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Hetal Singh

Hetal Singhratingratingratingratingrating5.0/5

1 reviewPosted 3 years ago

A gorgeous place

LadGhar is a beach near Dapoli in Maharastra's Konkan region. The sea here is Dolphin's natural habitat. Along with watching Dolphins, visitors can also enjoy para gliding, boating, dirt racing etc.

When not to visit-

In high summer. Your skin may get tan! Rest of the time its advisable to visit.

Preferred duration of visit -

2-3 days, so that if you cant see Dolphins now, you have one more day! As it takes 7+ hours to reach there, from Pune, at least 2 night stay is required to get fresh and visit all places.

How to reach there?

Its is approximate 200 kms from Pune. We tool Pune-Bhor-Mahad-Poladpur-Dapoli-Ladghar route. Although it is just 200 Km, dont think that you will reach there in 4 hours. It takes more than 7 hours to reach Dapoli, and more 1 hour to reach Ladghar. Plan to reach there before sun sets, as Ladghar is distance place and roads are not so good. En route, we have seen beautiful scenery of Koyna Dam.

Where to stay-

There are more than a dozen options at Ladghar, including high end resorts to simple Bed-And-Breakfast options. Price ranges from Rs. 1000 per room per night to Rs. 7500 per room per night. We have no booking prior, but easily got a decent room with attached bathrooms and hot water facility.

What to Eat-

As a part of Konkan, it is heaven for sea food lovers. Vegetarian food is not good. Local households supply food to hotels and most resorts. They cook 'Malwani' food, in which they use coconut in most of the dishes(Veg). You may not like veg food. But, as stated above, it is heaven for sea food lovers. You will get good quality and good taste prawns and pomfret dishes. One caution- You need to tell your order prior as food is not 'Just in time'. Means, you need to tell your lunch order at the time of morning breakfast, and for morning breakfast, a night prior.

What to do-

1. Watch Dolphins (A boat can accommodate 10 passengers, shows you dolphins in sea, for at least 45 minutes. Price - 200 rs. Per person)

2. Paragliding- 400 per person, 650 per couple

3. Dirt racing- 300 per round

4. Watch stars in clear sky, sitting at beach -- Priceless!!

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Sulav Kumar

Sulav Kumarratingratingratingratingrating5.0/5

45 reviewsPosted 1 year ago

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

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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Ratnagiri Overview

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.

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