Sindhudurg is part of Konkan (coastal) region, a narrow coastal plain in western Maharashtra which is bordered on the north by Ratnagiri District, on the south by the state of Goa, on the west by the Arabian Sea, and to the east across the crest of the Western Ghats or Sayadhris in Kolhapur District. Sindhudurg district was earlier a part of the Ratnagiri District. For administrative convenience and industrial and agricultural development Ratnagiri district was divided into Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg with effect from 1st May 1981. Sindhudurg district now comprises eight tahsils of Sawantwadi, Kudal, Vengurla, Malvan, Devgad, Kankavli, Vaibhavwadi and Dodamarg. The district headquarters are located at Oros. The district occupies an area of 5207 km².
The district is named after the fort of Sindhudurg (which means "Fort in the Sea"), which lies on a rocky island just off the coast of Malvan. The Land of Culture and Natural beauty. Sindhudurg is famous for its natural beauty like Beaches, Backwater, Waterfalls and Pilgrimage centers. The major attraction here is the long and narrow stretch of beaches. On a clear day, you can see the sea-bed through a depth of 20 ft. Then, of course, there are the forts, Sindhudurg one of Maharashtra's more popular and important sea forts built in the 17th century and the famous Padmagarh fort. The name of the fort is given to the Sindhudurg district.
The 8 talukas of this district are Devgad, Kankavali, Malvan, Kudal, Savantwadi, Vengurla, Dodamarg and Vaibhavwadi. There are 4 Vidhan Sabha constituencies in this district. These are Sawantwadi, Vengurla, Malvan, and Devgad. All of these are part of the Rajapur Lok Sabha constituency. Scuba Diving in Malvan is very popular in the Sindhudurg fort. One can also explore Watersports in Malvan with Scuba Diving.