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Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Base Station: Ratnagiri

Nearest City to Ratnagiri: Mumbai (350 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Ratnagiri: October to February

Peak Season: November to January

State: Maharashtra | District: Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri Weather: Summer: Maximum - 38°C and Minimum - 23°C
Winter: Maximum - 32°C and Minimum - 18°C

At a distance of 24 km from Ganpatipule, 134 km from Kolhapur, 196 km from Satara, 198 km from Mahabaleshwar, 308 km from Pune, and 350 km from Mumbai, Ratnagiri is a port city and the district headquarters of Ratnagiri on Arabian Sea coast in southwestern part of Maharashtra. The district is a part of Konkan division of Maharashtra.

Surrounded by beautiful hills of Sahyadri ranges, Ratnagiri is amongst the top Maharashtra places to visit. Ratnagiri was once the administrative capital of Bijapur rulers. It came under the control of Satara kings in 1731 CE, but later the British Empire took over in 1818 CE. A fort was built during the Bijapur dynasty and strengthened in 1670 CE by the Maratha king Shivaji, which is located on a headland near the harbour. Ratnagiri is one of the important ports on Konkan coast.

Ratnagiri district offers the most diverse attractions for tourists in the form of most beautiful beaches, historical monuments and serene temples. However, the beaches in Ratnagiri dominate all other tourist attractions. Mandvi Beach is the most popular beach in Ratnagiri. Pawas Beach, Ganeshghule Beach, Bhatye Beach and Ganpatipule Beach are the other famous beaches in and around Ratnagiri.

Apart from the beaches, there are other tourist attractions like Ratnadurg Fort, Thibaw Palace, Gateway of Ratnagiri, Swayambhu Ganapati Temple, Vijaydurg Fort & Beach, and Jaigad Fort & Lighthouse. Ratnagiri is also the birthplace of the great freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak. Ali Museum in Ratnagiri is an ancestral house of Lokmanya Tilak and the house contains pictures of the great freedom fighter. Sri Devi Bhagwati Mandir is one of the ancient temples of the place and is known for its architecture. Ratnagiri is home to Alphonso mango - known as the King of Indian mangoes.

Mumbai Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 346 km from Ratnagiri. Ratnagiri Railway Station is the nearest railhead which is about 7 km from Ratnagiri Bus Stand. Ratnagiri has train connectivity with Mumbai, Goa, Patna, Pune, Kochi, Trivandrum, Delhi, Mangalore, Tirunelveli, Bikaner, Amritsar, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Kochuveli, Porbandar, Ajmer, Coimbatore and Madgaon. Ratnagiri is well connected by bus with Ganpatipule, Mumbai, Pune, Satara, Raigad and Kolhapur. There are a number of hotels and resorts in Ratnagiri which provide comfortable stay.

The best time to visit Ratnagiri is from October to February while the peak season is from November to January.

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STD Code: 02352
Languages Spoken: Marathi, Hindi, Konkani and English
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HOW TO REACH RATNAGIRI


By Air

Nearest Airport: Mumbai - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (348 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Ratnagiri (7.5 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Ratnagiri Bus Stand (0 Kms)

19 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN RATNAGIRI


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 .....


Beach

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. .....


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, .....


Beach

At a distance of 3 km from Ratnagiri Bus Stand, Bhatye Beach is marvelous beach situated at Bhatye in Ratnagiri district on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra. This is one of the popular beaches in Ratnagiri region on the Konkan Coast.

Bhatye Beach is a wonderful beach in the background of the jagged Sahyadri mountain ranges provides a panoramic view of the surroundings. The length of the beach is approximately 1.5 km and is very flat and straight. Bhatye Beach and Mandvi Beach are next to each other separated by a creek. One can enjoy the nature at its best here. The bluish water, vast expansion of silvery sands and the clean environs sprinkled with casuarina trees, Bhatye Beach is a perfect place to admire the mesmerizing sunset.

