This is a narrow stretch of beach on the coastline of Maharashtra located 6 kilometers south of Malvan. The main attraction here is the clear waters of the beach and the beautiful sceneries. If you are lucky to visit the beach on a clear day, you will be able to sea the seabed from such a depth too. The Sindhudurg built in the 17th century and the Padmagarh are the two Sea fortresses which are also major attractions here. Apart from these, staying at the MTDC sea side cottages and tasting authentic Konkani cuisine are also a must here.
This fort is situated on a rocky island known as Kurte barely a kilometer from Malvan. This fort was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj in the 17th Century when all his trials to win the Janjira Fortress proved to be useless. The main building material was sand that too was brought down from Gujarat. The main strength of this well- preserved fort are the thousands of kilograms of iron used here. The architect under whom the construction took place was known as Hiroji Indulkar and the king also took the advice of hundreds of Portugese experts whom he had invited to his court. A number of people were put to work round the clock for three long years to build this fort. The most attractive feature of this monument is the stretch of zig- zag walls and the pillars and bastions. Inside the fort still live twenty- thirty hereditary Hindu- Muslim families and there are also a number of temples inside. The most important out of all these is the temple where you will find the painting of Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj without a moustache. This painting is unique and is not found anywhere else in the world. Nearby this fort, you will also see the Padamgad Fort which is now in ruins.
Tsunami Island is a hub to a variety of water sports like bumper ride, banana boat, jet ski,para sailing, kayaking that are available in packages at reasonable prices. What distinguishes Tarkarli from the other beaches in Maharashtra is that the beaches there are so clean that they offer scuba diving and snorkeling. We went there a day late and that is why we missed our chance to go scuba diving however the best time to go scuba diving would be from September to mid May. It is only during this time, that the sea water is clear and if you are lucky, you may get to see a few dolphins too! Yes, you read right. Tarkarli also offers Dolphin safari.
The Rock garden is located between Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake. It is filled with man-made interlinked waterfalls and numerous different models that have been made of waste and scraps and different sorts of squanders like glasses, bangles, jugs, tiles, clay pots, sinks, electrical waste, etc which are displayed on walled paths. The beautiful nursery is visited by more than 5,000 individuals every day, with more than 12 million guests since its inception. Nek Chand was offered a salary, a title Sub-Divisional Engineer, Rock Garden, and 50 workers so that he could focus full-time on his work. It showed up on an Indian stamp in 1983. The Rock Garden is still made out of reused materials. At the point when Chand left the nation on an lecture visit in 1996, the city pulled back its subsidizing, and vandals assaulted the recreation center. The Rock Garden Society took control over the organization and upkeep of this interesting visionary environment.
After checking in, we got fresh and headed straight to the nearby restaurant, Darya Sarang, for lunch as we were starving. The beach view from this restaurant is just incredible. There are swings here too, so exciting isn't it?I fell in love with this beach when I saw it. And the homestay in front of the beach was a massive bonus. The azure waters, silence, empty beach, no hustlers trying to sell you stuff was like a cherry on the cake. In the afternoon, the water looked more bright and pretty. So after relaxing a bit and clicking a thousand pictures on the beach we headed to the Sindhudurg Fort for some underwater adventures. Yayyyy!
We had scheduled a package for scuba diving and water sports for the day.So that was our plan.we left at 10.00 Am. The total cost that we had to pay per person was Rs. 1500 which included scuba diving, 5 water sports and a visit to tarkarli backwaters. All worth it. Scuba diving was an out of the world experience the divers were really very helpful. It took around 4 hrs till all of us could get done with the scuba diving. Then we went ahead for the water sports through Tarkarli backwaters and they guide you through all the points and spots and inform you about the stories behind it. So we reached tsunami island for our water sports. The day was filled with adventure and we ticked off scuba diving from our bucket list happily. In the evening we enjoyed sitting by looking at the sunset on the beach munching on hot onion bhajiyas. we also had a bonfire at night.Day 2 ended with bonfire, some barbequed potatoes, under the stars, listening to the waves.