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How to reach Tarkarli.

How to reach Tarkarli.

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In recent years Tarkarli has emerged as one of the most beautiful destinations in the state of Maharashtra. Located in the Malvan tehsil of Sindhudurg district, Tarkarli lies on the Konkan coast 6 km south of Malvan in the southern most part of Maharashtra.

So if you are planning to visit Tarkarli and wondering which would be the most convenient way then we at Tripplatform have provided detailed information from which you can then decide the various modes of transport that are available by air, rail or road.

Reaching Tarkarli is not an issue as this town enjoys excellent connectivity from places like Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Goa and other major cities of Maharashtra and neighboring states.So let’s have a look at some of the options travelers can opt for to reach Tarkarli.

By Air

If you are not keen in spending long hours of travel by rail or road and would like to reach Tarkarli fast and in comfort you can opt for an air travel.

The town of Tarkarli does not have its own airport and Goa is the nearest airport to Tarkarli. The Dabolim Airport (Goa) is about 130 km from Tarkarli and it takes about 2 and half hours to reach Tarkarli by taxi or by a private car from Goa. Travelers can also opt to travel by tourist buses available from Panjim to Malvan.
In case you are an international traveler the nearest airport will be Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Mumbai.

By Rail

Tarkarli does not have its own railway station, but travelers can even then reach Tarkarli very conveniently and affordably by train.

There are many superfast; mail and passenger trains available from Mumbai, Goa and Pune.The most popular ones being the Konkan Express and Mandovi Express which serve Tarkarli the best.

Tarkarli from Mumbai:


To reach Tarkarli travelers can book their tickets to the nearest railway station i.e. Kudal.Kudal is on the Konkan railway line and is about 45 km from Tarkarli town and it takes around 1 hour 15 minutes by road via Malvan city and from Malvan city buses and rickshaws are easily available for Tarkarli which is 6 km away. You can also reach Tarkarli directly from Kudal by hiring a taxis or rickshaws available from Kudal station (east), but do a bit of bargaining, a taxi ride will take you directly to Tarkali beach road.


Sindhudurg railway station is one of the nearest stop and is well connected to Tarkarli, the distance is about 45 km and it takes about an hour to reach Tarkarli from Sindhudurg. But the only drawback here is that not many trains’ halt at Sindhudurg and the connectivity by means of bus and rickshaw for Tarkarli are not very good. There are many State Transport buses that ply for Tarkarli from Sindhudurg at a frequency of 30 minutes.


One more railway station near Tarkarli is Kankavli Railway Station which is about 50 km from Tarkarli and is connected via Malvan city and it takes about 1 hour 30 minutes. After reaching Malvan city there are many state transport buses, rickshaws that are easily available for Tarkarli.

Tarkarli from Pune:


For travelers from Pune there a few trains which take the Konkan railway route and move towards South India from Pune and they stop at Sawantwadi Railway Station. The distance between Sawantwadi and Tarkarli is 60 km and takes less than 2 hours to reach from Sawantwadi to Tarkarli.

For more information on Train availability logon to: http://www.indianrail.gov.in

For online booking of train tickets logon to: http://www.irctc.co.in

By Road

There are no direct buses to Tarkarli, but to Malvan city which is 6 km away and is well connected by road to all major cities, from Malvan city tourist can hire a taxi, rickshaw or board a local bus and reach Tarkarli.A bus ride is a perfect way of exploring and understanding the city, people and culture of Malvan.

Tarkarli from Mumbai:

By Bus:

Daily there are several private, luxury and state transport buses available from various parts of Mumbai to Malvan, tourist seeking to travel by private or luxury buses can contact their local tour operators for the schedules. State Transport buses are easily available from Mumbai Central, Parel, Thane and Borivali S.T. stand.

By Car:

If you love driving then just hop into your vehicle and drive down by NH-17 or NH-4 via Mumbai – Pune Expressway and reach Malvan city from there a 6 km ride will take to directly to Tarkarli.

The other option is to hire a vehicle of your choice from the large number of private players in Mumbai and reach Tarkarli directly and comfortably.

Best route from Mumbai to Tarkarli:

Mumbai – Panvel – Mahad – Hathkamba – Lanja – Kasal – Malvan – Tarkarli.

NH-17 (Mumbai Goa Road) – approximately 500 km (Duration: 9 hours 30 min)

NH-4   via Mumbai – Pune Expressway approximately 575 km (Duration 9 hours 45 min)

Tarkarli from Pune:

By Bus:

Daily there are several private, luxury and state transport buses available from various parts of Pune to Malvan, tourist seeking to travel by private or luxury buses can contact their local tour operators for the schedules.

Using State Transport Services:

Tourist coming from Pune can opt for M.S.R.T.C (Maharashtra State Transport) bus from Pune to Malvan. The Bus timings are: 07:00 a.m. (Express Bus)  & 08:00 p.m. (Semi - Luxury Bus) daily from Pune.

Tourist from Pune can also board the Kadamba Transport Corporation buses that ply on a daily basis between Pune to Goa.While using this bus service tourists can get down at Kasal and from there board buses moving to Malvan.
The Bus timings are: 06:30 p.m. (Luxury Non AC) (Pune - Madgaon) & 07:30 p.m.  Volvo (AC) (Pune - Panaji).

Please note: There are plenty of buses plying between Pune and Goa via Kasal. Incase tourist do not get a direct bus from Pune they can reach Kolhapur by any MSRTC or KSRTC bus and from Kolhapur they can board any bus moving towards Konkan or Goa.

But make sure to board buses going by the route either via Radhanagari - Phonda - Kankavali - Kasal or via Gaganbawada - Talere – Kankavali - Kasal. Then from there tourist can catch a bus for Malvan from Kasal.

By Car:

The best way to drive down in your own vehicle to Tarkarli from Pune via Kolhapur, this is the best route to reach NH-17 from Kolhapur via Gaganbawda Ghat.

The other option is to hire a vehicle of your choice from the large number of private players in Pune and reach Tarkarli directly and comfortably

Best route from Pune to Tarkarli:

Pune – Satara – Kolhapur – Gaganbawda – Kasal – Malvan – Tarkarli via NH-4 approximately 390 km (Duration: 8 hours )

Distance between Tarkarli and major cities.

Mumbai to Tarkarli : 500 km
Pune to Tarkarli : 400 km
Kolhapur to Tarkarli : 180 km
Panaji to Tarkarli : 107 km
Ratnagiri to Tarkarli : 173 km
Nagpur to Tarkarli – 980 km
Sangli to Tarkarli - 210 km
Bangalore to Tarkarli – 650 km
Hyderabad to Tarkarli – 700 km
Ahmedabad to Tarkarli – 1050 km

Getting Around Tarkarli

Tarkarli is still developing as a tourist attraction; hence having your own vehicle to get around Tarkarli is the best bet.

Otherwise there are local auto rickshaws to get you around, but youngsters can enjoy walking around the quaint town and enjoy the sights and sounds of this picturesque place.

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