The Ratnagiri Lighthouse and the famous Mandavi Beach are visible from Bhatye Beach. A famous temple of Zari Vinayak is situated at the end of the beach. There is also an agricultural research facility specializing in coconuts located quite close to .....


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. .....


Beach | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 21 km from Ratnagiri, Ganeshgule Beach is a beautiful beach situated at Ganeshgule village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is one of the most serene beaches of Maharashtra and also one of the top tourist places to visit in Ratnagiri.

Ganeshghule Beach is popular among nature lovers and is known for its clear sunset view. The beach is 1.5 km long and is flanked by mountains on both sides. The rocky, white sandy terrain and clear emerald sea of the secluded Ganeshghule Beach is an idyllic holiday retreat for many.

Ganeshgule Beach is considered as a perfect place for those who want to relax and spend peaceful moments. Swimming and sun bathing are the favorite activities at the beach. This beach also has many water sport activities such as snorkeling, diving, surfing and parasailing. Visitors can even enjoy boat riding when visiting this beach.

The famous ancient and well known Ganeshgule Temple is located 1.5 km from the beach. This temple is .....


Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 1 km from Ratnagiri Bus Stand and 3.5 km from Ratnadurg Fort, Tilak Ali Museum is located in Ratnagiri Town of Maharashtra. The Museum is a monument of great historical importance and also one of the top places to visit in Ratnagiri.

Tilak Ali Museum is the ancestral house of Lokamanya Balgangadhar Tilak, a prominent freedom fighter of India. He was born in Konkan region and this museum depicts his life and sacrifice for Indian freedom. The house is a classic example of native Konkani architecture and it has been turned into a museum by the state government in order to preserve the memory of the great freedom fighter.

The Tilak Ali Museum depicts the life of Lokamanya Balgangadhar Tilak and his struggle for Indian Independence through paintings and pictures. The museum had a collection of personal belonging of the great leader. Visitors can also watch here lot of photographs related to the various freedom fighters. This museum is maintained by the Archeological .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 6 km from Ganeshgule and 17 km from Ratnagiri, Pawas is a quaint village situated in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Pawas is an important pilgrim center owing to Sri Swami Swarupanand Samadhi Mandir which is visited by thousands of devotees every year.

Pawas is a serene place known for its natural beauty. Pawas came into the limelight after it was chosen by Swami Swaroopanad for his ashram. The Samadhi Mandir was constructed in the memory of Sri Swami Swarupanand who took Samadhi here on 15th August 1974. Swami was born on December 15, 1903 at Pawas to the couple Vishnupant and Rakhmabai Godbole. His original name was Ramchandra, but he came to be affectionately addressed as Bhau or Appa. At the age of 20, Swami took initiation from Sadguru Babamaharaj Vaidya of Pune and from that onwards he had begun his spiritual journey. Returning to Pawas, he undertook religious austerity and focused his mind on a deep study of Dnyaneshwari, Bhagvad Geeta and Dasbodh. Swami .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 10 km from Ganeshgule and 24 km from Ratnagiri, Purnagad Fort is an ancient sea fort situated at Purnagad village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is one of the popular forts of Konkan and also one of the best places to visit in Ratnagiri.

Purnagad Fort is situated on a mountain which is at the confluence of Muchkundi creek and the Arabian Sea. It is believed that the fort of Purnagad was constructed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, but some evidences suggested that it was constructed by Sakhoji Aangre, son of Kanhoji Angre.

Spread over an area of 22 acres, Purnagad Fort has two entrance gates, one facing east and the other facing west. The main entrance door is a very robust structure between the two bastions. There is a Hanuman shrine and a well at the entrance. Pictures of Moon, Sun and Lord Ganesh are carved onto the main entrance door. Vestibules of security guards are present on the either sides of the main entrance door. There are stair cases .....


