A quaint hamlet in the Sindhudurg district
of Maharashtra, Tarkarli is known for its bountiful nature and the groovy
beachfronts. Located at the confluence point of the mighty Arabian Sea and the
Karli River, this picturesque village is adorned by a charismatic coastline and
is now gaining immense popularity among the beach and water sport lovers.
While the silent backwaters of the Karli
River encourages the water sport enthusiasts to participate in a myriad list of
water activities, the turquoise water of the Arabian Sea appeals them to go for
scuba diving and discover the enchanting beauty of the marine life. In addition
to all these, as the vicinity is steeped with lively glimpses of a bygone era,
Tarkarli also proves to be an ideal destination for the history and culture
Owing to the large stretch of clear and
azure water, scuba diving in Tarkarli has become one of the most enjoyed and
popular activities among the visitors to this region. Adding more to this,
there is the wide range of marine life that entices the scuba divers to dive
deep into the clear water and enjoy the mesmeric beauty of Tarkarli's
With plenitude of Tarkarli scuba diving packages,
you can always expect a blissful and contended dive in this region. While in
here, you can also indulge in other water sports like snorkelling, speed boat
rides, boat rides and lot more. On your Tarkarli
beach scuba diving expedition, you can also enjoy some of the fun-filled
beach activities and enjoy around the beaches that showcases the pristine
beauty of Mother Nature.
Though the entire region is known for its
groovy coastlines, the Sindhudirg Fort is known to be the most popular site for
Tarkarli scuba diving. It is due to
the clear water and the diverse range of marine life that makes this site an
appealing destination for various dives. Also, on your way from the beachfront
to the fort site, you can avail the glass bottom boats and enjoy a bit of
marine life spotting. If you are lucky enough, you can also spot the playful
dolphins during your boat cruise; you can also avail the different Tarkarli scuba diving packages that
offers dolphin spotting as well.
of Tarkarli Scuba Diving:
Talking about the types of scuba diving,
one can enjoy Commercial and Cylinder type of scuba diving in Tarkarli.
1. Commercial Scuba Diving:
One of the safest and delightful Tarkarli
beach diving experiences, this type of dive involves the diving into the water
with an oxygen pipe attached to the divers. The other end of the pipe is
attached to an oxygen tank placed in a boat near the diving site. The presence
of trained and PADI certified instructors ensure maximum safety and fun
underwater during the commercial scuba dives.
October to April (end) is considered to be
the ideal time for this type of dive and it usually lasts for around half an
2. Cylinder Scuba Diving:
Since the divers during commercial dives
are attached to a pipe, the diving depth gets restricted to around 15-20ft.
However, in cylinder scuba diving, the divers carry the oxygen tank along with
them while diving. This not only allows the divers to enjoy a restriction free
dive, but also allows them to dive around 25-30ft.
Depending on the cylinder capacity and the
depth of the water, these dives can last up to 30 minutes or more. To ensure
utmost safety of the divers, they are always accompanied by trained and PADI
certified instructors during the dives.
PADI or 'Professional Association of Diving
Instructors' is the most recognised and appreciated diving certifications for
the divers. All the PADI courses comprises of training on the safety measures
and how to carry a successful dive. In addition to diving physiology, the
divers also get to learn about the basics of physics, different type of modules
to develop their diving skills and also about how to use the safety equipment
scuba diving, you will be ensured with maximum safety while accompanied
with a PADI certified diver.
Info about Tarkarli Scuba Diving:
October to April is the best
time for these dives.
During the dives, divers can
reach up to 30ft deep; the lower limit of dives is 15ft.
Even a non-swimmer can also
participate in these dives.
Facilities and equipment like
oxygen tank, wet suits and other safety equipment are provided at the diving
Before every dive, the
participants are briefed about the dos and don'ts of scuba diving in Tarkarli.
Separate wash rooms and
changing rooms are available near the diving sites.
Popular Water Sports in Tarkarli:
In addition to Tarkarli beach scuba diving, the vicinity also serves as a
befitting destination for several other water sports. Most of the water sports
are conducted near the Sangam Point, Dandi Beach or Tsunami Island. Here is a
brief about all the other water sports or things to do in Tarkarli:
Conducted in the shallow and clear water,
snorkelling involves the divers to stay on the water surface so that they can
enjoy and witness the underwater beauty without diving deep. During the dives,
the divers are equipped with a snorkelling mask that allows them to enjoy
undistorted views of the marine life and also breathe free at the same time.
Be it the swimmers or the non-swimmers,
everyone can participate in this exciting sport and enjoy the bountiful marine
life of Tarkarli. Dives usually last for around 20 minutes and is conducted
around the Sindhudurg Fort.
For those who want to pump in some
adrenalines with the water sport options in Tarkarli, they can indulge in Jet
Ski rides. Equipped with an extremely powerful engine, these watercrafts are in
fact the best ways to cruise over the turquoise water at high speed and get
your dose of thrill and adventure!
Bumper and Banana Boat Rides:
Both these boat rides are ideal for the
leisure and fun seekers. While bumper boats might or might not be self-driven,
banana boats are always unpowered and dragged by a high-speed boat. Both of
them involves inflated tubes as the seat and promises fun rides to the participants.
If diving underwater is not enough, you can
opt for parasailing in Tarkarli and witness the magical beauty of the azure
water and the playful beaches from high above the ground. While parasailing,
you will be harnessed with a safety parachute that will be lifted up by a
powerful boat or a vehicle. Once the pull reaches the buffer point, the
parachute gets lifted up and offers a dream flight to the participants.
The silent backwaters of the Karli River
serves as an ideal host to kayaking. With a capacity of one or more, these
water vessels can be steered with a pedal without much of techniques involved.
Be it a swimmer or a non-swimmer, everyone who knows or can row the kayak, can
enjoy kayaking in Tarkarli.
to reach Tarkarli:
From Malvan: Tarkarli is only around 9km
from Malvan and can be easily reached from the same. Direct buses and rickshaws
are available round the day.
From Mumbai, Goa and Pune: Daily bus
service is available from all the three destinations.
Rail: Sindhudurg has the nearest railway station to
Tarkarli; however, since all the trains do not stop in Sindhudurg. Kudal and
Kankalvi; around 1.5 hours' drive from Malvan, also has the nearest railway
stations to Tarkarli.
Air: At present Dabolim Airport, Goa, is the
nearest airport to Tarkarli.