Tarkarli – virgin beach on Arabian sea

Tarkarli beach, situated on the west coast of India along the Arabian sea is still one of the virgin beaches of Maharashtra which has not yet been swept by tourists.. Far away from the humdrum of the city life, the Tarkarli beach on Arabian sea presents the perfect destination for all those weary hearts who wish to relax and rejuvenate. Located at the convergence of the Karli River and the Arabian sea the place has gained prominence because of its transparently clear seas and the MTDC Resort which has started in recent years.


Waves gushing towards Tarkarli beach with seagull

Where is Tarkarli?

Tarkarli beach on Arabian sea is in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, India. It is situated 6 Km south of Malvan 160 Km from Kolhapur and 546 Km from Mumbai.

About Tarkarli

The major attraction of Tarkarli is the long and narrow stretch of white sand that seems to run forever, emerald green pristine waters and a line of casuarina trees in the backdrop which seems to hide the beach from outside world. In fact, the water is so clear that on a fairly sunny day, one can clearly see the sea-bed upto 20 feet of depth. Adding to the beauty of the Tarkarli beach are the Shuru trees, which provide the green background to the white beach sands.


Sun setting on Arabian sea at Tarkarli beach

The wide river, the beautiful sailboats and the tiny wonderful islands hamlets situated on the river bank, adds to the beauty of Tarkarli making it one of the best beaches of India according to the London Sunday Times magazine.

In and around Tarkarli

When at Tarkarli do not forget to visit the forts of Sindhudurg and Padmagarh. Fort Sindhudurg is one of Maharashtra’s more popular and important sea fort, built in the 17th century by the great Marathi ruler Shivaji.
There is a coral reef located in the outskirts of this island of Sindhudurg which is an added attraction. Scuba diving and snorkeling is popular here to witness the corals.

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View of the massise Sindhudurg fort along Arabian sea

For adventure water sports lovers, snorkeling and scuba diving facilities are also available at Tarkarli. For novice, well-trained snorkeling guides will guide snorkeling trip ensuring safety and make it sure that one can have the first and finest ever experience of marine life.
While at Tarkarli, do make a point to taste special Malvani food like Kombadi Vada and variety of fish items.

How to reach Tarkarli?

By Air – Nearest airport is Dabolin (Goa) at a distance of 190 Km. One can also come down at the Mumbai airport.
By Rail – Nearest railhead is Kudal, 45 kms, on Konkan Railway.
By Road – State Transport buses ply from Mumbai, Kolhapur, Pune to Malvan and from Malvan to Tarkarli. Rickshaws are also available from Malvan.

Where to stay at Tarkarli?

The newly built MTDC Cottages built in Konkani style are ready to provide comfortable accommodation and recreation facilities. MTDC has even made houseboat facility at Tarkarli. Two houseboats, namely, Hiranyakeshi (a deluxe houseboat) and Karli (a standard houseboat) are at the service of discerning traveler. These fully equipped luxury boats have the Hi-tech equipment and all luxurious amenities on board.
For more details and booking contact at 02365-254243 or else you can also log on to: http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/mtdc/HTML/MaharashtraTourism/MTDC_Resort/Tarkarli/Tarkarli.html

Staying at Swati Tent Resort is another very good option. For booking contact at 09320747798

Fantasea Beach Resort  – Located right on the pristine Devbag – Tarkarli beach, with stunning ocean front views and a calm sea for company, Fantasea Beach Resort is an elegant resort built in traditional Kokani style right on the beach. There are two cottages in Fantasea Beach Resort. The main cottage has three spacious bedrooms and a common sitting and dining area. Another cozy cottage with  a single room ideal for couples is set beside the main cottage. All the rooms in Fantasea Beach Resort are air conditioned and elegantly furnished.

For more details contact the hotel phone number at: 091 – 9404344272 – 9821114146, 02365 – 248797 or else you can also log on to the resort’s website at: http://www.fantaseabeachresort.com/

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