Tarkarli is a strip of beach located in Malvan Taluka of the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. It is situated 64 km away from its district headquarters. The most beautiful thing about this beach is its sparkling clean and blue water. The clear water gives a view of almost 20 feet deep into the seabed which is a rarity. The place is endowed with amplitude of natural beauty and offers tourists one of the best holiday experiences ever. The tall Shuru tree, distinctive to this region, adds to the attractive value of the beach.
Tarkarli has the best white sand beach in the entire Konkan stretch. It is one of the most-visited beaches in southern Konkan despite its very close proximity to Goa. The beach is sandwiched by the beautiful Karli backwaters on one side and the tranquil blue sea on the other. Tourists love to take a stay here as the wide river, the unique sailboats and the picturesque hamlets on the riverbank offer them an experience that they cannot enjoy anywhere else. Sighting dolphins is another key attraction for tourists here, which is again a rarity on Indian beaches. Fishing is the main occupation of the locals here as the sea water remains gathered throughout the year in the region. Apart from beach, there are many old forts also in the region dated back to 17th century including famous Padmagarh Fort.
Tourists come here to experience the calm waves of turquoise blue water and the silver-white sandy beaches which stretches out for 6 miles. There are state-run and privately organized boat cruises available on the tranquil backwaters of the Karli creek for a exotic ride. The fresh seafood is definitely one of the highpoints for those who love no-vegetarian food. The MTDC Resort is the best place to stay as rooms and air-conditioned cottages are available at cheaper prices. It is advisable to book rooms in advance if you plan to go in the peak season.
If you want to spend the holiday reading a good book on the beachfront, there are number of hammocks and beach umbrellas scattered all over the place. Take a note that cell phones do not work here as there are no mobile towers around this area. However, MTDC resort provides landlines so that you may remain connected to the outside world in case of emergency. Konkani huts are also a great option for a unique staying experience. Booking houseboats to stay can also be a thrilling experience. They offer cruises during daytime around Tarkarli every day. Tarkarli is also the abode for adventure sports enthusiasts. You can do Snorkeling, Boating, White Water Rafting and Scuba Diving here. It is a great way to explore the exquisite underwater life and the seabed.
There are many other places nearby Tarkali which you must visit. These places are Sindhudurg Fort, Malvan Market, Sangam, Golden Rock, Kunkeshwar Temple, Malvan Rock Garden and Nivati Beach.
Ram Navmi and Ganesh Festival are the major festivals celebrated here.
Taluka: Malvan District: Sindhudurg
State: Maharashtra Languages: Marathi, Hindi, English
Best Time to Visit: October-May Weather: 17°C to 37°C (Max.)
STD Code: 02365 Pin Code: 416606
Dabolim Airport is the nearest one, 128 km away from the beach and is well connected to major cities of India and abroad.
Nearest Railway Station is at Kudal, 29 km away and is well connected to Mumbai, Pune and Goa. It lies on Ratnagiri- Madgaon rail route. Other railway stations nearby are Sindhudurg (35 km) and Madgaon (135 km).
State transport and private buses runs at regular intervals from Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri and Malvan to Tarkarli. Malvan is only 7km away from Tarkali beach.
Madgaon – 135 km
Ratnagiri – 147 km
Pune – 391 km
Mumbai – 534 km