Sindhudurg District is the first tourism district in Maharashtra to be declared as the tourism district. It is situated very close to Goa. It consists of 8 Talukas - Deogad, Vaibhavwadi, Dodamarg, Kankavali, Malvan, Ukudal, Venjerla and Sawantwadi, carved out of Ratangiri and Kolhapur districts. Tourists come here to see its historic fort constructed by Chhatrapati Shivaji and to enjoy the beach.
Sindhudurg is famous for its serene and beautiful beaches, temples,
historical forts and folk art forms like Dashavtar, Chitrakathi, Pangul,
Keertan, Dhangiri dance. This district has a great potential for
attracting foreign tourists.
Sindhudurg district is the second in India to achieve 100 per cent
literacy. Sindhudurg with a total area of 5,087 square km is boarded by
the Arabian Sea on the West and Sahyadri hill ranges to the East.
This Kokan region of Maharashtra has picturesque stretch of land on the
west cost of India, endowed with the beautiful seashore, picturesque
mountains and scenic natural beauty. This district is famous for
tropical fruit like Alphonso mangoes, cashews, Jamuns etc.
National Highway 17 passes through this area. It has 7 railway
stations; a 105 Km stretch of Konkan Railway line passes through this
district. It is well connected by road and rail links with Goa and
Mumbai. The average rainfall is very high in Sindhudurg.