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Tarkarli Photo by Sandeep Wairkar.jpg
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 16°03′24″N 73°28′08″E / 16.056535°N 73.468752°E / 16.056535; 73.468752Coordinates: 16°03′24″N 73°28′08″E / 16.056535°N 73.468752°E / 16.056535; 73.468752
Country  India
State Maharashtra
Named for Karli River
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Website www.tarkarlimalvanscubadiving.com
Tarkarli Backwater

Tarkarli is a village in Malvan taluka in Sindhudurg district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.[1] It is tourist destination and a coral beach. This village is famous for its Ramnavmi Utsav. Ramnavmi is celebrated every year in Mahapurush Temple of the village.

Raapan at Tarkarli

Tarkarli Beach[edit]

Tarkarli beach has a long coastline and clear waters. Located at the confluence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea, this place has gained prominence because of its long and narrow stretch of beach with pristine waters. On a clear day, one can see the bed unto a depth of 20 ft (6.1 m). It presents a panoramic view with tall Shuru trees in the background. The wide river, the sailboats, and the tiny hamlets situated on the riverbank add to the attraction of Tarkarli. Sighting dolphins is not a rare event here...


Tarkarli is 8 km (5.0 mi) south of Malvan and 546 km (339 mi) from Mumbai on the west coast of India, at the confluence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea.[2]


The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport in Goa. By rail, Tarkarli can be accessed from Sindhudurg and also from Kudal and Kankavli by the Konkan Railway. Tarkarli is easily accessible by road from Malvan by bus and rickshaw. Tarkarli is 475 km (Panvel Kochi Road, NH 17) and 576 km (Mumbai Kohlapur Road NH 4) away from Mumbai. Daily private, luxury and State Transport bus service available from various parts of Goa, Mumbai, Pune to Malvan.

Buses from/to Panaji: direct buses run from bus bay #2 at the KTC bus stand in Panaji to Malvan, take 4.5 hours and cost 125 rupees. However, Malvan lies off the national highway (NH-17) so direct buses are infrequent (they also take a longer route). The faster option is to break the journey in parts - Panaji to Sawantwadi (56 rupees; 1.5 hours), Sawantwadi to Kudal (the closest town to Malvan on NH-17; 19 rupees, 0.5 hours), and Kudal to Malvan (30 rupees, 1 hour 15 minutes) - the total time is thus reduced to 3 hour 15 minutes. When returning from Malvan, remember that buses are infrequent (at least one leaves at 2 pm to Kudal) so take whatever you get to Kudal and take connecting buses back to Panaji as described above(all prices Mar '14). Don't worry too much about the names of the bus stations if it is too much, ask the bus conductor where you need to break the journeys.

Tarkarli Road
Food @ Tarkarkli

Tourist attractions[edit]

Fish at sea bed of Tarkarli
  1. Mahapurush Temple
  2. Khalcha Mahapurush Temple
  3. Vitthal Temple
  4. Scuba Diving
  5. Boating Point & Water Sports point in Karli river]
  6. Tarkarli Beach
  7. Sangam, the point where the Karli river drains into the Arabian sea. Good place to see. The town itself is called Devbag and is the end of the land.
  8. Nivti Beach
  9. Golden Rock
  10. Sindhudurg Fort at Malvan
  11. Malvan Market
  12. Rock Garden at Malwan
  13. malvan plateau
  14. Kunkeshwar Temple - 46 km from Tarkarli by MSH 4. A Shiva temple on the beach.

Adventure sports[edit]

Corals At sea bed of Tarkarli

Snorkeling (to see corals and fishes), scuba diving, boating, white water rafting, and water rides are held at Tarkali. Boats can be hired for dolphin seeing, golden rocks, tsunami island (for water sports) and snorkeling. Beaches can be dangerous as currents are strong on shore and locals recommend not to wander in more than waist high. Boat owners will stop the boat in deep water to allow a swim where the currents are less strong.


  1. ^ http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/tarkarli-malvan
  2. ^ "Tarkarli". India: Puneri Travellers. 27 November 2014.