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Jai Ganesh Mandir

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Reasons to go to Malvan

1A place with History
A place with History

HolidayIQ Reviewer Konark Patel adds, “Excellent place for water sports; Malvan beach is famous for scuba diving, watersports, and parasailing. Scuba diving is one exhilarating experience. Scuba diving site is behind the Sindhudurg Fort. ”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sindhuja Suyambu says, “Devbaug beach is 12 km from Malvan. Bus, auto, jeep facilities are available from Malvan. But the frequency of bus seems very less. It is recommended taking booked vehicle including return. It has an excellent view of backwaters and sea. ”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ajit Patil shares, “Adventure water sports;  Must do activities: 1.Snorkeling ( to see corals and fishes ) 2.Scuba diving 3.Scuba Diving and Snorkeling 4.Boating 5.Whitewater rafting”  


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2For its scuba diving
For its scuba diving

HolidayIQ Reviewer s Varma adds, “Wish come true, its the best experience of life Scuba diving, this is a lifetime experience for me and for my children. We saw scuba diving in Hindi Movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and impressed. I was in search where in India I can do this? After searching I got the information as its available in Maharashtra and at my favourite Kokan! Devbag - Tarkarli is the only destination in Maharashtra where one can indulge in snorkelling and scuba diving. ”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Konark Patel adds, “Excellent place for water sports Malvan beach is famous for scuba diving, watersports, and parasailing. Scuba diving is one exhilarating experience. scuba diving site is behind the Sindhudurg Fort. ”  


Read more at 7 Places to go Solo and Engage in Water Sports

3Quiet Beaches Where the Sunsets Are Incredibly Romantic
Quiet Beaches Where the Sunsets Are Incredibly Romantic

Beach | Sea | Dolphin | Sunset

HolidayIQ Reviewer Konark Patel adds, “Serene White Sand Beach...Visiting the beach after dinner in the night was one of the best moments of my life - Peaceful moment with the sound of the waves pleasing the soul! Try to visit the beach during sunset for witnessing one of the best views. Carry torch at night as crabs are active at night on the beach.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Mrunalini Randive says, “Perfect place for Holiday. Beach is clean and the water is clear. Had awesome experience during scuba diving. For fish lovers food is excellent. Sunset on this beach is very beautiful.”


Read more at 10 Quiet Beaches Where the Sunsets Are Incredibly Romantic

4Malvani Seafood Thali
Malvani Seafood Thali

Malvani cuisine is the standard cuisine of the Konkan region of Maharashtra and Goa, and some northern parts of West Karnataka. Fish dishes dominate the Malvani cuisine. The fiery seafood curries may be a bit too spicy for some people, but are quite tasty. The Malvani cuisine is very similar to Goan or coastal South Indian cuisine. This thali features fried fish, fish curry, chapattis, rice, tisriya (clams) masala, fried prawns, prawns curry, green dry vegetable, mori (shark) masala, crab lollipop and solkadhi. Sol Kadhi is a pink colored appetizer drink made from the kokam fruit and Coconut Milk, often drunk after particularly hot and spicy Konkani / Malvani meal as it is very soothing.

HolidayIQ Traveller Eshun Sharma from Pune shares, "You can also enjoy malvani foods there. Those who love sea foods must visit Malvan. "


Read more at 5 Ultimate Seafood Thalis In India That Are Worth Travelling For

5Taste the Mind-Blowing Malvani Cuisines and Water Sports in Tarkarli
Taste the Mind-Blowing Malvani Cuisines and Water Sports in Tarkarli

Serene with white sand beaches and fringed coconut trees, Malvan is a great weekend getaway during monsoons. Try the sea-food prepared in Malvani style, then head off to Tarkarli which is known for various water sports like scuba diving, zorbing, snorkelling etc.

Things to do: Snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing or just a stay in the houseboat- pick your sport.


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Malvan trip

We visited Malvan for one day only due to very hot season & cloudy climate. Infact konkan itself is very beautiful due to its greeneries, beaches, cashu, hapus mango, fishes. But we missed few of these due to climate. We stayed at durvankur homestay & the owner mr sandesh deulkar was cooperative enough. We saw dandi beach which was not clean. Birhade sanjay, Nasik mh.

Praveen d kunthe

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Nice place clean city

Nice places to visit in and around the city. The beaches, Scuba Diving facility, boat and ballon riding are awesome, visit the historic Sindhudurg fort. People are friendly and stay is awesome. Not only the city but also the in and around the city sightseeing is marvellous

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Malvan Overview

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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Tarkarli Beach, Malvan

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Tarkarli Beach, Malvan

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