fort built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, you can do even snorkelling and scuba diving. Devbaug which is a place near Malvan is famous for its amazing nature. You can find many species of birds there. In short Malvan is a beautiful place to visit where you can find peace and good food.
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Shankar Mahadev

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  • Shankar Mahadev
  • Lives in Pune
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"Amazing trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 26, 2015
Scuba Diving at Malvan Tarkarli Beach gives you a lifetime experience. Best Time to Visit Malvan is from December to February. Comparing to other places for Scuba Diving its cheaper. Appx cost 3500 per head for an Hour. Also water sports were available at Devbagh Beach. You can also enjoy malvani foods there. Those who love sea foods must visit Malvan. Sindhudurg Fort is also a must see location. You can go by boat there and enjoy a sunset from the fort. Its amazing to be in Malvan.
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Eshun Sharma

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  • Eshun Sharma
  • Lives in Pune
  • 3 Reviews
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"White sand beaches and blue water"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2015
I visited malvan in the month of may. I must say that it has one of the most cleanest beaches. Malvan is only 2 hours from Goa. The only difference is the crowd and beaches. The beaches are totally empty and you can have as much fun as you want to. We stayed in cottages and the beach was only 2-3mins walk. We stayed there for whole night, had bonfire and enjoyed. Recommended place. The only problem there is food, but if you like sea food you wont face any problems. The best beach to visit in malvan is tsunami beach. You can have many water sports there. Total value for money.
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Akshay Kamble

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  • Akshay Kamble
  • Lives in Nagpur
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"Blowing of the tension"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2015
We visited with friends and really this is the best place to see the beach. Dolphin sighting is very adventurous thing to do. But overall when you go to relax you shall find it very relaxing to just play with waves and chilling out on beach. Food was okay but we mostly prefered chicken.
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Gaurav Desai

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  •  18 helpful votes
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"A place with scenic beauty"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 23, 2014
Malvan, situated at the western coast of Maharashtra is perfect place to enjoy the Konkan package at one single place. You will get konkani food, beaches (both sandy as well as Rocky), adventure sports, seafood, watersports, historical fort in sea, near sea as well as over the mountain overlooking the sea.
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Hiren Mistry

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"Overall experience in Malvan was very good"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 25, 2014
My overall experience in Malvan was very good. The duration to visit over there is in winter or rainy season. On the beach I've seen flow do the people do work hard to catch fishes. It’s really tough for them to catch fishes. And there were many specialities foods to get from there like Kaju, Panha, and Different Remer brings of Shivaji Maharaj.
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Sudhir Tiwari

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  • Sudhir Tiwari
  • Lives in Akola
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"Amazing place to have fun"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 21, 2014
Malvan is a nice place to visit. In Malvan we had enjoyed the view of the sunset and had a lots of fun on the beach. We had gone with the group of 10 members and we enjoyed a lot. We had enjoyed a tasty food there and had visited many forts of Shivaji maharaj(sundhudurg).
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