Tarkali Beach

beach-goa.jpgThe Place: 550 odd kms from Mumbai this is a lovely beach with clean sand and sparkling waters – and barely a soul around. On the whole, the MTDC resort is good, accomodation is in cute Konkani huts with sloping roofs! They can get you any kind of seafood as long as you given them a few hours notice. Beer is available, but comes wrapped in newspaper in Bisleri cartons and can be had in the dining area.

 Getting There: If you are planning to take a bus from Pune/Mumbai, Pune is definately the better option – during the day only state transport buses run from Mumbai and apart from the fact that they are not the most comfortable, they take ages to get anywhere.

Things To Do: Nothing beats being on the beach. But there is a backwater cruise you can do – go early in the morning if you want to see the dolphins (we didn’t see any tho). Be careful when going from the backwaters into the open sea – the waves are huge and can turn your boat over if you’re not careful. If you want to see a fort, to uptil Malvan, 6 kms, and take a ferry to the Sindhudurg fort out at sea. There is not much there tho – a few dhabas inside, a few temples and a crumbling outer wall – nothing to match the grandeur of the Janjira for

Low point of the visit : Arrival of the Deccan Odyssey : Our bags were taken out of our rooms, in our absence, at 9 a.m., when it had been agreed that we could keep the room till 10:30 a.m. The reason – the Deccan group was arriving in 3 hours and all rooms had to be cleaned out so that they could use them to wash up! And, in any case, which decent resort/hotel throws you out one minute after your check-out time??

At lunch time, every single table had a card on it saying ’reserved’ and the tables had been set with fine bone china crockery and good cutlery and roses. We were told to sit on the most uncomforable wooden benches under some trees and had the constant fear of having bird droppings land in our food.

Also, it seemed that the resort had got a license to serve alcohol –  beer was being served openly to the Deccan Odyssey group. We naturally demanded some for  ourselves. Later that afternoon, once the Deccan group left, the beer started to arrive wrapped in newspaper and in Bisleri cartons again. Does the Resort have some kind of special, unheard off,  liqour license which allows it only to serve beer for two hours on Friday’s?   After lunch, the Deccan Odyssey group left and we noticed that some lounge chairs, chairs, tables and umbrellas had been put out on the beach. Since they were not being used,  we decided to occupy them. We had barely been there for 15 minutes, when hotel staff came and told us to get off the chairs as they had to be put away. Naturally we all protested, but were told that these are only to be used by the Deccan Odyssey groups.   The whole point of writing this was to point out how Indian citizens are still treated in the presence of foreigners in India and by other Indians. How can different people be treated differently in the same place at the same time? After all, we were also paying for what we were expecting – not expecting things for free.
Bottom Line: Its a lovely place, so go there by all means – just ensure you are not there on a Friday (Deccan group only goes there on a friday) and are not a victim of this kind of treatment.
Also, beware of the check in and check out time of 9 a.m.

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  1. My wife and I and our 1 yr old daughter stayed at the MTDC resort for 10 days and had mixed feelings about it. Firstly yes it is beautiful, (relatively) unspoilt and VERY quiet. We did have the Deccan tour group experience but as we were prepared for it, merely found it amusing… Downsides to this resort include the (at best) indifferent service at the restaurant (although the food was delicious) and the realisation after a few days that the little brown piles on the beach as you walk down the beach are…yes human excrement. I guess this is pretty normal for rural India (no sewage system) but makes swimming a little more daunting. I understand the Maharashtran tourist dept. wants to turn this area into the new Goa, and are planning an airport in the next few years. All I can say is I hope they have the foresight to develop responsibly, but my guess is this probably will be yet another overdeveloped tourist area in 5 to 10 years. If you travel to Tarkarli, and want to rough it…try another hotel as it seems the ones not run by the state tourism dept might try a bit harder.
    overall…a good experience but 10 days was WAY TOO long to spend at such a quiet place.

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