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Tarkarli Beach: The Best Beach In Maharashtra!

Tarkarli beach Maharashtra is probably the most famous beach in Maharashtra. Blessed with rich natural beauty and plenty of attractions to see, it pulls a large number of tourists every year!

Best Time To Visit: Tourists can visit Tarkarli beach Maharashtra all year round. However, October to March is the best time to visit Tarkali Beach because weather remains pleasant during these months.

Location: 8 kms south of Malvan, Sindhudurg, Maharashtra (India) – 416 606.

Tarkarli beach Maharashtra Information

Tarkarli is located in Malvan taluka of Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra. It is one of the most popular beaches in Maharashtra. This beach has the narrow stretch of clear blue water and finest white sand in the entire Konkan sea coast. The beach is situated at the convergence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. The water on this beach is so clean that in a clear weather, one can see the seabed up to a depth of 15-20 ft. The beach is lined with suru (casuarina) trees which add more beauty to the beach. 

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Great view in the evening!

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One can easily spot dolphins in the sea of Tarkarli beach Maharashtra. Various local, as well as commercial sailboats, are available in Tarkarli which takes you to the ride of sea and Karli river. The observing beauty of the riverbank, sea, tiny hamlets and backwaters from the boat gives a memorable experience. As this region has rich aquatic life, it comes under Malvan Marine Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the most scenic spots on entire Konkan stretch. Furthermore, many tourists come to enjoy scuba diving in Tarkarli!

Backwaters of Tarkarli

Another important attraction of Tarkarli is the backwaters of Karli river which extends from Tarkarli to Kudal. Tarkarli is the only place in Maharashtra to experience sea backwater. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) carry out houseboats in the backwaters of Tarkarli. So one can experience the stay in houseboats exactly like Kerala.  Nowadays, a houseboat ride into Karli river backwaters is a popular tourist attraction near Tarkarli beach Maharashtra!

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Tarkarli Backwaters!

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Tarkarli Snorkelling & Scuba Diving

Tarkarli beach is among the few spots in Maharashtra where tourists can experience snorkelling & scuba diving activities. These activities let you explore the underwater sea life, various aquatic species and beautiful rock corals. The ideal sites for scuba diving in Tarkarli are: Vengurla Rocks, Sindhudurg Fort and Devbaug Sangam. Few agencies nearby provide training & guides for these water sports activities.

Guides and instructors are nice & helpful and interested people can also enroll for a special certification course. Tourists can also enjoy other common water sports like jet-ski, parasailing, banana rides and dolphin boat rides at Tarkarli beach Maharashtra. This beach is a good place to enjoy water sports!

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Experience Scuba Diving!

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Tarkarli Places To See

This beach is situated close to other popular tourist attractions like the Sindhudurg fort (headquarters of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Navy), Malvan town, Kolamb beach, Devbaug Sangam and Dharampur lake. It is an ideal destination for a long vacation because it offers a bunch of good attractions at one place. Just like Goa, tourists can take bikes on the rental basis to roam around the town. Soothing weather, great beach views, plenty of water sports, nice nature eventually leads to relaxed holidays.  It is also a special treat for nature lovers!


Eating Stuff: There are a large number of hotels & Eateries nearby Tarkarli beach Maharashtra. Town is famous for its delicious non-veg & sea food. Kombdi-Vade, Malvani mutton curry and Mori masala are some of the most popular cuisines in over here. Bamboo, Chaitanya and MTDC restaurants serve the best local cuisines.

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How To Reach There

ST & tourist buses ply regularly to Malvan from all major cities in Maharashtra. Malvan is just 8 kms away from the Tarkarli from where local transport vehicles like buses/rickshaws are easily available. It is 550 kms away from Mumbai, 400 kms from Pune and 160 kms from Kolhapur.  If you are from Pune and planning for a long holiday, then you can also take a halt at Mahabaleshwar Hill Station. The convenient route to Tarkarli from Pune is: Kolhapur – Radhanagari –Dajipur.

  • Nearest Rail Station: Sindhudurg and Kudal are the convenient railway stations to reach Tarkarli beach Maharashtra. Both are respectively 35 & 45 kms away from the beach on Konkan railway route. One can also reach here from Kankavali station. Buses and rickshaws are available from all these stations.
  • Nearest Airport: Dabolim airport (130 kms away) in Goa is the closest airport to reach here. Chipi Airport is a new Proposed airport which will be just 3 kms away.

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Hotels (Accommodation) Options

Tarkarli has many hotels, resorts, private bungalows and cottages. MTDC holiday resort is probably the best place to stay . MTDC has AC/ Non-AC cottages and 2-houseboats for accommodation purpose. There are plenty of other options to stay near Tarkarli beach Maharashtra. Tourists can book any of these according to their budget and convenience.  It is better to book your reservation in advance because this place always remains full with tourists. You can book MTDC Resort room at this link.

Nearby Attractions: 

  • Sindhudurg Fort
  • Malvan Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Malvan market
  • Nivati Beach
  • Golden Rock
  • Tsunami Island
  • Malvan Rock Garden
  • Malvan plateau
  • Mahapurush Temple
  • Devbaug Sangam (where the Karli river enters into the Arabian sea).
  • Kunkeshwar Temple
  • Vitthal Temple

Map To Reach Tarkarli Beach Maharashtra:

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So do visit this place once if you ant to experience a super holiday!