Tarkarli with its beautiful beaches, serene backwaters, historic forts and exciting adventure avenues is truely a dream holiday destination. Be it a relaxed vacation by the beach or an action packed thrilling holiday, Tarkarli has something of everything to keep you excited during your holidays in Tarkarli not to forget the famous mouth watering delicious Malvani cuisines.
Snorkeling & SCUBA diving and a boat ride in the Karli backwaters are two things that you can't miss out on while on a holiday to Tarkarli. Dolphin watch rides are also very popular here and if you dont sight a dolphin here in Malvan, lets face it you probably are not destined to spot one!!
Tarkarli has gained prominence because of its long and narrow stretch of beach with pristine waters. The beach is clean, shallow and untouched by commercialization. In a fairly clear day, one can see the bed unto a depth of 20 ft. It presents a panoramic view with tall 'Shuru' trees in the background.
The name Sindhudurg in Marathi means a Fort build on Ocean or Ocean Fort. Constructed within a span of 3 years from 1664-1667 by Chatarapati Shivaji Maharaj by deploying 100 Portuguese architects, specially invited from Goa and over 3000 strong workforce the fort stands tall on the "Kurte" island. It is believed that 4000 mounds of iron was casted for creating the base and lay the foundation stone for the fort. Hiroji Indulkar, a noted architect of that era supervised the construction. The fort is spread over 50 acres of land and boasts of a 9.2 mtr high and 3 mtr rampart. The rampart is 4 Km long and is studded with 42 bastions. The Fort houses the temples of Hanuman, Jarimari and Goddess 'Bhavani’.
Situated at Malvan Jay Ganesh temple is now on a ‘must see’ list of tourists. The temple is built by Shri Jayantrao Salgaonkar, an astrologer of repute and creator of very popular almanac ‘Kalnirnay’. Situated in Medha locality of Malvan on ancestral family land of Salgaonkars, the temple has been constructed as per the holy principles of temple architecture in India. Shri Jayantrao personally supervised the construction. The presiding deity in the temple is Lord Ganesha, much revered Elephant God of Maharashtra. The idol is of pure gold.
The speciality of this temple’s architecture can be seen on the early morning of Makar Sankranti (14th or 15th of January). On this day the early sunrays fall directly on the idol and one can see the glittering and shining Ganesha bathed in sunlight.Jayantrao Salgaonkar has named this Ganesha as Jay Ganesha so that the Ganesha may bestow ‘Jay’ (success) on his disciples.
Bharadi Devi(goddess) is one goddess one just can't think of missing when one is in Malvan. This is the famous “active goddess” [pl, refer active Bhagwati of Dhamapur ] situated at Anganewadi, 14 kms from Malvan. Angnewadi is the small hamlet of Masure village. The Bharadi devi (goddess) is very famous for her wish-fulfilling power. Devotees express their wish before her and once the wish is fulfilled they come to express their gratitude.
The highlight of Angnewadi is an annual fair [some time in February, the date is declared after getting approval from the goddess] which is attended by lacs ofdevotees. The villagers of Angnewadi have deep faith in ‘Bharadi Devi’ and they obey her wishes.
All these faithful devotees throng to the annual fair. Many public transportation buses, passenger vehicles ply from Malvan and Kankavli to Angnewadi. One can visit Angnewadi and come back to Malvan within 2 hours.