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Places to visit in Ratnagiri

When you travel to Ratnagiri, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Ratnagiri, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Ratnagiri to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Ratnagiri things to do can include exploring Ratnagiri attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Famous Landmarks

There are several famous landmarks besides the monuments and other important places in Ratnagiri. There are two very popular Lighthouses in the region which are at Ratnagiri Fort and Jaigad Fort. Gateway to Ratnagiri is a gate on the Mandavi Beach. Lata Talkies is an old and very popular movie theatre. You can also visit the Thibaw point near the Thibaw Palace for some awesome views of the city and the areas around. Marine Biological Research Station is another ex

Marine Museum

You can also visit the Marine Museum located in the Marine Aquarium. With over a thousand different specimens identified and classified up to the species level this comprehensive museum will give you an excellent insight into marine life. The highlight of the museum is a 5000 kilogram and 55 foot long skeleton of a whale.

Malvan

Malvan at 146 kilometres is also an interesting place on the Konkani coast and worth a visit for its historical value.

Jaigad Fort

This fort, near Ganapatipule was built in the 17th century and is located next to the Jaigad Creek. The fort offers some excellent views of the sea.

There are several other smaller forts in the region.The more famous ones are Gopalgad, KanakDurg, SuvarnaDurg, and Purnagad.

 

Waterfalls

Besides the beaches there are several waterfalls in the area which add to the natural beauty of the place.  Nivali Waterfall is located in the valleys of the Nivali Ghats.This seasonal waterfall comes alive during the monsoons and is a popular stopover for tourists.Sawatsada Waterfalls in Chiplun are also very popular amongst the tourist. You can also bask in the beauty of places like Pawas, Gopalgad Hill, Velneshwar, Hedvi and Panhalekaji Caves. There also h

Gardens

The garden near the Ratnagiri Lighthouse is a fine garden which is frequented by tourists and used for having picnics and strolls. There are several other local gardens in the district which could be explored with the help of a local guide or residents.

 

Thibaw Palace

Located on a small hillock this palace was built for King Thibaw Min of Myanmar in 1909 when he was in exile in the city. This enchanting architectural marvel was used by the king till his death is 1916. The palace has three stories with semi-circular windows and a sloping roof. The first floor has a dancing hall with the Idol of Lord Buddha located towards the back. The highlight of this palace is the panoramic view that one can experience from the third floor ma

Sagareshwar

Much advisable is the beautiful Sagareshwar located 152 kilometres from Ratnagiri. Sagareshwar is famous for its Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

Sri Lokmanya Tilaks Janmasthan

Sri LokmanyaTilak'sJanmasthan is a house in Ratnagiri, which was the birthplace of Sri LokmanyaTilak, better known at BalGangadharTilak. He spent the first ten years of his life in this house which has now been converted into a museum. Authorities have preserved his house as it was. You can walk barefoot on the natural cow dung smeared floor and look at his cap or ‘topi’, clothes and other accessories which are on display there.

Cultural Attractions

Art, Theatre and cultural events like festivals are big in Ratnagiri. You can check the local listings for any cultural events in Ratnagiri. The people in Ratnagiri celebrate all major Indian festivals like Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Dussera, Diwali and Christmas. Besides these, annual festivals are held in the temple like SwayambhuGanpati Temple in Ganpatipule and Parshuram Temple in Ratnagiri.

Sawantwadi and Vengurla

While in Ratnagiri, you could actually explore the western Konkani coast area and enjoy some of the finest beaches, forts and other sights. You can travel up to Swantwadi and Vengurla which are 178 kilometres away or you could the see forts and beaches at Sindhudurg located 130 kilometres from Ratnagiri.

Ratnadurga Fort

Also known as Bhagwati forth this majestic fort surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides was built to keep a watch on pirates. Built during the rule of Bahmani Sultanate this fort with a total area of 120 acres and shaped like a horseshoe offers some spectacular views of the Arabian Sea. There is also an ancient tunnel that connects the North and the Southern divisions of the fort. Just 4 kilometers from the city center this popular tourist destination can be

Beaches

The Beaches in Ratnagiri are some of the best on the western coast in India. The untouched nature of these beaches makes them really special to travellers. The most popular beach in the region is hands down the Ganpatipule Beach. This rocky beach has crystal clear waters and stretches of golden sand. The tranquillity of the beach makes it even more special. Mandvi Beach is a black sand beach and often referred to as the Gateway of Ratnagiri this beach is a popular

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