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Malvan Marine Sanctuary

Location: Maharashtra

Main Wildlife Attractions: black- headed gulls,terns, plovers, water- fowl, ducks, egrets

Coverage Area: 29.22 sq.kms

Established: 1987

Best Time to Visit:Throughout the year

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Sindhudurg in Maharashtra is surrounded by the sea and there are numerous submerged and exposed rocks in the vicinity, providing an ideal substratum for marine life.

Malvan is one of the biologically richest coastal regions in Maharashtra. The Malvan Marine Sanctuary is extremely rich in coral and marine life. The marine flora and fauna here pertain to sea anemones, mollusks, polychaetes, pearl oyster, corals, seaweed and mangroves.

Sprawled over an area of 29.22 square kilometers, the Malvan Marine Sanctuary, Sindhudurg, Maharashtra can be visited any time in the year. Besides the enchanting coral and marine life at the sanctuary, the golden sands and casuarinas plantations at the Malvan coast form a breathtaking view and is one of the attractions here.

The Malvan Marine Sanctuary offers enchanting accommodation at the Akeri Rest Houses of the Forest Department.

While visiting Malvan Marine Sanctuary, you can also embark on excursions to nearby tourist destinations like the Sindhdurg Fort, and the golden sandy beaches of Tondavali, Tarakali and Vengurala, which lie at a distance of 10-km from the sanctuary area.

How to Reach Malvan Marine Sanctuary:

By Air -

The nearest airport to Malvan Marine Sanctuary Maharashtra is at Goa, about 145-km away.

By Rail -

The nearest railway station to Malvan is at Kudal, about 28 km on Mumbai - Goa (Konkan Railways) rail route.

By Road -

The nearest bus junction is at Kolhapur, about 100-km from the sanctuary. The important cities of Mumbai (450-km), Pune (400-km), and Panaji (130-km) are accessible by road from Malvan.