The Konkan stretch never ceases to surprise us. Blessed with beautiful landscapes and breath-taking views, it coaxes us to visit it again. We found a serene, lesser-know beach called Tarkali, which turns out is also a hub of scuba diving and other water sports. In case you want to kick back and watch the sunset paint the sky orange, there’s the backwaters where you can live on houseboats. They’ll even provide you with binoculars and fishing rods on the boat.
Located near Malvan, it’s about 500 kms from Mumbai. It’s easily accessible through buses and road. Not heading to Goa? Tarkali is closer to Goa but located in Maharashtra so that makes it a winner in case you want to listen to the water instead of people.
Those driving down can take this route: Panvel – Kolad – Mangaon – Mahad. Reach Chiplun via Asurde. Head towards Ratnagiri and reach Kankavli via Lanja and Rajapur. From Kankavli use Kasal – Sukalwad – Chauke route to reach Tarkarli.
Another option is to take a flight to Goa and then drive down to Tarkarli. If you take a bus, it’ll take you anywhere between 12 to 15 hours to reach there. Driving down takes 10 hours.
Scuba diving, backwaters, water sports, house boats. It’s an amalgamation of Goa and Kerala but on a lesser budget.
Since it’s winter in there’s a nip in the air, it’ll be sunny in the afternoon and chilly at night. Great place to celebrate the NYE? Yes.
Beach essentials like sunscreen, shades, towels and comfy footwear.
Featured photo source: Vivek Patankar via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)