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Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 2 km from Ratnagiri Bus Stand, Thibaw Palace is a historical building situated on a small hillock in Ratnagiri Town of Maharashtra. This is one of the major tourist attractions of Ratnagiri.
Thiba Palace is an architectural grandeur that was created for King Thibaw of Myanmar (Burma) who was in exile here. It is said that the Palace was built by the British in 1910 to keep the king of Burma under house arrest. The palace came into use from 1910 up to the king's death on 16th December 1916.
The palace is a beautifully constructed three storied structure with sloping roofs. Semi-circular wooden windows with beautiful carvings are the main attraction of this structure. There is a dancing hall with marble floor on the first floor. One Buddha idol is installed at the back side of the palace. This idol was brought to India by king Thibaw. Presently the palace is maintained by ASI and it is currently under renovation. There is also a museum in the palace which displays .....
Museum & Gallery
At a distance of 2.5 km from Ratnagiri Bus Stand, Marine Aquarium and Museum is located on Ratnagiri - Bhagwati Mandir Road next to Mandavi Beach in Ratnagiri Town.
The Marine Museum was established in 1985 by the Marine Biological Research Station of Ratnagiri. The Marine museum has some rare and beautiful specimens like Sea horse fish, Lion fish, Trigger fish, Sea turtles, Eels, Sea cucumbers, Star fish, Lobsters, sea snakes and many more. This museum also possess well mounted precious and age-old skeleton of Whale. The original length of the whale being 55 feet long and 5000 Kg in weight is strongly appreciated by everyone who visits this station.
Taking into consideration the growing demand of general public about aquarium, a beautifully arranged and well decorated separate freshwater aquarium section has been recently developed. In this section, along with beautiful and fancy colour fishes, one can also observe locally available freshwater aquatic species like prawns, .....
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 4 km from Ratnagiri Bus Stand, Ratnadurg Fort is a historical fort situated on the shores of Arabian Sea in Ratnagiri. It is one of the popular forts in Maharashtra and also one of the top tourist places to visit in Ratnagiri.
The fort of Ratnadurg was constructed during the rule of Bahamani Sultans. It was captured by Adilshah and then Chhatrapati Shivaji conquered the fort in the year 1670 AD. Later, the fort was controlled by Kanhoji Angre, and later handed over to Peshwas. The British captured the fort from the Peshwas in the year 1818 AD.
Spread over a vast area of 120 acres, Ratnadurg Fort was once a strong hold of the Maratha Empire. The fort was used as a watch point for keeping vigil on the pirates. Ratnadurg Fort is in the shape of Horse Shoe with a length of approximately 1300 m and width of 1000 m. The fort is surrounded by Arabian Sea on three sides. The fort is divided into three parts - upper fort or Balekilla, the middle Peth Fort and the Parkot. .....
At a distance of 2 km from Ratnagiri Bus Stand, Mandavi Beach is located in the vicinity of Ratnagiri Town of Maharashtra. This is one of the most crowded beaches in Ratnagiri region.
Mandavi Beach is blessed with beautiful seashore, which extends right up to Rajiwanda Port. This fabulous beach is surrounded by Ratnadurg Fort in the west and the majestic Arabian Sea to the south. The beach is known for its black sand and hence, the beach is often referred to as Black Sea. This beach is also known as Gateway to Ratnagiri, owing to the presence of the bastion situated at the head of the bay.
Mandavi Beach is one of the busiest beaches in Maharashtra, as it is popular among water sports enthusiasts. Mandavi Beach although appears a little unattractive because of the black sand, compared to other beaches, yet it is the most sought after picnic spot in Ratnagiri.
Mandavi also has the Ratnagiri Jetty along with Gateway of Ratnagiri, which is a place for evening hang out. .....
At a distance of 1 km from Ganpatipule Bus Stand, Swayambhu Ganapati Temple is an ancient temple situated on Ganpatipule Beach in Maharashtra. It is one of the top places to visit in Ganpatipule and also one of the popular Ganesh Temples in Maharashtra.
The Ganpati Temple is about 400 years old and is the prime attraction in Ganpatipule that draws thousands of pilgrims every year to seek blessings of Lord. According to one legend, after being insulted by a local lady, Lord Ganapati moved to Pule from his original abode of Gule. Thus the place was named as Ganpati-Pule.
The idol of Ganesha is believed to be a monolith which is self-created and discovered over 1600 years ago. The other idol of Lord Ganapati is made of copper and placed in the sanctum sanctorum. This copper idol depicts the god riding on a lion. The idol of mooshak made out of copper is placed outside the temple.
The Ganesha .....
At a distance of 1 km from Ganpati Pule Bus Stand, Ganpatipule Beach is a spectacular paradise along the Konkan coast in Maharashtra. It is one of the top places to visit in Ganpatipule and also one of the popular beaches in Maharashtra.
