Ratnagiri

This city has the distinction of being the native place of three Bharat Ratna awardees, namely Maharishi Karve, Dr. Pandurang Vaman Kane and Dr.B.R. Ambedkar. Ratnagiri is the district place. Great freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak was born here. In 1731 Ratnagiri came under the control of Satara kings; in 1818 it was surrendered to the British. A fort was built during the Bijapur dynasty and strengthened in 1670 by the Maratha king Shivaji, which is located on a headland near the harbour. It is one of the ports of the Konkan coast. It has a palace where the last king of Burma, Thibaw, and later Veer Savarkar, were confined.

Ratnagiri has nine talukas. Mandangad, Dapoli, Khed, Guhagar, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Sangameshwar, Lanja and Rajapur. The chief rivers in Ratnagiri are the Shastri, Bor, Muchkundi, Ratnagiri river.

Points of Attraction

Ganga of Rajapur: This is the natural phenomenon. But it is just like a miracle because every 3 years the well forms 14 small pools of water of different temperatures about 3 ft apart. People believed that the holy Ganga Mata appears to the devotees there. Geologists have theorized that this is a rare case of a large natural syphon from a nearby mountain.

Temples/caves: Visitors meet frequently Parashuram Temple near Chiplun, Ganapatipule and Pavas. Caves in the Chiplun, Khed, Dabhol, Sangameshwar, Gauhani Velgaum and Vade Padel are also worth visiting. The Buddhist legend in the Papanch, Sudan and Srath Appakasini record the conversion of Konkan to Buddhism as early as the lifetime of Gautama (BC 560-481). Shivsamarth gad at sawarde near chipalun is also worth visiting with all sculptures from Shivaji Maharaj era.

Malgund: Great poet Keshavsoot born in Malgund. This is small village about 1 km away from Ganpatipule. Marathi Sahitya Parishad has constructed Keshavsoot Smarak a beautiful monument in memory of great poet.
Pawas: Swami Swaroopanad a spiritual leader made this place his abode. So Pawas achieved prominence, besides its natural beauty and serenity. Now the place where Swami Swaroopanand is used to reside is converted into Ashram.
Jaigad Fort: Jaigad fort is 35 km from Ganapatipule and at the entrance of the Sangameshwar river. This 17th century fort offers a commanding view of the sea. Jaigad fort is situated at a sheltered bay. Its beach is small and safe.
Ratnagiri Fort: Fort built during the Bahamani rule. The fort is horseshoe shaped, with a length of 1300 metres and width of 1000 metres. Surrounded by sea on three sides, with land touching it on the fourth side. On one of the sea facing sides, part of the cliff has collapsed to reveal a cave. The 'Siddha Buruj', still has a lighthouse, that has stood here for years. A picturesque temple of The Goddess Bhagwati is one of the important places of worship in the area of the fort.

Transportation

The way to go to Ratnagiri by road is, ideally from Bombay, which is 373 kilometres away, or also from Goa, which is closer at 200 kilometres. State transport to major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nasik etc. is also available from the Bus Stand. Private buses also available with very affordable rates.

Speciality

Ratnagiri Mangoes (Ratnagiri Hapus Aambe) are very popular in all over India. Mangoes from Devgad are also very famous.