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The little fishing village of Devbag lies wedged between the sea and Karli river to the south of Tarkarli beach. A peninsula with the sea on one side and the Karli river on the other Devbag is a pleasent hamlet near Tarkarli. Boating at Devbag sangam is one of the prime attractions of a Tarkarli vacation. Devbag sangam is also one of the snorkeling sites near Tarkarli.
Devbag Beach is less crowded even during high tourist season and attracts tourists looking for peace and nature. It is easily accessed by the Malvan - Tarkali road.
If a Keralite ever told you that Backwaters at Kerala were the best, tell him to have a look at the Karli Backwaters. The influence of Karli river where it meets the Arabian sea near the Karli creek provides one the most picturesque scenes in the area. A boat ride up the river starting from the creek is full of beautiful and surprising moments.
The ride against the river nearing its journey is amazingly swift. The waters however, hide the turmoil within and it’s only when some troubled dolphin jumps to the surface and zigzags back that one gets the true picture of the abyss. The rivers banks are covered with verdant forests and one shouldn’t be faulted for comparing it to the ride across the Amazon.
Situated at distance of approximately 25 km from Vengurla lays this amazing stretch of Golden sand. The place is known as the Nivati Beach. The vast sea face available at the villages of Bhogva, Kochra & Nivati are inviting.
The Nivati village location is amidst the greenery of plantations and ocean roars form the west. The air is sweet, moist and clean and the sea water is crystal clear, in its natural form. The Nivati fort located nearby provides historical significance to this place. The atmosphere is serene and the calmness of the sea and shores alike are reassuring in these hectic days of today.
Tarkarli has been bestowed with a long coastline which is ideal for those long romantic and nostalgia filled walks. The feeling of soft sand under your nimble toes and the presence of clear water and sky along with the cleanest of breathing air provides a heady feeling. Not to forget that the beach is also the trusted zone for the female turtles. It is not uncommon to find a turtle lazing on the beach or hatching and protecting its eggs. The beach has silk smooth sand along the stretch. Again the water is so pure that the seabed is visible even if you venture out at the sea.
It presents a panoramic view with tall 'Suru' trees in the background. The wide river, the beautiful sailboats and the tiny hamlets situated on the riverbank, add to the picturesque beauty of Tarkarli.
The name Sindhudurg in Marathi means a Fort build on Ocean or Ocean Fort. Constructed within a span of 3 years from 1664-1667 by King Shivaji by deploying 100 Portuguese architects, specially invited from Goa and over 3000 strong workforce the fort stands tall on the "Kurte" island. It is believed that 4000 mounds of iron was casted for creating the base and lay the foundation stone for the fort. Hiroji Indulkar, a noted architect of that era supervised the construction. The fort is spread over 50 acres of land and boasts of a 9.2 mtr high and 3 mtr rampart. The rampart is 4 Km long and is studded with 42 bastions. The Fort houses the temples of Hanuman, Jarimari and Goddess 'Bhavani’.
Shri shivrajeshwar temple which is the one & only, historic temple in the world, of "chhatrapati shri shivaji maharaj" located at Sindhudurg Fort.
Dhamapur Lake is located near the western region of Sindhudurg, it is famous for crystal clear waters. It’s possible to see the bottom of the lake during clear and turmoil free weather. The lake covers almost 10 acres with water and more with the other related activities including water sports, entertainment and Eateries. The lake apart from water sports also has boating facility for the less adventurous or the more romantics.
This man-made lake was constricted in 1530 by the king Nagesh Desai [A tributary of Vijaynagar dynast] and has beautiful scenic hill ranges on its two sides. The deans’ forest and orchard surrounding the lake has made this one of the most beautiful lake in Maharashtra. Tourist easily feels the change in the atmosphere once they reach the spot. The region has also a rich verity of flaura and fauna.
For around a Decade, Malvan has seen Dolphins playing all around the ocean. Around January – February, you can even spot a big family of dolphins basking in the warm sun enjoying the clear ocean. They swim in synchronization making it a spectacular view. You can go for a boat ride where you can spot Dolphins.
Rock garden in Malvan is a best place to relax on the rocks and enjoy the calm of the sea side. A well landscaped malvan rock garden is also one of the popular places located at half kilometer distance from Malvan jetty near Arase Mahal.
This garden offers a fantastic view of the wide spread Chivala beach. Unlike other gardens this garden is unique in its nature since there is no sand but a carpet of huge rocks and green lawns. Cool breeze of the Arabian Sea, refreshing surroundings and the rhythmic sound of the wavers striking the rocks are the things to be experienced here. This is also the best place to view romantic sunset on backdrop of the shining sea. These huge rocks make a good shelter for many reptiles and small creatures. In the evening crabs are seen walking beautifully on the rocks of the rock garden.
Suvarna Ganesh Temple is built by Shri Jayantrao Salgaonkar, an astrologer of repute and creator of very popular almanac ‘Kalnirnay’. Situated in Medha locality of Malvan on ancestral family land of Salgaonkars, the temple has been constructed as per the holy principles of temple architecture in India. Shri Jayantrao personally supervised the construction.
The presiding deity in the temple is Lord Ganesha, much revered Elephant God of Maharashtra. The idol is of pure gold. This main idol in the sanctum sanctorum is in the traditional pose with Riddhi- Siddhi (consorts of Lord) on both sides. Siddhi is holding Dhol (Indian traditional percussion instrument) and sword in her hand while Riddhi has pen and paper in her hands. The hall has eight idols of Ganesh carved in the ceiling. One gets a very comfortable feeling of Lord Ganesh looking benevolently from all the eight directions at his disciple. The interior of the temple is very rich and has used soothing colors.
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