Ratnagiri Tourism

Ratnagiri Tourism

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Beach and Heritage
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Ratnagiri Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • Altitude: 11 m
  • Pincode: 415612
  • District: Ratnagiri
  • Language: Hindi,Marathi
  • STD code: 02352
  • Weather: Summer 23 to 37°C, Winter 17 to 30°C
Ratnagiri is city located on the western coast of the Indian State of Maharashtra. The city has many forests, beaches and forts, which attract many tourists from all over the world. The place was once an administrative capital and port of the Muslim Kingdom of Bijapur. Ratnagiri came under the reign of the Satara kings in 1731, but later the British Empire took over in 1818.

Jaigad Fort, an important tourist spot, is a sea fort, which is situated on the tip of a peninsula in Ratnagiri. The fort is 35 kilometres away from Ganapatipule. The fort is nestled on a cliff from where the whole bay can be seen. The bay is situated where the Shastri River merges with the Arabian Sea. The Jaigad lighthouse and a jetty port are located near the fort.

Besides the ancient fort, the destination has seashore, creeks, rivers, hot water springs, hills, and waterfalls where tourists can spend time. The beach of Ratnagiri, which is adjacent to the ancient fort, is one of the attractions of the place that bring tourists here.  The beaches, coconut trees, palms, mangroves, make the place an ideal destination for picnics. Ratnagiri is a hill station with various destinations to visit.

Ali Museum in Ratnagiri is an ancestral house of Lokmanya Tilak. The house contains lots of pictures of the great freedom fighter. Shri Devi Bhagwati Mandir is one of the ancient temples of the place and is known for its architecture. The temple is filled with devotees during the Navratri festival.

Apart from these attractions, there are other tourist attractions like Ratnadurg Fort, Thibaw point, Gateway of Ratnagiri, Swayambhu Ganpati Temple, and Pandre samudra. There are several beaches in Ratnagiri namely Ganeshghule beach, Bhatye beach, Ganapatipule beach, and Mandavi beach. On these beaches, there are facilities for adventurous activities like paragliding and water sports.

The nearest airport to the city is Ratnagiri Airport, which is connected to Mumbai and Pune by air. The airport is hardly 12 kilometres away from the place. Ratnagiri cam also be reached by rail as the nearest station to the city centre is Ratnagiri railway station, which is linked to all major cities in India through Mumbai. Frequent bus services are available from several cities in Maharashtra to Ratnagiri. The best time to arrive here is between October and March. 

Ratnagiri is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Kolhapur and Panjim.

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Ratnagiri Traveller Reviews

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Sulav Kumar

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  • Sulav Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 53 photos
  • 45 Reviews
  •  85 helpful votes
  •  80423 readers

