Lying on the west coast of India at the confluence of the Arabian Sea and the Karli River, the narrow stretch of Tarkarli beach is known for its crystal clear, pristine water. On a clear, sunny day, you can get a clear view of the sea-bed together with its silver sand up to a depth of 20 feet.
Apart from enjoying the crystal clear waters and the rare view of the sea-bed up to 20 feet, you may even explore the Karli backwaters, enjoy boating and catch a view of the dolphins. Scuba-diving and snorkeling are other water-based activities that you can indulge in. Mahapurush Temple in Tarkarli is famous for its Ramnavami Utsav, which you can be privy to if you come here in March.
Since Tarkarli is 8 kms south of Malvan, you can visit Malvan to see Sindhudurg Fort, Rock Garden and the city’s market. Devbagh beach that’s adjacent to Tarkarli beach and ends at the Sangam (where Karli River meets the Arabian Sea) is another place worth a visit.
Once you have had your fill of the beach and water sports, you may even explore the town of Tarkarli and visit Shree Shivchhatrapati Temple, where the idol is believed to be a close replica of how the great Maratha warrior Shivaji looked in real life.
It’s widely believed that this temple has Shivaji’s palm prints on dried lime slabs and footprints carved into a dome. You may even plan a trip to the nearby Achra beach and Kolamb beach.
Best Time to Visit
October to March is the best time for visiting this coral beach.
How to get there
Dabolim airport in Goa is the nearest airport, which is 129.5 kms away. Tarkarli is almost 388 kms from Pune (via Chauk-Karjat-Murbad Road and NH 48) while from Mumbai, you will need to cover 475 kms (if you take the Panvel Kochi Road, NH 17). The distance from Mumbai would be 576 kms if you take the Mumbai Kolhapur Road, NH 4.
You can board daily luxury, private and State Transport buses from Mumbai, Pune and Goa to reach Malvan, from where buses and rickshaws will take you to the beach. Those taking the rail route should get down Kudal – the nearest rail station that’s about 45 kms from Tarkarli.
MTDC Tarkarli Beach Resort, Blue Water Resort, Fantasea Beach Resort, Saagar Beach Resort and Blue Sea Beach Homes are some accommodation options that you can consider for your Tarkarli beach sojourn.
If a beach vacation with clean and clear waters and adventure sports together with some interesting sightseeing options nearby sound appealing, you should pack your bags to come to Tarkarli beach.