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Malvan

Malvan is culturally and historically important town in Sindhudurg District. Malvan is wellknown for its historical monument, The Sindhudurg fort is beautiful and spread in a vast area. It is known for its variety of mangoes (Malvani Hapus – Alphonso). A very important part of Malavni culture is a Malvani Dashavtar, a drama-play based on mythological stories. There are many tourist places in Malvan.
Malvan is situated on the coast of Western India and boasts some beautiful beaches. Sindhudurg fort, Tarkarli beach, Mobar point, Chiwala beach, Tondavali beach, all attract tourists. Malvan town is bound by three small creeks: Karli, Kolamb and Kalavali.

Wildlife Sanctuary :
The Malvan (marine) Wildlife Sanctuary was declared on 13 April 1987, with a core zone of 3.182 km² and buffer zone of 25.94 km² (total area being 29.122 km²). The core zone includes the Sindhudurg fort, Padamged island and other submerged rocky structures.



Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

In India there are a very few places where scuba diving can be done and Malvan is one of them. Due to its relatively clear sea waters, Malvan serves as a perfect spot for scuba diving (done mostly with surface oxygen supply) and snorkeling. Near the outer walls of Sindhudurg fort one can see lots of live corals and colorful marine life under the sea.

Water Sports :
Tsunami Island near devbaug beach is a small island on the delta of Tarkarli river. This beach cum island also is the place to enjoy boat ride in the backwaters of Tarkarli River. This island is not formed due to Tsunami waves, But due to this imaginary name it is a popular tourist destination for water sport.


 
Sindhudurg

Sindhudurg is a fortress which occupies an islet in the Arabian Sea, just off the coast of Maharashtra in western India. The fortress lies on the shore of Malwan town of Sindhudurg District in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. It is a protected monument.

History :
Sindhudurg (sindhu = sea, durg = fort) was built by the Hiroji Indalkar (Deshmukh) – Shivaji’s Master Architect & builder, built several forts in Maharashtra two notable are Sindhudurg fort and Raigad in 1664. Shivaji selected the strategic rocky island location, then known as ‘Kurte’ for the fort, himself – to counter foreign forces, and to keep the nearby Siddis of Murud-Janjira in check.



Tarkarli

A serene beach located 8 km off Malvan town. It has a Cottage Resort around the beach developed by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). This beach is a favorite with sand particles devoid of any red tinge and sky reflecting waters. Further north about another 6–7 km, is the Tarkarli creek and a lovely estuary. A boat ride on the Tarkarli creek is a pleasant way to spend some time.



Devgad

Also known as Deogad, is a coastal town in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra state in western India. Ramdev Yadav was the king of Devgad It is noted for its harbor, its beach, and a lighthouse built in 1915 at the Deogad fort. Shilahara dynasty Raja Bhoja II constructed Fort Vijaydurga (Gheria), ruled later by Adil Shah and eventually by King Shivaji and lastly Kanhoji Angre. Peshwas is the Indian national monument situated 45 minutes by road from the main city of Deogad. Fort Vijaydurga, named the “Eastern Gibraltar” because of its virtual impregnability, was impressive as seen by British, Dutch, Portuguese armies and travellers 400 years ago and even today as seen by visitors. .

Devgad is also widely known for its pure Alphonso mango cultivation/farming

The historical temple of Lord Shiva, Kunkeshwar, lies on sea boundaries which were built by Arab Muslim travellers a tourist hot spot for tourists who want to avoid Goa beaches. This is perfect for family outdoor in peaceful and calm backdrop.. Tourists can do snorkelling, beach camping, boat cruise, at Vijay Durg



Sawantvadi

Sawantwadi was formerly the capital city of the ‘Royal Kingdom of Sawantwadi’ ruled by the Bhonsale clan of Marathas. Sawantwadi is well known for its wooden toys (including lifelike wooden models of fruits and vegetables) thanks to an active woodcraft industry. It is also becoming a major tourist attraction.

Till 1850 Sawantwadi was known as Sunderwadi (A beautiful locality). The name Sawantwadi came into the practice because of surname of this erstwhile state’s ruling family of Khem-sawants. The palace was earlier atop Narendra hill. Khemsawant III constructed the existing palace in late 18th century (Construction period 1755-1803). The famous Moti-Talao (Talao-lake) built in front of the palace in 1874 has added to its beauty. Now the palace is a pride of Sawantwadi.



Goa

Goa is located in West India, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north. Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture.



Amboli

Amboli Hill Stationis a tranquil hill station on the Western Ghats, surrounded by thick forests and tree canopied hills. The sunset point, the origin of Hiranyakeshi river Nagartas fall, Narayangad, Mahadergad, Kawalesad are some major points worth visiting.