Malvan Tourism

Malvan Tourism

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  • 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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Sudhir Tiwari
  • Sudhir Tiwari
  • Lives in Akola
  • 1 Review

"Amazing place to have fun" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
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
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  • 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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Pandharinath Gaikwad
  • Pandharinath Gaikwad
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"Malvan Trip"

  • Posted Feb 8, 2013
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 rock garden. Lord Ganesh temple, Tarkarli Beach, Devbag Where the Australasian birds came .

Activities & things to do: Manly Malva beach is very dirty it should be clean first.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: You can go there by bus. It is near by 600KM from Mumbai, 500km From Pune. From Pune you can go by bus, Or your own vehicle, From mumbai there is famous train which is named as konkan Railway.
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Prashnat Kanase
  • Prashnat Kanase
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 2 Reviews

"Beautiful place in Maharashtra"

  • Posted Jan 28, 2013
Malvan is very nice place to visit. In fact I visited first time only to Malvan, I like this place very much. Before Malvan I visited to Bangkok, Pattya to see the sea beauty. I agree Bangkok, Pattya are very good place but our Malvan is also good to visit. I enjoyed a lot along my family.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food (Fish) was amazing to eat, I really like Bamboo restaurant in Malvan.
Janjira fort is very good.

Activities & things to do: Must visit Janjira, Eat in Bamboo, Do sea walk, Scooter riding etc

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Nice place very safe so dont worry to much same time take of your self, Try to plan and give lunch / dinner order in advance so that u can save ur lunch or dinner waiting time.
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Rajendra Naik
  • Rajendra Naik
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Panjim
  • 3 Reviews

"Holiday in Malvan"

  • Posted Dec 28, 2012
Malvan is a very nice place to visit. The people are very hospitable and helpful. The surroundings are very pleasing and clean. A very laid back and relaxing place.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is excellent at any place. For some one from the coastal area, the sites are the same. Shopping is mainly concentrated on the local goods available at very good prices.

Activities & things to do: A visit to the fort, under water activities etc.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Buses are plenty. It is also a good drive if one plans to do so
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Ram Athavale
  • Ram Athavale
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Malvan Pre Diwali"

  • Posted Nov 23, 2012
Great place to unwind and relax. Small village setting and all ameneties

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Great Malvani food available everywhere. Try Sol Kadhi and Kaju Usal.

Activities & things to do: Snorkeling, Boat ride to sea

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Went from Pune. Via Kolhapur and Kankavli. Good road till Kolhapur. OK thereafter. Carry water and some snacks.
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