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Malvan, located on the Konkan coast and wrapped by the Sahyadri ranges. It is most historical tourist attractions in Maharashtra. Forts, beautiful beaches & adventure activities are famous in Malvan.

Beaches In Malvan:

Malvan Beach

This is one of the most commercially active beaches in the Konkan. It is buzzing with life at the jetty where most of the fishermen anchor their boats of various dimensions and colors. There are a few bars and restaurants on the beach unlike most other seashores on the Sindhudurg coast. It is one of the friendliest atmospheres alive with banter among the locals. This beach is not a place for relaxation; however, it is close to the city centre and perhaps the most accessible beach in the area. Another promising forthcoming attraction here is a one of its kind marine park in Asia. The area of Malvan is a fortified island on the coastal reef. Coral patches have been recorded in the interstitial regions around the Sindhudurg fort.

Tarkarli Beach

A long stretch of silver sands, cool sea breeze whispering through towering Cajurina plantations on the beach, Fishermen seen launching their traditional boats and nets daily into the sea is an interesting feature to watch on this beach. MTDC has a luxury resort around the beach, inviting tourist to experience something unusual-staying. Get thrilling Experience of Water Scooter Scuba Diving & Snorkeling. Be cautious while entering the sea for swimming.

Devbaug Beach

A confluence of the Karli River flowing into the Arabian Sea. This point marks the southern most tip of the Malvan taluka. The beach lures to the tourists by its stunning white sand and beautiful blue water lagoon, thus an idealist spot for swimming, sunbathing and pick nicking. Flock of local sea birds add to the beauty of serene surroundings by playing with the sea waters. A hill in the back drop offers panoramic view of Arabian sea and light house situated on the rocky island. Sunset is the peak time to watch this natures expression, mingles secretly with sea waters from behind Devbaug’s famous Mobar Point.

Chivla Beach

This is a beautiful stretch of clean sand and clear waters bordering Malvan town from North West. It is a very small beach, calm & serene beach, in evening laze around the beach and watch the sun go down.

Tondavali Beach

This is perhaps the true manifestation of an untouched beach. It had to hike almost a km from the road to get to the shore but it was totally worth the drain. Not a single soul here and the sand had just patterns of sea wind. Fine grains of soft white particles urged everyone to feel them without footwear. Cool waters splashing away you almost feel sorry no one watches this phenomenon abundantly.

Achara Beach

This one is a paradise for swimmers and dolphin watchers. Dolphin season is between October and February. It is a few km ahead of Tondavali beach. It is quite popular during season time. There are some fishing activities around here but mostly it is a good space to chill with the sea waves.

Festivals in Malvan:

Konkan, a land of god, celebrates many traditional, religious, state and national festivals. All festivals are celebrated with abundant fervour and enthusiasm which reflects the culture, rituals & tradition of malvani people. The traditional songs, music, dance & plays add a joy with excitement to the lives of people. The love for celebration is deeply embedded in our culture and it finds expression through the various occasions. Some of the popular festivals celebrated in Malvan are as given below.

Anganewadi Fair

The date of annual fair at Anganewadi, in Masure known as parallel Pandharpur of Konkan, is announced in February each year. The name Anganewadi indicates predominance of people with surname Angane. According to a legend a goddess materialized in village in the form of a stone plaque, 400 years ago. Since then people have been flocking to a village for 'Darshan', every year. There is no fixed day or date for the fair. It is decided by consents.

The method of arriving at concert for the day of fair is interesting. After farming operation are over, the villagers get together to decide out the hunting of wild animal to offer 'Prasad' to the goddess. The male folks go out for hunting with a stipulation not to return till the animal is trapped down. The animal’s flesh is then cooked & distributed among the villagers who then decide on a suitable day for fair. A decision is taken sitting on a mat (made by peel of bamboo) commonly known as ‘Daali’ in Malvani lingo. The villager’s decision is then known as ‘Daalap’.

On the day of the fair, the stone plaque is adorned by mask, ornaments & apparels. The village barber then stands outside the temple & after sunrise releases reflected sunrays over the sacred plaque. In view of enormous crowd attending the festivity, the rituals now begins at 4 a.m. & ends at 10 p.m. One female member from each family then join in the mass cooking. A food thus prepared is offered as ‘Prasad’. This event is commonly known as ‘Taate Lawane (To serve the dishes)’ in Malvani. This event also marks the end of first day in fair. On next day, rituals restarted at 4 a.m. & continue till the afternoon. This day is called ‘Mode Jatra (End of fair)’. Though the fair thus officially lasts in one & half days, variety of entertainment programs like music, dramas, as a folk were continue for the next 4 to 5 days. People from all corners of Maharashtra as well as from off places in Karnataka flock the place for the duration of fair. Various theories are viewed to explain the origin of the fair. One of them is that a cow belonging to one of the villagers used to discharge milk in the green wood which turned in a plaque. When the owner went out to look for the cow, he found the matter. On same day he got a divine message in his dream. He started to worship that stone of plaque. The word sprayed and people have since been visiting the place annually. Since the plaque was found in rocky soil (Bharad) the goddess come to be known as Bharadi. Over the years, the crowds have swelled to the extent where the queue found by devotees for 'Darshan' extends up to 2 Kms.

