Malvan is a small town in Sindhudurg district in Maharastra state. A place in Konkan region is a coastal city which is yet to gain in popularity. Malvan is also a place to experience one of the rare spots for scuba diving. Yeah!! you heard it correct; a scuba diving place near Mumbai. Apart from scuba diving, the place has some mind-blowing beaches, which are clean, quiet & pristine. Malvan is probably one of the few towns in coastal region which are not polluted by the humans.
How To Reach Malvan From Mumbai:Mumbai, Pune & Panji are some of the major cities near Malvan. From Mumbai, one can catch a train to Kudal. From Kudal, there are buses direct to Malvan which will take 40 to 45 mints to reach the destination.
Total duration to reach Malvan from Mumbai is approx 13 to 15 hours. Trains are the perfect mode of commutation to reach Kudal, because of time, less expensive & convenient.
From Mumbai, you can take a train till Kulad (nearest station to Malvan). Trains are usually cheap in India. So you can book a 2S seat in Janshatabdi which will cost you Rs 300 – Rs 400 (Prices may vary with the time) it takes the least time from Mumbai to Kudal. There are other trains also and you can choose them depending upon your timings and convenience.
From Kudal you have to take a bus to Malvan. The bus will take around 1 Hr to drop you at Malvan bus depot which will cost around Rs 35 – Rs 40 Per person.
From Malvan, one can take a self-driven vehicle (2 wheeler or 4 wheeler) depending upon availability but in case you are on a tight budget better to take a bus till Tarakalli or Devbagh.
Things To Do In Malvan:
Malvan Beach:The famous attraction of Malvan is Malvan beach which is a bit commercialized. The beach houses are beautiful & staying here is recommended. A great beach to explore & spend a night, if lucky you can witness someone lit up a bonfire at the beach.
Devbagh Beach:Devbagh beach is approx. 16 Km from Malvan. By far it’s the best place in Malvan because of its awesome beach, very clear water, walkable distance to attractions. The drive from villages, riversides & plenty of trees is one of the rare experiences you would want to experience here. Photo enthusiasts will have special time here, as there are so many pics to be clicked.
Tarkarli Beach:Tarkarli is the second most famous beach in the vicinity it is 4 or 5 km before Devbagh, one can halt at Tarkarli for a day and then proceed ahead. But other than long coastline along the beach you have nothing else to see around there.
Sindhudurg fort:his fort was built by Shivaji (ruler of Maharastra), this fort is located in the sea and can be reached by ferry. Shivaji was known to build such forts in the middle of nowhere to stay safe. His landmarks are all over Maharashtra, a rare piece of engineering & a great place to visit.
Malvani Food:Malvani food is very famous in Maharashtra & there is no best place other than Malvan to enjoy this cuisine. The spices they use to prepare food are mouthwatering & a must have. So, don't miss the opportunity to try Malvani food.
Scuba Diving Malvan:Sindhudurg is also a spot for scuba diving, there are numbers of operators queuing up for scuba diving. There are many boats hovering around the spot. Because of which the water is muddy & not calm. If you want to perform this activity, spare 3 to 4 hrs in peak season. The best time to do scuba diving is early morning hours when there is no rush & less crowd.
Bon Fire:Beach demands a bonfire, the sound of water from the shore, slow breezes & dropping the temperature. The only thing required to keep you warm is a bonfire. Lit a bonfire on the beach & enjoy lovely evenings with your friends.
Budget For Malvan:
Accommodation:Accommodation is very cheap during offseason; finding a place is easy, but if you going in a peak season try to book accommodation prior as there are limited houses and charges will be high. Try talking to local people for help, they will help you to find a place in the budget. The average cost of accommodation varies from Rs 400 – Rs 2000 per day for a room (Varies with location, season & availability)
Malvani Food:Most of the time house owner will prepare food, choices are limited but food quality and quantity are good and rates are reasonable as well. Malvani food is very unique & tasty. Homemade malvani food is one of the best things to do while in Malvan.
Alcohol:Even though it is 90 km from goa alcohol cost is pretty much the same as Mumbai or Pune. There are not many shops available so pack yourself before going. Shops are usually closed in the afternoon so try to get your stuff before afternoon or in the evening.
A budget of INR 4000 - 5000 for 2 days trip should be enough. This cost doesn't include scuba diving cost whose price varies with the season.
Money Saving Tips:Renting A Bike: Having a vehicle can help you in finding suitable accommodation & will also help in exploring the place. The cost of two-wheeler vehicle may vary from Rs350 – Rs 400 per day, night charges are extra. Make sure you ask for petrol, as the only petrol pump is around 13 – 15 Km from Tarkarli.
Avoid Liquor: Liquor is not cheap so having it in limited quantity will keep your budget in check.
Bargain For Rent: As most people will start with a high price try to bargain with them for better rent price. But don’t miss an opportunity by staying away from the beach. Nothing can beat the sea face room & breeze.
Go In Off Season: Best season to visit Malvan is from Oct – Feb, but the cost escalates if you intend to travel during long weekends. So, if you can avoid such instances, you can complete the trip in the budget.
Is Malvan Worth A Vist?Coconut trees, clean beach, clear water, no tourists, old homes, no pollution. What else is required to visit a place? Of course, it is worth a visit. The beauty is raw & worthy enough to travel to. I would recommend traveling to this beautiful town.
Handy Resources:Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.
Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.
Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.
Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.
Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.