Ganpatipule is one of the only two white sand beaches in Maharashtra, the other being Kashid Beach. It is a perfect gateway that captivates beach lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and pilgrims as well. The 6 km long beach simply looks stunning with the Ganapati Temple on the shores that offers a soothing atmosphere. With several shacks, horse riding and camel rides, the beach has become a perfect holiday destination for visitors.
The pristine Ganpatipule Beach is the main attraction among tourists and mainly the adventure enthusiasts. Adventure freaks may enjoy paragliding, swimming, going for motorboat, water .....
Beach | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 17 km from Guhagar and 72 km from Ganpatipule, Velneshwar Temple and Beach are located at Velneshwar in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.
Sri Velneshwar Temple is believed to be one of the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. Earlier, the temple was built by Gadgils and was later renovated by Sri Trimbak Ravaji Gokhale. Representing an example of ancient Hindu architectural style, the temple houses many small shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Ganesha and Kala Bhairav. The main sanctum of the temple is adorned with paintings and stone carvings representing various episodes of mythology. This temple is flocked by a large number of devotees during the festival of Mahashivratri. It is held in the month of March and celebrated in honour of the deity Lord Shiva.
Another prime attraction of Velneshwar is the Velneshwar Beach which is lined with coconut trees. This is one of the most secluded and pristine beaches in the entire .....
At a distance of 79 km from Ganpatipule and 46 km from Chiplun, Guhagar is a pristine beach located at Guhagar in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is one of the top places to visit in Ganpati Pule.
Guhagar Beach is one of the cleanest and less polluted beaches in Maharashtra. It is located just 200 m from Guhagar Bus Stand towards the western side. Guhagar is the place where Vashishti River empties into Arabian Sea. Guhagar Beach is a very long beach and extends for almost 6 km between two hillocks.
Guhagar Beach is the main beach and also the most prominent tourist attraction in Guhagar. The beach is dotted with thick plantations of suru trees and white sand. It is known for activities like swimming and sunbathing. The sea beach offers swings and slides to the children and camel ride to the elders. This beach is also famous for various food and beverage stalls, chaat stalls and flea markets. There are no water-sports or boating activities.
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At a distance of 7 km from Chiplun Bus Station, Parshuram Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated at Parshuram village near the town of Chiplun in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, India. Also known as Shree Kshetra Parshuram, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in the Konkan region, and among the must include places in Chiplun Packages.
Parshuram Temple is dedicated to Lord Parshuram, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Since Parashuram created Konkan land, he is considered the presiding deity of the Konkan region. The temple was constructed by the Portuguese and the funds for its construction were provided by Janjirekar & Siddi. The temple was rebuilt by Swami Paramhansa Brahmendra. He was the Guru of Siddi Yakut khan of Janjira, Kanhoji Angre of Kolaba, Peshwa of Pune, Chhatrapati Sahu Maharaj, Tararani of Kolhapur.
According to the legend, Parashurama is an immortal incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Parashuram had twenty-one battles to get rid of brutal Kshatriya Kings .....
At a distance of 4 km from Chiplun Bus Station, and 4 km from Parshuram Temple, Sawatsada Fall is a seasonal waterfall situated near the town of Chiplun in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, India. It is one of the monsoon attractions in the town of Chiplun.
The Ratnagiri region of Maharashtra has many hidden gems that are just a delight to explore. From a beautiful coastline to dense forests, its natural and wild beauty captures the heart and is a visual delight. Sawatsada Waterfall is one of the lesser-known places to visit here and is a natural wonder worth a visit as part of Chiplun Tour Packages. One can watch this huge waterfall from the Mumbai-Chiplun road. So, in case if you are pressed for time, you can just make a quick stop here and take a few photos.
Emerges from the Sawatsada cliff, Sawatsada is a seasonal waterfall that can only be seen in its full glory during the rainy season. Due to its unique beauty and white appearance, it is always a delight for photographers, .....
At a distance of 11 km from Dapoli, 12 km from Anjarle, 69 km from Chiplun, Murud-Dapoli Beach is a serene beach situated near Dapoli in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Located between Hernai and Karde beaches, it is one of the most visited beaches in Maharashtra, and among the must-visit places as part of Chiplun Tour.
Commonly called Murud-Harnai, Murud is a small town located on the rugged Konkan coastline. A long, scenic stretch of Murud Beach with swaying palms is the main attraction here. Murud Beach is made of very soft sand and is safe for swimming. The sunset at the beach is mesmerizing and makes up for the most picture-perfect moment in this destination. Activities like parasailing, dune buggy rides, camel rides, horse-cart rides, and water scooters are available. Dolphin watching boats leave early in the morning to take tourists out into the sea to watch dolphins. One can also dig into some local food items at the many eateries at the beach.
There is also .....
At a distance of 3 km from Anjarle Beach, 24 km from Dapoli, 43 km from Harihareshwar, and 82 km from Chiplun, Anjarle Ganapati Temple, also known as Kadyavarcha Ganapati Temple, is a Hindu temple located atop a hill in the small village of Anjarle in the Dapoli Taluka of Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra. It is one of the popular temples in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, and among the most popular places to visit near Chiplun.