"A destination you can't miss is you are a traveler - Ratnagiri"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 25, 2016
I visited Ratnagiri from Bangalore, roughly around 800kms. My journey was on my Harley Street 750 along with 4 other Harley riders. The place is by the Arabian sea. The roadway to reach Ratnagiri is fabulous, through the western ghats.
Its one of the best destinations to spend your time if you stay in Karnataka / Maharastra / Goa. The ride by the sea is a must. You might not find this experience anywhere else in India except the ECR (Chennai to Pondicherry). The famous Ganpati temple. The light house is a must visit. The fishing harbour can also be a good experience if they don't irritate you. Stay in a good resort with the sea view and you will have a wonderful stay. The days are hot so you have to be prepared. Also, it rains most of the year, so be prepared and don't let it wash away your holiday. The place is surely not expensive and as commercialised as Goa or Pondicherry. I would recommend at least 2 nights of stay and thise might turn out to be the best nights of your life.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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"Very beautiful city along the Arabian Sea."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 31, 2016
Ratnagiri means Gem Kernel or Gem Mount is a port city and very beautiful city which is alive more than 2000 years old as it is a part of the longest sea coast from Mumbai to the South of Mangalore situated at the Konkan Coast which is a narrow coastal strip that runs along the Arabian Sea and is sheltered by the verdant slopes of the Western Ghats, in the Southwestern Maharashtra and it is a district of Konkan division and Sahyadri mountains are the Eastern boundary. It is situated about 36 feet above MSL and it has a telephone code 02352 and vehicles registration begins by MH-08. Official language is the Marathi but Konkni is much popular a local version. Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg jointly forms a seat of Lower House. It has a Municipal Corporation since 1876 when it was ruled by the Britishers.
A distinctive culture has developed in this area, protected by the forested hills of the Western Ghats. Beyond the coastline are the fertile **** fields, and plantations of coconut, cashew, betel nut, mostly mango delicious Alphonso locally known as Hapus, jack-fruits, banana, rubber, pepper and other spices. This is also India's monsoon land, where the southwest monsoon is at its heaviest, and these winds could make the way for Arabian merchants to Ratnagiri.
It yields an abundance of fine seafood like flat pom-fret fish, lobsters, prawns, squid and mussels. And freshly made typical vegetarian meals like Usal, Suran and sweet sour lentils known as Amti. Bhelpuri is a spicy street snack of puffed rice, sprouts and tamarind sauce. Mango Puri is a local desserts as Mango Papad is also quite popular.
Ratnagiri is famous for long beach stretches of pristine white sand and clear waters as Aure beach is the first choice of film makers and advertising world. As Ganpatipule beach, Bhateya beach, Anjarle beach, Malgund beach, Mandavi beach etc are the other famous beaches. Visitors may enjoy sea Bath, sun Bath and some water sports on few beaches. Visitors will find this place a religious place too. And the most famous is 400 years or more old temple of Swayambhu Ganapati means the naturally occurring idol of Ganapati or Lord Ganesha which is revered by Hindus as one of the eight sacred sites as Lord Ganesha who is considered as the remover of obstacles and abstracting the usual smattering of holy men, friar and thousands of devotees from the various part of the Nation. Sri Kankaditya an ancient Sun temple, Zhari Vinayak temple, Pawas is a spiritual centre as Saint Swroopanand was born in Pawas and took Samadhi and he has given a mantra to his followers that is Ram Krishna Hari, Karhateshwar Mandir etc. It has renowned forts like Ratnadurg, Jaigadh fort, Puranagadh fort and light houses in Ratnadurg and Jaigadh a tapered cylinder of cast iron, Thiaba palace a home, indeed a palace which was constructed by Britishers for Burmese Ruler who were exiled, Ratnagiri Gateway, Jetties, view points, Tilak Ali Museum, Jay Vinayak temple an excellent Ganesha temple with beautiful Garden and other facilities for the visitors built by JSW etc.
The most notable personality was Baal Gangadhar Lokmanya Tilak who was a great freedom fighter and a scholar too.
Ratnagiri is quite famous for Hapus, various fishes an fish based many Industries and fishing itself is a major industry The Marine Biological Research Centre is playing a lead role to improve the fish production, JSW Energy's mega power plant at Jaigadh and port, spices, and many agricultural productions including tourism are strengthening the economy of Ratnagiri and local's prominent growth is significant.  
It has very good connectivity by rail and road and having an easy approach, air connectivity is from Dabolim Airport is much feasible in compare of Mumbai and Pune. It has many resorts and hotels like Sangam Regency, Hotel Prasad, Safari Asia, Kohinoor Beach Resort, Chaitanya Resort, Pagoda Resort, Hotel Kanchan etc. And many restaurants famous for Sea foods, Non Vegetarian, vegetarian, Regional and local tasty delicious dishes like Carnival Dive Inn, Mithila, Amantaran, Spice Hut of Hotel Prasad's etc are quite popular restaurants.  
It has many renowned schools and colleges like St. Thomas English Medium School, Mistry High School, Gogte Joglekar College, Government Pharmacy College etc.  
In and around this city is most suitable for tourists and for every kind of tourist many adventures, excellent panoramic views, tranquillity and tasty all kinds of foods and very special beverages like rich fish curry, kokam curry, prawns biryani, ambapoli, mori masala, solkhandi etc and ama pana, kokam sharbat etc and the best dessert is Alphonso are available. It has a great potential to become a major tourists destination.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A Trip to the abode of beauty - Ratnagiri"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 20, 2016
I had been to Ratnagiri by road in the month of March 2016. Ratnagiri is an important stop-over in the tourism circuit of Maharashtra. The must-visit places around Ratnagiri include Ratnagiri fort and Ganapatipule beach. The Ratnadurg fort is located at an elevation of 1300 meters and is surrounded by the Arabian Sea from three sides. The fort has a light house and the Goddess Bhagwati temple is located inside the fort. The Ganapati pule beach is located between Mumbai and Goa and one can stay at the Resort which is an awesome place to stay in.
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Dr dinkar kichambare

