About Ratnagiri

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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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 02352
Languages Spoken: Marathi, Hindi, Konkani and English
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
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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)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Ratnagiri

Beach

#1 of 19 Places to Visit in Ratnagiri

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 .....

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Beach

#2 of 19 Places to Visit in Ratnagiri

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. .....

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Museum

#3 of 19 Places to Visit in Ratnagiri

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, .....

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Heritage

#4 of 19 Places to Visit in Ratnagiri

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 .....

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Heritage

#5 of 19 Places to Visit in Ratnagiri

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. .....

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Beach | Pilgrimage

#6 of 19 Places to Visit in Ratnagiri

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 .....

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Pilgrimage

#7 of 19 Places to Visit in Ratnagiri

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 .....

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Beach

#8 of 19 Places to Visit in Ratnagiri

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.

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Heritage

#9 of 19 Places to Visit in Ratnagiri

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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Pilgrimage | Waterfall

#10 of 19 Places to Visit in Ratnagiri

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 .....

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