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Malvan

Malvan : 


The main occupation here is fishing with the staple diet of the local people fish curry and rice. The town produces Alphonso mangoes and is also known for sweets such as Malvani Khaja made from gram-besan flour and coated jaggery as well as Malvani Ladoos. Malvani Dashavtar, a drama-play based on mythological stories, is an important cultural element of the area. Several apocryphal and some more credible stories related to the name Malvan exist. Salt producers use term Mahalavan to describe a region rich in salt, a compound word from "Maha" meaning great, and "lavan" meaning plantation (or salt). Another possibility is a phonetic derivative of the compound of "Mad" and "Ban".

Malvani dialect :- Malvan has its unique culture signified by its peculiar dialect and Food. Malvan lends its name to 'Malvani' dialect (A Konkani dialect or sometimes referred as a mix of Marathi and Konkani). This dialect is very popular among local population in Sindhudurg district and also parts of Ratnagiri and Northern Goa part.
Cuisine :- The cuisine of this region is popularly known as Malvani cuisine. Coconut, Rice and fish assume prime significance in the Malavani cuisine.
Dashavataar :- It is an art form popular in most of the Konkan region in Maharashtra and more so in and around Malvan. It is a play that depicts the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu (as in Hindu mythalogy).This continues till wee hours of morning or probably after that also sometimes. Dashavataar, mainly conducted at the time of "Saptah" which the mahapuja of Gram Devta. During this all villagers also sale their home made products like Khaja, Kadak Ladu (popularly known as "Khatkhate Ladu"), Lonache - (Pickles), and others. This utsav is the main Parvany (Event) for the villagers. At this very important event, all Chakarmani (A term used for A large number of Salaried class people from Konkan work who work in cities like Mumbai, Pune) visit their homes and enjoy the Khajas and Laadus.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling :- In India there are a very few places where scuba diving can be done and Malvan is one of them. Due to its relatively clear sea waters, Malvan serves as a perfect spot for scuba diving (done mostly with surface oxygen supply) and snorkeling. Near the outer walls of Sindhudurg fort one can see lots of live corals and colorful marine life under the sea.
Water Sports :- Tsunami Island (near devbaug beach) is a small island on the delta of Tarkarli river. This beach cum island also is the place to enjoy boat ride in the backwaters of Tarkarli River. This island is NOT formed due to Tsunami waves, But due to this imaginary name it is a popular tourist destination for water sports where one can enjoy rides like Jet-Ski, Banana boat ride, Bumper boat, Kayaks etc. Best time to visit Tsunami island for water sports is during high tide when the small island is partially submerged under the water (till knee length).

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Nearby Malvan

Sindhudurg Fort

Jai Ganesh Mandir

Rameshwar Mandir

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Sindhudurg Fort is a fort which occupies an islet in the Arabian Sea, just off the coast of Maharashtra in Western India. The fortress lies on the shore of Malvan town of Sindhudurg District in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Fort was constructed by Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Chhatrapati of the Maratha empire. The construction was done under the supervision of Hiroji Indulkar, in the year 1656. Over 4000 mounds of iron were used in the casting and foundation stones were firmly laid down. Construction started on 25 November 1664. Built over a period of three years (1664–67), the sea fort is spread over 48 acres. The main entrance is concealed in such a way that no one can pinpoint it from outside. Sindhudurg town lies in the Sindudurg district to the north of Goa, about 490 km south of Mumbai. Sindhudurg can be reached either by train or by bus from Mumbai, Goa and Mangalore. Kudal, Kanakvali and Sawantwadi are major railway stations in Sindhudurg district. Nearest airport is Dabolim Airport in Goa, which is located at approx. 90 km away from Sawantwadi City (major tourist attraction) of Sindhudurg. There is the Chhatrapati shivaji Maharaj temple - the only one of its kind in the country – where the image of Chhatrapati shivaji Maharaj is without a beard! 

Jay Ganesh Mandir / Suvarna Ganesh Mandir - a malvani man, Mr Jayant Salgaonkar built this huge & stunning temple in 2004 as sanctity. Shri Jayantrao Salgaonkar, an astrologer and creator of the almanac, ‘Kalnirnay’. The idol of Lord Ganesha is installed in the traditional position, along with his consorts, Riddhi-Siddhi on either side. Siddhi is holding Dhol (Indian traditional percussion instrument) and sword in her hand while Riddhi has pen and paper in her hands. Ganesh Jayanti, celebrated on the 4th day of Magh month, is the main festival celebrated here, for 5 days. The speciality of this temple’s architecture can be seen on the early morning of Makar Sankranti (14th or 15th of January). On this day the early sunrays fall directly on the idol and one can see the glittering and shining Ganesha bathed in sunlight. The Ganesh idol is of pure gold. It’s true that there are quite a few other interesting things to see and do too. However, like all other attractions, the Jay Ganesh Mandir Medha in Malvan also has its own brand of unique charm. In fact, countless visitors just can’t stop gushing about the place. One can see the hall that has eight idols of Ganesh carved in the ceiling. The interior of the temple is very rich and has used soothing colours. 

Shri Rameshwar Mandir at Achara is a locally significant Lord Shiva Temple, 17 kms North of Malvan. We are all aware that in historical times people were gifted with “Inams, Jagirs or Watan(land)” by kings or emperors for their achievements. Achara too is Inam or Jagir, but it’s owner or Inamdar (landowner) is not a layman. Chhatrapati Shambhu Raje of Kolhapur gave this Inam to Shri Dev Rameshwar (Lord Shiva). Achara boasts the historical temple of Lord Shiva, popularly known as ‘inamdar Shri Dev Rameshwar’ Architecture of the temple is grand and spectacular. Rameshwar temple has huge courtyard & self immersed Shivalingam in the sanctum. Architecture of the temple is grand and spectacular.The sculptures of dwarpalas at the entrance enchant the tourist & make anxious to take ‘darshan’. ‘Ramnavami’ is a famous festival celebrated in this temple. Shravani Somawar is another occasion when temple is flodded with devotees. Rameshwar temple built before 1000 years ago. Rameshwar temple has rectangular shape with two spacious mandap (halls) supported by plane rounded pillars. The Shivalingam is seen in a depression on the floor of the sanctum; water constantly oozes out from the Kalash on the top of the Shivalingam. Main structure of temple was erected in 1684 AD. In 1805 sanctuary was built. In 1830 it was reconditioned. Caravansary, Rawalnath temple was built afterwards in the same area. 

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