Malvan is an old coastal town in Sindhudurg District
. The name of the town has been derived from 'Mahalavan' which means place where you get more salt. It was used for ship building and repairing works in ancient days. At a distance of 2 km from the town, there are two forts namely Sindhudurg and Padamgad. Dhamapur Lake, situated towards the western part of Sindhudurg fort, is famous for its crystal clear waters.
Today the town has many salt pans and is famous for the China clay pottery and mouth-watering Malvan cuisines. It also has a number of beach such as Tarkarli beach, 7 km away and the
Malvan beach one of the most active beaches which has a boat jetty with numerous small boats called Pagaar.
Malvan is 520 km from Mumbai and 64 km from Belgaum. The nearest railway station is at Sawantwadi, 26 km away and the airport is at Ratnagiri.