Monday, 28 March 2011

Malvan Beaches

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 government has proposed the marine park since 2000, but there has not been any action on it yet. 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. Most of these marine flora and fauna from the inter-tidal area is exposed during any low tide. So keep an eye out for a great opportunity for scuba diving. However, for now the best attraction on this beach remains to be the Sindhudurga fort.

How to Reach :
By Train :
Malvan does not have a railway station of its own, and the nearest station is in the town of Sawantwadi, which lies 648 kilometres away. The town of Kudal also has a railway station, but not a major one like the one in Sawantwadi. Trains will ply to Mumbai, New Delhi and Vasco Da Gama and fares will range around Rs 200 to 600 for sleeper class.

By Bus :
You can take buses to the town of Malvan from the nearby major cities of Mumbai and Pune. Malvan is well connected through road travel, and buses to Malvan will be available from all major cities and towns including Panaji (in Goa), Nandgaon, Devgad, Vagade, Amboli, Achara and Kudal. These are the nearby local towns that have frequent buses to the town of Malvan. Bus fares may range between Rs 100 to 150 from the nearby towns. Bus fares from Mumbai, which lies 514 km away, will range around Rs 300 for a deluxe non air conditioned bus. Air conditioned coaches can also be availed.

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