Tarkarli

Known for its white sandy beach and water sport activities, Tarkarli is situated in Malvan taluka of Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra.

The beach in Tarkarli is arguably one of the most picturesque beaches in Konkan region of Maharashtra. The white sand, clear blue water and the suru (casurina) trees add to the splendor of the beach. The sea at Tarkarli is crystal clear and the seabed can be seen up to a depth of 15 ft or more on a sunny day.

Another attraction of Tarkarli is the backwaters of Karli river which extend from Tarkarli to Kudal. It is the only place to experience the backwater experience in Maharashtra. The estuary of Karli river is another scenic spot located near Tarkarli. In 2003, Maharashtra state tourism department started houseboats on the lines of Kerala on the Karli river to attract tourists.

Tarkarli is the only place in Maharashtra where you can indulge in snorkeling and scuba-diving. One can hire guides and expert for these water sports activities. Special certified courses are also conducted. The state-run MTDC too has started training centers for scuba-diving and snorkeling.

Tarkarli is situated close to tourist attractions like the Sindhudurg fort, Malvan town, Kolamb beach and Dharampur lake.  Sindhudurg was the headquarters of Maratha King Shivaji’s navy. Malvan town in Sindhudurg is known for its scenic beauty and cuisines which is predominantly seafood based.

Tarkarli is also famous for its seafood. The seafood available in Konkan region of Maharashtra is simply delicious. Kombdi-Vade, Malvani mutton curry and Mori masala are some of the seafood delicacies trying in Tarkarli.

Where to stay

You can get mid-range and budget resorts with good amenities at Tarkarli. The state-run MTDC holiday resort offers great services and facilities. In the resort, you can get Konkani cottages with AC and non-AC rooms; you can also get deluxe bamboo house AC rooms. Houseboats are another option to stay. The houseboat cruise on the Karli river are a one-of-a-lifetime experience. The houseboats have all modern facilities and are high on comfort.

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Where to eat

Tarkarli is ideal for seafood lovers. Most restaurants and even shacks offer delicious fresh seafood prepared in the typical Malvan style. Kombdi-Vade, Malvani mutton curry and Mori masala are popluar dishes. You can also find restaurants serving vegetarian food. The state-run MTDC restaurant is a good place to eat.

Best time to visit

Best time to visit Tarkarli is from October to March. Climate during this period is ideal for water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling.

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