Dedicated to Lord Ganesh, the Kadyawarcha Ganapathi Temple is believed to have been built in 1150 AD using wooden pillars. It was renovated during the 18th century and is a 3-tier structure. Ganapathi at this temple has a trunk curved towards the right, unlike most idols that have the trunk curved towards the left. Devotees believe that Kadyawarcha Ganapathi is a live deity who will come to their rescue whenever they are in trouble.
Apart from the Kadyavarcha Ganapati, there is one smaller temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on the temple premises. There .....
At a distance of 23 km from Dapoli, 41 km from Harihareshwar, and 80 km from Chiplun, Anjarle Beach is a beautiful and unspoilt white sand beach located at Anjarle village in Dapoli taluk of Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra. It is one of the finest beaches in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, and among the must include places in Chilun Tour Packages.
The Anjarle Beach is one of the most scenic and secluded beaches in Dapoli and looks mesmerizing with its tall palm trees and clear blue waters. The beach is located near the lagoon of the river Jog, which is about 2 km long and the coastline of the beach is also smooth. The highlight is the white sand that looks so beautiful in the daylight when the sun's rays fall upon it and they shine bright like a diamond. Overall, the blue waters and the white sand create a pristine look to the place and the ambiance is perfect for a getaway.
Anjarle Beach is an idyllic place for the family to enjoy swimming. For the adventurous, water sports .....
At a distance of 1 km from Harihareshwar Bus Stop, and 19 km from Shrivardhan, Harihareshwar Beach is a pristine beach located at Harihareshwar town in Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. It is one of the popular beaches in Maharashtra, and among the must include places in Hariharehswar tour packages.
Situated on the Konkan coast, Harihareshwar Beach is surrounded by four hills namely the Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri, and Pushpadri. It is considered the highlight of the town and is considered one of the underrated beaches in Maharashtra. There are two beaches - one to the north and the other to the south of Kalbhairav temple. Harihareshwar, along with Shrivardhan and Diveagar Beach forms a popular weekend beach destination from Pune and Mumbai.
The black sandy beach of Harihareshwar is a place where tourists claim to have experienced unmatched silence and peace on the quiet, unpolluted beach bed. The sea at Harihareshwar is almost always turbulent. The coast is .....
At a distance of 500m from Harihareshwar Bus Stop, and 1 km from Harihareshwar Temple, Harihareshwar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Harihareshwar town in Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. It is one of the popular temples in Maharashtra, and among the must include places in Hariharehswar tour packages.
Harihareshwar Temple is one of the most ancient and renowned temples in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. The temple complex comprises two adjacent temples. One of them is a small Kalbhairav temple that needs to be visited first and the other is the main Harihareshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva created Kalbhairava and blessed him with all mantras.
Built-in the late medieval period, the main deity of Harihareshwr Temple was the ancestral deity of the Peshwas, the prime ministers of the great Maratha Empire. Pradakshina Marg or the circumambulatory path around the temple was built by Chandrarao More. Even in 1674, Chatrapati Shivaji .....
At a distance of 1 km from Harihareshwar Temple, and 2 km from Harihareshwar Bus Stop, Ganesh Gully is a pilgrimage spot located in Harihareshwar, Maharashtra. It is one of the popular places to visit in Harihareshwar while holidaying in the Konkan region.
As the name suggests, Ganesh Gully is a narrow passage of about 3 feet wide. It is between two rocks, where a path is paved, leading to a sea-bed. It is said that an idol of Lord Ganesh is submerged in the water around 30 feet deep and can be seen only during low tide. Many tourists visit this place to have a glimpse of the Ganesh Idol. There are black rocks on the viewpoint which meet the sea. The sea waves collapse on these rocks enhancing the beauty of this viewpoint.
Going up there itself is an adventure and further adds to the overall experience like nothing better. To reach the spot, one has to climb the staircase of the Harihareshwar temple. As mentioned, the place is at the temple area and hence it is called Shukla .....
At a distance of 20 km from Diveaghar, and 21 km from Harihareshwar, Srivardhan Beach is a pristine beach located at Shrivardhan town in Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is one of the popular weekend getaways from Mumbai, and among the must-visit places as part of Harihareshwar Packages.
Stretches about 3 km long, Srivardhan Beach is a very clean and calm beach located along the Arabian Sea coastline. The majestic black sand coastline is bestowed with striking palm groves and mango plantations. The long pristine coastline of Srivardhan is most idyllic for a break from the hectic schedules of modern life and is considered as one of the best weekend getaways from Pune, and Mumbai.
The crashing waves against the black sand are worth seeing. One can find water sports like boating, paragliding, and water surfing at this beach. Kids can enjoy horse riding, camel riding, and Buggy riding as well. It is also an ideal place for swimming as the waters are shallow. Post noon, the tides .....
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