Snorkle at Tarkarli for Rs.150
One of the best beaches on the west coast of India, Tarkarli in Sindhudurg, which is 546 kms away from Mumbai, is soon going to be a watersports destination. The long narrow stretch of beach, with its pristine water makes it an ideal place to scuba-dive and snorkel. On a clear day, you can see the sea-bed through a depth of 20ft.
The water sports, which began a couple of weeks ago, are under trial and is expected to pick up after the rains. While scuba-diving has started between Tarkarli and Vengurla rock, snorkeling will take place at the Sindhudurg Fort, which is Maharashtra’s more popular and important sea forts, built in the 17th century. The area is believed to have a variety of marine life, due to the rock formations and the corals, making it the right choice for water sports.
Equipments like oxygen cylinders, masks, houseboats, and speed boats will arrive in the coming weeks. The cost of it all is fairly reasonable as well. Snorkelling will be available for Rs 150 and scuba-diving at Rs 800. The Maharashtra government is also training locals to participate in this activity.
Plans are also on to open a training centre for para-sailing, sea-surfing etc. I can’t wait for it to open, but before that I need to learn how to swim.
Get to Tarkarli:
By Air : Nearest airport is Mumbai.
By Rail : Nearest railhead is Kudal, 45 kms, on Konkan Railway.
By Road : Mumbai-Tarkarli, 546 kms.Kolhapur-Tarkarli, 160 kms. Malvan-Tarkarli,7 kms. State Transport buses ply from Mumbai, Kolhapur, Pune to Malvan and from Malvan to Tarkarli. Rickshaws are also available from Malvan.
Places to see near by Tarkarli – Malvan-6 k.m,Devbag- 5 kms
“Tarkarli – A serene beach located 8kms off Malvan town. It has a Cottage Resort around the beach developed by Maharashtra Tourism (MTDC). This beach is a favorite with sand particles devoid of any red tinge and sky reflecting waters. Further north about another 6-7km, is the Tarkarli creek and a lovely estuary. Boat ride on the Tarkarli creek highly recommended. It takes you a little out in the sea and on a lucky day, you might spot some dolphins too!”
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