#SwipeRightToTravel Sindhudurg the south most district of Maharashtra has an amazing feel it to it. One can soak in its culture , food and dance . The beautiful understated beaches are surreal . The breataking sunsets and mystic mountains of Amboli and majestic sindhudurg Killa are something to look forward . It's a paradise of fish eaters when it comes to food . The fragrance and taste of the Konkani will linger on your tongue in the most interesting way .
Our organizers got us good deal for the sports. We went to see the Sindhudurg fort afterwards by the boats. The fort, constructed by Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has an interesting history and the most astonishing is the main entrance, 1 cannot spot it from outside. The guide explained the reasons behind it.We went back to our Campsite at around 4 PM, got freshened up and had our lunch quickly and winded up to leave from the place to Pune.we started around 7 PM.On the way we were playing the traditional Antakshari game and singing our heart out and it was so much fun. We had our dinner at 12 PM in a Kolhapur hotel. The food was awesome. The dinner time got late as we started late from Malvan and it took 2 hours to find a hotel as it was late and all hotels were closed. The food was great though.We reached at Pune at 6.30 AM in the morning as promised by the Organizers. Time to say bye to all. It felt so great to go back to normal with great experience, awesome weekend and a lot of new friends.Malvan was a perfect place to enjoy a quite weekend away from the city hustle bustle and also avoid tourist crowding. Scuba Diving is a must do activity for everybody atleast once in a lifetime.Thanks to Backpack Outdoors for such a memorable trip, would definitely want to be a part of your upcoming trips.
First thing first, SCUBA DIVING. The cottage owner helped us out arranging for the Scuba near Sindhudurg Fort on the Malwan- Tarkarli road. Don't worry as the prices here are fixed at INR 1650/- which includes the underwater photography and a 2 minute video. I would personally suggest do not go for snorkling as you are just a couple feet under water watching the corals (Snorkling cost around INR 500) whereas SCUBA is approximately 20 ft deep. We reach the place, and the excitement builds just looking at the SCUBA gear.SCUBA: Well I fall short of words to express this experience. The gear is on, instructions given, and you take the dip. The world under water just seems so unrealistic as if this is a dream. All you hear is the sound of you inhaling and the blowing bubbles when you exhale. The colorful fish around, so many in number and the red coral. The clear sea helps you see it all. After a while, of swimming around and above the corals, one can feel the pressure in the ears after about 15 mins under water. But you tend to still signal your guide ' everything is fine' . You just don't want to end this and keep swimming around when my guide pulls me out and back to the real world. So many sounds hit your ear, vision becomes more clear and you start wondering whether the last 20 minutes were real !!!
On the third day we went for a tour of Shivaji's famous fort, the Sindhudurg fort. Sindhudurg is about 3 kms away from Tarkarli. This glorious Sindhudurg fort is situated at the middle of the sea on a rocky island Kurte. The fort houses a few hereditary families and therefore we found a few houses and temples inside. As we went deeper inside we found ourselves isolated from everyone and we realized how beautiful the whole place is! The walls of the fort have steps attached to them which allow you to climb the borders of the fort. Once you do that, you will witness a breathtaking view of the blue ocean surrounding the entire fort and that view is just remarkable. For miles and miles you will only see the clear blue sea and sky. After lunch we headed to a place called Rock Garden. Rock garden is like a park with swings and slides and some benches to sit on. However, once we walked towards the end of it, we found a large number of rocks just before the sea. We sat on these ginormous rocks and enjoyed the view of the sea and the sound of the waves crashing these rocks. I had the best time even though our trip lasted for 4 days only. There is nothing like laying on the beach with the sound of the waves hitting the shore, the sun shining down on your skin and the peace and quiet of the wind! If you love beaches and you are looking for a relaxed vacation, Tarkarli is the place for you!
Scuba diving is the biggest attraction of Tarkarli. Go for scuba early in the morning (7 am type) when the water is clear and undisturbed. If you know swimming, do borrow the snorkel equipment and explore the life underwater on your own. Trust me this can be the highlight of your trip