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Tarkarli Beach – Places To Visit & Amazing Things To Do

Tarkarli is a small village in Malvan taluka in Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra. Between 6th century and 8th century, the town was ruled by Chalukyas and they were followed by Devgiri, Vijayanagar, Adilshahi, Shivaji and to the british rule in 17th century.

Tarkarli Beach is situated at a distance of 8 Km from the Malvan town and is also known as the Queen Beach of Sindhudurg. It is located at a place, where the Arabian Sea and Karli River joins.

Best Time To Visit Tarkali

The best time to visit the beach is during the months of October to March. The temperature will be ranging from 15°C – 32°C. The beach is located along the long coastline, making it perfect for the long walks. Also October to March will be perfect for scuba diving, snorkeling and other water sports activities. Many cultural programs will also happen during this time. It is best avoided to visit the beach during monsoon as the rainfall will be heavy.

Places To Visit in Tarkarli

Sindhudurg Fort

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Sindhudurg Fort is a four centuries old historic fort built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The construction of the fort was initiated in 10th, November 1664 and was completed on 1667. To provide a defense for this main fort, smaller forts were built near to it in Rajkot, Sarjekot, Bharatgad, Bhagwant gad, Nivati and other places. These sea forts blocked the enemies and made them impenetrable inside the main fort. The fort is also used to inspect the intervention of the external naval powers like the British, the Portuguese and the Abyssinians.

Sarjekot Fort

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Sarjekot Fort is located at distance of 3 Km from the Sindhudurg Fort and Malvan jetty on the entrance of Talashil Estuary. The fort was built in the year 1668 by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is one of the apt places to enjoy the spectacular view of the sunrise and sunset.

Padmagarh Fort

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Padmagarh Fort is built near Tarkarli in 17th century by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Though it is constructed to strengthen the outer defense, it is used as the main ship building base for shivaji’s navy.

You can visit the fort by taking on a boat ride. Though the boat ride seems scary, it is worth and impressive. The fort is well known for its unique architecture as it is surrounded by water on all the sides. There will be regular ferry service from the Malvan port except during the monsoon seasons from the months of June to September.

You can see a temple dedicated to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the entrance and also the swords used by him inside the fort. Take a small walk around the fort wall to enjoy the breathtaking view of the sea. There will also be small shops inside the fort to provide some drinks and eateries.

  • Entry: Paid
  • Boat ride: Rs.70 per person (to and fro)

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Devbag beach & Sangam

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Devbag beach is located at a distance of 8 Kms from Tarkarli beach. Since it is located in an island, there will not be many transport facilities as expected. But, you can see many boats sailing to and fro by the local fishermen. The best way to explore the beach is to wander there by foot and engage in a variety of water sports.

Devbag sangam is nothing but the confluence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. This sangam makes the beach more lovely and beautiful. The beach sand will be white and surrounded by water from three sides. The clear blue sea water, the mangrove trees and exotic bird species makes the beach more enticing.

Indian Institute of Scuba Diving & Aquatic Sports

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This is the best place, where you can learn basic and advanced scuba diving. The instructors are certified and good at training the visitors. As Tarkarli is a scuba destination of Maharashtra, you can see lots of offers for scuba diving. It is best to know the basic scuba diving, so that you can explore many things under the sea. The charges may be discounted if you visit there in a group.

Training Cost:

  • Shallow Pool: Rs. 2000
  • Deep Dive in Pool: Rs. 4000
  • Open Sea Diving: Rs. 5000

Tsunami Island Tarkarli

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It is calm, clean and must visit island, which was formed in just one night after the Tsunami. It is 1 Km in length. You can find many food stalls there serving variety of mouth watering foods like “poha and chutney”. The seats in the stalls are little submerged in the water. It will be a unique experience eating the food there. The island is crowded, as there are many water sports and other activities. All the sports activities will cost you around Rs.200 – Rs.500 per ride.

Dhamapur Dam

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Dhamapur lake is one of the biggest lakes of Sindhudurg district in the state of Maharashtra in India. It is constructed in 1530 by the king Nagesh Desai and the villagers. The lake is unique for its scenic beauty, as it is surrounded by the many trees like mango tree, coconut tree and Areca palm on the two sides. It receives water and remains full throughout the year. Now the government has organized the boating facilities in the lake, so that one can enjoy the view of the lake. You can also walk around the banks of the dam and enjoy the dazzling view by staying in the beautiful huts made by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC).

  • Entry: Free

Rock Garden

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The garden is located just 8 Kms from the Tarkarli beach. Though it is a small hangout place, it is clean and well maintained. It is an ideal place for relaxation, especially in the evening time you can also enjoy the sunset. The scenic view of the sun rise and the sun set are the visual treats in this place. There are also several stalls that sell food and drinks near the garden, here you can taste the local delicacies.

  • Timings: Open 24 hours
  • Entry: Free

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Malvan Marine Sanctuary

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The sanctuary is located near the Sindhudurg fort and it is announced as Marine Sanctuary on 13th April 1987. The area under water is loaded with beautiful corals, rare water plants, exotic and colorful fishes and much more. The water will be crystal clear and underwater activities will be managed by the certified members. It is situated in an area of 29.22 square kilometers. You can see a variety of flora and fauna in the sanctuary. To the east of the sanctuary, you can see the semi-circular sandy beach and to the western and southern side of the sanctuary, you can experience the malvan and mandel rock respectively.

