Malvan has got very nice sea-shore. But it is mainly known for famous "Sindhudurg fort" . Maratha king Shri Shivaji Maharaj built this fort on island of 'kurte' . Apart from the Fort, you can relax on the beaches of Tarkarli and Chiwla beach. These beaches are neat and clean and very less crowded. Just as the foreigners would love it. Also one more spot is the Rock Garden. One temple built by Jayant Salgaonkar is the Jay Ganesh temple where the idol is of Gold. Malvan is worth a visit and sight seeing can be completed in two days of time.
Distance from Mumbai is around 540 km while from Kolhapur it is mere 160 kms.
State Transport buses ply from Mumbai, Kolhapur, Pune to Malvan.
Best way to get around is either on foot or using auto rickshaw or hire cycle.
Malvan offers many attractions. A few are:
The impressive Sindhudurg or Ocean Fort, set on an offshore island, was built in 1664 by the great 17th century warrior, Shivaji to the glory of the Maratha Empire, is just a stone's throw away. Ferry services start from morning 0800 and last boat leaves 1700 hours in the evening. Fare for them is 57 per person which includes return cost as on date (NOVEMBER 2009)
Just a while away from Malvan Jetty is the impressive Rock Garden. This is an ideal spot for watching the sun go down after a day of watersport.
Within Malvan city Kushewada and Gold Ganpati Mandir
Situated 6 km south of Malvan and 546 kms away from Mumbai on the coast of Maharashtra is Tarkarli. The major attraction here is the long and narrow stretch of beach, with its pristine water. On a clear day, you can see the sea bed through a depth of 20 ft. Malvan-Tarkarli is usually combined as a holiday.
Maharahstra Tourism Development Corporation  has a resort here.
Scuba Diving at the Dandi Beach, around 3 km from the Malvan Bus-Stand is considered a must-do by visitors. The package includes a 20 min dive near the Sindhudurga Fort (depths of around 20-25ft) and several pictures underwater. No need of any training (or even swimming) as you are completely guided around by the underwater personnel of the operator. Though not the ultimate Scuba Diving Experience, it is surely worth as prices are a fifth (or less) of what would be charged at other popular places. A word of warning, though - scuba diving is a highly equipment-and-training-intensive activity, and the personnel look like they're in a hurry to make a quick buck rather than provide a great scuba experience. Experienced divers who are PADI / SSI certified can stay away since this is nothing more than a glorified introductory dive for those who have never done it before. Recently, a single-window for diving has started, which combines all the vendors into one place. Contact: Anway Watersports: Rupesh Prabhu - 9766420038/ 9422584772 (http://snorkelingtarkarli.com/)
Malvan is famous for its seafood, and one of the major attractions of this area is the cheap fare. Come with an empty stomach. Don't forget to soak down whatever you're having with solkadi - the drink made out of kokam.
Shopping is another great experience in malvan.
Malvan is famous for Sea-food. You can have good fresh Sea-Food at Hotel Chaitnya near Malvan Bharad run by Mr. and Mrs. Walke, It's worth tasting the Fried Fish.If you want to try some malvani dish at your home try Mr. Vidyadhar Padawe's masala shop near Malvan Fish Market. You will get authentic home made Sunday masala, Garam Masala, Malvani Masala.