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Tarkarli / Malvan: Part 3 (MTDC Resort)


A reception in a sea faring boat is the last thing one would expect in a state run resort. It’s reason enough to make the Tarkarli resort of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) one of my favourites.

MTDC resort Tarkarli boathouse reception area

MTDC resort Tarkarli boathouse reception area

While most MTDC resorts are in prime locations in Maharashtra – right on the beach (in Ganapatiphule, Murud), on a hill top (Mahabaleshwar, Malshej Ghat), beside a lake (Bhandardara) etc, this one has other feathers in its cap too.

The sit outs on bamboo stilts, Konkani hut styled cottages and a long, uninterrupted stretch of beach add up to make this resort an attractive option for a stay in Tarkarli.

MTDC resort Tarkarli sit outs

MTDC resort Tarkarli sit outs

Green is the sand

Green is the sand

MTDC Tarkarli Konkan style cottages

MTDC Tarkarli Konkan style cottages

Tarkarli beach adjoining MTDC resort

Tarkarli beach adjoining MTDC resort

However, food is the standard MTDC fare. So, if you stick to basic Maharashtrian or Indian food, you can get by. The restaurant itself is pretty basic and laid out with cane furniture which blends in well with the overall look and feel.

Check these sites out for an idea of which local (Maharashtrian) dishes to order – click HERE and HERE.

For an overall idea of Indian food, click HERE

There is a lady right next door to the MTDC resort who runs a restaurant serving local, home cooked food – an option worth taking. You need to give her an hours’ prior notice for breakfast and two hours for lunch. Her prices are much more reasonable than those at the MTDC resort. I was looking for her phone number but seem to have misplaced it. So, if any of you readers visit do post her number in the comments section.

 

MTDC resort Tarkarli restaurant

MTDC resort Tarkarli restaurant

Pathway to the beach

Pathway to the beach

The resort makes for the perfect place to put your feet up and chill. But if you don’t want to do just that, you could opt for para sailing or a joy ride on a horse cart.

The jeep used as a para sailing tug

The jeep used as a para sailing tug

Para sailing on Tarkarli beach

Para sailing on Tarkarli beach

Para sailing in Tarkarli

Para sailing in Tarkarli

Horsecart on Tarkali beach

MTDC also offers the option of house boats for stay. There are two stationary ones (on land) at the resort itself, luxuriously fitted and more expensive than the Konkani style cottages. Besides, they have houseboats that sail on the backwaters. I haven’t tried this option myself, but it seems like a fun thing to do. Here is a tripadvisor review for you to check out – Click here

For booking any MTDC resort, click here

(Please note that this is NOT a sponsored post. It is one of my series on the Malvan region)

If you are looking for more adventure, you shouldn’t miss snorkelling near the Sindhudurg fort. To read about the fort, click here

To read about how to reach Tarkarli and other such details, you can read my first post – click here

You also have the option of water sports at the Tsunami Island. I shall put up a separate, short post on these experiences later. Till then, I offer you a few more pics taken at the resort.

 

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  1. Fan-tab-ulous! The resort is inviting, the food colorful (I can almost smell it, yum), the beach and sand so clean. I want to go. Looks like heaven to me. Your photographs are scrumptious. ❤ ❤

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  2. Excellent post and photographs. I missed out Tarkarli on my Konkan tour in 2009. Your photographs inspires me to go back and pay a visit.

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    • Thanks Amitabha. My friends say that I should become the guardian minister of that region or something. There is something about the Konkan coast, perhaps the fact that it is still pristine, that keeps one going back for more. You definitely should visit and don’t forget to include Vengurla too on your itinerary. Happy traveling!

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