Narali Pournima

The full moon day of the month of Shravan(August) is celebrated in different parts of Maharashtra Known as, the 'Narali Purnima' ,coconut day is dedicated to the sea god Varuna. This festival marks the end of the monsoons and is celebrated by the fishermen of Malvan. The fishermen paint their boats and coconuts are broken against them as offering to the sea god. It is said that to calm the sea fishermen offers coconut to sea. Narali Pournima also marks the advent of the new fishing season. Garlands made of flowers are also offered to the boats to mark the beginning of a new fishing season.
The celebration begin at about three o’clock at afternoon, where when the prominent traders as well as common citizens gathered at the Hanuman temple in Somwar Peth, for the worshiping the coconut. The formal 'Puja' is performed by a prominent trader. The gathering then formed itself in to a passion which wends at way towards the jetty. Now comes the time to worship the sea. As per the tradition, the first coconut is offered from the peolpe of the sindhudurga fort. In the early days, a gold plated coconut was offered. Over the years a coconut wrapped in golden colored paper has taken its place. The ceremonial armed salute has been replaced by fire crackers. After the fort ritual is over, people offer their coconuts from Jetty. Thousands of people dressed in their best & youngsters with their colorful apparel forms major attraction of celebration. Many hawkers’ sells ballons, toys & chat items on jetty & people purchase these to their children.
The coconut breaking contest form an interesting side light of celebration. Malvani people crowd to see the contest & enjoy the moment. The contestants who break the maximum number of rival coconut become the proud winner of the contest. Many visitors also visit Malvan to enjoy this festival.The celebration generally ends up with 'kabaddi' match played between local teams.

Ganesh Chaturthi

The most important and popular festival of Malvan, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the month of August - September. This festival marks the birth anniversary of god Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom.
In the days of the British Raj, Lokmanya Tilak encouraged Ganesh Chaturthi and other like celebrations to induce and reinforce feelings of nationalism amongst his countrymen. From that day, every year Maharshtrian people celebrate this festival with great enjoy.The preparations for this festival begin months ahead. Idols of Ganesha are installed and detailed arrangements are made for lighting and decoration. The festival is held for 2-21 days. Special prasad and food are prepared to mark the first day of the puja. Aarti is performed twice a day – in the morning and in the evening. Most people of the community attend the evening aarti. They actually rush home from work to take part in the festivities and gather around the brightly-lit Ganesha. People offer prasad of modaks or pedhas (a type of sweetmeat), coconut, hibiscus or any other red flower, sheaves of grass, vermilion, turmeric powder and rice.
The festival comes to an end on the day of Anant Chaturthi. On this day, the idols of Ganesha are taken from various doorsteps, localities and puja rooms for a truly royal ride. The streets of Malvan are packed with multitudes as each locality comes out on the streets with its Ganesha. Amidst shouts of ‘Ganpati Bappa Moriya Pudhchya Varshi Lavkarya’ (Marathi for – Oh Ganpati My Lord, return soon next year), a sea of humanity carries the idols to the waters of the Arabian Sea. Firecrackers announce the arrival of the procession that halts every now and then for people to get a last glimpse of their favourite God and seek his blessings, for he is the remover of all obstacles. The idols are carried into the holy waters, and face the direction of the local community centres they started their journey from, till their visarjan, or immersion. In other towns and villages, folks carry the idols to the local river or tank for the visarjan ceremony.
As dusk takes charge of the skies, people return to their localities and homes, awaiting Ganesha’s return the following year. Artists and sculptors start imagining how they will make an even nicer Ganesha next year. Housewives fret about making better modaks and pedas. In this country of almost a billion people, Ganesha plays his part. He generates work, adds meaning to their life and gives them hope.

Malvani Dashavatar...

Dashavtar is also known as 'Dahikala', From last 600-700 years Dashavtar is a part of Malvani culture.
In Indian mythology the ten incarnations of lord Vishnu is collectively known as Dashavatar. They are Matsya (Fish) Katchha (Turtle), Varaha (Boar), Narsimha (half man half Lion), Waman (A brahman boy), Purshuram , Rama, Krishna, Budhha & Kalanki.
Dashavatar is most popular art form in Malvan. Dance ritual dramas are held in most of the temples during festive occasions. Interesting characters in these dramas are Apsaras (Heavenly maidens) their roles in woman’s attire are played by the men.
A from called Aatdashavatar is also highly appriciated by the locals. It is presented in two parts. Parts I begin with Ganeshstavan, Saraswatistavan, Brahmin priest’s entry and killing of sankasura (Purvarang) while part II is a proper play and includes mythological stories.

Malvani cuisine:

Non-Veg :-

Mashache Kalvan
Tisaryache Kalvan
Vade Sagoti
Kombadi Vade
Sol-Kadhi
Mori (Shark) Mutton

Veg :-

Malvani Malpua
Ghavane
Puranpoli
Modak

Climate & Rainfall :

Climate :-

Rainfall :-

3,287mm ( Average ) Sindhudurg witnesses rain for full four months June, July, August and September

Pravin Tours & Travels arranging sight seen from Malvan for Sindhuduga. Please check following details of that.

Days Sight seen from Malvan for Sindhuduga
Day 01 Ozar Mandir, Revandi, Archara Rameshwar Mandir, Emu Bird, Dabale Ganesh Mandir, Vijaydurga Fort after Lunch in Devgad, Kunkeshwar Mandir & Beach, Chivla Beach, and Rock Garden.
Day 02 Vengurla Jetty, Vetoba Mandir, Redi Shree Ganesh Mandir, Redi Beach, after Lunch in Sawantwadi, Amboli, Kudal Sai Mandir, Dhamapur lake.
Day 03 Tarkarli (Dolphin point / booting optional on demand), Devbag, cash net factory, Sindhudurga Fort after lunch in Malvan Adari Ganesh Mandir, Anganewadi Baradi Mata Mandir, Medha Ganesh Mandir, Medha beach, Rajkot..

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