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How To Reach Malvan
Malvan is a coastal town in the Konkan region in Maharashtra’s southernmost district of Sindudurg. The district headquarters of Malvan is Oros taluk that’s about 18km from Malvan. While the capital city of Mumbai is about 529 km away, Pune is approximately 400 km away. The major cities and towns nearest of Malvan are Sindudurg (17 km), North Goa (88 km) and Kolhapur and Ratnagiri at about 150 km.
Malvan is a picturesque little coastal fishing town bordering the Arabian Sea and is one of the most lovely tourist destinations of Maharashtra. The town is encircled by three creeks called Kolamb, Karli and Kalavali. Its proximity to the Konkan regions and the charming locales of Goa make Malvan a trendy vacation spot. The ideal way to reach Malvan would be by flight.
The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport in Goa, also known as the Goa International Airport. The airport is at Dabolim, about 28 km to the southwest of Panaji. The airport caters to domestic flights from Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Indore, Bengaluru and Kolkata. Goa flies international to several destinations including Tel Aviv, Singapore, Doha, Muscat, Dubai and Kuwait.
The Dabolim Airport is about 140 km from Malvan. If you are travelling to Goa by air you have access to state run or private buses from Goa to Malvan, otherwise you could also book a cab. There are facilities for car sharing that can be booked online as well. More airports nearest to Malvan are Belgaum Airport (146 km) and Kolhapur Airport (148 km) serving cities like Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Mysore and Thirupathi.
Malvan does not have a railway station, but you could travel to the nearest rail heads at Sawantwadi (43 km) or Kudal (30 km) and travel via road to Malvan. Kudal is an important railway station on the Konkan Railway region and quite a good number of trains halt here. Most of the trains like the Mandovi Express, Konkan Kanya Express(Mumbai CST- Madgaon) halt at both Sawantwadi and Kudal, so you could deboard at either of the stations and reach your destination.
There are daily, bi weekly and weekly trains from cities including Pune, Mumbai, Goa, New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Jabalpur and Patna that halt at Kudal and Sawantwadi. There are state transport buses and auto rickshaws that can be used to travel from Kudal to Malvan. Kankavali (44 km) and Sindudurg (30 km)are more stations on the Konkan Railways where you could deboard and get a cab to Malvan.
The National Highway from Mumbai to Goa leads to Kasal from where Malvan is about 28 km away. If you are travelling by bus from Mumbai or Pune, you could hire a cab or board a bus to Malvan from this point. There are frequent Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses that travel via Kasal from Pune and Mumbai to Goa. There are also direct sleeper, AC and non AC private and state run buses to Malvan from Pune, Mumbai, Kolhapur and Goa as well.
A road trip to Malvan from Goa, Pune or Mumbai would be a delightful trip. A journey from Mumbai could take you across the ghats at Lonavala and Amboli and the sugarcane fields at Kolhapur and Satara. Road trips to Malvan are long but a lovely tryst with nature.
If you are driving to Malvan, local transport would not be an issue. If not, there are state run public buses that run from the Malvan Depot to every part of the region including to the beaches, Sindudurg fort and to Tarkarli as well. Apart from the buses there are auto rickshaws for short distances and cabs that can be hired for a day’s sightseeing.
There are private tourist vehicles right from small cars to SUVs that can be hired for longer sightseeing trips, especially if you are travelling in groups to places around Sindudurg, Tarkarli and Ratnagiri. You do also have the choice of hiring a two wheeler for travelling round town. If you are staying in a hotel, they might help you in arranging for a vehicle on rent.