Beach Morphology Observed in Sindhudurg : A Part from the Book Chapter : Morphological Uniqueness of Beach Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra, India

The coast of Sindhudurg presents a hilly aspect with low lateritic plateaus and basaltic bluffs descending right into the sea, through steep slopes and cliff faces. There is a repeated alternation of bold headlands and sheltered coves and bays. This pattern of alternation of the shore features prevents the development of extensive and continuous beach development in long stretches further under the impact the swell waves of monsoons, the coast is mainly erosive in nature.

The most important types of beach morphology observed in Sindhudurg are:

  1. Curving crescentic pocket beaches inside small coves and bays in between rocky headlands especially between Vijaydurg and Achra, and around Nivti. These pocket beaches vary in length and breadth and are crescentic in shape. They are barely 1 to 2 km. along the curving bay and barely ¼ to ½ km. wide.
  2. Fairly straight beaches, extending further southwards as splits into tidal creeks and estuarine entrances. These are particularly striking in development around Achra and Deubag which are respectively to the north and south of Malvan. The individual beach split zone that mainly occur between Achra and Vengurla is about 8 to 10 kms. And ½ km. wide. In addition, there are small spits barely a kilometer long across the smaller tidal inlet entrances.

Author(s) Details:

Charlotte Maria Braganza
S K Somaiya College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Maharashtra, India.

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Recent Global Research Developments in Coastal Contours: Exploring Beach Morphology in Sindhudurg

Study Area:

  • The study area focuses on the extreme southern section of the Maharashtra coast.
  • It encompasses the talukas (administrative subdivisions) of Devgad, Malvan, and Vengurla within the Sindhudurg district.
  • The coastline in this region extends between 15°45’ N latitude and 16°30’ N latitude, with a general orientation from north-northwest to south-southeast.
  • The total length of the coastline is approximately 100 kilometers [1].

Coastal Features:

Beach Sediments:

Wave Action and Sediment Sorting:


  1. Beach Morphology in Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra
  2. Braganza, C. M. (2021). Beach morphology in Sindhudurg District Maharashtra. J Coast Zone Manage, 24, 1-4.

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