Beach | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 24 km from Ratnagiri, 152 km from Kolhapur, 193 km from Mahabaleshwar, 207 km from Satara, 291 km from Lonavala,307 km from Pune, and 345 km from Mumbai, Ganpatipule is a small pilgrimage & beach town located in the Ratnagiri district on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra in India. This is one of the top Places to visit in Maharashtra and also one of the best tourist places in Ratnagiri.

The town is mainly known for its 400 years old temple of Lord Ganapati which is the prime attraction in Ganpatipule. The idol of Ganesha is believed to be a monolith which was self-incarnated and discovered over 1600 years ago. The Ganesha Temple in Ganpatipule is unique because it is one of the few temples in the country in which the presiding deity faces west. It is one of the Ashta Ganapati Temples of India and is known as 'Paschim Dwar Devata'. The temple is at the base of a hill, and pilgrims .....

Distance (From Ratnagiri Bus Stand): 24 Kms
Trip Duration (From Ratnagiri Bus Stand - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 29 km from Rajapur, 35 km from Ratnagiri and 59 km from Vijaydurg Fort, Sri Kanakaditya Temple is a small ancient temple located in the tiny village of Kasheli in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.

Sri Kanakaditya Temple is one of the few temples in Maharashtra dedicated to the Sun God. The temple had a bright historical background. The black stone idol of Sun God was brought from Prabhas Pattan Sun temple in Gujarat before 800 years. According to the legend, it was secretly transported in a boat from the Prabhas Pattan temple during Allaudin Khilji's attack in 1296 AD. Once the boat reached Kasheli coast it was stopped moving. The boatman left the idol in a cave on the Kasheli coast where it was found by a great devotee of the Sun called Kanaka. She built this temple with laterite stone and mud near the cave.

Sri Kanakaditya Temple is very famous spiritual place and is located on the way to Vijaydurg Fort from Ratnagiri. Many devotees from all over India are .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 19 km from Ganpatipule and 42 km from Ratnagiri, Jaigad Fort is coastal fortification that is located near Jaigad village in Maharashtra. It is one of the popular forts in Konkan region and also one of the top tourist attractions in Ganpatipule. It is a protected monument under Archeological Survey of India.

The meeting point of the river Shashtri and Arabian Sea is called as the creek of Jaigad. For the protection of this creek two forts were constructed, one is Vijaygad at the north direction and the other is Jaigad at south. Situated on a cliff, Jaigad has a commanding view of the bay and the open sea. A jetty port and a lighthouse are located nearby.

It is believed that the construction of Jaigad was initiated in 14th century and completed by Sultan of Bijapur and was named after Jayba Mahar's sacrificing his life for building the fort. It was conquered by Kanhoji Angre, the commander-in-chief during Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja's regime. Shivaji also .....

Distance (From Ratnagiri Bus Stand): 43 Kms
Trip Duration (From Ratnagiri Bus Stand - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 km from Rajapur Bus Stand, 55 km from Vijaydurg Fort and 61 km from Ratnagiri, Dhutpapeshwar is ancient temple situated at Dhopeshwar village in Rajapur taluka of Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra.

Also known as Dhopeshwar, Dhutpapeshwar is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is in woody area and 2 km away from the main town. The temple is located on the banks of Mrudani River. At the both sides of the temple there are huge mountains and a river flows through it making it more beautiful. Natural beauty around it is extraordinary. Every year thousands of pilgrims from far and near visit the shrine. There is also a Datta Mandir situated near the temple.

A beautiful waterfall over Mrudani River is situated near the temple site and is worth visiting. The best time to visit this waterfall is from July to November. During the period there is plenty of water. There is a huge crowd on Mondays and Mahashivaratri.


Pilgrimage | Waterfall

At a distance of 65 km from Ratnagiri, Marleshwar Temple is a cave temple located at Maral village near Sangameshwar in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Surrounded by the scenic Sahyadri mountain ranges, Sri Marleshwar Temple is one of the popular pilgrimage places in Ratnagiri.

Marleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the temple was built by Lord Parashuram. The shrine is most famous for the cobras which are believed to live here with the shivaling and till date have not harmed anyone. This has resulted in increasing faith in the place and every year thousands of devotees visit the place. This temple is known as 'Trimbakeshwar' of Konkan. Marleshwar name may have come from Maral village.

Dhareshwar waterfall is another tourist attraction of Marleshwar. The Dhareshwar waterfall is formed over the Bav River. Adventure lovers and trekkers will love this area. The waterfall sight is very beautiful from the cave but one can get the better view of the .....


Beach

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.

There is another route .....

Distance (From Ratnagiri Bus Stand): 90 Kms
Trip Duration (From Ratnagiri Bus Stand - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 8 km from Chiplun, 49 km from Guhaghar, 97 km from Ganpatipule and 98 km from Ratnagiri, Parshuram Temple is an ancient temple situated near the town of Chiplun on Mumbai-Goa National Highway in Maharashtra.

Parshuram Temple, also known as Shree Kshetra Parshuram, is a temple of Lord Parshuram, the sixth avatar of Vishnu in Hinduism. 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, Parshuram is an immortal avatar. After he rid the earth of all the Kshatriyas twenty-one times, Parshuram donated the entire earth to Maharishi Kashyap, thus he could not reside on that land. Parshuram shot an arrow in the Arabian Sea, and reclaimed the land of Konkan. Parshuram chose the Mahendragiri .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 29 km from Devgad, 73 km from Malvan and 100 km from Ratnagiri, Vijaydurg Fort is an ancient fort situated on a hill near the mouth of the Vaghotan River in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. It is one of the largest forts on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra and also one of the top places to visit in Ratnagiri. It is a protected monument under ASI.

Vijaydurg Fort is located at the tip of the peninsular region of Vijaydurg in Devgad Taluka. It was earlier known as Gheria because of its proximity to the village Girye and functioned as a strong military base for Admiral Kanhoji Angre. The fort is also known as the 'Gibraltar of the East' since it was so impregnable, surrounded by the Arabian Sea from three sides.

The original fort was built by Bhojraja Shilahar between 1196 and 1206 AD. The Maratha king Shivaji took control of this fort from Adil Shahi dynasty in 1656 AD and renamed it as Vijay Durg. Thereafter the fort was the main Maratha naval base under Kanoji .....


Beach

At a distance of 30 km from Vijaydurg Fort and 101 km from Ratnagiri, Devgad Beach is a serene beach situated in Devgad town of Sindhudurg district.

Devgad is located on the Arabian Sea coast in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. The Devgad Beach is a popular picnic spot and lies just 1 km away from Devgad Bus Stand. The beach is sandwiched between the two small hills and there are some windmills located on a cliff on one end. The greenery on the beach side is marvelous. Activities like swimming and sunbathing can be enjoyed at this beach.

Devgad Beach is a very clean, nice and relaxing beach. It has an ancient temple on its shores. Close to the Devgad Beach is the famous Devgad Fort. The beach also has a big harbor and a lighthouse. From the top of the lighthouse, one can enjoy the view of the passing by ships. Devgad is globally famous for its delicious saffron colored Alphonso Mangoes.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 2 km from Devgad Beach, 31.5 km from Vijaydurg Fort, 55 km from Malvan and 103 km from Ratnagiri, Devgad Fort is located at Devgad in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. Devgad town got its name from this legendary fort.

Devgad Fort is situated at the confluence of Devgad Creek and Arabian Sea. Placed strategically on a narrow strip of land jutting into the Arabian Sea, Devgad Fort was constructed by Kanhoji Angre, the brave warrior of Konkan coast, in 1705 AD on a highland of the sea port of Devgad. It was used as a surveillance center. It was attacked by the British Naval Battalion in charge of Commander Walter Brown.

After changing many hands, this 120 acre fort finally came under the British in 1818 AD. Now, only a few strips of the fortifications remain. The walls and the structures of this fort are still intact and in good condition. Devgad Fort commands a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea as well as the casuarinas lining the long stretch of Devgad .....

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