Malvan although more of a holiday destination also has a small commercial center. While in Malvan a visit to the Malvan market is quite warranted. One could shop for authentic Malvani hand groung masalas here in the Malvan market. Apart from the spices you can also purchase locally grown good quality cashew nuts and famous wooden toys and wooden artefacts made by Sawantwadi artisans.
Though there are over a dozen temples scattered around, Malvan is not a temple town unlike most of the other destinations in Konkan, however there is lots to see and do in Malvan. A boat ride in the Karli backwaters and a visit to Sindhudurg fort are two things that you can't miss out on in Malvan. Dolphin watch rides are also very popular in Malvan!!
The Sindhudurg fort built on the Kurte Island on over 44 acers of land in Malvan is the primary attraction in Malvan apart from the beaches. The fort can be approached from the Malvan jetty close to the Malvan market. The stone inscriptions, bastions and the citadels of this fort would definitely transport you to a different land and time altogether. Descendands of Shivaji's era still inhabit this fort and carry forward the traditions of yore to this day.
Islands near Malvan
There are some exotic islands off the coast from Malvan. The Nivati rocks is one of the beautiful rocky island here apart from the lighthouse island and burnt island famous for bird watching.
Malvan has a distinct way of preparing food and the Malvani food has an amazing flavour owing to the generous use of coconut. Malvani cuisines overlap Maharashtrian and Goan cuisines.
Malvan Rock Gardens
Just Behind the Malvan Police Station, half Kilometer away from Malvan jetty near the Arase Mahal is the Malvan Rock Gardens close to the beach. Malvan Rock Gardens is a beautifuly manicured garden located just by the sea overlooking the Chivla beach.