Nearby Attractions and Adventures
Explore Malvan, a paradise on earth, known for its Maratha heritage, lush greenery and adventure sports
For history lovers, the Sindhudurg Fort is a must see because is rich in heritage. The Sindhudurg Fort was constructed by Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj, a 17th century Maratha ruler. During 1600’s when the British and the Portuguese were annexing territories across the Konkan Coast, Shivaji Maharaj decided to build this fort, to fortify the area. At present the fort is managed by the Archaeological Society of India.
Sindhudurg Fort covers 48 acres of land and its walls cover 3km in distance. The post lies on the shore of Malvan of Sindhudurg District in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, 450 kilometers (280 mi) south of Mumbai.
The fort is closed for tourists during rainy season, because of rough seas and tides.
Shri Dev Rameshwar Temple is located in Rameshwar Wadi village, Sindhudurg district. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was built into the 16th century and is a popular pilgrim site.
The walls of the temple show drawings depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharatha, which are epics in the Indian Mythology. A huge bell hangs on the eastern gate which has the year 1791 inscribed on it. The bell was brought from a Portuguese ship, captured by the Maratha navy. The wooden mast of the ship is installed in front of the main entrance of the temple at the beginning of the temple Ghati.
The temple attracts thousands of visitors every year. The annual fair held during MahaShivaratri festival draws 5000 people from nearby villages and cities every year.
Situated adjoining the Chivla Beach, the Rock Garden of Malvan is known for its beauty and charm. The garden is made up of huge rocks and green lawns. The best time to visit this place is during sunrise and sunset, where in one can experience the magic of the natural phenomenon and bask in its beauty.
The Rock Garden, is well maintained and also contains a play area for children with swings. One can occasionally view crabs running around the crevices in the rocks, giving you a glimpse of the rich marine life in Malvan.
Taxis are easily available from the Rajmudra Beach Resort to the Rock Garden.
MALVAN MARINE SANCTUARY
The Malvan Marine Sanctuary is a treasure trove for nature lovers. It is rich in coral and marine life and is home to mollusks, pearl oysters, sea anemones, polychaetes and a number of other sea animals and birds like dolphins and seagulls.
On a good day, you may find a pod of dolphins. The Marine (wildlife) sanctuary in Malvan, was declared official on 13th April 1987. It has a core zone of 3.182km2 . One can also take part in adventure activities like scuba diving and snorkelling over here.
Vengurla Beach is another jewel of Malvan. It has its own place in history. It is mentioned in various historic texts as a place for trade settlements being a natural port.
The seashore is untouched and offers the visitor an opportunity to enjoy the sea breeze while relaxing on the white sands of the beach. The beach is surrounded by lush green foliage of cashew, coconut, mango trees.
From the beach, one can view the Vengurla Rocks also locally called Bandara. The best time to visit Vengurla is during winter from November to March.
Tsunami Island, unlike its name, is surrounded by calm backwaters on the delta of the Tarkarli River. It is a popular destination among tourists for watersport activities like scuba diving, jet skiing, sea kayaking, parasailing, banana boat rides and snorkelling.
The water sport activities take place throughout the year. It is especially popular during the monsoon season, when the tides are high and the region receives heavy rainfall.
SHRI WAGESHWAR TEMPLE
Shri Wageshwar Temple in Tondavali is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Tondavali is about 24km from Malvan. It is a cave temple and has a Shivalingam.
According to legend, Tondavali was submerged under the sea. A sailor found a Shivalingam trapped in his fishing net. After a few years, a belt of land was formed around the area. It is believed that a group of sailors built the temple.
The temple is surrounded by a dense forest. According to popular beliefs, tigers from the forest used to visit the temple, but they didn’t attack humans. Hence the temple earned its name ‘Wageshwar’. ‘Wagh’ means tiger in the local language.
OTHER POPULAR BEACHES IN MALVAN
Dandi - Malvan Beach
Dandi – Malvan beach is a beautiful and happening place. It is popularly known as Dandi Beach because it is located near Lord Dandeshwar temple. It is one of the busy beaches in Malvan.
Tarkarli Beach has got its name from the village Tarkarli. It is an untouched beach known for its white sands and alluring charm. It is also a popular destination for scuba diving.