Situated 6 km. south of Malvan, in the Sindhudurg District of Maharashtra, Tarkarli sits at the mouth of the Karli river as it enters the Arabian sea. It is renowned for its virgin beaches that open to sparkling blue waters. In fact, on a clear day, one can actually see the seabed up to a depth of 20 ft. So pristine is its character that international cruise liners like the Hebridean Spirit have made this paradise a regular port of call. To many, Tarkarli is the ‘Tahiti’ of India.
Tarkarli is a paradise of tiny islands and hamlets, imposing Casuarina trees, and rich, blue skies. But although it has much appeal for beach lovers, there are other places in the vicinity worth visiting, and an array of Malvani culinary delights that are sure to bring out the gourmet in you.
STD Code: 02365
Climate: Summer remains from March to June. Highest and lowest temperature in this period is 32°C and 25°C. Monsoon pours with heavy rainfall. Winter is ideal for outdoor activities with average temperature of 21°C.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Tarkarli
Road: Mumbai – Tarkarli, 546 km. Kohlapur – Tarkarli, 160 km and Malvan – Tarkarli 7 km. State Transport buses ply from Mumbai, Kohlapur, Pune to Malvan and from Malvan to Tarkarli. Rickshaws are also available from Malvan.
Rail: Nearest railhead is Kudal, 45 km, on Konkan Railway.
Air: The nearest airport is Kolhapur which is 160 km away. Dabolin Airport, about 100 km away, is located in the neighbouring state of Goa.
Tourist Attractions in Tarkarli
Sindhudurg Fort: This symbol of Maratha naval dominance is situated about 2 km. out at sea, off the coast of Tarkarli. Covering 48 acres, Sindhudurg Fort has a 2 mile long rampart wall, 30 feet high and 12 feet thick. With 52 massive semicircular bastions and embrasures for cannons, it proved impregnable to the British as well as the mighty Mughals. Here, you can see the palm prints and footprints of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the king who built this fort. One could also visit the revered Shri Shrivarajeshwar Temple, which was built to symbolize devotion to the noble king.
Other Forts around: To strengthen the defence of Sindhudurg Fort, more forts were set up in the small neighbouring island of Padmagad and on the mainland of Rajkot and Sarjekot, north of Malvan. Padmagad was also reportedly the main shipbuilding base of Shivaji’s navy. The Sarjekot is located about 2 km about north of Rajkot, a little beyond Kolamb Creek in Revandi village. It was constructed by Shivaji in 1668, on a hillock at the mouth of the Kalavali Creek, on its south bank. The Creek, which extends seven miles north to Masure and then to the north east, reaching Maland, was once navigable. It was ideal for anchoring and shipbuilding and was also a safe haven for pirates. In this process of fortifying Sindhudurg, many more forts like Bhagavantagad, Bharatgad, Vivti and Yashvantgad came into being. Strategically located, they guarded against enemy invasions in the region.
Tarkarli Creek: The creek is home to a variety of local and migratory birds and rare aquatic life. It’s also a major attraction for fishing enthusiasts.
Deo Baug beach: A few kilometers away from Tarkarli, this picturesque beach is a good place to unwind and relax, while watching seagulls overhead.
Dhamapur Lake:Located about 20 km from Malvan, Dhamapur Lake offers boating and other water sports facilities. The lake’s crystal clear waters are absolutely irresistible.
Valaval: About 15 km from Malvan is Valaval, a place famous for its natural beauty. On a clear night, one can see the setting sun and the rising moon together in the sky and slo their reflection in the quaint waters of the Karli River (creating an illusion of two moons and two suns). Nearby, there is a Laxmi Narayan Temple, which is also worth a visit.
Sridev Rameshwar (Achara): The deity Sridev Rameshwar is revered in the entire region. Achara has a large and beautiful shoreline which draws tourists from all over.
Shree Bharadee Devi Temple: About 15 km from Malvan is the temple of Shree Bharadee Devi in Masure. The annual fair held every February attracts people even from far off places.