Malvan Tourism
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Malvan Tourism

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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 ĎKoli 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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Eshun Sharma
  • Eshun Sharma
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"White sand beaches and blue water" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted Today
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
  • Akshay Kamble
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 9 photos
  • 2 Reviews

"Blowing of the tension"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  • Gaurav Desai
  • 1 photo
  • 6 Reviews

"A place with scenic beauty"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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
  • Hiren Mistry
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews

"Overall experience in Malvan was very good"

  • 6/7
  • 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. Itís 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
  • Sudhir Tiwari
  • Lives in Akola
  • 1 Review

"Amazing place to have fun"

  • 6/7
  • 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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Aniruddha Kore
  • Aniruddha Kore
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 14 photos
  • 7 Reviews

"Amazing Malvan"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Apr 23, 2014
Malvan is a small beach town in the Konkan region of Maharashtra and is an ideal destination to spend 2 - 3 nights. Major attractions are the Sindhudurg Fort, Tarkarli Beach and Deobaug. This destination has ample options for every one and for people of all age groups. One can enjoy adventure activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, para sailing, etc. Else you can also relax on the beach and have a good time! There is a fish marmet nearby where you can enjoy and have a good time! Malvan is a paradise for fish lovers and the Malvani cuisine is one of the best when it comes to sea foods. The best way to enjoy this place is to stay at a homestay rather than staying at a hotel as you get to enjoy the homely atmosphere and the local flavors.

Best time to visit would be during summers when the markets are full with the king of fruits Alphanso Mango which is available at half the price than in Mumbai.
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Sindhuja Suyambu
  • Sindhuja Suyambu
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 22 photos
  • 106 Reviews

"Perfect weekend spot for water sports lovers"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2014
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 Tarkali beach, Malvan beach, Chivala beach, Sindhudurg fort, Rock garden, Jai Ganesh Mandir. Water sports include jet ski, boating, speed boating, snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing, banana ride, water skiing. Chivala beach is a very underrated beach. But I would recommend it as a must visit during evening it was the best beach to play on shore, neat and less crowded. I missed Dolphin Safari since I visited in May. Recommended food includes Non-Veg Thali which includes different types of fish fry like King fish, Promfret, etc. It was in traditional Malvani taste and I tried many fishes in different shops. Must try food also include vadapav, the famous Maharastra street food. I experienced tasty fish items and vadapav in bazaar which is around 1 km from Malvan beach. Try sol kadi which is provided in all thali. Hotels were very small, but taste was excellent. The nearest railway station is 30 km away. Food facilities were very less in railway station and in beaches. Recommended to carry food, snacks & water everywhere.
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Mahendra Patil
  • Mahendra Patil
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"Visit to malvan"

  • Posted May 28, 2013
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 & things to do: boat ride, scuba dive, visit beaches, temples, to see the dolphins

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: by train we have to get down at kudal or by bus at malvan
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Jayant Jagtap
  • Jayant Jagtap
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"Perfect holiday venue.."

  • Posted Mar 8, 2013
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: From Pune to Malvan via Kolhapur, Fonda ghat kankavali..
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Rakesh Yadav
  • Rakesh Yadav
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 photo
  • 7 Reviews

"malvan"

  • Posted Feb 27, 2013
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 shopping: 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

Activities & things to do: Snorkeling, scuba diving, banana ride at psunami island

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Get down to malvan st stand and ask for tarkarli can go by rickshaw or st but from the st stand
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