Known for its white sandy beach and water sports, Tarkarli is situated in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. Tarkarli beach is arguably one of the most picturesque beaches in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. The white sand, clear blue water and the suru (casurina) trees add to the splendor of the beach. The sea at Tarkarli is crystal clear and the seabed can be seen up to a depth of 15 ft or more on a sunny day.
Another attraction of Tarkarli is the backwaters of Karli river which extend from Tarkarli to Kudal. It is the only place to experience the backwaters in Maharashtra. The estuary of Karli river is another scenic spot located near Tarkarli.
Tarkarli is also the only place in Maharashtra where you can scuba dive. The waters are relatively clear around the Sindhudurg fort and though the reefs here aren’t exactly world class, it is not a bad idea to try it out once. Guides and instructors are helpful and patient; if you are keen, you can even enroll for a special certified course.
Tarkarli is situated close to several tourist attractions including the Sindhudurg fort (headquarters of Shivaji’s navy), Kolamb beach and Dharampur lake.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN TARKARLI
The most popular place to stay in Tarkarli is the MTDC holiday resort. With pretty AC and non-AC cottages and two ‘houseboats’, the resort is probably the best place to stay in Tarkarli. Most locals have opened their homes to tourists and offer decent service and food; look for the ones that are closest to the beach.
Rental bike culture has seeped in to Tarkarli too, which makes local transport very easy. Your resort manager or homestay owner will be happy to help you rent one out.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN TARKARLI
Tarkarli is famous for its delicious seafood. Kombdi-vade, Malvani mutton curry and mori masala are some of the seafood delicacies worth trying in Tarkarli. There are quite a few restaurants in Tarkarli that serve delicious seafood for the non vegetarians. Sol kadi and aamras served by the restaurants in the town are vegetarian delicacies worth trying.
Bamboo and Chaitanya restaurants are considered to be two of the best restaurants in town, though restaurant at the MTDC resort also serves a pretty mean feast too.
BEST TIME TO VISIT TARKARLI
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Tarkarli is as given below. The best time to visit Tarkarli is also specified.