About Malvan Beach
Malvan Beach is also commonly called by the name as Malwan, that is located at a is district of Sindhudurg which is in the state of Maharashtra. A culturally important town, the Malvan taluka has got several villages, namely Achra, Jamdul, Juva, Aangnechi Wadi, Sarjekot, Panchkol and Khalchi Devli. This town is bounded by three famous creeks, which are Kolamb, Kalavali and Karli.
Local inhabitants believe that the earlier name of the town, Madwan, is derived from grove (wan) of coconut trees (mad). Over the years, the name of the town changed to Malwan or Malvan. However, there is another tale attached to the name of the town. It is believed that salt was produced in huge quantities in the region and the salt producers called the salt as ‘Lavan’.
History Of Malvan Beach
From the 6th to the 8th century, the entire region was ruled by the Chalukyas, who were succeeded by the rulers of Devgiri in the 10th century and subsequently by Vijayanagar, during the 14th century. Malvan was ruled by Adil Shah in the 15th century, who was replaced by the Maratha king Shivaji in the 16th century. Later, in the 17th century, the British took control over the region of Malvan.
Ancient Malvan consisted of two important areas, namely Medha and Dewoolwada, which were attacked by Adil Shahi. During his rule, the region was largely populated by the Sahukar community. The region was under the control of Khem Sawant of Sawantwadi, who was a close aide of Adil Shah. He fought against the Portuguese who wanted to annex the Malvan region.
Famous Places At Malvan Beach
He got help from the Maratha ruler Shivaji, who later on captured Sawantwadi and the region of Malvan Beach from Khem Sawant. Shivaji initiated the task of building Sindhudurg Fort on 10th November 1664. This fort mainly helped in checking the naval activities of the Portuguese, British and the Abyssinians.
The region was under the reign of British colonial rulers by 1818. The British formed the Malvan District, which comprised around 37 villages. Tarkarli Beach, Mobar Point, Chiwala Beach and Tondavali Beach are some of the key attractions of the destination.
Things to do at Malvan Beach
Malvan Wildlife Sanctuary which was formed on 13th April 1987 is also an important sightseeing spot. Malvani cuisine, including the traditional fish curry and rice, is famous.
This town is also popular for the wide variety of mangoes, popularly known as Malvani Hapus or Alphonso. Malvani ladoos and Malvani khaja are the most popular sweets in the town.
The ‘Koli Nritya’ and ‘Dahikala’ are mainly performed by locals during festivals. In addition to this, Narali Poornima, Deepavali, Ram Navami and Ganesh Chaturthi are few of the major festivals celebrated in Malvan. Tourists coming to Malvan can also enjoy the fair organised during ‘Anganewadi Yatra’ in the month of February.