Maharashtra is blessed with a 700 km long coast line stretching from Dahanu in the north upto Vengurla in the south. Magic unfolds when the white sand, powerful waves, gushing wind and setting sun add a flavour to the landscape. To experience this, one must travel.
A couple of years back, very few would have known about a coastal village called Tarkarli situated in Southern Maharashtra. Apart from its white beaches and Malvan fort, this place is known for its corals and fishes that rest on the shallow ocean floor. It is an ideal destination for a short budget trip. One can reach Tarkarli by rail/road. The nearest railway station is Kudal. From Kudal there are state transport buses to Malvan. Tarkarli is barely 6 kms from here. Having said that, I and my friend booked ourselves on 22115 Dn LTT-Karmali AC express leaving at 01.10 am from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus. Travelling on Konkan Railway is always a pleasurable experience. It is fun to stand at the door while the train passes through tunnels, bridges and small country side stations at high speed. Majority of the crowd in our train was bound for Goa, Tarkarli and Ratnagiri. We reached Kudal at 10.00 am the next morning. Kudal bus stand is 10-12 min walk from the railway station. Auto walas charge Rs.20 per seat. We had breakfast near the bus stand and waited for the state transport bus to Malvan. Buses are available at a frequency of 30-45 min from Kudal depot. One can also take direct auto to Tarkarli which costs around Rs.600. But being a budget traveller, we chose the first option. Kudal to Malvan is about 30 km which takes around 1 hour owing to brilliant quality roads. As we reached Malvan, there was a shuttle service to Tarkarli awaiting departure. We quickly boarded it and were outside our hotel in next 15 minutes.