Shree Shivchhatrapati Temple

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This temple was built by the younger son of Shivaji Maharaj “Rajaram” in the year 1695 and is dedicated to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the king of the Maratha Empire. It located inside the Sindhudurg Fort and hence you have to reach here by boat. It is one of the must visit places with family and friends. There is no specific fee for the entry. You only have to pay for the ferry.

Mahapurush Temple

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This is a old temple of lord Mahapurush in Tarkarli. It is located at a distance of 1.2 Kms from the Tarkarli Beach. Here the Ramnavmi is celebrated grandly by the locals and tourists every year. Prior to the celebration there will be several dramas and plays organized in Marathi.

Jai Ganesh Temple

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This temple is nearer to the rock garden, which is at a distance of 7.2 Kms from the Tarkarli beach. The temple is designed and built in a typical Maharashtrian style, considering the complete vastu shastra and astrology principles by an astrologer Jayant Salgoankar. The main idol appears to be with the consorts (Riddhi and Siddhi) and is made of gold. Inside the premises, there will be 8 different mudras of lord Ganesh. There will be a small pond inside, where you can sit and relax for a while.

  • Arthi timings: In evening between 7:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m
  • Entry: Free

Activities and Things To Do In Tarkarli

Experience the untouched Beauty

Tarkarli beach is an exciting place to visit in Tarkali, in which the beauty of the beach beholds you to spend some more quality time over there. The village has a beach with crystal clear water to one side and Karli River with palm trees on the other side.

The beauty of the beach is untouched and hence, it holds lots of tourism potential. The beach ends at a point where the Karli River merges into the sea, which is known as Mobar point, Devbagh.

Sightseeing in Tarkarli

The Tarkarli beach is a vast, clean, well maintained and has long coastline. And hence it is well suited for long evening walks on the sand. During the walks you can watch the beautiful sunset across the beach while tasting some local snacks or tea/coffee.

There is a restaurant on the beach started by MTDC to serve you some snacks. The beach is less crowded making it perfect for the visitors to spend their quality time by admiring its beauty.

Scuba Diving in Tarkarli

Scuba diving in Tarkarli is the one of the main attraction among the tourists. You can engage in scuba diving and take your vacation to next level of excitement. This beach is one of the few places where you can see scuba diving.

In this, a person dives deep into the sea and enters into the new world, where you will enjoy and swim with colorful fishes and turtles. There are also training centres available in Tarkarli.

  • Cost: Rs.1000 per person
  • Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM (every two hour)

Snorkeling in Tarkarli

Snorkeling is a must do thing in Tarkarli, where you dive in shallow waters. The water will be crystal clear, where you can see 20 feet deep into the sea. Engage yourself in snorkeling and make yourself a witness of captivating beauty of the beach.

  • Cost: Rs.500 per person
  • Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM (every two hour)

Banana and Bumper Ride

Banana and Bumper Ride are usually a boat that is powerless. These boats are tied to a powered boat/jetski, which pulls the unpowered boat into the sea. The bumper ride is well suited for the family

  • Cost: Rs.200 per person
  • Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM (every one hour)

Kayaking in Tarkarli

Kayaking is usually a small boat, which is operated by humans. In this you can move across the beautiful stretch of Malvan coastline using a kayak and get the thrilling adventure.

  • Cost: Rs.200 per person
  • Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM (every one hour)


The beach will be perfect for parasailing as it has amazing view of the sea and clear blue water. In parasailing, you will be flying high in the sky and the ocean looks alluring from that height. Hence, don’t miss out the thrilling experience.

  • Cost: Rs.1000 per person

Spot the Dolphins in Dolphin Safari

In this sea, the dolphins will be traveling close to the coastal line making every nature lover’s dream come true. The safari will take you to a 15 minutes ride to visit them in their natural environment. The safari lets you to enjoy, click photos of the jumping dolphins and return with full excitement and delightful memories.

  • Cost: Rs.200 per person
  • Timings: 7 AM – 10 AM

Stay in House Boats

By staying in the house boats, you can enjoy the serenity and calmness of the beach even more. The weather will be pleasant making the stay as the best things to do with family and kids. As Tarkarli is gifted with backwaters of Karli River, the house boats prove it as one of the best ways to enjoy the scenic beauty of the beach. The house boats will be equipped with all the luxurious and needed amenities and facilities

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How To Reach Tarkarli

By Train
There is no railway station in Tarkarli. The nearest railway station to Tarkarli is Kudal, Sawantwadi Railway and kankavli railway station which is 32 Km, 39 Km and 52 Km from Tarkarli beach. From these railway stations, there will be regular buses, taxis and cabs plying to Tarkarli beach. You can catch up with your convenient mode of transport.

By Road
The beach is well connected with Malvan by bus and rickshaw. There will be frequent luxury, private and state transport buses from Mumbai, Goa, and Pune to Malvan. To avail the tickets at affordable rates consider booking them as early as possible.

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By Flight
The nearest Airport to the Tarkarli beach is Dabolim, Goa, which is just 132 Kms away. There are several flights operating from Dabolim airport to major states of India such as Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru and other major cities. From Dabolim airport, you can hire the cabs or private vehicles to reach to the beach.

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Getting Around Tarkarli

To explore Tarkarli and to enjoy the vacation fully, you can hire an Activa scooter. It will cost you about INR 350 to 500 per day.

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