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  • 2 Reviews
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"Beautiful & peaceful place!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2016
Bhatey beach - clean, good, easy to approach, safe. Roads good, Fishery museum, Theba palace, Tilak smarak, Shawarkar smarak, Pawar's is near by Ganpati Pule temple, beach is near would rate as 10/10. Aare Ware Beach was very good. Got a scenic view. Overall trip to heritage beaches was excellent & had a rich experience. Possible only because of good peaceful stay at Sangram.
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Junaid Alji

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  • Junaid Alji
  • Lives in Ratnagiri
  • 1 Review
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"A beautiful place!"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
Visit it for the most famous Alphonso mangoes and a scenes available also mandvi beach is so popular in Ratnagiri. So you can visit here Also cabs are available in large number.
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Shoaib Shekasan

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"Awesome vacation at Ratnagiri!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2016
I stayed there for 2 weeks and it was one of the best vacations I have ever had. The beauty it reflects, its holiday destinations are just awesome. I'd been there with my friends circle. Although it is hard to believe but this plan made by me had thrown everyone through the doors of happiness. I wish to go there again and again.
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Shekhil Hassan

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"Blue sea and beaches, awesome landscape"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 12, 2016
You will love this place once you see the blue sea and beaches. It so beautiful that you would love to spend your mornings and evenings in the beach. You can visit Ganapatipule Temple also. The road from Ratnagiri to Ganapatipule is surrounded with beaches and the landscape is beautiful. Weather is humid and hot as you can expect on a coastal side.
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Sakib Kasu

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"Awesome Ratnagiri"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 11, 2016
I'm happy to go to Ratnagiri because many places are there Ratnagiri to enjoy like Mandvi beautiful sea and Batey beach it's very beautiful and Thiba Point, Thiba Rajwada its awesome and Ratnadurg Fort is beautiful and even Tilak Smarak. You come enjoy this places in Ratnagiri and many restaurant in Ratnagiri.
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Nikhil Adetwar

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  • Nikhil Adetwar
  • Lives in Pune
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"Best destination to plan with your family or friends"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 8, 2016
Ratnagiri has lot of beaches to hang out with your friends and also has some famous temples to visit if you are with your family. Excellent place, you can plan 2 to 3 days trip here, my route to trip was Pune- Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Ganpatipule, Harihareshwar, Diveagar, Lonavala and Pune. Lot of beautiful scenes are there in between these routes.
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Suraj Lad

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  • Suraj Lad
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Awesome place, nice destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 29, 2015
I my native place is at Ratnagiri and it is awesome place to spend holidays :). Specially during rainy days or winter, I think it is most beautiful place in Maharashtra to spend. Green nature and fresh air environment feels great, there are many travelling options are also present over there, from local ST buses to private luxury bus. Ratnagiri has lots of religious as well as heritage places like Ganpatipule, Thiba palace etc to visit :)
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