Trip Start May 02, 2008
2Trip End May 04, 2008
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Tarkarli is around 550kms by road from Mumbai. I took Mandovi Express on 2nd May 2008 to reach Kudal Station. As usual, the train departed late from CST station and could not cover up the distance as there is a single track on Konkan Railway. Even though the train was late, I was not bored in the train, as I got a very good company of an Indian Navy officer named Amrujkar. He works as a Commander on INS Talwaar and flies the Indian Navy Helicopter
The hotel owner Mr. Gajanan.Kubal. is a superb person I met in this trip. He just asked me to get fresh and have the dinner. That is what we call "Atithi DevoBhava". He offered me Veg and Non-Veg food option. I said, How can i think of having veg diet in Konkan? I simply want to eat Fish and Sol Kadhi.
The next day i.e. on 3rd May, I woke up early and went to the Tarkarli beach. I saw a group of people pushing the boat into the sea to go for a fresh catch for the day. Within some time, the boat was deep in the sea. There were many small and medium sized boats on the beach and also there were some tourists for early morning walk
I returned back to the Malvan Jetty and enquired about the most interesting Snorkeling. MTDC has started Snorkeling near Sindhudurg as the water clear there. Scuba Diving acitivity will be started very soon. MTDC charges Rs 250 for a good 20-30 minutes of snorkeling. The best part of this activity is, the non swimmers can also enjoy this activity. The divers here are of great help and they take great efforts for the tourists to enjoy snorkeling
Later, in the evening I went for Devbagh backwaters, Bhogwe Beach and other small islands near Bhogwe beach. I simply cannot express the view of these places. Bhogwe beach is a place where some scenes of the famous Oscar nominated Marathi film "Shwaas" were shot. I was not lucky to see the Dolphins near Devbagh. You can enjoy the Devbagh Backwaters, Bhogwe Beach, Dolphin view and other small islands by paying Rs 600, which is worth watching.
On Sunday i.e. on 3rd May I again tried my luck to check the availability of the Dolphins, but could not. But I was happy to see the localites setting up the weekly Sunday bazaar to sell the mangoes, Fish, vegetables etc. The people in Konkan are very kind at heart and very very cooperative. At around 9:00am I left Tarkarli and headed to Kankavli and then Kolhapur via Phonda Ghat route, which is again a beautiful place. Planning to visit Phonda Ghat during monsoon.
You can check the beautiful images at http://picasaweb.google.com/vu2sfh/Tarkarli
For Water Sports and Beach facing resort at Tarkarli, you can contact Mr. Gajanan Kubal at 99605-04491
For detailed information regarding Snorkeling, you contact Mr. Sunil Sarang at 94207-38425
Kudal Station to Kudal Bus Stand:- Rs 10 (Share Rickshaw)
Kudal to Kasaal (ST Bus):- Rs 15 (I had to take this bus, as i missed the direct bus to Malvan)
Kasaal to Malvan (ST Bus):- Rs 23
Malvan to Tarkarli (Auto Rickshaw):- Rs 80 (They don't charge much during daytime)
Tarkarli to Malvan:- Rs 20 (Share Rickshaw)
Malvan Jetty to Sindhudurg Fort:- Rs 27 (Return Fare)
Malvan to Tarkarli:- Rs 10 (Share Fare by Mahindra Jeep)
Kankavli to Kolhapur:- Rs 90 (By good 2x2 Asiad Bus)
Thanks and Regards.