Tsunami Island the perfect destination we thought of for vacation. We live in Hyderabad, a land-locked city with only one water body to cool off in summers. So, during the holidays we always plan a trip to some coastal city to chill out, enjoy sports activities, and small trips into the sea.
Tsunami Island Wiki
With the same plan, we visited the tsunami island a few months back. We first took a flight from Hyderabad to Dabolim, Goa. After absorbing some Goan flavor there we went off to Malvan. Devbag Village was our next stop and it is some 13 km by road. The modes of transport you can try are local bus., auto or rent bikes.
We had planned to take accommodation in Devbag, visit the Tsunami Island first, and then check out the other local attractions. The options we had were Beach resorts, Homestays, Oro Vistas, and various hotels.
When we reached there. Devbaug was only 20% occupied. It worked to our advantage as we could easily get accommodation. As most of us are working remotely, we always prefer to stay where fast WiFi internet is available. So we can use Room booking software for all our online conferences.
After checking into a nice hotel and eating our breakfast, we took a 10-minute ride to Tsunami Island. The boat ride costs Rs. 500 – 1200 depending on the package you choose. The boat carries 6-8 members. As we were only 4 members, we let a couple join us and we shared the cost with them.
Just when my daughter was about to enter the boat, the driver asked her and us to remove our slippers and climb the boat. We were surprised and realized that slippers were banned on the island.
The boat ride to the island itself was interesting. From afar we could perceive the excitement of people indulging in water sports activities.
Tsunami Island Devbagh History
This much-visited island appeared when Tsunami hit the Indian Ocean in 2004. It is located in the delta of the Tarkarli River near devbagh.
The beach is near the island and gets partly submerged in the water during high tide and monsoons and crowds gather to indulge in water sports. Locals suggest the sand on the beach for body massage
We reached the island and my kids were running around in the feet level water screaming with great excitement.
As a family, we first took the bumper boat together walloping on the waters for a few minutes. It was great fun. My 8-year-old son, a bit frightened of the bumps, held his mother’s hand tight until we got down from the boat.
The couple who came with us wanted to ride speed boat parasailing and they thoroughly enjoyed it. After their trip, my wife and the girl went kayaking. They took to water as if they were ducks. And why not, my wife is from Vizag another coastal place of India.
There were other rides like Jet ski, Banana boats and more.
We spent close to 4 hours here. In between, we had delicious Konkan food served under wooden shelters on the island.
Our boatman took us next to another favorite haunt of tourists, the Dolphin point close by. We were lucky to spot one to two dolphins that day. The boatman said most visitors were not so lucky.
We returned to our hotel and found that the overall occupancy in devbag was still less. I called up a few of my friends from the office and suggested they also take a trip to the Tsunami Island before the crowds gather.
Our next destination on the trip was Sindhudurg a 17th-century fortress in the Arabian Sea. It was built by Chatrapathi Shivaji to keep his enemies at bay. It is built in 48 acres with 3km ramparts and massive walls, designed to ward against enemy attacks and the corrosive sea waves. The fort is planned in such a way that the main entrance cannot be seen from a distance. So the enemies are left guessing as to how to enter the fort.
This garden is adjoining Chivla beach. Visitors come to see the great views of the sun dipping into the sea. It has shady trees, cobbled paths, a play area for kids, and a lot of landscaped greenery. At night the gardens are lit with colorful lights, a sight to behold.
I had often heard from my friends about tarkarli beach. This was the best opportunity for me to visit this location. So off we went to one of the unspoiled beaches with white sands bordered by crystal clear blue waters.
Like in Sindhudurgh and devbaugh in Malvan region the crowds were less here too. But the fun activities such as the banana ride speed boat were in full swing.
The waters here are clear, placid, and filled with colorful coral reefs, exotic fish, and dolphins. Hence, this beach is famous for scuba diving. There are various scuba training centers that help even amateur players to enter underwater. The minimum age of diving is 10 years but the training institute offered an introductory program for my son and all in the family got to dive deep and negotiate the underwater world.
At the start of our journey, we were apprehensive about visiting Konkan island. But since there was no crowd influx our trip was a great success. Ultimately, we took back loads of memories in form of clicks and shopping goodies from Konkan.